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The Sioux County Capital-Democrat has been a principal newspaper in Sioux County serving local readers. It is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a subscribership of more than 1200. The heaviest circulation for The Sioux County Capital-Democrat is in the southern section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of Orange City, Alton, Hospers, Maurice, and Granville, with subscribers in Sioux Center, Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.


The Sioux County Capital Democrat is one of the largest circulating newspapers in Sioux County with a distribution in excess of 1,200. The heaviest circulation is in the south section of Sioux County, serving primarily the cities and rural routes of: • Orange City • Hospers • Alton • Sioux Center • Granville • Maurice Also serving: Sheldon, Boyden, Hull, Rock Valley, Hawarden and Ireton.


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One act play remembers 9-11 as the 20th anniversary approaches


ORANGE CITY — When the world was reeling after the events of September 11, the people on the ground in New York clung to hope as they figured out a way forward.

Two worlds collided when Northwestern College professor Jeff Barker visited with Mary Clark, a friend who works for the RCA, and from their meeting, a simple story found its way across the country with a message of  hope.
“In the summer of 2002, Northwestern College hosted the General Synod for the RCA, and Mary Clark was visiting with that,” Barker said. She lives in Long Island, and “I asked her, tell me what the last year has been like for you.” And from that, she shared a marvelous little story about her church and a project they began.
Her church, the Manhasset Community Reformed Church on Long Island, became the home base for an organization that was eventually named Hugs Across America. Another church member, Sue Lucarelli, was a grade-school teacher in Manhattan, and as students returned to school, she searched for a way to give them comfort. “She shared the children were terrified every day, the sounds of jets overhead, just saying good-bye to parents in the morning, was traumatizing,” Barker said. She taught at a school with many children with learning disabilities and small classrooms, some with children with high anxiety and high energy. “Sue said she would find a way to bring each child in her classroom a bear to hold on to during the day and asked her church to help out. A member of her church bought 350 bears, enough for every child in her school.”
As word spread, their little church received thousands of bears and distributed them to schools in Manhattan to provide comfort to the children. They handed out 60,000 bears to children in New York.
The organization now sends bears all over the world and has for the last 20 years.
When Barker heard of this unique, beautiful story, he put pen to paper.
He wrote a one-act play entitled “September Bears,” and the production has made its way across the country.
“I wrote it back in the fall of 2002 and first performed it with the Northwestern traveling team on tour at the St. Paul chapel in New York, a little church in the shadows of the towers,” he said. The church also has a history. “The church was not damaged, and it became a quiet place for workers to come,” he said. The group performed there in March, and the play was featured in Fox News Magazine. They also performed it

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