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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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This week in the news!

A family vacation to Yellowstone unlike any other

By SARAH WEBER
Co-Editor

ORANGE CITY — Yellowstone National Park experienced a one-in-500-year flood. Rising temperatures and rapid snow melt combined with above-average rainfall caused rivers in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming to swell, wiping away roads and bridges in their wake. The north and south entrances of the park were closed, and more than 10,000 visitors were forced to evacuate, and others were left behind.
When the Van Kley family, Lee, Abby, Parker, Quinn, Celeste, and Deacon of Orange City, planned their annual summer vacation, they had no idea they would wind up in the center of a historical event.

“It was going to be our first trip to Yellowstone,” said Abby Van Kley, adding, “we had everything planned out.” She consulted with friends and relatives who had visited the area and planned each day so the family could experience as much of the area as they could.

They left Saturday, June 11, and spent the first night in Cody, Wyo. and took in the rodeo. Sunday, they arrived at Yellowstone and spent the day visiting the boiling mud pots and hiked Canyon Village, leaving through the north entrance.
“I remember Sunday night we were walking by Yellowstone river, around 5:30 p.m., and we heard rocks sliding but didn’t think much of it. We decided to leave the park around 6 p.m. that night,” Abby said. The family made reservations to stay in Gardiner, Mont., and planned a white water raft in the morning.

“When we woke up Monday morning, we got a text from a friend back home saying there is no way you are rafting today.” The family honestly wasn’t completely aware of what was happening in the park until they were right in the middle of it.
“I remember thinking the water levels looked high, but we really didn’t know the extent.”

Monday, both entrances to Yellowstone Park closed on the north and south ends. Mammoth hot springs closed, and the family was stuck in the town of Gardiner.
“We definitely aren’t used to mountain living, one way in, one way out. When we found out they both closed, we decided to stock up on groceries and try to plan for whatever was coming.”

Abby was overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality in Gardiner. “The store was packed; we heard stores went through their entire summer stock of some products in a couple of days,” adding, “People weren’t quite sure what to do; everyone was just trying to prepare quickly.”

Monday, instead of white water rafting, the family hiked around the town. “There was a video clip of a house that fell into the river; we watched that all happen; it was unreal.”

Everything was happening fast. Roads and bridges were wiped out, towns were out of power, and helicopters flew all around. “Some people were getting flown out by helicopter,” Abby said. “We also saw helicopters dropping electrical

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