September 13, 2014 - 8:31 am - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — A charter bus carrying 39 passengers was involved in an accident on Friday near Granville, and only the driver reported any injuries.charter bus accident

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 PM, 57-year-old Harold Flavell of Johnston, Iowa was driving a 2007 VanHool charter bus transporting 39 passengers westbound on Highway 10 when he apparently experienced a medical condition and lost control of the bus. It entered the north ditch, struck a fence and came to a stop in a bean field.

The Granville Ambulance transported Flavell to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. None of the passengers reported any injuries.

The bus sustained about $7,500 in damages. The fence and bean field sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

The sheriff’s office reports they were assisted by the Granville Fire Department, Granville Ambulance Service, and the Spalding Catholic School in Granville. The school provided a school bus to transport the passengers to another charter bus.

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to see if anyone knows anything about vandalism to a car near a rural home.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sheriff’s Office says they took a report of a car with a smashed windshield on Friday. It was reported to have happened at a rural home two miles west of Sioux Center.
The deputies’ investigation indicated that one or more people broke the front window of the car on Thursday, September 11, at approximately 10:00 PM. A witness reported seeing someone running from the car back to the road carrying a baseball bat.
If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program. Directions can be found at

September 6, 2014 - 7:29 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa again.

The Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux County Republican parties are holding another fundraiser for Republican candidates in this area and statewide, and this time it’s hosted by the O’Brien county Republican party, and will be at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreational Center in Sheldon. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014, starting at 5:45 PM.

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

The group looks to build on the event they held last year with over 350 people in attendance and several national, state and local media present.

Governor Rick Perry will give the night’s keynote speech.  Perry took office in Texas in 2000, and is mulling another bid for the Presidency in 2016.

Among the others who plan to speak at the event are Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King, Iowa US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Attorney General Candidate Adam Gregg, Iowa Treasurer Candidate Sam Clovis, Iowa Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate, two members of the Iowa Republican National Committee and Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert from Rock Rapids.

Tickets are available through  For more information, you can contact Republican Party chairs in any of the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, or Lyon.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested after the report of a domestic disturbance in Rock Valley.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:50 PM on Thursday, September 4th, they were called to the report of a domestic disturbance at a home four miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 45-year-old Juan Quijada of Rock Valley assaulted a family member at the home.

Quijada was arrested and charged with second offense domestic assault.

The Rock Valley Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office. 

September 5, 2014 - 10:28 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Orange City man’s Toyota was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, September 2nd near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:16 pm, 27 -year-old Fredy Carpio-Esquivel  of Orange City, was driving a 2006 Toyota Scion southbound on Highway 60, onto exit ramp #16, one mile east of Alton. Forty-nine -year-old Leon Kleinwolterink of Sheldon, was southbound on Highway 60 in a Ford Ford F150 behind Carpio-Esquivel. According to the report,  Carpio‐Esquivel stopped at the stop sign and was struck by Kleinwolterink.

Carpio-Esquivel’s Toyota received $1,000 damage. Kleinwolterink’s Ford received no damage.

There were no injuries reported.

September 5, 2014 - 8:32 am - Posted in News
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Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota woman has been arrested in Sioux County and accused of identity theft.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, September 4, they arrested 27-year-old Maria Flores-Flores of Worthington.

She was arrested at her place of employment, a packing plant in Hospers.  Flores-Flores was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that Flores-Flores was illegally using the identity of another person.

September 4, 2014 - 10:09 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The pre-trial conference that had been scheduled for Thursday morning in the case of an Orange City woman has been postponed.

Rochelle Sapp’s pre-trial conference had been scheduled for 10 am Thursday at the Sioux County Courthouse, but has now been postponed until September 19th.  Sapp is charged with 1st Degree murder in the death of 3-year old Autumn Elgersma of Orange City.  Authorities allege that Elgersma sustained injuries at the hands of Sapp, while in Sapp’s care.  Court documents allege that those injuries resulted in Elgersma’s death.

Sapp’s attorney previously asked for statements Sapp made to Minnehaha County, South Dakota authorities to be removed from evidence, claiming that Sapp wasn’t advised of her Constitutional rights prior to making the statements.  No ruling on the admissibility of those statements has been handed down at this time.

coop fire 1Sioux Center, Iowa — A fire inside a massive grain storage facility in northwest Iowa is believed to have been sparked through spontaneous combustion.

It started around 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Farmer’s Co-op Society of Sioux Center. The building is larger than the size of a football field and was loaded with 2.7 million bushels of corn. Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland says it could take five days to haul all of the grain out of the facility.

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(as said) “We’ve got an extreme amount of heat in the center of the building, but we’re able work in the building with payloader (tractors) and keep moving the grain at a rapid speed out of the building,” Van Holland said. It’s unclear how much of the corn will be salvageable.

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coop fire 2(as said) “Our main goal is just to maintain safety for the payloader operators,” Van Holland said. Fire crews from Sioux Center, Orange City, Hull, Rock Valley, Le Mars, and Ireton have been on the scene.

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A potentially-dangerous situation is being resolved at the Farmers Co-op Society in Sioux Center.

Just before 6 PM on Monday, the Sioux County communication center received a 9-1-1 call of a structure fire at grain bin on the northwest edge of Sioux Center. When firefighters arrived at the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the roof. Firefighters remain on the scene today as crews continue working to get a about 2-point-5-million bushels of grain removed from the facility. Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland says it could take four or five days to get all the grain out of the bin. The cause of the fire and the amount of damage is unknown.

The Farmers Coop Society says they are moving the approximately 2.5 million
bushels of corn from their flat storage unit in Sioux Center after the building
showed signs of smoldering corn Monday afternoon. Farmers Coop Society officials say the corn is being moved to an outside pile in an effort to get into the area that is smoldering.

The Sioux Center Fire Department is requesting that people avoid the area of 3rd Street and Fourth Street Northwest due to ongoing fire operations.

While we are not in a critical water situation, the City of Sioux Center asks that all water
customers limit unnecessary water usage, primarily irrigation.

According to Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga, the Sioux Center Fire Department is being assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department, Ireton Fire Department, Le Mars Fire Department, Maurice Fire Department, Orange City Fire Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, the Sioux Center Police Department and
Sioux County Emergency Management.

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Several Sioux County Fire Departments were called in to Sioux Center overnight for the report of a fire at the Farmers Coop Society grain elevator.

Reports are that two and a half million bushels of corn are at risk, as corn inside a concrete storage is smoldering and could catch flame. It’s a very serious situation.

A notice on the Farmers Coop Society web site says simply that the Sioux Center Grain Location WILL NOT be accepting grain until further notice. The note says to contact John Hansen at 712-722-2671 with any questions.

The fire call went out about 6 PM, and at last report crews were still on the scene.

We’ll have more information when it becomes available.

September 1, 2014 - 10:18 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help in the case of a safe that was found near Rock Valley.keep safe

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday morning, August 31, Someone reported found property in a farm field driveway on Grant Avenue, three miles east of Rock Valley.

Deputies located a “Keep/Safe” brand safe. The safe is tan in color with a brown door with red spray paint on the back.

If you saw suspicious people or vehicle in the area or know who owns the safe you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip program.

August 29, 2014 - 8:16 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County is one of the latest counties to see a case of West Nile Virus this year, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHThe Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties. Two of the confirmed cases were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home.

In addition to the human cases of West Nile virus, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus: two pools in Story County, one from Polk County, and one from Woodbury County. Mosquito pools are a method researchers use to see if insects in an area are carrying the West Nile virus, which can then be transmitted to humans through a bite. A horse in Johnson County tested positive for West Nile virus.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says her department is now seeing either confirmed human cases, animal cases, or positive mosquito pools across a large area of the state.  Quinlisk says that’s not unexpected as late summer and autumn are the times when mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are most likely to be circulating.  She says that’s why it’s important to continue to use insect repellent when outdoors, and to take other protective and preventive measures.”


  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.


  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes.
  • Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting, according to Quinlisk. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies, she says.  Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2013, there were 44 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths, according to the IDPH.

To see the latest surveillance report on West Nile virus disease and to learn more about how to prevent it, Click here.