Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is coming to northwest Iowa this week, and by the looks of his schedule, he will be quite busy.branstad

He will make several stops in our area on Thursday, August 21st, and one on Saturday, August 23rd.

Starting the day on Thursday will be an appearance at 8 AM, when Governor Branstad attends Great Lakes Communication Corporation Data Center’s grand opening in Lake Park. From there, Branstad will tour Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee. That’s a 10 AM start there.

After that, the governor will travel to Orange City for a noon appearance at Quatro Composites. There, Quatro Composites and the State of Iowa will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 45,000 square foot expansion at the company’s corporate headquarters located at 403 14th Street Southeast in Orange City. Branstad will be the featured speaker. State Senator Randy Feenstra, State Representative Dwayne Alons, and Bill Anderson (representing Congressman Steve King) will also be attending.

At 2 PM, Governor Branstad will present the 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at Prairie View in Sanborn. The facility is at 610 Eastern Street.

From there, it’s on to Noteboom Implement’s new facility in Sibley for their grand opening. The new Noteboom Implement facility is at 1712 Deere Drive in Sibley. Branstad will be there at 3:30 PM. The new Noteboom Implement is a 28,000 square foot facility located along Highway 60 at exit 51. The grand opening will run from 2-7 PM. Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom says that everyone is invited. He says they are appreciative of the Governor’s presence. He says several John Deere executives and local dignitaries will also be there. Store Manager Bob Schlesser says that it is an expansion and upgrade for their Sibley location. Activities will include a Kids Zone and inflatables, music by Iowa’s own musical family “The Browns”, an old fashioned barbeque, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demonstrations.

After the John Deere festivities in Sibley, the governor heads to the Ashton area for an appearance at Zylstra Feedlot at 5123 210th Street near Ashton. He’ll tour the feedlot.

Governor Branstad will be back in our area on Saturday, August 23, 2014, when he’ll head to the Okoboji area for a 4 PM appearance. He will hold a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349 at the Dickinson County Nature Center at 2279 170th Street near Okoboji. Senate File 2349 allocated money to state departments and agencies from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. Gambling revenues make up the largest share of that fund.

Des Moines, Iowa — Unemployment statewide is fairly steady, and Lyon and Sioux Counties continue to have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the state.unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce gives us the numbers.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

In our area, Lyon County continues to be have the lowest unemployment in the state, with a July unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Even that is down two points from June’s figure of 2.4 percent. Sioux County isn’t too far behind, tied for fifth place with 3.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from June. Plymouth County is at 3.2 percent. The next area county is Osceola County, tied for 19th place on the list with 3.7 percent unemployment, unchanged from June. O’Brien County is in a 4-way tie for 23rd with 3.8 percent, up from June’s 3.5 percent.

Other counties in our region had higher unemployment in July. Dickinson was at 4.3, Cherokee was at 4.6, Buena Vista was at 5.0 and Clay County was at 5.4 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase in the monthly unemployment rate,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa’s labor force has grown steadily this year, and surpassed 1.7 million in July.

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 76,900 in July from 74,300 in June. The current estimate is 3,700 lower than the year ago level of 80,600.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,623,800 in July from 1,624,700 in June. This figure was 900 lower than June, and 30,300 higher than one year ago.

Iowa nonfarm employment totaled 1,550,200 jobs in July and remained unchanged since June. Job gains in the private sector were exactly offset by declines in government. This month’s stagnation halts three consecutive months of gains in nonfarm employment, and leaves the state up 16,500 jobs versus one year ago (+1.1 percent).

Education and health services added the most jobs this month (+2,800) due to gains in both private education services and health care services. In the case of educational services, job gains were partially due to a shift in seasonality; health care industries continue to steadily advance upward due to increasing demand. Professional and business services was buoyed by growth in professional, scientific, and technical services this month and gained 1,000 jobs. Construction also fared well this month (+1,000), marking the fourth consecutive month for job gains. Smaller increases this month included financial activities (+800), other services (+500), and information (+200). Alternatively, leisure and hospitality experienced an unexpectedly large drop this month (-2,300) with losses being nearly even in accommodations and food services and arts and entertainment. Trade and transportation also shed 2,300 jobs due mostly to losses in transportation and retail. The only other loss this month occurred in manufacturing (-300) which has now pared jobs in six of the last seven months, yet remains up 1,200 jobs since last July.

With this month’s unexpected gain, education and health services has now added the most jobs annually (+4,000). Health care jobs have advanced steadily (+2,900) and are responsible for the majority of the growth in this super sector.

Construction has also shown considerable promise since last year (+3,900) due to renewed demand for commercial and residence projects. Professional and business rebounded this month, and now rests up 2,300 jobs since last July. The majority of these gains are found in administrative and support services.

 

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:05 PM, 18-year-old Logan Van Noort of Hawarden was driving a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup eastbound on 420th Street, about two miles north of Orange City. Nineteen-year-old Chasady Hilbrands of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville southbound on Ironwood Avenue. Hilbrands struck Van Noort in the intersection.

The Orange City Ambulance transported Hilbrands to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Hilbrands’ Pontiac sustained about $7,000 in damages. Van Noort’s GMC pickup sustained about $9,000 in damages.

Hilbrands was cited for failing to yield to a vehicle on the right.

The Orange City Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance assisted the sheriff’s office.

August 15, 2014 - 1:48 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Several American flags have been reported stolen in the town of Hull.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flag poles on the north side of Hull. The flags were taken from both residences and school property.

The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip Program.  

August 15, 2014 - 1:47 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened in two incidents over the last week.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

In the first incident, they’re looking for a vehicle that crashed through a cornfield. They were alerted to the incident on Tuesday morning, August 12. The investigation shows that it occurred on Elmwood Avenue, two and a half miles south of Rock Valley. Upon further investigation, the Sheriff’s Office says they determined that the incident actually took place sometime on Saturday, August 9.

They believe that a vehicle was northbound on Elmwood Avenue, left the roadway, entered the east ditch, struck a fence pole and entered a corn field. The vehicle then drove through 150 feet of standing corn before it exited the field, damaging a fence line in order to leave the area.

The vehicle will likely have extensive damage to its front. If you have any information on this incident you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.

The Sheriff’s Office also asked us to help them find out if anyone knows anything about multiple reports of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in Granville last week.

They say the thefts likely took place between Thursday, August 7, at 10:30 PM and Friday, August 8, at 6:30 PM.

Allegedly stolen were sunglasses, electronic equipment, and cash.

Again, if you have any information you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.

August 15, 2014 - 1:46 pm - Posted in News

Matlock, Iowa — An old barn was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday night August 13, 2014 near Matlock, but it turned out not to be a large issue as the barn was scheduled for demolition anyway.

Matlock FD1_AAccording to Matlock Fire Chief Bruce Stegeman, about 10:10 PM the Matlock Fire Department was called to the report of barn on fire at 2812 Lily Avenue, a half mile east and just a little south of Matlock on a place owned by Willard Niewendorp.

The chief says the fire department saw a corner of the barn on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

The fire department was assisted by Boyden Fire Department and Sheldon Community Ambulance Team.

He says is thought that a spark or ember from a trash fire earlier in the day sparked the blaze.

Stegeman reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

Chief Stegeman reports that there was moderate damage, but the barn was scheduled to be torn down the next day anyway, so the loss was minimal.

He says they used 6000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene an hour and a half.

August 14, 2014 - 10:09 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley man’s Chevrolet was damaged in an accident on Thursday, August 10th near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:32 pm, 17-year-old Miguel Gonzalez of Rock Valley was driving northbound on Elmwood Avenue, one mile north of Rock Valley in a 1997 Chevrolet C1500, when he struck a cow on the roadway.

Gonzalez s Chevrolet received $7,500 damage

There were no injuries reported.

August 14, 2014 - 10:04 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, August 13th near Rock Valley .

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:43 am, 64 Year-old Marcella Suter of Rock Valley was driving eastbound on Highway 18, one mile west of Rock Valley in a 2004 Ford Explorer, when she struck a deer on the roadway.

Suter’s Ford received $4,000 damage

There were no injuries reported

August 14, 2014 - 10:00 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Sioux Center woman’s Buick and an Inwood man’s Acura were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, August 12th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:14 pm, 52 -year-old Pamela Punt was driving a 2011 Buick LaCrosse northbound on Highway 75 , One-half mile north of Sioux Center. Twenty-seven -year-old Rylan Walth, of Inwood, was northbound, following Punt on Highway 75 in a Acura Acura RL. According to the report, Punt stopped on the roadway and was waiting for a truck in front of her to turn off of the roadway. Walth was unable to stop and struck the rear of Punt’s vehicle on the roadway.

Punt’s Buick received $3,000 damage. Walth’s Acura received $4000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

August 14, 2014 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Several American flags have been reported stolen in the town of Hull.american flag cloudy day_sxc

On Sunday, August 10, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the reports, and upon further investigation, they determined that the perpetrator or perpetrator stole American flags off of several flag poles on the north side of Hull. The flags were taken from both residences and school property.

The Sheriff’s Office says the thefts likely took place sometime between Saturday, August 9, at 10:00 PM and Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 AM.

If you have information about these crimes you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain
anonymous you can use the Text‐a‐Tip Program.