July 31, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

cow cattle black white faceMaurice, Iowa — Two women, one from Orange City, the other from Luverne, Minnesota struck a cow near Maurice on Thursday, July 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 10:42 pm on Thursday, 18-year-old Jesse De Groot of Orange City was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Pickup northbound on Highway 75, two miles south of Maurice. Twenty-four-year-old Callan Sawtelle of Luverne was driving southbound on Highway 75 in a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. According to the report, De Groot struck a cow that was in the northbound lane of Highway 75. The impact pushed the cow into the southbound lane, where it was struck by Sawtelle.

The pickup received $6000 damage; the Trailblazer received $8000. The Cow was lost in the accident and valued at $4000.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered the cow broke through a fence and wandered onto the roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire Department, Maurice First Responders, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

July 30, 2015 - 5:14 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A groundbreaking date has been set for the new feed mill to be constructed in Boyden.

Farmers Coop Society officials say the groundbreaking will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 PM.
“Boyden is the heart of FCS’s present feed territory and this location will optimize transportation efficiencies for ingredients as well as finished feed,” said Brad DeVries, FCS’ Feed Manager.

DeVries says the new feed mill will be in addition to their existing feed mills and will have the ability to manufacture a total of 3000 tons per day with 1000 of those tons being in pellets.

“We have focused on where the feed industry is moving in the future. The mill will be state of the art and allows FCS to capitalize on new business opportunities within the industry,” said DeVries.

Farmers Coop Society officials say that when the new Boyden mill is fully operational it will require 45 semi loads of ingredients, up to 70 loads of corn, and produce 115 semi loads of complete feed per day.

Coop leaders say their feed business continues to grow and they have been anticipating the need for an additional mill for the last year and a half.

The feed team and management say they are excited about the opportunity to grow their business in northwest Iowa and the surrounding area.

July 30, 2015 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Highway 75, known as Main Avenue in Sioux Center has been a topic of discussion for years. Car versus car and car versus pedestrian accidents, which used to be more common, are down, according to city leaders since the implementation of a three-lane alignment with a center turning lane in the downtown area.
But, says Sioux Center City Council member David Krahling, traffic flow continues to be an issue. He says safety and traffic flow were two of the main elements in a study that has just been completed.

So, Krahling says the council members’ thoughts appear to be that doing nothing is out. He says they’ve also pretty much eliminated another option.

He says one option that came up in this study was a divided four-lane highway with a landscaped median. He says they’re considering that possibility and what it would mean, among other ideas.

Krahling says that last time frustrations included the expensive price tag, and the fact that it was difficult to generate community support without a final design.

He says the next step is a petition drive for a referendum vote.

He says he would expect there to be more formal action regarding the referendum at the next Sioux Center City Council meeting. Assuming they can get 108 signatures on the petition, Krahling says it would probably be on the November ballot. He says a time for public input in the design process would follow.

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July 30, 2015 - 11:10 am - Posted in News

Cherokee, Iowa — A group of Iowa landowners is suing the Iowa Utilities Board, saying it’s an effort to protect their property from the Dakota Access pipeline, which aims to carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, through South Dakota, Iowa and into south-central Illinois. They claim that agents from the proposed Dakota Access pipeline have told them if they don’t agree to easements that allow the pipeline onto their property, they will have their land seized by the state of Iowa. Attorney Bill Hanigan says the state’s utilities board has no authority to grant eminent domain to Dakota Access, because the pipeline doesn’t provide services in the state.

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“Dakota Access however delivers nothing to Iowans and it receives nothing from Iowans. Furthermore crude oil is not even consumable by anyone until further refined. And Iowa has not crude oil refineries,” Hanigan says. Landowners also say the pipeline will harm agricultural production because it will cause excessive heat and water. Boone County farm owner, Dick Lamb, says he does not want to allow the Dakota Access pipeline onto his property, and says he’s being threatened by agents of the company.

“The buyers have said if you don’t settle with us, you’re going to have to face eminent domain. And that is going to be a terrible situation that you don’t want to go through,” Lamb says. “So yes, I would say I feel threatened.” Texas-based Energy Transfer — the parent company behind Dakota Access — and the Iowa Utilities Board both say they do not comment on pending litigation. The pipeline company says it has obtained easement agreements on more than 61 percent of the tracts along the proposed route in Iowa.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Cherokee County District Court.

July 29, 2015 - 1:12 pm - Posted in News

deer_sxcHospers, Iowa – A Hospers woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, July 28th north of Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 am, Crystal Gloden of Hospers was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 60, three miles north of Hospers. According to the report, Gloden struck a deer in the roadway.

The Impala received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 27, 2015 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen was taken to a hospital after his moped struck a pile of rock left in the street.

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated the accident on Friday morning, July 24. Upon further investigation, they believe the accident happened on Thursday, July 23, at about 10:15 PM.

They say 14-year-old Gavin Dykstra of Hull was driving a 1989 Honda moped eastbound on First Street when he struck a portion of a pile of landscape rock that had been placed on the street by a resident.

Dykstra was transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Health hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $100 in damages.

July 27, 2015 - 10:43 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo OnlySioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man hit a mailbox in Sioux Center on Tuesday, July 21st.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 10:00 pm, 41-year-old Gustavo Ramirez-Hernandez of Sioux Center was driving a 1999 GMC Sierra eastbound on 20th Street Southeast. According to the report, he lost control and struck a mailbox, then left the scene of the accident. A witness observed Ramirez-Hernandez leaving the scene, and called police. Police located Ramirez-Hernandez at 14th Street South Main Avenue. He initially denied hitting the mailbox, but later admitted to it when police advised there was a witness. Ramirez-Hernandez stated he wasn’t sure how he hit the mailbox.

The GMC received $1500 damage; the mailbox received $200 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 27, 2015 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Minnesota man rolled his vehicle on Thursday, July 23rd near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:25 pm, 69-year-old George Gusler of Lake Benton, Minnesota was driving a 1999 F-350, that was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales, southbound on Elmwood Avenue, five miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Gusler approached the stop sign at 390th Street, was not able to stop, abruptly turned right on 390th Street, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Ford received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 24, 2015 - 5:14 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The City of Rock Valley and the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation are announcing a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-Family Housing Development next Wednesday at noon. Rock Valley Development Director David Miller says it’ll be called “East Meadows,” and will be marketable to developers who want to build apartment buildings.
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He says Rock Valley has experienced sustained success in its business and industry growth as well as numerous expansions, which has led to a shortage in available workforce over the years. Rock Valley’s unemployment rate is substantially low at only 3.2% as of June 2014.

One of the goals of this project is to attract families to Rock Valley to live and work, he says. The new multi-family development is expected to meet the high demand for rental properties in Rock Valley and Sioux County.

Miller says the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation or RVEDC is glad they could work with the City of Rock Valley and come up with a solution in this time of growth.

He says East Meadows Multi-Family Development Phase 1 will consist of 18 multi-family lots and is expected to be marketable to apartment developers in October 2015. The City of Rock Valley and RVEDC expect to see apartment construction begin prior to the end of the year.

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July 24, 2015 - 12:53 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Free training to be a certified nurse aide is available in northwest Iowa. And there’s a meeting coming up where you can learn more. Plus, if English is not your first language, they’ve got a program made just for you.

Sioux Center Health has partnered with Northwest Iowa Community College to offer free Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training and a conditional employment offer with Sioux Center Health. The informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM  at Royale Meadows in Sioux Center.
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Students will have the opportunity to complete a combination of pre-CNA classes taught by an English Language Learner instructor (as needed) and CNA classes taught by a certified CNA instructor. The pre-CNA class is an option for students needing extra help with English language medical terminology, and involves 25 hours of classroom instruction. Northwest Iowa Community College Enrollment Management Advisor Norma Azpeitia tells us more.

The CNA classes are designed to prepare students to better understand the knowledge and skills needed to care for residents in long-term care facilities. This course involves 75 hours of training including 30 hours of classroom instruction, 15 hours lab training and 30 hours of clinical experience.
Upon successful completion of the training, eligible students will be working at Sioux Center Health’s long-term care facility, Royale Meadows. Azpeitia says they may also be offered employment elsewhere in the Sioux Center Health system.

Azpeitia says that even if students don’t end up working for Sioux Center Health, there are probably other ways that they can get the training free of charge, and NCC will work with the students to help make that possible.

She tells us about the meeting coming up on Tuesday.

She says they’re happy they can offer this new opportunity to people seeking a job in the health care industry.

For more information about Sioux Center Health, you can visit www.siouxcenterhealth.org.

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