June 19, 2019 - 2:04 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Summer is right around the corner, and one important thing to remember to stay healthy in the heat, is to remain well hydrated.

Anna Riley is a Dietitian with Sanford Sheldon, and she says you should drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

She says while we normally think of remaining hydrated in the summer months, it’s important year-round.

Riley says if you’re not sure you’re well hydrated, there’s a very simple test that gives instant feedback.

She says remaining hydrated is easier if you make a habit of drinking enough each day.

She reminds us that water is not the only fluid you can use to hydrate. She says low fat or fat free milk, low sugar juices, and even ice tea can help keep you hydrated, but she cautions against high sugar beverages like soda.

June 19, 2019 - 12:26 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A George man faces a felony charge in Sioux County in connection with an incident that took place in Rock Valley back on May 5th.

According to court filings, the charge against 26-year-old Aaron David Albaugh stems from an incident that occurred on Sunday, May 5th of this year. According to court records, Albaugh was working as a case worker for Hope Haven in Rock Valley, where he was assigned to care for a 23-year-old male dependent adult living in Rock Valley. Albaugh is accused of assaulting the man, causing multiple facial injuries that required emergency medical care.

According to Rock Valley Police Chief Monte Warburton, medical staff reportedly found the victim’s injuries to be inconsistent with Albaugh’s report on how they were sustained.

Court records indicate a warrant for Albaugh’s arrest was issued on May 29th but, according to Chief Warburton, Albaugh was nowhere to be found. Warburton says Albaugh was located in Sioux Falls, and was arrested by Sioux Falls Police this past Sunday, June16th. Warburton says Albaugh was returned to the Sioux County Jail on Tuesday, June 18th, which also happened to be his 27th birthday.

Court records indicate that Albaugh faces a charge of Dependent Adult Abuse, which is a Class C Felony. If convicted he could receive up to 10 years in prison, as well as a fine of $1,000 to $10,000.

According to the Sioux County Jail Log, as of noon Wednesday (June 19th), Albaugh remained in custody at the Sioux County Jail.

Statewide Iowa — Drownings are a leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 and three children die each day in the U.S. because of drowning. Nationally, drowning kills more children ages 1 through 4 than anything else except birth defects.

This Thursday, June 20th, Governor Reynolds will sign a proclamation declaring June 16 through 22 as Drowning Prevention Week in Iowa.

Iowa Department of Public Health data show there were 48 unintentional drowning deaths in 2018.

Whether in swimming pools or recreational waters like lakes or ponds, it is important for adults to make safety the top priority for everyone in or near the water:

*Adults should always provide direct supervision of young children and non-swimmers.
*Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning. Learn to swim and teach children to swim.
*Learn CPR.
*Coast Guard-approved life jackets can reduce the risk of drowning.
*Do not mix alcohol with your day on the water. Alcohol affects your judgement, coordination and sense of balance.

For more drowning prevention tips, visit https://www.idph.iowa.gov/swimmingpoolsandspas/prevention.

June 19, 2019 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

AMES, Iowa – Interstate 29 between the Missouri border and U.S.34, near Glenwood, has reopened to traffic after being closed for the second time this spring due to flooding.

I-29 exit ramps remain closed from the Missouri border to south of U.S. 34. Nearest available services, such as fuel, can be found east on U.S. 34 in the city of Glenwood.

Along this section of I-29, a 12-foot width restriction will be in place as well as intermittent lane closures due to flood repairs.

Flood-related closures continue on U.S. 34 (west of I-29), Iowa 2, Iowa 275 and Iowa 333.

Travelers should check 511ia.org, the Iowa 511 mobile apps or call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide) for up-to-date closure information on state-owned roadways across Iowa. Closures due to flooding can be viewed by turning on the incident layer on the online map and mobile app.

For the latest in flooding information and recovery resources, as well as an image gallery showing the flood damage and recovery efforts go to https://floods2019.iowa.gov/.

Maurice, Iowa — A Sioux County church has given a couple of donations and has partnered with northwest Iowa’s Seasons Center for Behavioral Health to promote mental health awareness.

The Maurice Reformed Church and Seasons Center hosted the WALK for Mental Health Awareness in May in Sioux Center in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, and the event raised over $750. Additionally, Maurice Reformed Church gathered a special offering during the month of May, donating $1,000 to Camp Autumn.

Kim Scorza, CEO/President of Seasons Center says that Pastor Ross Hoekstra got the ball rolling.


Pastor Hoekstra led a series of sermons throughout the month of May centered on mental health. This series included one sermon titled “Depression” which received over 200 views on their website.

The pastor says one of the things that came out of the focus on mental health is that the church will be starting a group for individuals and family members struggling with mental illness. Pastor Hoekstra says mental health is not something that churches often talk about, but he says they wanted to change that.

The proceeds of the WALK for Mental Health Awareness and special offering from Maurice Reformed Church are being used to benefit children in northwest Iowa through scholarships to attend Camp Autumn in O’Brien County during the summer of 2019.

Maurice Reformed Church and Seasons Center have plans to host the WALK for Mental Health Awareness again next May in Sioux Center.

In addition, Seasons Center and Maurice Reformed Church are hosting a Mental Health First Aid training course on Saturday, June 29 from 8 AM – 4:30 PM at the church. It is free training available to help individuals in the community learn how to help someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or another mental health crisis. Seating is limited. They say you should pre-register soon by emailing Taylor at tprather@seasonscenter.org. You can also call 1-800-242-5101 for more information.

June 18, 2019 - 1:36 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Hull man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after a semi rollover near Sioux Center on Monday night, June 17th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:30 p.m., 51-year-old Kevin Van Schepen of Hull was driving a 2019 Freightliner semi‐truck pulling a feed trailer southbound on Garfield Avenue, four miles southwest of Sioux Center when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch. The truck and trailer rolled onto its side.

Sioux Center Ambulance EMTs took Van Schepen to Sioux Center Health. He was later flown to a Sioux Falls hospital for further treatment of his injuries.

The truck and trailer sustained approximately $200,000 in damage. The sheriff’s office reports that the Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department, and the Sioux Center Ambulance Squad assisted with the response to the accident.

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Firefighters and Ag Partners employees were able to utilize a reasonably new technology in assessing the situation in the aftermath of an explosion at the Ag Partners plant in Sheldon Friday morning.

During Friday’s incident, Sheldon firefighters requested the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office bring their drone aircraft to assist firefighters. Sioux County Chief Deputy and County EMA Coordinator Nate Huizenga says one of the abilities of the drone is to locate the heat signature of a fire.

Huizenga tells us how the thermal imaging camera was put to use in Friday’s incident.

In addition to the thermal imaging camera, Sioux County’s drone also has a hi-resolution zoom camera.

He tells us why the thirty-power zoom camera is important.

In addition to giving officials the ability to ascertain if a site is stable enough for humans to enter, as was the case during the Ag Partners incident, the drone can also be used to get visual confirmation of the activities of a suspect, without putting officers in harm’s way. He says that in the two-years the department has had the drone they’ve used it to get aerial footage of floods, and train derailments. Huizenga says they’ve undergone “lost person” drills and the like.

Huizenga says the drone has changed the way his department does its job, and after having the drone for a couple of years, he doesn’t know how they did their job without it.

Photo caption: Actual photo of damage at Ag Partners taken by Sioux County’s drone

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office recently held its fourth annual essay contest for sixth-grade students.

The grand prize winner is honored by having their essay posted on the Sheriff’s Office website and social media outlets the Sheriff’s Office uses: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and its Sioux County Sheriff App. The winner also receives a tour of the Sheriff’s Office, Sioux County Courthouse along and a patrol vehicle ride‐along with Sheriff’s Office SRO, Deputy Pollema.

The topic of this year’s essay was about being visionary and imaginative. Students were asked to give ideas of what they thought would make their school and the world a better place. The contestants also had to include what they could do or say to help their family, friends, and classmates be the best that they can be.

In March, the submitted essays were reviewed by Sheriff Dan Altena, deputy Pollema, and Mrs. Julie Visscher’s Honors English class of the Boyden‐Hull JR/SR High School.

Pollema, who directed the program said, “This has become a project that we look forward to each year; there were several great essays presented again! The outside‐the‐box thinking from the Spalding Catholic 6th grade students really stood out; they all submitted video essays that really grabbed our attention.”

Bridget McIntyre, a 6th-grade student at Spalding Catholic School was selected as the winner of this year’s essay contest. McIntyre is the daughter of Chad and Alina McIntyre of Alton.

The Sheriff’s Office and KIWA say, “Congratulations Bridget!” The link to her YouTube video can be found here: https://youtu.be/p6Soy4pJhs0

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a new plant person in northwest Iowa.

Dawn Henderson is their new horticulture program coordinator for Lyon, Osceola, Sioux and O’Brien Counties. Her first official day on the job was June 10. She takes over for Margaret Murphy who moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family.

Henderson’s responsibilities include: answering horticulture-related questions, providing consumer horticulture programming throughout the four-county area, maintaining a strong local Master Gardener volunteer organization and working with the local community and donation gardens.

Henderson is a 2019 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy. Previously, she served as a water resources intern with Iowa Learning Farms and Water Rocks!; an agronomy intern with local ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist Joel DeJong; and a summer naturalist intern at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

Henderson looks forward to the position and working with local communities.

She says, “Community education has always been a passion of mine and I have been interested in working with Extension since the beginning of college.” She says she is excited to combine her passion for agriculture with the opportunity to work directly with the public on conservation education.

Henderson will be based out of the ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County office in Rock Rapids with frequent travel around all four counties (Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien, and Sioux).

To welcome Henderson, you can stop by the ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County office located at 710 North 2nd Avenue East in Rock Rapids, call 712-472-2576 or email dawnh@iastate.edu.

Orange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa institution of higher learning has been ranked high in nationwide rankings by a review aggregator.

Northwestern College in Orange City is ranked as the fourth-best Christian college or university in the nation by College Consensus, a college review aggregator that combines the latest results from the most reputable college rankings with thousands of student reviews. Northwestern is the highest-ranked institution from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

“Northwestern is deeply committed to the values of Christian higher education and traditional liberal arts, emphasizing critical analysis, problem-solving, communication, and leadership,” says a write-up about the college on College Consensus’ website. “Northwestern’s No. 1 mission is to send thoughtful, compassionate Christian leaders into their professions and careers.”

The College Consensus ranking averages rankings from organizations including Forbes and U.S. News with student reviews published on sites such as Cappex, Niche, and Unigo.

Mark Bloemendaal, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Northwestern says, “We are pleased to receive another high ranking that validates the high quality of a Northwestern education. It’s our vision to be the leading Christian college focused on student success and Christ-centered work for the common good, so it’s exciting when external reviews and the ratings of students affirm that we are doing an excellent job providing a Christ-centered education and outstanding preparation for entering the workforce or graduate school.”

Northwestern College has also been ranked by College Consensus as third on its list of the Best Colleges in Iowa; seventh on its list of the Best Regional Colleges-Midwest; and 134th on its national list of the Best Colleges and Universities out of the country’s more than 2,800 four-year institutions.

Nearby Dordt University in Sioux Center isn’t too far down the national best Christian colleges and universities list, at number seven.