July 6, 2015 - 6:20 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Arizona man was arrested on an OWI charge after an accident near Orange City.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 AM on Friday, July 3, 47-year-old James Allen of Glendale, AZ was driving a 2015 Dodge Journey westbound on Highway 10, a half mile east of Orange City when he lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch.

No injuries were reported.

The Dodge sustained approximately $2,000 in damages.

Upon further investigation, deputies suspect that Allen was under the influence of alcohol. As a result, Allen was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department.

July 5, 2015 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

deer_sxcHospers, IA — A Brooklyn Park, Minnesota man hit a deer on Thursday, July 2nd.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 5:28 am, 30-year-old Khalid Elemo of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota was driving a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan on Highway 60. According to the report, Elemo struck a deer in the roadway.

The Dodge received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 5, 2015 - 8:39 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The leader of the Iowa Poultry Association says he’s keeping close tabs on federal lawmakers as they threaten spending cuts to the U-S-D-A. One proposal being considered would cut a half-billion dollars, which could include funding for fighting avian influenza. Association executive director Randy Olson says he hopes Congress will provide the needed help to continue battling bird flu in Iowa and elsewhere.

(As above) “There’ll be a lot of discussion and posturing about budgets at the federal level, as there always is,” Olson says. “We certainly hope that the federal government and state governments will stick by the task of moving forward with avian influenza cleanup and making sure these farmers can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Iowa is the nation’s number-one egg producer. At least 77 poultry operations in 18 Iowa counties have had to euthanize entire flocks due to outbreaks. More than 31-million birds were destroyed. Olson says Iowa’s congressional delegation and Governor Branstad have been very supportive of the state’s poultry industry in dealing with bird flu.

(As above) “There’s no question that everybody realizes the severity of this crisis in poultry and egg communities,” Olson says. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get through this challenging time as quickly as possible.”

Iowa officials are waiting on the feds after Governor Branstad requested a disaster declaration in four particularly hard hit counties due to the highly-pathogenic avian influenza. One of those counties is Sioux County.

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July 4, 2015 - 1:23 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A man from Hull and one from Sioux Center were taken to the hospital after an accident at Perkins Corner on Thursday July 2, 2015.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:30 PM, 25-year-old Cory Kats of Hull driving a 1995 Chrysler New Yorker northbound on Highway 75. Zachary Dimmick of Sioux Center, who’s also 25 years old, was driving a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup westbound on 320th Street, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The report says Dimmick stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and then drove into the intersection where he was struck by Kats.

The Hull Ambulance crew transported both Dimmick and Kats to Sioux Center Health.

The Chrysler sustained approximately $4,000 in damages. The GMC sustained an estimated $7,000 in damages.

The Hull Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office says they cited Dimmick on a charge of failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.

July 4, 2015 - 1:13 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — In the early hours of Friday morning, July 3rd, 2015, a Sioux Center man was taken to the hospital after an accident.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that just before 3:30 AM, 28-year-old Irving Ruiz of Sioux Center was driving a 2006 Freightliner feed truck southbound on Harrison Avenue, about a mile north of Sioux Center, when he lost control of the vehicle. The truck entered the west ditch where it rolled onto its side.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Ruiz to the Sioux Center Health.

The Freightliner sustained about $75,000 in damages.

The Sheriff’s Office cited Ruiz on charges of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle and operating a commercial motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

The Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance crew assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

July 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s the Independence Day weekend. While the Iowa Legislature discussed the legalization of fireworks like firecrackers, bottle rockets and the like this year, in the end they decided not to lift the ban on fireworks. We got some tips on staying safe with the legal ones from Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls.

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He says a good rule of thumb is that if it goes up or blows up, it’s not legal in Iowa without a permit.

Huls says there are some things to keep in mind when setting off fireworks of any kind.

Huls says the fact that fireworks are illegal should be enough to make people think twice before making an illegal purchase, but he says he knows many people do it anyway. He tells us about the hazards.

Huls emphasizes that if you’re doing fireworks legally, like if you have a permit or if you’re doing them in a state where they are legal, you really have to be careful — not only about lighting fireworks and about those that misfire, but about where they are enjoyed — that they are both set off and aimed at a safe location — away from other people and away from things that could burn easily like dry grass, wooded areas, and hay or straw.

He says there’s something else to keep in mind with illegal fireworks.

Again, Huls says slow down and think about what you’re doing, have extra water available, and have enough adult supervision.

And he says the best advice is to leave the aerial and explosive fireworks up to the professionals.

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July 2, 2015 - 8:28 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul was in northwest Iowa on Wednesday.
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He is warning people that a stock market crash may be ahead because the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates from fluctuating.

(as said)”People say, ‘Oh, we can just do that forever,'” Paul said. “I don’t think so. I think there’ll be a day of reckoning.”

Paul, who made stops in Sioux Center, Okoboji, and Sioux City on Wednesday says “greed” probably didn’t cause the housing crisis in 2007. He argues keeping interest rates “close to zero” may have been the culprit.

(as said) “Right now we’re still keeping interest rates at zero and the boom isn’t in housing this time, but it may well be a boom in the stock market,” Paul said. “What happens when people come to the realization that we’ve maybe overinflated the stock market again?”

Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky, says government shouldn’t be trying to “manipulate the marketplace” by clamping down on interest rates. Paul joked with the crowd in Sioux City that there were “55” Republicans running for the party’s presidential nomination and Paul argued he was best-positioned in that crowded field to challenge likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

(as said) “If we want to win as a party, we’ve got to figure out how to win Iowa — not just the primary. We’ve got to figure out how to win the General Election,” Paul said. “We lost Iowa twice to President Obama. We lost New Hampshire twice…Colorado’s another, Pennsylvania, Ohio. These are five states all won by President Obama and Republicans have trouble winning. Right now I’m the only Republican who beats Hillary Clinton in all five of those states.”

Paul’s Sioux Center stop was at their public library. His Sioux City stop was at Morningside College, and his Okoboji stop was at the Barefoot Bar.

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July 2, 2015 - 9:18 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHull, IA — Two Hull residents’ vehicles were damaged in an accident near Hull on Wednesday, June 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:54 am, 18-year-old Zachary DeJager of Hull was driving eastbound in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup on Highway 18, one mile wast of Hull. Twenty-year-old Kelsey Schenk of Hull was driving eastbound in a 2006 Pontiac G6, following DeJager. According to the Sheriff’s Office, DeJager stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto Indian Avenue, and was struck by Schenk.

The pickup received $500 damage. The Pontiac received $3500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 2, 2015 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, IA — A LeMars woman rear ended an Orange City woman on Wednesday, July 1st.

According to the Orange City Police Department, at about 4:46 pm, 19-year-old Courtney Van Beek of LeMars was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Colbalt southbound on Albany Avenue Southeast. Eighty-two-year-old Lorna Reinders of Orange City was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on Albany Avenue Southeast as well. According to the report, Reinders was slowing down for a vehicle ahead of her that was making a turn and Van Beek did not notice Reinders slowing down, and rear ended her.

The Equinox received $1000 damage. The Cobalt received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 1, 2015 - 5:21 pm - Posted in News
Mural on First Impact by Mark Alsum

Artist’s preview of the design of the new mural

Orange City, Iowa — A brand new mural is being painted in Orange City, featuring a subject that comes as no surprise – Tulips. We had a chance to visit with Janine Calsbeek, executive director of the Orange City Arts Council. She tells us how it came together.

Calsbeek says the First Impact Building is behind the Orange City Post Office — a half a block west of Albany Avenue on First Street, near Don’s Food Center.

She tells us that the money to pay for the mural is still being raised.

Calsbeek tells us about the mural’s artist.

She says they chose tulips — because it’s “The Orange City way.”

She says she thinks people will want to take pictures in front of it. Calsbeek says this mural will have a special dedication.

The mural is being painted directly on the wall, just like the other murals in Orange City. That means the artist has to paint it in real time and out in the elements. Calsbeek says Alsum is working on the mural this week.

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