May 6, 2016 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Alton, Iowa — A Hospers man struck a deer on the morning of Tuesday, May 4th near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:01 am on Tuesday, 40-year-old Joshua Boersma of Hospers was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on Highway 60, one mile south of Hospers. According to the report, Boersma struck a deer on the roadway.

The Chevrolet received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 5, 2016 - 3:47 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man faces felony drug charges after an arrest earlier this week.
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The Rock Valley Police Department reports that they arrested 20-year-old Andres Alberto Ramos of Rock Valley on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.

They report that Ramos was charged with Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Deliver Marijuana – less than fifty kilograms and Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp, both class D felonies; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which is a simple misdemeanor.

In Iowa, a Class D Felony is punishable by a prison term of five years and a fine of between $750 and $7500.  That’s the penalties Ramos faces if he’s convicted.

Officers say it is an ongoing investigation, so no further information is available at this time.

May 4, 2016 - 2:53 am - Posted in News

Mattoon, Illinois — The name of the main telecommunications provider in a number of northwest Iowa communities is changing yet again. But this time it’s due to the sale of the exchanges to a local company instead of a name change or sale at the corporate level.
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Mankato, Minnesota-based Hickory Tech had purchased the northwest Iowa exchanges from US West in 1997, and for a number of years used “Heartland Telecommunications” as its Iowa brand. US West was a “baby bell” and a successor of Northwestern Bell. After a short change to “Crystal,” Hickory Tech used its own name on the exchanges for several years. In October, 2013, they changed their name to “Enventis,” a name they only held for 20 months before a June, 2015 sale to Illinois-based Consolidated Communications.

Now Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. says they have entered into a definitive agreement with Mutual Telephone Company of Sioux Center (also known as Premier Communications) and Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association to divest its Heartland Telecommunications Company of Iowa territory in order for the Company to focus on its core regions.

Premier will acquire the Iowa exchanges of: Akron, Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Sibley. Winnebago will acquire the Iowa exchanges of Bancroft and Lakota.

Doug Boone, chief executive officer of Premier says that his company has been, and always will be, committed to offering exceptional voice, video and data services to their customers. He says that the addition of these nine exchanges is a natural fit to their existing service territory and they pledge to serve these new customers with, “the same cutting-edge technology and great customer service that Premier is known for.”

Consolidated’s Heartland operation contributed approximately $7.0 million of revenue in fiscal 2015. The agreement is an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $22.5 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments. The closing is subject to customary regulatory approvals, which are expected to be completed in the second half of 2016.

May 4, 2016 - 2:08 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hull.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:45 AM on Monday, May 2, 2016, 25 -year-old Jesse Wielenga of Hull was driving a 2002 Chevy on K52, about a mile north of Hull.

The report says that Wielenga was attempting a turn to go west on 310th Street. But it says he turned too short and the vehicle went down into the ditch and rolled onto its top on the cement culvert in the ditch on the northwest side of the intersection.

The Hull Ambulance took Wielenga to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Wielenga’s Chevy sustained $2000 in damages.

He was charged with failure to maintain control.

May 3, 2016 - 8:57 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen struck a gas meter in Hull on Sunday, May 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:31 pm on Sunday, 13-year-old Carson Zandstra of Hull was driving a 2003 Cadillac Escalade on private property in Hull. According to the report, as Zandstra was backing, he struck a MidAmerican Energy Company Gas Meter.

The Cadillac received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 3, 2016 - 8:57 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — A Fairmont, Minnesota woman’s vehicle was damaged after she struck a dog near Hospers on Sunday, May 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:02 am, 47-year-old Michelle Norstrom of Fairmont, Minnesota was driving a 2011 Ford Escape northbound on Highway 60, three miles north of Hospers. According to the report, Norstrom struck a dog in the roadway.

The Ford received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 3, 2016 - 8:56 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemIreton, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident near Ireton on Saturday, April 30th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:02 pm on Satuday, 32-year-old Michael Timmer of Hawarden was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pulling an enclosed trailer northbound on Dipper Avenue, two miles west of Ireton. Sixteen-year-old Adam Viet of Hawarden was driving a 2008 Jeep Cherokee northbound on Dipper behind Timmer. According to the report, Timmer attempted to turn left onto 470th Street as Viet began passing him and Viet struck the Chevrolet in the intersection. After striking Timmer, Viet lost control of his vehicle, entered the west ditch and struck a Southern Sioux County Rural Water System water valve.

The Silverado received $9000 damage, the Jeep received $7000 damage, and the water valve received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 2, 2016 - 5:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Thursday, May 5th, is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer.
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Organizers say it will have profound significance for our country. They say it is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as they call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.

The theme for the 2016 National Day Of Prayer is “Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight the theme, organizers have chosen Isaiah 58:1a as the Scripture for the year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”

For the May 5th observances, Dr. Tony Evans, the 2016 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon, eastern time.

Sheldon’s 19th Annual National Day of Prayer observance will be at Living Water Community Church. The speaker will be Justin Jenness. The service will begin at 6:30 PM. The community event is sponsored by the Sheldon Area Ministerial Association and the local National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Elsewhere in northwest Iowa, Orange City will have a National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday from noon to 1 PM at the Orange City Town Hall lower level Community Room. You can come and go as your schedule permits.

In Sioux Center, an all-day prayer vigil is scheduled at the House of Missions and Equipping or “HOME” building, which is behind Culvers in southern Sioux Center. It’s from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Again it’s a come and go observance. Stations will be set up with various prayer topics, plus from 8:00 until 11:00 AM, there will be a prayer simulcast from Washington, DC.

The Rock Rapids Council of Churches doesn’t have any specific observance planned, but the women of the community will be getting together for prayer at a May Breakfast this Saturday, May 7th.

In George, the George Ministerial Association is encouraging each church to observe the National Day of Prayer on their own.

If you’d like to add your community to our list, send us an email at

May 2, 2016 - 5:32 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — An Orange City man was arrested after authorities say he took two different cars.
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On Saturday, April 30th, at 4:30 pm the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 25-year-old Geoffrey Dean Oolman of Orange City on charges of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent and driving while license barred.

At approximately 2 PM, the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in Merrill for a report of a vehicle theft. The caller also stated that another vehicle was abandoned in their driveway. Upon investigation, deputies believe the vehicle abandoned in the driveway was stolen out of Sioux City earlier that afternoon. That vehicle was released to the owner from Sioux City.

The vehicle from Merrill was entered as stolen. A short time later, the vehicle was located by the Orange City Police Department at 105 St. Paul Avenue in Orange City. Deputies from the Plymouth and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange City Police Department went to the home and arrested Oolman. He was transported to the Plymouth County Jail and booked in on the charges of operating a motor vehicle without owners consent, and driving while license barred. Both charges are aggravated misdemeanors. Bond was set at $2,000.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office says the Sioux City Police Department will likely be filing charges for the incident that occurred in Sioux City.

April 30, 2016 - 4:18 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman’s vehicle was damaged after striking a JCB Telehandler on Thursday, April 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3:28 pm on Thursday, 34-year-old Jon Burt of Hawarden was driving a JCB Telehandler northbound on Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center. Sixty-six-year-old Janet Bajema was driving a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe northbound on Garfield Avenue behind Burt. According to the report, Burt began turning left onto a business driveway as Bajema attempted to pass when she struck the telehandler on the roadway.

The Hyundai received $3500 damage; the JCB was not damaged.

No injuries were reported.