January 17, 2018 - 5:16 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — known by the acronym “STEM” is the focus of an opportunity for kids in Sioux Center on Saturday, February 10th. But organizers say that due to the popularity of past events, you’ll want to register as soon as registration opens, this Sunday, January 21st.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Lyon County Youth Coordinator Jill Postma tells us about this STEM Fest, which will be held at Dordt College.

She says that even if your kids have been to a previous STEM Fest, they’ll probably still want to participate in this one because there are several new activities. She highlights some of the activities for us.

She says it’s an all-day event.

Postma tells us that there are no residency restrictions, and you don’t have to be in 4-H to attend — it’s open to all fourth through eighth graders. She says in past years they’ve even had some students from out-of-state attend.

Postma says feel free to call your local extension office for more information, but registration is online-only, and opens this Sunday, January 21st, at 5:00 p.m. She says they have a limit of 200 students, and it fills up fast. You can pay the $10 registration fee with a credit card when you register.

Online registration and payment should be completed at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/dordt-stem-fest-2018. (The link will say that the form is not available if you click on it before Sunday at 5 p.m.) Registration will close Feb. 2 or sooner if the maximum of 200 youth is reached prior to that date.

Sessions include:
A Kaleidoscope of Microbes presented by Dordt College

Bees, Bats and Butterflies presented by Iowa Master Gardeners

Biodiversity Bonanza presented by Water Rocks!

Build Your Own Microscope presented by Dordt College

Butter for Your Mutter presented by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA)

Compound Bow: A New Superhero’s Tool presented by Dustin Sperlich

Coding with Scratch presented by Dordt College

Colors of Chemistry presented by Dordt College

Crack the Code with Agriculture presented by the Ag Literacy Foundation

Cyclon Eyes: An Arduino Workshop presented by Dordt College

Earth from Space presented by EROS Data Center

Exploding Dots presented by Dordt College

Exploring Nursing presented by Dordt College

Fetal Pig Surgery presented by Dordt College

Food Science presented by Dordt College

Force Factor presented by Albers ATA

Fun with Fossils presented by Sanford Museum

Heart Monitors – Get in the Zone and Hit Your Target! presented by ISU Extension and Outreach

Multiplying Success in Cattle presented by Trans Ova

Ozobot Scavenger Hunt presented by the Northwest Iowa STEM Hub

Physics is Phun presented by Dordt College

Power-Up Soldering presented by TechKnow

Prairie Fire – Why? How? And What About the Animals? presented by Dordt College

PrISUm Solar Car: Solar Energy is the Future! presented by the ISU PrISUm Solar Car Team

Sound Like A… presented by Sioux County Conservation

Vet Science and Body Systems presented by Dordt College

West Point Bridge Designer presented by Dordt College

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley man faces multiple felony sexual assault, and one misdemeanor Indecent Exposure charge, following his arrest Wednesday morning (January 17th).

Sioux County authorities say the charges against 71-year old Lloyd Schlumbohm stem from an investigation into the report of alleged unwanted and inappropriate sexual contact between Schlumbohm and a minor victim, that reportedly occurred at a residence east of Rock Valley several times over the past 11-years.

Deputies say Schlumbohm is charged with three counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Class C Felonies, and one count of Indecent Exposure, a Serious Misdemeanor.

According to Sioux County Jail records, as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Schlumbohm remained in custody at the Sioux County Jail.

January 16, 2018 - 10:21 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman, who was arrested after a standoff with police in November, has been sentenced to fifteen years in prison for theft. But she has appealed that conviction.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says that 39-year-old Kamie Jo Schiebout of Sioux Center was sentenced for the crime of Theft in the Second Degree as a Habitual Offender.

He says that on November 29, 2015, Sioux Center and Orange City police received reports that several books of blank checks had been stolen. Those checks began being issued to local businesses around Sioux County. Further investigation revealed Schiebout had stolen the checks and began using them to obtain goods and services in exchange.

Kunstle says Schiebout was sentenced to fifteen years in prison on the felony theft convictions. However, he says that before being taken into custody, Schiebout posted her appeal bond, staying her sentence pending her appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. Such an appeal is expected to take approximately sixteen months, according to the county attorney.

Schiebout was arrested after a brief standoff with authorities on Tuesday, November 21st, three miles west of Sioux Center. Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies said that while they could see Schiebout inside the home, she refused to come to the door. Deputies say that after negotiations with the people inside the home failed, the Tri-County CERT Team made entry into the home and reportedly discovered Schiebout hiding under a pickup bed parked inside the garage of the home. Authorities say she was then arrested and booked into the Sioux County Jail.

January 15, 2018 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A group of conservatives in Sioux County is offering a series again this year called “Pizza and Policy” at the Sioux Center Public Library.

Jacob Hall with the Sioux County Conservatives tells us why they decided to offer the discussion series.

Hall says that to start the series, they’ll hear from a nationally-syndicated radio host, Conservative Review TV show host, MSNBC contributor and best-selling author.

Again, the event will be on January 25th at 7 p.m. at the Sioux Center Public Library.

Personhood Sioux County will have groups in Hull, Orange City, Rock Valley and Sioux Center. The groups will meet individually and start out by watching a series entitled “Life Is Best” — a pro-life apologetics program. A discussion will also take place.

Deace has said, “Life is more than a political litmus test. It’s a window to the soul. It’s the defining moral issue of the age.”

Hall says there are other speakers planned for later events.

He says they encourage you to come a little early, around 6:30 each evening so you can enjoy some pizza, pop, and conversation among attendees and speakers before the event formally starts.

January 15, 2018 - 3:57 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash near Hospers late Friday afternoon.

According to Sioux County authorities, the mishap took place on 380th Street, two miles south of Hospers, about 5:00 Friday afternoon.

Authorities say 41-year old David Erkes of Sheldon was backing a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup from a residential driveway onto 380th Street, when he reportedly backed into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox driven by 44-year old Stacey Klein of Hospers.

Deputies say Kleain was taken to the Orange City Health System Hospital by Hospers Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

The Ford sustained an estimated $2-thousand in damage, while Klein’s Chevrolet sustained approximately $7-thousand in damage.

The Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hospers Ambulance and Hospers Fire Department.

January 15, 2018 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — Three people were transported to the hospital in the aftermath of a 2-vehicle crash on Highway 60 near Hospers early Saturday morning.

THe Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened shortly before 7 Saturday morning, one mile south of Hospers. According to authorities, a 1996 International semi tractor, driven by 78-year old Arlin Pottebaum of Hospers, was southbound when his truck was struck in the rear by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 20-year old Coleman Lawson of Faucett, Missouri.

Deputies say Pottebaum, and his passenger, 60-year old Larry Nitch of Hospers, were transported by Alton Ambulance to the Orange City Helath System Hospital for treatment of injuries, while Lawson was taken to the same hospital by Hospers Ambulance.

Authorities say Lawson was cited for Following Too Close.

Deputies estimate the damage to Pottebaum’s International at approximately $5-thousand, with damage to Lawson’s pickup was estimated at $26-thousand.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by The Hospers Fire Department, Hospers Ambulance and Alton Ambulance.

January 15, 2018 - 3:21 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa– A small shed was destroyed in a fire on Sunday, January 14, 2018 near Boyden.

According to Boyden Fire Chief Chris Starkenburg, about 7:40 a.m., the Boyden Fire Department was called to the report of a shed fire at 3064 Jackson Avenue, three miles west of Boyden near Natural Beauty Growers, and then a mile and a half north.

The chief says the fire department saw the building had burned down and there was lots of smoke as they approached the scene. He says the building had been about the size of a garden shed — about 8 feet by 10 feet. He says they took out all the hot stuff, then extinguished all the embers with water and foam.

Starkenburg says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Starkenburg reports that there was about $1,000 in damage.

He says they used about 2,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and seven firefighters were on scene for about 45 minutes.

January 11, 2018 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — In this first month of the year, you may need to be more vigilant to keep from getting ripped off by scam phone callers, or identity thieves.

Dan Hendrickson, a spokesman for the Better Business Bureau, says it’s not too late to make a resolution to ensure your credit is safe.

By checking your credit report, Iowans can spot signs of identity theft early. It may also be helpful to register your phone on the “Do Not Call” registry to avoid a host of questionable sales pitches and pleas for charitable donations, but it isn’t a perfect system.

To get your phone on the “Do Not Call” registry, visit donotcall.gov.

January 10, 2018 - 1:04 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Earlier today (Wednesday) the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls had issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lyon and Sioux counties in the broadcast area, and a Winter Storm Watch for the O’Brien and Osceola County portions of the broadcast area. That changed a bit mid-afternoon today.

Around 3:00 pm, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all four counties here in extreme northwest Iowa, O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux.

The Winer Weather Advisory will be in effect from midnight tonight to 6:00 pm tomorrow (Thursday). The advisory calls for snow and blowing snow, with northwest winds of 25 to 45 mph. According to the National Weather Service, slippery road conditions and greatly reduced visibilities may result in brief near whiteout conditions around the area.

Forecasters are calling for total snowfall for this storm to be somewhere between two and four inches. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Hanko says it doesn’t take a great deal of snowfall to reduce visibility in the forecast high winds.

With the high winds forecast for the period, expect wind chill indices to reach as low as -20 degrees.

Once the snow has ended, the bottom will drop out of the thermometer once again, with daytime highs through the remainder of the work week into the weekend reaching only the single digits either side of zero, with overnight wind chills reaching the 20’s below zero.

January 10, 2018 - 10:16 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are investigating a theft that was reported around 9:30 Tuesday morning (January 9th).

According to authorities the theft took place Monday (January 8th), when two people came to the victim’s residence northeast of Sioux Center, to purchase a cattle trailer.

Deputies say one of the suspects identified himself as “Dick Wolfs” of Logan, Iowa, and gave the victim a check for $6-thousand and took the trailer.

According to authorities, it was later found that the check was counterfeit, and the name “Dick Wolfs” is a bogus name.

Deputies say the suspects were driving a black, or dark blue, Dodge pickup with dual rear wheels and no license plates.

The trailer is a Hillsboro brand aluminum 24-foot cattle trailer with blue pin stripes on the side, and a large scratch and dent on the right.

If you have seen the pickup or trailer you’re asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.