March 20, 2018 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try and find a utility truck that was reported stolen from the Hawarden area.

They tell us that on Friday morning, March 16th, they investigated a report of a theft that occurred at a business, three and a half miles north of Hawarden.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that upon further investigation, deputies believed the perpetrator or perpetrators entered onto the business property and stole two vehicles. Both of those vehicles were abandoned by the suspects and located later that day.

But on Monday, March 19, it was discovered that a white 2001 Ford F‐350 utility truck was apparently stolen from the same business sometime between Friday, March 16, at 7:20 p.m., and Saturday, March 17, at 6:30 a.m.

They say this truck likely has one license plate attached to it:  South Dakota number 62K921.

If you have any information about these crimes, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo of similar truck provided by Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

March 20, 2018 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hawarden mother and stepfather who are facing felony charges — appear to have decided to plead guilty in a plea agreement.

According to court records, 34-year-old Nina Spaans’ 11-year-old told a teacher he was being abused over a year ago, on February 3rd, 2017.

Court records say authorities believe that 36-year-old Matthew Spaans abused his 11-year-old stepson, causing injuries. Authorities also believe Nina Spaans told the boy to make up stories about how the injuries were received.

Both Matthew and Nina Spaans are charged with three counts each of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony. Court records indicate that both have now filed written pleas of guilty. A plea-taking and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Monday, April 2nd in Sioux County District Court.

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March 20, 2018 - 12:59 am - Posted in News

Newkirk, Iowa — A Sheldon woman was taken to a hospital as the result of an accident near Newkirk on Friday, March 16th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:25 p.m., 29-year-old Jaime Anzua of Sheldon was driving a 2005 Ford F150 eastbound on 400th Street, or B40, five miles east of Sioux Center, or four miles west of Newkirk. They report that 46-year-old Stacie Hurlburt of Sheldon was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Venture westbound on 400th Street.

According to the report, Hurlburt lost control of her vehicle and struck the Ford.

They report that the Orange City Ambulance Squad took Hurlburt to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Anzua’s Ford pickup sustained about $10,000 in damage. Hurlburt’s Chevrolet sustained about $8,000 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Orange City Fire Department and the Orange City Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

March 19, 2018 - 4:57 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley resident was taken to a hospital after an accident near Rock Valley on Saturday, March 17.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:20 p.m., 19-year-old Grant Zevenbergen of Rock Valley was driving a 2003 Buick Regal southbound on Dove Avenue, two miles southwest of Rock Valley when he lost control of the vehicle. It entered the west ditch and struck a ditch embankment.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Zevenbergen to Hegg Health Center Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Buick only sustained about $100 in damage.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Rock Valley Ambulance Squad, the Rock Valley Fire Department, and the Rock Valley Police Department assisted with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.

March 19, 2018 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa State Representative representing Sioux County has filed for reelection in 2018.

Fourth District Republican Representative Skyler Wheeler of Orange City serves most of Sioux County except some counties in the northern and eastern portions of the county, which are served by Third District Representative Dan Huseman, of Aurelia.

Wheeler says he’s excited about the opportunity to serve again in the House with “a couple years under [his] belt.” He says as a group, the House GOP has “gotten a lot done.” But he says there’s more to do.

Wheeler filed his nomination petitions to the Secretary of State’s office last week.

March 16, 2018 - 2:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sioux County has been ranked the second healthiest county in Iowa in which to live, according to a report just released by Last year’s report had Sioux County rated #1.

The new report ranks all 99 of Iowa’s counties for their health, based on criteria like access to good doctors, education, and affordable housing. Katie Wehr, a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, saya host of key factors like, where we live, play a definite role in how well we live, and for how long.

The new rankings list Iowa’s five healthiest counties as: Grundy, Sioux, Cedar, Dallas and Winneshiek, while the five counties in the poorest health are: Monona, Appanoose, Decatur, Audubon and Lee. Lyon County is ranked #8 in the latest report, with O’Brien coming in at #21, and Osceola County ranking #54 out of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Wehr says the rankings are a starting point, not an ending point, and there’s always room for improvement.

She says the local-level information makes it clear good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including housing, education and jobs.

The new report says poverty limits opportunity and increases the chance of poor health. Children in poverty are less likely to have access to well-resourced and quality schools, and have fewer chances to be prepared for living wage jobs. The report reveals that in Iowa, 15-percent of children live in poverty, compared to the national rate of 20-percent.

For a complete look at the Iowa rankings, visit

March 14, 2018 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The felony case against an Orange City woman accused of burglary and theft has been dismissed.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the charges against 24-year old Stacy Carr stem from the investigation into a residential burglary in Hull. Deputies say Carr is accused of entering a residence on Maple Street in Hull without permission and stealing a cell phone.

Carr faced charges of 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony, and 5th Degree Theft, a Simple Misdemeanor, in connection with the incident.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that Carr was charged in numerous cases. He says she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor theft charge and was sentenced to pay a fine, surcharge and other fees and costs, plus 15 days in jail with credit for time served.

In exchange for the voluntary guilty plea in the misdemeanor case, Kunstle said it was decided that since the possibility for obtaining a conviction in the felony case was low, that they would dismiss the felony case. He says also, she is in custody awaiting trial in a class C felony willful injury case in Woodbury County.

March 14, 2018 - 5:18 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — The case against a Boyden man who faced a felony burglary charge after an incident last summer in Sheldon has been closed for now.

Authorities say 37-year-old Casey VandenBosch was charged with Third Degree Burglary, which is a Class D Felony. Sheldon Police say the charges stem from the investigation into an incident that took place in Sheldon in which someone entered a house through a window.

If convicted of a class D felony, defendants face five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7500.

Court records say VandenBosch originally pleaded not guilty in August 2017 but changed his plea last month.

Judge Carl Peterson granted VandenBosch a deferred judgment in the case. But he will have to serve probation for four years, pay a $750 fine, pay a Law Enforcement Initiative Surchage of $150, pay pecuniary damages, and other costs and fees.

In his ruling, Judge Carl Petersen cited VandenBosch’s lack of record, his employment circumstances, contents of the pre-sentence investigation, the plea agreement, and VandenBosch’s comments as reasons supporting the sentence.

March 14, 2018 - 2:11 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The Sibley Acquatic Center ad the Sioux County Nature Center at Hawarden are two of the three projects that have been awarded Community Attraction and Tourism, or CAT, Grants by the Enhance Iowa Board.

According to a release from the Enhance Iowa Board, the Sibley Acquatic Center received a CAT grant in the amount of $250-thousand, the exact amount the group had asked Enhance Iowa to provide. That money will go toward the $2,568,488 required to complete the project, which includes the rehabilitation and expansion of Sibley’s existing swimming pool. The aquatic center will feature a new splash pad, zero-depth entry, water play structures, water bench, sunshades, a water therapy seat, volleyball net, lap lanes, log roll, climbing wall, a drop slide into the pool, and three-quarter-meter diving stand. The project also includes the complete remodel, rehabilitation and reuse of existing pool facilities like parking, concession stand, and bathhouse, and replacement of the existing clubhouse with a new facility that will host community celebrations, meetings and special events.

The Sioux County Nature Center at Hawarden received the $600-thousand grant they had applied for, which will go toward the $4,269,318 cost of the new two-story nature center at Oak Groves Park. The nature center will provide office space for conservation staff, exhibit spaces and classrooms for educational programming.

The CAT Grants were announced during Wednesday’s (March 14th) meeting of the Enhance Iowa Board.

The Enhance Iowa Program provides financial incentives to communities for the construction of recreational, cultural, educational or entertainment facilities that enhance the quality of life in Iowa. To date, 31 CAT awards have been granted by the board, totaling $10,808,802. The next Enhance Iowa Board meeting is scheduled for April 11, 2018, in Sheldon.

March 9, 2018 - 5:08 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man was sentenced ealier this week in federal court in Sioux City for manufacturing anabolic steroids.

23-year old James Nhan was sentenced to 2-years’ probation, with a condition that he spend two consecutive weeks in jail, according to federal authorities. Nhan received the sentencing after pleading guilty, in November of last year, to one count of manufacturing anabolic steroids.

According to authorities, in a plea agreement, Nhan admitted that from late 2014 to late 2015 he manufactured anabolic steroids and intended to distribute some of the steroids to various customers. In December, 2015, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Nhan’s residence and reportedly seized numerous vials containing the drug, as well as laboratory equipment, packing material, labels and sheets of paper listing the names and addresses of individuals who had purchased, or intended to purchase the drug.

Federal authorities say the case was investigated by the FBI, DEA, Iowa DCI, Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, Nebraska State Patrol, and FDA Office of Inspector General.