October 8, 2015 - 9:14 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookOrange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen damaged her vehicle in an accident near Orange City on Wednesday, October 7th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:26 am, 17-year-old Andrea Verburg was driving a 2009 Pontiac G6 eastbound on 370th Street, six miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Verburg lost control of her vehicle, stuck a bridge guardrail, and entered the south ditch.

The Pontiac received $6000 damage.

No injuries were reported

October 7, 2015 - 1:39 pm - Posted in News

Cherokee, Iowa — A judge in Cherokee County will hear motions on Thursday, October 8th, to dismiss the case against the Iowa Utilities Board (or IUB) in the matter of whether to grant eminent domain to the company that wants to put in a crude oil pipeline through northwest Iowa.

The hearing at the Cherokee County Courthouse, scheduled for 9:30 AM on Thursday will decide the merits of the IUB’s motion to dismiss.

The proposed pipeline would cut diagonally across Iowa from the northwest to the southeast. The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) is expected to decide in December or January whether the project may proceed.

The board is considering whether to grant eminent domain requests to Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, so the company can acquire land and pump crude oil from fields in North Dakota, diagonally across Iowa, to a terminal in Illinois. Opponents of the pipeline have raised environmental concerns and several landowners have filed a lawsuit against the IUB saying farmland cannot be taken for eminent domain unless it is for a public utility. The board has scheduled November 12 for public comment and November 16 for an evidentiary hearing. Both will take place at the Boone County Fairgrounds Community Building. Energy Transfer Partners wants the pipeline operational by the end of 2016.

A group of Iowa landowners is suing the Iowa Utilities Board, saying it’s an effort to protect their property. They claim that agents from the proposed Dakota Access pipeline have told them if they don’t agree to easements that allow the pipeline onto their property, they will have their land seized by the state of Iowa. Attorney Bill Hanigan says the state’s utilities board has no authority to grant eminent domain to Dakota Access, because the pipeline doesn’t provide services in the state.

The pipeline company says it has obtained easement agreements on more than 75 percent of the tracts along the proposed route in the four states through which it is proposed.

The route would have the pipeline go through 18 Iowa counties, including Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties in our area.

October 7, 2015 - 1:22 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Hull man has been arrested on two felony sex abuse warrants.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 22-year-old Fernando Jaasiel Rojas of Boyden was arrested in Sioux County on Monday, October 5th, on two Lyon County warrants, both for Third Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class C Felony.

The sheriff’s office says the charges stem from an incident that occurred in Doon on August 21, 2015.

Rojas had been held on a cash-only bond of $20,000, however, Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that Rojas asked Lyon County Magistrate Jenny Winterfeld to reduce the bond, and Winterfeld did reduce it to $5000. After Rojas posted ten percent of the bond, or $500, he was released.

Due to the fact that this is an ongoing investigation, Vander Stoep says no further details may be released at this time.

October 4, 2015 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Chatsworth, Iowa — An Akron woman hit a deer a half mile north of Chatsworth on Thursday, October 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:09 am on Thursday, 65-year-old Linda Bouwman of Akron was driving a 1996 Ford Taurus northbound on Highway 12. According to the report she struck a deer in the roadway.

The Ford received $4000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

October 4, 2015 - 9:50 am - Posted in News

railroad crossing signMaurice, Iowa — An Orange City man’s vehicle was damaged as well as a railroad crossing on Thursday, October 1st near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:52 am, 19-year-old Diego De Lira of Orange City was driving a 2006 Nissan X-Terra eastbound on Highway 10, two miles north of Maurice. According to the report, De Lira attempted to cross the BNSF Railway Railroad crossing. The report continues that the railroad crossing was under construction and De Lira struck unprepared railway rails in the crossing as he attempted to drive through the railroad construction area.

The Nissan received $10,000 damage; the railroad crossing received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

De Lira was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.

October 4, 2015 - 9:34 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two vehicle accident south of Sheldon on Friday, October 2nd.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:03 pm on Friday, 41-year-old Russell Marking of Grenada, Minnesota was driving a 2008 GMC pickup southbound on Highway 60 in the left lane, half a mile south of Sheldon. Twenty-two-year-old Karla Gamez-Alvarez of Sibley was driving a 2003 Ford F250 pulling a Big Tex dump trailer southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane. The report states that Gamez-Alvarez attempted to change lanes as Marking passed her and struck the GMC.

The GMC received $3000 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Gamez-Alvarez was cited for improper lane change.

October 2, 2015 - 11:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Victims of domestic violence anywhere in Iowa have a new outlet for help anytime of the day — and the call center is right here in northwest Iowa. Sara Eastman is director of the Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline, which opened on Thursday, October 1st, 2015.

The helpline is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. Most of the agencies around the state that help survivors of domestic violence have a local crisis line, but at certain times of the day, those calls may go unanswered.

Calls to the helpline are free. The call center is located in Sioux Center and is funded by a grant awarded by the Iowa Attorney General’s office.

The number is 1-800-770-1650. The staff members are trained to handle everything from crisis situations to counseling. According to Eastman, the statewide helpline could be especially beneficial to victims living in rural areas — as they may be hesitant to call their local program out of fear the person on the other end of the line will recognize them.

October 1, 2015 - 1:09 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Dedication is set for Friday afternoon in Orange City on a $3.3 million athletic training building at Northwestern College.

The dedication of Northwestern College’s new Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse is during the college’s Raider Days Homecoming and Parents Weekend.

Northwestern College Athletic Director Earl Woudstra gives us a little history.
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He says there are three major activity areas in the new building.

Woudstra says the other areas are for strength and conditioning and golf.

Woudstra says the facility is named for Ron and Peg Juffer of Orange City.

The public is invited to the 4:30 PM ceremony, which will be followed by tours.

More information from Northwestern College:

The Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse includes the 6,300-square-foot Korver Athletic Performance Center with state-of-the-art Sorinex weight equipment; an area for dynamic stretching, speed work and resistance training; a reinforced throw wall for use of weighted medicine balls; and a wall-mounted large-screen TV for teaching athletes and kinesiology students proper technique. Use of the center will be supervised by certified strength and conditioning coaches.

The Juffer Fieldhouse also contains a 3,600-square-foot golf practice room with a practice putting green featuring an undulating surface and multiple holes; a straight-line putting station; a variety of turfs for practicing chip shots to the green; and four hitting stations—including one dedicated for swing analysis through the use of a launch monitor that gauges ball speed, spin and trajectory. There are also individual lockers for members of the college’s men’s and women’s golf teams.

The largest part of the building, the 20,000-square-foot Dave and Anita Bomgaars Family Field, is covered in FieldTurf and marked with a 40-yard football field, an indoor soccer field, and foul lines for baseball and softball. It is enclosed with netting for baseball and softball hitting and fielding, as well as equipped with pitching mounds, backstops and batting cages.

The golf practice room will be available to the public at designated times as an extension of their DeWitt Fitness Center membership or through daily use fees. The Bomgaars Field will also be open to the campus community and fitness center members at designated times.

Dave Bomgaars of Orange City, who served as chair of the campaign to raise funds for the $3.3 million building, will speak during the dedication program. Also scheduled to give remarks are Marty Guthmiller, chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Earl Woudstra, director of athletics; and Laura Hurley, a senior softball player from Canton, S.D., who is majoring in biology-health professions and mathematics. Bomgaars and his wife, Anita, and Ron and Peg Juffer will participate in the ribbon cutting.

Cannon Moss Brygger Architects of Sioux City designed the Juffer Fieldhouse. Hoogendoorn Construction of Canton, S.D., was the general contractor.

October 1, 2015 - 9:43 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:41 am on Tuesday, 20-year-old Angie Padilla was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Highway 75, two and a half miles south of Sioux Center, and stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto 440th Street. Fifty-five-year-old Jack Bradshaw of Maurice was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and stopped behind Padilla. 18-year-old Darric Wurth of Remsen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on Highway 75 behind Bradshaw and Padilla.

According to the report, Wurth struck Bradshaw, and the impact pushed Bradshaw’s vehicle ahead and struck Padilla.

The Monte Carlo received $6,000; the Silverado received $7,000 damage. The Malibu received $3,000 damage.

Wurth and Bradshaw reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

Wurth was cited for following too close. Padilla was cited for no proof of liability insurance/accident related.

October 1, 2015 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case in Hull.
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The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a burglary report on Wednesday morning, September 30th. They were told that a burglary allegedly occurred at the Hull Coop Elevator, 1206 Railroad Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators stole power tools and other assorted tools from a construction site at the elevator.

Deputies believe the alleged crime took place between Tuesday, September 29th, at 9:30 PM, and Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You can call them at 712-737-2280 or use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com