May 29, 2015 - 12:12 pm - Posted in News

Rock County, Minnesota –- Another member water provider has been connected to the Lewis & Clark water system that is eventually supposed to provide water to Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center, as well as two more systems in Minnesota and one in South Dakota.
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With a meter building on the Minnesota – Iowa border reaching substantial completion on Thursday, May 28th, the Rock County Rural Water District (RCRWD) began receiving water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (L&C), becoming the twelfth member connected to L&C. Eight members remain.

RCRWD, which is overseen by the Rock County Commission, has reserved 300,000 gallons a day. However, it will only access half its capacity at this connection, with the other half at their future second connection at Magnolia.

RCRWD Manager Brent Hoffmann said “Many of our long-time directors and customers wondered if this day would ever come.  We have faced many hurdles in maintaining consistent water flow and quality.  Drought in 2013 and then record flooding in June of 2014, as well as ever-tightening federal and state restrictions on developing additional water sources, only highlight the importance of having interconnections with other water providers.  The days of
going it alone are a thing of the past.  Being connected to Lewis & Clark is a huge boost.”

Chairman Red Arndt of Luverne said, “Congratulations to the Rock County Commission and Rock County Rural Water District on this long awaited day! Having access to Lewis & Clark water will open many opportunities for the system and its customers. We couldn’t be happier for them.”

In addition to Luverne, which is anticipated to be connected this coming December, the other non-connected members include: The Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water System and Worthington in Minnesota; The cities of Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center; and Madison, South Dakota.

Meanwhile, The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors has awarded a $1,036,000 contract to Robert L Carr Construction of Marshall, MN to construct meter buildings at Luverne and Magnolia in southwest Minnesota. This December is the substantial completion deadline, at which time Luverne will begin receiving Lewis & Clark water. Lewis & Clark officials say the Magnolia meter building will eventually provide connections for the Rock County Rural Water District and the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System, however, the contract for construction of the pipeline between Luverne and Magnolia will not be awarded until this fall.

May 28, 2015 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, IA — An Orange City Woman struck two parked cars in Orange City on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 11:00 am on Wednesday, 75-year-old Audrey Van Grouw of Orange City was backing up in the Dollar General Store parking lot in a 2002 Mercury Sable. According to the report, Van Grouw backed out of her spot on the north side of the parking lot, and backed into a 2011 Chrysler 300 and a 2013 Ford Taurus that were directly parked across the parking lot. Van Grouw was unaware that she struck the vehicles and left the parking lot. Van Grouw was later located at her residence.

Van Grouw’s Sable received $600 damage. The Chrysler received $300 damage; the Taurus received $600 damage.

No injuries were reported

May 28, 2015 - 9:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-A Boyden woman was injured in an accident on Wednesday, May 27th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:56 am, 16-year-old Emily Van Ginkel was driving a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on 310th Street. Thirty-one-year-old Shirley Van Engen of Boyden was driving a 2006 Mercury Montego northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Van Ginkel stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and then drove into the intersection and Van Engen struck Van Ginkel.

Van Engen reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Pontiac received $800 damage. The Mercury received $2000 damage.

May 28, 2015 - 9:14 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Maurice man reported minor injuries after an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:05 am on Wednesday, 21-year-old Bryce Moss of Hull, was driving a 2006 Ford F150 westbound on 410th Street. Thirty-six-year-old Joel Scholten of Maurice was driving southbound on Grant Avenue in a 2008 Ford F250. According to the report, Moss and Scholten met in the intersection and Moss struck Scholten.

Scholten reported minor injuries and declined further medical attention.

Moss’s and Scholten’s Fords each received $6000 damage.

Moss was cited for failing to yield right of way.

May 27, 2015 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemTwo vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, May 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 3:30 pm, 46-year-old James Walling of Inwood was driving a 2013 Ford Focus southbound on Garfield Avenue, two miles west of Sioux Center. Seventeen-year-old Austin Van Zee of Rock Valley was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Garfield behind Walling. According to the report, Walling slowed for a vehicle ahead of him that was turning onto a business driveway and Van Zee struck Walling.

The Ford Focus received $1000 damage. The Pontiac received $1000 damage.

Van Zee was cited for following too close.

No injuries were reported.


May 26, 2015 - 4:19 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — A Hawarden man was arrested after leading Plymouth County Deputies on a chase early on Monday morning.
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Deputies report that just before 2:30 AM, 22-year-old Ramon Caro of Hawarden fled from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office by vehicle and by foot on C-80 near K-22 — also known as the Perry Creek Road, about a mile north of the city limits of Sioux City.

They say he was later apprehended at his home in Hawarden and was transported to the Plymouth County Jail in Le Mars.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, manner of conveyance, driving while barred, and interference with official acts, along with additional traffic violations.

May 26, 2015 - 9:14 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sanborn man was arrested after a report of a suspicious person near Alton.
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The Orange City/Alton Police Department reports that Thursday evening, May 21st, they received a report of a suspicious man at the wildlife area south of Alton.

They arrested 32-year-old Sean Olmstead of Sanborn on charges of Driving While License Barred, Possession of Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Operating While Intoxicated – Drugged; as well as on a Cherokee County warrant for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Orange City Police Department.

May 25, 2015 - 8:12 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Some of the response has not been fast enough. That’s what Senator Joni Ernst and other leaders heard from some of the farmers whose barns have been hit by avian influenza. Ernst had planned to be at meetings in Sibley, Rock Rapids, and Sioux Center but due to late votes on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and an extension of the Patriot Act in the Senate, she was only able to make the Sioux Center meeting.
Congressman Steve King, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey were at all the meetings, as were local legislators.

One of the producers said that there have been dumpsters full of birds producing an odor and attracting millions of flies — sitting on his property for four weeks. He says he’s been told several times that they would be taken care of “soon”. Some people also worry that flies could transmit the virus, but Congressman King says research is leaning toward that being unlikely.

Some turkey farmers near Cherokee have banded together and have started composting birds on their own instead of waiting for government crews. But that brings up the issue of compensation.

Ag Secretary Northey says the problem is that no one expected an outbreak this large. He says the size is unprecedented.

Another big question is when the barns that held the infected birds can be re-populated, says Northey.

He says options being considered include fumigation and “shrink wrapping” the barn and heating it to the point that the virus couldn’t survive.

According to Northey, there may be another phase where producers put what he calls “sentient birds” into a facility to see if it’s disease free. He says these birds would probably be layers that were close to the end of their egg-producing stage anyway.

Northey says experts still don’t know how the virus is spreading, except that it arrived via wild birds. He says the truth is, we may never know whether it’s spreading via foot traffic, truck traffic, dust, dander, feed, or another method. In fact he says it may be spreading many ways.

Representative John Wills says people also have to remember the economic ripples this outbreak is going to have.

We asked Wills if he had any solutions to the economic impact. He says right now, they’re just trying to get through the initial disaster stage. He says they talked about a response through the Legislature, but decided that the best thing to do would be to let the disaster funds kick in.

Congressman King says the main things they are working on right now are on-site incineration of birds, disinfection with heat, and the possibility of a federal insurance program for poultry producers. He says the producers will be receiving indemnification payments because the USDA requires them to destroy healthy birds to prevent the spread of the disease.

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May 23, 2015 - 9:43 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — Two people from Sioux City were taken to a hospital after an accident near Hawarden.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just a few minutes before noon on Thursday, May 21st, 26-year-old Jetske Wauran of North Sioux City, South Dakota was driving a 2006 Ford Freestyle northbound on Highway 12, two miles south of Hawarden. They report that 82-year-old Jack Lethcoe of Sioux City was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre southbound on Highway 12.

The report says Wauran drove onto the shoulder of the road and overcorrected. The vehicle entered the southbound lane and struck the Lethcoe vehicle.

The Hawarden Ambulance crew transported Lethcoe and a passenger 82-year-old Annette Lethcoe of Sioux City to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Wauran Ford and the Lethcoe Buick sustained about 5000 dollars in damages, each.

Wauran was cited for failing to yield half the roadway when meeting a vehicle.

The Hawarden Fire Department, Ambulance crew and Police Department assisted the Sioux County Sheriff office.

May 23, 2015 - 9:42 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — As the response to and cleanup of the bird flu continues, disposal — specifically having enough disposal options available to deal with the quantity of birds that have been euthanized, has become a huge issue.
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We talked with Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig about the disposal of the birds. He tells us the current situation.

Naig says the goal is to decrease the amount of time that it takes to clean up. He says that not only makes turnaround faster for the facilities affected, but also stops the spread of the virus quicker.

He says different kinds of birds are being disposed of in different ways in Iowa.

But he says chickens are not composted in the buildings.

Naig says the Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency Landfill near Sheldon and another landfill in southwest Iowa are the only two landfills that are taking the chickens.

Naig says when it warms up, that should help stop the virus, plus depopulating and disposal of infected flocks quickly will help stop the spread as well. He says biosecurity needs to be stepped up as well.

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