Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident and a report of driving without owner’s consent — and they’re asking the public to help them find out who was involved.magnifying glass_sxc

On Friday, November 14, at in the 6 AM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on a parking lot at Natural Food Holdings, 4241 Highway 75, one mile south of Sioux Center. The accident happened sometime after 11:00 PM on Thursday, November 13 and prior to 6:00 AM on Friday, November 14.

A vehicle traveling on the parking lot struck a parked and unattended 1999 Ford Taurus, owned by 31-year-old Nathan Jans of Rock Valley. After the accident the suspect vehicle left the area in an unknown direction of travel, without reporting the incident.

The vehicle that struck the Ford is possibly a white pickup or SUV. The Ford sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation. If anyone has any information about this accident you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.


On Sunday, November 16 in the 2 PM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of trespassing and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. The incident occurred at a home on 460th Street, a mile west of Ireton.

Upon further investigation sheriff’s deputies found that someone had removed and driven a Silver 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, which had been parked in an attached garage. The vehicle was returned to the garage prior to the owner’s return.

The incident most likely occurred sometime between Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.-

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the report of a missing gun, which is thought to have been stolen.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Monday evening, November 17, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of theft that occurred from a building near a home two miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation it is thought that someone entered the unlocked building and stole a Uberti model 397 .357 caliber revolver.

Authorities believe the alleged crime occurred sometime in the two weeks prior to November 17.

If you have any information about this investigation please contact the sheriff’s office.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A house received extensive damage in a fire early on Tuesday November 18, 2014 near Sioux Center.Sioux Center FD

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief Dave Van Holland, about 5:40 AM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of house fire at 3987 Ibex Avenue, two miles east of Sioux Center. That’s just north of the Sandy Hollow Campground.

Van Holland reports that Chris Whitaker, who lived in the home was injured when he fell on the ice outside the home. He was taken to Sioux Center Health.

He says the cause of the fire was electrical malfunction.

Chief Van Holland reports that there was extensive damage.

The Sioux Center Fire Department was assisted by Hull Fire Department.

November 17, 2014 - 8:08 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Hospers woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton on Saturday, November 15.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:50 PM, 33-year-old Heather Schoenrock of Hospers was driving a 2007 Suzuki northbound on Kingbird Avenue four miles northwest of Alton, when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch, struck a ditch embankment, rolled and struck a stop sign.

Schoenrock was transported by private vehicle to the Orange City Hospital.
  
The Suzuki sustained about $7,000 in damages. The stop sign sustained an estimated $70 in damages.

November 15, 2014 - 2:27 pm - Posted in News

2015 Orange City Tulip Court

Orange City, Iowa — The 2015 Tulip Queen Pageant is coming up.

It will be held on Monday, November 24 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for attendees.

Tulip Queen candidates will give presentations on Orange City and will be interviewed by both the judges and emcees of the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the 2015 Tulip Queen during the pageant. The 2015 Tulip Queen will be crowned as a conclusion to the event.

The 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show production will also be announced at the event.

Tulip Festival news, event information, volunteer opportunities and more can be found on the festival’s website at www.octulipfestival.com, as well as the festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tulip Court members for the 75th annual Tulip Festival include: Jennifer Droog, daughter of Rick and Sue Droog; Sydney Huizenga, daughter of Darren and Dawn Huizenga; Micah Vande Vegte, daughter of Gary and Amy Vande Vegte; Cara Venema, daughter of Dan and Tonya Venema; and Emily Wielenga, daughter of Kevin and Dixie Wielenga.

Ireton, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help — again to find someone involved in an accident.law-lightbar-blue

They report that they investigated the accident on Thursday night, November 13th.  It occurred on Dipper Avenue, six miles southwest of Ireton.

From what they can tell, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was traveling southbound on Dipper Avenue when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled. The driver left the area and could not be found. 

It is unknown if the driver sustained any injuries.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

If anyone witnessed this accident or has information about the driver’s identity you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You can use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

Northwest Iowa — Strategic Economics Group has released a study of the economic and fiscal impacts of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline will carry crude etc_logo_roil from the Bakken oil field in northwestern North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, and cut right through our area. The wheels are in motion for the project to seek approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, and public information meetings are scheduled for December 1st in Inwood and Sioux Center.

The study finds that the construction of the pipeline will have significant economic impact on the four states that it will traverse.

The Dakota Access project is a more than 1,100-mile pipeline that will be built at a cost of approximately $3.8 billion. The pipeline will have a transportation capacity of more than 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil and will move crude oil to domestic refineries more safely and at a lower cost than the current alternatives. Currently, about 70 percent of the oil extracted from the Bakken area moves to refineries by railroad, which has experienced bottlenecks and is a more expensive form of transportation than by pipeline.

According to the study, during the two-year construction stage of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the four-state region will experience an increase of 33,000 temporary full-time jobs; an increase of $1.9 billion in income; nearly $5 billion increase in production and sales; and a $156 million increase in state and local taxes.

A copy of the study and individual state-by-state analyses and summaries are available at www.economicsgroup.com.

Orange City, Iowa — A program to help communities invest in their future by helping youth solve problems and even prevent problems from happening in the first place is headed for northwest Iowa.prosper-logo

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach system is at the core of the PROSPER Partnership in Iowa. We had a chance to talk with ISU Extension family specialist Lori Hayungs, and she tells us where the program will be put in place first.

Hayungs says PROSPER is a model designed to help communities deliver high-quality prevention programs to youth and families.

Extension leaders say PROSPER has been proven effective for preventing risky behaviors in youth, promoting positive youth development, strengthening families, and improving the quality of life in the community while saving money.

Extension leaders work with researchers from Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) to implement the evidence-based PROSPER Model and make sure it is making a difference. County Extension staff serve as leaders of PROSPER Community Teams and state Extension Specialists link the Teams with the expertise of Extension Administrators and ISU scientists.

She tells us about “All Stars,” one of the curricula they’re going to use in schools.

Hayungs says the other curriculum they will be using is called “Strengthening Families 10-14.” She says George-Little Rock has already held such a session. Another one will be held there this coming spring, but they’re going to open this one up to all students and families in Lyon County. There will also be one in Sioux County, open to all students and families in the county.

If you’d like more information on the program or how to get involved, you can go to helpingkidsprosper.org or contact your local extension office. You can also contact Hayungs at the Sioux County Extension office.

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Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for another person involved in an accident. Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They report that on Sunday morning, they investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 400th Street, two and a half miles west of Sioux Center.

A vehicle was traveling westbound on 400th Street when the driver lost control, and the vehicle entered the north ditch and struck a fence. After the accident, the vehicle left the area in an unknown direction. The accident likely occurred after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8.

It is unknown if the vehicle sustained any damages. The fence sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

If anyone has information about this accident or has information about the driver’s identity you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help, trying to find a semi involved in an accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says they were investigating a report of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday that occurred on Highway 10, five miles east of Hawarden. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the accident actually happened on Wednesday, November 5, about 7:10 AM.

They report that 64-year-old David Jaminet of Remsen was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi‐tractor eastbound on Highway 10 when he met a semi‐tractor pulling a wide load mobile‐type home. When the trucks met, the mirrors struck each other. Jaminet was not able to identify the trucking company or plate number and neither truck stopped immediately.

No injuries were reported.

The Freightliner sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

If anyone has information about this accident or the truck moving the mobile home you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.