December 3, 2016 - 7:22 am - Posted in News

brennen-rothSioux County, Iowa — Earlier this week we told you about the search that Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting to locate a burglary suspect.  Now, that suspect has been apprehended.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday morning (November 30th) at 11:04 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 23-year old Brennen Roth, of Hartley.

Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says the arrest stemmed from a report of a suspicious person on a farm property on Goldfinch Avenue, three miles northwest of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation deputies say they discovered that Roth had entered a building on the property, and when confronted by the resident, he fled the area on foot, triggering a manhunt that lasted for about 4 hours before Roth was located and arrested on a Trespassing charge.

December 2, 2016 - 6:41 pm - Posted in News

Ames, Iowa — Two northwest Iowans and one northwest Iowa cattle feeding operation are going to be honored next week.
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Cattle producers and friends of the industry are being invited to attend the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit and Political Action Committee (PAC) fundraiser on December 9 and 10. The events will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames.

The events will include a Cattlemen’s Night Out PAC Fundraiser, the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit, the annual meeting of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the beef checkoff, the
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Policy Meetings, a “State of the Cattle Industry” Panel, and
Cattle Industry Awards.

Cattlemen and women from across the state will be honored with a variety of awards throughout the day. Winners from our area include Hall of Fame inductee Kent Pruismann from Rock Valley; the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Award winner, Rock River Feeders, run by Kent Prusimann of Rock Valley; and the winner of the Iowa Beef Quality Assurance Educator Award, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist, Dr. Beth Doran of Orange City.

If you’d like to attend, you can register online at or call 515-296-2266. Follow that same link to more information about the Iowa Cattle Industry Leadership Summit.

December 2, 2016 - 6:40 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s easy and fun to help others this Christmas season. A community action agency serving our area is holding a fundraiser to help you do that.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is hosting their annual mitten fundraiser by partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families.

Melany Roling with Mid-Sioux tells us about it.

She says the mittens are paper cut-outs of a mitten that, once they are purchased for a dollar each, are hung in the place of business to encourage others to give as well.

She says they’ve done this fundraiser since 2008.

She gives us an idea of how the money they raise can be used.

She gives us an idea of where you can purchase the mittens.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a Community Action Agency that fights poverty on the local level serving Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Northwest Iowa. You can also purchase mittens in communities in the other counties they serve. Click here for more information.

December 2, 2016 - 6:29 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa– A Sioux Center woman’s SUV and was damaged in a crash on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 near Orange City.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 5:55 AM, 29-year-old Virginia Lopez of Sioux Center was driving a 2002 Chevy Tahoe eastbound on Highway 10, a half mile west of Orange City.

The report says that the call came in as a vehicle in the ditch west of Orange City on Highway 10. The vehicle had been involved in a rollover crash, and a passerby had taken the driver to Sioux Center earlier. Road conditions were mostly covered with snow and ice at the time, according to the trooper

He says he arrived to find no one at the scene, and the evidence showed the vehicle was eastbound and had lost control. He says it crossed the center line and entered the north ditch where it struck a private drive and rolled. He says another trooper made contact with the driver later. He says a license check on Lopez found no valid DL.

Lopez’s Chevy Tahoe sustained $10,000 in damages, which was enough to total the SUV.

Lopez was charged with failure to maintain control.

December 2, 2016 - 2:49 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A George woman was injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday, November 30th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:36 pm on Wednesday, 21-year-old Rose Lewi of George was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer northbound on Highway 75, two miles north of Sioux Center. According to the report, Lewi lost control of her vehicle, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Ford received $5,000 damage.

Lewi reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

December 2, 2016 - 9:04 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Wednesday, November 30th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:45 p.m., 37-year-old Kurtis Rietema of Kansas City, Kansas was driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier southbound Highway 75, about two miles south of Sioux Center. They say 41-year-old Joanna Gross of Sioux Center was driving a 2005 Jeep Liberty northbound on Highway 75. Rietema lost control of his vehicle, which entered the northbound lane and struck the Gross vehicle.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Gross to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The report says the Rietema Nissan sustained about $8,500 in damage, and the Gross Jeep sustained about $4,500 in damage.

Officers cited Rietema on a charge of failure to yield half of the roadway.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance crew and the Sioux Center Police Department assisted them with the accident.

December 1, 2016 - 10:55 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemRock Valley, Iowa — A Sioux Center man was injured after his skid loader became submerged in a lagoon near Rock Valley on Monday, November 28th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:01 pm on Monday, 50-year-old Jose Vazquez of Sioux Center was driving a New Holland skid loader at a farm on Fig Avenue, five miles southeast of Rock Valley. According to the report, Vazquez lost control of the skid loader and entered a lagoon. The report continues that the skid loader became submerged in the lagoon and Vazquez was removed from the skid loader by co‐workers.

The skid loader received $10,000 damage.

Vazquez reported minor injuries but decline further medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Ambulance.

November 30, 2016 - 6:50 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Voters in the Sioux Center School District will go to the polls next Tuesday, December 6th to decide the fate of a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or “PPEL.”

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(file photo)

According to school officials, the levy would just be a renewal of a standing PPEL, and they say taxes would remain about the same. In fact, they also claim that the PPEL has prevented a tax increase for the Sioux Center Community by providing part of the funding for the recent projects at Kinsey Elementary, the Middle School, and the High School.

Superintendent Patrick O’Donnell says that the money will go toward maintenance of existing school property and joint-owned property as well as needed upgrades.

He says the school population is growing at a faster pace than they had anticipated. He says growth rates were in the single digits fifteen years ago and over the last four years they’ve grown nineteen percent. He says they plan on using the funds to meet their technology needs, both for students and district-wide. Plus they will pay loan notes on the construction of some classrooms.

O’Donnell says that between PPEL and the one-cent sales tax, they hope to continue to build the facilities that the district needs to support the education of students. He says, however, that there are several options as to what that could be. He says they have had a facility study done, and they may add on to certain buildings, or even create a new building. He says they’re looking at what kind of projects would benefit both the school and the community.

He says there may be a bond issue in the future, but it would be at least three years out. He says they’re not sure what grade level would get any new building, but if they continue to grow at this pace, they’ll have to consider those options.

According to the Sioux County Auditor’s office, the PPEL measure will need a simple majority to pass. If it passes, the PPEL will be $1.03 per thousand valuation for all property in the district. The levy would generate about $515,000 for this school year, and it is a 10-year levy.

Voters will be able to vote at the Sioux Center Precinct Terrace View Event Centre on Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 30, 2016 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Merrill, Iowa– A Sheldon man and his passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident in Merrill.
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The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 AM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 22-year-old Hugo Armando of Sioux City was driving a 2005 Pontiac minivan northbound on Highway 75, at the north edge of Merrill. They say 40-year-old Joshua Weber of Sheldon was southbound on 75 in a 2003 Chevy.

The report says that Armando was beginning to cross the Floyd River bridge. The bridge was frost-covered and slick at the time. It says Armando lost control and crossed the center line, and his minivan traveled into the southbound lane of travel. Weber was crossing the bridge southbound. The vehicles struck head-on in the north approach to the bridge. According to the officer, the occupants of the Armando vehicle then fled the scene on foot and were located about an hour later.

The Le Mars Ambulance transported Weber, and the Merrill Ambulance took a passenger in Weber’s vehicle, 50-year-old Thomas Jungers of Hospers, both to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

Armando’s Pontiac and Weber’s Chevy sustained $3000 in damages, each. The report says that was enough to total both vehicles.

It says Armando was finally identified as the driver, and he was arrested on a charge of operating without a license.

The report says the Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments and Ambulance Services assisted at the scene.

November 30, 2016 - 10:24 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are attempting to identify an individual who, they say, attempted to defraud two different Sioux County banks Tuesday morning (November 29th).

Bank Surveillance Photo

Bank Surveillance Photo

Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga of the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office tells KIWA that a middle-aged white male allegedly attempted to obtain funds from accounts that didn’t belong to him, at banks in both Alton and Granville.  Huizenga says the man was denied the funds by the banks, who, in turn, contacted authorities.

The individual is described as a white male in his 40’s, bald, with a cast on his right arm.  Huizenga says he was reportedly driving an older model white Chevrolet Lumina.

Huizenga asks that you please look at the photo at right of this story, and if you recognize the man, call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

Click on the photo to see full-size image.