October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.

She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.

Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.

She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.

Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.

She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:

Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 30, 2014 - 8:22 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Across the river from Fairview, SD — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to solve a theft case.

They say that on Tuesday morning, October 28, they investigated a report of theft that was reported to have occurred at a location on 290th Street, one mile northwest of Fairview, South Dakota, in Sioux County Iowa.

Upon further investigation it is believed that someone stole about 700 gallons of fuel from a fuel
tank, as well as a generator. The theft is thought to have occurred sometime between Thursday, October 23 and Monday, October 27.

The value of the fuel is estimated at $2,100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.   

October 30, 2014 - 8:20 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has recently investigated several reports from Sioux County residents stating they were contacted by someone claiming to be a representative from Publisher’s Clearing House.Scam Alert

The residents were told they had won a large sum of money. The caller then asks to meet them in a parking lot of a local business; supposedly to give them more details about the prize they’ve won. In some cases the caller asks the resident to stay on the phone as they drive to the local business. Sherrif’s officials theorize that the caller most likely does this to keep the resident from checking into the legitimacy of the call.

The Sheriff’s Office says this is likely a scam and residents are encouraged not to follow up on this type of phone call. You should also immediately report it to law enforcement authorities.

Boyden, Iowa — A George woman and a Sheldon woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday morning.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that about 7:35 AM, 33-year-old Emily Denekas of George was driving a 2007 Ford Edge westbound on Highway 18. The report says she stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto Jackson Avenue, also known as K64. Thirty-eight-year-old Rachel McDonald of Sheldon was driving a 2010 Ford Escape westbound on Highway 18 behind Denekas.

The report says McDonald was unable to stop and struck the Denekas Ford on the roadway.

Denekas and McDonald were transported by Boyden Ambulance and Hull Ambulance squads to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Denekas’ Ford sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. The McDonald Ford sustained an estimated $9,000 in damages.

The Iowa State Patrol, Boyden Fire Department, Boyden Ambulance crew and Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.

McDonald was ticketed for following too closely.

October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming up.voting optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.


Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.


The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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Northwest Iowa — Rick Stewart — the independent candidate for US Senate running vs Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley — is visiting northwest Iowa today for his “Let’s Talk, Iowa” Tour. Everyone is encouraged to drop by his mobile ‘living’ room, designed by an award-winning Iowa cartoonist, discuss issues, and eat a homemade cookie. Here’s the schedule:

  • Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids at 8 AM
  • Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City at 10 AM
  • Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars at noon
  • Cherokee County Courthouse in Cherokee at 2 PM
  • O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar at 4 PM

Stewart says:
“Voters should send a strong signal to Democrats and Republicans in this year’s election, Instead of wasting their votes giving Democrats and Republicans yet another chance to prove they cannot govern the country, voters need to cast every vote for an Independent. That’s a wake up call worth making.”

October 21, 2014 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work closely with local public health and health care professionals, state entities and the CDC in response and preparation to the West African Ebola situation. Despite what you might read on social Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHmedia or hear around the water cooler, there are and have been NO cases of Ebola in Iowa.

Last week, screening of travelers coming from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia began at international airports at the time of arrival in the U.S. They are asked about things like current symptoms and possible exposures to patients with Ebola while in West Africa. If needed, appropriate action is taken at that time; for example, travelers with symptoms consistent with Ebola are not being allowed to continue until they are medically assessed. If they are well, they are given information about what to do once they arrive at their final destination – such as Iowa. Meanwhile, in Iowa, public health officials are notified of the arrival of the traveler. Iowa officials then re-interview the traveler to confirm their health status and their risk of exposure to Ebola. Appropriate action is then taken in Iowa, such as the traveler staying at home and away from others for 21 days, or taking their temperature and reporting this to public health for 21 days.

This will lower the risk of Ebola spreading in Iowa, and should reassure the public that extraordinary action is being taken by the U.S. Public Health system to protect them.

Other actions taken by IDPH over the past several weeks include several webinars for local public health agencies, emergency responders, hospitals, health care providers, and state agencies regarding transmission of the Ebola virus and how to prepare for any suspected cases.

Iowans should remember that Ebola is not transmitted through water, air, food or casual contact. Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person, or exposure to objects such as needles that have been contaminated. In addition:

  • People are not contagious after exposure unless they develop symptoms.
  • Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

For more information about Ebola, visit the CDC’s web site at www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html or the IDPH web site at http://bit.ly/1wmnEWa.

In the latest from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office:

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man has been arrested after an assault.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that they investigated the report of an assault on Thursday evening, about 6:40 PM. It had reportedly occurred at a home on First Street in Hull.

Deputies believe that 24-year-old Filiberto Perez‐Saucedo of Hull, went to the home and assaulted an adult male resident. The victim was transported by the Hull Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital.

Perez‐Saucedo was arrested and charged with serious assault.


Ireton, Iowa — On Friday, October 18, at about 7:40 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a burglary that occurred at a residence on Fig Avenue, about a mile north of Ireton. They believe the burglary likely occurred on Thursday, October 17, between noon and 3:30 PM.

On the date of the incident the homeowner came home and met two people leaving the residence. After further checking the resident discovered that the people apparently had been inside the residence and likely stole jewelry while there.

The suspects were described as a black male, 5’8” with a thin build and a white female, 5’6” with a heavier build. They left the area driving a black 1990′s style Chevrolet pickup with dual rear wheels pulling a black car trailer with plywood sides.

If anyone has information about this crime you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office.


Boyden, Iowa — On Sunday, October 19, at about 12:10 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people as a result of a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of Highway 18 and Jackson Avenue, three miles west of Boyden.

Deputies suspected that the driver, 37-year-old Pamela Stands-Martinez of Orange City was under the influence of alcohol. The deputy also discovered that a passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Lucia Maldonado of Orange City, had outstanding Sioux County arrest warrants for probation violation and failure to appear.

Stands-Martinez was arrested and charged with second offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and child endangerment, as there were children under the age of 18 riding in the vehicle. Maldonado was arrested on her outstanding arrest warrants.

October 21, 2014 - 12:49 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City firefighters were kept busy on Sunday, October 19th, with two fire calls.Orange City Fire OCFD Engine 60

Orange City Fire chief Denny Vander Wel says that about 2:15 AM, they were called to the report of a fire at 3880 420th Street. He says the property owner had placed some old building materials in a burn pit. He says they told him they hadn’t used the pit in about two weeks, but some spot must have stayed hot and was enough to ignite the building materials. Vander Wel says that wouldn’t have been an issue, but it was close to a corn field that had yet to be harvested. He says they were fortunate that we’ve had as much moisture as we have had, and that it didn’t start the corn on fire. The chief says they did extinguish the fire with about 2,500 gallons of water and were on scene about an hour and ten minutes. He says the fire was called in by a passerby.

Then about 5:35 Sunday evening the fire department was called to a fire alarm at Premium Pet Health. Vander Wel says that turned out to be nothing. He says it was a malfunction of the alarm system and that a heat or smoke alarm in the freezer malfunctioned. He says they were on scene for about forty minutes.