July 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s the Independence Day weekend. While the Iowa Legislature discussed the legalization of fireworks like firecrackers, bottle rockets and the like this year, in the end they decided not to lift the ban on fireworks. We got some tips on staying safe with the legal ones from Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls.

Okoboji Fireworks
He says a good rule of thumb is that if it goes up or blows up, it’s not legal in Iowa without a permit.

Huls says there are some things to keep in mind when setting off fireworks of any kind.

Huls says the fact that fireworks are illegal should be enough to make people think twice before making an illegal purchase, but he says he knows many people do it anyway. He tells us about the hazards.

Huls emphasizes that if you’re doing fireworks legally, like if you have a permit or if you’re doing them in a state where they are legal, you really have to be careful — not only about lighting fireworks and about those that misfire, but about where they are enjoyed — that they are both set off and aimed at a safe location — away from other people and away from things that could burn easily like dry grass, wooded areas, and hay or straw.

He says there’s something else to keep in mind with illegal fireworks.

Again, Huls says slow down and think about what you’re doing, have extra water available, and have enough adult supervision.

And he says the best advice is to leave the aerial and explosive fireworks up to the professionals.

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July 2, 2015 - 8:28 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul was in northwest Iowa on Wednesday.
Rand Paul
He is warning people that a stock market crash may be ahead because the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates from fluctuating.

(as said)”People say, ‘Oh, we can just do that forever,'” Paul said. “I don’t think so. I think there’ll be a day of reckoning.”

Paul, who made stops in Sioux Center, Okoboji, and Sioux City on Wednesday says “greed” probably didn’t cause the housing crisis in 2007. He argues keeping interest rates “close to zero” may have been the culprit.

(as said) “Right now we’re still keeping interest rates at zero and the boom isn’t in housing this time, but it may well be a boom in the stock market,” Paul said. “What happens when people come to the realization that we’ve maybe overinflated the stock market again?”

Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky, says government shouldn’t be trying to “manipulate the marketplace” by clamping down on interest rates. Paul joked with the crowd in Sioux City that there were “55” Republicans running for the party’s presidential nomination and Paul argued he was best-positioned in that crowded field to challenge likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

(as said) “If we want to win as a party, we’ve got to figure out how to win Iowa — not just the primary. We’ve got to figure out how to win the General Election,” Paul said. “We lost Iowa twice to President Obama. We lost New Hampshire twice…Colorado’s another, Pennsylvania, Ohio. These are five states all won by President Obama and Republicans have trouble winning. Right now I’m the only Republican who beats Hillary Clinton in all five of those states.”

Paul’s Sioux Center stop was at their public library. His Sioux City stop was at Morningside College, and his Okoboji stop was at the Barefoot Bar.

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July 2, 2015 - 9:18 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHull, IA — Two Hull residents’ vehicles were damaged in an accident near Hull on Wednesday, June 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:54 am, 18-year-old Zachary DeJager of Hull was driving eastbound in a 1993 Chevrolet pickup on Highway 18, one mile wast of Hull. Twenty-year-old Kelsey Schenk of Hull was driving eastbound in a 2006 Pontiac G6, following DeJager. According to the Sheriff’s Office, DeJager stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto Indian Avenue, and was struck by Schenk.

The pickup received $500 damage. The Pontiac received $3500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 2, 2015 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, IA — A LeMars woman rear ended an Orange City woman on Wednesday, July 1st.

According to the Orange City Police Department, at about 4:46 pm, 19-year-old Courtney Van Beek of LeMars was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Colbalt southbound on Albany Avenue Southeast. Eighty-two-year-old Lorna Reinders of Orange City was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on Albany Avenue Southeast as well. According to the report, Reinders was slowing down for a vehicle ahead of her that was making a turn and Van Beek did not notice Reinders slowing down, and rear ended her.

The Equinox received $1000 damage. The Cobalt received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 1, 2015 - 5:21 pm - Posted in News
Mural on First Impact by Mark Alsum

Artist’s preview of the design of the new mural

Orange City, Iowa — A brand new mural is being painted in Orange City, featuring a subject that comes as no surprise – Tulips. We had a chance to visit with Janine Calsbeek, executive director of the Orange City Arts Council. She tells us how it came together.

Calsbeek says the First Impact Building is behind the Orange City Post Office — a half a block west of Albany Avenue on First Street, near Don’s Food Center.

She tells us that the money to pay for the mural is still being raised.

Calsbeek tells us about the mural’s artist.

She says they chose tulips — because it’s “The Orange City way.”

She says she thinks people will want to take pictures in front of it. Calsbeek says this mural will have a special dedication.

The mural is being painted directly on the wall, just like the other murals in Orange City. That means the artist has to paint it in real time and out in the elements. Calsbeek says Alsum is working on the mural this week.

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July 1, 2015 - 11:09 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center — Another 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate is in northwest Iowa today (Wednesday, July 1, 2015).
Rand Paul
Senator Rand Paul is doing two stops in our area. They are being called “Stand with Rand Meet and Greet” events.

The first one is at 2:30 this afternoon. Senator Paul will be at the Sioux Center Public Library at 102 South Main Avenue — that’s Highway 75 — in Sioux Center.

Later this afternoon, Paul will be in Okoboji. At 5:30 PM, he’ll make a campaign stop at the Barefoot Bar. That’s at 24457 178th St in Okoboji. That’s about a mile and a quarter east of Brooks Golf Club, along the west shore of East Lake Okoboji.

July 1, 2015 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemRock Valley, IA — A Rock Valley man’s manure wagon struck a semi-tractor on Monday, June 29th near Rock Valley

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:17 pm, 57-year-old Randy Vande Kamp or Rock Valley was driving a 1987 Ford pickup pulling a manure wagon northbound on Garfield Avenue, five miles southeast of Rock Valley. Fifty-one-year-old Verlyn Van Regenmorter of Sioux Center was backing a 2006 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a livestock trailer southbound on Garfield Avenue. According to the report, Van Regenmorter was backing west onto a farm driveway as Vande Kamp passed him and the manure wagon struck the front of the semi-tractor.

The Peterbilt received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 30, 2015 - 6:38 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Seven young people were charged with alcohol violations after a party near Sioux Center.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, June 26, in the 10 PM hour, their deputies investigated a report of underage drinking of alcohol that allegedly occurred at a home on Dove Avenue, seven miles west of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe several people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol.

They charged 19-year-old Nicholas Rosenboom and 19-year-old Kirk Postrollo both of Boyden; 20-year-old Brandon Driesen of Hull; 19-year-old Shelby Altena of Fairview, SD; 19-year-ols Mariah Jansma of Doon; 18-year-old Vanessa Van Kley of Rock Valley; and 19-year-old Hayden Fluit of Inwood with underage possession of alcohol.

Fluit was also arrested on a charge of interference with official acts.

June 30, 2015 - 9:19 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemMaurice, IA — A Sioux Falls man’s drive trailer was damaged when the driver struck a light pole on Monday, June 29th near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 9:49 am on Monday, June 29th, 61-year-old Warren Barse was driving a 2001 Kenworth W900 semi-tractor pulling a Trail King Trailer and a smaller drive trailer designed to assist hauling over-sized loads northbound on Highway 75. According to the report, Barse turned left onto Highway 10 when the rear axles of the drive trailer malfunctioned and struck an Iowa Department of Transportation light pole.

The drive trailer received $500 damage; the light pole received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 30, 2015 - 9:08 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Louisiana Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is coming to Sheldon.
Bobby Jindal
We’re being told he’ll be here on Friday, July 3rd at 3 PM at Jard, Inc. Jard is a gun manufacturer about a half mile north of Highway 18 and Country Club Road. That’s just north of the Risefest grounds. His visit is open to the public.

Again Louisiana Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will be at Jard, Inc. on Friday at 3 PM. The Jard event will include a meet and greet that will be open to the public.

Jindal will start off the day at the Sioux Center Livestock Company Restaurant on South Highway 75 in Sioux Center. Governor Jindal will come by table-to-table to introduce himself and answer questions. That will run from 8 until 9:30 AM. At 11:30 AM, Jindal will have a lunchtime retail Event at Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids on South Highway 75.
At 2, it’s on to Sibley for a Business tour of ammunition and firearms manufacturer Capital Armament Company at 1201 11th Avenue. Then at 3, it’s time for the Sheldon stop. He’ll wrap up the day with a dinner retail event at 5:30 at Gary’s on the River in Spencer.