February 8, 2016 - 11:31 am - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident on Saturday, February 6th in Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 7:24 pm on Saturday, 25-year-old Eva Nevarez Sanchez of Sibley was driving a 2014 Kia Sorento northbound on Albany Place southeast in Orange City. Twenty-eight-year-old Emmanuel Casas of Rock Valley was driving a 2005 Ford Focus northbound on Albany Place southeast behind Nevarez Sanchez. According to the report, Casas was trying to get Nevarez Sanchez to pull over, Casas passed Nevarez Sanchez and pulled in front of the Kia too soon, causing a collision. Casas was upset with Nevarez Sanchez because she was his girlfriend and she had another man with her. Nevarez Sanchez was upset with Casas because she didn’t want anything to do with him anymore.

The Kia received $1500 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported

February 7, 2016 - 9:04 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHawarden, Iowa — A Nebraska man rolled his vehicle near Hawarden on Friday, February 5th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:11 am on Friday, 21-year-old Charles Brahmsteadt of Allen Nebraska was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Highway 12, one mile south of Hawarden. According to the report, Brahmsteadt lost control of the vehicle, entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department

February 4, 2016 - 5:05 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A new hospital is being constructed in Hawarden, and the USDA has just announced that the project will be paid in part with the assistance of an $8.8 million USDA Rural Development loan.
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Hawarden Community Hospital Administrator Jason Pullman tells us about the nearly $14 million project.

He says the USDA loan is at 3.5% interest over 30 years, and the remainder of the funding is coming through fundraising and local bank participation.

He says while some of the old facility will remain, they’re basically building a new facility.

Pullman says staff are especially looking forward to one aspect of the facility.

He says even though the weather has not exactly been cooperating lately, they are still making great progress.

Pullman says the original hospital in the community was built in the 1930’s, and the hospital has added onto it. He says that the addition is what they’re using now, and where the 1930’s facility was originally is where the new construction is now taking place.

February 4, 2016 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s been held for four years now and while it focuses on learning, it’s a big hit with kids.science chemistry STEM students

“STEM Fest” hosted by Dordt College, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs, and the Northwest Iowa Governors STEM Initiative is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dordt College’s Science and Technology Center. Mike Compton from the Osceola County Extension office is one of the main organizers of the event. He reminds us that “STEM” in this case is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

He says the STEM Fest is for all youth ages 9 to 14, grades 4th to 8th, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend.

He says Dordt College faculty and students, Iowa State University students, and ISU Extension and Outreach staff offer fun-filled, mind-blowing, “STEM-ulating” activities to help area youth experience the exciting applications of STEM.

Check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with sessions starting at 9 a.m. The day includes lunch at the college food service, along with morning and afternoon snacks.

Online registration found at https://form.jotform.com/4Hregion1/DordtSTEMFest2016. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16. Tracks fill up quickly; first come, first served. There is a limit of 168 participants.

Contact your local Extension and Outreach youth coordinator for brochure and registration form: Lyon County: Jill Postma 712-472-2576jpostma@iastate.edu; Sioux County: Danielle Zuidema 712-737-4230dzuidema@iastate.edu; Osceola County: Michael Compton 712-754-3648mcompton@iastate.edu; O’Brien County: Sarah Fiddelke 712-957-5045sfiddelk@iastate.edu; Cherokee County: Debbie Erpelding 712-225-6196deberp@iastate.edu; Plymouth County: Ann Schoenrock 712-546-7835schoenro@iastate.edu.

February 2, 2016 - 12:30 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHospers, Iowa — A Sutherland woman rolled her vehicle on Sunday, January 31st near Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:51 am on Sunday, that 38-year-old Terina DeVos of Sutherland was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber southbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Hospers. According to the report, she lost control of the vehicle, entered the median and rolled.

The Dodge received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported

February 2, 2016 - 9:34 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHull, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Hull on Monday, February 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:56 am on Monday, 38-year-old Laura Woelber of Hull was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 southbound on Division Street and stopped for a stop sign at Highway 18 in Hull. Forty-year-old Corwin De Roon of Boyden was driving a 2005 Ford Ranger westbound on Highway 18. According to the report, Woelber drove into the intersection where she was struck by De Roon.

The F-150 received $4500 damage; the Ranger received $2500 damage

No injuries were reported

February 1, 2016 - 7:16 am - Posted in News

Dallas, TX — Officials with the Dakota Access Pipeline are working to secure the needed easements in preparation for construction of the 11-hundred-plus-mile crude oil pipeline — part of which is planned to cut through portions of Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties.

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State leaders in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois have signed on, but Dakota Access is still waiting on Iowa to give its formal okay. Vicki Granado, spokeswoman for Dakota Access, says it’s all still pending in Iowa.

She says the hearings in Iowa have helped clear up a lot of misconceptions about the pipeline.

Granado says after the pipeline is built, the land returns to its former purpose.

That’s because the company will need access to the pipeline for routine operation and maintenance. During construction, Granado says Dakota Access will pay substantial state sales taxes to all four states, in addition to property taxes once the pipeline is in service. She says the company will employ up to 4,000 construction workers per state to build the 1,168 miles of 30-inch pipeline.

Dakota Access has signed voluntary easement agreements with landowners representing more than 85 percent of the properties along the four-state route. Currently, 89 percent of the properties in North Dakota, 92 percent in South Dakota, 78 percent in Iowa and 87 percent in Illinois have been signed. Project representatives will continue easement negotiations with landowners during the coming months.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.78 billion infrastructure project that will transport approximately 450,000 barrels per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day, of domestically produced light sweet crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where shippers will be able to access multiple markets including Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.

January 28, 2016 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Clipboard01Sioux Center, Iowa —  A Sioux Center man’s vehicle rolled into a creek on Thursday, January 28th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:56 am, 24-year-old Jonathan Chausse of Sioux Center was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue eastbound on 400th Street, four miles north of Orange City. According to the report, Chausse lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch. The vehicle rolled onto its top, coming to rest in a creek.

The Oldsmobile received $6000 damage.

No injuries were reported

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance and Orange City Police Department.

January 27, 2016 - 9:00 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Sioux Center, Iowa — A California man and his passenger were injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:39 pm on Monday, 21-year-old Jesse Perez-Chenge of Chula Vista, California was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice eastbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Perez-Chenge lost control of his vehicle, entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Chevrolet received $3000 damage.

Perez-Chenge and a passenger, eighteen-year-old Sydney Huizing of Sioux Center reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol

January 27, 2016 - 7:45 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Wisconsin man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Monday, January 25th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:56 pm on Monday, 22-year-old Zachariah Stiensma of New Berlin, Wisconsin was driving a 1998 Dodge Ram westbound on 390th Street, six and one-half miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Stiensma lost control of his vehicle and entered the south ditch.

The Dodge received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol