Orange City — Beef consumers want a quality, uniform product, and they want to know more than ever before about how it’s raised. That’s what beef producers are attempting to provide for them, and that’s what Beef Quality Assurance — or BQA — is all about. There’s a seminar all about it coming up in Orange City.

We talked to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Field Specialist Beth Doran about it, and she breaks it down for us.

She tells us what producers can expect if they come to the free BQA seminar.

The Beef Quality Assurance Workshop is on Tuesday, August 29th at the Sioux County Extension Office in downtown Orange City. The free workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and they’d like you to pre-register at least a day in advance by calling the extension office at 712-737-4230.

August 22, 2017 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a second incident of hog rustling in northwestern Sioux County.

According to a release from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the latest investigation is into the theft of 35 White Large Landrace breed pigs, each weighing about 250 to 280 pounds.

Deputies say the hogs were taken from a hog building located seven miles northwest of Rock Valley, sometime between May and August of this year.

This marks the second time within the past week that Sioux County law enforcement is dealing with missing pigs.  You may recall that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the report of the theft of pigs from a property south of Inwood.  In that incident, 30 pigs, weighing between 250 and 280 pounds were stolen.

If you have information on either of these cases the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from you.  Please call the Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

The photo above shows a Large White Landrace pig…..the breed stolen in the most recent theft.


August 21, 2017 - 10:21 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Hudson, South Dakota woman has been arrested on a warrant for an original charge of theft by check.

According to the Sioux County arrest log, Sioux Center Police officers arrested 35-year-old Gretchen Marie Gardner on Friday on warrants for Second Degree Theft, Violation of Probation, and Failure to Appear.

Court records indicate that the Sioux Center Police Department alleges that Gardner allegedly wrote six checks to two convenience stores in Sioux Center, totaling $1067.60 in November and December of 2016. Two of them bounced due to non-sufficient funds, and four were returned unpaid because the routing number was wrong, according to the police department.

Second Degree Theft is a class D felony. If convicted, Gardner could face five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7500.

August 17, 2017 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley — A Doon man received a hero’s welcome Wednesday night in Rock Valley, when he returned home from service in the United States Marine Corps.

Ryan Leloux was escorted into Rock Valley by police and fire units, and met by numerous sign-holding well-wishers as he returned home at the end of a 4-year hitch with Uncle Sam.

Leloux, who was deployed to the Middle East twice during his time in the Marines, tells KIWA that his last deployment came on a Navy aircraft carrier, which sailed to Syria and Oman in the Middle East, then continued to Djibouti in Africa, as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Leloux says he’s happy to be back home, and looking forward to entering an apprenticeship program under his dad, Evan, who operates Leloux Diversified, a plumbing and contracting business in Doon.

Welcome home, Marine!  Thank you for your service!  Semper Fi!!

Ryan Leloux Escorted Into Rock Valley

Leloux Greeted By Well-Wishers

August 17, 2017 - 10:50 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident south of Sioux Center on Wednesday, August 16th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 7:00 am on Wednesday, 44-year-old David Leraas of LeMars was driving a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Highway 75, 2 miles south of Sioux Center. Fifty-four-year-old Ronnie Alexander of Galva was driving a 1999 Buick LeSabre northbound on Highway 75, behind Leraas. 31-year-old Joshua Schmitz of LeMars was driving a 2004 Dodge Dakota northbound on Highway 75, behind Alexander. According to the report, Leraas stopped for a turning vehicle ahead of him and Schmitz struck Alexander. The impact pushed Alexander forward, striking Leraas.

The Pontiac received $5,000 damage. The Buick received $4,000 damage; the Dodge received $4,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 17, 2017 - 10:39 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — An Alton man was arrested Wednesday (August 16th) on a warrant charging him with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, according to Sioux County arrest records.

Orange City Police say the charges against 23-year old Tyler Mark Sjaarda, of Alton, stem from an investigation into a complaint by the parent of a female juvenile who accused Sjaarda of having sex with the girl at a residence in Alton earlier this month.

Police say the investigation is continuing.

3rd Degree Sexual Abuse is a Class “C” Felony.

August 16, 2017 - 12:37 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday, August 15th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:35 a.m., 14-year-old Angelique Kiyombo of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Elmwood Avenue, about two and a half miles south of Rock Valley. The report says she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Kiyombo to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Chevrolet sustained about $7,000 in damage.

Kiyombo was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, and Rock
Valley Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

August 16, 2017 - 8:38 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen escaped injury after his vehicle rolled near Hull on Monday, August 14th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 4:30 pm on Monday, 38-year-old Jami Van Voorst of Sioux Center was driving a 2008 Polaris Ranger ATV northbound on Hickory Avenue. Seventeen-year-old Joe Vander Waal of Hull was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup behind Van Voorst. According to the report, Van Voorst slowed to turn left onto 360th Street and Vander Waal attempted to avoid striking the ATV. Vander Waal entered the east ditch, rolled and the vehicle came to rest on its top on 360th Street just east of Hickory Avenue.

The Dodge received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 15, 2017 - 3:23 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Three northwest Iowa fire departments was were dispatched to a fire call on Tuesday morning, August 15, 2017 near Orange City, but they didn’t exactly find what they were expecting.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny VanderWel, about 7:10, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire a half mile south of Ironwood Avenue and 490th Street, or about a mile northwest of Carnes.

But the chief says instead of seeing a house engulfed in flames when they arrived, the fire department saw a pile of debris on fire that had been a house at one time. He says a hole had been dug, and the house debris had been pushed into it and had been lit on fire to dispose of it. He says the fire had gotten out of control and was threatening trees and other property, so they did extinguish it.

VanderWel says no injuries were reported.

He says they initially called out the Maurice and LeMars Fire Departments as well, since it was paged as a house fire.

Chief VanderWel reports that since the house was already intentionally destroyed, there was no fire damage.

He says they used about 4000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene about an hour.

August 14, 2017 - 9:22 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A barn near Middleburg was destroyed in a fire on Saturday afternoon, and four area fire departments were called to help extinguish the blaze.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 5:30 p.m., the Hull Fire Department responded to a report of a barn fire on 370th Street, seven miles southeast of Hull.

When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from the roof area. After that, the barn quickly became fully engulfed by fire.

They say that no injuries were reported.

The Sioux Center Fire Department, Boyden Fire Department, and Orange City Fire Department were all called to help.

The Hull Ambulance Squad and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.