May 1, 2015 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Doon teen was taken to the hospital after an accident near Rock Valley on Thursday, April 30.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 12:30 PM, 62-year-old Richard Waddington of Luverne, Minnesota, was driving a 1999 Volvo semi‐tractor northbound on Garfield Avenue, four miles southeast of Rock Valley. They say 19-year-old Jacob Pollema of Doon was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina eastbound on 340th Street.

The report says Pollema failed to stop for the stop sign at Garfield Avenue where and was struck by Waddington.  

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Pollema to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.
  
The Chevrolet sustained approximately $2,500 in damages. The Volvo sustained an estimated $6,000 in damages.

Pollema was cited for failure to obey a stop sign.  

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance assisted at the scene.  

April 30, 2015 - 4:24 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A corn crib was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 near Hawarden.
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According to Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong, about 11:05 AM, the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of corn crib fire at a place owned by Ron Seik at 1894 480th Street, three miles south and three miles east of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw an old corn crib on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Strong says that there were no injuries reported.

The Ireton Fire Department was called for additional water. The chief says the Hawarden Ambulance crew normally responds with the fire department, but they were out of town on a transfer so the Ireton Ambulance responded instead.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be burning embers from a garbage fire.

He says crews were on scene about two hours.

April 30, 2015 - 3:44 pm - Posted in News

Ames, Ifried eggowa — Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert.

Dr. Angela Shaw, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and extension specialist in food safety says that consumers should feel safe to eat properly-cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry.

She says the disease is caused by an influenza virus that can infect poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks and geese, and is carried by migratory birds such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. She says it’s technically not impossible for humans to be infected with the virus, but most cases involve very close direct contact with sick birds.

She says it doesn’t matter if you get your eggs and poultry meat from the store or direct from a farmer.

Shaw said the Food and Drug Administration maintains that properly-cooked poultry and eggs pose no threat. She advised that consumers always should follow the FDA’s procedures for safe handling and cooking of poultry products:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry and eggs.
  • Clean cutting boards and other utensils with soap and hot water to keep raw poultry or eggs from contaminating other foods.
  • Cutting boards may be sanitized by using a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach and 1 gallon of water.
  • Cook poultry to an internal temperature of at least 170°F. Consumers can cook poultry to a higher temperature for personal preference.
  • Cook eggs until the yolks and whites are firm. Casseroles and other dishes containing eggs should be cooked to 170°F.
  • Use pasteurized eggs or egg products for recipes that are served using raw or undercooked eggs. Some examples of these kinds of dishes are Caesar salad dressing and homemade ice cream. Commercial mayonnaise, dressing and sauces contain pasteurized eggs that are safe to eat. Pasteurized eggs and egg products are available from a growing number of retailers and are clearly labeled.

Shaw says she encourages people to continue to support poultry and egg farmers by eating eggs and poultry meat because, as she puts it, “it’s our livelihood.”

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The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has additional information for consumers at:  http://www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC/Templates/AvianInfluenzaConsumers.dwt

The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine has avian influenza information, including materials to protect backyard flocks, at:  http://vetmed.iastate.edu/aiv-background-and-resources

Angela Shaw, Food Science and Human Nutrition, (515) 294-0868,angelaml@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, (515) 294-2314,edadcock@iastate.edu

April 30, 2015 - 11:02 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office advises that their deputies recently participated in a drug enforcement operation, which covered several counties in multiple states and netted 73 arrests.

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They report that it took place from April 1, 2015 to April 21, 2015. We are told it included law enforcement agencies from federal, state, and local levels, covering Omaha Nation and Winnebago Nation Tribal Lands, Plymouth, Woodbury, Sioux, and Monona counties in Iowa, Union County in South Dakota, and Dakota County in Nebraska. The Operation was called “Blue Fog,” an enforcement operation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tri‐State Drug Task Force which targeted low level drug dealers/users.

The Operation made 73 arrests and issued 19 drug citations; additionally, seven search warrants were executed.

Drugs seized were crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, marijuana wax, THC chocolate candies, THC gummy bears, Molly (Ecstasy,) Adderall, Hydrocodone, and Xanax pills. Other items seized were a meth lab, 30 drug pipes, 14 drug scales, a marijuana grinder, MSM (cutting agent for methamphetamine), a false bottom container, baggies, and other misc. drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is on‐going and additional drug arrests are pending.

April 29, 2015 - 5:47 pm - Posted in News

OrSioux County Courthouse_svaange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s inappropriate behavior around minors has led to jail time for a probation violation.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle says that 33-year-old Daniel Stephen Leeney of Rock Valley, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after a probation violation. After his jail sentence, Leeney is to continue on probation under additional conditions that he be
prohibited from being within 300 feet of a school, public library, child care facility, playground, recreational or sport-related activity area, swimming pool when used by minors, or be present on a school bus.

Leeney was originally sentenced on August 26, 2014, to 70 days in the Sioux County Jail and was placed on probation for two years, for the crime of Attempt to Entice a Minor Under 16, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Kunstle says Leeney’s probation violation began on September 18, 2014 when he exhibited inappropriate behaviors inside the Rock Valley City Hall. On March 19, 2015, Kunstle says that Leeney, in his spray-painted black car, slowly followed an 8-year-old girl walking home from school. Three days later, on March 21, Kunstle says Leeney “methodically” drove circles around a park, eventually leaving his car and sitting on a park bench while staring at an 11 year-old girl and her younger brother. He says that when the children’s father arrived, Leeney immediately fled the scene. Three days later, says Kunstle, on March 25, Leeney “systematically” followed two young teenagers around the public library.

On April 3, 2015, the State filed a probation violation based upon the above reports received by the Rock Valley Police Department that Leeney was displaying inappropriate and/or intimidating behavior towards several children and teenagers.

April 29, 2015 - 3:09 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux City woman has been arrested after authorities say she stole some checks and cashed them at an Orange City bank.
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According to Orange City Police, on Monday, April 27th, they arrested 33-year-old Agnes Rose Sully of Sioux City on charges of Forgery and Theft in the Second Degree, both Class D Felonies.

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum says the case started on October 30th, 2013, when Sully allegedly cashed two stolen checks at Iowa State Bank in Orange City. The checks had been drawn on the account of an Iowa State Bank customer.

The theft was discovered when the customer tried to use her debit card, but was unable to, due to insufficient funds in the account. Pottebaum says that’s when they looked into it further and found that checks had been stolen.

Chief Pottebaum says Sully was eventually identified with the use of surveillance video. Sully was subsequently arrested.

April 29, 2015 - 2:48 pm - Posted in News

Hy-Vee LogoWest Des Moines, Iowa — On April 27, 2015, Hy-Vee, Inc. issued a recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The pasta was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with Listeria. The frozen vegetables were produced by Inventure Foods, Jefferson, Georgia.  A Hy-Vee spokesman told KIWA that Listeria was discovered in the Inventure Foods plant, and the grocery chain pulled the product purely as a precautionary measure.

The company spokesman says the only store in the four-county area that had received any of the recalled salads is the Hy-Vee in Sioux Center.  In addition, stores in Storm Lake, the Gordon Drive store in Sioux City, and the South Louise Avenue location in Sioux Falls were also affected.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16oz. (1 lb.) or 32oz. (2 lb.) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product would have been available in a limited number of stores between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015.

Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of the product.

To date, Hy-Vee says they have not received any complaints associated with the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015, should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

A complete list of the affected Hy-Vee stores can be found at Hy-Vee.com

April 28, 2015 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Center Fresh Group, based out of Sioux Center, is the latest company to be hit by the avian bird flu. Of the 6 million laying hens involved in the five cases that were reported as infected on Monday by state and federal regulators, 5.5 million of those were from Center Fresh, with 1.7 million hens located at the Sioux County Egg Farm and 3.8 million hens at the Center Fresh Egg Farm.

Center Fresh is an egg supplier for a company owned by Post Holdings Co., commonly known for their cereal brands, Grape-Nuts, Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats, and is based out of St. Louis. A Post official confirmed on Wednesday that Center Fresh, a third-party supplier for Michael Foods, which is owned by Post and supplies ten percent of their eggs, was indeed affected by the avian bird flu.

Officials, both state and federal, are stressing the fact that there has never been a case reported in humans, and that it holds no threat to consumers as a food safety risk.

J.T. Dean, the chief financial officer for Center Fresh, said in a statement that they were “incorporating every precautionary measure available to protect (their) flocks” and that Center Fresh is working closely with state and federal regulators “as well as with our colleagues in the farming community, to take the necessary steps to limit the spread of this devastating disease.”

Dean went on to say, “our family has farms across Iowa, and we are committed to working tirelessly and devoting all needed resources to protect our remaining flocks from this disease. Heightened biosecurity protocols and greatly restricted access to farms will be critical to preventing any additional outbreaks.”

So far there have been eight facilities directly affected by the virus in Iowa, with a total of over 10 million birds, including laying hens, turkeys and pullets, needing to be destroyed. The U.S. Department of agriculture is working with the affected companies on how best to dispose of the birds.

While trying to determine how this disease is spreading, federal officials believe that farm workers may be carrying it on their clothing or shoes without realizing it, but it’s also possible that it’s moving on bird feathers or dust carried by the wind, something much more difficult to track.

Dean stated that “our family has spent our lives working to ensure the health and well-being of our flocks, and this news deeply affects all of us. The next few days will be difficult for our family, our employees and our community, and we are grateful for the support of so many during this time.”

Warm weather drastically reduces the ability for the virus to spread, and while this has been a big hit for Northwest Iowa and the surrounding states, as we get closer to summer we can hope to see this issue come to an end.

 

FIVE CONFIRMED CASES OF HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN OSCEOLA, O’BRIEN AND SIOUX COUNTIES

Northwest Iowa — According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the five possible cases of avian influenza reported on Monday afternoon — have been confirmed.

The agency’s web site says that the cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux Counties in Northwest Iowa are now confirmed.  These five new cases join three cases of the disease in Iowa. All birds on the properties will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
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Osceola County 2 – Pullet farm with an estimated 250,000 birds.

O’Brien County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 240,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

O’Brien County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 98,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 1.7 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 3.8 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected there is no food safety risk for consumers.

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world.  As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4)  Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facilities to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/avianinfluenza.asp.

April 28, 2015 - 3:48 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A grove of trees and some logs were damaged in a fire on Sunday, April 26, 2015 near Sioux Center.
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According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 4:15 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of grove fire at the home of Harold Vande Kieft at 3280 440th Street, three miles south and almost two miles east of Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department saw flames in the grove as they approached the scene. He says they were able to extinguish the fire with a few hand lines.

Van Holland says that no injuries to people, pets, or livestock were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be embers from burning garbage.

He says they used four to five hundred gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

The fire department was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance crew.

April 28, 2015 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find a vehicle involved in a crash in Granville that is believed to have taken place this past weekend.
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They report that they investigated the crash on Sunday on Ash Street in Granville. Upon further investigation, deputies believe it actually happened during the late evening of Saturday, April 25, or the early morning of Sunday, April 26.

They say their investigation shows that someone driving an unknown vehicle struck a parked and unattended 2001 Ford Windstar minivan, owned by Stacy Robertson, of Granville. The vehicle that struck the Ford left the area and was not found.

The Sheriff’s Office says they believe the Ford sustained approximately $2,500 in damages, and that the other vehicle likely sustained damages to the front passenger side and headlight area.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.