Davenport, Iowa — The company that’s bringing the wind power transmission line to northwest Iowa continues to talk to businesses along their proposed route. Clean Line Energy is seeking to partner with Iowa businesses to help them build their $1.7 billion power line across the state.

They met with companies in the Quad Cities on Thursday, wrapping up a week of similar open house events. The 500-mile transmission project is to deliver wind energy produced in northwest Iowa through a converter station in O’Brien County and across both Iowa and Illinois to near Morris, Illinois. There the lines are to connect with the grid at the Collins Substation.

Officials say the project is expected to create 5,000 construction jobs. Plus 500 about workers are expected to be needed in operations jobs, primarily here in northwest Iowa.

Sioux County, Iowa — A proposed regional airport in Sioux County has received over a million dollars in a federal grant.

Senator Tom Harkin says that the federal government will kick in $1,187,563 to buy the land near Maurice needed to construct the airport, which has been in the planning stages for more than ten years. The proposed new airport would have longer runways than the current airports in Orange City and north of Sioux Center. The longer runways would better serve business aircraft. After it’s built, the towns would close their current airports.

Senator Harkin says the new airport would help the Sioux County economy continue to expand and add quality jobs. The Senator sits on the transportation appropriations subcommittee.

Sioux Falls, SD — The National Weather Service says conditions are right for explosive fire growth today.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued that includes our four-county listening area — O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola, and Lyon Counties. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will occur in the near future. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

The forecast is for very hot and dry conditions to persist south of Interstate 90 today. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour. Relative humidity will be as low as 18 percent. Temperatures will be in the upper 90’s, with 100 degrees not out of the question. Fire behavior will again be critical in areas south of Interstate 90, with the strong southwest winds and extremely low humidity levels.

The Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon to 8 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says any fires that ignite will spread rapidly. They advise to postpone outdoor burning.

An open burning ban continues in Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien Counties in our four-county area, but today it’s extremely critical. It is suggested that people use extreme caution with anything that could get hot, like farm equipment, welding equipment, and smoking materials. Do not throw lit cigarettes from moving vehicles.

Firefighting is also more difficult in these conditions and the Weather Service says fighting fires at the flanks is recommended in red flag conditions.

August 30, 2012 - 11:17 am - Posted in News

A Sheldon man who unlawfully took a 2011 Kenworth truck from a local trucking company has been sentenced to two more years in prison.

O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs reports that 51-year-old Jeffrey Alan Chrestiansen was convicted and sentenced on August 6th for Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Consent, an aggravated misdemeanor.  Chrestiansen was ordered to pay a fine, various surcharges and court costs, and victim restitution in the amount of $1,680 for damage done to the truck.  Chrestiansen was also sentenced to a two-year prison term.

Chrestiansen, who had been on parole for two felony offenses, must serve his new prison sentence after he completes his revoked sentence for those prior offenses.

According to police reports, Chrestiansen took the Kenworth truck during the early morning hours of June 9, 2012. GPS tracking from the truck and video surveillance at various northwest Iowa businesses confirmed that Chrestiansen then drove the truck on a 148-mile joyride that included stops at Siouxpreme Egg Products in Sioux Center and the Le Mars Truck Stop in Le Mars.

The Sheldon Police Department assisted with the investigation.


KarlieOrange City, Iowa — The Northwestern Red Raiders Volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over Dakota State Tuesday night in a non-conference volleyball match. Individual set scores were 25-7, 25-13 and 25-15. Northwestern improves to 5-0 on the year while Dakota State drops to 0-2.

Leading 8-6 in the first set, Northwestern rattled off 11 straight points behind the strong serving of Heather Goehring, who went a perfect 19-for-19 from the service line with two aces for the match. The Red Raiders went on to take the first set 25-7.

The Red Raiders outscored DSU 13-4 to break open a close second set. Schut and Megan Hutson keyed the NWC run with four and three kills, respectively.Karlie Schut and Haley Chambers totaled nine kills each in the victory.

Northwestern used a big advantage at the net to earn a 25-15 in the third set. Chambers led the way with four kills while Jaci Moret added three.

The Red Raiders hit .364 for the match and had five players with six kills or more. Schut hit .667 (9 kills, 12 attempts) and Katelyn Kragt totaled eight kills in 12 attempts. Kara Nonnemacher and Madeline Hanno lofted up 12 and 11 assists, respectively, and Alexis Bart led the backrow with 18 digs. Northwestern limited DSU to a negative hitting percentage and just 14 kills in 90 attempts.

Northwestern heads to California to play four matches at the Concordia Labor Day Classic this weekend.

(Story from NWCRaiders.com)

Sioux Center, Iowa — A community health center in Sioux Center is getting a grant, not to provide medical services, but to do something else important — help kids learn to read.

Greater Sioux Community Health Center has received a $2000 grant from Target Corporation in recognition of Greater Sioux’s efforts in reaching undeserved children through the health center’s Reach Out and Read program.

Age-appropriate books are given to parents who bring their children to Greater Sioux for well-child visits and general health care. The health center’s providers take time to share with parents the importance of reading and to demonstrate how to read to their young children.

Becky Roemen, Physician Assistant at Greater Sioux says that they want moms and dads to know how important it is to read to their child every day. She says that hopefully by giving them a book and taking time to show them how to use the book, they will ensure that reading is as important a part of their child’s care as feeding and bathing.

Laysha Ward, President of Community Relations for Target says that at Target, they are committed to serving local communities where they do business. She says that’s why they are proud to partner with Greater Sioux Community Health Center.

Orange City, Iowa — A Sergeant Bluff man will serve a five-year prison term after he pled guilty to a Sioux County charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

On March 20, 2012, a concerned citizen called 911 to make a complaint of an erratic driver southbound on Highway 75 at the Lyon County border. The caller was able to give the 911 operator a partial license plate number and a vehicle description. A Sioux County deputy was dispatched to the area and the deputy observed a vehicle matching the description given by the caller cross the centerline and go over onto the shoulder of the roadway. The deputy stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by 47-year-old Sakdarif Lokhamkouak.

The deputy searched the vehicle and found nearly a pound (14.8 ounces) of marijuana and over $2,400 in cash in Lokhamkouak’s possession.

The Court sentenced Lokhamkouak to serve five years in prison and he was further ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $750 plus court costs and statutory surcharges.

August 28, 2012 - 2:13 pm - Posted in Sports

Dove Season Begins September 1st

An estimated 30,000 hunters will be in the field when Iowa’s dove season opens on Saturday.

The dry summer likely created conditions that will benefit dove hunters. Doves eat seeds, like sunflowers, corn and weed seeds, and prefer eating on bare ground.

If looking for a place to hunt, the Iowa DNR has a listing of public hunting areas with food plots for doves online at www.iowadnr.gov/Portals/idnr/uploads/Hunting/mdove_plots.pdf.

Even without a dedicated food plot, hunters should look for any area that offers them concealment and small grains or weed seed, water or grit.

Since doves are considered a migratory game bird, hunters will need to have a plug in their gun limiting them to three shells and must register with the Harvest Information Program before they go hunting. Hunters may register online at https://jc.activeoutdoorsolutions.com/ia_customer/app/goHome.do or by calling

Hunters are required to have a valid Iowa small game hunting license and the habitat fee to hunt doves. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 doves with a possession limit of 30.

Iowa’s dove population is similar to last year and doves can be found in all 99 Iowa counties. Dove hunting is a great way to introduce individuals to hunting because it takes place when the weather is nice and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Labor Day Weekend

Boaters heading out for the Labor Day holiday will likely find busy waterways and low water levels.

Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said the low water will require boat operators to pay extra attention to hazards starting at the boat ramp.

“Use caution when loading and unloading the boat. Back in only as far as necessary to get the boat on and off the trailer to avoid backing off the ramp,” Stocker said. “Our lakes and rivers are really low so use caution when boating near shore to avoid any low water hazards that have recently been exposed.”

The weekend weather forecast is favorable for boaters and combined with a three day weekend should produce heavy boat traffic.

Stocker said ramps will likely be busy, placing boating etiquette at a premium.

“Everyone is excited to get on the water,” she said. “Be patient, and when it’s your turn be ready to launch. Courtesy on the water goes a long way in avoiding problems.”

She said given the drought conditions, boaters should operate in areas they are familiar with and slow their speeds.

Another way to prevent problems is for the boat operator to avoid alcohol while operating the craft.

“We want boaters to have fun on the water, but we don’t want that fun to end in a boating tragedy. Boaters need to keep safety in mind while on the water,” Stocker said.

Preparing for a safe day on the water begins in the driveway. Make sure to have a properly fitting life jacket for each person on board and that all of the safety equipment, including a properly working fire extinguisher, is on board.

“Remember, life jackets only work when worn,” Stocker said. “Life jackets float, you don’t.”

Campgrounds Filling for Labor Day Weekend

The last big camping weekend of the summer recreation season begins Friday and nearly every reservable campsite with electricity in an Iowa state park has been claimed. Campers who are wanting to partake but do not have a site reserved should plan to arrive as early in the week as possible to claim a first come, first served campsite.

“People just don’t miss spending these three day weekends in our parks,” said Kevin Szcodronski, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau.

“We are going to be busy so having patience and being respectful of your neighbors will be important. Campers should watch their noise level during quiet hours, only burn firewood in fire rings and leave the fireworks at home. It only takes one loud campsite to ruin the experience for a lot of people,” Szcodronski said.

While Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the summer recreation season, it also is the beginning of fall camping when the crowds are lighter, bugs are fewer, weather is cooler and the leaves begin to show all the colors in the spectrum.

“We’ve had a good year in our campgrounds and we hope to continue that into the fall,” he said.



August 28, 2012 - 1:56 pm - Posted in Sports

Boyden Hull Rock Valley is the highest rated team in the area in the latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll comming in at number 2 in the Class 2A poll. West Lyon is number 3 in the Class A poll.

Class 4A
1. WDM Valley (2-0), LW #1 vs #5 Dowling
2. Ankeny (1-0), LW #2 vs DSM Lincoln
3. Bettendorf (1-0), LW #3 vs Davenport Central
4. Iowa City West (1-0), LW #4 vs #8 CR Washington
5. Dowling Catholic (2-0), LW #6 @ #1 Valley
6. Cedar Falls (1-0), LW #7 @ Waterloo East
7. Davenport Assumption (1-0), LW #10 vs Pleasant Valley
8. Cedar Rapids Washington (1-0), LW (X) @ #4 Iowa City West
9. S.E. Polk (0-1), LW #5 @ Ames
10.Urbandale (1-0), LW (X) vs DSM Hoover

Class 3A
1. Decorah (1-0), LW #1 @ Marion
2. Sioux City Heelan (1-0), LW #2 vs Sioux City North
3. Solon (1-0), LW #3 @ 1A-#1 Iowa City Regina
4. Lewis Central (1-0), LW #5 @ 1A-#2 St. Albert
5. Harlan (1-0), LW #6 at CB Abe Lincoln
6. Norwalk (1-0), LW #7 vs Dallas Center-Grimes
7. Clear Lake (1-0), LW #8 vs Forest City
8. Grinnell (1-0), LW #9 @ Oskaloosa
9. Creston/O-M (1-0), LW (X) @ Clarinda
10.Pella (0-1), LW #4 vs Washington

Class 2A
1. Mediapolis (1-0), LW #2 vs Keokuk
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0), LW #3 @ 1A-#6 Emmetsburg
3. Carroll Kuemper (1-0), LW #4 @ Denison-Schleswig
4. Spirit Lake (1-0), LW #5 @ Storm Lake
5. West Marshall (2-0), LW #7@ Panorama
6. South Central Calhoun (1-0), LW #6 @ Humboldt
7. New Hampton (1-0), LW #8 @ Crestwood
8. Union (LaPorte City) (0-1), LW #1 @ 1A-#5 Aplington-Parkersburg
9. Bondurant-Farrar (1-0), LW #9 @ Nevada
10.Clarion-Goldfield (1-0), LW #10 @ Eagle Grove

Class 1A
1. Iowa City Regina (1-0), LW #1 vs 3A-#3 Solon
2. St. Albert (Council Bluffs) (1-0), LW #2 vs 3A-#4 Lewis Central
3. West Branch (1-0), LW #3 @ Durant
4. Fort Dodge St. Edmond (1-0), LW #4 vs A-#6 Mason City Newman
5. Aplington-Parkersburg (1-0), LW #5 vs 2A-#8 Union
6. Emmetsburg (1-0), LW #6 vs 2A-#2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
7. South Winneshiek (1-0), LW #7 vs Turkey Valley
8. Pella Christian (1-0), LW #8 vs PCM Monroe
9. Sumner-Fredricksburg (1-0), LW #9 @ Postville
10.Saint Ansgar (1-0), LW (X) vs A-#2 West Hancock

Class A
1. Woodward-Granger (1-0), LW #1 vs DSM Christian
2. West Hancock (1-0), LW #2 @ 1A-#10 Saint Ansgar
3. West Lyon (1-0), LW #3@ Sioux Center
4. Logan-Magnolia (1-0), LW #7 vs IKM-Manning
5. Wapsie Valley (1-0), LW #8 @ Denver
6. Mason City Newman (0-1), LW #4 @ 1A-#4 St. Edmond
7. BGM (Brooklyn) (1-0), LW (X) @ Belle Plaine
8. North Tama (1-1), LW #6 vs Lone Tree
9. Woodbury Central (1-0), LW (X) @ Ridge View
10.Madrid (0-1), LW #5 vs Van Meter

1. Adair-Casey (2-0), LW #1 @ East Union
2. Murray (2-0), LW #2 @ Ankeny Christian
3. Newell-Fonda (1-0), LW #4 @ Kingsley-Pierson
4. Don Bosco (1-0), LW #10 vs #6 Janesville
5. Melcher-Dallas (2-0), LW #5 vs Seymour
6. Janesville (1-0), LW #6 @ #4 Don Bosco
7. West Bend-Mallard (2-0), LW #7 vs Marcus MMC
8. Fremont-Mills (1-0), LW #9 @ Whiting
9. Coon Rapids-Bayard (2-0), LW #9 @ Heartland Christian
10.Preston (1-0), LW (X) @ West Central (Maynard)

August 28, 2012 - 1:02 pm - Posted in News
Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff

Granville, Iowa — A Granville woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle tangled with two cows near Granville early on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:10 AM, 31-year-old Crystal Lammers of Granville was driving a 1998 Lincoln Navigator northbound on Log Avenue when she collided with two cows on the roadway. After the collision, the Lincoln left the roadway and entered the north ditch.

Lammers was transported to the Sheldon Hospital by the Granville Ambulance.

The Lincoln sustained about $12,000 in damages.

The cattle died following the collision; they were owned by Kenneth Penning of Hospers, and were valued at approximately $2,600.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Granville Ambulance.