July 31, 2013 - 10:22 am - Posted in Sports

baseballTwo baseball players from the immediate KIWA listening area have earned spots on the small schools west squad for the upcoming Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series Teams.

Named to the pitching staff was Jonathan Van Beek of West Lyon and named as one of just two catchers on the squad was Colin Bolkema of Boyden Hull Rock Valley. The pair also recently earned all Siouxland Conference first team honors and IHSBCA accolades as All District players as well.

The All Star Series will take place august 8th through the 11th with games played at Valley High School and Principal Park in Des Moines.

The IHSBCA also named their Academic All-State Teams for 2013. Named to the first team was Sam Weber of South O’Brien.

The first team consists of the top 22 players nominated by their coaches who demonstrate outstanding academic, moral and athletic characteristics. First team members will be honored at the All-Star Banquet which will be held on Saturday August 10th at 10:30 am at the Sheraton Hotel in West Des Moines.

Sioux Sheriff Car 84-Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon teen was injured in a crash on Tuesday morning, south of town.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6 AM, 18-year-old Destiny Ginger of Sheldon was driving a 1987 Dodge 600 southbound on Highway 60, about two miles south of Sheldon when she lost control of the vehicle, which crossed the median and northbound lanes and entered the east ditch.

Ginger reported minor injuries and sought medical attention at a later time, according to the report.

The Dodge sustained under $100 in estimated damages.

Ginger was cited for failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

The Sheldon Police assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office with the accident.

Child Porn gavel_sxcSioux City, Iowa — A Hull man who distributed and received child pornography has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Forty-two-year-old Gary Brummel of Hull received the sentence after pleading guilty in April to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography.

At the guilty plea, Brummel admitted he knowingly used the Internet to distribute and receive child pornography. Brummel was sentenced to 84 months in prison. A special assessment of $200 was imposed, and Brummel must also serve a five-year term of supervised release. He must comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

crime scene tape over lightbarBoyden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is again looking for the public’s help, this time to gather more information on a burglary in Boyden.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:45 PM on Sunday (7/28/13), they investigated a burglary that occurred at Brunsting Insurance Agency, at 806 Main Street in Boyden.

According to the Sheriff’s report, the burglary likely occurred between midnight and 7 AM on Sunday.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that the perpetrator or perpetrators forced their way into the business and stole property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com

Law Enforcement Lightbar redHull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested after a teenage girl reported he touched her.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:15 PM on Saturday (7/27/13), one of their deputies investigated a report of an assault that
occurred at a residence on Linden Street in Hull.

A 16-year-old girl reported that she was touched inappropriately by a man earlier that day.

The sheriff’s office arrested 46-year-old Todd Bonestroo of Hull and charged him with assault in connection with the incident.

Granville, Iowa — A Granville teen has now been charged with OWI in connection with an accident in which he was injured and airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital earlier this month.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday, July 26, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was arrested for 2nd offense Operating While Intoxicated. The charge stemmed from an investigation of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Saturday, July 6.

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Sioux AccidentHospers, Iowa — A Granville teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Hospers on Saturday (7/6/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 AM, 19-year-old Lucas Abler of Granville was driving a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme southbound on Log Avenue, two miles south of Hospers. He lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch where it overturned.

The report says Abler was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was transported to the Orange City Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, SD for what the report calls “incapacitating injuries”.

Abler’s vehicle sustained $4,000 damage and is considered a total loss.

Abler was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to wear a seatbelt.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Hospers Ambulance and Fire Departments.

Sheriff’s officials say alcohol is considered to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

Hand Cuffs sxcLe Mars, Iowa — A Maurice man and three people from Le Mars were taken into custody after a fight on Saturday night at the Plymouth County Fair.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that their officers and Le Mars Police officers were working the fair when they noticed a fight near the grandstands.

With the help of off-duty officers that were also in the area the fight was broken up and the parties were separated.

As a result of the investigation it was determined that 52-year-old Nelson Wynia of rural Maurice left the grandstands and confronted a 16-year-old juvenile of Le Mars because the boy was standing and obstructing Wynia’s view. This turned physical with Wynia bumping or pushing the boy and then the boy punching Wynia.

As a result a family member of the boy, 18-year-old Kenedy Klein of Le Mars tried to get involved. She was told several times to leave the area but continued to interfere with officers.

The father of Klein, 38-year-old Randall Klein of Le Mars then threatened to strike an off-duty officer that was assisting officers at the scene.

As a result all four subjects were arrested for disorderly conduct due to fighting and were taken to the Plymouth County Jail. The three adults were booked into the jail and the juvenile was held pending transportation to a juvenile holding facility.

July 30, 2013 - 9:12 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Wilfred Vande Burgt, age 85, of Hull, passed away on Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Pleasant Acres Care Center in Hull.

There will be a memorial service on Friday, August 2, at 11:00 am, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Loren Kotman and Mr. Joel Wories will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. There will be a prayer service on Friday, at 10:00 am, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Visitation will be after 4:00 pm on Thursday, with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.

July 29, 2013 - 1:04 pm - Posted in News

Christina LloydClippings

A Weekly Column about Plants, Gardens, & Yards

ISU Extension and Outreach Consumer Horticulture • Lyon-O’Brien-Osceola-Sioux Counties



By: Christina Lloyd, ISU Extension and Outreach Agriculture and Natural Resource Intern

                As one of America’s favorite snack foods, popcorn is a tradition that goes all the way back to early Native American civilization when popcorn was both eaten and worn as necklaces or headdresses. When early European settlers came to America they used popcorn as a breakfast cereal and ate it with milk and cream. Popcorn didn’t become commercially popular until the great depression. As popcorn was a very cheap snack that almost anyone could afford it started to gain in popularity. During World War II, consumption of popcorn further increased as a result of a sugar shortage, which created a scarcity of candy. Today, the yearly per capita consumption of popcorn in the United States is nearly 52 quarts.

Most of the popcorn eaten throughout the world is produced in the United States grown primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri. Up until the 1940’s, western Iowa was the leading popcorn producer; however, now Nebraska is the top producer.

Popcorn comes in many different colors such as red and black and our more commonly grown varieties yellow and white. Popcorn grows well in most any place field corn does. Plant popcorn in several short rows for best results. Keep in mind that you should avoid placing popcorn and sweet corn in the same garden as this can negatively affect the quality of the sweet corn.  During the growing season, popcorn needs 18 to 24 inches of water. Water deficiency can reduce yield. Moisture is especially important while the corn plant is tasseling and silking so supplemental irrigation may be necessary.

Once the husks have dried down, the kernels have become hard and the moisture content is around 35%, the ears are ready to harvest. Store them in a well-ventilated place to continue drying. The optimal moisture content of popcorn is around 13.5 to 14%. Popcorn has a thicker hull than any other type of corn.  As pressure builds from the moisture inside the kernel being heated, the starch inside of the kernel turns gelatinous. When the hull finally burst the jelly-like starch spills out and when it cools forms the familiar popcorn shape. However, if the popcorn has too much moisture, it will be chewy and if it is too dry, many of the kernels will not pop.

To test the readiness of the popcorn, shell and pop a few kernels each week while they are drying. If the popcorn is chewy, then the kernels should continue drying. If, however, they pop poorly and there are many un-popped kernels, water must be added. Take one tablespoon of water and add it to a quart of popcorn. Mix well a couple of times during the day and then wait 2 to 3 days before trying to pop again. If it still pops poorly, repeat the process. Once the popcorn pops well and is no longer chewy then it is time to shell the rest of the ears. Store the kernels that you have gathered in a moisture proof container. If you are storing your popcorn for long periods, you can place it in the refrigerator.

Nutritionally popcorn provides nearly 67% as much protein by weight as beef and about 10% more iron and calcium. It is also packed full of energy with 1.5 ounces providing the equivalent energy as two eggs. In addition, popcorn is a whole grain that provides lots of fiber with one cup having fewer calories than a medium-sized grapefruit.

There are many ways to cook popcorn. One way is on the stove top. Add two tablespoons of oil per half cup of popcorn to a frying pan or sauce pan. Place the pan over medium high heat. Add a couple of kernels and cover the pan with a lid. Once the kernels start to sizzle or pop add the rest of the popcorn. With the lid on continuously shake the pan until the popcorn finishes popping. Add a little seasoned salt or herbs and enjoy.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email clloyd@iastate.edu, by phone at (712) 737-4230 or through your local County Extension office. Additional information was provided by the Purdue University Extension Alternative Field Crops Manual article Popcorn (2013), the Popcorn Board website accessed July 2013, and the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center online article Popcorn Profile (2013).

Contact informationChristina Lloyd 712 737-4230•clloyd@iastate.edu or Margaret Murphy 712 472-2576•mmurphy@iastate.edu

Pouder's Pond PickupRock Valley, Iowa — A Doon woman’s 5-year-old daughter is safe after her mom rescued her from a pickup that was sinking into a pond near Rock Valley on Tuesday.

The Sioux County Communications Center received a report just before 10 PM of a vehicle that had entered Pouder’s Pond located at 1540 Pouder’s Pond Road, just north of Fairview, SD but on the Iowa side of the Big Sioux River.

Sioux County Deputies and Sioux County Conservation Officers responded.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that 29-year-old Rebecca Horton of Doon had been fishing at Pouder’s Pond. She reported that her five-year-old daughter entered her 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, which was parked near the boat ramp. The child disengaged the vehicle from park which caused it to start rolling backward toward the pond with the child still inside it. Horton was able to safely remove her daughter from
the vehicle as it entered the water, shortly before it became completely submerged.

No injuries were reported.

The next day, divers from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team were able to successfully assist in the location and removal of the vehicle. The Dodge was found by divers at a depth of about 15 feet underwater. A tow truck was used to remove the vehicle from the pond.

The Dodge sustained about $6500 in damages.