March 31, 2017 - 6:43 pm - Posted in News

no smokingHull, Iowa — “Vaping” or using “e-cigarettes” is rising in popularity. But not only is it illegal for those under the age of 18, it may harm your health as well. Community Health Partners of Sioux County in conjunction with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is planning two seminars on the topic of vaping.

Western Christian High School in Hull has invited Shay Davis, the Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for Community Health Partners of Sioux County and Teri Bos, a nurse with Community Health Partners of Sioux County, to speak on the topic of vaping and the dangers associated with it. He tells us their goal.

Davis says that no matter where it comes from, nicotine and kids do not mix.

Davis says the unknown is “scary” with these products. He says not only were they only recently regulated, but they haven’t been on the market long enough for long-term effects to be known. He says that since they were only recently regulated by the FDA, no one really knows what’s in the product that’s on the shelves now. He invites people to the seminars with an open mind, and he says it might be surprising what you learn.

School Resource Officer, Waylon Pollema, will talk about Iowa law as it pertains to vaping as well.

He says when it comes to the law, it’s really no different from smoking if you’re under 18. It’s not allowed.

The two seminars will take place on Monday, April 3, at 9:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. The 9:00 a.m. presentation is a student presentation and the 7:00 p.m. is a parent presentation, but anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to attend either session.

The seminars will both take place in the new Western Christian High School Event Center.

law-lightbar-blueOrange City, Iowa — A Hawarden couple already facing felony charges of child endangerment after their 11-year-old told a teacher he was being abused — have been arrested on further charges.

According to Sioux County Jail records, 35-year-old Matthew Spaans and 33-year-old Nina Spaans were arrested on Thursday in Hawarden. Matthew Spaans faces seven additional felony counts of Abandonment or Neglect of a Dependent Person. Nina Spaans faces one count of that charge in addition to her original charge. Both also face additional assault charges.

Initially, Matthew Spaans was charged with three counts of Serious Assault Causing Bodily Injury, a serious misdemeanor; and both Matthew and Nina Spaans were charged with three counts each of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony.

Both have entered “not guilty” pleas to the original charges.

A pretrial conference has been set for April 17th, with a jury trial scheduled for Tuesday, July 18th on the original charges. According to court records, no dates have yet been set for the additional charges.

The original charges were filed because authorities believe Matthew Spaans abused his 11-year-old stepson, causing injuries and that Nina Spaans told the boy to make up stories about how the injuries were received.

March 31, 2017 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

refundsNorthwest Iowa — If you’re one of the many northwest Iowans waiting for your Iowa State Income Tax Refund for 2016, get ready to wait a little longer.

Iowa Department of Revenue spokesperson VIctoria Daniels says the agancy has been getting a lot of calls from people asking about their tax refunds.

Daniels says the reason refunds are taking longer involves new protections against fraud.

Another factor in the refund delay is a new federal law requiring the IRS to hold refunds until February 15 for people who claim certain tax credits. The federal agency conducts an additional review of those returns that are considered especially vulnerable to fraud. Daniels suggests taxpayers get used to waiting longer for their refunds.

Instead of calling the Iowa Department of Revenue to check on a refund, Daniels wants you to visit the agency’s website.

Daniels says Iowa has issued just under $142 million in income tax refunds on 2016 returns as of March 24.

To check on your Iowa State Income Tax Refund, CLICK HERE.

March 31, 2017 - 10:55 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to find out who stole a handgun from an automoobile in Hull this past Sunday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the theft, which was reported Tuesday, happened sometime between 5:30 pm Sunday, March 26th, and 7:00 am Monday, March 27th.  THey say that sometime during those hours, someone entered a vehicle parked on Walnut Street in Hull, and removed a .40-caliber Springfield Armory XD40 subcompact pistol, which is black in color.

Sioux County authorities ask anyone who has information on this crime to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

They say the photo below is of a handgun similar to the one taken in this auto burglary.

Hull Stolen Gun

March 30, 2017 - 2:32 pm - Posted in News

medical health caduceus_sxcSioux County, Iowa — Sioux County has been ranked as thed healthiest county in Iowa in which to live, and Lyon County is ranked third, according to a new report just released.  O’Brien is rated #17, with Osceola ranked at #24.

Andrea Ducas, a program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the philantropic organization’s 8th annual County Health Rankings study looked at more than 30 factors.

Sioux County ranked number-one in the state for the health of its residents, while Monona County, just a few counties to the south, ranked 99th. Still, the last-place ranking doesn’t mean Monona County is a “bad” place to live, Ducas says it just helps to identify some areas where improvement is needed.

On the other side of the coin, Ducas says just because Sioux County ranked first on this year’s list doesn’t mean everything there is perfect, either.

The reports shows the five healthiest counties in Iowa are: Sioux, Winneshiek, Lyon, in 3rd place, Chickasaw and Cedar. The five counties in the poorest health are: Monona, Decatur, Wapello, Pocahontas and Lee. Sioux and Monona counties were also numbers-one and 99 on last year’s rankings. The study covers all 50 states and some 3,000 counties nationwide. Ducas says the rankings are designed to bring revealing data to communities across the country and the tools and resources to help them take action to improve health. See where your home county stacks up at:

March 30, 2017 - 8:45 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for the month of March. Plus the Owner of Dakota Angler, Todd Heitkamp, talks about the differences in rods.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for walleye and pike. A few perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough Unsafe ice.
Island Unsafe ice.
81 Ponds Unsafe ice.
George WPA Unsafe ice.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Unsafe ice.
Thompson Unsafe ice.
Brandt Unsafe ice.
Whitewood Unsafe ice.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Unsafe ice.
Henry WPA Unsafe ice.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Unsafe ice.
Mitchell Unsafe ice.
Menno Opening up.
Beaver Unsafe ice.
Sinai Unsafe ice.
Brush Unsafe ice.
Loss Unsafe ice.
East Oakwood Unsafe ice.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Unsafe ice.
Silver Lake Unsafe ice.
East Okoboji Unsafe ice.
West Okoboji Unsafe ice.
Lake Pahoja Unsafe ice.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Unsafe ice.
Sarah Unsafe ice.
Benton Unsafe ice.
East Twin Unsafe ice.
Round Unsafe ice.
Okabena Unsafe ice.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.


March 29, 2017 - 2:55 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern logoSkyler Bonestroo and Matthew Dahl have each signed letters of intent to continue their wrestling careers at Northwestern beginning this fall.

Bonestroo, the son of Dean and Steph, is a 197 lb. wrestler from Western Christian. He has earned four letters for Western and has a career record of 140-37 including a 41-5 record this season and a 5th place finish at the Iowa High School State Championships. Bonestroo also finished 7th last season at the State Championships.

Bonestroo, an honor roll member for four years, plans to major in Education while at Northwestern.

“We couldn’t be more excited to get this local product on board,” said head wrestling coach Rik Dahl. “He is certainly a quality wrestler and his two state medals attest to that, but more important, he is a quality young man. We feel strongly that he will add to our team culture in a positive way!”

Dahl, the son of Rik and Amy, is a 157 lb. wrestler from MOC-FV High School. He has 94 career wins and went 29-9 as a senior, lettering for the fourth time in his career. Dahl was named First Team All-Siouxland Conference in 2016 and 2017 and was a state qualifier in 2017. He also won five tournament championships and is a two-time sectional champion (2016//2017). Dahl also has 61 career falls and 178 career take-downs. A three year team captain, Dahl also won the team MVP award in 2016 and 2017.

Dahl, a member of the honor roll and Pride of the Dutchmen Band, plans to major in Elementary Education/Special Education while at Northwestern.

“This one has been 18 years coming!” said head coach Rik Dahl. “We believe Matthew has a very high ceiling and could make an immediate impact in our program in the 157-165 area. His familiarity to the program will make the transition to NWC an easier one.”

March 29, 2017 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Fire Department Grass RigIreton, Iowa– Ireton firefighters responded to a fire call on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 near Ireton.

According to Ireton Fire Chief Richard Steckelberg, about 3:20 PM, the Ireton Fire Department was called to the report of a burn pile fire that had burned out of control at an acrage on Garfield Avenue just north of 510th Street, about three miles south and four miles east of Ireton.

The chief says the fire department saw burn pile, grass, and a field all on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire and didn’t need to call in tillage equipment. He says they used two grass rigs to fight the fire.

Steckelberg says no injuries were reported.

Chief Steckelberg reports that since no trees burned and there was no crop in the field, there was minimal damage.

He says they used 3000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about 45 minutes.

March 29, 2017 - 8:17 am - Posted in News

siouxsheriff2Alton, Iowa — A LeMars man was injured after his vehicle was rear ended near Alton on Monday, March 27th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that after 2:45 pm on Monday, 63-year-old Anthony Pick of LeMars was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Highwya 60, four miles southwest of Alton. Thirty-six-year-old Joanna Bennett of Primghar was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition northbound on Highway 60, behind Pick. According to the report, Bennett became distracted by a child in her vehicle and struck Pick.

The Chevrolet received $4,000 damage; the Ford received $5,000 damage.

Pick report minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

March 28, 2017 - 2:46 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden hospital conceptHawarden, Iowa — Construction continues in Hawarden on a $14 million hospital construction and renovation project.

Hawarden Community Hospital Administrator Jason Pullman gives us an update on the project for which planning began several years ago.

He says they’re planning on a grand opening and ribbon cutting, but they’re not ready to schedule that yet. He says it will be sometime between late May and mid-June. But he says they’re moving into new and remodeled areas as they become available.

Pullman tells us what the project included.

He says they’re looking at adding outreach services and expanding their operating room to keep services close to home for area residents.

He says of the $14 million price tag, $8.8 million came from a USDA Rural Development Loan, $2 million came from local bank participation, $2.5 million came through fundraisning, and the rest will come through equity.