September 30, 2017 - 8:07 am - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — One person was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Ireton on Friday morning, September 29, 2017.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that emergency responders were paged at 7:02 a.m. on Friday. The driver was driving a 2014 Chevy pickup three miles west of Ireton and six miles south.

The report says that the vehicle dropped off onto the shoulder and entered the ditch, and that it struck a culvert causing it to roll. It says the driver was ejected.

The Ireton Ambulance took the victim, whose name is unknown at this time, to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The Patrol says the investigation continues.

September 29, 2017 - 6:05 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Those that know how the court system works know that things often do not happen as scheduled. Court officials are going to try again to hold pretrial conferences in a number of cases on Monday, October 2nd.

In Sioux County, 33-year-old Nina Spaans and 35-year-old Matthew Spaans are charged with three counts each of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony in connection with alleged child abuse. Both have pled “not guilty.” The pretrial conference has been pushed back several times. It is now scheduled for this Monday morning, October 2nd. Matthew Spaans trial is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th. According to court records, no date has been set for Nina Spaans’ trial.

In Lyon County, Cassandra Joy VanBerkum of Rock Rapids is accused of theft of medication. According to court documents, Van Berkum filed a written arraignment and plea of “not guilty” to the charges, one of which is a class C felony. Her pretrial conference is now scheduled for this Monday, October 2nd. The trial was pushed back to Tuesday, December 5th in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

Julian Barrientos of Doon is charged with felony eluding among several other offenses after a chase in Lyon County in April. Barrientos filed a plea of “not guilty” on May 30th. His court dates have been postponed several times. His pretrial conference is also scheduled at this time for this Monday, October 2nd. No trial date has been set.

Primghar, Iowa — Starting this Monday, those who are elderly or disabled can apply for winter heating assistance through the 2017-18 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP.

LIHEAP was established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. Brenda Collier of Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Primghar tells us about LIHEAP.


She says the program is income-based.


For instance, a one-person household can make up to $1759 per month or $21,105 per year and still qualify. A family of four could make up to $3588 per month or $43,050 per year and still qualify for LIHEAP.

Collier says those age 60 or over and those who are on SSI or Disability can apply starting on Monday, October 2nd. Other low-income Iowans can apply starting on November 1st. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2018, or until funding runs out. She tells us what you will need when you apply for LIHEAP assistance.


Officials say the program is not designed to pay your household’s total energy costs but will provide supplemental assistance based on several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

For more information, O’Brien County residents can call Upper Des Moines in Primghar at 712-957-1023. Osceola County residents can call the Upper Des Moines office in Sibley at 712-754-2573. Lyon and Sioux Counties are among the counties served by Mid-Sioux Opportunity, and for more information or to set up a LIHEAP appointment in those counties, you can call the Sioux Center office at 712-722-3611 or on Wednesdays you can call the Rock Rapids office at 712-472-3746.

Again, at this time, they’re only taking applications from elderly or disabled Iowans. Starting November 1st, they’ll take applications from all low-income Iowans.

 

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Income Guidelines
(October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018)The total household income for an applicant must be at or below 175% of the 2017 federal poverty guidelines which are listed below:

Size of Household 30 Day Gross Income* Annual Gross Income*
1 $1,759 $21,105
2 $2,368 $28,420
3 $2,978 $35,735
4 $3,588 $43,050
5 $4,197 $50,365
6 $4,807 $57,680
7 $5,416 $64,995
8 $6,026 $72,310

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September 29, 2017 - 12:30 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has affirmed the guilty verdict of a Matlock man who was convicted of sexual abuse charges one year ago.

According to Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle, 33-year-old Daren Thomas Leikvold of Matlock was found guilty on September 29, 2016 in Sioux County District Court for one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony.

Kunstle says that in February of 2016 authorities were contacted by Sheldon school officials who learned a 12-year-old child reported she was twice raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Daren Leikvold, who denied he ever inappropriately touched the child. After investigating, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Leikvold, charging him with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

Court records say Leikvold pled not guilty, waived his right to a jury trial, and the case proceeded to a bench trial before the Honorable Chief Judge Duane Hoffmeyer on July 19-20, 2016. Leikvold choose not to testify.

Hoffmeyer found Leikvold guilty on one count of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree. He was sentenced on October 31st, 2016 to ten years in prison, fines, surcharges and other requirements.

On appeal, the Iowa Court of Appeals said that because sufficient evidence supports Leikvold’s conviction and the trial court acted within its discretion in ruling on the admissibility of evidence that the defense wanted to use to dismiss the victim as a witness, they affirmed the conviction.

The full text of the Court of Appeals ruling can be found here.

September 28, 2017 - 5:22 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Boyden man who was arrested in Sheldon in July on a felony burglary warrant was to have faced a pretrial conference this Tuesday, September 26th. But the conference has been postponed.

According to the Sheldon Police Department, 36-year old Casey VandenBosch faces a charge of 3rd Degree Burglary, which is a Class D Felony. Police say the charges stem from the investigation into an incident that took place in western Sheldon this summer, in which someone entered a house through a window.

Police say VandenBosch was booked into the O’Brien County Jail following his arrest.

According to online court records, VandenBosch filed a written plea of “not guilty.”

Judge Nancy Whittenburg originally scheduled the pretrial conference for this Tuesday, September 26th. At the time, she also scheduled the jury trial for Tuesday, October 24th, both at the O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar. She has set the new pretrial conference date for Friday, October 6th.

September 28, 2017 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest IGHSAU Volleyball Rankings keeps Gehlen at #3 in Class 1A, Harris Lake Park moved in to the 12th position. Class 2A features Western remaining at #2, Unity falling to the 8 spot, and Hinton staying at 10. Sioux Center is the new #1 in Class 3A, and MOC-FV makes their first appearance in the rankings at the 12 spot.

Class 1A

1 Janesville 16-6 1
2 Springville 26-2 2
3 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 21-4 3
4 Starmont 13-4 4
5 New London 22-3 5
6 Tripoli 16-5 7
7 Holy Trinity Catholic 19-3 6
8 North Tama 19-3 8
9 Montezuma 18-3 9
10 Iowa Valley 16-9 10
11 Algona Bishop Garrigan 15-9 12
12 Harris-Lake Park 11-4 13
13 Dunkerton 16-5 11
14 HLV 12-4 NR
15 Essex 12-4 NR

Dropped Out: Iowa Mennonite (14), Central Elkader (15)

Class 2A

1 Dike-New Hartford 30-3 1
2 Western Christian 16-3 2
3 Grundy Center 24-2 3
4 Council Bluffs St. Albert 15-2 4
5 Sidney 21-3 5
6 Lake Mills 29-1 7
7 Treynor 17-3 8
8 Unity Christian 9-7 6
9 Tri-Center 16-2 12
10 Hinton 13-8 10
11 Iowa City Regina 21-7 11
12 Wilton 19-4 11
13 Clarinda 12-7 13
14 Bellevue 14-5 14
15 Van Meter 12-3 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 3A

1 Sioux Center 20-4 2
2 Kuemper Catholic 26-2 1
3 Waterloo Columbus Catholic 20-6 3
4 Mount Vernon 11-5 5
5 Tipton 20-3 6
6 Gilbert 18-9 7
7 Osage 10-6 8
8 Davenport Assumption 14-5 4
9 Red Oak 9-8 9
10 West Liberty 17-3 10
11 Beckman Catholic 18-9 11
12 New Hampton 16-3 13
13 MOC-Floyd Valley 17-6 NR
14 Iowa Falls-Alden 16-3 12
15 Forest City 19-2 NR

Dropped Out: Humboldt (14), Shenandoah (15)

Class 4A

1 Cedar Rapids Xavier 23-4 1
2 Pella 19-2 2
3 Waverly-Shell Rock 22-4 3
4 Dubuque Wahlert 10-4 4
5 Sioux City Bishop Heelan 20-6 5
6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 24-1 8
7 Center Point-Urbana 21-7 7
8 Lewis Central 22-4 6
9 Independence 20-2 9
10 Charles City 10-8 10
11 Dallas Center-Grimes 17-4 11
12 Marion 13-7 12
13 North Scott 15-7 13
14 Fort Madison 16-5 14
15 Fairfield 17-5 15

Dropped Out: None

Class 5A

1 Cedar Falls 25-2 1
2 West Des Moines Valley 24-7 3
3 Ankeny Centennial 17-3 4
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 21-2 2
5 Linn-Mar 21-6 5
6 Dubuque Hempstead 18-5 6
7 Pleasant Valley 18-1 7
8 Bettendorf 17-2 8
9 Iowa City West 16-10 9
10 Dowling Catholic 21-6 10
11 Indianola 17-6 11
12 Ankeny 16-12 12
13 Urbandale 14-6 14
14 Waukee 15-11 13
15 Johnston 9-8 15

Dropped Out: none

September 27, 2017 - 10:50 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux 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. Check out the latest Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report and also watch Todd’s Tackle tips for an insight on what’s new for the ice season!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes and perch fair.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and perch fair.
Big Stone Lake Perch and bluegills fair to good along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye and perch.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
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 Walleyes fair.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Cochrane Few perch, largemouth bass, and perch.
Casey’s Slough A few walleye.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleye.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Perch good. Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Bluegills fair.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair along with a few crappie and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Lake Alvin Crappie and largemouth bass fair, along with a few perch.
Diamond Walleyes fair.
Scott’s Slough A few crappie, perch, and walleye.
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Perch fair. A few walleyes.
Thompson Walleyes fair to good. A few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes and perch.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills, crappie, and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye and perch.
Sinai Walleyes, perch, and crappie fair.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Walleyes fair.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. Walleyes fair. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake Walleyes fair to good.
East Okoboji Few walleyes, perch and bluegills.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair; A few perch and walleyes.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Sarah Walleyes fair to good.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
Round A few walleye.
Okabena Few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair to good for walleyes.
Pierre Walleye bite is getting better.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux A few cats.
September 26, 2017 - 8:37 am - Posted in Sports

Tyson Kooima was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Football Offensive Player of the Week as announced by the league office earlier today.

Kooima accounted for 359 yards of total offense in leading the Red Raiders to a 63-26 road win over Briar Cliff last weekend. The freshman completed 20-of-26 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for an additional 75 yards and a score. Kooima directed a Red Raider offense that gained over 500 yards for the second time this season and matched the third most points scored in a single game in program history.

On the season, Kooima has completed 64% of his passes and thrown 12 touchdowns against just one interception. No.19 Northwestern improved to 2-0 in the GPAC, 4-0 overall.

September 26, 2017 - 8:30 am - Posted in Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwestern College moved up four spots in this week’s edition of the NAIA Football coaches’ poll released earlier today by the national office.

Off to a 4-0 start, the Red Raiders climbed four more spots to 15th in this week’s poll, matching the highest ranking since the 2015 season (Sept. 28). Northwestern was unranked at the start of the season, moved into the top 25 in the first poll (Sept.11) and rose to the No.19 spot last week. They are one of seven teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) to be recognized in the Sept.25 poll; Morningside (4), Doane (14), Midland (24), Dakota Wesleyan (25), Concordia (RV) and Hastings (RV).

The top six teams remain unchanged from last week as Saint Francis (Ind.) held down the top spot, receiving all 15 first place votes. Baker (Ind.) is second, followed by Reinhardt (Ga.), Morningside and Montana Tech.

RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 4-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 5-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 3-0 311
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 301
5 5 Montana Tech 4-0 290
6 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 4-0 274
7 8 Grand View (Iowa) 4-1 258
8 9 Marian (Ind.) 2-1 247
9 13 Southern Oregon 4-0 236
10 12 Arizona Christian 4-0 228
11 15 Langston (Okla.) 3-0 197
12 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 3-0 185
13 11 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-1 182
14 7 Doane (Neb.) 3-1 152
15 19 Northwestern (Iowa) 4-0 148
16 10 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-1 145
17 17 Tabor (Kan.) 2-1 138
18 14 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-1 137
19 18 Sterling (Kan.) 3-1 128
20 20 Dickinson State (N.D.) 3-1 102
21 25 Concordia (Mich.) 4-0 82
22 21 Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-1 61
23 RV Peru State (Neb.) 4-1 48
24 RV Midland (Neb.) 4-0 22
25 RV Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 3-2 14

Dropped from the Top 25: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (No. 22); Eastern Oregon (No. 23); Kansas Wesleyan (No. 24); Hastings (Neb.) (No. 25) 

Others Receiving Votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 10; Kansas Wesleyan 5; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Concordia (Neb.) 4; Hastings (Neb.) 4; Cumberlands (Ky.) 3.

September 25, 2017 - 12:00 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — The latest Football Rankings from Radio Iowa is mostly unchanged after 5 weeks of play. BHRV is at #6 and Sioux Center at #8. West Lyon stays top ranked in 1A, along with Western Christian at #3. Class A features West Sioux in the 4 spot, and in 8-man, Remsen St. Mary’s is in the 3rd spot, Harris-Lake Park in 5th, GT/RA jumps to 6th and Newell-Fonda falls to #9 from 4th.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (5-0), LW #1 @ DSM Lincoln
2. Iowa City West (5-0), LW #2 @ Burlington
3. WDM Valley (4-1), LW #4 vs #10 S.E. Polk
4. Bettendorf (4-1), LW #7 vs Clinton
5. Cedar Rapids Prairie (4-1), LW #3 vs Ottumwa
6. Johnston (4-1), LW #6 vs DSM Roosevelt
7. Cedar Falls (4-1), LW #8 vs Cedar Rapids Washington
8. Waukee (3-2), LW #10 vs Sioux City East
9. Pleasant Valley (4-1), LW (X) @ Davenport West
10.S.E. Polk (3-2), LW #9 @ #3 WDM Valley

Class 3A
1. Cedar Rapids Xavier (5-0), LW #1 @ Independence
2. Solon (5-0), LW #2 vs Fort Madison
3. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (5-0), LW #3 @ Algona
4. Sioux City Heelan (4-1), LW #4 @ Spencer
5. Dallas Center-Grimes (5-0), LW #5 vs #6 Webster City
6. Webster City (5-0), LW #6 @ Dallas Center-Grimes
7. Pella (4-1), LW #7 @ Knoxville
8. Harlan (4-1), LW #10 @ Carroll
9. Boone (5-0), LW #9 @ Greene County
10.Decorah (4-1), LW #8 vs Waverly-Shell Rock

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg (5-0), LW #1 @ Mid-Prairie
2. Cascade (5-0), LW #2 @ Oelwein
3. Mount Vernon (4-1), LW #3 @ Anamosa
4. Union (LaPorte City) (4-1), LW #4 @ Waterloo Columbus
5. Waukon (4-1), LW #5 @ Monticello
6. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (4-1), LW #6 @ Cherokee
7. Clear Lake (4-1), LW #7 vs Hampton-Dumont
8. Sioux Center (5-0), LW #8 @ MOC-Floyd Valley
9. South Central Calhoun (4-1), LW #10 vs Carroll Kuemper
10.PCM (Monroe) (4-1), LW (X) @ Chariton

Class 1A
1. West Lyon (5-0), LW #1 @ Hinton
2. Pella Christian (5-0), LW #2 @ Woodward Academy
3. Western Christian (4-1), LW #3 vs Okoboji (Milford)
4. Van Meter (5-0), LW #4 vs Manson NW Webster
5. Pleasantville (5-0), LW #5 @ Mount Ayr
6. Iowa City Regina (3-2), LW #7 @ #10 Wilton
7. AHSTW (Avoca) (5-0), LW #8 vs IKM-Manning
8. West Branch (5-0), LW #9 @ Durant
9. Bellevue (4-1), LW #6 vs Tipton
10.Wilton (5-0), LW #10 vs #6 Iowa City Regina

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (5-0), LW #1 @ Grand View Christian
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (5-0), LW #2 @ Martensdale-St. Marys
3. Lynnville-Sully (5-0), LW #3 vs #8 Pekin
4. West Sioux (5-0), LW #4 vs LeMars Gehlen
5. Algona Garrigan (5-0), LW #6 @ South O’Brien
6. Hudson (5-0), LW #7 @ BGM
7. Wapsie Valley (5-0), LW #8 vs Lisbon
8. Pekin (6-0), LW #9 @ #3 Lynville-Sully
9. Saint Ansgar (5-0), LW #10 @ Grundy Center
10.East Buchanan (4-1), LW (X) vs Postville

8-man
1. Don Bosco (5-0), LW #1 vs Lansing Kee
2. Audubon (5-0), LW #2 vs Boyer Valley
3. Remsen St. Mary’s (5-0), LW #3 vs #6 Graettinger-Terill/Ruthven-Ayrshire
4. Sidney (5-0), LW #6 @ East Mills
5. Harris-Lake Park (3-1), LW #5 vs West Bend-Mallard
6. Graettinger-Terrill/Ruthven-Ayrshire (3-1), LW #8 @ #3 Remsen-St. Mary’s
7. Tripoli (5-0), LW #9 @ Central City
8. AR-WE-VA (Westside) (5-1), LW #10 vs River Valley
9. Newell-Fonda (4-1), LW #4 @ Clay Central-Everly
10.Midland (Wyoming) (4-1), LW (X) vs Baxter