June 16, 2016 - 8:54 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman was injured in an accident on Tuesday, June 14th near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:44 pm on Tuesday, 35-year-old Maricela Santos of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 Cadillac CTS southbound on Hickory Avenue, two miles northeast of Sioux Center. Nineteen-year-old Austin Van Voorst of Hull was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Hickory Avenue. According to the report, Van Voorst crossed the center on the roadway, causing Santos to drive her vehicle abruptly to the right where she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the northbound lane, entered the east ditch and struck a tree.

The Cadillac received $9000 damage.

Santos reported minor injuries and sought medical treatment on her own.

Santos was cited with a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Van Voorst was cited with a charge of failure to yield half of the roadway

June 16, 2016 - 8:54 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A Michigan man was injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, June 14th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:19 pm on Tuesday, 22-year-old Zachary Labombard of Chesanging, Michigan was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion southbound on Highway 75, one mile south of Sioux Center. According to the report, Labombard lost control of his vehicle, entered the west ditch, struck an Iowa Department of Transportation traffic sign, vaulted a ditch embankment and struck five feeder grain bins on a business property at 4211 Highway 75.

The Ford received $8000 damage; the traffic sign received $200 damage, and the grain bins, owned by Hog Slat, Inc. of Sioux Center received $22,500 damage.

Labombard reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.

Maurice, Iowa — A free supper, entertainment, information, and something fun for the kids. That describes the dairy open house scheduled for Wednesday, June 22 near Maurice.
Dairy Open House
To celebrate June Dairy Month, dairy farmers across western Iowa are inviting the public to the family-friendly event at Maassen Dairy. The 9th annual event will include a dairy farm tour, free food and kids’ activities from 4 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, June 22. Parking is available at the farm, located at 4723 Hickory Avenue (two miles east of Hwy 75 on B-58, then south on Hickory Ave., or 6 miles west of Hwy 60 on B-58, then south on Hickory Ave.).  The June Dairy Month Celebration is sponsored by Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Midwest Dairy Association.

We talked to Lee Maassen, and he tells us what to expect.

He says a trolley will take you from your vehicle and that’s where you’ll start the tour.

Veterinarians, dairy nutritionists, dairy farmers and other experts will be available to answer questions.  There will also be information about crop production and conservation, including the Sioux County conservation demonstration project hosted on the Maassens’ farm.

Following the tour, guests will enjoy a free meal of barbecue beef sandwiches or hot dogs, as well as cheese curds provided by AMPI, Blue Bunny ice cream treats provided by Wells and milk provided by Dean Foods.

He says the open house will also feature a Kid’s Fun Zone.

Maassen says June Dairy Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the efforts of Iowa’s dairy farmers as they deliver a wholesome and nutritious supply of milk and dairy products and make a significant contribution to the state’s economy and rural communities. 

For more information about the open house, visit www.wiadairy.com or “Western Iowa Dairy Alliance” on Facebook, or contact 712-441-5308 or info@wiadairy.com.  Please visit MidwestDairy.com for more stories from the farm, dairy nutrition information and dairy recipes.

June 14, 2016 - 3:42 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County American Cancer Society Relay For Life was held on Saturday in Sioux Center.
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Relay chairperson Sue Doppenberg says it was a successful event.

She says they don’t have the totals in yet, but it appears to have been a success financially as well.

For comparison sake, Doppenberg says most years they finish around $80,000. A number of years ago they raised $125,000, which Doppenberg called “amazing.”

She says they may be on track to finish around $80,000 again once all the teams get their money in.

June 14, 2016 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookOrange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident near Orange City on Friday, June 10th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 3:00 pm on Friday, 75-year-old Larry Moret of Boyden was driving a a 2005 Sterling semi‐tractor pulling a gravel trailer northbound on Jackson Avenue, five miles south of Orange City. Thirty-seven-year-old Scott Saeger of Rock Valley was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox northbound on Jackson Avenue following Moret. According to the report, . Moret stopped for the stop sign at Highway 60 and Saeger stopped behind Moret. Moret began driving northbound, stopped for a vehicle on Highway 60, began backing the truck and trailer and struck Saeger.

The Equinox received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 14, 2016 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — A Sioux City woman’s vehicle was damaged after she struck a deer near Orange City on Friday, June 10th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:28 am on Friday, 55-year-old Christine White of Sioux City was driving a 2015 Toyota Sienna northbound on Highway 60, four miles south of Orange City. According to the report, White struck a deer on the roadway.

The Toyota received $7000 damage.

No injuries were reported

June 13, 2016 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa– A Sioux Center man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center on Friday, June 10, 2016.
Sioux Center Ambulance
The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 12:42 PM, 26-year-old Kyle Van Holland of Sioux Center was driving a 2009 Ford pickup eastbound on 20th Street Southeast on Sioux Center’s south side. Fifty-two year-old Jonathan Heie of Sioux Center was northbound on Highway 75 on a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The report says that Heie was in the outside lane. It says Van Holland struck the Heie motorcycle as Van Holland attempted to cross Highway 75. The report says Van Holland told the officer that he had stopped at the intersection and after a semi and trailer drove through, he proceeded to cross the intersection and didn’t see the motorcycle.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Heie to Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Van Holland’s Ford pickup sustained $2000 in damages, and Heie’s Harley Davidson Motorcycle sustained $5000 in damages.

Van Holland was charged with failure to yield from a stop sign.

June 8, 2016 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Granville 125thGranville, Iowa — We’re getting into the season of summer festivals. Some of them happen every year. But not this one. This one has been 125 years in the making.

The town of Granville is turning 125 years old this year, according to one of the organizers of the celebration, Jeff Bunkers.

He says the events get started on Thursday, June 9th.

John Hansen, another organizer of the Granville 125th tells us what will happen on Friday, June 10th.

Bunkers tells us what’s happening on Saturday, June 11th.

Hansen says the fun doesn’t stop there.

He says it’ll be a fun-filled evening too.

They tell us that everything all weekend will be free except for your food and drink, and they invite everyone to help Granville celebrate their 125th.

Click here for more information on the Granville 125th Facebook page

June 7, 2016 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — June is Dairy Month in the United States.
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We talked with Ryan Breuer, who is the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach dairy specialist for northwest Iowa.

He says dairy farmers have a message that people need to hear.

Breuer says northwest Iowa is a great place for dairy operations.

Some of the bigger ones include Wells and Dean Foods in Le Mars, and Agropur Cheese in Hull. Breuer encourages dairy farmers to check out the resources that are available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

He says there’s a June Dairy Month celebration and open house coming up later this month.

He says they’ll feed you, you can learn something, and there are activities for the young ones as well.

Click here for more information on the Maasen Dairy Open House.

June 7, 2016 - 1:45 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A tractor was damaged in a fire on Monday, June 6, 2016 near Rock Valley.
RVFD Rock Valley Fire
According to Rock Valley Fire Chief Brent Eshuis, about 2:30 PM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of tractor fire two miles south and a mile and a half west of Rock Valley on a gravel road.

As they approached the scene, he says the fire department saw that the farmers had the fire practically out with extinguishers. He says they used about five gallons of water to make sure the fire was out.

Eshuis says there were no reports of injury.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be electrical in nature.

Chief Eshuis reports that the tractor was not drive-able after the fire.

He says crews were on scene for about fifteen minutes.