May 20, 2015 - 4:21 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Eleven people were overcome by fumes of some kind on Wednesday afternoon at a chicken confinement between George and Boyden.
According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, the call came in about 2:40 PM, for eleven people experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, and respiratory problems at 3902 260th Street. That’s about five miles south of George, or 11 miles north of Boyden, and a mile west on A52. The address is a chicken barn which was under quarantine because of Avian Influenza (bird flu).

The sheriff says that the people were washing the walls after the bird flu outbreak. He says they originally thought the gas was anhydrous ammonia, or ammonia of some kind, but the workers said that their gas masks should have protected them from that.
20150520_182456The Sheriff says the George Fire Department was on the scene late Wednesday afternoon checking oxygen levels in the building.

The Sheriff says the investigation continues.

The George Fire Department, George Rescue Unit, Boyden Ambulance Service, Little Rock Ambulance Service, and the Lyon County Ambulance service all responded to this incident.  Patients were transported to Sanford Sheldon and Sanford Rock Rapids Hospitals.

May 20, 2015 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News
First section of 24 inch steel pipe

The first section of 24-inch steel pipe being installed

Washington, DC — Minnesota’s senators continue to push for funding for the Lewis and Clark water system.

Democrat U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have introduced a bill to invest in rural water projects in order to address delays and complete construction. The Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act would establish a guaranteed annual investment of $80 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for 20 years to fund the construction of six Congressionally-authorized rural water systems, including the Lewis and Clark project. When completed, the Lewis and Clark Water System will cover a service territory of more than 5,000 square miles and provide drinking water to 300,000 residents and businesses in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

Franken says that communities across the region have in good faith paid their full share to fund this project, and they’ve been waiting “far too long for the federal government to do the same”. He says this bill will help fund projects like Lewis and Clark, and that he’ll keep fighting for funding until the Lewis and Clark project is completed.

Ongoing construction of 14 inch PVC pipe

Ongoing construction of the 14-inch PVC pipe

Funding under the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act would complement existing appropriated funds. The 2015 Energy and Water appropriations bill provided $47.2 million spread across the Bureau of Reclamation’s rural authorized water projects, but current funding is insufficient to complete the projects in a timely fashion.

For more information, click here for the news release on Senator Franken’s site.

Meanwhile, Lewis and Clark Executive Director Troy Larson says that Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone is making good progress on the pipeline to Luverne. He says they started construction in February on the 23 borings for the highway, stream and railroad crossings between the Iowa border and Luverne. The contract includes 5.9 miles of 14-inch PVC pipe and 12.7 miles of 24-inch steel pipe. He says Carstensen started installing the 14-inch PVC pipe in early April and plans to have it all in the ground by late May. The first section of 24-inch steel pipe was installed on May 12. Weather permitting, Luverne is expected to begin receiving Lewis & Clark water in December. The City has reserved 821,000 gallons a day.

May 20, 2015 - 2:09 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Some of the dead birds from the bird flu outbreak will be buried near Sheldon.

The Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency Landfill north of Hospers will be accepting truckloads of euthanized birds at its facility.

Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

We talked to landfill director Larry Oldenkamp, and he says they signed a contract on Tuesday, May 19th to accept four million pounds of dead birds from flocks that were destroyed after Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was found in the flock. He says the birds will be placed in large bags, and then loaded onto roll off dumpsters for transport to the landfill for disposal.

The birds will be kept separate of other refuse, and will be buried in a segregated area of the landfill, he says. According to Oldenkamp, the bird carcasses will be transported by a USDA contractor, along pre-approved routes.

He says trucks moving the birds will be disinfected at the poultry barn, they’ll be kept separate from other traffic at the landfill, and then the trucks will be disinfected before they leave the grounds as well.

May 20, 2015 - 10:06 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo OnlySioux Center, IA — One person was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday, May 19th.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 4:32 pm, 23-year-old Walter Martinez Lopez of Sioux Center was driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra northbound on 1st Avenue Northeast. Fifteen-year-old Zoe Hoekstra of Sioux Center was driving eastbound on 4th Street NE in a 2005 Honda Accord. According to the report, Martinez Lopez was ran the stop sign at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 4th Street. Hoekstra looked down at her phone due to a phone call, ignored the call, but struck the Hyundai.

Modesta Martin Chilel, a passenger whit Martinez Lopez, was transported by Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The Hyundai received $4000 damage. The Honda received $5000 damage.

May 19, 2015 - 6:37 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling over ninety-one thousand dollars in support of projects and programs throughout Sioux County.
Sioux County Community Foundation
Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity. Counties that do have a gambling entity have separate agreements between the non-profit license-holder of the casino and the casino itself to provide a percentage of the winnings to county non-profits.

Projects in Orange City, Hull, Hawarden, Boyden, and two in Granville each received $10,000 grants, and a number of other projects received smaller grants.

Receiving the $10,000 grants were the Boyden-Hull Community School District Foundation for Centennial Park Batting Cages; the Granville Improvement Club for work to be done to the City park campground; Hawarden Park & Recreation for French Park Playground Equipment; the Hull Parks & Recreation Department for a Concession stand at Eastside Park; Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool for the Orange City Area Daycare Expansion Project; and Spalding Catholic School for a Handicap Accessibility Project.

Click here for the KIWA story with the full list.

May 19, 2015 - 10:15 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA George man’s feed truck was damaged along with MidAmerican Energy power lines in an accident on Thursday, May 14th near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:46 am, 21-year-old Terron Geerdes of George was driving a 2007 Kenworth feed truck westbound on 330th Street, one mile south of Boyden. According to the the report, Geerdes turned north onto Kennedy Avenue. Geerdes failed to place the feed auger back into the stow position after making a delivery of feed and as he drove northbound on Kennedy Avenue, the auger struck overhead electrical power lines.

No injuries were reported.

Geerdes’s Kenworth received $6000 damage. The MidAmerican Energy power lines and substation transformer received $750,000 damage.

Geerdes was cited for a vehicle with excessive height.

May 19, 2015 - 9:06 am - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A medical call on Saturday, May 16th, near Rock Valley has turned into an investigation into a possible alcohol overdose case.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that early on that date, about 1:50 AM, they investigated a report of a medical emergency at a residence on Dogwood Avenue, five miles southwest of Rock Valley. The call reported that a female was unresponsive.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that 20-year-old Tayler Hutchinson of Yankton, SD was in need of medical assistance due to an apparent alcohol overdose. They say Hutchinson had allegedly earlier consumed alcohol at a gathering in Rock Valley and then had been brought to the home on Dogwood Avenue.

Hutchinson was transported by the Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. She was later transported to Avera‐Mckennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They say the case remains under investigation with the possibility of pending criminal charges.

The Rock Valley Police Department and Rock Valley Ambulance crew assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

May 18, 2015 - 4:14 pm - Posted in News

WashinErnstgton, DC —  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst will host town meetings in Osceola, Lyon, and Sioux counties this Saturday, May 23rd to discuss the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in addition to other topics. These town meetings are open to the public.

The Senator and her staff will start the day at 9:30 AM at Cooperative Energy at 1708 Pierce Avenue at Sibley.  At 11:15 AM, she will be at the Rock Rapids Public Library at 102 South Greene Street in Rock Rapids. At 1:45 PM, it’s on to Sioux Center for a meeting at the De Yager Student Activities Center in the Campus Center on the campus of Dordt College at 498 Fourth Avenue Northeast.

Representatives from other offices and organizations have also been invited to join the town meetings. Their participation has not been confirmed, however.  They include the offices of:

  • Senator Chuck Grassley
  • Congressman Steve King
  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

And representatives of:

  • Iowa Egg Council
  • Iowa Poultry Association
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Iowa Turkey Federation
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last week, Senators Grassley and Ernst sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraging the USDA to ensure that resources have been properly deployed to Iowa to fight the ongoing outbreak of HPAI.

May 18, 2015 - 11:27 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemGranville, IA — A semi was damaged after hay bales fell off a pick up on Friday, May 15th near Granville.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:30 pm on Friday, 38-year-old Chad Miller of Marcus was driving a 1998 Chevrolet pickup southbound on Marsh Avenue hauling hay bales in the bed of the pickup. Thirty-five-year-old Dustin Wallenburg of Hartley was driving a 2007 Freightliner Semi northbound on Marsh Avenue. According the report, some hay bales fell off the Chevrolet, onto the roadway and were struck by the Freightliner.

The Freightliner received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported

May 18, 2015 - 11:19 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2An Iowa City woman hit a deer near Sioux Center on Friday, May 15th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:43 pm on Friday, 47-year-old Jana Grienke of Iowa City was eastbound on 400th Street, two miles east of Sioux Center in a 2015 Hyundai when she struck a deer in the roadway.

The Hyundai received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.