April 29, 2016 - 5:20 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board has denied motions by some landowners and the Sierra Club to reconsider or have another hearing on the permit for the Bakken oil pipeline, which is to carry Bakken crude through northwest Iowa on it’s way to Illinois.
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The I-U-B denied those motions Thursday.

The three members voted unanimously on March 10th to grant Dakota Access a permit to construct 346 miles of the pipeline through 18 Iowa counties. The board then issued the permit on April 8th after Dakota Access completed certain compliance filings required by the board.

The I-U-B has ordered what’s called a complaint proceeding for allegations that Dakota Access began construction of the pipeline before the permit was actually issued. The company says it was only doing preliminary survey work on the route and had not begun construction.

April 29, 2016 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — An Ireton man and a Wagner, SD woman were taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:45 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016, 21-year-old Logan Vlotho of Ireton was driving a 2006 Volkswagon southbound on Highway 10, about a mile and a half north of Hawarden. Fifty-two year-old Judy Carpenter of Wagner, SD was also southbound on 10 in a 2014 Toyota SUV when the vehicles collided.

The Hawarden Ambulance took Vlotho and Carpenter to the Hawarden Regional Healthcare hospital.

Vlotho’s Volkswagon sustained $5000 in damages, which was enough to total the car. Carpenter’s Toyota SUV sustained $10,000 in damages.

The Hawarden Fire Department and Ireton Ambulance crew assisted at the scene.

No further details are available at this time.

April 29, 2016 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

Vatican City — A large regional healthcare provider has received a global award from the Vatican.
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Sanford Health officials say that because of their determination to impact health on a global level the Vatican invited them to present on their work at the Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact this past week in Vatican City.

Sanford officials say they were humbled to be awarded the Pontifical Key Innovation Award. They say the award recognizes game-changing medical innovation exemplified by transformative thinking, creativity and ingenuity used to deliver the highest quality of medical care. Sanford employees were recognized for strides made in children’s health, cancer, type 1 diabetes, genetics and genomics, and biobanking for research and clinical purposes. Sanford officials say these strides would not have been possible without the generosity of philanthropist Denny Sanford.

They say Sanford is a driving force in the endeavors of adult stem cells, immunotherapy and genomic medicine. They say they are on the verge of breakthroughs in cancer, the regeneration of cells, advanced genetic therapy, pharmacogenetics and device design.

In our area Sanford has clinics in Boyden, George, Hartley, Hospers, Inwood, Orange City, Paullina, Rock Rapids and Sanborn as well as hospitals in Orange City, Rock Rapids, and Sheldon, and several other specialty services. They have about 280 locations in eight states and three foreign countries.

exemplar-logoSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center company may be leading something of a shift to swine in medical research. Exemplar Genetics of Sioux Center has genetically engineered miniature pigs for use in research about heart disease.

Company president and C-E-O John Swart says this kind of research has traditionally depended on using mice and rats to test drugs for possible human use.

Swart’s company has just gotten federal approval to sell their miniature pigs to other companies that are conducting tests on new drugs for humans.

Swart says his company hopes to breed other lines of mini-pigs which could help find cures for other diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Swart says compared to mice, miniature pigs are much closer to humans anatomically, physically and genetically.

April 29, 2016 - 1:04 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — As is quite often the case around this time of year, people are concerned. They’re concerned that with the weather we’ve had that the tulips won’t be in bloom for Orange City’s Tulip Festival, which is always the third weekend in May.

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No doubt some of this concern stems from the fact that many tulip bulbs that are left in the ground from year-to-year tend to bloom in April.

Tulip Festival spokesperson Julianna Pennings says that there’s no need to be concerned. She tells us how tulips are done in Orange City.

She says they know the weather can be unpredictable so they plant several varieties of tulips including early, mid, and late-blooming tulips so that they almost always have some beautiful blooms for the festival.

The Tulip Festival Steering Committee says besides, the festival is about much more than tulips. The events that are the most popular happen every day, including the Dutch Dozen performances, Straat Feest, Street Scrubbing, and Volksparade.

Again, Orange City’s Tulip Festival is always the third weekend in May. This year that’s May 19th through the 21st.

Visit octulipfestival.com for more information.

April 26, 2016 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A 30-year old Hawarden man was sentenced to a total of up to 10 years in prison Monday, on burglary and drug charges, in Sioux County District Court.

According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Jeremy James Langley’s sentence stemmed from an incident in October of last year when police responded to a Hawarden 911 hang-up call.  Authorities say they learned Langley had fled into a field and noticed something 100 yards into a nearby field of tall grass. Police say they approached to find Langley laying prone in the grass wearing a backpack.  He reportedly tried to flee, and police used force to detain him.  Authorities say the backpack contained drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and methamphetamine, as well as $5,600 in cash inside a bank bag that police reportedly later learned was burglarized on October 16 from a Sioux Falls Casino.  The Sioux County Attorney says that while these charges were pending,  Langley was arrested again for a Hawarden burglary that happened on January 31, 2016, when Langley was reportedly found in Le Mars with property stolen from Hawarden.

According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Langley was sentenced Monday on charges of Burglary in the Third Degree, Theft in the Second Degree, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine.  He was also simultaneously sentenced on Plymouth County Theft and Drug charges.

The Sioux County Attorney’s Office says Langley was sentenced to up to 10-years in prison for Possession with Intent to Deliver, and was given two 5-year prison sentences, respectively, on the Theft and Burglary convictions.  All sentences will run concurrently.  Authorities say Langley was also ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution for the burglary.

April 22, 2016 - 1:37 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Security at two Sioux County buildings in Orange City was recently augmented with the installation of security cameras.

According to a release from Sioux County, Sioux County recently completed the installation of surveillance cameras in both the Treasurer’s Building and the County Courthouse, both of which are located in Orange City.  The report says there are 17 cameras placed in the Courthouse and two in the Treasurer’s Office.  The release pegs the total cost of the project at $35,000.

Signs have been posted at both County buildings to increase awareness of the presence of the monitoring system.

The cameras are monitored 24/7 by the Sioux County Communications Center, and are part of a continuing initiative by the Sioux County Safety Committee to increase security in County facilities.

April 22, 2016 - 11:12 am - Posted in News

fireIreton, Iowa — A garage and it’s contents were destroyed by fire at a rural residence south or Ireton Thursday afternoon.

The Ireton Fire Department was called to 4803 Eagle Avenue, shortly before 2:20 Thursday afternoon, for the report of a garage fire.  Ireton Fire Chief Richard Steckelberg says firefighters could see smoke from about a mile away, and when they arrived on scene the garage was totally engulfed.

Steckelberg says damage was limited to the garage and a tractor parked inside.  He says the garage was close to the house, but firefighters were able to get it knocked down before it could reach the house.  The Chief says the farmstead is currently vacant.

Fire crews were on scene for about an hour, according to Steckelberg

April 21, 2016 - 9:56 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Sioux Center, Iowa — An Akron woman struck a deer on Tuesday, April 19th near Sioux Center. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident on April 20th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’ Office reports that at about 5:45 am on Tuesday, 24-year-old Carmen Vreugdenhil of Akron was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Elmwood Avenue, seven miles southwest of Sioux Center. According to the report, Vreugdenhil struck a deer in the roadway.

The Impala received $2500.

No injuries were reported

April 19, 2016 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Granville, Iowa — A man who is alleged to have entered the country illegally has been released to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following his sentencing on drug charges in Sioux County District Court Monday.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle announced that 33-year old Xavier Alvarez-Carrisales, who has been living in Granville, was sentenced for two counts of Failing to Affix Drug Tax Stamps on Methamphetamine, two Class D Felonies.

This case arose on February 24 and 26, 2016, when Alvarez-Carrisales reportedly assisted in the distribution of approximately 4 and 8 ounces, respectively, of methamphetamine. Both deliveries occurred at a home near rural Granville, where Alvarez-Carrisales was staying.

Alvarez-Carrisales was sentenced to suspended five year prison sentences on each felony Tax Stamp convictions, with the sentences to run concurrently. He served 52 days in jail awaiting charges and sentencing, after which he was released. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed a federal warrant alleging an aggravated re-entry, and upon being released from the Sioux County Jail, ICE took custody of Alvarez-Carrisales, and is expected to begin deportation proceedings.