June 24, 2015 - 3:46 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An allegedly disgruntled employee at Premium Pet Health in Orange City faces assault charges after an incident at the plant.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that charges have been filed in response to an incident that happened on Thursday, June 18th.

They report that they were called to Premium Pet Health in Orange City shortly after midnight on an assault call.

Officers investigated the situation, and then arrested 33-year-old Saul Bernabe Perez Chun of LeMars on a charge of serious assault.

Officers believe the assault stemmed from Perez Chun being suspended from work earlier in the day.

June 24, 2015 - 3:45 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A division of a Sioux Center Company is being sued.
A lawsuit is being filed against a poultry operation in northwest Iowa that was hit by avian influenza. Michael Foods Egg Products Company, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal maker Post Holdings Inc., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday.

Michael Foods alleges that Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms of Corwith, Iowa breached an egg supply contract. Michael Foods claims it is suffering irreparable harm and is seeking a court order stopping Hawkeye from breaching the contract, a judgment against the egg supplier, and damages “in an amount sufficient enough to compensate Michael for Hawkeye’s breach.”

Michael Foods primarily sells liquid and precooked egg products.

The state of Iowa is number-one in the nation for egg production and the avian influenza has hit the state hard, with more than 30-million laying hens, and more than one-million turkeys that have been affected by the bird flu.

Hawkeye Pride is a division of Sioux Center-based Center Fresh Group, which lost more than 5-million hens due to the avian flu.

June 24, 2015 - 12:37 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — In the latest from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office:

On Sunday, June 21, at 12:53 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a disturbance that occurred at a residence, one and one‐half miles northeast of Ireton, IA.
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Upon further investigation it was found that Keri Emery, age 24, of Pipestone, MN assaulted a male victim at the residence. Following the assault, Emery requested an ambulance for minor injuries she sustained during the disturbance. Three children were present in the area the assault occurred and were not injured.

Emery was transported by the Ireton Ambulance to the Hawarden Hospital. Upon her release from the hospital, she was arrested for assault and child endangerment.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department and Ireton Ambulance.


On Saturday, June 20, at 12:10 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Juan Cervantes‐Pena, age 33, of Hawarden, IA.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred at the intersection of Highway 10 and 11th Street in Hawarden. Upon further investigation the deputy discovered illegal drugs in Cervantes‐Pena’s possession.

Cervantes‐Pena was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

June 24, 2015 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemGranville, IA — A Sheldon man backed into a vehicle on Monday, June 22nd in Granville.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:47 pm, 55-year-old Jeffrey Thompson of Sheldon was backing out of a residential driveway. According to the report, Thompson struck an unattended 2005 Pontiac owned by thirty-two-year-old Sheri Nibbelink of LeMars. Thompson left the scene, but was found later.

The Pontiac received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the presidential hopefuls from the huge field of Republicans is going to be in northwest Iowa on Thursday. Dr. Ben Carson is an American author and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon.
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His trip to this area will start out with a fundraising event in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday night, June 24th. Then Dr. Carson will be doing a Western Iowa tour on Thursday, June 25th starting in Rock Rapids.

He’ll be at Rock Rapids’ Frontier Bank at 8:00 AM at 301 First Avenue (That’s Highway 9). The event is open to the public and there will be a short question and answer time.

Then it’s on to Sioux Center. Dr. Carson will be at The Fruited Plain, starting at 9:30 AM. The Fruited Plain is at 172 North Main Avenue (that’s Highway 75) in Sioux Center. Again it’s open to the public and there will be a question and answer time.

Both of the appearances are open to the public. Dr. Carson will also make a private stop in Orange City. Then it’s on to Sioux City, Missouri Valley and Council Bluffs to end the day with another fundraiser.

Campaign officials say Dr. Carson is planning another trip to the area at some point too.

June 23, 2015 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Mankato, Minnesota — The landline telephone company that took over for US West in Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, and Sibley has been purchased by Consolidated Communications. Enventis, formerly Hickory Tech began using the Consolidated name this week. The Mankato-based Enventis changed its name from Hickory Tech less than 20 months ago in October, 2013.
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Consolidated Communications announced that the company has started doing business in its Enventis markets under the Consolidated Communications name and brand.

Consolidated’s northwest Iowa representative Cassie Radtke tells us about the change.

She gives us a little background about the company that purchased Enventis.

Radtke says they now have service territory in 11 states.

She says their focus remains on providing reliable services at competitive prices and ultimately delivering a better experience.

Radtke says the move of their northwest Iowa office from Rock Valley to Rock Rapids is also a recent development.

She says the letterheads, brochures, buildings, and vehicles will begin sporting the new logo soon, as replacements are phased in.

Company officials say customers will not be required to change their email addresses.

More information is available on the Consolidated Communications website at www.consolidated.com/enventis.

Hickory Tech had purchased the northwest Iowa exchanges from US West in 1997, and for a number of years used “Heartland Telecommunications” as its Iowa brand. US West was a “baby bell” and a successor of Northwestern Bell.

Incidentally, US West merged with Quest in 2000, and in 2011 became CenturyLink. CenturyLink continues to serve several northwest Iowa communities as well, including Sheldon.

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June 23, 2015 - 1:46 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Orange City woman was taken by helicopter to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident in Sioux Center.
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 5:10 PM on Saturday, June 20, 2015, 21-year-old Breanne Cleveringa of Orange City was driving a 2002 Dodge southbound on Highway 75, in front of Vander Berg Furniture in Sioux Center.

The report says that for an unknown reason, the vehicle crossed the center line and left the roadway and entered the east ditch. It then went airborne through the landscaping and yard at 4162 US 75 before striking the northwest corner of the Vander Berg store.

After the Sioux Center Ambulance took Cleveringa to Sioux Center Health, she was further transported via Avera Careflight to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, according to the report.

They say Cleveringa’s Dodge was totaled with $5000 in damages. The Vander Berg store sustained an estimated $15,000 in damages.

The Sioux Center Police Department advises that the investigation continues.

June 23, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA South Dakota man’s vehicle was damaged after it rolled on Monday, June 22nd near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:46 am on Monday, 32-year-old Matthew Feucht of Fairview, South Dakota was driving a 2000 Ford Range eastbound on 360th Street, five miles southwest of Rock Valley. According to the report, Feucht lost control of the vehicle, entered the north ditch and rolled.

The Ranger received $2000 damage.

No injuries were reported

June 23, 2015 - 9:57 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2An Orange City man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Sunday, June 21st near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:04 pm on Sunday, 56-year-old Curt Ahrenholz was driving a 2012 Buick Enclave eastbound on Highway 18, three miles east of Boyden. According to the report, Ahrenholz struck a deer in the roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The Buick received $3500 damage.

June 21, 2015 - 9:03 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Three people were taken to hospitals after an accident on Saturday, June 20.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:25 PM, 25-year-old Taylor Klemme of Sioux Center was driving a 2011 Ford F-150 eastbound on 400th Street (or B40), approaching the intersection of Ibex Avenue, two miles east of Sioux Center. They say 23-year-old Ryan Okane of Maple Grove, MN was driving a 1997 Honda Civic westbound on 400th Street and was slowing down to make a left turn onto Ibex Avenue. The report says 26-year-old Kelsey Felt, also of Maple Grove was driving a 2012 Hyundai SGL westbound behind Okane.

According to the report, Okane began turning and was struck by the Klemme vehicle. The impact pushed the Okane vehicle backward, which struck the Felt vehicle.

The Orange City Ambulance took Okane and a seven-year-old passenger to the Sioux Center Hospital. A passenger in Felt’s vehicle, 24-year-old Rachel Okane of Maple Grove was transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital.

Ryan Okane was cited for failure to yield on making a left turn.

The vehicles sustained about $10,000 in damages, each.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux County Conservation office, Sioux Center Fire Department, and crews from the Sioux Center Ambulance and Orange City Ambulance teams assisted them on the scene.