August 23, 2015 - 6:36 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man faces sentencing on Monday, August 24th in a plea bargain in regard to charges surrounding a burglary in Hull.

Sioux County Courthouse_svaTwenty-six-year-old Matthew Kraayenbrink of Rock Valley and a 17-year-old Hull boy are accused of breaking into Trinity Christian High School In Hull on February 11, 2015.

Deputies, who were on the scene investigating reports of burglaries there, apprehended Kraayenbrink and the boy inside the school. They are accused of forcing open a door on several occasions and stealing about $4000.

Kraayenbrink had been charged with second degree theft, third degree burglary and using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense. In the plea bargain, he pled guilty to one count each of third-degree burglary and third-degree theft. The charge of using a juvenile to commit a criminal offense was dismissed.

According to court records, sentencing has been scheduled for 1 PM on Monday, August 24th.

August 23, 2015 - 8:25 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iomoney cash bills dollarswa — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board on Friday awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to a variety of companies with the promise of more jobs and expanded facilities. I-E-D-A spokesperson Tina Hoffman, says Cambridge Technologies, which is part of the Prairie Holdings Group of companies located in Worthington, Minnesota won assistance from the state of Iowa for a northwest Iowa facility that will make animal health care products.

(as she says)”They are going to establish a new production facility up in Sioux Center. They received benefits through the High Quality Jobs Program today, both direct financial assistance as well as tax benefits. And this project is going to create 39 jobs,” Hoffman says.

The company received 67-thousand-500 dollars and tax benefits for an 820-thousand dollar capital investment.

(as she says)”This is a really great project that’s going to create a fair number of jobs in the bio-sciences arena, so exactly the kinds of jobs that we are looking for,” according to Hoffman.

Nine of the jobs in Sioux Center will have a wage of 20-dollars, 77 cents an hour. Also in northwest Iowa, Wells Enterprises in Le Mars was awarded tax benefits to upgrade its South Ice Cream Plant.

(as she says)”They’re going to make a 19-point-three million dollar capital investment, install a new multi-product production line, add some additional equipment. And this project will create 19 additional new jobs up in Le Mars,” Hoffman says.

Eleven of the 19 new jobs will have a wage of nearly 21 dollars an hour.

Several other projects in the state also were awarded funds, including the privately-owned parent company of the Kum & Go convenience store chain. They won state tax benefits to move their headquarters.

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August 21, 2015 - 8:27 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hudson, SD woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Wednesday, August 19 near Hull.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 11 AM, 25-year-old Jessica Davelaar of Hudson, SD was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata westbound on 320th Street, two miles west of Hull at the Perkins Corner. They report that 54-year-old Bruce Westra of Hull was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Highway 75.

The report says Davelaar stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and drove into the intersection where her car was struck by the Westra pickup.

The Hull Ambulance crew transported Davelaar to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Hyundai sustained about $12,000 in damages. The Chevy pickup sustained an estimated $10,000 in damages.

The deputy cited Davelaar on a charge of failing to yield from a stop sign and Westra on a charge of failing to use a seatbelt.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance crew assisted on the scene.

August 20, 2015 - 3:23 pm - Posted in News

OrangOrange City Fire OCFD Engine 60e City, Iowa — Orange City firefighters were able to prevent a house in Orange City from starting on fire on Thursday morning.

According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, the fire department was paged about 7:20 AM on Thursday, August 20th to the report of smoke in a house at 506 Third Street Southwest. He says law enforcement officials, who were first on the scene reported smoke coming out of the door when they got there.

The Alton Fire Department and Orange City Ambulance crew are automatically paged for any structure fire in Orange City so they responded as well. Vander Wel says that based on the report of smoke coming out of the house, he asked for the Sioux Center Fire Department’s Rapid Intervention Team to be paged as well.

However, when firefighters entered the home they found that a pan had been left on the stove by the woman who lives there, and it had smoked up the whole home. He says that the woman had evacuated the home. He says that when they knew the situation, he told the Sioux Center team that they could turn around and head back to their station.

Vander Wel says that the home sustained smoke damage but no structural damage, and no injuries were reported.

August 20, 2015 - 9:48 am - Posted in News

Semi balesOrange City, Iowa– A semi and trailer were damaged after entering a ditch near Orange City on Tuesday, August 18th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:25 am, 23-year-old Joye Jamar of Bennettsville, South Carolina was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi-tractor pulling a trailer loaded with hay bales westbound on 400th Street, four miles northeast of Orange City. According to the report, Jamar attempted to turn north onto Jefferson Avenue when the trailer entered the northeast ditch and overturned.

The Frieghtliner receievd $1500 damage; the trailer received $9000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Jamar was cited for failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Sioux County Engineer’s Office.

August 20, 2015 - 8:14 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Medicare and Medicaid turned 50 this year. The landscape of health care in America changed forever on July 30, 1965, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark amendment to the Social Security Act, giving life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Elderbridge Area Agency On Aging Community Outreach Coordinator Doug Merbach tells us about the circumstances at that time that were the impetus for the programs.

He says before that time, many disabled people, families with children, pregnant women and low-income working Americans were unable to afford the medical care they needed to stay healthy and productive.

Medicare experts say that more than 55 million Americans depend on Medicare to cover hospital stays, lab tests and critical supplies like wheelchairs, as well as prescription drugs.

Medicaid provides comprehensive coverage to more than 70 million eligible children, pregnant women, low-income adults and people living with disabilities. It covers essential services like annual check-ups, care for new and expecting mothers, and dental care for kids from low-income families.
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Merbach says the programs aren’t perfect, and still could use tweaking.

There’s $600 billion billed in Medicare claims each year, says Merbach, and they estimate that three to ten percent of that is fraud.

He says Elderbridge has a program called Senior Medicare Patrol.

He says there is a movement at the federal level to get those Social Security numbers off of Medicare cards.

Merbach says you have a couple of opportunities to learn more about Medicare and Medicaid fraud and how to protect yourself at a couple of upcoming events.

A “Medicare Madness” presentation is coming up in Hull on September 2nd at the Hull First Reformed Church. It’s to start at 5:30 PM.

Also, Elderbridge will have a booth at the Clay County Fair, and a presentation is planned there too. It will be Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the Clay County Fair 4-H Auditorium. It’s a two-part presentation.

Thomasina Hegg, Information, Referral, and Assistance (IR&A) Specialist will do a presentation titled “LifeLong Links…No Wrong Door” and then Merbach, will do a presentation on Senior Medicare Patrol called “Protect, Detect, Report….You can stop Medicare Fraud”.

For more information, you can contact Merbach at 641-424-0678 Ext. 7079, or email

August 19, 2015 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHospers, Iowa — A semi-tractor and trailer were damaged in an accident near Hospers on Monday, August 17th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:19 pm, 41-year-old Christopher Bammer of Mound City, Missouri was driving a 2005 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a trailer southbound on Highway 60. According to the report, Bammer lost control of the semi and entered the west ditch.

The Peterbilt received $7500 damage; the trailer received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hospers Fire Department, Hospers Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

August 14, 2015 - 9:58 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriffAlton, Iowa — A Semi-Tractor was damaged in an accident near Alton on Thursday, August 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:10 pm on Thursday, 37-year-old Keith Lambertz of Valley Springs, South Dakota was driving a 2007 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a grain trailer on Highway 60, two miles north of Alton. According to the report, the front driver’s side tire ruptured causing the undercarriage of the vehicle to strike the roadway.

The Peterbilt received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported

August 14, 2015 - 9:36 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help with identifying who is responsible for damaging a tractor northeast of Hawarden.

They report that on August 12th, they investigated a report of vandalism that was said to have likely occurred sometime between June 25th and August 11th at 1996 Coolidge Avenue, or four miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, it was discovered that a window on a farm tractor had been shot by a BB or pellet.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

August 12, 2015 - 12:04 pm - Posted in News

orange city alton police oc pd ocpdOrange City, Iowa — A Le Mars woman’s vehicle and an Orange City woman’s vehicle were damaged in an accident in Orange City on Wednesday, August 12th.

The Orange City Police Department reports that at about 8:30 am on Wednesday morning, 57-year-old Yevonne Loutsch was driving a 2009 Chevy Equinox northbound on Albany Avenue in Orange City. Sixty-year-old Don De Jong of Alton was driving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, owned by Laura Miller of Orange City, and was attempting t turn onto Albany Avenue. According to the report, De Jong attempted to make a left turn onto Albany and failed to yield to Loutsch. De Jong stated he did not see Loutsch’s Equinox.

The Chevrolet and Jeep each received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.