January 7, 2019 - 3:11 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A 24-year old George man was taken to the hospital in the aftermath of a 2-vehicle crash near Boyden Saturday morning.

According to a release from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Give Lewi, of George, was southbound on Lily Avenue in a 2007 Ford Edge, and collided in the intersection of Highway 18 and Lily Avenue with a westbound 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor pulling a grain trailer, driven by 41-year old Jeremy Steuven of George.

Authorities say Lewi was transported by Boyden Ambulance to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Damage to Lewi’s Ford were estimated at about $10-thousand, with damage to the Peterbilt estimate at about $15-thousand.

Deputies say Lewi was cited for failing to obey a stop sign, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

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

January 7, 2019 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Ford Motor Company has announced a recall to replace faulty Takata airbag inflators.

According to Ford’s product recall website, Takata has determined that propellant degradation can rupture the airbag inflator. They say if the airbag is deployerd, a ruptured inflator can send shrapnel toward the vehicle occupants, resulting in injury or death.

Ford says it is vital that you determine if your Ford vehicle is affected by the recall, and if it is, have it repaired FREE by a Ford dealer.

According to Ford most of the vehicles at highest risk are in areas with high humidity and high temperatures.

The Ford vehicles being recalled for driver’s side inflators are:
2005 – 2014 Ford Mustang
2005-2006 Ford GT
2004-2006 Ford Range built in North America

Vehicles being recalled for passenger side inflators are:
2005 – 2011 Ford Mustang
2005 – 2006 Ford GT
2004 – 2011 Ford Range built in North America
2006 – 2011 Ford Fusion
2007 – 2010 Ford Edge
2006 Lincoln Zephy
2007 – 2011 Lincoln MKZ
2007 – 2010 Lincoln MKX
2006 – 2011 Mercury Milan

For more information, or to see if your vehicle is subject to this recall,m visit Ford’s recall website by CLICKING HERE.

January 7, 2019 - 2:23 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Iowa farmers will NOT be seeing some USDA crop reports that would normally be released at this time of year.

USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson says the reports that were set to be released on January 11th will be delayed because of the the partial government shutdown.

The delayed documents include the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, crop production reports, grain stocks, and rice stocks. According to Johansson, it will take about a week to release the reports once funding resumes.

This hold-up is different than the delay in 2013 where USDA report data was missing. Johansson told Brownfield Ag News that is not the case this time, and the reports will be released as soon as possible.

January 7, 2019 - 7:58 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hospers man was taken to the hospital after he was struck in a parking lot in Orange City.

The Orange City Police Department reports that just after 3:15 pm on Saturday, 86-year-old Peter Vander Zwaag of Orange City was backing up his 2005 Dodge Dakota in the Fareway Parking lot in Orange City. According to the report, Irwin Woudstra came out of the store and was walking along the right rear side and then behind the Dodge. Vander Zwaag started to back up, then knocked Woudstra down and drove over Woudstra.

Woudstra was transported to the Orange City Area System by the Orange City Area Health System Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

January 4, 2019 - 5:33 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is running for re-election to a state party post. Dr. Cody Hoefert, who has served since June 2014 as the co-chair of the Iowa Republican Party, has announced he will again seek that post.

He tells us about the decision.

Hoefert says that the Iowa Republican Central Committee, which is made up of four members from each of Iowa’s Congressional districts; and the National Committee Man and National Committee Woman make up the 18-member board who elect the party chair and co-chair. He tells us what he hopes they remember about him when they elect the co-chair.

He says that he hopes they also take into consideration the progress that has been made on registration of Republicans and fundraising.

While there has been division in the party in the past, Hoefert says he and party chairman Jeff Kaufmann believe there is room for all.

Hoefert is a doctor of chiropractic and operates a clinic in Rock Rapids, where he also serves on the city council. The party chair and co-chair election is on Saturday, January 19th.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — During the late stages of the 2018 campaign, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds proposed letting Iowa women buy “the pill” without a prescription.

The governor says she plans to press the 2019 legislature to pass a bill that would make birth control pills available in Iowa without a doctor’s prescription.

In 2016, Democrats in the Iowa Senate passed a bill to make this the policy in Iowa, but Republicans in the House tabled the proposal. Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake says not all birth control pills are alike and legislators will have to seek input from the medical community.

Democrats strongly criticized Reynolds for signing a bill last May to ban nearly all abortions and Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines says they are skeptical of this proposal, too.

Petersen says many women want more effective long-term contraceptives rather than birth control pills and the Republican effort to “defund” Planned Parenthood clinics has reduced access to those long-term options, especially in rural areas. The outline Governor Reynolds sketched during the campaign called for keeping birth control pills behind the pharmacy counter, but letting women buy them without a prescription. Her proposal did NOT cover other birth control options.

January 4, 2019 - 3:26 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — 2018 was a very wet year here in northwest Iowa, to say the least. From flooding caused by torrential rains in June and September, several towns around northwest Iowa reported yearly precipitation totals that were well above normal.

The northwest Iowa community that saw the most precipitation in 2018 was Sibley. The Osceola County seat had 53.80-inches of moisture fall in 2018. In a normal year, they would expect to see 28.82-inches. That means Sibley received 24.97-inches, or 86.6%, more than they would in a normal year.

Rock Valley comes in next, receiving 51.29-inches of precipitation during 2018. Normal precipitation for Rock Valley is 28.35-inches, which means they received 22.94-inches, or 80.9% more precipitation than normal in 2018.

In Sheldon, 50.46-inches of precipitation was recorded for 2018, which puts Sheldon’s precipitation total 82.6% above the normal total, which is 27.63-inches.

Primghar received a total of 48.11-inches during 2018, a 17.65-inch, or 57.94% increase over the normal yearly total of 30.46-inches.

In Spencer, 45.59-inches of moisture fell in 2018, 16.08-inches above their normal yearly precipitation of 29.15. That makes Spencer’s yearly total 55.16-inches above normal.

Rock Rapids saw 45.12-inches of precipitation in 2018. That figure is an increase of 57.8%, or 16.53-inches more than the normal yearly precipitation of 28.59.

2019 is beginning with less precipitation than at this time in a normal year, with little if any precipitation in the forecast for the foreseeable future. Time will tell if that trend will continue further into 2019.

January 4, 2019 - 12:42 pm - Posted in News

Washington, DC — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is now third in the line to the presidency. Vice President Mike Pence swore Grassley in as Senate President Pro Tempore Thursday.

Since 1890, the president pro tempore of the Senate has traditionally been the senator with the longest continuous tenure — from the party that’s in the majority. And Grassley has been in the U.S. Senate longer than any other Republican currently serving.

The president pro tempore is to preside over the U.S. Senate when the Vice President is absent. Vice President Pence and his predecessors have also been the presiding officers in the U.S. Senate and have been given authority to cast tie-breaking votes. For the past 60 years, the president pro tempore of the Senate has been third in line to the president, behind the Vice President and the Speaker of the U.S. House.

January 4, 2019 - 11:19 am - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced the first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season. According to the IDPH, a middle-aged (41-60 years of age) Eastern Iowa man, who had underlying conditions or contributing factors was Iowa’s first flu-related death of the season.

IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Caitlin Pedati, says this death is an indication that flu can be a serious illness. She says this death is an unfortunate reminder the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.

After 10 weeks of low influenza activity in Iowa, flu activity has increased over the last three weeks and influenza has been reported in every region of the state, according to Pedati.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that essentially everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.

The flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. The flu comes on suddenly and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days, and often puts healthy people in bed for days. The “stomach bug” which causes diarrhea and vomiting is not caused by the influenza virus, but usually by norovirus; thus, the flu vaccine will not protect you against this illness, according to Pedati..

To learn more about influenza in Iowa, visit http://idph.iowa.gov/influenza. Contact your health care provider or local health department to find out where the vaccine is available in your community or use the Flu Vaccine Finder at https://vaccinefinder.org.

January 4, 2019 - 9:13 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — An Orange City teen was taken to the hospital after a fiery collision near Hull on Thursday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:55 a.m., 16-year-old Sydney Te Slaa of Orange City was driving a 2008 Buick Lucerne northbound on Indian Avenue, five miles southeast of Hull. They report that 31-year-old Gregory Lammers of Le Mars was driving a 2009 Peterbilt semi pulling a cattle trailer eastbound on 350th Street. The two struck in the intersection.

The report says that after the accident the truck and trailer entered the east ditch where it came to rest and started on fire. Members of the Hull Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire a short time later.

The Hull Ambulance Squaad took Te Slaa to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

The Te Slaa Buick sustained about $8,000 in damage. The Lammers Peterbilt sustained about $50,000 damage, says the sheriff’s office.

Lammers was cited on a charge of failure to yield to a vehicle on the right.

They report that the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the collision.