August 4, 2022 - 9:38 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday morning, August 2nd.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, at about 7:45 a.m., 16-year-old Savannah DeGroot of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre northbound on Fig Avenue four miles west of Sioux Center when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and rolled.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took DeGroot to Sioux Center Health.

The sheriff’s office says the Buick sustained about $3,000 in damage.

DeGroot was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The sheriff’s office reports that the Sioux Center Fire Department, the Sioux Center Ambulance Squad, and the Sioux Center Police Department assisted them with the response to the accident.

August 3, 2022 - 3:58 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Farmers, landowners, renters, and others are invited to attend farmland leasing meetings coming up in the state.

Iowa State University Extension Farm Management Specialist Gary Wright tells us about them.

He tells us what to expect if you attend one of the meetings.

He says there are a lot of subjective factors for leasing contracts and rent rates that also need to be considered, and they’ll discuss those as well.

There’s a meeting coming up in Le Mars on August 8th, and one in Orange City on August 10th. Wright says you can just call the extension office in the county of the meeting you’re interested in to register. But, he says they won’t turn anyone away. He does say it’s best to register so they have enough materials to go around.

In addition, a statewide online webinar is scheduled for Aug 29. The full calendar can be found online at

Boyden, Iowa — One man from Alton and one from Larchwood were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday, August 1

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:15 p.m., 52-year-old Richard Roemen of Larchwood was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Express G2500 westbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Boyden. They tell us 21-year-old Elliot Dykstra of Alton was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup westbound on Highway 18 behind Roemen. Roemen slowed for road construction and Dykstra struck the Chevrolet.

The Boyden Ambulance took both drivers to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage. The Ford sustained about $5,000 in damage.

Dykstra was cited for following too closely.

The sheriff’s Office reports that the Boyden Ambulance Squad, Boyden Fire Department, and Iowa State Patrol assisted them with the response to the accident.

July 30, 2022 - 7:25 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Four people were taken to area hospitals in the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash near Sioux Center early Friday afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the mishap occurred shortly after 1:00 Friday afternoon, five miles southwest of Sioux Center, when a 2018 Ford delivery van, driven by 25-year-old Alexis Cloud of Sioux City, was westbound on 430th Street, and a 2014 Chevrolet van, driven by 35-year-old Roman Nunez of Le Mars, was northbound on Garfield Avenue. Deputies say the two collided in the intersection.

Authorities say Cloud was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars for treatment of minor injuries. Nunez was transported by the Orange City Ambulance to Orange City Area Health for treatment of  minor injuries. Two passengers in the Chevrolet were transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to Orange City Area Health for treatment of minor injuries.

Each vehicle sustained approximately $20,000 in damage, according to deputies.

Nunez was reportedly cited for failing to yield at uncontrolled intersection and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sioux Center Police Department.

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Washington, D.C. — Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has joined fellow Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in introducing the bipartisan and bicameral Next Generation Fuels Act, a proposal that aims to leverage higher-octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with greater octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be utilized in the fuel supply, in turn lowering prices at the pump for consumers.

 Ernst called the proposal a “No brainer.” She says Iowans are getting crushed under sky-high prices at the pump, and America continues to depend on foreign countries for our energy, she says we should be turning to our own abundant domestic production right here in the U.S., including clean, homegrown biofuel. Ernst says this bipartisan legislation will move America closer to energy independence and away from relying on our adversaries, all while lowering costs for consumers and supporting our hardworking farmers and biofuel producers.

Senator Chuck Grassley says the Next Generation Fuels Act would gradually ramp up the use of homegrown ethanol at gas stations across the country, making Americans less reliant on foreign oil and less vulnerable to the anti-competitive tactics of OPEC. He says as we look to the future of liquid fuels, this legislation can play a critical role in restoring energy independence, saving consumers money, lowering carbon emissions and expanding the market for farmers and ethanol producers. 

Joining Grassley and Ernst in introducing the Next Generation Fuels Act are Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and is cosponsored by all members of the Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).

Locally, ethanol is produced at facilities in Ashton, Hartley and Sioux Center.

 The full text of the bill is available HERE.

Orange City, Iowa — The first group of students in Northwestern College’s physician assistant studies program will graduate next month, and it’s being hailed as a milestone for the institution.

Master’s degrees will be awarded to 24 students during a 7 p.m. ceremony in Christ Chapel on August 11th.

Dr. D. Nathan Phinney, vice president for academic affairs at Northwestern says that this is a significant moment in Northwestern’s history. He says these graduates have been leaders in this new graduate program, and they have “made us proud—setting a standard of excellence for the students who will follow them. We’re confident they will represent Northwestern well as they help meet our nation’s urgent need for health care workers.”

Northwestern’s 2022 physician assistant graduates hail from eight states ranging from Washington to Wisconsin and Texas to Minnesota. During their commencement, they’ll hear a student reflection from Hannah Myers, their class president, and listen to an address given by Marty Guthmiller, the CEO of Orange City Area Health System.

Dr. Phinney and Dr. Alan Laird, medical director for the physician assistant studies program, will confer degrees and present diplomas. Hooding of the master’s degree recipients will be done by program director Jill Van Otterloo and Sandra Muyskens and Lori Anderson, professors of practice in physician assistant studies. Muyskens will also lead the graduates in reciting the Physician Assistant Professional Oath.

July 28, 2022 - 3:29 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman faces a felony OWI charge after she was allegedly found driving drunk on Tuesday, July 26th.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Sioux Center Police Department with the Sioux County Clerk of Court, Sioux Center Health staff reported that 32-year-old Elizabeth Schenk of Sioux Center had left their care without their recommendation and was intoxicated. The police officer’s statement says that Schenk left while operating a motor vehicle. It says law enforcement located Schenk, and she was driving. Initially, she did not obey their commands to stop while they activated their top lights on marked patrol vehicles and gave hand signals to stop.

When she did stop, the statement continues that they found Schenk with red and watery eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage. A certified breath test confirmed that her blood alcohol content was 0.249. The legal limit is 0.08.

She was charged with operating while intoxicated. Since Schenk had been convicted at least two other times for OWI, this time the offense was a class D felony, and she could face prison time if convicted.

She was also charged with misdemeanor offenses of operation without an ignition interlock device and failure to maintain safety belts.

Records indicate a preliminary hearing in her case has been set for Tuesday, August 16th.

Des Moines, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced some northwest Iowans have been appointed to Iowa’s boards and commissions. Read The Full Story…

Sioux Center, Iowa– A Rock Valley teen and a Sioux Center woman were taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 6:00 p.m., 16-year-old Blake Joffer of Rock Valley was driving a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica northbound on Highway 75, at the Pizza Hut corner. They tell us that 45-year-old Carie Rus of Sioux Center was southbound on 75 in a 2015 Chevy SUV.

The report says that Joffer was attempting to turn westbound onto 20th Street Southwest. He says there were two vehicles on the inside lane heading southbound, who were attempting to turn east onto 20th Street Southeast, and said his line of sight was blocked by the two vehicles on the inside lane. He says he thought it was clear and pulled out, into the path of the Rus Chevy.

Rus says she was previously on the inside lane behind the turning vehicles, but moved to the outside lane to get around them.

A friend took Joffer to Sioux Center Health Hospital. A passenger in his vehicle, 66-year-old Joan Groeneweg, was taken to Sioux Center Health by the Sioux Center Ambulance Crew.

They also took Rus to Sioux Center Health Hospital. A passenger in her vehicle, 16-year-old Ashli Rus, was also taken to the hospital by her father.

Joffer’s Chrysler Pacifica and Rus’s Chevy SUV sustained $5000 in damages, each.

Joffer was charged with failure to yield upon left turn.

Hawarden, Iowa– An Orange City woman and a Hawarden woman were taken to the hospital after an accident in Hawarden on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

The Hawarden Police Department reports that at about 12:25 p.m., 38-year-old Gina Netten of Orange City was driving a 2021 Toyota westbound on Tenth Street, in Hawarden. They tell us that 59-year-old Judith Van Bruggen of Hawarden was southbound on Avenue E in a 2013 Cadillac.

The report says that Netten failed to yield from the stop sign and pulled out in front of the Van Bruggen vehicle. The officer’s report says Netten said she didn’t see Van Bruggen.

The Hawarden Ambulance took both Netten and Van Bruggen to Hawarden Regional Health Hospital.

Netten’s Toyota sustained $20,000 in damages, and Van Bruggen’s Cadillac sustained $15,000 in damages.

Netten was charged with failure to yield from a stop sign.