September 20, 2021 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested for Felony OWI (Operating While Impaired) Saturday evening.

According to authorities, a Sioux County Deputy spotted a car at the intersection of Highway 18 and Division Street in Hull, that was driving with no headlights after dark and without license plates on the car.

The deputy made a traffic stop and, upon contact with the driver, who authorities identify as 37-year-old Tyler Vande Griend of Hull, the deputy reportedly observed signs of extreme impairment. According to authorities, standard field sobriety tests were offered, which Vande Griend allegedly failed.

He was placed under arrest for 3rd Offense OWI, which is a Class D Felony, and transported to the Sioux County Jail. A Preliminary Hearing in the case has been scheduled for October 5th.

September 20, 2021 - 12:18 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A disturbance report at a Sioux Center hotel back in June has resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old Nebraska man on a list of narcotics-related charges.

Court records obtained by KIWA indicate that Sioux Center officers were called to the Sioux Center Econo Lodge late on the night on June 19th for a disturbance. During their investigation, officers executed a search warrant on the room of 21-year-old Zaylor Langschwager, of Wayne, Nebraska. Authorities say the search netted a considerable amount of a crystal substance, which reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine. Police say they also recovered a large amount of baggies, along with a scale containing methamphetamine residue from Langschwager’s possession, as well as a baggy of marijuana and a vape cartridge that allegedly contained cannabidiol.

Charges were filed in the case on June 24th, according to online court records, with a warrant for Langschwager’s arrest issued June 29th. He was arrested on the warrant last week, and according to court records, faces charges of:  Felony Controlled Substance Violation for the methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; Failure To Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony; Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cannabidiol and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Drugs, all of which are Serious Misdemeanors.

He was placed under arrest and transported to the Sioux County Jail at Orange City.

A Preliminary Hearing in the case has been set for September 28th.

 

September 20, 2021 - 11:37 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Kingsley man faces a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges after an alleged incident at an Orange City residence during the wee hours of Sunday morning.

According to court records, 51-year-old Troy Bainbridge allegedly entered an Orange City residence with a dangerous weapon about 1:20 am Sunday, and allegedly pointed a handgun at the resident’s head while threatening to kill him.

As a result, Bainbridge was arrested on charges of: 1st Degree Burglary, a Class B Felony; Assault While Participating In a Felony, a Class D Felony; Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, An Aggravated Misdemeanor; and 1st Degree Harassment, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Bainbridge was taken into custody and placed in the Sioux County Jail, before being released later Sunday on a $30,000 bond.

Online court records show that a Preliminary Hearing in the case has been scheduled for October 5th.

September 20, 2021 - 11:29 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was arrested late last week on a total of five felony sex-related charges.

According to court records, 29-year-oldDamian Schouten is charged with one count of 2nd Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class B Felony, as well as four counts of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Class C Felonies, for allegedly forcing himself on women in incidents dating back as far as 2015.

According to online court records, a warrant for Schouten’s arrest on the charges was issued early last week and he was taken into custody Thursday. Schouten was released on bond, with a Preliminary Hearing set for September 28th.

 

Northwest Iowa — There have been 119 new positive COVID results in the four-county area in the past seven days, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The total is the O’Brien, Sioux, Osceola and Lyon County area breaks down to 62 new cases in Sioux County which is up 21 from a week ago, 34 new cases in Lyon County which is up 8 from last week, 16 new cases in O’Brien County and 7 in Lyon County. Both O’Brien and Lyon Counties were down 1 from the week before.

The streak of several weeks with no COVID-related deaths in the four-county area came to an end in the last seven days, when O’Brien and Sioux Counties each had one resident claimed by the virus. That brings the total dead since the start of the pandemic to 191; 752 in Sioux County, 58 in O’Brien County, 41 in Lyon County and 17 in Osceola County.

As of Monday morning, 52.7% of O’Brien County residents age 12 and up have been fully vaccinated, with 47.2% in Osceola County, 43.3% in Lyon County and 43.7% in Sioux County.

Patients hospitalized statewide, as of Monday morning, stands at 578, with 158 being treated in Iowa Intensive Care Units. Of those hospitalized, 76.9% are not fully vaccinated. For those in ICU, 87.7% are not fully vaccinated.

There are 26 Long-Term Care Centers in the state experiencing COVID outbreaks as of Monday morning, according to the IDPH.

 

Northwest Iowa — The proposed redistricting plan introduced Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency would cause a shake-up in state legislators for northwest Iowa.

The proposed Iowa House District 10 would include all of Cherokee County, western Buena Vista County, southern Plymouth County and a northern area of Woodbury County. Both Representative Dennis Bush of Cleghorn and Gary Worthan of Storm Lake would be in the new District 10. Meaning that if the redistricting plan is approved, one of the two incumbents would be forced to either not seek reelection, or move, or the two would have to face one another in a Republican Primary.

The same is true with the proposed House District 3, which would put both Representative Skylar Wheeler, of Orange City, and Representative Tom Jeneary, of Le Mars in the new District 3, which would include the southern two-thirds of Sioux County and most of northern Plymouth County. As with District 10, either Wheeler or Jeneary to make the choice to either move, or not seek reelection, or run against one another in a Republican Primary.

The redistricting proposal presented to the Iowa Legislature is only a proposal and the plan may be redrawn multiple times before finalized.

Redistricting is required by law every ten years to redraw legislative districts to match population shifts uncovered by the once-a-decade census.

Orange City, Iowa — Sioux County Master Gardener interns have been working to make a space in Orange City that was in danger of soil erosion into a place that both people and creatures can now enjoy.

Sioux County’s new “Butterflies and Blossoms” Garden is located at 400 Central Ave. NW in Orange City. The public is invited to an open house viewing of the garden Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and the official ribbon cutting on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.

“We’re very excited to unveil the ‘Butterflies and Blossoms’ garden located near the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office,” said Donna Mills, Sioux County Master Gardener Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “There was already a monarch habitat installed in that location in 2018, so as part of their community volunteer hours, local Master Gardener interns dug, planted and weeded their way to expanding it to include many other native Iowa plants and flowers. Thus, the ‘Butterflies and Blossoms’ garden was born.”

Mills said that the existing space was in dire need of help before the Master Gardener interns got to work. The trees in the area had exposed roots and the soil was beginning to erode further with an expanding area of bare ground. Besides that, it was far from aesthetically pleasing, according to Mills.

After seeing the space, Sioux County Master Gardener interns John Buntsma, Lindsay Millard, Phyllis Van Gelder and Donna Mills put together a plan which was well received and supported by the Sioux County Extension Council. The original plan soon evolved into a much bigger and better project with options to continue adding plants.

The financial support of the Sioux County Extension Council allowed for plants and garden signage to be purchased, and the partnership with the Orange City Area Health Systems allowed for the area to be cleaned and excess brush removed, and for sod to be laid for a natural walking path through the garden.

Mills said that the project had a three-fold goal:
Prevent further soil erosion by adding vegetation.
Fill in bare areas where grass does not grow to beautify the space.
Create an educational area for native species and habitat through signage.

“Planting native Iowa plant species in the courtyard at the downtown campus not only improved the appearance but also addressed other problems,” Mills said. “We hope the public joins us at the open house and/or ribbon cutting to see the beautiful new space that we can all enjoy.”

For more information about the “Butterflies and Blossoms” garden, contact Mills at 712-737-7295 or donnam@iastate.edu.

September 17, 2021 - 3:16 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City home has received extensive damage due to vandalism via spray paint, and Orange City Police are looking for the public’s help.

Officers tell us they would like your help finding the person or persons responsible for the vandalism, which was to a residence on Boston Avenue. They say the crime happened when suspects entered a vacant house and spray-painted the interior sometime between Thursday, September 16, at 11:00 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 17, at 8:00 a.m.

According to nearly 20 pictures of the interior of the home posted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the Orange City Police Department, multiple surfaces in multiple rooms were vandalized with spray paint.

Click here to see the post on Facebook.

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Alton, Iowa — A Denison woman was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital in the aftermath of a fiery crash near Alton early Thursday evening.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, about 5:20 Thursday evening they were called to investigate a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 60, one mile north of Alton.

According to authorities, 38-year-old Michael Nelson, of Crescent, Iowa, was driving a 2021 Peterbilt semi-truck pulling a cattle trailer northbound on Highway 60. Deputies say he slowed to turn east onto 440th Street, when a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by 37-year-old Kayleen Stallman, of Denison, struck Nelson’s trailer. Deputies say the minivan caught fire after the collision, with Stallman trapped inside. She was freed from the vehicle by another motorist, according to authorities and transported by the Alton Ambulance to Orange City Area Health before being airlifted to MercyOne Medical Center in Sioux City.

Deputies say the cattle trailer sustained approximately $20,000 in damage. Damage to the minivan was estimated at $10,000.

Stallman was reportedly cited for following to close and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, Alton Ambulance, Alton Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance and Iowa State Patrol.

Northwest Iowa — While alfalfa may be about ready to cut, one northwest Iowa expert says that depending on your plans for next year, making hay may not be the best course of action right now.

Iowa State University Extension Agronomist Joel De Jong tells us that if your intent is to keep the alfalfa and harvest hay from it again next year, it might be best to hold off on the last cutting for a while.

Waiting on cutting alfalfa shouldn’t be much of a problem for area farmers, most of whom are busy getting ready for soybean and corn harvest at this point.