June 27, 2022 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — An Inwood teen was taken to a hospital after a crash near Hull on Saturday, June 25th.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8:20 a.m., 56-year-old Sergio De Hoyos of Rock Valley was driving a 2020 Kenworth semi-truck pulling a 2010 Walker tank trailer eastbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Hull. They tell us 14-year-old Gavin Feenstra of Rock Valley was driving a 2014 Ford Flex, also eastbound on 18 behind De Hoyos.

Deputies say De Hoyos slowed for the stop sign at Highway 75 and Feenstra struck the tank trailer.

According to the report, the Hull Ambulance took a passenger in the Feenstra Ford, 14-year-old Gavin Brands of Inwood to Hegg Health Center in Rock Valley. Gavin Feenstra and another passenger 14-year-old Gradyn Feenstra of Rock Valley, reported minor injuries, were treated by emergency medical technicians at the scene, and declined further medical treatment.

Damage to the Ford was estimated at $10,000. The tank trailer sustained approximately $2,500 in damage.

Feenstra was cited for Following Too Closely.

The Hull Ambulance Squad, Hull Fire Department, and the Rock Valley Police Department assisted with the response to the accident.

Maurice, Iowa — A Le Mars man was taken to the hospital after an accident at Maurice on Thursday, June 23, 2022 that also damaged an antique Model T Ford pickup.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 8:30 p.m., 50-year-old Erin Jackson of Maryville, Missouri was driving a 1999 Kenworth semi southbound on Highway 75, on the east edge of Maurice. They tell us that 37-year-old Zachary Northway of Le Mars was also southbound on 75 in a 1926 Ford Model T pickup.

The report says that the semi ran into the trailer of the Model T pickup, causing damage. Jackson told the trooper that he could see something in the road but didn’t realize it was a vehicle and then began to brake. The trooper’s report says there were no line of sight obstructions.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Northway to Sioux Center Health Hospital.

The Jackson Kenworth semi, which was owned by a trucking company out of King City, Missouri sustained $5000 in damages, and Northway’s Model T Ford pickup sustained $10,000 in damages.

Jackson was charged with Following Too Closely.

June 27, 2022 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — A Hawarden man faces one felony and one misdemeanor charge following a Sunday afternoon incident.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, early Sunday afternoon they arrested 39-year-old Christopher Heuer of Hawarden, following an investigation that began after the sheriff’s office received a report of destruction of personal property and an assault that had occurred at a residence four miles southwest of Ireton.

According to online curt records, Heuer was charged with 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief, which is a Class D Felony, as well as 1st Offense Domestic Abuse Assault with Injury, which is a Serious Misdemeanor, and was transported to the Sioux County Jail, where he remained as of noon Monday.

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

Hudson, South Dakota — A Sioux Center man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital in the wake of a single-vehicle crash in far western Sioux County Sunday afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 3:00 Sunday afternoon, they investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 360th Street, two miles east of Hudson, South Dakota, on the Iowa side.

Deputies say 60-year-old Randy Nuzum, of Sioux Center, was driving a 2005 Ford F-150 eastbound on 360th Street when he entered in the roadway, lost control of the vehicle, entered the south ditch and struck a MidAmerican Energy Company electrical utility pole.

Nuzum reportedly required extrication from the vehicle by emergency responders of the Hudson Fire Department and Hudson Rescue, and was flown directly from the scene of the accident to Avera Mckennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls for treatment of his injuries.

The Ford sustained an estimated $5,000 in damage.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department,  Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement,  Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Ambulance, Hawarden Fire Department and Hawarden Ambulance.

The accident remains under investigation, according to authorities.

Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines and Republican Senator Joni Ernst voted for the bipartisan gun bill President Biden signed into law over the weekend.

On the other hand, the rest of Iowa’s congressional delegation opposed it.

Republican Congresswomen Ashley Hinson of Marion and Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa, Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull, and Senator Chuck Grassley all voted no on the bill. They all had similar concerns regarding that it does not provide adequate due process rights when it came to confiscating a gun from someone considered a threat to themselves or others.  Miller-Meeks made an emphasis on not including the access to mental health records during background checks for gun buyers under 21.

Republican Senator Joni Ernst says the law does not place new restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. Congresswoman Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, says the bill will make schools safer, but doesn’t go far enough. Axne supports restoring the ban on assault weapons.

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Sheldon teen was taken to the hospital after a mishap near Rock Valley late Friday morning.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, shortly after 11:00 Friday morning, deputies were called to respond to an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that occurred in a field, one mile east of Rock Valley.

According to authorities, 13-year-old Samuel De Weerd of Rock Valley, was driving a 2015 Polaris Ranger ORV in a field north of Fir Avenue when he made a sharp turn, lost control of the vehicle and rolled.

Deputies say a passenger in the vehicle, 16-year-old Jayden Leyva of Sheldon, was transported by the Rock Valley Ambulance to Hegg Health Center for injuries received when the vehicle landed on her leg.

The Polaris was not damaged.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Ambulance Service, Rock Valley Fire Department and the Rock Valley Police Department.

Sioux Falls, SD — One of the tools that the National Weather Service meteorologists use to predict the weather, create forecasts, and issue severe weather warnings for northwest Iowa is down, and has been for a few days.

Meteorologist Amanda Penning with the National Weather Service Sioux Falls office tells us their Doppler radar isn’t broken, but it is offline for a planned upgrade.

She tells us what that entails.

She says with the radar offline, it is a little more of a challenge for meteorologists in the office to do their job, but it’s not impossible. And people shouldn’t be concerned if severe weather does occur.

Penning says there are a lot of WSR-88D units (that’s what the weather service calls their Doppler radar units) in the United States, and they’re all being upgraded.

Coincidentally, the National Weather Service Weather Radio transmitter for the tri-state area on 162.4 MHz is also down at this time. Penning says they’re also upgrading that so it will be more robust and not break down so often. She says this does NOT affect the other weather radio transmitters in the area such as the one near Sheldon at Sanborn, the one near Worthington, the one near Milford, or the one near Storm Lake.

Ireton, Iowa — A Hawarden man was taken to a hospital after crashing his vehicle near Ireton on Thursday, June 23rd.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, just before 3:20 p.m., 33-year-old Derek Gaul of Hawarden was driving his 2021 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on 420th Street, four miles north of Ireton, when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and struck a field driveway.

The Ireton Ambulance took Gaul to Hawarden Regional Health for treatment of his injuries.

The sheriff’s office says the Chevrolet pickup sustained about $50,000 in damage.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The sheriff’s office says the Ireton Fire Department, and the Ireton Rescue and Ambulance squads assisted with the response to the accident.

Statewide, Iowa — Teachers who go through an Iowa college program no longer have to pass a professional exam to be licensed, thanks to a new state law that eliminates the so-called Praxis requirement for new teachers.

The test was a particular obstacle for dual-language immersion programs because it’s only offered in English. Noelia Espinal, a teacher at the Muskie Early Learning Center in Muscatine, says it was an unnecessary hurdle for bilingual teachers.

The Praxis test will still be required for teachers coming to Iowa from outside the US, which is a major drawback for schools that rely on teachers from Spanish-speaking countries. Rebecca Gomez leads a Spanish-immersion program at Pella Christian where many of the teachers are native Spanish-speakers from outside the US. Gomez says it’s hard to find qualified candidates locally.

She says the school’s religious requirements also narrow the hiring pool. Gomez says taking and retaking the Praxis can add months to the process of bringing in a new teacher on a visa.

June 23, 2022 - 12:06 pm - Posted in News

Statewide, Iowa — Survey numbers from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources show hunters bagged around 375-thousand pheasants this past season. Wildlife biologist, Todd Bogenschutz, says that’s around a 25 percent increase over the previous year.

He says the information from hunters confirmed their August roadside survey — which show bird numbers up in the northern third of the state and across the central portion — while tough winter conditions dropped bird numbers in south.

Bogenschutz says he was shocked to see an increase in the number of hunters.

While bird numbers have trended up the last couple of years — Bogenschutz says habitat and weather remain the key factors that determine the trend will continue.

The DNR will conduct its roadside pheasant survey again in August. Bogenschutz says the weather conditions this spring have been good for nesting and he expects the numbers will stay strong.