Sioux Center, Iowa — An Ireton woman was flown to a Sioux City hospital after a crash near Sioux Center on Saturday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has just released information that states that at about 6:25 a.m. that day, 21-year-old Stephanie Jimenez of Ireton was driving a 2012 Ford Focus southbound on Harrison Avenue at the southeast corner of the Sioux Center city limits, when she lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch, struck a light pole and rolled.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Jimenez to Sioux Center Health. They tell us she was later flown to a hospital in Sioux City for further treatment of her injuries.

The Ford sustained an estimated $12,000 in damage.

Jimenez was cited on charges of failure to use a seatbelt and failure to maintain control.

The sheriff’s office says the Sioux Center Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Fire Department, and the Sioux Center Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

Sibley, Iowa– A Hartley man and a Sioux Center man were both taken to the hospital after an accident near Sibley on Friday, November 4, 2022.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has just released information that states that at about 4:20 p.m. that day, 24-year-old Ethan Adams of Hartley was driving a 2014 Chevy pickup southbound on Highway 59, five miles east and five south of Sibley. They tell us that 84-year-old Arlon Sandbulte of Sioux Center was eastbound on A34 in a 2022 Lincoln SUV.

The report says that Sandbulte stopped and proceeded through the intersection but failed to see the Adams pickup. Adams’ pickup struck the Sandbulte SUV on the driver’s side and came to rest in the east ditch. The pickup came to rest on the highway.

The Sibley Ambulance took both Adams and Sandbulte to Osceola Regional Health Center Hospital in Sibley.

The vehicles sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage, each.

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

The report says the Melvin Fire Department also assisted on the scene.

November 7, 2022 - 6:18 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A man is behind bars at the Sioux County Jail in Orange City after the report of a burglary in Alton.

According to criminal complaints filed by the Orange City Police Department with the Sioux County Clerk of Court’s office, 35-year-old Brian Duane Cook Jr. faces three felony charges in connection with the incident. Cook faces charges of Third-Degree Burglary, Second-Degree Theft, and Second-Degree Criminal Mischief.

The officer filing the complaint says sometime between the evening of Friday, November 4th, and the morning of Sunday, November 6th, Cook allegedly entered an unattached garage at an Alton home and spray painted the floor, and damaged one of the garage doors. Another complaint says that on Friday evening or early Saturday, he also used a hidden key to unlock a door and steal multiple Milwaukee brand tools valued at over $1000.

The officer’s narrative says that Cook was also in possession of other stolen property from another individual that he had been recently living with. That property was valued at over $1300 says the officer.

The Sioux County Jail log says Cook was also charged with trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

At last report, he remained in the Sioux County Jail in Orange City without bond. He faces a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, November 15th.

November 4, 2022 - 4:19 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Construction continues on the building project at Unity Christian High School in Orange City.

Unity Principal Wayne Dykstra reminds us what they’re building.

He says they’re also building a transportation building to house all the school’s buses and other vehicles.

Dykstra gives us a progress update.

He gives us an idea of recent work and what’s coming up.

Dykstra says fundraising continues to go well.

It is hoped the new addition will be finished in 2023.

Hospers, Iowa– The Hospers Fire Department was called out for a fire on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, near Hospers.

According to Hospers Fire Chief Jason Overmole, at about 1:40 p.m., firefighters were called to the report of a field fire near 420th Street and Log Avenue, two miles south of Hospers.

The chief says the fire started between 430th Street and 420th Street. An acreage on 420th was experiencing heavy smoke. He says luckily, they got there just before the fire got to the acreage.

Overmole says they were mopping up when they saw that about a quarter mile north there was an ember that must have blown up there and started the next field on fire between 420th and 410th, and was in the direct path of a hog building. He says it traveled half a mile in that direction before they were able to stop it.

He says the cause of the fire may have been related to an old burn pile nearby, which may have been stoaked up in the high winds.

Chief Overmole reports that only corn stubble was damaged.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about an hour and a half.

He tells us he really wants to thank the farmers that came with disks to disk firebreaks. He says with the high winds, farmers and their disks can be a fire department’s best asset. According to Overmole, they really appreciate the time, fuel, and equipment that these farmers commit to helping their neighbors in a time of need. He reminds the farmers that have helped out both this year and last year that there is a steak fry planned to honor them at the Sioux Center Fire Station on Wednesday, November 9, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

November 3, 2022 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa– Three fire departments were called out for a fire on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, near Hawarden.

According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, at about 6:05 p.m., the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of a manure pile fire in the field near 400th Street and Chestnut Avenue, five and a half miles northeast of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw the pile on fire as they approached the scene. He says the pile had probably been on fire for a couple of days.

The fire department was assisted by the Ireton and Hudson fire departments and farmers with payloaders and disks.

Schiefen says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be spontaneous combustion.

Chief Schiefen reports that there was minimal monetary damage.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about three hours. He says they are very thankful to the farmers who assisted.

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Meanwhile, farmers basically put out a fire that Sibley and Ocheyedan firefighters were called to on Wednesday night. Fire Chief Ken Huls says by the time they got there, farmers had the three-acre field fire surrounded by a firebreak and firefighters didn’t even have to spray any water. He says it may have been caused by smoking materials.

Doon firefighters also had a small field fire on Wednesday, most likely caused by a hot part on a baler. Only a small amount of stubble burned, according to Fire Chief Blake Van Bemmel.

November 3, 2022 - 5:09 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Sioux Center man and his passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Rock Valley on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, at about 3:40 p.m. 15-year-old Gary Taylor of Rock Valley was driving a 2000 Ford F-150 pickup southbound on Dogwood Avenue, five miles south of Rock Valley. They tell us 57-year-old Wendell Van Beek of Sioux Center was driving a 2021 GMC Sierra K1500 eastbound on 360th Street, and the two met and struck in the intersection.

The Rock Valley Ambulance took Van Beek and an adult passenger to Sioux Center Health.

Damage to the Ford was estimated at $7,000; damage to the GMC was estimated at $10,000.

Taylor was cited for failure to yield at an intersection.

The sheriff’s office says the Rock Valley Police Department, Rock Valley Fire Department, and the Rock Valley Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

November 3, 2022 - 3:37 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — The Orange City Fire Department helped the Le Mars Fire Department extinguish a fire in a Le mars home on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

According to Le Mars Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper, the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to a house on fire at 24 Fourth Street NW in Le Mars in the 1:00 p.m. hour.

He tells us when firefighters got there, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the front side of the home. There were two people and a dog in the home at the time of the fire. The two individuals were able to escape the fire, but the dog was still inside the home.

Firefighters were searching to find the fire on the main floor of the home when the kitchen floor started to sag and drop. Firefighters retreated out of the front door of the home and made entry through the garage, where they found a door that entered the home from the garage that led to the basement and up into the kitchen. At that time, the kitchen floor collapsed into the basement taking the refrigerator and other things to the basement as well.

Firefighters attacked the fire coming up from the basement and were able to advance down the stairway through flames, heat, and smoke to stop the fire. At the same time, a crew again entered the main floor of the house and located and rescued the dog. The dog was treated with a pet oxygen mask and appeared to be doing well. The dog was taken to a local vet for further observation.

Two of the occupants in the home at the time of the fire were taken by private vehicle to Floyd Valley Healthcare to be checked out.

Firefighters were on the scene for around two hours fighting this fire and investigating.

Schipper says the most probable cause for this fire was determined to be an unattended candle that ignited nearby combustibles. The fire spread up the north wall in the basement bedroom and into the ceiling/kitchen floor above. There was heavy fire damage in the basement bedroom and kitchen above as well as heavy smoke damage throughout the entire basement and main floor of the home. The home is insured. There were no injuries to firefighters, but a very dangerous situation for them with this being a basement fire.

He says in addition to the Orange City firefighters, the Le Mars Police, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, and Mid-American Energy assisted them.

November 3, 2022 - 10:24 am - Posted in News

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Sioux County, Iowa — For many years, there’s been a recreational trail between Sioux Center and the Sioux County Conservation Board Park, Sandy Hollow, east of Sioux Center. (The park used to be owned by the City.) But now, a trail between Orange City and the park is being planned.

Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynia tells us more.

He says they’ve created a joint venture with the cities and the County of Sioux.

Wynia tells us the current status of the project.

Wynja tells us if everything goes well, they’d like to begin work next year on the trail section.

Sheldon, Iowa — Some of the soldiers affiliated with the Iowa Army National Guard 2168th Transportation Company based in Sheldon will be mobilizing and heading for Europe, according to National Guard officials.

We talked to Sergeant Matthew Tracy with the National Guard, and he tells us more.

Sgt. Tracy says not all members based in Sheldon are going.

Tracy says the 15-20 people from the Sheldon, Ashton, George, and Orange City area who are going will be gone for ten months to a year. He tells us they’ll start off from Mason City with a send-off on Sunday, November 6th.

Sgt. Tracy tells us he has been in the military for 15 years and has served in Sheldon for the past couple of years. He will be going with the members who are headed to Europe.