August 30, 2015 - 2:26 am - Posted in News

Valley Springs, South Dakota — Law officers in three states are joining together for an enforcement project. This tri-state drunk driving education and enforcement campaign, which runs from now through September 7th, is part of the national campaign coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Officers from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are part of the enforcement campaign announced Friday at the Minnesota/South Dakota Rest Area and scale on I-90 near Valley Springs, S.D. The effort is focused around next weekend’s Labor Day holiday.

In Iowa it’s called “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. In Minnesota it’s “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI. In South Dakota it’s “driving under the influence,” or DUI. Whatever you call it, it’s a big problem.  More than 36,000 drivers are arrested for drunk driving in the three states each year. In 2014, the Iowa State Patrol made 1,450 such arrests, South Dakota arrested 9,450 and in Minnesota more than 25,000 such arrests were made. In the last five years (2010-2014), 1,215 people have died in drunk driving-related traffic crashes in the three states, including 239 in 2014 alone.

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At the kick-off event, Brad Bigler, a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his five-month-old son, Dreke, shared his powerful story. The loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver can have lifelong implications on the victims, their families and even the first responders. He says one decision can alter the lives of countless people.

In his part of the presentation, Nobles County Public Works director Steve Schnieder said that now is the time to make sure you don’t make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Captain Bruce Verdoes of the Minnesota State Patrol tells us why they brought the three states together for this effort.

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He says the main goal is to cut down on serious injury accidents and fatalities.

Alan Welsh, Captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol echos his Minnesota counterpart’s sentiments.

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Trooper Vince Kurtz, safety officer with the Iowa State Patrol says that the Iowa State Patrol is glad to be participating in the tri-state effort.

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Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.

Click here for more on the Toward Zero Deaths program.

August 28, 2015 - 1:13 am - Posted in News

May City, Iowa — A May City man has died as the result of a car versus motorcycle accident near May City on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:20 PM, 30-year-old Timothy Allen Martin of Ocheyedan was westbound on 220th Street, about two miles east of May City in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. They report that 20-year-old Jose Mauro Castillo Gonzalez of May City was driving a Honda 200R dirt bike southbound on Wilson Avenue.

The report says Castillo Gonzalez came to a stop at the intersection but failed to yield from the stop sign to the Martin vehicle causing Martin to hit the rear tire of the dirt bike.

Castillo Gonzalez was transported to Lakes Regional Hospital by the Melvin Ambulance where he later died.

Martin and two other passengers in the vehicle were not injured.

The Sibley Ambulance Crew also assisted at the scene.

August 20, 2015 - 4:29 pm - Posted in News

Harris, Iowa — A Harris, Iowa man is dead after a farm accident near Harris.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 78-year-old Harvey McClain of Harris was the victim of a tractor roll-over. They say the accident happened in a farm field northeast of Harris on Thursday, August 20th. Emergency responders were called out about 11:25 AM.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, McClain was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office.

The Sibley and Ocheyedan Ambulances crews and Lake Park Fire and Rescue crews assisted on the scene.

August 19, 2015 - 1:49 pm - Posted in News

NorthwRick Santorumest Iowa — Another 2016 Presidential candidate is coming to northwest Iowa.

Winner of the 2012 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) will return to Iowa on August 22nd to start a three-day swing through the Hawkeye State.

According to his staff, on Sunday, August 23rd at 6 PM, Senator Santorum will hold a “Pints and Politics” town hall in Okoboji at the Okoboji Brewing Company on Highway 71 in Spirit Lake.

On Monday, August 24th, Santorum will make stops in Estherville and Garner before making an evening stop at 5:30 PM, to speak at the Osceola County GOP Steak Fry Summer Dinner & Rally. The event will be at the 1015 Steak Company on Second Avenue (That’s Old Highway 60) in Sibley.

Santorum made a stop in Orange City on July 31st.

August 16, 2015 - 8:53 pm - Posted in News

Fatal Crash 2LeMars, Iowa — A 16-year old LeMars boy died Sunday afternoon when his car struck a semi near LeMars.

According to Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo, the crash happened about 3:45 Sunday afternoon when a 1992 Honda Accord, which was northbound on Highway 75 north of LeMars, crossed into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a southbound 2011 Peterbilt semi, driven by 43-year old Jon Edwards of Sibley.

Van Otterloo says the driver of the Honda was ejected from the car, and was transported to Floyd Valley Hospital in LeMars, where he was pronounced dead.  His name hasn’t been released pending notification of next of kin.

Edwards was taken to Floyd Valley Hospital with what Van Otterloo described as minor injuries.

The Sheriff says the investigation into the crash remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol and the Plymouth County Medical Examiner.

August 11, 2015 - 8:03 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — In recent years, politicians have started referring to visiting all 99 Iowa counties as doing the “Full Grassley.” That’s because Senator Chuck Grassley has held a meeting in each of Iowa’s 99 counties at least once every year since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate.
And the Senator is again making good on the 99 county promise. He’ll be in northwest Iowa later this month for a few appearances.

In our neck of the woods, Grassley will visit Osceola, Plymouth, Clay and Dickinson counties.

Senator Chuck Grassley will hold eight town meetings in Poweshiek, Tama, Osceola, Plymouth, Clay, Palo Alto, Emmet and Dickinson counties during the week of August 24, 2015, as part of his annual 99-county meetings.

On August 25 Grassley will be in Brooklyn and Toledo. On August 26 he will be in Sibley and Le Mars. On August 27, Grassley will be in Spencer, Emmetsburg, Estherville and Spirit Lake.

“Representative government is a two-way street. I’m one half of the process and the people of Iowa are the other half. You can’t have representative government without dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent,” Grassley said. “I appreciate the opportunity to hold town meetings, answer questions and take comments.”

This is Grassley’s second set of town meetings in August. He will be holding seven meetings during the week of August 17, 2015, in Southwest Iowa. In addition, Grassley will be attending the Iowa State Fair for two days as well as holding a dozen question and answer sessions with high school students, community organizations, and employees at various businesses.

These town meetings are open to the public.

Grassley’s town meeting schedule for the week of August 24, 2015, is as follows:­

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Poweshiek County Town Meeting
Michael J. Manatt Community Center
105 Jackson St.

10-11 a.m.
Tama County Town Meeting
Tama County Administration Building
104 West State St.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Osceola County Town Meeting
Osceola Community Hospital
Education Room
600 9th Ave. North

4-5 p.m.
Plymouth County Town Meeting
Floyd Valley Hospital
Lower Level Conference Center
714 Lincoln St. Southeast
Le Mars

Thursday, August 27, 2015
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Clay County Town Meeting
Spencer City Hall
City Council Chambers
418 Second Ave. West

1:15-2:15 p.m.
Palo Alto County Town Meeting
Iowa Lakes Community College Emmetsburg Campus
Campus Auditorium
3200 College Dr.

3-4 p.m.
Emmet County Town Meeting
Iowa Lakes Community College
Auditorium, Room 16
300 South 18th St.

4:45-5:45 p.m.
Dickinson County Town Meeting
Spirit Lake Library
Community Room
702 16th St.
Spirit Lake

August 7, 2015 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Arnolds Park, Iowa — A Sibley area band will be inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over Labor Day Weekend in Arnolds Park.
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The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association says the “Interstate Cruisers” from Sibley will join the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of this Labor Day Weekend. Band members include Paul & Shortie Veen of Charles City, Michael Anderson of Primghar, Dave Hill of North Liberty, Harold VanderSloot of Sibley, Phil Sweeney of Hartley, Dave Steuck of Ankeny, and Chuck Post of Sibley.

According to the association, the band began in May of 1983 called the “Blue Ribbon Express.” 1985 brought the beginning of changes in the lineup. Post left and was replaced by Dave Steuck. The name of the band changed to “Interstate Band” in 1986. Paul Veen joined in 1987 when Vander Sloot left. Shortie Veen came on board in 1998. A short time later the band name changed to Interstate Cruisers.

The band played together for over two years and eventually the name changed to the “Cruisers.” In 1990 Sweeney left the band followed six months later by the departure of Anderson. The other members continued on as the Cruisers with Dave Hill on drums and vocals. In 1995 Steuck rejoined the band briefly.

The Labor Day Weekend schedule begins with a Kick-Off Concert at 8 PM on Friday in the Roof Garden. The Southeast Iowa Hall of Fame IRRMA All-Stars are ready to entertain with music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Tickets for the Kick-Off concert will be $10 at the door.

A few returning favorite events include the Vintage Car Show, Battle of the Bands, Autograph Sessions and of course Pancake and Omelet Breakfasts.

The weekend’s grand finale on Sunday, September 6 includes the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony beginning at 2 PM and the Hall of Fame Spectacular Induction Concert, beginning at 6:30 PM on Sunday.

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August 7, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2Osceola County, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident on Wednesday, August 5th.

According to the Osceola Sheriff’s Office, at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday, 34-year-old Kyle Marcus was driving a 2002 Peterbilt Conventional Semi southbound on Highway 59 hauling a livestock trailer owned by Marcus Farms Trucking of Marcus, Iowa. An unknown driver was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty, owned by Carlos Larreynaga Quintero of Worthington, was northbound on Highway 59. The report states that the Jeep crossed the center line and hit the livestock trailer then came to rest in a bean field on the west side of the highway. The driver of the Jeep then left the scene.

The livestock trailer received $20,000 damage. The Jeep received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 6, 2015 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

May City, Iowa — A Hartley man was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident on Wednesday near May City.
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The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that the accident happened at the intersection of 250th Street and 100th Avenue. That’s the Dickinson and Osceola County line, two miles north of the four-county point with Clay and O’Brien Counties.

They say about 9:45 AM on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 52-year-old Donald Hutzel of Hartley was driving a 2001 Buick Century northbound on 100th Avenue, while on duty for the US Postal Service on a delivery route. They report that 44-year-old Kent Bloomer of Merrill, Wisconson, was driving a 2013 Volvo semi westbound on 250th Street.

The two vehicles collided at the intersection. Hutzel was ejected from the vehicle. Hutzel was transported by Ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare and was later flown to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Bloomer was not injured.

Both drivers’ views were obstructed by tall corn.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to both vehicles.

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

The Lakes Regional Ambulance crew, Everly Rescue crew, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford assisted at the scene.

August 5, 2015 - 6:16 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Ashton Town And Country Days 2015 is coming up this weekend.
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One of the people organizing the event, Dawn Rutzen, tells us that it all starts on Friday night.

She says there are a ton of activities planned for Saturday.

She says there are lots of kids activities.

That’s all at Ashton’s Town and Country Days, this Friday and Saturday in Ashton. You can find more information on Facebook. Just look for Ashton Town and Country.

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