April 14, 2015 - 2:07 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A project that has been in the works for more than two years will come a step closer to reality Wednesday morning when ground is broken for a new AmericInn Hotel in Sibley.

Harris Kruse of Sibley is one of the project’s organizers and investors, and he says the hotel will be a 36 room facility.

Kruse said the investors raised a total of $1.625 million, with the remainder of the $3.655 million dollar project being financed by the Melvin Savings Bank, Ashton State Bank and Farmer’s Savings Bank of Milford.

Kruse talked about the hotel and it’s investors.

Groundbreaking for the new Sibley AmericInn Hotel will take place Wednesday, April 15th at 11:00 am.

April 14, 2015 - 9:33 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — After initially reporting that they were searching for someone who dumped puppies off a bridge north of Sibley, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is now saying they weren’t puppies after all.
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They report that on Sunday, April 12, 2015, one of their deputies pulled two carcasses from the creek where the alleged dead puppies were dumped.  The Sheriff’s Office was unable to identify the animal or its breed at that time.

The next day (Monday, April 13th) the sheriff’s office reports that they contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to examine the carcasses.  The DNR determined that the animals were not puppies but were raccoons.

The Sheriff’s Office is still looking for information on who dumped the raccoons in the creek.  If you have any information please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (712)754-2556 or if you want to remain anonymous you can make a Text-A-Tip report.  A link to Text-A-Tip can be found online at www.sheriffosceolacounty.org.

April 12, 2015 - 7:46 am - Posted in News

Harris, Iowa — A Harris man was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday morning, April 11, 2015.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:05 AM, they determined that 62-year-old Alan Dale Brueggeman of Harris was driving a 2014 Ford F150 pickup westbound on 130th Street, about a mile northeast of Harris near Yew Ave when he passed out.

The Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, ran along the top of the ditch, running over fence posts, and finally hitting a utility pole.

Brueggeman was transported to the Worthington Hospital by the Ocheyedan Ambulance.

The pickup received about $15,000 in damage, according to authorities.

April 9, 2015 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency near Hospers has paid a $100,000 civil penalty for illegally dumping waste into its landfill.

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Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

The following information is from the Iowa Attorney General’s Office:

In an order called a consent decree, Third Judicial District Chief Judge Duane E. Hoffmeyer Wednesday approved the payment to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2013 by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The lawsuit alleged that for approximately six months beginning in November 2011, the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of solid waste into the Northwest Iowa Area Sanitary Landfill. According to the lawsuit, the agency deposited solid waste into unapproved landfill cells with no liner or leachate collection system, as required by state law.

The lawsuit also alleged that the agency began constructing two cells without first obtaining required state permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency, which is ultimately responsible for complying with state environmental laws and regulations, asserted that the agency relied on advice and direction from licensed civil engineer Elliot D. Waddell, owner of Five States Engineering PC of Westfield, Iowa. According to the agency, Waddell and his company represented to the agency that the landfill was in compliance.

In addition to the penalty, the consent decree requires the agency to take certain actions by November 30, 2017 in landfill areas that were not in compliance. Those actions include installing interim final closure caps, adding soil and vegetation, and installing a final cover system designed to minimize infiltration and erosion.

On March 13, 2014 the agency obtained a $100,000 default judgment against Waddell and Five States Engineering.

On July 11, 2013, the Iowa Engineering and Land Surveying Examining Board reprimanded Waddell for failing to include all relevant and pertinent information in reports submitted to a governmental agency. The board ordered Waddell to complete an engineering ethics course.

The Northwest Iowa Area Solid Waste Agency Landfill and Recycling serves, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

April 9, 2015 - 7:58 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman has been arrested on drug charges.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday April 9, 2015, one of their deputies arrested 32-year-old Nicole Lynn Ruffcorn of Sibley.

They say she was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Deputies report that the arrest stemmed from a traffic stop north of Sibley.

They say Ruffcorn is currently being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $2300 bond.

April 7, 2015 - 2:37 pm - Posted in News

osceolasheriffIn the latest from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 59-year-old Joel Michael Kruger of Sibley, IA, was found guilty of Harassment and Trespassing – both Simple Misdemeanors.  For each charge, Kruger is to pay a fine of $250 plus surcharges and fees.  In each conviction, Kruger is also sentenced to 30 days in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended during a 2 year probation to the Magistrate Court.  During this probation Kruger is to have no contact with the victim.

April 6, 2015 - 4:32 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Off, Off Broadway will be presenting the play, “Lend me a Tenor” for their spring dinner theatre production this year.
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We had a chance to talk to the show’s producer, Scott De Kok about it.

He says “Lend Me a Tenor” is a very funny show. He gives us some details.

De Kok tells us you may recognize some of the names of the actors presenting the show.

Again, the show is Thursday, April 16th, through Sunday the 19th at the Ashton Legion Hall. Call the 10-15 Steak Company in Sibley to make reservations at 712-754-3540.

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April 5, 2015 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested after a report of a reckless driver.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at about 5:05 PM, their dispatcher received a complaint of a reckless driver entering Rock Rapids on Highway 9 from the west.

After an investigation the driver, identified as 67-year-old Kenneth Fransen of Sibley was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference With Official Acts Inflicting Bodily Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Assault on a Peace Officer, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Fransen was booked into the Lyon County Jail on the charges. According to the Lyon County Jail roster, Fransen is no longer in jail.

March 27, 2015 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Three agriculture coops in northwest Iowa are considering unification.
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United Farmers Co-op based in George, Farmers Elevator Coop, based in Rock Valley, and Coop Elevator Association, based in Ocheyedan are looking at the move. We talked with Farmers Elevator Coop General Manager Mark Finck, who explains the difference between the term “unification” and the term “merger.”

He tells us why they’re looking at unification.

He says the move just makes sense to him.

Finck says eleven meetings are being held throughout the areas of the three companies, and the findings of the different committees are being reviewed.

He says the meetings wrap up on Wednesday, April 1st, and then the vote will be taken.

He says on April 20th, the companies’ auditors will count the votes. And, says Finck, it’s important that everyone make an informed decision and vote. He tells us why.

Finck shares with us the proposed new company name and leadership structure.

He says while they will not be closing any locations, the head office would be in Rock Valley. Each of the three companies were formed over 100 years ago, with the oldest — Farmers Elevator Coop in Rock Valley — being formed in 1899. He says that’s one of the reasons Rock Valley was selected as the location for the head office.

Finck says no employees would be cut in the move, and everyone’s job is safe.

The new company would have over 20 locations, including two in Minnesota and one in South Dakota. For more information, including meeting times and locations, you can contact any of the local locations, or visit the companies’ websites.

www.farmerselevatorcoop.com
www.ceacoop.com
www.unitedfarmerscoop.com

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March 27, 2015 - 1:33 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa – A Paullina man has been arrested on several felony charges. He is accused of committing several burglaries in the four northwest Iowa counties.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 29-year-old Seth William Johnson of Paullina and he has been charged with six counts of Second Degree Theft, a class D felony; seven counts of Third Degree Burglary, a class D felony; and seven misdemeanor counts of Third Degree Burglary.

The Sheriff’s Office says that numerous northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies including the O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux County Sheriff’s Offices and the Sheldon, Sutherland and Paullina Police Departments have worked jointly on a series of burglary and theft investigations. They say the investigations involved burglaries to businesses, homes, and vehicles between May and October, 2014 and involved items including guns, cash, jewelry, a motorcycle, tools and fishing equipment.

The charges which are a class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $7,500. The charges that are aggravated misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6250. Johnson has been booked into the O’Brien County Jail on the charges and will make appearances in District Court in the respective counties at a later date.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation. All persons are innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected as a part of this investigation.