August 14, 2014 - 10:21 am - Posted in News

sheldon police smallA Sheldon man’s Dodge and a Sibley man’s Chevrolet were damaged in an accident on Monday, August 11th in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that at about 07:18 pm, 25 -year-old Jacob Wordekemper was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram southbound on 7th Street , in Sheldon. Nineteen -year-old Joseph Storbakken of Sibley, was southbound on 4th Avenue in a Chevrolet Chevrolet Malibu. According to the report, Storbakken was pulling away from the stop sign at the intersection of 7th and 4th, when Wordekemper broadsided Storbakken.

Wordekemper’s Dodge received $1,500 damage. Storbakken’s Chevrolet received $1500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on three warrants and for allegedly driving when he shouldn’t have been.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, they arrested 36-year-old Samuel Henry Seivert of Sibley on two Osceola County Warrants and a Dickinson County Warrant.

Seivert was also charged with Driving While Barred, (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Driving While Suspended and Driving While Revoked (both Simple Misdemeanors).

Seivert was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop near 10th Street West and 3rd Avenue West in Sibley Saturday morning.

August 8, 2014 - 5:55 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. It’s Ocheyedan Days of Olde this weekend in Ocheyedan. We Ocheyedantalked to Chris Kruger — one of the people setting up the festival — and asked her what’s going on, starting with Friday night’s activities (August 8th).

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That’s all for the Ocheyedan Days of Olde going on now.

Incidentally, it’s also Everly days in Everly this weekend.

Ashton Town and Country Days is coming up August 15th and 16, and the Little Rock Corn Show is  the weekend of August 23rd.

August 6, 2014 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sibley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:55 AM on Tuesday morning, August 5, at 8:55 AM 63-year-old Patricia Lange of Sibley was driving a 2007 Toyota RAV‐4 southbound on Highway 60, a mile northeast of Alton. Fifteen-year-old Kyle TeGrootenhuis of Hospers was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on Kingbird Avenue.

The report says he stopped for the stop sign in the median at Highway 60 and then began driving northbound to cross Highway 60, when he struck the Lange vehicle in the intersection.

The Alton Ambulance transported Lange to the Orange City Health System Hospital. TeGrootenhuis did not report any injuries.

Lange’s Toyota sustained about $6,000 in damages. TeGrootenhuis’s pickup sustained an estimated $2,000 in damages.

TeGrootenhuis was cited for failing to yield the right of way when entering a through highway. Lange was cited for expired registration.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Alton Fire Department and the Alton Ambulance crew.

Allendorf, Iowa — Two men were arrested after a traffic stop on Thursday evening, July 31st near Allendorf on Highway 9.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

Just before midnight, an Osceola Deputy stopped 25-year-old Jimmy Cole Higdon of Estherville on Highway 9, near Highway 59, just north of Allendorf.

Higdon was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Open Container, a Simple Misdemeanor.

The deputy also arrested 27-year-old Justin Troy Olson of Round Lake, Minnesota and charged him with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container, both Simple Misdemeanors.

Sibley, Iowa — A South Dakota woman is behind bars on multiple charges after she allegedly ran from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department in Sibley.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:00 PM on Tuesday evening, July 29th, 49-year-old Shelley Rae Highbear of Avon, SD, was approached by an officer for a parking violation. While speaking with her the officer learned she was allegedly trespassing and violating a no contact order. The officer says Highbear then got in her vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed, going through the city of Sibley and ending up in the ditch at Exit 48 of the Hwy 60 northbound on ramp.

The accident caused $8500 damage to her vehicle. Highbear was not injured.

She was arrested and charged with Eluding, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Violation of No Contact Order, Trespassing, Interference with Official Acts, Reckless Driving, and 5 counts of Failure to Obey a Stop Sign, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Highbear is being held at the Osceola County Jail on $3500 cash-only bond.

July 22, 2014 - 4:54 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — An Ashton man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, according to a release from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.

Child Porn gavel_sxcThe release says that 22-year old Todd Techen of Ashton received the sentence after admitting that, between 2012 and January, 2013, he knowingly distributed child pornography.

Techen was sentenced to five years imprisonment in Federal District Court in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett.  A special assessment of $100 was also imposed, and Techen must must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release upon completion of the prison sentence, as well as complying with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.

The US Attorney’s office says the case was prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Mark Tremmel, and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

July 21, 2014 - 11:38 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa – The first extreme heat wave of the summer is forecast for Iowa this week, with highs in the 90s and the heat indexes in the 100s. With the National Weather service issuing a Heat Advisory, The Iowa thermometer - 102 degreesDepartment of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says that sometimes the body’s temperature control system just isn’t enough.  She says that in such cases, a person’s temperature rises rapidly.  Especially when humidity is high, as it is today, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, Dr. Quinlisk says the people who are at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older
  • Infants and young children
  • Overweight individuals
  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors
  • People who have a chronic illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

She says that to protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.

For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says that after what has been a relatively cool summer so far, we’re heading into a short stretch of more typical July conditions to begin the week.

A heat advisory is in effect until 9 PM this evening.

The Weather Service says temperatures will climb near 90 degrees in areas east of Interstate 29. In areas west of the Interstate 29 corridor, readings may top out in the low to middle 90s, with areas of central South Dakota reaching 100 degrees. These temperatures are expected to slowly fall during the evening hours. The heat, combined with increasing humidity, will produce heat index values between 100 and 105 degrees.

Precautionary/preparedness actions:

A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. Check up on relatives and neighbors, and do not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1.

The dangerous heat and humidity will be short-lived, however, as high temperatures mainly in the 80s spread back into the region for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual RAGBRAI® bike ride starts on Sunday, July 20th in Rock Valley and heads toward Sheldon on Highway 18. Sheldon will be the designated meeting point that day where riders can meet up with their support vehicles, which will be taking a different route. The routes meet in Sheldon.ragbrai logo

Heidi Brown is one of the Sheldon leaders who are organizing what’s going to happen in Sheldon on Sunday. She tells us most of the activities will be in Sheldon’s City Park.

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She says there will be quite a variety for the guests.

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Brown says there will be more than just food vendors.

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Brown says it should be a lot of fun, but she says that getting around in a car or pickup could be a bit of an issue.

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Sheldon Emergency Management Director Walt Pruiksma says he has some advice for motorists.

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Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that traffic on Highway 18 West will be impacted the most, with riders coming in on 18 and leaving town on Country Club Road northbound.

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Pruiksma says it would be best — if you could — to avoid Highway 18 on Sunday morning.

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Speaking of church services, several churches have advised us that they will have a different schedule this weekend.

First Christian Reformed Church will have a 9:30 AM Service. Sheldon United Methodist Church will have one Saturday service, at 4 PM. Immanuel Christian Reformed will have a worship service at 8 AM on Sunday. St. Paul Lutheran Church will have their worship service Saturday evening at 5:30. This service will be recorded and broadcast at the normal time on KIWA-FM Sunday morning at 9:00. Parkview Assembly will have their service in the parking lot on Sunday at 9:30 AM. And in Boyden, Boyden First Reformed Church services will be Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Presbyterian Church in Boyden.

Pruiksma also emphasizes that people should abide by the No Parking signs and barricades in the blocks east, west and south of the city park on Sunday morning. Several of these closed streets will be used for RAGBRAI activities.

The bike route leaves Rock Valley going east on the north side of Rock Valley taking B14 and K42 to get to Highway 18. The riders will then stay on 18 as it makes the one-mile jog on Highway 75 at Perkins. Riders will continue through Hull and Boyden on their way to Sheldon. The map shows riders leaving Sheldon going north, on Country Club Road and then meeting up with Northwest Boulevard and picking up B14, crossing Highway 60, and traveling east for a few miles. Then they’ll find L40 north and A52 east before jogging a mile north on Highway 59. Then they’ll take A48 through Melvin, do a couple more short jogs and end up in May City before they take A34 to Milford and the lakes area to stay the night.

Meanwhile, there are two support vehicle routes.

For those meeting bikers in Sheldon, they will leave Rock Valley southbound on K30. They will meet up with B30 and head east through Carmel. At Highway 75, they’ll head south to Sioux Center. There they’ll pick up B40 westbound and take that through Newkirk and turn north on Highway 60 at Hospers. They will be asked to take either Exit 31, which is the Business 60 exit, or the Country Club Road Exit (Exit 33) at Sheldon. There is no designated meeting point in Sheldon. Each team will make those arrangements individually. The support vehicles will then leave Sheldon on Highway 18 eastbound and turn on Highway 71 northbound in Spencer and travel north to Milford.

For those support vehicles not planning to meet in Sheldon — if they are going to be using the north campgrounds in the Lakes Area, they can take a north route out of Rock Valley. That route takes K30 northbound, and picks up A34 just east of Alvord. From there they follow A34 to near the Lakewood Corner on Highway 75. They’ll take Highway 75 northbound to Rock Rapids, and then take Highway 9 straight through to the Lakes Area.

For more information, click here for our RAGBRAI page.

Click here for the map of activities around City Park.

Click here for the bike map of Sunday’s route.

Click here for the Sunday and Monday support vehicle maps. Note that there is also a north route for support vehicles if they are not meeting their bikers in Sheldon and they are using the north campgrounds in the Lakes area.

Washington, DC and Des Moines, Iowa — The president has approved a federal disaster declaration for nine Iowa counties and a second request, for a disaster declaration involving northwest Iowa is in the works. RR FLOOD 2014 fairgounds long angle

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division spokesperson, Stephanie Bond, says the federal declaration that was approved covers Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne counties.

The federal disaster declaration was announced Monday, the same day the governor asked that more counties be added to the list.

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(as she says)”Governor Branstad has asked for another presidential disaster declaration for 26 more counties,” Bond says. “This time it was for a storm that began on June 14th. The presidential declaration that we already got was for storms on June three and four.”

Bond says it may take a little time to find out if those new counties get the federal designation.

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(as she says)”It might be a couple weeks or a month before we hear. I know the disaster declaration that we just had, the request was put in on July 7th,” Bond says.

The state has to assess all the damage and then let the federal officials know so they can determine if the amount of damage warrants a federal designation. Bond believes the totals will prove the case for the new counties.

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(as she says)”We’re very hopeful, the state really got pummeled in June with several sets of storms that rolled through and they just kind of continued one on top of another. And as a result we had plenty of damage from wind and tornadoes and flooding. So yes, we are really hopeful that we will get that designation,” Bond says.

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For emergency work, repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, and it also might include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged property, and loans needed by communities for essential government functions,” Bond says.

The 26 counties in the new request are: Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.