Ashton, Iowa — The search is still underway for the person or persons who damaged an HTC Communications pedestal in Ashton, knocking out cable and internet for the southern part of town.

A reckless driver is being blamed for the damage, which destroyed the equipment owned by HTC Communications.

Dave Raak of HTC says the company has received some tips that have been passed on to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, but the company has yet to discover the names on any suspect. Raak says the citizens of Ashton are quite upset over the situation, an observation echoed by Osceola County Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth.

As of late Tuesday (December 5th) morning, no arrests have been made in the case.

Raak asks anyone with information about the incident, or those involved, to contact HTC Communications at 712-752-8100.


Original story posted at 3:51 pm 12/4/2017

Ashton, Iowa — Folks in Ashton were without cable and internet service Saturday morning after some of HTC Communication’s equipment in Ashton was destroyed by an apparent reckless driver.

According to a post on the HTC Communications Facebook page, a reckless driver struck and heavily damaged a cable pedestal, which took out cable and internet to the south side of Ashton.

HTC Communications is asking anyone with information on the person or persons responsible to please contact HTC at 712-752-8100. HTC says this kind of damage impacts all customers with the inconvenience of no service, along with higher costs.

Northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowans who hold an Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons came one step closer yesterday (Thursday, November 30th) to being allowed to carry their firearms in every other state in the nation that allows concealed carry.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday passed H.R.38, otherwise known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would amend the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into, or possess a concealed handgun in, another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms, according to the website

A qualified individual must meet a few requirements: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, according to, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King is one of the bill’s sponsors, and voted in favor of the bill during Thursday’s committee vote.

After the vote, King noted that law-abiding Iowans with concealed carry licenses are exercising their rights under the Second Amendment, and recognize that Second Amendment rights do not end at our state’s borders. King said that H.R.38 “serves notice to gun-grabbers that their efforts to restrict the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms through excessive and burdensome state licensing schemes will not be tolerated.”

The legislation now moves out of committee and is eligible for consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives.

If you’d like to read the entire text of H.R.38, you can find it here.

November 27, 2017 - 2:18 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — A few tense moments were experienced in Ocheyedan early on Thanksgiving morning.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call for assistance at 1:04 a.m. requesting an ambulance for a person that fell.

Ocheyedan Fire Chief Dan Hartwig says someone was working on the top of the new feed mill, and was tied off, but he says the victim was tied off too loose and fell about 35 feet before the harness caught him. He says the victim’s arm and leg were tied up in the rope. That’s when 911 was called.

The Sheriff’s Office says Sibley & Ocheyedan Ambulances and Ocheyedan Fire & Rescue responders were dispatched. Hartwig says in the meantime, others were able to pull the victim back up to the top and then send him down in a personnel basket on the crane. By the time emergency responders arrived he was on the way down in the basket.

Hartwig says the injuries were not life-threatening. The Sheriff’s Office says the victim was taken to Lakes Regional Hospital in Spirit Lake.

The name of the victim is not being released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Ashton, Iowa — A house near Ashton was saved from fire damage after the occupants reported a chimney fire on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

According to Ashton Fire Chief Rob Imhoff, about 4:15 p.m., the Ashton Fire Department was called to the report of a chimney fire two and a half miles west of Ashton and four miles south, near the county line; or about a mile northwest of Ritter.

The chief says they used water and a chimney stick product to fight the fire.

Imhoff says no injuries were reported.

Chief Imhoff reports that there was no damage.

He says they used about a hundred gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about 45 minutes.

Imhoff reminds people that if they burn wood in a fireplace or wood-burning stove, to have their chimney checked every year.

November 22, 2017 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa (Radio Iowa) — Thanksgiving weekend is easily one of the busiest periods of the year on Iowa roads, and traditionally, the deadliest.

Patrick Hoye, chief of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says the congestion increases the risk for crashes.

Over the past decade in Iowa, the state’s Department of Transportation reports the Thanksgiving weekend has produced 25-percent more fatal crashes than any other holiday weekend. The night before Thanksgiving is a particularly dangerous time because of alcohol-impaired drivers.

Hoye says if alcohol is in your celebration plans, plan ahead and name a designated driver.

Last year in Iowa, five people were killed in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday period – which began Wednesday evening and continues through Monday morning.

Northwest Iowa — Students who are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program here in northwest Iowa, and across the state, will be the beneficiaries of a new program that aims to feed protein-packed sandwiches to needy children.

Allyson Ladd is marketing specialist for Iowa’s largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, which is starting what it’s calling the Power Snack program.

The program is now going statewide after it had been tried as a pilot program in several Iowa communities and Ladd says the coupons were a success.

She says recent studies find one in eight children in Iowa are food insecure, meaning they’re not sure where their next meal may be coming from.

To learn more visit the Iowa Select Farms Facebook page or their website at

November 20, 2017 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — You can be a lifesaver by rolling up your sleeve and giving 20-minutes of your time this Wednesday in Sibley.

The Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will make a stop in Sibley on Wednesday of this week, at the Osceola Community Hospital. Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg talls us more.

Versteeg says the demand for blood picks up during the holiday season.

He says that just one pint of blood can potentialy save three lives.

Versteeg says there are just a few requirements for being able to donate blood.

Roll up your sleeve and save a life, this Wednesday, November 22nd, when the Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile visits the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. They’ll be accepting donations from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, and 2:30 until 5:00 pm, and Versteeg says walk-ins are welcome.

The Community Blood Bank is a partnership between Sanford and Avera, and is the SOLE blood provider to the Sanford and Avera networks.

November 14, 2017 - 3:03 pm - Posted in News

Ashton & Sheldon, Iowa — There were some tense moments, and angry motorists, Saturday evening when an Ashton woman allegedly led law enforcement officers from five agencies on a pursuit from the Ashton area to Sheldon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says one of their deputies attempted to stop a vehicle near Ashton Saturday evening for a registration violation. Deputies say the driver refused to stop, and continued southbound on Monroe Avenue near Ashton. The deputy gave chase, and along the way, was joined by officers from the Sheldon Police Department, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. Deputies say the vehicle entered Sheldon, stopping in a residential yard near East Elementary School. According to authorities, the driver then fled on foot, and entered a Sheldon residence. Osceola County authorities say officers located the woman, who they identify as 37-year old Sarah Sue Schilling of Ashton, a short time later.

Deputies say Schilling faces charges of:  Eluding, and Driving While Barred, both Aggravated Misdemeanors; Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug, both Serious Misdemeanors; and Driving While Suspended and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, both Simple Misdemeanors.

Schilling was also reportedly cited for Fraudulent Use of Registration, No Insurance, and Violation of a Restricted License.

Cops say Schilling also had warrants out of O’Brien County and Palo Alto County for her arrest.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sheldon Police Department, the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Sibley, Iowa — A 45-year old Sibley man faces a felony and several misdemeanor drug charges after his arrest on warrants this past Saturday.

Osceola County authorities say their arrest of Hue Phat Le stemmed from a search warrant that had been executed at a rural Osceola County residence. Items discovere during that search reportedly led to arrest warrants charging Le with Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a Class D Felony, as well as a Controlled Substance Violation, Possession of Methamphetamine, Gathering Where Marijuana is Used, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all misdemeanor charges.

Deputies say Le was booked into the Osceola County Jail and held on a $12,300 bond.

November 9, 2017 - 3:52 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day in the United States — a day set aside to give honor and thanks to the brave men and women who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces.

The observance started out as Armistice Day, to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.

The veterans day program in Sibley will be on Friday, November 10th at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.