Beresford, South Dakota — We’re one step closer to having Lewis & Clark water in Sheldon, Hull, and Sioux Center. The ribbon was cut on Wednesday for the tower supplying this area, located in Beresford, South Dakota.

The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is to bring Missouri River aquifer water to a number of towns in the tri-state area. Most of those towns are connected. However, five remain — one in South Dakota at Madison, and four in Iowa: Sioux Center, Hull, and Sheldon on the south line, and Sibley off the north line.

Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson tells us about the ribbon cutting.

But Larson says the celebration was two-fold.

Larson says the chances are looking pretty good that Sioux Center and Hull will have Lewis & Clark water yet this year, and Sheldon probably in 2024.

Since a contract was recently awarded, construction on the pipeline between Hull and Sheldon will be starting yet this year. And they have also recently opened bids for the Sheldon meter building. The Sheldon Lewis & Clark water tower west of town is currently being constructed. He says they’ll be awarding a contract for the Sibley service line by the end of this year or the beginning of next year.

He says they’re very excited about being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Expansion of the system continues as well with a new collector well having just been put into service, but there have been some delays on the surge tank, says Larson.

August 11, 2022 - 3:41 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — All roads lead to Ocheyedan this weekend for their annual Days of Olde celebration.

Those who organize the fun tell us there will be several activities and something for everyone. The festivities start out this Friday evening with carnival games, a co-ed volleyball tournament, steak night at the Corner Club, a bake sale, food vendors, and a movie in the park.

On Saturday there will be a grilling competition, a 5K fun run and walk, a parade, food vendors, a bake sale, a kids’ pedal pull, the Tracy House Museum will be open and they’ll host an ice cream social, the co-ed volleyball tournament continues if needed, you can see Woody’s Axe Throwing, there will be face painting, inflatables, live music, a car show, a beer garden, and a street dance.

Sunday’s activities include a community town hall revival worship service and a bean bag tournament. It’s all sponsored by the Ocheyedan Fire Department, Ocheyedan Community Builders, the Catfish Club, and local businesses.

 

Sioux City, Iowa — A Worthington man who led authorities from southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa on a high-speed chase more than two years ago, was sentenced Thursday to 10-years in federal prison.

Federal authorities say 36-year-old Michael Anthony Hangman, of Worthington, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

At the plea hearing, Hangman admitted to possessing a 12-gauge shotgun while being an unlawful user of marijuana and having prior felony convictions.  Hangman led law enforcement on a police chase beginning in Minnesota and ending in Osceola County.  Hangman was traveling at speeds reaching 100 mph.  Hangman’s shotgun was modified or cut to approximately 19 inches. Officers recovered marijuana, a digital scale with meth residue on it, and baggies from Hangman’s car.  Hangman was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his drug use and prior felony convictions in the State of Minnesota for Terroristic Threats-Reckless Disregard, and Drugs-Storing Meth Paraphernalia in the Presence of Child or Vulnerable Adult, according to authorities.

Evidence presented at sentencing also reportedly revealed that Hangman brutally assaulted an inmate while incarcerated in the Woodbury County Jail on July 16, 2021 pending trial in this case and stabbed two more inmates in U.S. Penitentiary Leavenworth shortly before sentencing, on July 11, 2022.

Hangman was sentenced in federal district court in Sioux City to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Osceola County Attorney’s Office, Nobles County Minnesota Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Minnesota Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Crime Laboratory, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Previous coverage of this story may be viewed below………

Worthington Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun Charge

Minnesota Man Arrested After High Speed Pursuit

UPDATE: The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the victim of the accident. According to Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Vince Kurtz, he was identified as 15-year-old Noah Carter Monroe of Ashton.
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August 4, 2022 - 4:00 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — The community of Ashton has a lot to celebrate. And they’re going to do just that this weekend.

The kickoff will be on Friday night with a double elimination slowpitch softball tournament. The Town & Country Snack Shack will be open at 6 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the tournament continues. The snack shack will be open again starting at 8 a.m. with breakfast burritos and caramel rolls. They also invite you to check out the craft show and vendor fair, the food offered by the Catholic Daughters, kids’ activities including kiddie train rides and inflatables, coin in the corn and face painting. Shaved ice will be available. There’s a pedal pull, a parade, kids’ water fights, and a bean bag tournament. The De Boer Grocery museum will be open, they’ll have a DJ at Charlie’s, and there will be a movie and snacks at the park at dusk, sponsored by the Ashton Fire Department.

Find out more on the Ashton Town & Country Facebook page.

Washington, D.C. — Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has joined fellow Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in introducing the bipartisan and bicameral Next Generation Fuels Act, a proposal that aims to leverage higher-octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with greater octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be utilized in the fuel supply, in turn lowering prices at the pump for consumers.

 Ernst called the proposal a “No brainer.” She says Iowans are getting crushed under sky-high prices at the pump, and America continues to depend on foreign countries for our energy, she says we should be turning to our own abundant domestic production right here in the U.S., including clean, homegrown biofuel. Ernst says this bipartisan legislation will move America closer to energy independence and away from relying on our adversaries, all while lowering costs for consumers and supporting our hardworking farmers and biofuel producers.

Senator Chuck Grassley says the Next Generation Fuels Act would gradually ramp up the use of homegrown ethanol at gas stations across the country, making Americans less reliant on foreign oil and less vulnerable to the anti-competitive tactics of OPEC. He says as we look to the future of liquid fuels, this legislation can play a critical role in restoring energy independence, saving consumers money, lowering carbon emissions and expanding the market for farmers and ethanol producers. 

Joining Grassley and Ernst in introducing the Next Generation Fuels Act are Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and is cosponsored by all members of the Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).

Locally, ethanol is produced at facilities in Ashton, Hartley and Sioux Center.

 The full text of the bill is available HERE.

Northwest Iowa — Many people are under the impression that since they have homeowner’s insurance, if something catastrophic happens to their home, it will be paid by insurance. And sometimes that’s the case, with no qualifications. But not always, according to insurance experts.

Experts tell us that sometimes, the policy is written with certain stipulations, and since construction material costs have increased significantly, it would pay to check your policy. Jodi Vermeer, an insurance agent with Perspective Insurance, an independent insurance agency in Sheldon, says it really depends.

She says it depends on the company and what was done when your policy was written.

She says most policies have an inflation rider, which should help, but not all of them do. And inflation varies, so it would pay to make sure that your coverage is keeping pace.

Vermeer encourages you to check with your insurance agent periodically, but especially now, when costs continue to rise and inflation is more of an issue.

Northwest Iowa — We’ve had scattered rain showers, but as a whole, it’s still pretty dry in northwest Iowa. And it’s drier the further south you go, up to a point.

According to the latest information from the US Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the area of extreme drought in Plymouth, Cherokee, and Woodbury counties hasn’t changed much. It still involves all but the very northern tier of Plymouth County, basically the northwest half of Woodbury County, and nearly the west half of Cherokee County, and extends across the Big Sioux River into South Dakota, and across the Missouri River into Nebraska.

The latest map does look fairly similar to the previous week’s. The only movement to speak of in northwest Iowa is the area of moderate drought that extended basically south of the Lyon and Sioux County line to about halfway down Sioux County, where it turns into severe drought. That area of moderate drought now extends well into Lyon County, and covers almost the entire northwest half of Lyon County now.

Osceola County looks to be faring the best up here, with just an area of abnormally dry conditions in the southern part of the county. O’Brien County has three different levels, with abnormally dry in the north, moderate drought in the central, and severe drought in the south.

Elsewhere in the state, the abnormally dry area along the Mississippi in the far-eastern “bump” of the state has all but disappeared. But there’s a new moderate drought area appearing in southeast Iowa and the two areas of abnormally dry conditions in the southeast and southwest are now connected via a narrow strip in the south-central part of the state.

Sibley, Iowa — The State Historical Society’s mobile museum is touring several cities in Iowa this summer and just wrapped up an appearance in Sibley.

Michael Morain of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs says it brings artifacts to Iowans who can’t make the trip to the State Historical Museum in Des Moines.

The first tour for the agency’s mobile museum started in 2017. This second touring exhibit is focused on the people and places of Iowa. It includes some artifacts from the earliest inhabitants of Iowa and one of the flight suits astronaut Peggy Whitson, a native of Beaconsfield, Iowa, wore in space. Morain says the team that put the exhibit together chose sturdy artifacts.

One of the items on display is the pen Iowa Governor William Harding used in July of 1919 to sign Iowa’s ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The mobile museum’s tour with its current collection hit the road this summer, with the goal of stopping in each of Iowa’s 99 counties by the end of 2023.

July 22, 2022 - 8:33 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The smell of barbeque will be in the air Saturday at the Osceola County Fair.

If you make great barbeque you’re encouraged to enter. The competition begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, with judging at 3 p.m. Dave Huisenga, one of the organizers tells us how it all got started.

He tells us how it works.

Huisenga tells us getting a taste is first-come-first-served, but there might be a way you can sneak a taste another way too.

Huisenga says they’ll be barbequing pork, beef, and chicken, and each cook can decide if they’re doing one, two, or all three of the meats. He says pellet grills, charcoal grills, and smokers are all allowed, but they do not allow gas grills.

For more information, call Huisenga at 712-461-1465 or Tom Dagel at 712-461-0482; or you can stop by the fair office in Sibley. People with all levels of barbeque experience are invited to come and join in on the fun Saturday at the Osceola County Fair’s barbeque contest.