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April 21, 2015 - 12:25 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A George manufacturing facility is expanding.
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Dur-A-Lift, Inc. will be holding a ribbon cutting for its newly completed factory and corporate office expansion. It will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 22nd at Dur-A-Lift’s new facility located at 2002 Kingbird Avenue, a mile northeast of George.

Along with a number of area leaders and community members, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be at the ribbon cutting. Governor Branstad will be speaking. Company officials say the event celebrates the latest milestone in the ongoing growth and expansion of Lyon County’s largest manufacturer, and non-gaming based employer.

Diversified Technologies Incorporated (or DTI) is made up of three divisions. Dur-A-Lift, Inc. manufactures truck and van mounted aerial lifts for electrical, telecom, sign and rental industries. Sudenga Industries, Inc. is a leading agricultural equipment manufacturer and Ranger All-Season Corporation supplies mobility scooters to the healthcare and rental industries.

Company officials say Dur-A-Lift’s building project adds 26,000 square feet to DTI’s existing 200,000+ square foot facility. DTI expects to add jobs to its 260+ person workforce, and double its Dur-A-Lift production capacity with this latest expansion in Lyon County.

Through its Sudenga division, DTI traces its roots back over 125 years in George, to its founding in 1888 by blacksmith Folkert Sudenga.

April 20, 2015 - 4:18 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — If you were in Rock Rapids Monday morning, April 20th, you may have wondered what all the sirens and the helicopter were about.
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Normally those sounds would mean a tragic incident had probably taken place. In this case the idea was to hopefully prevent a tragic incident. Central Lyon High School students have their prom this coming weekend, and according to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, Monday’s event was a mock accident to teach teens the dangers of driving while intoxicated and driving distracted.

Vander Stoep tells us how the ball got rolling for the mock accident.
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He says Central Lyon teachers, staff, and administrators played a major role as well. Vander Stoep says they brought in two vehicles, one from Lems Auto Recyclers in Doon, and one that had been donated to the fire department a while back. The accident vehicles were pre-set and then draped with a tarp, he says.

The Sheriff says when responders arrived, they went through the process as if it were a real accident.

He tells us about the reaction from students and staff.
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Vander Stoep says after the accident, the students went back inside the school. A short time later, they heard some speakers talk about the dangers of alcohol and the dangers of distracted driving.

Central Lyon’s prom is this Friday night, April 24th.

Photo credit: Arden Kopishke/Lyon County Emergency Management
Thanks to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck for forwarding them.

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April 19, 2015 - 8:20 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Iowa’s Governor and Lieutenant Governor are going to be in northwest Iowa this week.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

They’ll start in the southern part of our region, and move north, before heading back south again.

In our area, the executive pair will start in Cherokee. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 3 PM, Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will attend the Cherokee Connect Iowa and Skilled Iowa Community announcement at the Spring Lake Yacht Club at 606 Spring Lake Drive in Cherokee.

From there, it’s on to Paullina for a 4:30 PM tour of Mill Creek Machining. That’s at 119 North Willow Street in Paullina.

Then on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 9 AM, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds will attend the Sibley Rotary Club meeting, which will be at the Osceola County Courthouse, on the third floor. That’s at 300 Seventh Street in Sibley.

At 10:30, they’ll be at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Dur-A-Lift facility near George, at 2002 Kingbird Avenue. The ribbon cutting is to celebrate the new facility and the latest milestone in the ongoing growth and expansion of Lyon County’s largest manufacturer. Dur-A-Lift and sister companies Sudenga Industries and Ranger All-Season make up Diversified Technologies, Incorporated.

As we’ve told you previously, at 12:30 PM, they will be at the Rock Valley Community Schools library to hold a Teacher Leadership Conversation. The school is at 1712 20th Avenue in Rock Valley.

At 2:30 PM, the governor will sign a Soil and Water Conservation Week proclamation at the Bob Puetz Farm at
16175 Marble Avenue near Le Mars.

April 19, 2015 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Maurice teen has been arrested on drug-related charges in Lyon County.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2 AM on Saturday morning, one of their deputies stopped a vehicle on First Street and Hubbard Avenue in Doon. They report the driver was identified as 18-year-old Kolten Van Voorst of Maurice.

The Sheriff’s Office says that a search of the motor vehicle allegedly resulted in a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia being found. They say Van Voorst was arrested and transported to the Lyon County Jail.

April 14, 2015 - 9:31 am - Posted in News

Sioux Falls, SD — Two northwest Iowans are among six people arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor in an investigation by the Sioux Falls Police Department and other law agencies.
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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel say that the Division of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation into sex trafficking in Sioux Falls.

Among the arrests were people from Guatemala, Sioux Falls, and Sioux City, as well as 35-year-old Andrew Richard Krogman of Doon and 29-year-old Lance Eugene Hunter, for whom two addresses were listed, one in Sioux Falls and one in Little Rock.

They were reportedly charged with a single count each of solicitation of a minor, which is a Class 4 felony in South Dakota, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

The Attorney General’s Office says the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Watertown Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI assisted in the investigation. They remind you that the individuals are presumed innocent until such time as they are proven guilty.

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 - 7:45 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on a felony charge after an incident.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 53-year-old Michael Eugene Kats of Rock Valley early on Wednesday April 8, 2015.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a search after Kats allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

The Rock Valley Police Department, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

Inwood, Iowa — Three girls were injured in a crash near Inwood on Thursday, April 2nd.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:25 PM, a 14-year-old Inwood girl was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup, about three miles west of Inwood and a mile north.

The report says she was westbound on 220th Street, a half mile west of Beech Avenue, when she lost control of the vehicle going around a curve in the road. The report says the vehicle then entered the south ditch. It says the girl appeared to attempt to bring the vehicle back onto the road, at which time the vehicle rolled approximately two times, coming to rest on its top, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s report says that also in the vehicle at the time of the accident were two other girls, one of whom was thrown from the vehicle during the accident. The driver was transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. The other girls were transported to Canton/Inwood Hospital. One of them was then transferred to Sanford Sioux Falls for further tests.

The report says the vehicle was a total loss.

The deputy’s report says that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The driver was charged with Operating without Owner’s Consent and was cited on charges of Failure to Maintain Control and Violation of Restricted License.

Inwood Fire & Rescue crews, the Canton/Inwood Ambulance crew, and Inwood Body Shop assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

April 6, 2015 - 1:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood teen will serve a prison term after a recent sentence in Lyon County District Court.
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According to court records, 19-year-old Mason Alan Vanden Brink of Inwood pled guilty in a plea agreement to Third Degree Criminal Mischief and Accessory To A Felony. Charges of First Degree Theft and Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief were dismissed in a plea agreement.

On the Third Degree Criminal Mischief charge, Vanden Brink was sentenced to 365 days in jail, two years of probation, and twin fines of $625, one suspended, the other one enforced. He must also attend a victim empathy class.

On the Accessory To a Felony charge, Vanden Brink was sentenced to a two-year prison term, a suspended two-year prison term, two years of probation, and a fine of $625.

Vanden Brink is also charged with drug offenses in a separate case. No trial date has been set yet in that case.

April 5, 2015 - 8:34 am - Posted in News
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Boyden, Iowa — Over 1,000 pigs, the building that housed them and several round bales were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, April 4 near Boyden, to which several departments responded.

The Boyden Fire Department received the initial call at about 2:20 PM. The report was of a structure fire at 3085 Jay Avenue, three miles northwest of Boyden.

They found a confinement building containing 1,020 pigs, a feed bunk and several round bales were engulfed in flames.

No injuries to people were reported while crews fought the blaze.

The confinement building, all of the pigs inside and the bales were a total loss.

The Boyden Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew, the Matlock Fire Department, George Fire Department, Sheldon Fire Department, the Sioux Center Ambulance Rehab Team and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office all assisted the Boyden Fire Department.

The Sioux County Fire Chiefs in conjunction with Sioux County Emergency Management reminds all citizens of the current Red Flag warning, which strongly recommends everyone to refrain from starting any outdoor fires. A burning ban remains in effect as well.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. No monetary estimate of the damage is available.