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May 24, 2015 - 8:10 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people were arrested after a disturbance in Rock Rapids on Friday, May 22nd, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
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Deputies report that about 5:45 pm, they responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Second Avenue East in Rock Rapids. They say 50-year-old Jeff Curry of St. James, Minnesota was arrested and charged with Simple Assault. Thirty-seven-year-old Joyce Johnson of Rock Rapids was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct.

Both were transported to the Lyon County Jail.

The Lyon County Ambulance was also requested at the scene, but medical treatment was refused.

May 23, 2015 - 9:42 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — As the response to and cleanup of the bird flu continues, disposal — specifically having enough disposal options available to deal with the quantity of birds that have been euthanized, has become a huge issue.
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We talked with Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig about the disposal of the birds. He tells us the current situation.

Naig says the goal is to decrease the amount of time that it takes to clean up. He says that not only makes turnaround faster for the facilities affected, but also stops the spread of the virus quicker.

He says different kinds of birds are being disposed of in different ways in Iowa.

But he says chickens are not composted in the buildings.

Naig says the Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency Landfill near Sheldon and another landfill in southwest Iowa are the only two landfills that are taking the chickens.

Naig says when it warms up, that should help stop the virus, plus depopulating and disposal of infected flocks quickly will help stop the spread as well. He says biosecurity needs to be stepped up as well.

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May 23, 2015 - 9:41 am - Posted in News

UPDATE: Senate business has concluded and Senator Joni Ernst will attend the town meeting in Sioux County at 1:45 pm on Saturday to discuss the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in addition to other topics.

Representatives from the Senator’s office will host the other two meetings in Lyon and Osceola counties on her behalf. In addition, the guests below are still confirmed to attend.

These town meetings are open to the public.

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Northwest Iowa —  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst says she’ll do everything in her power to attend the town meetings she has set up in Osceola, Lyon, and Sioux counties this Saturday, May 23rd to discuss the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). However, due to pending votes in the Senate, she now says it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to make it. The town meetings, which are open to the public, will still be held. Members of Ernst’s staff will attend, whether she’s able to attend or not.
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The Senator’s staff (and hopefully Ernst herself) will start the day at 9:30 AM at Cooperative Energy at 1708 Pierce Avenue at Sibley.  At 11:15 AM, they will be at the Rock Rapids Public Library at 102 South Greene Street in Rock Rapids. At 1:45 PM, it’s on to Sioux Center for a meeting at the De Yager Student Activities Center in the Campus Center on the campus of Dordt College at 498 Fourth Avenue Northeast.

Confirmed guests at the Sibley and Rock Rapids appearances will be Congressman Steve King, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, State Senator David Johnson, and State Representative John Wills.

At the Sioux Center appearances, will be King, Northey, and State Representative John Kooiker.

Ernst tells us why this issue is important to her and to the state.

Ernst says she’s interested in hearing from people whose lives are being affected by the outbreak.

Last week, Ernst and Senator Grassley sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraging the USDA to ensure that resources have been properly deployed to Iowa to fight the ongoing outbreak of HPAI.

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May 20, 2015 - 4:21 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Eleven people were overcome by fumes of some kind on Wednesday afternoon at a chicken confinement between George and Boyden.
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According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, the call came in about 2:40 PM, for eleven people experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, and respiratory problems at 3902 260th Street. That’s about five miles south of George, or six miles north of Boyden, and a mile west on A52. The address is a chicken barn which was under quarantine because of Avian Influenza (bird flu).

The sheriff says that the people were washing the walls after the bird flu outbreak. He says they originally thought the gas was anhydrous ammonia, or ammonia of some kind, but the workers said that their gas masks should have protected them from that.
20150520_182456The Sheriff says the George Fire Department was on the scene late Wednesday afternoon checking oxygen levels in the building.

The Sheriff says the investigation continues.

The George Fire Department, George Rescue Unit, Boyden Ambulance Service, Little Rock Ambulance Service, and the Lyon County Ambulance service all responded to this incident.  Patients were transported to Sanford Sheldon and Sanford Rock Rapids Hospitals.

May 20, 2015 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News
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The first section of 24-inch steel pipe being installed

Washington, DC — Minnesota’s senators continue to push for funding for the Lewis and Clark water system.

Democrat U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have introduced a bill to invest in rural water projects in order to address delays and complete construction. The Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act would establish a guaranteed annual investment of $80 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for 20 years to fund the construction of six Congressionally-authorized rural water systems, including the Lewis and Clark project. When completed, the Lewis and Clark Water System will cover a service territory of more than 5,000 square miles and provide drinking water to 300,000 residents and businesses in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and southeast South Dakota.

Franken says that communities across the region have in good faith paid their full share to fund this project, and they’ve been waiting “far too long for the federal government to do the same”. He says this bill will help fund projects like Lewis and Clark, and that he’ll keep fighting for funding until the Lewis and Clark project is completed.

Ongoing construction of 14 inch PVC pipe

Ongoing construction of the 14-inch PVC pipe

Funding under the Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act would complement existing appropriated funds. The 2015 Energy and Water appropriations bill provided $47.2 million spread across the Bureau of Reclamation’s rural authorized water projects, but current funding is insufficient to complete the projects in a timely fashion.

For more information, click here for the news release on Senator Franken’s site.

Meanwhile, Lewis and Clark Executive Director Troy Larson says that Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone is making good progress on the pipeline to Luverne. He says they started construction in February on the 23 borings for the highway, stream and railroad crossings between the Iowa border and Luverne. The contract includes 5.9 miles of 14-inch PVC pipe and 12.7 miles of 24-inch steel pipe. He says Carstensen started installing the 14-inch PVC pipe in early April and plans to have it all in the ground by late May. The first section of 24-inch steel pipe was installed on May 12. Weather permitting, Luverne is expected to begin receiving Lewis & Clark water in December. The City has reserved 821,000 gallons a day.

May 20, 2015 - 3:24 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Some of the dead birds from the bird flu outbreak will be buried near Sheldon.

The Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency Landfill north of Hospers will be accepting truckloads of euthanized birds at its facility.

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Landfill Compactor (generic file photo)

We talked to landfill director Larry Oldenkamp, and he says they signed a contract on Tuesday, May 19th to accept four million pounds of dead birds from flocks that were destroyed after Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was found in the flock. He says the birds will be placed in large bags, and then loaded onto roll off dumpsters for transport to the landfill for disposal.

The birds will be kept separate of other refuse, and will be buried in a segregated area of the landfill, he says. According to Oldenkamp, the bird carcasses will be transported by a USDA contractor, along pre-approved routes.

He says trucks moving the birds will be disinfected at the poultry barn, they’ll be kept separate from other traffic at the landfill, and then the trucks will be disinfected before they leave the grounds as well.

May 19, 2015 - 10:15 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA George man’s feed truck was damaged along with MidAmerican Energy power lines in an accident on Thursday, May 14th near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:46 am, 21-year-old Terron Geerdes of George was driving a 2007 Kenworth feed truck westbound on 330th Street, one mile south of Boyden. According to the the report, Geerdes turned north onto Kennedy Avenue. Geerdes failed to place the feed auger back into the stow position after making a delivery of feed and as he drove northbound on Kennedy Avenue, the auger struck overhead electrical power lines.

No injuries were reported.

Geerdes’s Kenworth received $6000 damage. The MidAmerican Energy power lines and substation transformer received $750,000 damage.

Geerdes was cited for a vehicle with excessive height.

May 18, 2015 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Washington, DC —  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst will host town meetings in Osceola, Lyon, and Sioux counties this Saturday, May 23rd to discuss the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in addition to other topics. These town meetings are open to the public.
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The Senator and her staff will start the day at 9:30 AM at Cooperative Energy at 1708 Pierce Avenue at Sibley.  At 11:15 AM, she will be at the Rock Rapids Public Library at 102 South Greene Street in Rock Rapids. At 1:45 PM, it’s on to Sioux Center for a meeting at the De Yager Student Activities Center in the Campus Center on the campus of Dordt College at 498 Fourth Avenue Northeast.

Representatives from other offices and organizations have also been invited to join the town meetings. Their participation has not been confirmed, however.  They include the offices of:

  • Senator Chuck Grassley
  • Congressman Steve King
  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

And representatives of:

  • Iowa Egg Council
  • Iowa Poultry Association
  • Iowa Farm Bureau
  • Iowa Turkey Federation
  • Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

Last week, Senators Grassley and Ernst sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraging the USDA to ensure that resources have been properly deployed to Iowa to fight the ongoing outbreak of HPAI.

May 18, 2015 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A wood pile was damaged in a fire on Monday, May 18, 2015 near Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 4:35 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of wood pile on fire at the home of Marc Krull, and Krull Wood Products at 2078 Hickory Avenue, nearly six miles south of Rock Rapids on K52.

The chief says the fire department saw a pile of logs on fire near a building as they approached the scene. He says friends and neighbors used heavy equipment to help fight the fire, and the fire department doused the fire with water. They were able to save the building.

Reck reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The fire department was assisted by the George Fire Department, who provided water and manpower, says Reck.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to have been embers from a burning pit that the owner reported had been used last two weeks ago. He says the embers appear to have re-ignited in the strong wind.

He says they used between 6000 and 7000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene two hours.

No damage estimate is available.

The Lyon County Ambulance crew provided support on the scene.

May 17, 2015 - 8:42 am - Posted in News
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Sibley, Iowa — A George man will serve time behind bars after he was found guilty of a number of crimes.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 28-year-old Joseph Lee Daggett of George was found guilty last week of of the crimes of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor; Eluding, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; False Imprisonment, a Serious Misdemeanor; and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

On the Counts of Theft and False Imprisonment, Daggett was sentenced to a year in the Osceola County Jail. The fine and surcharge were waived. He was ordered to pay court costs, restitution of attorney’s fees and a surcharge of $125.

On the counts of Eluding and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Daggett was committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed two years.

These sentences were imposed concurrently with each other but consecutively to the other counts.