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January 16, 2018 - 11:31 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Blood donors are needed in Rock Rapids this Wednesday, January 17th. The Community Blood Bank is hosting a blood drive at Central Lyon High School. And it’s not just for students and school personnel, it’s open to the public.

Rita Nelson, spokesperson for the Community Blood Bank tells us about the drive.


While the Rock Rapids blood drive is this Wednesday, the blood drives in Sibley — at the Osceola Community Hospital — are planned for next week, on January 24th and January 26th.

She tells us about the requirements for donating blood.


A parent consent form can be downloaded from cbblifeblood.org. You are also asked to bring an ID when you come to donate. It is recommended to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. For more information or to make an appointment at the Rock Rapids drive, please call 712-472-4051. Walk-ins are welcome.

Nelson says the Community Blood Bank uses about 500 units of blood every week in the area, so your support is always needed.

The blood drive in Rock Rapids is this Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Community Blood Bank reminds us that they are the sole provider of blood and blood products to 34 area hospitals, including almost all hospitals in this area, and that they are independent and are not affiliated with any other blood bank organizations.

January 11, 2018 - 3:56 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — In this first month of the year, you may need to be more vigilant to keep from getting ripped off by scam phone callers, or identity thieves.

Dan Hendrickson, a spokesman for the Better Business Bureau, says it’s not too late to make a resolution to ensure your credit is safe.

By checking your credit report, Iowans can spot signs of identity theft early. It may also be helpful to register your phone on the “Do Not Call” registry to avoid a host of questionable sales pitches and pleas for charitable donations, but it isn’t a perfect system.

To get your phone on the “Do Not Call” registry, visit donotcall.gov.

January 11, 2018 - 9:36 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — After several delays, a sentence has been handed down in the case of a Doon man who faced a laundry list of charges after an April 2017 pursuit through southern Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Julian Barrientos of Doon failed to pull over for a deputy and reached speeds in excess of 90 miles-per-hour while eluding the deputy. They say he almost struck two patrol cars and failed to stop for a stop sign. He was accused of pulling into a rural driveway and failing to comply with deputies, resulting in the deputies deploying their tasers.

He was charged with eluding, a class D felony; Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and eight other simple misdemeanor counts.

According to court records, Barrientos was sentenced to a five-year prison term. Another five-year prison term was suspended. He must pay a fine of $750, serve two years of probation and submit a DNA sample for DNA profiling. The OWI charge was dismissed.

January 10, 2018 - 1:05 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Earlier today (Wednesday) the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls had issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Lyon and Sioux counties in the broadcast area, and a Winter Storm Watch for the O’Brien and Osceola County portions of the broadcast area. That changed a bit mid-afternoon today.

Around 3:00 pm, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all four counties here in extreme northwest Iowa, O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux.

The Winer Weather Advisory will be in effect from midnight tonight to 6:00 pm tomorrow (Thursday). The advisory calls for snow and blowing snow, with northwest winds of 25 to 45 mph. According to the National Weather Service, slippery road conditions and greatly reduced visibilities may result in brief near whiteout conditions around the area.

Forecasters are calling for total snowfall for this storm to be somewhere between two and four inches. But National Weather Service Meteorologist Kerry Hanko says it doesn’t take a great deal of snowfall to reduce visibility in the forecast high winds.

With the high winds forecast for the period, expect wind chill indices to reach as low as -20 degrees.

Once the snow has ended, the bottom will drop out of the thermometer once again, with daytime highs through the remainder of the work week into the weekend reaching only the single digits either side of zero, with overnight wind chills reaching the 20’s below zero.

Northwest Iowa — Lyon and Sioux County authorities have now field charges in connection with drive-by shooting incidents in each jurisdiction.

The two individuals accused in the incidents, a Brandon, South Dakota woman and her teenage son, face identical charges in both counties.

Authorities say the charges stemmed from a joint investigation between the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Valley Police Department, Brandon South Dakota Police Department, Minnehaha County South Dakota Sheriff’s Office,The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities say 50-year old Artis Kattenberg faces charges of: 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief/Aiding and Abetting, a Class “D” Felony: Reckless Use of a Firearm/Aiding and Abetting, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a Misdemeanor. Her juvenile son is charged with: 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief; and Reckless Use of a Firearm. Each faces identical charges in the two Iowa counties involved in the case.

Authorities say their investigation revealed that shots had been fired into a residence in Lyon County on December 17th, and into a Sioux County residence on sometime before December 25th. Authorities say nobody was home at either residence when the shooting incidents took place.

According to law enforcement officials, the victims are both members of the same church in Rock Valley, and the shootings are believed to be in retaliation for an incident that reportedly happened between Kattenberg, the juvenile, and church members.

Authorities say they believe they juvenile fired the weapon in both incidents.

In addition to the Iowa charges, Kattenberg has also been charged in South Dakota with Child Abuse, according to authorities.

January 4, 2018 - 10:45 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — If you live in northwest Iowa, there have been some changes to what is recyclable in your curbside recycling, and what is not. The good news is that there are only additions to the list.

We recently had a chance to talk to Larry Oldenkamp, the manager at the Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency facility between Sheldon and Hospers. He says they accept recycling and trash from haulers and towns in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux Counties as well as several communities in Clay County and the City of Akron in Plymouth County.

Oldenkamp tells us that materials that come to them in the curbside recycling program are no longer being sorted at their facility.


He says that due to that change, what’s recyclable in northwest Iowa has changed as well. For one thing, plastic bags are back on the recyclable list. And that’s good news for people who had no other place to go with them except a store in a bigger community.


Oldenkamp says that while polystyrene foam, usually called by the brand name Styrofoam usually has a #6 recycling symbol on it, they still don’t recycle the foam, often used in disposable plates, cups, and packing material. He says another material that is recyclable elsewhere still is off the list in northwest Iowa — glass.


He tells us why the change was made to send the comingled recyclables to Le Mars.


He says while there were several advantages to the change, it did mean the loss of about seven part-time employees who sorted recyclables.


Oldenkamp asks people to please keep the recycling material clean and dry. He says remember not to attempt to recycle pizza and other takeout food boxes unless they are free from grease.

For more information, you can see their website at nwialandfill.com.

January 4, 2018 - 10:44 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you drive a snowmobile, an ATV, a side by side utility vehicle or an off-road motorcycle in Iowa and you haven’t renewed the license since September 1st of last year — it’s going to cost you a little extra now.

We talked to Lyon County Recorder Eldon Kruse. He says all old licenses expired on December 31st, 2017, and if you didn’t renew, you are technically in violation if you ride.


Kruse says some counties ask you to bring your old license when you come to renew, but in Lyon County, that’s not needed because they keep a record of your license from the previous year. He says you can also renew by mail.

The Iowa code says that all snowmobiles used on public land, public ice and designated snowmobile trails in Iowa must display a user permit along with a valid registration. The requirement is for both resident and nonresident snowmobile users, says Kruse.


He says users of the other types of vehicles do not need “trail/user permits” unless they are non-residents.

According to Kruse, all of these types of permits and licenses cost $17.75, but if you forgot to license your off-road vehicle, there will be that $5 fee.

Kruse says county recorders’ offices also handle boat licenses, but they are for a three-year period. He says all current Iowa boat licenses expire April 30th, 2019, so you have a while on those yet.

January 4, 2018 - 2:34 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — The Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood had an unwelcome waterfall in the hotel right before the New Year.

General Manager Sharon Hasselhoff says the extreme cold led to pipes breaking.

Haselhoff says water poured down from the third floor and damaged 18 rooms, the spa and a meeting room.

She says the water not only drenched drywall and furnishings, it also left an unpleasant odor.

Hasselhoff blames the sub-zero cold for the pipes breaking.

Haselhoff says they have started ripping out the drywall on the third floor and will work their way down to make repairs. She is not sure how long the repairs will take.

January 4, 2018 - 11:40 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man faces felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges following a traffic stop near Inwood Wednesday.

Lyon County authorities say the charges against 38-year old James Chatwell came about after a deputy made a routine traffic stop near Larchwood. During the stop, the deputy allegedly observed drug paraphernalia in Chatwell’s vehicle.

Deputies say K9 “Rizzo” alerted to the odor of illegal drugs coming from the vehicle. A search warrant was executed later in the day, according to authorities, and during the search more drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine was allegedly located.

Authorities say that, as a result of the incident, Chatwell was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Violation, a Class D Felony, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor as well as traffic offenses including: Driving While Suspended; Failure to Have a Valid Insurance Card; and Speeding.

At last report, Chatwell was being held in the Lyon County Jail in lieu of a $54-hundred bond.

January 3, 2018 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Brandon, South Dakota — Two people from Brandon, South Dakota are under investigation after the Sioux and Lyon County Sheriff’s Offices reported the shooting of at least two unoccupied homes.

According to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies and the South Dakota Division of Investigation were asked to assist the Brandon Police Department in a weapons violation investigation. Iowa authorities were investigating a drive-by shooting in Lyon and Sioux counties in Iowa.

Authorities say the suspects, 50-year-old Artis Kattenburg and a juvenile male live together near the 1400 block of Lakota Avenue in Brandon. Both suspects were interviewed and authorities believe the juvenile had fired a weapon at the homes in Iowa. On the evening of Friday, December 29th A search warrant was served and multiple weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were located. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says that some of the weapons were fully-automatic and several were 50-caliber rifles. The Sioux Falls Police and the Sioux Falls ATF and FBI offices also assisted in the investigation.

We talked to Lyon County Chief Deputy Jerry Birkey, who gives us some details.


Birkey says the shootings are thought to have occurred during the last week of December.

He says then they found out that the shooting of the home in rural Rock Rapids may not have been an isolated incident.


Chief Deputy Birkey says the incident appears to be related to something that happened at a Sioux County church.


Birkey says it is believed that the homes belonged to leaders of some kind in the Rock Valley church. Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Officials say that it is believed that Kattenburg and the juvenile had some sort of falling out with members of the church, and they believe that’s what led to the shootings. Birkey says it’s his understanding that Kattenburg and the juvenile are mother and son.

He says that when they were pretty sure of the suspects’ identities, it was determined to act.


Birkey says that it is likely that both Lyon and Sioux County will be filing charges on both subjects.

Birkey says he’s glad the agencies were able to work together in this case.


He says the case remains under investigation.