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September 22, 2017 - 6:30 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A power outage affected over 250 people northwest of Sheldon on Thursday, September 21st, 2017.

Alliant Energy says the outage affected 270 of their customers in the Matlock and George areas.

The power was interrupted about 2:35 p.m. and power was restored by 3:15 p.m., according to Alliant Energy Communications Program Manager Mike Wagner.

Wagner reports that Alliant Energy crews found that the cause was a tree limb that fell on the lines.

Power was off for a total of 40 minutes in the area.

September 22, 2017 - 6:27 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A Doon teen received minor injuries in an accident near Rock Valley on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 p.m., 16-year-old Jonathan Post of Rock Valley was driving a 2012 Chrysler eastbound on 310th Street, on Highway 18, two miles east of Rock Valley. They report that 17-year-old Courtney Maassen of Doon was driving a 2004 Audi eastbound on Highway 18 behind Post. The report says Post stopped for traffic before attempting a left turn onto Garfield Avenue and Maassen struck Post.

Maassen was transported by private vehicle to Hegg Health Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The vehicles sustained about $8,000 in damage, each.

Maassen was cited on a charge of following too closely.

September 20, 2017 - 2:54 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Over the past several weeks, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has received a series of anonymous letters providing some information on criminal activity in the county.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says his office has received a total of seven of these anonymous letters.

The Sheriff says some of the information contained in the letters has panned out for authorities.

He says he’s convinced that the writer of the letters is a concerned citizen who doesn’t want to get involved.

At this point, Vander Stoep says they REALLY need the person who wrote the letters to phone the Sheriff’s Office.  He says they can still remain anonymous.

If you are the person who sent these seven anonymous letters to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, please pick up the phone and call them at 712-472-8313, and speak with the investigating officer on the case. The Sheriff says you absolutely can remain anonymous, but his office needs your help.

September 15, 2017 - 6:43 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election are now official.

The county boards of supervisors of the four northwest Iowa counties met on Friday, some for a slightly-rescheduled regular meeting and some for the special purpose of canvassing the results of this past Tuesday’s school election.

The O’Brien County Board of Supervisors met at 9 a.m. on Friday. County Auditor Barb Rohwer reports that other than a few changes to write-ins, everything stayed the same, and those who appeared to have received the most votes have been officially declared the winners.

The Sioux County Board of Supervisors met at 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Sioux County Election Clerk Lisa Rowenhorst says the situation was similar in Sioux County. After the canvass, Gary Witt was the confirmed write-in winner for West Sioux District 2. He is the incumbent but did not file papers, and won anyway.

The Lyon County Board of Supervisors met at 9 a.m. on Friday. Lyon County Election Clerk Carrie Johnson says there were no changes to the Lyon County results, and those who appeared to have the most votes were officially declared the winners there as well.

The Osceola County Board of Supervisors met at 8:45 a.m. on Friday and there were no changes there either according to their auditor’s office. The Osceola County Auditor’s office only handles the Sibley-Ocheyedan district. There are portions of other districts within the county’s borders, but they are administered by surrounding counties. For instance, the Harris-Lake Park results are canvassed by the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors, and according to the Dickinson County Auditor’s Office, there were no changes there either from the numbers reported on Tuesday night.

September 15, 2017 - 6:41 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Monday is shaping up to be a busy day in northwest Iowa courtrooms.

If all the events happen as scheduled, there will be events in six cases that we’ve been covering.

In Lyon County, Cassandra Joy VanBerkum of Rock Rapids is accused of theft of medication. According to court documents, Van Berkum has filed a written arraignment and plea of “not guilty” to the charges. Her pretrial conference is this Monday. The trial is scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

Julian Barrientos of Doon is charged with felony eluding among several other offenses after a chase in Lyon County in April. Barrientos filed a plea of “not guilty” on May 30th. His court dates have been postponed several times. His pretrial conference is also this Monday. No trial date has been set.

Trysten Robinson, formerly known as Trysten Ramsey of Rock Rapids is accused of sexual contact with a girl who was 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident in December, 2016. Dates have been pushed back in his case as well. A hearing on the case is scheduled for this Monday. A suppression hearing is scheduled for October 2nd. No further dates have been set.

In Osceola County, David Lee Buss of Ashton is accused of a felony Controlled Substance Violation. He faces an initial appearance on his charges this Monday.

In Sioux County, Nina Spaans of Hawarden is charged with three counts of Child Endangerment Causing Bodily Injury, a class D felony in connection with alleged child abuse. She has pled “not guilty.” The pretrial conference has been pushed back several times. It is now scheduled for this Monday morning. No trial date has been set.

Gretchen Scott (also known as Gretchen Gardner) of Hudson, SD is accused of writing over $1000 in bad checks to two Sioux Center businesses. She is scheduled for arraignment this Monday in Sioux County District Court.

September 15, 2017 - 6:39 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — If you haven’t paid them yet, you have about two weeks left to pay the fall installment of property taxes in Iowa without having to pay a penalty.

If you own real estate you’re required to pay half-a-year’s taxes on that real estate each six months. Or you can elect to pay the full year’s taxes in one payment. Taxes were actually due on September 1st, but may be paid without penalty by October 2nd. Normally the deadline is the last day of the month, but this time September 30th falls on a Saturday, so you get until Monday, October 2nd to pay this year.

The County Treasurers in northwest Iowa remind you that there are three different ways to pay your taxes. you can choose to pay your taxes online, at www.iowatreasurers.org. You can go to your County Treasurer’s Office and pay them in person, or you can mail your check to your County Treasurer’s Office. If you go to your Treasurer’s Office, or if you mail your tax payment, be the proper stub accompanies your payment. And remember, if you mail your payment, it MUST BE postmarked on or before October 2nd to avoid a penalty.

The County Treasurer’s Offices in the four-county area are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

September 13, 2017 - 3:33 pm - Posted in News

Beloit, Iowa — A house fire on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 near Beloit, Iowa could have been a lot worse. That from the Canton, South Dakota fire chief, whose department covers that area.

According to Canton Fire Chief Kyle Lease, about 1:30 PM, the Canton Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at 1263 260th Street, three miles east of Beloit on County Road A50, or about a mile and three-quarters south of Canton and three east.

The chief says that by the time they got there, the homeowner had the fire pretty much out. He says fire crews did some overhaul and made sure there was no fire anywhere that had gone undiscovered.

Lease says no injuries were reported.

He says that when they have a structure fire, they have an automatic policy that the two closest fire departments are called to help, so the Fairview, South Dakota and Inwood, Iowa fire departments were paged as well.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and is under investigation.

Chief Lease reports that there was minimal damage.

He says they used very little water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

September 13, 2017 - 8:00 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Yesterday was school election day in Iowa.

Two school at-large board members were re-elected at Central Lyon. Both ran unopposed. Scott Postma received 105 votes and Keri Davis received 108.

At George-Little Rock District 2 Director Wade Netten ran unopposed and received 93 votes. Kristi Landis ran unopposed for District 3 Director Ryan Klingenberg’s seat. Landis received 103 votes.

In the West Lyon School District, District 1 incumbent Director Troy Bauder barely edged out challenger Vince Smith, 89 votes to 87. In the race for District 2 Director Kyle Knobloch’s seat, Jennifer Jenson appears to have beat out Mark Timmerman, 53 votes to 40. District 5 Director Scott Lee ran unopposed and was elected with 26 votes.

September 12, 2017 - 6:08 pm - Posted in News

Spencer, Iowa — A new law passed earlier this year is going to affect public employee employment in Iowa. One of the things that the new law does is require re-certification elections for public employee unions and professional organizations.

Mike Cormack is the chair of the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board. He says that the board is not on the side of labor or management — that they are basically the “referees” when it comes to these type of issues. In simple terms, Cormack says if you work for the city, county, school district, or state, you will get to choose whether to keep your union or not.


Because of that, Cormack says the Public Employment Relations Board is holding a number of meetings across the state to inform public employees.


He says one in twenty-nine Iowans is a member of a public employee union. He says if they are in a one-year contract, they will be voting this fall. If they’re in a three-year contract, they vote in year two of the contract when they’re a year away from the contract’s expiration. But if the local bargaining unit votes a union out, then no union may represent them for at least two years.

Cormack also stresses that in order to retain their current union, a unit has to have the majority of potential members vote to retain the union — NOT the majority of voters in the election.

The informational meeting in our area is this Wednesday, September 13th at the Spencer Public Library at 21 East Third Street in Spencer. Presentations will be from 4:30 to 5:30, and again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on the law or the meeting, you can visit iowaperb.iowa.gov

Northwest Iowa — Autumn is right around the corner, and with it comes harvest season in northwest Iowa.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says NOW is the time for farmers to make sure their equipment is properly marked.

Kurtz says marking your equipment begins with that triangular emblem.

In addition to the SMV emblem being displayed on every piece of equipment, he says there are lighting requirements as well.

Trooper Kurtz stresses that now is the time to make sure your implements are marked properly.

In addition to farmers properly marking their implements, motorists also need to be aware of harvest season, and expect slow moving farm machinery to appear in the road ahead of you.