April 18, 2017 - 6:06 pm - Posted in News

4h_logoPrimghar, Iowa — If you have kids or grandkids, there are many fun and informative opportunities for them this summer through day camps put on by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach in northwest Iowa.

O’Brien and Sioux County Youth Program Assistant Beth Bunkers says camps this year will focus on three central themes.

She says the camps range from Robotics to Cooking to Animal Science to Interior Design and much more. According to Bunkers there are about eight to ten camps per category. She says the camps offer something for everyone.

The camps are hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach’s 4-H Youth Development Program; however, youth do not have to be 4-H members to attend. She says the camps are half-day camps for the younger kids, full day camps for the older kids, and there are multiple-day camps but campers go home every night.

She reminds parents that camps fill up quickly, so it is important to register your child(ren) early to guarantee a spot. Bunkers also says that camps are open to kids from anywhere, so if if works better to attend a camp in another county, that’s fine.

To view a complete listing of the camps being offered, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien/content/2017-summer-camps or stop into your local ISU Extension and Outreach office to pick up a booklet. To go directly to the summer camp registration page, visit https://www.jotform.com/4hregion1/camps2017.

For more information, contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach County Youth Staff:


April 18, 2017 - 9:39 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemRock Valley, Iowa — A Doon man was uninjured after his pickup struck a deer near Rock Valley on Saturday, April 15th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 3 pm on Saturday, 24-year-old Kyle Van Veldhuizen of Doon was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram 3500 southbound on Garfield Avenue, four miles northeast of Rock Valley. According to the report, Van Veldhuizen struck a deer in the roadway.

The Dodge received $8,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

April 17, 2017 - 11:01 pm - Posted in News

CAASA Coffee For A CauseSioux Center, Iowa — April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And helping victims of sexual assault is as easy as visiting your favorite coffee shop.

The Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault or CAASA are holing a fundraiser called “Coffee For A Cause” this month at northwest Iowa coffee shops.

Amanda Van Der Brink, sexual assault advocate for Sioux, Lyon, and Osceola Counties for CAASA says that as you might expect, their goal is to raise awareness about sexual assault and tell people where they can turn for help.

She says if you or someone you know is ever a victim of sexual assault, there is help available and people ready to talk any time.

Again, those numbers are 877-362-4612 or 712-722-4404.

She tells us how Coffee For A Cause works.

She says the fundraiser keeps growing every year, and shops give everything from a portion of sales to the contents of a tip jar in April.

According to Van Der Brink, a lot of their funding comes from the state, but the funding is especially uncertain this year.

For a list of the participating coffee shops in Sheldon, Primghar, Paullina, Hartley, Sioux Center, Rock Rapids, and Sibley, click here. The list is almost halfway down the page.

April 17, 2017 - 11:33 am - Posted in News

Doon Fire Dept FD 1Doon, Iowa — A hog barn was damaged in a fire on Saturday, April 15, 2017 near Doon.

According to Doon Fire Chief Rod Postma, about 11:20 a.m., the Doon Fire Department was called to the report of a hog barn fire at 2365 260th Street, four and a half miles west of Doon on A52.

The chief says the fire department saw lots of smoke as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be electrical in nature.

Chief Postma reports that there were no hogs in the facility. He says the northeast roof and side walls were extensively damaged. He says that there was significant water and smoke damage. According to Postma, the roof will need to be torn off to fix the damage. He says the loss would have been much more significant had there been hogs in the facility, since there was heavy smoke. He says firefighters had to attack the fire while wearing air packs.

Postma says no injuries were reported.

He says they used four to five thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 12:30 p.m.

April 16, 2017 - 8:07 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Larchwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office released a statement this weekend about a crash that happened last week and is still under investigation.

They report that they responded to a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cherry Avenue and A-18, at the very southwest corner of Larchwood. When deputies and emergency responders arrived, it was determined the driver of the vehicle had left the scene, but the vehicle was still there.

They say the vehicle involved in the accident was a 2014 Ford Fusion, which sustained about $9,000 in damages.

The report says the Larchwood Rescue Squad and Larchwood Fire Department responded to the call along with the Sheriff’s Office.

There is no word on the identity of the driver, or if any injuries were sustained.

April 14, 2017 - 3:59 pm - Posted in News

Lyon Courthouse SVARock Rapids, Iowa — A new trial has been requested in the case of an Inwood man who was convicted of felony sex charges earlier this month.

The trial of 41-year old Perry Vande Kieft ended in a guilty verdict on Thursday, April 6th.

According to court records, 41-year-old Perry Vande Kieft of Inwood was accused of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the spring of 2015 and again in February or March of 2016 at Vande Kieft’s home.

Vande Kieft was convicted of sexual abuse in the second degree, a class B felony.

Vande Kieft’s attorney, Ned Bjornstad claims that the evidence against Vande Kieft was based almost entirely upon the testimony of the victim. He says there was no medical or scientific evidence to corroborate her testimony. The motion Bjornstad filed with the court says the victim’s testimony was “thoroughly incompetent and insufficient as evidence.” He writes that in one instance the testimony was “so incredulous as to render it incompetent.”

Bjornstad goes on to say that the current status of the law does not require the state to specifically identify the date of the alleged act. He says that the witness claimed it happened “almost every day,” and that statement, “deprives the Defendant of any meaningful ability to defend himself…”

He said that when Vande Kieft was asked to explain why the victim would make these statements if they were not true, it shifted the burden of proof to the Defendant to provide an answer to establish his innocence.

Bjornstad called for a mistrial and asked for a new trial.

There has been no response yet from the court on the matter.

April 12, 2017 - 10:55 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Rock Rapids Sunshine Foods is under new ownership this week.

New owner Brent Bosch says he was really involved in the Rock Rapids store since it was built as Jubilee Foods in the late 1990s for his dad, Tony Bosch and Larry Goebel, who had been friendly but competing grocers in Luverne, MN until that time.

Bosch says they’ve been living in Rock Rapids for a while in anticipation of the transaction.

Bosch says in addition to running the Rock Rapids store, he will remain as CEO of his father’s business, running a number of Sunshine stores in the area.

However, Bosch says he’ll almost always be at the Rock Rapids store.

Bosch tells us some of the plans for the store.

He says he’s going to be “hands-on,” and he’ll have an open door policy with employees.

Bosch took possession of the store on Tuesday morning, April 11th.

RAPIDS TheatreRock Rapids, Iowa — Voting began Thursday in an online contest that could mean a $100-thousand windfall for the Rock Rapids Theatre Preservation Society.

Jackie Telford from the Theatre Preservation Society tells us about the Gannett Publishing contest called “Community Thrives”.

Projects from across the United States are competing for the prizes in this contest, and Telford tells us what is at stake.

She says that a lot of work has been done on the theatre propoerty already, but there is much left to do, and one of these cash prizes could help them achieve a great deal.

Telford says that whether or not the Rock Rapids Theatre Preservation Society wins one of the Community Thrives prizes, they are committed to completing the theatre renovation project.

Voting in the Community Thrives Contest opened Wednesday, April 12th, and runs through May 12th.  You are permitted to vote for your favorite project once each day.

You can vote for the Rock Rapids Theatre Preservation project by clicking on this link, which will take you directly to the Theatre Preservation Society project, click on “vote”, and provide the information required.  Remember, you can vote once each day through May 12th.

April 11, 2017 - 9:11 am - Posted in News

Generic Ambulance ecnalubmABoyden, Iowa — Two people were taken to a hospital and one person was arrested after an accident on Saturday in Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:45 p.m., 65-year-old Debra Woelber of Hull was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer southbound on Colfax Street. She stopped for the stop sign at Prairie Street. They report that 26-year-old Kristi Stettnichs of Rock Rapids was driving a 2013 Chrysler 300 southbound on Colfax Street behind Woelber, and that Stettnichs struck Woelber on the roadway.

The Boyden Ambulance took Woelber and a passenger, 67-year-old Kenneth Woelber of Hull to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The Ford sustained approximately $4,000 in damage. The Chrysler sustained approximately $7,000 in damage.

Upon further investigation, the deputy suspected that Stettnichs was under the influence of alcohol, and arrested her on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. She was also cited on a charge of following too closely.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

Sheldon Fastert Truck Accident 4-10-17Sheldon, Iowa — A Rock Rapids truck driver was injured in an accident near Sheldon on Monday morning.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, just before 8:00 a.m., 29-year-old Josh Van Beek of Orange City was driving a 2009 Freightliner MidAmerican Energy utility truck southbound of McKinley Avenue, about three and a half miles south of Sheldon. They say 27-year-old Owen Fastert of Rock Rapids was driving a 2015 Peterbilt semi‐truck pulling a dairy tank trailer northbound on McKinley Avenue, when they say he crossed the center of the roadway and struck Van Beek. The Peterbilt and trailer entered the west ditch and rolled.

Fastert was trapped in the vehicle and required extrication by the Hospers Fire Department. SCAT took Fastert to Sanford Sheldon Hospital. The sheriff’s Office says he was later flown to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD for further treatment of his injuries. Van Beek did not report any injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Freightliner driven by Van Beek sustained about $6,000 in damage. The Fastert Peterbilt and trailer sustained about $250,000 in damage.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Iowa State Patrol, Hospers Fire Department, Hospers Ambulance squad, Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, the Sheldon Police Department and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office assisted them with the response to the accident, which they say remains under investigation.