November 30, 2022 - 3:58 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa– A payloader was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, near Inwood.

According to Inwood Fire Chief Troy Van Beek, at about 5:20 p.m., the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a barn fire at 2301 240th Street, five miles east of Inwood.

The chief says when they got there, the fire department saw a payloader on fire near a compost building. He says the owner had been able to pull the burning payloader out of the building, averting damage to the structure. He says they extinguished the fire with water and made sure nothing was burning in the building.

Van Beek says no injuries were reported.

The Alvord and Doon firefighters were also paged to the scene, but Van Beek says they didn’t end up needing the assistance.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Van Beek reports that the 2016 model payloader was destroyed in the blaze.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about an hour.

Le Mars, Iowa — The new extension agronomist for our area says northwest Iowa farmers may end up with low yields next year if our moisture situation isn’t rectified pretty soon.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Agronomist Leah Ten Napel took over from the retiring Joel De Jong a while back. She tells us about it.

She tells us about her qualifications for the position.

Ten Napel says we’ve known that we have been much drier this year, but there is some new northwest Iowa data.

She says this may not be a record, but it’s for sure the driest we’ve been in quite a while.

Ten Napel tells us that the only thing that’s going to help is timely moisture. She says the absolute best would be to get a good soaking after the frost is out of the ground next spring. If we don’t get some decent moisture, she says she’s concerned the crops will have significant reductions in yields next fall.

Click here for the values of plant available moisture for the fall of 2022 collected by ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomists

Little Rock, Iowa– Fourteen round bales were destroyed in a fire on Saturday, November 26, 2022, near Little Rock.

According to Little Rock Fire Chief Joe Schilling, at about 3:55 p.m., the Little Rock Fire Department was called to the report of bales on fire at 4591 160th Street, two miles south of Little Rock.

The chief says the fire department saw 14 round bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says the homeowner was able to put out the small grass fire near the bales and neighbors helped with pulling the bales apart.

Schilling says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by Little Rock EMS.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be embers from a burning barrel.

Chief Schilling reports that the damage was limited to the two hay bales, 12 straw bales, and nearby grass. The value of the bales would have been around $2000 according to prices recently paid.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about two hours.

A little earlier that afternoon, at about 1:30 p.m., the Maurice Fire Department was called to a field fire at 490th Street and Ibex Avenue, which is about three miles east and two south of Maurice. Fire Chief Jeff Vander Weide says someone was burning the ditch, but with the wind it jumped the road and started burning the ditch on the other side and soybean stubble in the adjoining field. He says they were able to put out the fire with water and flappers and only stubble and grass burned. He says they were there for about a half an hour.

George & Little Rock, Iowa — A northwest Iowa school board member is proud of the academic progress the students in his district have made.

We talked to Austin Lloyd, a member of the George-Little Rock School Board. He tells us the situation there.

He gives us an idea about how many people we’re talking about.

When asked what they changed, Lloyd points at how they train teachers.

Lloyd says he’s proud of the fact that they don’t have a lot of controversy at their school board meetings with upset parents airing their concerns. He says he thinks that’s because they’ve really tried to communicate well and take input from parents and the community.

November 23, 2022 - 12:38 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Many years, about this time, due to travel that puts us together with our family members, we are concerned about the weather on the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. But such does not appear to be the case this year.

Meteorologist Kyle Weisser with the Sioux Falls office of the National Weather Service says Thanksgiving weather can be very variable year-to-year in the Upper Midwest. Sometimes it’s mild and sometimes there are below-zero windchills and snow. He tells us this year, there don’t appear to be any concerns in northwest Iowa.

In fact, Weiser says even if you plan to drive or fly elsewhere in the United States to be with your family, there really aren’t too many concerns.

Weiser says that around here, we can expect more of the same seasonal temperatures after the holiday weekend, with the chance for a system moving through over a week from now.

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November 19, 2022 - 5:59 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — The latest data indicates about 25 percent of Iowans have gotten a flu shot.

That’s Dr. Robert Kruse, the state medical director. During the flu season three years ago, 40 percent of Iowans got a flu shot. Kruse says cases of influenza and the respiratory illness known as R-S-V are increasing in Iowa.

According to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, just under 60 percent of Iowa residents are fully vaccinated against COVID. With holiday gatherings ahead, the agency is urging Iowans to get the flu shot AND ensure they’re up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.

State records indicate nearly 33-point-four percent of Carroll County residents got the flu shot by the end of October. That’s the highest flu vaccination rate of any county. More than 71 percent of Johnson County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

November 19, 2022 - 5:58 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa trapping season is underway, and a DNR expert says the prospects are good.

Furbearer biologist, Vince Evelsizer, says there shouldn’t be any trouble finding furs.

Evelsizer says the only two species that they’re concerned about are foxes and muskrats — which have seen declining populations. He says making a profit from trapping is a little less certain.

Evelsizer says the price of the furs is influenced by several things.

He says there’s been around 14 to 15-thousand licensed fur harvesters the past few years.

Evelsizer says some trappers aren’t concerned about the fur price.

Trappers don’t have to sell their furs this year — Evelsizer says they can keep them for one year and see if prices go up before they have to sell.

George, Iowa — We now have a little more information on the stabbing that occurred in George about three weeks ago, and it’s an unusual situation.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has just released information about the incident. They say on October 30th, they were called to the 300 block of East Indiana Avenue in George for the report of a person that had been stabbed.

When they got there, they tell us what they found is not exactly what you’d expect at a call of such a nature. They found that 24-year-old Devin Gerloff of Rock Rapids had been stabbed numerous times. Also present at the scene was a 16-year-old juvenile.

Deputies believe that the victim of the stabbing — Gerloff — had allegedly been caught committing a burglary in the 300 block of South Virginia Street in George. Gerloff was allegedly followed down the alley by the 16-year-old Juvenile, where they tell us an altercation took place. During the altercation, the 16-year-old juvenile allegedly stabbed Gerloff numerous times.

The 16-year-old juvenile was arrested and charged with Willful Injury, a class C felony. At last report, the juvenile was being housed at the Juvenile Detention Center in Cherokee.

Meanwhile, Gerloff was charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the second degree, second degree theft, and third degree burglary, which are all class D felonies. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of theft in the fourth degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft in the fifth degree. Gerloff was arrested and at last report was being held in the Lyon County Jail without bond. If convicted of a class D felony, Gerloff could spend five years in prison.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says George EMS, the George Fire Department, the Lyon County Ambulance Squad, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Transportation Traffic Enforcement Division, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them with the response to the incident.

November 17, 2022 - 7:29 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sioux Falls woman has been arrested on a felony Lyon County theft warrant for a crime that allegedly occurred in May of this year.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Lyon County Clerk of Court’s Office by the county sheriff’s office, 19-year-old Alison Rae Peltier of Sioux Falls is accused of the theft of a motor vehicle. She was arrested on Wednesday.

The deputy’s statement says that on May 5th, 2022, a 2006 Ford F150 was stolen from a home in Rock Rapids. During the course of the investigation, video was obtained that showed a white SUV was also involved. Within minutes of the theft, both vehicles are seen pulling into the Casey’s General Store parking lot in Rock Rapids. The deputy goes on to say that according to the video, one occupant from each vehicle entered the store where video and pictures of them were taken. He says they used the video and information from the Sioux Falls Police Department to identify the two and a third subject who remained in one of the vehicles.

Peltier was identified as being one of the people allegedly involved in the theft. She was charged with Second Degree Theft, a class D felony. If convicted of a class D felony, Peltier could face up to five years in prison.

According to court records, she faces a preliminary hearing on Monday, November 28th at the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids.

At last report, she remained in the Lyon County Jail in lieu of a $5000 bond.

November 15, 2022 - 7:24 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man faces a felony charge after an incident on Saturday.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Lyon County Clerk of Court by the county sheriff’s office, on Saturday evening, 44-year-old Leonard Nathan Young of Larchwood was found to allegedly be operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The deputy says when he met Young, Young did not dim his headlights. When the deputy was behind Young, Young allegedly crossed the fog line and did not stop or slow down when the deputy activated the patrol car’s emergency lights or siren.

The deputy says when he finally did stop, Young allegedly admitted to drinking and also allegedly had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about him. He submitted to field sobriety tests, says the deputy, and the results were over the legal limit. He was charged with operating while intoxicated, third offense, which is a class D felony, along with misdemeanor charges of driving without a valid license, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and failure to dim headlights.

According to court records, he faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, November 23rd. If convicted of a class D felony, Young could face up to five years in prison.