Larchwood, Iowa — Eluding law enforcement ended in a crash in Larchwood, a totaled car, and a trip to the hospital for a Sioux Falls man on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 5:15 p.m., 31-year-old Bobby Olseth of Sioux Falls was driving a 2013 Hyundai eastbound on Highway 9, in Larchwood. They tell us that he was eluding law enforcement at the time of the crash. Lyon County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rob Ver Meer tells us one of their deputies was attempting to stop Olseth for a traffic violation.

Olseth reportedly left the roadway when he failed to negotiate the curve, which goes from eastbound to southbound. The vehicle entered a yard and struck a tree.

The report says that while no alcohol test was given on the scene, Olseth appeared to be under the influence, according to the trooper.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Olseth to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Olseth’s Hyundai sustained $13,000 in damages, which was enough to total the car.

As of the time of writing of this story, no charges had been filed, but the trooper did mention in the report that speeding and operating in a reckless, erratic, careless, or negligent manner were contributing circumstances to the accident.

Sibley, Iowa — A Little Rock man faces felony drug charges after a recent traffic stop.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, one of their deputies arrested 41-year-old Anton Eugene Alsip of Little Rock last week.

During a traffic stop at Pierce Avenue and 170th Street on the east side of Sibley, the deputy reports they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Alsip was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance third offense, a class D felony; and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

They tell us Alsip was booked into the Osceola County Jail and, at last report, was being held on a $5,000 bond. According to records filed at the Osceola County Clerk of Court office, he faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on Monday, September 26th. Court records indicate Alsip was arrested on the same felony charge in Lyon County last month.

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September 10, 2022 - 8:49 pm - Posted in News

Ankeny, Iowa — The Ankeny-based Casey’s convenience store chain reported a strong first quarter this past week, in a report to investors.

Casey’s President and CEO, Darren Rebelez, says total revenue was up across the board as the pandemic recovery continues.

Casey’s gross profit was nearly 724 million dollars in the first quarter — an increase of more than 100 million dollars from the prior year. Rebelez says the increased traffic help increase sales.

Sales of their pizza slices were up close to 29 percent in the quarter. Fuel gallons sold were up nine percent with the fuel margin of 35-point-one cents per gallon. Breakfast sales were a key area where the company saw a bounce back.

He says supply chain issues and inflation continue to be issues they face.

He says the supply chain issues don’t appear to be getting better.

The company has Casey’s convenience stores located in communities throughout northwest Iowa.

September 9, 2022 - 3:25 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The first installment of your 2022-23 property taxes (also called real estate taxes) is due. County treasurers in northwest Iowa are reminding you that the payment may be made without penalty on or before Friday, September 30th.

If you own real estate you’re required to pay a half year’s taxes on that real estate every six months. Or you can elect to pay the full year’s taxes in one payment. The first payment is due now, in the fall of the year, with the last payment due the following spring. If you have a mortgage, your property taxes are probably paid by your lender through an escrow account.

Most property owners receive a mailing about the taxes. The paperwork includes two stubs — one for the fall payment and one for the spring payment, clearly marked “1” and “2.” The one marked with the “1” gives you the option of paying the full year amount or just what is due as of September 1st.

Taxes can be paid online, in person, or by mail. The treasurers advise that if you want to pay your taxes online, the website to use is Paying online requires the payment of a convenience fee. If you pay by credit card, the treasurer’s offices say that the fee is a percentage of your tax payment plus a flat fee. But if you pay with an e-check, the entire fee is usually less than a dollar.

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

If you’re going to pay your taxes in person at your county treasurer’s office, the treasurers want you to bring them the proper stub. If you’re mailing, the stub should be included in the envelope.

For more information, call your county treasurer’s property tax department.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood man who was already in the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids facing two felony and two misdemeanor charges, now faces another felony charge.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their deputies investigated a report of illegal property being possessed by 33-year-old Tyler Joe Den Besten of Inwood. After a search warrant was conducted Den Besten was charged with Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a class D Felony, and possession of stolen property fifth degree, a simple misdemeanor.

Deputies believe Den Besten had stolen a firearm from a Rock Valley resident and was storing it at a residence in Rock Rapids. Den Besten was already in the Lyon County Jail on the same charge and second-degree criminal mischief, which, like the felon in possession of a firearm charges, is also a class D felony.

He faces a preliminary hearing on the original charges on September 26th, and on the additional charges on September 28th. If convicted of a class D felony, Den Besten could face up to five years in prison.

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Northwest Iowa — It costs more to rent cropland in Sioux County than in almost any other county in Iowa. That’s according to the most recent cash rent survey.

According to the latest report released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, non-irrigated cropland cash rent averaged $256 per acre in Iowa during 2022, $23 higher than 2021.

Pasture rented for cash averaged $59.50 per acre, $1.50 above 2021.

Grundy County had the highest cash rent for non-irrigated cropland at $304 per acre, followed by Sioux County at $295 per acre. Ida, Black Hawk, and Bremer rounded out the top five. In the other three northwesternmost Iowa counties, the average Lyon County cash rent was reported as $269 per acre. In O’Brien County, it was $286, and in Osceola County, it was $241.

Davis County, at $154 per acre, had the lowest average cash rent for non-irrigated cropland. Sioux had the highest published pasture cash rent at $83 per acre, followed by Page and Shelby at $81 per acre. Louisa County had the lowest pasture cash rent at $28 per acre.

Click here for the full survey.

Klondike, Iowa — A Canton, South Dakota woman was arrested after an incident in and near the Big Sioux River at Klondike on Labor Day Monday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office tells us their deputies responded to the Klondike Bridge on the state line near Ashley Avenue and 180th Street for a report of a naked female under the influence of drugs in the river.

They tell us they were eventually able to help the woman, later identified as 35-year-old Jennifer Chatwell of Canton, to shore where Larchwood EMS and the Larchwood Fire Department assisted with getting her safely to the parking lot where Lyon County Ambulance was waiting. She was taken to Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Avera in Rock Rapids.

Chatwell’s vehicle was located in South Dakota where it had been involved in a collision.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office tells us that later that evening, about 9:00 p.m., their deputies were called back to the hospital where Chatwell was now “causing a scene.”

They say that Chatwell was placed under arrest for public intoxication and was transported to the Lyon County Jail. She was released on bond the next day.

September 7, 2022 - 1:56 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday, September 5th.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, at about 10:50 p.m., 17-year-old Brock Klarenbeek of Rock Rapids was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Jackson Avenue, three miles west of Boyden. (That’s K64, or the Orange City road) They tell us that 20-year-old Dawson Vis of Boyden was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on Highway 18. Klarenbeek entered the intersection and the two struck.

They tell us that the Boyden Ambulance took Vis to Sioux Center Health.

Damage to the Klarenbeek Silverado was estimated at $6,000. The Vis Malibu sustained about $9,000 in damages.

Klarenbeek was cited on a charge of failure to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign.

Sioux Center, Iowa– A George man was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at about 3:05 p.m., 24-year-old Devin Gerloff of George was driving a 2014 Dodge pickup eastbound on B40 (390th Street), about four miles west of Sioux Center. They tell us that 62-year-old Mark Sneller of Sioux Center was northbound on Fig Avenue in a 1995 International semi.

The report says that the Sneller semi entered the intersection to turn westbound on B40 and was struck by Gerloff in the intersection.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Gerloff to Sanford University Hospital and Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

The trooper writing the report says the cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

They tell us the Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sioux Center Police Department assisted at the scene.