Granville Woman Injured When SUV Hits Cows

Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff
Granville, Iowa — A Granville woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle tangled with two cows near Granville early on Sunday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:10 AM, 31-year-old Crystal Lammers of Granville was driving a 1998 Lincoln Navigator northbound on Log Avenue when she collided with two cows on the roadway. After the collision, the Lincoln left the roadway and entered the north ditch.

Lammers was transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital by the Granville Ambulance.

The Lincoln sustained about $12,000 in damages.

The cattle died following the collision; they were owned by Kenneth Penning of Hospers, and were valued at approximately $2,600.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Granville Ambulance.

Drought Webinar for Swine Producers On Wednesday

Ames, Iowa — In response to the current drought situation across the state, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are hosting a webinar for swine producers Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at various locations.

Dave Stender, ISU Swine Field Specialist tells us why they felt the need to do the webinar.


He tells us what’s going to happen.


Stender says if you can’t attend, they will be recording the meeting as well.


Dr. Chad Hart, Iowa State University (ISU) crop marketing specialist, will assess the current and future crop outlook producers. Dr. Lee Schulz, ISU livestock marketing specialist will elaborate on the situation facing pork producers and the pork market outlook.

The workshop will discuss ideas for saving feed and managing herds such as cleaning up disease by closing the herd, streamlining the sow herd size, increase wean age and management of culls and cull strategies.

Stender says insight will be shared on sale weight adjustment when margin over feed cost is low or negative and the market is declining because of the seasonal market price.


Stender says while the program will be available for download, it is to pork producers’ benefit to actually attend, as local discussion will be encouraged with a question and answer discussion to wrap up the program, and that part will not be recorded.

Workshop locations in Northwest Iowa will be Sioux, Cherokee and Carroll County Extension office meeting rooms.

Call your local extension office and they’ll hook you up with more information.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Says Rain Helped; But Expect Record Early Harvest

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

“The widespread rain this weekend was very welcome and hopefully helped the soybean crop set and fill a few more pods,” Northey said. “The crop continues to mature rapidly and will likely result in a record early harvest in many parts of the state this year.”

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at or on USDA’s site at


Iowa experienced widespread rainfall late last week with the heaviest precipitation in the southwest and south central parts of the state. Although soybean conditions lag behind previous years, farmers are hoping plants will produce more pods as a result of recent rains. In addition to farmers chopping their corn for silage, there are reports of farmers starting to harvest corn for grain or seed according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service, Iowa Field Office.

There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the past week. Topsoil moisture levels improved to 49 percent very short, 30 percent short, 19 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture also improved and is now rated at 64 percent very short, 30 percent short, 6 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Ninety-six percent of the corn crop has reached dough stage, ahead of last year’s 88 percent and the five year average of 77 percent. Eighty-two percent of the corn crop has reached the dent stage, ahead of last year’s 62 percent and the five year average of 45 percent. Twenty-seven percent of the corn crop is now mature, two weeks ahead of normal. Corn condition is reported at 23 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 14 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Pods are being set on 98 percent of the soybean crop. Nineteen percent of soybean crop is turning color, ahead of last year’s three percent and the five year average of six percent. Reports of soybean leaves dropping came in from across the state. Soybean condition is reported at 14 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Harvest of third cutting of alfalfa hay, at 95 percent complete, is a month ahead of normal.

Nineteen percent of Iowa’s pasture and range land is rated in fair or better condition, a three percentage point increase from last week. Pasture and range condition rated 55 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 0 percent excellent. Cattle on feed recorded good gains thanks to optimal weather conditions.


By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Widespread significant rainfall finally arrived over parts of Iowa over the past weekend. Rain moved into far western Iowa late Friday (24th) and exited the southeast corner of the state Sunday (26th) afternoon. Heaviest rain fell over southwest and far southern Iowa with Lamoni reporting 8.14 inches. The excessive rain at Lamoni fell almost all on Sunday morning but was confined to a very small area. Rain amounts were relatively light over much of northern and central Iowa. Mason City Airport reported the smallest total with only 0.04 inch. Additionally some light rain also fell across the northeast one-half of Iowa last Sunday (19th) and over extreme northeastern Iowa on Monday (20th). Dry weather prevailed statewide from Monday afternoon until Friday afternoon. The statewide average rainfall for the week was 1.29 inches while normal is 0.91 inches. This was the wettest week in ten weeks and only the second week of the past 15 weeks to average greater than normal rainfall. Meanwhile the past reporting week began unseasonably cool on Monday (20th) and Tuesday (21st) thanks to very low overnight temperatures. Elkader reported the week’s lowest temperature with a Tuesday morning low of 39 degrees. By mid week daytime highs were generally in the nineties but low humidities allowed overnight temperatures to drop into the 40s and 50s. Much more humid air arrived by late in the week with temperatures averaging a few degrees above normal. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged very slightly below normal over the far southeast to three degrees above normal over the far northwest with a statewide average of 0.8 degrees above normal.

Sheldon Police Cover Several Incidents, Accidents

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest reports from Sheldon Police:

Someone on Oak Street reported on Friday, August 17 that someone damaged their door in the 8 AM hour. It was valued at $150. That same day, the police cited 21-year-old Breana Richardson. She was charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree in connection with the damage to the door.

Eight people were charged with underage drinking early on Sunday the 19th. They include

  • 20-year-old Alex Rodriguez of Worthington
  • 19-year-old Niki Xayboutda of Sheldon
  • 18-year-old Justine Trijeque of Sheldon
  • 18-year-old Jesus Soto of Worthington
  • 19-year-old Javier Martinez of Worthington
  • A 17-year-old boy from Orange City
  • A 15-year-old boy from Denison
  • 18-year-old E. J. Medina of Hawarden

Medina was also charged with interference with official acts.

Four broken windows were reported in the report.

One was alleged to have happened sometime on the weekend of the 18th at a Seventh Avenue Address. It was valued at $150.

One was alleged to have happened on Wednesday the 22nd at an address on South Second Avenue. The window was a two-pane version — and both panes broke. The window was valued at $200.

Another window was broken sometime before Monday, August 20th. This one was at an address on Washington Avenue. The single-pane window was valued at $50.

The last of the four broken windows happened on Wednesday, August 22nd, at an address on Eighth Street. The window was the back window on a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan. The value was not listed.

Vehicles driven by two Sheldon teens were damaged in an accident on Friday, August 17th in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 3:25 PM, 15-year-old Travis Buyert of Sheldon was southbound on 19th Avenue, in a 2000 Ford, and was slowing down because of traffic ahead of him. Sixteen-year-old Tanner Whitsell of Sheldon was also southbound on 19th Avenue, behind Buyert in a 2000 Jeep.

Whitsell rear-ended the Buyert vehicle.

Buyert’s Ford received $1000 damage. Whitsell’s Jeep received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Whitsell was charged with failure to maintain control.

A Primghar woman’s car and a Sibley woman’s car were damaged in an accident on Saturday, August 18 in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 1:45 PM, a 1999 Ford, owned by Angelica Hodgen of Primghar was parked in a parking space in front of 301 Tenth Street. Fifty-four-year-old Evedeliza Minten of Sibley was westbound on Tenth Street in a 2004 Dodge.

Minten turned from Tenth Street into the parking spaces and lost control, striking the Hodgen car.

Hodgen’s Ford received $1500 damage, as did Minten’s Dodge.

Minten was charged with failure to maintain control.

The police arrested 22-year-old Adam Miler on Saturday, August 25. They charged him with disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

Also, the owners of Dairy Dandy reported that someone stole about $8 in quarters from their shop. The quarters all had dates of 1968 to 1971.

And someone on Eighth Avenue reported the theft of a motorcycle key.

Harkin To Make Appearence In Northwest Iowa

Spencer, Iowa — In a rare northwest Iowa appearance, Senator Tom Harkin is going to speak in Spencer on Thursday (8/30).

Harkin will be at the Spencer Area Activity Center on East Fourth Street. The appearance will start at 9:45 AM.

The Senator plans to outline his proposed retirement security plan that was unveiled in late July. The plan proposes changes to Social Security to strengthen retirement funding.

Senator Harkin will also discuss the drought and the need for a farm bill.

He’ll also make northwest Iowa stops in Ida Grove and Sioux City on Monday.

Ocheyedan Man To Serve Jail Sentence, Probation After Pleading Guilty To Felony Drunk Driving

Sibley, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man will serve a jail sentence and probation among other penalties after he was convicted of felony operating while intoxicated.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 56-year-old Dean Robert Niswander of Ocheyedan pled guilty last week to Operating While Intoxicated, Third or Subsequent Offense, a Class “D” Felony.

Niswander was ordered to pay a total fine of over $4500, court costs and restitution of any court-appointed attorney. He was also sentenced to a five-year prison term, with all time suspended except for thirty (30) days. He will also serve two years probation and undergo substance abuse treatment. He must also obtain a sponsor.

On August 3, 2012, Niswander was stopped on Main Street in Ocheyedan for driving a golf cart without lights after dark. During the course of the stop, an Osceola County Deputy determined Niswander was drunk. Niswander failed sobriety tests and tested over .08.