Hawarden Man Injured, Arrested After Rolling Pickup

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man was charged with OWI after he rolled his pickup on Sunday (7/29) near Hawarden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:20 AM, 39-year-old Michael Wilkison of Hawarden was driving a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup southbound on Buchanan Avenue, about five miles south of Hawarden.

Wilkison reported that he fell asleep, and lost control of the pickup. The pickup rolled.

Upon further investigation, a deputy found Wilkison to be intoxicated. After treatment by Hawarden Hospital medical personnel, Wilkison was arrested for driving while intoxicated and failure to maintain control.

The Ford sustained about $8,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department.

Worthington Teen Injured In Little Rock Area Accident

Little Rock, Iowa — A Worthington teen was injured in an accident on Friday north of Little Rock.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:45 PM, 17-year-old Courtney L Faragher of Worthington, MN was southbound on Marsh Avenue, about a mile and a half north of Little Rock, when she lost control.

The vehicle went into the east ditch and rolled numerous times, coming to rest on its top.

Faragher was taken to the Sibley Hospital and then transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

The 2002 Ford was owned by Lynnette Faragher. It sustained approximately $8000 in damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Little Rock Fire Department and the Little Rock Ambulance.

Dave Popkes Named Northwest Iowa Community College’s 2012 Alumnus of the Year

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been named NCC’s Alumnus of the year.

Each year, one outstanding graduate of Northwest Iowa Community College is recognized for his or her success in their chosen profession and support of NCC.

The recipient of the 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award is Dave Popkes of Sheldon.

Popkes is a 1971 graduate of the Clerical Accounting Program, and has utilized that knowledge to own and run a successful Sheldon business, Dave’s Appliance, for 27 years. He also met his wife Ruth (Van Voorst) at NCC as a student in the same program.

During his time at NCC Popkes had an internship with the Little Rock, Iowa, K-12 School District in which he gained valuable accounting skills. Upon graduation from NCC, Popkes took a job with Slegle Lumber Company, Alton, Iowa, and Lincoln Construction Company, Alton, Iowa, working as their accountant. Dave joined the Iowa National Guard and served as a sergeant in the Sheldon Guard Unit from 1971 until 1985. This was one of Dave’s first commitments to community service as a NCC graduate. Later, he worked for Kats Appliance, Sheldon, Iowa, for fourteen years. In 1985, he and his wife opened Dave’s Appliance in downtown Sheldon (actually beginning the business in his garage).

Dave has served his community well. He has been a scout master as well as a scout trainer for club leaders. He has served two terms as a Deacon of Bethel Reformed Church. He was elected to his first term on the Sheldon City Council in 1998. He has served on the Sheldon Park and Recreational Committee and was instrumental in developing their Master Plan. He has served on the Sheldon Museum Board, the Airport Commission and the HTC Cable Commission.

Dave and his wife Ruth have been lifelong advocates of Northwest Iowa Community College. Since graduation Dave has taken many Continuing Education classes through NCC. Dave has even taught Continuing Education classes for NCC. Ruth worked as administrative assistant at the College from 1971 until 1977 when their first child was born. Their daughter Sonya started her college education at NCC and his son-in-law Dustin Egdorf is a graduate of NCC’s Powerline program. He is now a Powerline Crew Supervisor in Kodiak, Alaska.

Popkes says he was overwhelmed by the honor. He says he wants to acknowledge all the support the College has given him and the community over the years. He says it’s a big honor and he appreciates what the College has done for him.

Popkes continued, “There is no doubt that my education at NCC prepared me for my career. The program gave me everything I needed to get started. My internship gave me the practical experience I needed and the classroom time gave me the theory behind everything I needed to know. The program gave me the exact skills I needed at the time to start my career.”

Popkes has been an active supporter of the College over the years. “I am ecstatic about seeing the College grow over the years.” Popkes stated. “NCC is a real plus for Sheldon and the surrounding communities. NCC offers a closeness and connectivity to the community. NCC has done a great job blending itself with the community. I like the fact that everyone can attend NCC. NCC also helps support the other colleges in the area as well. Students can attend NCC for two years and transfer to one of the four year schools. It’s a great feeder school for the four year schools.”

Popkes summed it all up at the end by saying, “NCC – I love that school!”

Sibley Woman Sentenced To Probation, Fine For Perjury

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley woman has been sentenced to probation and a large fine after she was found guilty of Perjury during a deposition.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Felicia Marie White of Sibley was found guilty of Perjury, a Class “D” Felony. White is to pay a fine of $1236, court costs, and restitution of any court-appointed attorney fees. She will serve one year of probation, with a Deferred Judgment pending successful completion of the probation requirements. On December 10, 2010, White provided a false statement while testifying under oath at a Deposition Hearing at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

A Sioux Falls woman faces several charges after she was arrested on Friday (7/27). The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 25-year-old Brooke Ashley Mejia of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated, two counts of False Information, Failure to have a Valid Driver’s License, no proof of insurance, and Failure to Stop Vehicle at RR Crossing Device. Mejia also had an outstanding warrant from Osceola County for Assault. She was booked into the Osceola County Jail and is being held on a $2,000 cash only bond. A detainer was also placed on Mejia by Nobles County, Minnesota for an outstanding warrant for Giving Peace Officer False Name of Another Person.

In other news from the Osceola Osceola County Sheriff’s Office — on Thursday, (7/26) at 3:40 PM, they received a 9-1-1 call of a Domestic Disturbance in the town of Sibley. The responding officer found a male subject in the back yard of a residence threatening to commit suicide with a .22 caliber rifle. The officer was able to convince the subject to put down the weapon. He was then referred for appropriate medical care.

Ruthven Man Gets Suspended 5-Year Prison Term, RTF Stay for Church Burglary in Hartley

Sheldon, Iowa — A Ruthven, Iowa teen has been sentenced after he pled guilty to breaking into a church in Hartley — and getting away with $30 and a bag of candy.

O’Brien County Attorney, Micah J. Schreurs says that in September of 2011, 19-year-old Kyle Patrick Frederick broke into the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hartley. After gaining entry to the church, he stole $30.00 and a bag of candy.

Frederick pled guilty to Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony, and was required to pay a fine of $750.00, plus various court costs and surcharges. Mr. Frederick was also sentenced to an indeterminate five-year prison term, which was suspended. He will serve two years’ probation, and, as a condition of that probation, was committed to the Residential Treatment Facility in Sheldon. Frederick was ordered to pay nearly $1400 in restitution to the church for the damage caused by the burglary and for the items that were removed from the church.

The Hartley Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the investigation.

Lewis & Clark Delivering Water, But Not To Everyone

Tea, South Dakota — It’s been a long time in coming — and it’s certainly not complete — but the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System reached a historic milestone Monday morning when it began producing water from its treatment plant near Vermillion for distribution to 11 of its 20 member cities and rural water systems. The system is to provide Missouri River aquifer water to it’s members. The project was incorporated in January 1990, so this milestone has been over 22 years in the making.

Chairman of the Board Red Arndt says that with the area unfortunately experiencing critical water needs in the face of a crushing drought, they are pleased that Lewis & Clark is able to begin producing water just in the nick of time.


Arndt says they will save the toasts and thank yous for the upcoming treatment plant ribbon cutting ceremony, but July 30 is truly a historic day for Lewis & Clark.

The 11 members receiving water include; Sioux Falls, Beresford, Centerville, Harrisburg, Lennox, Parker, Tea, Lincoln County RWS, Minnehaha Community Water Corporation (MCWC), South Lincoln RWS and Rock Rapids. For MCWC and Rock Rapids, service is only to one of their two connections. The Rock Rapids connection is the one worked out with Lyon and Sioux Rural water to serve the Grand Falls Casino. The Rock Rapids water supply will not actually see any Lewis and Clark water until the pipeline gets to Rock Rapids.

In addition to the second connections for MCWC and Rock Rapids, the members who will not be connected include: SD – Madison; IA – Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center; MN – Luverne, Worthington, Lincoln Pipestone RWS and Rock County RWD.

In the meantime, Arndt says he and Executive Director Troy Larson are to speak in Washington DC to see if they can persuade Congress to allocate more money — their fair share — for the completion of Lewis and Clark.


He says if it passes, Lewis and Clark would get a share of that $80 million.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the treatment plant is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, which is the nine year anniversary of Lewis & Clark’s groundbreaking.