Bucket Truck Tips Near Rock Rapids

An aerial bucket truck tipped over on Wednesday in a field southeast of Rock Rapids.

Two people were transported from the scene via Lyon County Ambulance. The Rock Rapids Fire Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded. Conrad DeNoble from Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative says it was not one of their trucks.

We will have further details when they become available from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Paullina Teen Transported To Hospital Following Monday Accident

A Paullina teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:25 PM on Monday (2/20), 17-year-old Joshua Fintel of Paullina was driving a 1989 Buick eastbound on 460th Street, about two miles west of Paullina when he began to lose control and cross the centerline. Forty-five-year-old Cody Granstra of Sheldon was westbound driving a 1993 Volvo semi truck when he noticed Fintel crossing the centerline.

Granstra began to drift toward the right shoulder to avoid a collision. The vehicles collided in the westbound lane. Granstra’s vehicle came to rest in the cornfield on the north side of the road and Fintel’s vehicle came to rest in the roadway facing west.

Fintel was taken by Paullina Ambulance to Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar.

Damage to Fintel’s vehicle was estimated at $1500 and damage to the semi was estimated at $18000.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Two Minnesota Men Injured In Allendorf Area Crash

Two Minnesota men were injured in a crash south of Allendorf on Monday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:15 AM, 28-year-old Casey Kaufman of Waite Park, Minnesota, was driving a 1997 Ford pickup, southbound on Highway 59, north of 170th Street. Seventy-year-old Lawrence Kruger of Sibley, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Pickup and pulled into a field driveway on Highway 59. Kruger began to back out of the field driveway and did not see Kaufman’s vehicle approaching. Kruger struck Kaufman’s vehicle on the roadway, causing Kaufman’s vehicle to enter the east ditch.

Two passengers in Kaufman’s vehicle; 35-year-old Chad Anderson of Cokato, Minnesota, and 48-year-old Michael Ronning of Monticello, Minnesota were extricated from the vehicle and transported to the Osceola Community Hospital.

Kruger’s vehicle sustained about $1,500 damage. Kaufman’s vehicle, owned by Universal Stainless Inc. of Clear Lake, Minnesota, sustained about $2,500 damage.

Sibley Fire and Rescue, Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue and both Sibley Ambulances assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Kingsley Teen Admits To Killing Brother

A young Kingsley teen has basically admitted that he shot his step-brother.

Fourteen-year-old William “Billy” Noll did the juvenile court equivalent of pleading guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, according to court records.  As a result of the plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of willful injury.

Noll is accused in the December 9th death of 17-year-old Kyle Badgerow who was shot in the chest in the rural Kingsley home where the step-brothers lived.

The juvenile court equivalent of a sentencing — called a “dispositional hearing” — was scheduled for 1 PM on March 16th.  One of several options will be chosen at that time.  They include foster care, residential treatment, or a state institution.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Sheldon Teen’s Car, Sheldon Woman’s Minivan Damaged In Accident; Cough Medicine Stolen From Hy-Vee

A Sheldon teen’s car and a Sheldon woman’s minivan were damaged in an accident on Friday (2/17) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:00 AM, 16-year-old Sung-Ju Kim of Sheldon was eastbound on Washington Avenue, in a 1992 Toyota. Forty-three-year-old Lisa Meendering of Sheldon was northbound on Fifth Street in a 2000 Ford.

Kim says he stopped for the stop sign at the intersection of Fifth and Washington, and after he stopped, he proceeded into the intersection and was struck by Meendering. Meendering says she didn’t see the Kim vehicle. The intersection is a 4-way stop intersection.

Kim’s Toyota received $2000 damage. Meendering’s Ford received $1000 damage.

There were no injuries.

Meendering was charged with a stop sign violation.

In other police news,

Hy-Vee management reports that about 10:40 on Thursday (2/16), someone stole two boxes of Mucinex DM cold medicine from the store. The value of the medicine is $26.70. According to the product’s web site, the medicine is only an expectorant and cough suppressant. It does NOT contain the ingredient that is abused to make methamphetamine.


Call Law Enforcement If You See Dark Red Ford SUV With Hazard Flashers On

A man apparently stole a motorist’s debit card in a roadside robbery near Larchwood in the early morning hours Monday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a robbery which occurred on county road A18 near Arthur Avenue, or five and a half miles west of the south side of Larchwood. It happened at about 1:25 AM. Read more