Alleged Illegal Alien Living In Sioux Center Charged With Identity Theft

NievesHernandez‐MaciasSioux Center, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Sioux Center has been charged with Identity Theft after a text-a-tip report.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 25, at 11:20 AM, they investigated a Text‐a‐Tip report of identity theft that occurred at a business near Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined that 39-year-old Nieves Hernandez‐Macias of Sioux Center was using the identity belonging to another person to gain employment at Natural Food Holdings,two miles south of Sioux Center.

On Wednesday, May 29, at 8:45 AM,the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hernandez‐Macias for identity theft and forgery.


Ethanol Plant Steps Up to Offer Consumers Ethanol Discounts

E85 buttonSioux Center, Iowa — Using E85 in flexible fuel vehicles has been an attractive option for some motorists, especially with the recent high price of gasoline. Now northwest Iowa gas stations can get E85 at an even better price.

Siouxland Energy and Livestock Cooperative is a 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Sioux Center. They are now offering E85, a fuel blend containing 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, directly to retailers. The coop reports they are passing on the “RIN value generated by blending ethanol”. A RIN, or renewable identification number, is a free credit earned by the blender of ethanol that can then be sold on the open market to oil refiners, which use the credits to demonstrate compliance with the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.

According to the Oil Price Information Service, recent prices for E85 at Iowa terminals were about $2.69 per gallon, while Siouxland Energy listed the price for their E85 at only $2.17 per gallon.

Siouxland Energy Commodity Manager Tom Miller says he thinks ethanol plants are growing tired of watching a middleman pocket the RIN value to the detriment of consumers. He says their plant wants consumers to understand the real value of homegrown ethanol, so they’ve cut out the middleman and are selling E85 directly to retailers at a much greater discount.


Southern Sioux County Dealing With Flooding Aftermath

Flood CleanupAlton, Iowa — Flood cleanup continues in the southern portions of our coverage area. This past weekend, parts of Sioux County and the surrounding area received between 8 and 11 inches of rain, which caused widespread flooding damage in southern Sioux County and points south.

We talked with Sioux County Emergency Manager Nate Huizenga, who told us what areas were hardest hit.

Huizenga says the towns of Alton and Hospers have spent a lot of time and money protecting their infrastructure and wells.

He says now that the recovery has begun, they’re working with the department of Homeland Security.

However, with rain still in the forecast, Huizenga says they’re trying to stay extra ready in case emergency response would again be needed due to more flooding, since the ground is already saturated.

Huizenga says thankfully no people or livestock needed to be rescued from floodwaters in Sioux County, but that doesn’t lessen the impact.

He says the Big Sioux River is in flood stage too on the west side of the county, but most of that area is agricultural land, except for the city of Hawarden, and he says they have a levee in place that protects their city.

Huizenga says they’ve also applied for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program, which provides disaster assistance grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing.  Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery.  The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website: www.dhs.iowa.gov.  Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of proclamation, May 28, 2013.

He says if you need more information, they’ve also partnered with Mid-Sioux Opportunity, and you can also contact them.


Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee Counties Among Counties Designated Disaster Areas By Governor Branstad

branstadDes Moines, Iowa — Governor Terry E. Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency in response to recent storms and flooding in northwest and central Iowa. Thirteen counties are included in this proclamation:  Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Floyd, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Mahaska, Marshall, Plymouth, Sioux, Tama and Wright.

The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of these storms, including the removal of debris and wreckage on publicly or privately owned property that may threaten public health and safety.

This proclamation of disaster emergency also activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program in eleven of the counties: Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Floyd, Iowa, Jasper, Marshall, Plymouth, Sioux, Tama and Wright.

The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or a maximum annual income of $39,060, for a family of three.

Grants are available for home or car repairs, replacement of clothing or food, and for the expense of temporary housing. Original receipts are required for those seeking reimbursement for actual expenses related to storm recovery. The grant application and instructions are available at the “Disaster Assistance” link on the Iowa Department of Human Services website:www.dhs.iowa.gov.  Applications must be received within 45 days of the date of proclamation, May 28, 2013.

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.


Risefest Makes Friday Night Additions

RiseFest pic300Sheldon, Iowa — RISE Ministries, the organization behind RiseFest, has announced the final additions to their schedule for Friday night, June 14. In addition to late night worship, dance party, and camping, RiseFest’s Friday night will open with inflatables and the band, Loftland.

Inflatables from the Kid’s Zone will begin Friday evening, followed by the band Loftland on a second stage. According to Risefest organizers, Loftland, a Wisconson based pop rock quartet, “fuses uplifting lyrics with inescapably infectious hooks that are sure to stick in your head for days on end.  Backed by an energetic live show that leaves both themselves and the crowd exhausted, this group of young men stay true to their motto, ‘Go big or go home’.”

“We are very excited to announce that inflatables will be open, Loftland will be joining us, Stovetop Productions will be hosting the dance party, and Aubrey Dale will be leading late night worship,” said Founder and President of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom. “We feel very blessed to be able to offer Friday night activities for the first time.”

Activities will continue into Saturday, June 15 with the RiseFest Ride and Run and a full day of music, Kid’s Zone, vendors, and speakers. Information on tickets, registration for campsites and the Ride and Run, as well as the schedule can be found at www.riseministries.com


Ocheyedan Man Taken To Hospital After Accident Near Ocheyedan

Ambulance LightbarOcheyedan, Iowa — An Ocheyedan man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Ocheyedan on Saturday (5/25).

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:20 PM, 19-year-old Rachel Truke of Mapleton, Iowa was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero westbound on Highway 9, east of Tanager Avenue, about a mile north of Ocheyedan. Fifty-Seven-year-old Douglas Claus of Ocheyedan was driving a 2000 Dodge Stratus, eastbound on the highway, when he crossed the center line and collided with Trucke’s car.

Claus was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by the Sibley Ambulance; Trucke refused medical attention at the scene.

The car Trucke was driving was owned by Shawn Nelson of Anthon, Iowa. It sustained about $8000 in damage. Claus’s car sustained about $7000 in damage.

Claus was cited for Failure to Yield Half the Roadway When Meeting A Vehicle.

Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue, Ocheyedan Ambulance, and Sibley Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.