125 People Attend Northwestern Commons Groundbreaking

Orange City, Iowa — About 125 people attended the groundbreaking for Northwestern College’s new Learning Commons on Monday morning.

The $14 million facility will house the college’s library, academic support center, writing center, multimedia center and institutional technology help desk.

Workers have already been busy with site preparation. Following commencement on May 12, workers will tear down Granberg Hall, which used to house the college’s language arts department and newspaper office, to make room for the learning commons. Construction will begin at that time.

The 58,000-square-foot learning commons is to be located just west of Christ Chapel. It will be open for use in the fall of 2013.


Sioux County Sheriff Looking For More Information On Mannequin Head Found On Hull Yard

(Hull, Iowa) The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out more about a mannequin head that was found on the yard of a home in Hull.

The Sheriff’s Office received the report on Friday, April 6. Sheriff’s officials believe the head was thrown from a vehicle, onto the yard, sometime during the overnight hours of April 5 into April 6. This mannequin had a full beard and the base of the head is green in color. This style of mannequin is commonly used for hair stylist training.

What’s more disturbing is the words, “Sioux County Sheriff” and a Swastika were written on the neck using a black marker. There was also a stainless steel knife with an 8-inch blade inserted into the forehead.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they’re asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737-3307 or by using the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office text-a-tip. You can remain anonymous using text-a-tip. Find out more about it at siouxcountysheriff.com.


Storm Lake Man Faces Additional Charges After He Allegedly Taped People In His Bathroom

(Storm Lake, Iowa) A Storm Lake man is facing more charges after a camera was allegedly found in his bathroom.

According to court records, 30-year-old Shanon Pranschke was charged with invasion of privacy and interference with official acts in late March after the camera and several videos of people in various states of undress were found in his home. The people in the videos are believed to have been guests in Pranschke’s home.

On Thursday, Pranschke was additionally charged with filming the sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.


Sanborn Man Alive, Probably Because He Knew What To Do After Electric Lines Fell On His Vehicle

(Milford, Iowa) A Sanborn man apparently knew what to do if live power lines hit a vehicle, and he’s okay because of it.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office reports that Corey Hurdley of Sanborn was driving a John Deere sprayer with boom arms. As he was driving just south of Milford, he crashed into an electric pole. The pole broke off, and the live power lines landed on the sprayer.

Hurdley stayed inside the vehicle until electric crews from Iowa Lakes Electric Coop were able to turn the power off and remove the lines from the vehicle.

Officials remind people that if electric lines ever land on your vehicle to stay put until help arrives. If you attempt to step out, you’ll complete the electricity’s path to ground and could be electrocuted.


“Suspicious” Vehicle In Boyden Was All Big Misunderstanding

(Boyden, Iowa) The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reported late on Thursday (4/12) that they were searching for a suspicious man who tried to make contact with two young girls near Boyden-Hull Elementary school Thursday afternoon. But now it appears it was all a misunderstanding.

About 3:35 p.m. that day, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious person call that occurred in the 800 Block of Webb Street in Boyden.

During the investigation it was found that a pickup allegedly pulled up next to two young girls walking along Webb Street. The vehicle stopped near the girls where the driver tapped on the passenger side window and motioned with his hand attempting to get them to come into or near the vehicle. After the girls ignored the person, the pickup left and drove westbound down Webb Street toward Main Street in Boyden.

On Friday, April 13, Sioux County Deputies found the vehicle and driver from the incident. Apparently the person driving the pickup knew one of the girls and was waving at them. He had just picked up his own child from school and the girls did not recognize him at the time. The Sheriff’s Office does not believe foul play was involved. The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the public who sent several helpful tips using their text‐a‐tip program to locate the person and vehicle involved.


Severe Weather Possible In Northwest Iowa This Weekend

(Sheldon, Iowa) There is a risk of severe weather over northwest Iowa this weekend.

From the National Weather Service:

Showers and thunderstorms will be possible early this afternoon near the Missouri River corridor, with this threat lifting north into eastern South Dakota, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota by mid to late afternoon. Most of these thunderstorms will remain below severe limits but a few could produce hail to the size of quarters.

Between about 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM, a complex of thunderstorms should move northeast into extreme southeast South Dakota, northeast Nebraska and Northwest Iowa. These storms will have the highest potential to produce severe weather with hail to the size of golf balls, winds to 80 mph as well as isolated strong tornadoes possible. After 10:00 PM, the thunderstorms should form into a cluster or squall line with wind gusts to 80 mph and isolated tornadoes the main threats. During this time the highest threat should be along and east of a Sioux Falls to Vermillion line.

Click here for a multimedia weather briefing about the situation.