Three People From Akron Injured In Hull Accident Monday

Hull, Iowa — Three people fom Akron were injured in an accident in Hull on Monday (7/9).

The Iowa State Patrol Reports that 22-year-old Evan Van Meeteren of Hull was westbound on Highway 18 in Hull in a 1985 GMC Pickup. Twenty-nine-year-old Cory Winterfeld of Sioux Center was northbound on K52 in a 2009 Peterbilt semi, and was stopped for the stop sign for Highway 18 near Casey’s. Twenty-four-year-old Abby Horn of Akron was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 1996 Ford van.

The trooper’s report says Van Meeteren turned left into the path of the eastbound Horn van. They collided, causing Van Meeteren’s vehicle to strike the Winterfeld semi.

Three passengers in the Horn vehicle, Horn herself, 29-year-old Courtney Weiss, and 2-year-old Tysen Horn, all of Akron were transported to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol at the scene.

Utility Companies Warn Of Payment Scam

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utility Association, Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy Company and Black Hills Energy – Iowa Gas are warning customers about a scam that claims President Barack Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. According to national reports, scammers have called or visited customers in person, posted fliers and used social media and text messages to perpetuate the scam. In Iowa, many of the scam artists are contacting customers via phone or customers are hearing about the claim through word-of-mouth.
Customers are being told they can make a utility payment by using a bank routing number that is supplied by the scam artist and a series of numbers from their Social Security cards as the bank account number. Customers should only use authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay their bills. Credit card numbers and any personal information should not be provided to suspicious callers.
Payments made using the routing numbers identified with this scam will not be accepted by Alliant Energy, MidAmerican Energy or Black Hills Energy, and the money will not be applied to customers’ bills.
If they receive such a call, customers are advised to end the conversation and call their utility provider — Alliant Energy at 800-255-4268, MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 or Black Hills Energy at 888-890-5554 for assistance. Customer service associates can confirm whether the call was from the utility company and can confirm a bill payment, service work or an appointment at a customer’s home or business.
If a customer receives a suspicious call or other type of unusual contact, local law enforcement should also be called immediately.
Iowa Utility Association
The Iowa Utility Association was formed in 1971 to develop, organize and promote improvement in the common business interests and conditions of Iowa’s investor-owned electric and natural gas public utilities. The IUA operates as a 501(c)6 nonprofit corporation. From its offices in Des Moines, the IUA works with personnel from its member companies to develop, coordinate and promote common industry public policy. In addition, the IUA organizes various forums to advance public understanding of industry issues and economic development initiatives.

Contact information: or call 1-800-ALLIANT (800-255-4268) or call 1-888-427-5632 or call 1-888-890-5554

Ocheyedan Man Charged In $1.6 Million Meat Theft

Windom, Minnesota — An Ocheyedan man is apparently accused in a meat theft case involving at least $1.6 million worth of meat.

According to the website of the Cottonwood County (Minnesota) Citizen, 56-year-old Mark Stephen Engel of Ocheyedan is charged with two counts of theft by swindle, aiding and abetting. He posted a $5000 bail and was released.

The other defendants in the case are 35-year-old Juan Rodas-Barrios of Windom and 27-year-old Carlos Lopez-Rodas of Mountain Lake, Minnesota who are also charged with two counts of theft by swindle. Rodas-Barrios was released on bail of $10,000, and Lopez-Rodas is still in jail on a $10,000 bail.

The theft of the meat from the PM Windom beef packing plant is believed to have been an inside job, with shipments of premium cuts disguised instead as trimmings.

Marcus Teen Injured In Car Versus Train Wreck In LeMars

Le Mars, Iowa — A Marcus teen was injured in an accident with a train on Saturday (4/7) in Le Mars.

The Le Mars Police Department reports that about 7:40 PM, 17-year-old Krystal Leach of Marcus was southbound on Business Highway 75, in Le Mars in a 2006 Ford. Union Pacific Railroad Locomotive 6516 was pulling a train northbound on the Union Pacific tracks. Both vehicles were approaching the crossing at 12th Street Southwest.

Leach attepted to make a left turn and cross over the tracks, directly in front of the oncoming train. The locomotive struck the car in the passenger side door area, causing it to spin and collide with the railroad crossing light pole. The train went into emergency braking, and was able to stop 400 feet past the crossing.

The crossing is equipped with railroad crossing lights and audible signals, both of which were functioning according to the report. Reports are that the train sounded its horns as well.

Leach was transported to Mercy Medical by Mercy Air Care.

There were no other injuries reported.

The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department, Le Mars Ambulance, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Le Mars Police Department at the scene.

Here is a Google map with the location of the accident. The train’s path is the thick yellow line, and the car’s path is the small blue line.

View Le Mars Car Vs Train Accident in a larger map

Everly Man Injured In Semi Rollover Near Hartley

Hartley, Iowa — An Everly man was injured in an accident on Thursday (7/5) near Hartley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 11:50 AM, 42-year-old Michael Thiel of Everly was westbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Hartley in a 2008 semi, when he attempted to turn right onto Tyler Avenue — L58. Thiel lost control and the semi overturned onto its side. The load of hog feed was partially spilled into the ditch. The semi came to rest on its left side in the north bound lane of Tyler Avenue just north of Highway 18.

Theil had head injuries and did not remember any details.

Thiel was taken to Sanford Sheldon by ambulance.

Thiel’s semi, owned by the Farmer’s Coop of Farnhamville received $25,000 damage.

Sunday Morning Power Outage In And Around Sheldon Affected 684 Customers

Sheldon, Iowa — A portion of the city of Sheldon experienced a power outage on Sunday morning.

According to MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Tina Potthoff, the outage appears to have been storm-related, and was bordered by the 2600 block of Monroe Avenue, County Road L36, the 5700 block of 300th Street, and the 4300 block of 330th Street. She says the outage happened at 6:49 AM, and affected 684 customers in the city of Sheldon and in rural O’Brien and Sioux Counties.

She says the cause appears to have been a burnt jumper, which was repaired and the power restored.