Canton, SD Man Killed In Western Sioux County Crash

Rural Rock Valley, Iowa — A Canton, South Dakota man was killed on Friday morning in a crash in western Sioux County.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 6:30 Friday morning (5/11), 24-year-old Jesse Maassen of Rock Valley was driving a 1998 Peterbuilt straight truck northbound on Cherry Avenue, south of 300th Street, nine miles west of Rock Valley — or about two miles southeast of Fairview, South Dakota. Twenty-eight-year-old Keith Steier of Canton was driving a 1990 Buick Electra southbound on Cherry Avenue.

Steier crested a hill, lost control and collided with the front of Maassen’s truck.

Steier was pronounced dead at the scene by the Assistant Sioux County Medical Examiner.

Maassen was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital by Rock Valley Ambulance.

The Peterbuilt, owned by Rus Grinding Service of Rock Valley, sustained about $10,000 in damages. The Buick sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

The Rock Valley Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Rock Valley Fire Department, Rock Valley Ambulance, Fairview, SD First Responders and Canton, SD Police Department assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Nearly 40 Lyon County Projects Receive Over Half A Million Dollars And Promises Of Hundreds Of Thousands More From Riverboat Foundation

Rural Larchwood, Iowa — Nearly 40 Lyon County projects are receiving funding through the latest round of grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.

The Foundation is the non-profit entity that holds the gambling license for Grand Falls Resort and Casino on the state line near Larchwood.

The biggest one-time winner in the latest grants was the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and 9-1-1 system. According to Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal, the county wanted to set up a roughly $100,000 mutual redundancy 9-1-1 system with Osceola County so that if either of the emergency dispatch centers in Rock Rapids or Sibley were down due to a disaster, calls could be taken and dispatched for both counties by the other emergency center. While the Riverboat Foundation liked the idea, Bloemendaal says they were understandably reluctant to give money that would benefit another county. So instead, they gave $50,000 to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Now, Bloemendaal says he’ll have to see if Osceola County still wants to proceed if they have to come up with the funding, or if he’ll have to scale back and get a new system that only serves Lyon County at this time.

The biggest winner of Riverboat Foundation recurring grant funds was the City of Inwood Aquatic Center. While they only received $37,500 this time, they’re set to receive that amount for the next 20 grant cycles, for a total of $750,000.

Other projects receiving over $20,000 were the City of George Seibring Park Playground Equipment project, the Larchwood Betterment Club Baseball Complex, Rapids Theatre Preservation Society Renovation of the Rapids Theatre, the City of Rock Rapids’ Scout Island Trail Extension, the City of Little Rock Fire Department, the City of Larchwood’s Splash Park, and the Rock Rapids Holy Name Catholic Church’s Kitchen Project.

Also, the City of Larchwood will get $25,000 for four cycles for $100,000 toward a new ambulance.

And that’s only the top 10.

Click here for the press release and full list of projects funded by the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation during this grant cycle.

The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation sets aside 50% of its net receipts for the Competitive Grant Program. The remaining 50% is divided into the municipal, school, and county fund with half of those funds earmarked for the cities and county program and the other half distributed equally to the schools of Lyon County. The funds come from a percentage (set by law) of net gaming revenue at the Grand Falls Casino

Note: Photo is actually of the Fall 2011 grant recipients.


Governor Uses Executive Power To Ensure Lead Shot For Dove Hunting Season

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has used his authority to veto a state agency rule so dove hunters will be able to use lead ammunition in September when the dove hunting season opens. The governor’s Natural Resources Commission — after its chairman checked with Branstad — voted last summer to ban lead shot, as critics say the lead that doesn’t reach its target poses environmental harm to both animals and humans. But then Branstad said he learned the Iowa House had voted against the idea of banning lead shot when the bill establishing a dove hunting season was passed in 2011.

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A legislative committee that reviews the regulations drafted by state agencies put a hold on the rule banning lead shot, giving the full legislature an opportunity to weigh in on the issue. The Iowa House voted to nullify the rule, but the Senate didn’t take up the issue — which means the ban on lead shot went into effect Thursday. Friday, Branstad used his authority to veto the rule.

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Senator Dick Dearden, a Democrat from Des Moines, is a long-time backer of the move to allow dove hunting in Iowa. Dearden attended the ceremony Branstad held to sign the executive order vetoing the ban on lead shot.

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The Iowa House voted this past February to allow lead shot for dove hunting but the Senate never took up the measure. Dearden is unwilling to say whether the senate’s inaction on the issue was intentional or accidental. Dearden intends to hunt doves in Iowa this September, using lead shot.

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Earlier this year the Sierra Club’s Iowa chapter filed a lawsuit to try to get a court to uphold the Natural Resources Commission’s decision to ban lead shot and require “non-toxic” steel shot for the dove hunting season. Neilla Seaman, a spokeswoman for the group, is obviously displeased with the governor’s action.

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Seaman says Branstad’s reasoning doesn’t make sense.

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Governor Branstad argues his veto of the Natural Resources Commission rule makes the Sierra Club’s lawsuit “moot.” Seaman says she’s consulting with a lawyer to determine what the Sierra Club’s next step will be.

As a side note, in case you’re wondering, many hunters prefer lead shot due to a number of factors, most of them related to lead’s higher density — including accuracy, pattern, and the fact that it flies farther, so it kills at greater distances. It’s also less expensive.

The jury is still out, so-to-speak on whether it is less environmentally-friendly than other shot, especially over land.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.


Sibley Couple Taken To Hospital After Allendorf Area Crash

Allendorf, Iowa — A Sibley Couple was taken to the hospital after a crash near Allendorf.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 5, about 3 PM, 91-year-old Folbert Lewis Krull of Sibley, was driving a 1993 Buick Park Avenue westbound on Highway 9, about a mile east of the Highway 59 turnoff. Twenty-eight-year-old Phillip Brian Lindsay of Spirit Lake was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer, westbound on Highway 9 and attempted to make a left turn onto a residential driveway, when his vehicle was struck by Krull’s vehicle.

Krull and a passenger in Krull’s vehicle, 87-year-old Ruth Ione Krull of Sibley were transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Krull’s vehicle was a total loss, sustaining about $4,500 damage.

Lindsay’s vehicle sustained about $4,000 damage and Lindsay was ticketed for Failure to Yield upon Left Turn.

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


Sioux Center Woman Transported To Hospital After Maurice Accident

Maurice, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman was transported to the hospital after an accident on Thursday near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:35 PM, 21-year-old Marcus Van Voorst of Lynden, Washington, was driving a 1992 Ford Taurus southbound on Highway 75, two miles north of Maurice. Twenty-seven-year-old Sandra Lucero of Sioux Center, was driving a 2000 Ford Taurus northbound on Highway 75.

As Van Voorst attempted to turn east on 450th Street, the two collided in the intersection. Lucero was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

Lucero’s vehicle sustained about $6,000 in damages. Van Voorst’s vehicle sustained about $4,000 in damages.

Van Voorst was cited for failing to yield right of way upon making a left turn. Lucero was cited for driving with a suspended license.

The Maurice First Responders, Maurice Fire Department, Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department, and the Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office.


Seventy-Four-Year-Old George Klein Getting His GED Through NCC

Ashton, Iowa — Commencement exercises at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon are being held this Friday. There are a record-breaking number of graduates.

But among those receiving degrees this spring is one person who doesn’t exactly fit the mold. Not only is he 74 years old, he’s also graduating not from college, but basically from high school. Seventy-four-year-old George Klein of Ashton is getting his GED.

Klein tells us how this whole thing got started.

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He says after a few years, he realized his mistake and tried to take classes through the Catholic school that was there in Ashton at the time. But that too didn’t work out as planned when the principal who was helping him had to focus on other priorities. Then, says Klein, time started to intervene. Deaths in the family and his marriage slowed things down, although he was able to take a few correspondence courses.

Then, he started farming and thought he probably would give up trying to graduate.

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He says two years ago he told his wife Cleo that he wanted to try it again. And now, he’s done. He says that’s thanks to a bunch of help from the learning center at NCC.

Cleo Klein says she and their kids are very proud of George.

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But, she says, he got through it — again with help from the Learning Center.

In fact, George says he also learned that there were a lot of young people that were trying to graduate from high school or get their GED through NCC. And a lot of them were struggling to find the money for it, or even the gas money to get to NCC.

So, George and Cleo Klein decided to help them.

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Klein says his foundation isn’t taking donations right now, but if you want to donate to The Learning Center or NCC, he and Cleo would certainly encourage you to do so.