Two From Rock Valley Transported To Hospital After Rock Valley Accident

A Rock Valley woman and a Rock Valley man were taken to a hospital after an accident on Sunday in Rock Valley.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 6:25 PM, 63-year-old Linda Koedam of Rock Valley was eastbound on Highway 18, in a 2007 GMC Yukon.  Twenty-four-year-old Kyle Munneke of Rock Valley was westbound on 18  on a 1999 motorcycle.

Koedam was attempting to turn left and proceed north on 10th Avenue in Rock Valley.  She turned into the path of the Munneke motorcycle.  The motorcycle struck the left front of the Koedam vehicle.

Koedam and Munneke were transported to Heeg Memorial Hospital:  Koedam by private vehicle and Munneke by Rock Valley Ambulance.

Koedam’s GMC Yukon received $3500 damage.  Munneke’s motorcycle received $5000 damage.

Koedam was charged with failure to yield on left turn.


This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week: Today’s Topic Is Tornadoes — Tornado Drill Today

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week In Iowa. Each day this week, the National Weather Service is focusing on a different severe weather topic.

Today’s topic is tornadoes.  Because of that, there is a statewide tornado drill scheduled for today.  Outdoor warning sirens, weather radios, and other devices will all be activated today in the 10 AM hour.  Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says everyone should participate in the drill and practice going to your place of safety to work out any possible problems with the plan.

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Huizenga says even individual people and families should practice tornado safety today, as we never know where we might be when a warning is issued.  Tornadoes can happen any time of the day.  Huizenga gives us some advice on what to do if a tornado warning is issued for our area.

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The weather service says a tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air in contact with the ground. A visible cloud is not needed for a tornado to be in progress. Some tornadoes may not appear to extend to the ground but are causing considerable damage. Tornadoes take on various shapes and sizes, and most produce winds less than 120 mph. However, a few are capable of producing winds over 200 mph. Some tornadoes are very small and last for only a minute or so, while others can be a mile wide or larger and stay on the ground for over an hour.

In addition to the tornado watch which means conditions are right, stay alert — and the tornado warning which means take cover now — the weather service is now issuing a product called a “Tornado Emergency” It is not a new warning, but is used to highlight a confirmed tornado which is expected to be strong and violent.  A Tornado Emergency means that significant, widespread damage with a high likelihood of numerous fatalities is expected to continue.

To register for the Nixle service click here.

For more information, click here for the National Weather Service’s Tornado Safety Brochure.

For severe weather safety and preparedness information in Spanish, please click here (en Español).

Para obtener información sobre la preparación de mal tiempo, haga clic aquí. (en español)


Rock Valley Police Arrest One For Felony Child Endangerment And Another For Felony OWI

A Rock Valley man has been arrested on several charges including a felony count.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports that in the late evening hours of Sunday (4/1), their department responded to a 911 call just northwest of Rock Valley.
An investigation was conducted and resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old Mark Bakker of Rock Valley. Bakker was charged at the Sioux County Jail with child endangerment (a class “D” felony), domestic abuse assault (an aggravated misdemeanor), false imprisonment (a serious misdemeanor), and 2 counts of obstructing of emergency communications (both simple misdemeanors).
The Rock Valley Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
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A Rock Valley man has been arrested on felony OWI charges.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports one of their officers conducted a routine traffic stop on Saturday (3/31) for a violation of a city ordinance.
As a result of the stop the officer charged 26-year-old Jason Vis with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense, (a class “D” felony).
Vis was transported and booked into the Sioux County Jail.

Fareway Stores Among Top Supermarkets In The Nation Says New Survey

A new consumer ranking of supermarkets has just come out — and Iowa-based Fareway is in the top five. The Consumer Reports survey places Fareway at number four for the best supermarkets in the nation. The others in the top five do not have stores in our area.

 

The top five were

Wegmans
Trader Joe’s
Publix
Fareway Stores
Costco

Interestingly enough, the bottom five also includes only one store with locations in our area — Wal-Mart. The bottom five were

Pathmark
Wal-Mart Supercenter
Shaw’s
A&P
Jewel-Osco

Service and cleanliness were the top compliments for stores in the top five.

The most common complaint was a shortage of checkout lanes or workers available to operate them. Of course prices weigh heavily on shoppers’ minds as well.

Iowa-based Fareway has stores in our area in Sheldon, Orange City, Sioux Center, Le Mars, Spirit Lake, and Spencer.


Two Sheldon Women Find Sheldon’s Golden Egg

The egg was found INSIDE of this tree on the Sheldon Rec Trail

The Easter Bunny came early for two Sheldon women who are now $650 richer after finding Sheldon’s Golden Easter Egg.

Ashley Dahlgren and Becky Monroe, both of Sheldon, were combing the Sheldon Recreational trail about 3/4 mile west of K & J Cycle when the pair made the discovery.

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The pair have gone searching for the egg before, and according to Monroe, their luck had been less than good.

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The egg was in it’s fifth day of hiding, netting the pair $650 Sheldon bucks. We asked Monroe what she would do with her share of the prize.

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Sheldon’s Easter celebration continues this Saturday with an Easter egg hunt in Sheldon’s City Park at 10:00 AM.

More  information can be found at: http://www.sheldoniowa.com/

Kaden, Becky and Ashley With The Egg
Kaden, Becky and Ashley With The Egg

This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week: Today’s Topic Is Warning Reception

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week In Iowa. Each day this week, the National Weather Service Is focusing on a different severe weather topic. Today’s topic is warning reception.

One of the most important precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from severe weather is to remain weather aware. Being weather aware means you are informed of the weather forecast and alert to the potential hazards. Knowing what to do and where to go when watches and warnings are issued is key to your safety, but a watch or warning is only helpful if you are aware of them. How do you receive information about watches and warnings? With today’s technology there are many different ways to receive this information but it is up to you to remain weather aware and actively listen for watches and warnings! A weather radio can be programmed to alert you about watches and warnings, but it’s still up to you to remain weather aware in case the radio or transmitter would fail.

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga tells us about the ways you can receive weather watches and warnings.

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A watch is issued to give advance notice when conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, whether it is severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash flooding. When a watch is issued for your area, it is time to take precautions and make sure you are prepared should bad weather strike.

Warnings are issued when severe weather is occurring or imminent. When a warning is issued for your area, you should take action immediately to protect your life and your property.

To register for the Nixle service that Huizenga talked about, click here.

For more information, click here for the National Weather Service’s Warning Reception Brochure.

For severe weather safety and preparedness information in Spanish, please click here (en Español).

Para obtener información sobre la preparación de mal tiempo, haga clic aquí. (en español)