As Many As 80 Cattle Escape Near Hospers/Sheldon; Some Still On The Loose

Hospers, Iowa — As many as 80 cattle owned by Galen Haack may have escaped overnight from a farm five miles due south of the southernmost Highway 60 Sheldon exit, on McKinley Avenue, or L26.

The loose cattle did cause one accident that we know of, just into Monday morning, at 12:30 AM.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 57-year-old Alan Oberloh of Worthington was driving a 2010 GMC Sierra pickup northbound on Highway 60 and struck two cattle in the northbound lane.

No human injuries were reported.

The GMC sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. Both cows were a loss and are valued at $600 each.

UPDATE, 7 PM 5/7/12: Even though we were told on Monday afternoon that all the cattle had been accounted for, we have just received word from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office that there are still cattle on the loose.

Sioux County Sheriff spokesperson Nate Huizenga says they don’t know how the cattle got out.


DNR Takes Enforcement Actions Against Three NW Iowa Entities

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has taken enforcement actions against four northwest Iowa entities — three individuals and a corporation.

Jeffrey Gerritson of Sheldon is to properly remove all discarded appliances and waste tires from his property and pay a $2,000 penalty. He has 30 days to appeal the order or 60 days to pay the penalty.

Kevin DeWeerd of Lyon County is to comply with manure certification requirements when transporting manure and pay a $2,500 penalty.

Harvey Koerselman of Sheldon is to cease acceptance of discarded appliances unless an appliance demanufacturing permit is obtained. Stipulated penalties apply if the order is violated.

Farm Nutrients, LLC of Sioux County is to ensure that all employees are properly certified to haul, apply or otherwise handle manure and pay a $5,000 penalty.

The last three actions are what the DNR calls “consent orders”. A consent order is issued as an alternative to issuing an administrative order. A consent order indicates that the DNR has voluntarily entered into a legally enforceable agreement with the other party.


Orange City Man Charged With Drug Offenses After Stop Near Rock Valley

Rock Valley, Iowa — An Orange City man has been arrested on drug charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 AM, just into Sunday morning (5/6), one of their officers 49-year-old Evan Haarsma of Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 18, two miles west of Rock Valley. During the traffic stop, a deputy found that Haarsma was operating under the influence of a controlled substance and was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with operating while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, both serious misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia and no valid driver’s license, both simple misdemeanors.

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


Spencer Mayor Excited About Blue Zone Opportunity

Spencer, Iowa — Four Iowa cities were tabbed Friday to become demonstration sites for the “Blue Zones Project.” The project uses BlueZones principles from some of the healthiest areas around the world and applies them to the Iowa cities in an effort to become the healthiest state in the nation.

The four chosen were Spencer, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Mason City. Spencer Mayor Reynold Peterson, says his community is the smallest of the first four chosen.

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He believes Spencer was chosen because of that community commitment and the programs they already have going.

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While all the communities have started programs to make their residents healthier, they all have a way to go.

The communities that applied to be Blue Zone Communities were split into two groups, the larger and the smaller towns. In our area, Sheldon, Sibley, Sioux Center, and Orange City were put in the smaller town group, but none of those towns won the opportunity this year to receive the assistance in becoming a healthier community that is associated with becoming a Blue Zone community.

You can find out more about the principles of the Blue Zones at: www.bluezonesproject.com.


SD Woman Transported To Hospital, Winds Flip Semi Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Tyndall, South Dakota woman was taken to the hospital after the strong thunderstorm winds flipped the semi she was driving onto its side near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:20 PM on Friday (5/4), 67-year-old Cheryl McClintic of Tyndall, SD was driving a 2012 Kenworth semi‐truck and trailer southbound on Highway 75. Due to the strong winds and rain, McClintic turned into Natural Food Holdings, about a mile south of Sioux Center. The wind caught the semi‐tractor and trailer and overturned it on its driver’s side.

McClintic received minor injuries and was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

The semi‐tractor and trailer sustained about $40,000 in damages.

The Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

(Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office)


Gust Front Spawns Tornados, Hail, Torrential Rains Friday Afternoon

A gust front moving through the tri-state area on Friday afternoon kept weather reporters and emergency responders busy.

In our area it started about 2:10 PM, near Worthington . . .

Here is the official local storm report from the National Weather Service.

..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... 
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS..
0203 PM     TORNADO          6 W WORTHINGTON         43.63N 95.72W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0210 PM     TORNADO          WORTHINGTON             43.63N 95.60W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 3/4 MILES NORTH OF WORTHINGTON NEAR THE
            AIRPORT.

0215 PM     HAIL             1 N WORTHINGTON         43.64N 95.60W
05/04/2012  M1.00 INCH       NOBLES             MN   AWOS

            THUNDERSTORM WINDS FROM 30 TO 60 MILES AN HOUR.

0228 PM     TORNADO          5 N ROUND LAKE          43.61N 95.47W
05/04/2012                   NOBLES             MN   BROADCAST MEDIA

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 5 MILES NORTH OF ROUND LAKE MN.

0240 PM     TORNADO          7 SW LAKEFIELD          43.61N 95.27W
05/04/2012                   JACKSON            MN   PUBLIC

0249 PM     TORNADO          2 S LAKEFIELD           43.65N 95.17W
05/04/2012                   JACKSON            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            TORNADO TOUCHDOWN 2 MILES SOUTH OF LAKEFIELD MN.

0306 PM     HAIL             W HAWARDEN              43.00N 96.48W
05/04/2012  M1.25 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0308 PM     HAIL             HAWARDEN                43.00N 96.48W
05/04/2012  E1.25 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

0315 PM     TORNADO          3 SSW SIOUX CENTER      43.04N 96.20W
05/04/2012                   SIOUX              IA   PUBLIC

0330 PM     TSTM WND GST     BRUNSVILLE              42.81N 96.27W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            WALNUT SIZE HAIL ALSO OCCURRED.

0340 PM     TSTM WND GST     2 W LE MARS             42.79N 96.21W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0340 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 E HOSPERS             43.07N 95.84W
05/04/2012                   O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            SMALL BRANCHES BROKEN.

0345 PM     TSTM WND GST     SHELDON                 43.18N 95.84W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0346 PM     TSTM WND GST     N HOSPERS               43.07N 95.90W
05/04/2012  E70.00 MPH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            PEA SIZE HAIL WAS ALSO PRESENT.

0347 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 S LE MARS             42.73N 96.17W
05/04/2012  E70.00 MPH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0350 PM     TORNADO          3 W PRIMGHAR            43.09N 95.69W
05/04/2012                   O`BRIEN            IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0357 PM     HAIL             1 NE ALPHA              43.65N 94.86W
05/04/2012  E1.00 INCH       JACKSON            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0405 PM     TSTM WND DMG     N CLEGHORN              42.81N 95.71W
05/04/2012                   CHEROKEE           IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            WIND DAMAGE JUST NORTH OF CLEGHORN.

0410 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 E EVERLY              43.16N 95.30W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0422 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 WNW SPENCER           43.17N 95.20W
05/04/2012  M69.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   ASOS

            MEASURED AT THE SPENCER AIRPORT.

0424 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 N MILFORD             43.34N 95.15W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       DICKINSON          IA   EMERGENCY MNGR

0424 PM     TSTM WND GST     N SPENCER               43.15N 95.15W
05/04/2012  E65.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            TREES DOWNED JUST NORTH OF SPENCER.

0424 PM     TSTM WND DMG     SPENCER                 43.15N 95.15W
05/04/2012                   CLAY               IA   EMERGENCY MNGR

            WIDESPREAD TREE DAMAGE AND SOME STRUCTURE DAMAGE.

0430 PM     TSTM WND GST     5 NE DICKENS            43.18N 94.95W
05/04/2012  E60.00 MPH       CLAY               IA   TRAINED SPOTTER