Osceola County Engineer Who Was Assisting Lyon County, Takes O’Brien County Engineer Position

Primghar, Iowa — It’s kind of a fruit basket-upset in northwest Iowa when it comes to secondary road engineers.

O’Brien County has been without since Steve Struble took another position in Indianola. They’ve been sharing Sioux County’s Engineer, Doug Julius. Lyon County has been without an engineer since the termination of the contract with their former engineer, Jeff Williams a few weeks ago. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is wrapping up their investigation, and have turned over the case to Osceola County Attorney Bob Hansen to avoid a conflict of interest. In the meantime, they’ve been sharing Osceola County Engineer Tom Snyder.

This Friday, the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors decided to hire Tom Snyder to fill the O’Brien County Engineer’s position.

Lyon County Auditor Wayne Grooters says that means that Osceola County will have to hire a new engineer, and both Osceola and Lyon Counties will have to find a person or persons to serve in the interim.

O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer says while they are happy to bring Snyder on board, they recognize that he will leave some shoes to fill.


Rohwer says Snyder’s initial salary will be $87,000, and his first day on the job in O’Brien County will be July 30th.

Photo caption: Tom Snyder

Little Rock Man Sentenced To 15-Year Prison Term For Threatening FSA Employee

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Little Rock man has been sentenced to a fifteen-year prison term after he was convicted of making terroristic threats.

Lyon County Attorney Carl Petersen’s office reports that 59-year-old Arend Dean DeBoer of Little Rock has been sentenced for the crime of Threat of Terrorism, a Class D Felony.

DeBoer had been found guilty in a jury trial in May.

The attorney’s office reports that the initial complaint was filed in November of 2011. It states that DeBoer contacted the Farm Service Agency office in Rock Rapids by phone and stated to an employee of the FSA office that he wanted to blow up both the court and the employee. DeBoer stated to the employee that he didn’t mind sitting in jail for this.

DeBoer was sentenced to 15 years in prison with a minimum mandatory of 3 years to be served.

Petersen says DeBoer is a habitual offender. DeBoer was also charged with Harassment in the 2nd Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor. He was also found guilty of that charge in the May trial.

Petersen says that he is very satisfied with the Court recognizing the public safety risks of this defendant and sentencing him to prison.

Estherville Woman Charged With OWI After Accident Near Hospers On Highway 60

Hospers, Iowa — An Estherville woman has been charged with OWI after an accident near Hospers on Highway 60 Thursday (6/28).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that 33-year-old Tena Beekman of Estherville was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus southbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Hospers, when she lost control of the vehicle and entered the median, striking a ditch embankment and a sign post.

During the investigation deputies found that Beekman was allegedly operating the vehicle while intoxicated and was arrested.

No injuries were reported.

Beekman’s vehicle sustained about $2,000 in damages. The sign and post owned by the Iowa Department of Transportation sustained about $200 in damages.

The Sioux County Drug Recognition Expert assisted in the investigation.

Two Rock Valley Teens Charged With Felony Criminal Mischief After Vehicle Vandalism

Rock Valley, Iowa — Two Rock Valley teens have been cited with felony criminal mischief after authorities say they damaged a car by jumping on it.

On Monday, June 25, just before 11 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of vandalism that occurred on the north parking lot of Western Christian High School in Hull. During the investigation it was found that a parked 2007 Chevrolet Impala sustained about $1,500 in damages allegedly caused by people repeatedly jumping on it.

Mitchell Vaandrager and Tyler Buckner, both 15 and both from Rock Valley were cited into Juvenile Court for criminal mischief, 2nd degree for participating in the vandalism. Vaandrager was cited on Tuesday (6/26) and Buckner on Thursday (6/28).

Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree, is a class D felony.

Man May Have Drowned Near Linn Grove Dam On Little Sioux River

Linn Grove, Iowa — Buena Vista County authorities continue searching the Little Sioux River near the Linn Grove dam for a possible drowning victim.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, Storm Lake Police received a report at about 5 p-m Wednesday from two men that a friend that they had been with had gone under water and they were unable to locate him. The initial investigation indicates that the missing person was wading in the river, went in up to his neck, then went under water and came back up yelling for help and then disappeared from sight. The three people that were with this subject attempted to find him, but were unable to, so they drove to Storm Lake to summon help.

The subject is a 30-year-old male from Storm Lake. The name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Sheriff Gary Launderville says the river is down, but the current is still strong. He says he believes alchohol may also have been a factor.

Lyon County Relay For Life About Both Standing Together Against Cancer, And Having Fun

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Relay For Life is this Friday at the Central Lyon Track in Rock Rapids. Jill Funke with the Lyon County chapter of the American Cancer Society says the event will start with the Cancer Survivor Lap and Opening Ceremony at 6:30, with the Survivor Celebration to follow at the concession stand.

Funke tells us how the Relay for Life works.

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She says the word “relay” might be a little misleading as unlike other fundraising events like Jump Rope For Heart — it’s not about pledging per minute or per mile.

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Funke says while it’s all about fighting cancer and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with others fighting the same battle — it’s also a fun time for the whole family.

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The George 4-H will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for your supper.

She says there are some fun and some meaningful things going on while the teams are on the track too.

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At midnight, they’ll have their closing ceremonies, with a candlelight vigil until dawn.

That’s all at the Lyon County Relay For Life, this Friday night at the Central Lyon Track.