Ireton Man Airlifted After Motorcycle Accident

Akron, Iowa — A Ireton teen was injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday (6/28) near Akron.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3 PM, 19-year-old Marcos Lopez was southbound on Highway 3, just south of 170th Street, about 8 miles east of Akron on a 2004 Kawasaki.

Lopez lost control of the motorcycle, which entered the west ditch and flipped several times. A witness on a second motorcycle said it appeared that the front tire began to wobble, which caused Lopez to lose control.

Lopez was taken to Mercy Medical Center by Mercy Air Care.

Lopez’s Kawasaki was totaled.


Body Of Man Presumed Drowned Found In Little Sioux River

Linn Grove, Iowa — Authorities have found the body of a man they believed drowned last week in the Little Sioux River near the Linn Grove Dam.

According to Buena Vista County Sheriff Gary Launderville, they recovered the body of 30-year-old Lihavongsay Nouthavykoun about 4:30 Friday afternoon, about 500 yards from where he was last seen with his friends on Wednesday.

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. He had allegedly been 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 Nouthavykoun attempted to find him, but were unable to, so they drove to Storm Lake to summon help.

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


Electric Utility Serving Sheldon Keeps Watch On Power Usage During Heat Wave

Sheldon, Iowa — Utility companies across Iowa are keeping an eye on the impact of the hot temperatures to make sure there is enough energy to meet the demand. MidAmerican Energy is the electric company that serves Sheldon and a number of other communities in Northwest Iowa. MidAmerican spokesperson, Tina Pothoff, says usage has increased as the temperatures have soared.
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The company has several things they can do to help cut the load when demand goes up.

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Pothoff says there are plenty of ways individual homeowners can cut energy usage, but you have to be sure you are using them.

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For more information on energy usage tips go to: www.midamericanenergy.com.


New “Health Alliance” Includes Local Medical Facilities In O’Brien County

Des Moines, Iowa — Four Iowa hospital systems are forming a new health care group designed to improve care and cut costs. The University of Iowa Health Alliance, unveiled Thursday, includes Genesis Health System in the Quad Cities, Mercy-Cedar Rapids, Mercy Health Network in Des Moines and University of Iowa Health Care.

Mercy Health Network includes Mercy Medical in Sioux City, as well as hospitals in Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, and Mason City. Mercy Medical in Sioux City is affiliated with medical facilities in Hartley,
Paullina, Primghar, and Sutherland.

Dave Vellinga, CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, says an alliance offers advantages that a merger can’t provide.

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The alliance will allow the hospitals to share the cost of expensive new patient information systems and share research. Doug Cropper, CEO of Genesis Health System, said the new alliance will also result in better patient care.

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The alliance was planned before Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on the new health care law. The University of Iowa Health Alliance covers more than 50 hospitals and 160 clinics across the state.

Click here for the press release.


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.

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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.

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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.