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.


Ferrara Candy To Close Farley’s And Sather’s Round Lake Facility

Round Lake, Minnesota — After laying off many workers in 2010, a long-time southwest Minnesota employer is now closing its doors completely.

Farley’s & Sathers and Ferrara Pan Candy Company recently completed a merger to create Ferrara Candy Company. Company officials say that bringing two companies together results in many opportunities, but also requires some necessary changes as part of integration planning.

The headquarters of the new Ferrara Candy Company will be in Chicago, which will result in the closing of Farley’s & Sathers’ Round Lake facility in a phased process that will begin this summer through the spring of 2013. Also closing will be a packaging and distribution center and Sather’s Trucking, both based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Those operations will close this fall.

The company says they value the dedication and hard work of all of their employees and are committed to providing assistance to ease the transition for those affected, including providing severance, outplacement services and internal opportunities. They say they will also be working closely with local government officials and State agencies to identify new potential opportunities.

The Round Lake facility was started by John Sather, a local grocer in Round Lake. He established the Sather Company in 1936, purchasing trainloads of cookies to sell to stores throughout southwestern Minnesota.

Farley’s and Sathers had already cut 175 positions in Round Lake in January 2010, leaving essentially only the office personnel.


Pioneer Hi-Bred To Change Name To Reflect DuPont Ownership

Johnston, Iowa — A corporate name Iowa farmers have known for decades is changing.

Founded by Henry Wallace in 1926 to market hybrid seed corn, Pioneer Hi-Bred has been known by that name since 1936, with the only change of adding “International” back in 1970.

Chemical giant DuPont bought Pioneer in 1999 and is now adding its name to the title. The new name is DuPont Pioneer.

The green logo, depicting a three-leaf sprout emerging from two seed halves, will also change slightly. The company employs 3,400 people in Iowa, including 2,800 at its headquarters in Johnston.

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