Two Underage Girls May Have Gambled After Big And Rich Concert At Grand Falls Casino

Larchwood, Iowa — An incident last Friday evening (7/20) at Grand Falls Casino during the “Big and Rich” concert may land two underage girls and the casino in trouble.

Patrick Townsend, the special agent in charge with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation says the two girls were placed with the band and may have been hired for advertising by “Big And Rich”.

He says they were not working for the casino in any way.

What happened, says Townsend, is that the two were allowed access into the casino after the concert, and one of them may have won bets at a blackjack table. He says they were able to verify on Thursday that the two girls from South Dakota were underage.

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Townsend gives us an idea about what they think happened.

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He says they don’t think the other girl placed any bets, and it doesn’t appear that either of them attempted to buy alcohol.

The girls face misdemeanor charges of violating the age restriction for gambling facilities. The casino may also face fines through the Iowa Racing And Gaming Commission.


Sioux Center And USDA Officials Break Ground For New Hospital

Sioux Center, Iowa — Representatives from USDA Rural Development were in Sioux Center Thursday evening to participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for a new hospital in the community.

The Sioux Center Community Hospital and Health Center project is receiving a $26 million loan to help with the construction of a 19-bed replacement critical access hospital and medical clinic.

Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa says that rural residents must have access to the best available care, and this new medical campus in Sioux Center will provide decades of service to the residents of this region.

Mitch Sabin, community programs specialist with USDA Rural Development’s Le Mars office also participated in the groundbreaking ceremonies.


Sioux County Sheriff Investigating Illegal Home Entry In Boyden

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden resident woke up to something unexpected on Tuesday.

At about 6:30 Tuesday morning, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report of trespassing and criminal mischief at a home on Pleasant Street in Boyden.

Upon further investigation, the sheriff’s office discovered that during the early morning hours someone removed a swimming pool cover and entered the pool at the home. They also discovered that two yard decoration lights had been stolen and someone entered the home where the occupants were sleeping.

At this time it’s believed nothing was taken from inside the residence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-3307 or via their text-a-tip program.


Two People Injured In Separate Lyon County Accidents On Tuesday

Doon and Larchwood, Iowa — Two people were injured in separate accidents in Lyon County yesterday.

A Rock Rapids man was injured in an accident at the Doon corner on Highway 75. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:30 PM, 53-year-old Craig Deruyter of Rock Rapids was northbound on Highway 75 in a 2007 Honda Accord when the car crossed the center line and struck a southbound trailer being pulled by a 2006 Ford F350 pickup, driven by 56-year-old Kevin Bruns of Council Bluffs.

Deruyter reported minor injuries.

The Honda had $9000 in damages, the trailer was worth $8,500 dollars and was a total loss, as was the Accord. The pickup sustained about $1500 in damage.


A Worthing, South Dakota man was injured in an accident west of Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:30 AM, 20-year-old Austin Ovre, of Worthing, SD was northbound on Arizona Avenue. Thirty-year-old Benjamin Wiedemeier of Sioux Falls, was southbound on Arizona Avenue, attempted to make a left turn and turned into the front of the Ovre vehicle.

Ovre received minor injuries.

Ovre’s 1995 Plymouth received about $3500 damage. Wiedemeier’s 2010 Ford truck received about $4000 in damages.

Wiedemeier was ticketed for failure to yield upon left turn.


Girl Found At Bottom Of Rock Rapids Swimming Pool In Very Serious Condition In Sioux Falls

UPDATE: The victim of this accident has now passed away. Click here for the story.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — Some tense moments last night at the Rock Rapids Swimming Pool.

The Lyon County Ambulance was called to an emergency call at the pool. Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says the call came in about 7:30 PM.

He says a young girl was noticed at the bottom of the pool. Authorities don’t know how she got there. He says it is his understanding that the girl is in very serious condition. They don’t want to speculate on the cause of the incident yet, but they are following up on possible “pre-existing medical conditions”.

After local ambulance crews took her to Sanford, Rock Rapids Hospital, she was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital by the Sanford Trauma One helicopter.

The incident is still under investigation.


Area Farmers Find Resources, Advice Regarding Drought

Joel De Jong (file photo)
Sheldon, Iowa — Farmers in the area attended a meeting on Wednesday at Northwest Iowa Community College. The meeting was to present the resources available and suggest some courses of action to farmers dealing with the present drought — either directly in their crops, or indirectly for livestock producers who are or will be dealing with reduced supply and higher prices, as well as uncertainty about feeding silage that may have too much nitrate in the corn stalks.

We talked to Iowa State University Extension agronomist Joel De Jong and asked him about the condition of northwest Iowa crops.

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But, he says that’s not the case everywhere.

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Next, we asked DeJong to dust off his crystal ball and tell us what he expects will happen to affect yields this fall. We asked if he had a general idea, or if it was too soon to tell.
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He says with lower temperatures, predictably, there’s lower moisture demand. De Jong also says that especially with corn, higher temperatures mean faster maturity, and that means fewer days to fill and mature the ears.