Sibley Man Wins Car At Grand Falls Casino

Larchwood, Iowa — A Sibley man has some new wheels, courtesy of Grand Falls Casino Resort near Larchwood.

On Sunday, June 17, the winner — identified only as “Greg from Sibley” was the lucky winner of a 2012 Chevy Cruze at the casino’s Sunday Car Spectacular Promotion. The promotion runs through July 22nd and there are still 3 cars left to give away.

For more information on the promotion, visit

Surprisingly, State GOP Convention Selects Ron Paul

Des Moines, Iowa — A surprise at the Iowa GOP State Convention.

Rick Santorum won the majority of the Iowa Caucus votes in January, Mitt Romney was a very close second, with fewer than 1000 votes between them, and Ron Paul was third.

But Ron Paul has been selected as the winner at the Iowa GOP state Convention.

Current Republicans in office urged Republicans to rally behind Mitt Romney. Senator Chuck Grassley said making Romney president would “save this country.”


Grassley warned Obama would be “more destructive” in a second term.


At the end of his 12-minute speech, Grassley said Romney would help the country “find its way again” and Republicans need to “unite to save America” and help Romney carry Iowa in November. Congressman Steve King echoed Grassley’s thoughts.

But — in the end, Ron Paul forces won the showdown over sending a slate of Iowa delegates to the Republican National Convention who overwhelmingly support Paul rather than likely G-O-P nominee Mitt Romney. About 15-hundred delegates at the state convention in Des Moines narrowly split on the issue, with the Ron Paul coalition garnering about 100 votes more than another coalition that had hoped to send a different, “unity slate” of Iowans to Tampa.


Those on the losing side, like Polk County Republican Party co-chairman Dave Funk, questioned whether the group of Paul backers who will be representing Iowa Republicans at the national convention are Republicans.


Marlys Popma, a long-time G-O-P activist, says many the Ron Paul supporters who’re going to the national convention don’t have a history of voting in Iowa elections.


Patrick McQueery of Black Hawk County responded.


The Democrats held their convention on Saturday too, although it was much less dramatic.

RadioIowa contributed to this report.

Investigation Concluded Concerning Suicide Death Of Primghar Teen

The O’Brien County Sheriff and the O’Brien County Attorney’s Office have concluded their investigation in to the circumstances surrounding and pre-dating the suicide death of 14-year-old Kenneth James Weishuhn of Primghar.

After Weishuhn’s death, reports began to surface stating that bullying by his peers may have led to his decision to take his own life. O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs states that in his professional opinion, there is not sufficient evidence to prosecute any specific individuals for any specific criminal acts against Weishuhn.

Both Schreurs and Sheriff Michael Anderson express their appreciation to the family for their cooperation and assistance with the investigation and again extend their condolences to the family and friends of Weishuhn for their loss.

Three Vehicle Accident At Hwy’s 18 & 71 Send Two To Hospital Friday Morning

A three-vehicle accident sent two motorists to the hospital and totalled two vehicles in a midday crash that occured at the intersection of Highways 18 and 71 near Spencer Friday. This is the second accident this week at that intersection, the latest since a Sanborn woman was killed Monday in the same spot.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that a 2000 Chevy K-1500 pickup truck pulling a boat and trailer was traveling southbound on highway 71 was broadsided by a 2000 Dodge Stratus driven by 95-year-old Elva Dau of Hartley.

The Dau vehicle attempted to cross over Highway 71 on to Highway 18 west when she struck the truck and trailer driven by 20-year-old Jason Opperman of Manning, IA. As a result of the impact, the Opperman truck and trailer spun out of control and struck a 2000 Buick Century driven by 52-year-old Karen Postma of Paullina.

Both Dau and Postma were transported to Spencer Municipal Hospital with minor injuries. The Dau Stratus was a complete loss, as was Oppenman’s boat. The Opperman pickup sustained $10,000 in damage and the Postma Buick sustained $2,500 in damage.

Dau was cited for failure to yield upon left turn and Postma was cited for failure to provide security against liability (accident related).

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Spencer Fire and Rescue, Fostoria Fire Department and the Spencer Municipal Hospital.

Two RTF Inmates Arrested For Possession Of Synthetic Marijuana

Sheldon, Iowa — Two Residential Treatment Facility inmates will be adding to their sentences after Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputies found synthetic marijuana in their room Wednesday morning.

34-year-old Clarence Paulsen of Spirit Lake and 34-year-old Jesse Armstrong of Spencer were found in possesion of K2, a type of synthetic marijuana, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a class D felony.

The two inmates were serving sentences at the Residential Treatment Facility located on the west side of Sheldon.

Rock Rapids Heritage Days This Weekend

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s Heritage Days this weekend in Rock Rapids. Festivities started with a 35-mile bike ride last week. On Wednesday, Tirzah Poppinga was named Miss Rock Rapids 2012 and Gaberielle Rasmussen was randomly selected as Little Miss Rock Rapids. Then on Thursday, the Rapids Theatre Preservation Society had their Marquee Lighting Ceremony.

There are several activities going on Friday, including All Day-Open Golf at Rock River Country Club, a Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast, Downtown Sales, the United Methodist Church Salad Luncheon & Craft Sale, a Frisbee Golf Tournament at Westside Park, Sporty’s Burnout Contest, Cruise Night, the River Valley Players Revue and the Races at Rapid Speedway.

Chamber director Angie Jager tells us about Saturday’s activities.


To wrap up the weekend, on Sunday there’s a community church service on the courthouse square at 10:30. Rain location is the First Reformed Church. And at noon, the sand volleyball tournament begins at West Side Park.

For more information, go to the community calendar section at