Linn Grove Home Destroyed By Fire: Four Fire Departments Fight Blaze

Fire LightbarLinn Grove, Iowa — A Linn Grove home was destroyed by fire on Sunday (12/23), and four fire departments were called to fight the blaze.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office reports their communications center received a report of a house fire at 203 West High Street in Linn Grove. The Linn Grove Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with the Sioux Rapids Fire Department and the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental in nature and started in the upstairs of the home. The Peterson Fire Department and the Marathon Fire Department responded to the scene for Mutual Aid Assistance. The home was evacuated and no injuries were reported. The home is considered to be a total loss.

Extension’s Crop Advantage Series Coming To Sheldon On January 3

Joel De Jong (file photo)
Joel De Jong (file photo)
Sheldon, Iowa — Iowa State University Extension is hosting a crop seminar in Sheldon on Thursday, Jan. 3. We talked to Joel De Jong, Crop Field Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently, and he says it’s called the Crop Advantage Series.

De Jong says the venue is Northwest Iowa Community College, in Sheldon. He says it’s a chance for farmers to network and learn a great deal that could be helpful to them in their operation in the coming year.

De Jong says you may have heard of the second speaker. He’s quoted in several news stories about Iowa’s weather and climate, and is an expert on the drought.

De Jong says in the afternoon they have three 50-minute time slots and several topics to choose from.

Plus, he says there are a couple of bonuses.

If you’re interested in coming to the seminar, you can contact your local extension office or go to The base cost is $35, plus any certifications you need, plus if you wait until after Thursday, December 27th to register, the price goes up to $45.

Sheldon Police Handle Three Accidents, Take Theft Report

Sheldon pd sheild dinkySheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police covered three accidents and took a theft report in recent days.

A Sheldon teen’s car and a Sheldon woman’s minivan were damaged in an accident on Thursday (12/20) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 9:45 AM, 17-year-old Anita Thong Vahn of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 just east of Third Avenue in a 1996 Honda. Sixteen-year-old Alexa Schut of Sheldon was westbound, behind Thong Vahn in a 2004 Ford. Thirty-eight-year-old Shelley Hoogers of Sheldon was also westbound, behind Schut in a 2011 Chrysler.

Thong Vahn was stopped to make a left turn onto Third Avenue. Schut was stopped behind Thong Vahn. Hoogers could not get her vehicle stopped as she approached from the rear and rear-ended the Schut vehicle, which was pushed into the Thong Vahn vehicle.

Thong Vahn’s Honda received $100 damage. Hoogers’ minivan received $2000 in damages. Schut’s pickup was not damaged.

There were no injuries.

The report says the roadway was snow-covered at the time, and no charges were filed.

A Sheldon man’s car was damaged in an accident on Friday (12/21) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 8:05 AM, 17-year-old Chaz DeRocher of Sheldon was eastbound on East Fourth Street, in a 2002 Pontiac. Thirty-one-year-old Derek Kamstra of Sheldon was northbound on Normal College Avenue in a 2011 Ford. The road was snow-covered at the time.

As they came to the uncontrolled intersection, the report says DeRocher failed to yield to the Kamstra vehicle on his right. The two vehicles did not hit each other, but Kamstra made evasive moves to avoid the accident and struck a fire hydrant on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Kamstra’s Ford received $4000 damage. The fire hydrant received $300 in damages. DeRocher’s Pontiac was not damaged.

DeRocher was charged with failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

A minivan driven by a Sheldon teen was damaged in an accident on Friday (12/21) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 9:00 AM, 18-year-old Andrew Johnson of Sheldon was backing westbound from a parking spot on Village Circle Drive in a 2005 Dodge.

The report says he struck a lamp post, folding the post to the ground.

Johnson’s Dodge received $500 damage. The lamp post, owned by MidAmerican Energy, sustained $1500 damage.

The road surface was covered with snow at the time.

There were no injuries reported.

In other Sheldon Police news, the Police took the report of the theft of $40-worth of gasoline being stolen from a vehicle while it was parked in the alley north of Prairie Queen Bakery. The theft was reported to have occurred some time between 9 AM and 11:50 PM.

Sioux Falls Teen Arrested On Several Charges In IA And MN, One A Felony After Chase

Police lightbar chaseSteen, MN — A Sioux Falls teen faces several charges in both Iowa and Minnesota, at least one of them a felony, after a vehicle chase that began near Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday morning, December 23, 2012 at about 2:10 AM, a Lyon County Deputy was attempting to pull a vehicle over on Iowa Highway 9, a half mile west of Cleveland Avenue, or about a half mile east of the corner of Highways 9 and 182 south of Larchwood. The vehicle did not pull over and sped up to avoid the stop. The deputy pursued the vehicle as they continued eastbound on Highway 9, with a continuous speed of 115-117 miles per hour. At the Steen blacktop, known as Fig Avenue or K40, the vehicle turned north, while the deputy continued to pursue. Deputies from both Lyon County, Iowa and Rock County, Minnesota responded to assist in the pursuit. The vehicle turned eastbound on Rock County’s 41st Street. At the intersection of their 110th Avenue and 41st Street, two miles northeast of Steen, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch where it came to a stop.

The driver, 18-year-old Benjamin L. Delfs of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was apprehended and arrested by Rock County Deputies. He was charged in Minnesota with Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle (a felony), and misdemeanor charges of Driving While Impaired, 4th Degree, Open Bottle by a Driver, Reckless Driving, No Insurance, and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle.

The vehicle, a 1989 Honda Civic sustained approximately $1100 in damage. No injuries were reported.

Charges in Iowa are pending on Delfs.

The passenger was not charged in the incident.

Little Rock Grocery Store Burglarized, Three Northwest Iowa Men In Custody

lyonsheriffLittle Rock, Iowa — Three northwest Iowa men are behind bars in connection with a burglary that took place at the Little Rock grocery store on Thursday (12/20).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:35 AM, deputies from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary at the Little Rock Community Foods Store at 316 Main Street in Little Rock. Three individuals were arrested in the incident.

Charged with Third Degree Burglary/Joint Criminal Conduct and Second Degree Criminal Mischief/Joint Criminal Conduct, both Class D Felonies, were 18-year-old Thomas Schuck of Little Rock; and 18-year-old EJ Medina, and 21-year-old Louis Napple, both of Hawarden.

Napple is also charged with False Report to a Public Safety Employee, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Medina and Napple are being held at the Lyon County Jail, each on a $5,000 bond.

Schuck is being held in the Lyon County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Their next court date is on December 28, 2012.

Hog Confinement Fire Near Rock Valley: Damage To Structure And Loss Of Pigs Estimated At Over $150,000

FD lightbarRock Valley, Iowa — A hog confinement fire near Rock Valley on Saturday (12/22) caused over $150,000 in damage, both to the structure and in loss of pigs, and was fought by firefighters from three fire departments.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:50 PM, they paged Rock Valley Emergency Responders to the report of a hog confinement on fire at 2730 340th Street, four miles southeast of Rock Valley.

Upon their arrival, the Rock Valley Fire Department found the confinement to be fully engulfed in fire.

The Rock Valley Fire Department called for mutual aid help from the Hull and Sioux Center Fire Departments.

After the fire was extinguished it was determined that 650 30-pound feeder pigs were lost due to the fire. Total damages are estimated at $150,000.

No human injuries were reported.

The Rock Valley Ambulance crew and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.