Area DNR Violations

DES MOINES – The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions.  The following are only briefs; copies of enforcement action, including the full, original order and contact information are available on the DNR’s website at

Administrative Orders

Responsible parties have 30 days to appeal the order or 60 days to pay the penalty.

Sioux County

Jeff Pottebaum is required to ensure new controls prevent effluent from reaching a water of the state, and pay a $4,000 penalty. The penalty has been paid.

Terrance Kooima  is required to submit timely NPDES reports, and pay $3,000 penalty. The penalty has been paid.

Osceola County

City of Harris is asked to have a compliance schedule for rehabilitation of the city’s wastewater collection system and/or improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.

Lyon County

Aerial Crop Care, Inc.; Tri State Agri Corp.; Hoppe Airspray LLC is required to pay a $3,500 penalty and $1,509 in fish restitution and investigative costs resulting from a fish kill caused by aerial application of pesticides.

Two Taken To Hospitals After Accident

Hartley, Iowa — A Hartley woman and a Sanborn teen were taken to area hospitals after an accident near Sanborn.
The O’Brien County Sheriff Office reports about 6:20 AM on Monday, April 13th, 56-year-old Charlene Schwien of Hartley was driving a 2000 Ford minivan westbound on Highway 18, a mile east of Sanborn. Eighteen-year-old Megan Kroese of Sanborn was eastbound on 18 in a 2005 Honda.

The report says Schwien was making a left turn onto Highway 59 and according to the deputy, failed to yield to the Kroese vehicle. The report says the units collided in the eastbound lane causing Kroese car to spin around and hit a stop sign pole.

The Sanborn Ambulance took Schwien to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar. A private vehicle took Kroese to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley.

Schwien’s Ford sustained $2500 in damages. Kroese’s Honda sustained about $9000 in damages.

Schwien was charged with failure to yield on left turn.

Deputies Investigate Vehicle Burglaries

Maurice, Iowa — If you’ve parked your vehicle in Maurice recently and have noticed items missing from your vehicle, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office wants to talk to you.
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They report that during the early hours of Sunday, April 12, they investigated reports of burglary and theft that are said to have occurred from a motor vehicle in Maurice.
Upon further investigation, deputies found that someone had allegedly witnessed a perpetrator illegally enter their vehicle and take property from it. When confronted, the person is reported to have left the area driving westbound from Maurice.

Deputies say the suspect vehicle was stopped a short time later by a Plymouth County Sheriff’s Deputy near Le Mars. As a result of the traffic stop, deputies cited a 17-year-old boy from Sioux City on charges of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft.

The investigation revealed that there may be additional residents of Maurice who also had items stolen from their vehicles. If you are missing property and believe that it was stolen when these crimes took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Police Departments from Hawarden, Sioux Center, Orange City, and Le Mars, and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies remind you to lock your vehicles and remove valuables from them.

They say the case remains under investigation.

Osceola Sheriff’s Office: They Weren’t Puppies

Sibley, Iowa — After initially reporting that they were searching for someone who dumped puppies off a bridge north of Sibley, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is now saying they weren’t puppies after all.
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They report that on Sunday, April 12, 2015, one of their deputies pulled two carcasses from the creek where the alleged dead puppies were dumped.  The Sheriff’s Office was unable to identify the animal or its breed at that time.

The next day (Monday, April 13th) the sheriff’s office reports that they contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to examine the carcasses.  The DNR determined that the animals were not puppies but were raccoons.

The Sheriff’s Office is still looking for information on who dumped the raccoons in the creek.  If you have any information please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (712)754-2556 or if you want to remain anonymous you can make a Text-A-Tip report.  A link to Text-A-Tip can be found online at

Alton Man Arrested, Charged With Four Counts

Orange City, Iowa — An Alton man has been arrested on four charges after an incident early on Sunday.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 2:50 AM, they received a report from the public. They responded and after investigating the situation, they arrested 23-year-old Lennon Maras of Alton.

He was charged with Public Intoxication, Trespassing, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.

According to jail records, he was released after posting a $1000 cash or surety bond.

Authorities Looking For Person Who Dumped Puppies

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help.
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They’re trying to find out who allegedly dumped several dead puppies off a bridge north of Sibley on Northwest Boulevard. They report that the puppies appeared to be from a medium to large breed of dog and appeared to have been dumped off the bridge sometime over the winter.

If anyone has information about this case please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (712)754-2556 or through Text-A-Tip if you wish to remain anonymous. A link to Text-A-Tip can be found at