Two NW Iowa Men Charged In Sting

Sioux Falls, SD — Two northwest Iowans are among six people arrested on charges of solicitation of a minor in an investigation by the Sioux Falls Police Department and other law agencies.
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel say that the Division of Criminal Investigation and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation into sex trafficking in Sioux Falls.

Among the arrests were people from Guatemala, Sioux Falls, and Sioux City, as well as 35-year-old Andrew Richard Krogman of Doon and 29-year-old Lance Eugene Hunter, for whom two addresses were listed, one in Sioux Falls and one in Little Rock.

They were reportedly charged with a single count each of solicitation of a minor, which is a Class 4 felony in South Dakota, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

The Attorney General’s Office says the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office, Watertown Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI assisted in the investigation. They remind you that the individuals are presumed innocent until such time as they are proven guilty.

New Feed Mill Coming To Boyden

FarmersCoopSocietyBoyden, Iowa — Farmer’s Coop Society has announced their intention to build a new $14.75 million dollar feed mill in Boyden.

The new feed mill will be in addition to FCS’s existing feed mills and will have the ability to manufacture a total of 3,000 tons per day, with a third of that amount being in pellet form.  Brad DeVries, FCS Feed Manager says Boyden is the heart of his company’s present feed territory, and the new mill will optimize transportation efficiencies for ingredients as well as finished feed.  DeVries says the mill will be state of the art, and allow FCS to take advantage of new business opportunities within the industry.

When the mill is fully operational it will require 45 semi loads of ingredients, up to 70 loads of corn, and produce 115 semi loads of complete feed per day.  DeVries says the FCS feed team is excited about the opportunity the new mill will provide to grow their business in northwest Iowa and the surrounding area.

Governor Signs Proclamation With Elgersma Family

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
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Branstad signed the proclamation in his office at the Iowa State Capitol Monday morning. There to witness the signing was the family of 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma who died in the care of her in-home daycare provider, Rochelle Sapp in October of 2013.

Sapp was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Child Endangerment resulting in death this past October, and was sentenced to a 100-year prison term.

Click here to read the proclamation, which honors Autumn Elgersma’s memory.

Fire Claims Two Lives

Brandon, South Dakota — Two people, one a firefighter, and the other the homeowner have died in a fire on Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Brandon, South Dakota.
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According to Brandon Fire Chief Gary Lembke, 38-year-old Valley Springs Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Steven Ackerman died in the fire. Brandon Police Chief David Kull says the homeowner, 47-year-old David Smith was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital where was pronounced dead.

Lembke says about 10:15 PM, the Brandon Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire in the 100 block of Fir Avenue.

About 10:40 PM, authorities say fire crews were ordered to evacuate the building due to deteriorating conditions. Twenty minutes later, they say it became apparent that a Valley Springs firefighter was missing.

Minnehaha County Emergency Manager Lynn DeYoung says firefighters were able to rescue two other people from the home.

Lembke says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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