Car Sought After Hit & Run In Doon

Doon, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help to try to find a car involved in an accident in Doon.
They report that about 2:30 Monday afternoon, January 26, 2015, 76-year-old John Van Surksum of Doon was northbound on Hubbard Avenue in his 2006 Buick Lucerne. A white car was eastbound on South First Street when it entered the intersection and struck Van Surksum’s vehicle in the left rear. The white car continued east on South First Street and was not seen again.

Van Surksum’s Buick received approximately $700 in damages and the damage to the white car is unknown. No injuries were reported.

If you have information on the white car involved in this accident please call the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department at 712-472-8300.

Northwest Iowa Food Summit To Be At NCC On Thursday

Sheldon, Iowa — There’s going to be a “Food Summit” in Sheldon on Thursday.

What’s a food summit? The extension service says food producers, consumers, community leaders, gardeners, cooks and anyone with an interest in local foods are invited to attend the free event. Extension specialist Margaret Murphy tells us more.

She says “Flavors of Northwest Iowa” is basically focused on smaller farms that for the most part sell directly to the consumer.

She says at the 2013 summit, they identified some short and long-term top priorities.

Again, the summit runs from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM at Northwest Iowa Community College. It will feature guest speaker Lynn Heuss, assistant coordinator for the ISU Extension and Outreach local food and farm program, discussing funding opportunities, the farm bill and the collective impact method for coalition building.

ISU Extension and Outreach Regional Food Coordinators Margaret Murphy and Laurie Taylor will be on hand, as well as Craig Tordsen from ISU Extension and Outreach’s Value Added Agriculture program. There will be a review and discussion of the regional action plan, roundtable discussions, and information and resources available to attendees.

Murphy says they really want to hear from local stakeholders as to how things are going and what more can be done to promote locally-grown foods.

For more information, contact the Woodbury or Lyon County extension offices at 712-276-2157 or 712-472-2576. More information can also be found at They do request that you pre-register by Tuesday, January 27th.

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Sheldon Man Arrested By Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been arrested on a sex abuse charge.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday morning, January 23, one of their deputies arrested 33-year-old Cody Foster of Sheldon.

Authorities say the arrest stemmed from an investigation into a report of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred at a home in Matlock.

Deputies investigated the report and say they believe that Foster committed a sex act against a 16-year-old male in June, 2014.

Sioux County authorities say Foster was arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Western Sioux County Accident Injures Two

Sioux County Iowa, just west of Fairview, SD – Two people from Rock Valley were taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident in western Sioux County on Saturday night.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 10 PM, 38-year-old Daniel Rice of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado eastbound on county road A54B when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and rolled into a farm field. Rice became trapped in the vehicle and a passenger, 44-year-old Lisa Simonsen of Rock Valley was ejected from the vehicle.

Rice and Simonsen sustained severe injuries and were transported to the Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center. They were both later transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $18,000 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation and authorities believe alcohol was a factor.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Rock Valley Police Department, Fairview Fire Department, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance crew.

Man Faces Felony Charges After ATV Chase

Doon, Iowa — A Doon man faces several charges including two felonies after authorities say he wouldn’t stop his ATV when a deputy tried to make a traffic stop in Doon.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening, January 23, 2015, they received complaints of loud ATV’s driving around Doon. A deputy located two four wheelers on 5th Avenue near North 4th Street and activated the emergency lights in an attempt to stop them.

One four wheeler came to a stop and the second one continued south onto 6th Avenue. The Deputy then activated the sirens and the four wheeler continued, cutting through residential yards. The deputy then caught up to the four wheeler on 7th Avenue near North 4th Street where the four wheeler came to a stop. The deputy exited his car in an attempt to apprehend the subject. The four wheeler then started west on North 4th Street nearly striking the deputy. The eluding four wheeler came into sight again when it drove past the first four wheeler and a second deputy. The four wheeler came within feet of striking the second deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the first four wheeler, which stopped immediately was 40-year-old Travis Joe Caratachea of Buckeye, AZ . He was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor, and cited for Operating an ATV on Roadways, a Simple Misdemeanor.

They report that the driver of the second ATV was 30-year-old Matthew James Johnson of Doon. Johnson was later located and arrested at his home on charges of Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony; Assault on a Peace Officer with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class D Felony; Eluding a Police Officer, a Serious Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor. Johnson was also cited for Driving without a Valid Driver’s License and Operating a ATV on Roadways, both Simple Misdemeanors.

Woman Injured, Horse Put Down After Accident

Doon, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to the hospital, and a horse had to be destroyed following an accident near Doon on Friday night, January 23, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:20 PM, 35-year-old Andrew Krogman of Doon was traveling east on county road A52, a half mile east of Highway 75; or five miles east of Doon, when he came upon a horse in the roadway. Krogman began to herd the horse to a yard using the 2013 Ford pickup he was driving. Thirty-seven-year-old Cassandra Cavin of Rock Valley was westbound on county road A52 in a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker when she struck the horse in the roadway. The horse landed on the hood of the Chevrolet, she then crossed the center line and struck the front end of the Ford.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Cavin to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Chevrolet Tracker, owned by Cavin, was totaled with a $3,000 loss. The F-150 pickup received approximately $2,500 in damages. The horse, owned by Harlan Gorter of Doon, had to be disposed of and was a $4,000 loss.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Doon Fire and Rescue and the Lyon County Ambulance.