George Man Arrested For Felony OWI Near Sibley

drunk driving OWI DWI iStockSibley, Iowa — A George man is behind bars in Sibley on a felony drunk driving charge.

On Saturday, (8/24/13) an Osceola County Deputy arrested 53-year-old Mark Allen Kruse of George and charged him with operating while intoxicated, 4th offense, a class “D” felony. Kruse was also cited for driving without a valid driver’s license, not having proof of insurance and improper registration, all simple misdemeanors.

Kruse was transported to the Osceola County Jail and is being held on a $5,000 bond. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop west of Sibley.

Heat Warning Issued – State Health Department Says Take Precautions to Protect Your Health

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHEven young and healthy Iowans can be affected by high heat

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Iowa. Record highs around 100 degrees are expected today and tomorrow, with the heat index soaring to 110 degrees in the afternoon and evening. The excessive heat is expected to continue through the week. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are active during hot weather.


“People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough,” said IPDH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Especially when the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.”


Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, the people are at greatest risk include:

  • People age 65 or older
  • Infants and young children
  • Overweight individuals
  • People who are performing manual labor or exercising outdoors
  • People who have a chronic illness, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as those for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.


Even young and healthy individuals can have a heat-related illness if they are very active during hot weather or the heat index is very high.


To protect your health when temperatures and humidity are high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Increase fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. The best way to tell you are well-hydrated is if your urine is light yellow. If it gets dark, stop and rehydrate by drinking water immediately.
  • If experiencing a lot of sweating, replace salt and minerals by eating foods like bananas and salty crackers, or drink rehydrating beverages that contain salts such as sports drinks, and special rehydration fluids.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face such as sun hats, visors, etc.
  • Keep in the shade or air conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air conditioned space and drink cool liquids.
  • Use a buddy system. Watch others for heat-induced illness, since some people may not realize that they are suffering heat-related illnesses and can become confused or lose consciousness.


For more information about preventing heat-related illness, visit

Fire Crews From Three Communities Battle House Fire In Luverne, Minnesota

FD fire lightbarLuverne, Minnesota — A house in Luverne, Minnesota was damaged in a fire early on Sunday morning.

The house fire was in the 700 block of South Donaldson Street. Neighbors said they woke up to see the fire just before 2:00 on Sunday morning. The home was a rental belonging to Nate and Trista Perkins, and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Fire crews from Beaver Creek and Hills assisted the Luverne Fire Department.

The cause of the fire has not yet been released.

Corn Field Near Orange City Vandalized

corn fieldOrange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to find information about a damaged corn field.

They say that on Saturday (8/24/13), they investigated a report of vandalism to a corn field on 400th Street, three miles northeast of Orange City. The incident likely took place during the overnight hours of Friday, August 23 or early morning hours of Saturday, August 24 say deputies.

Upon further investigation it was discovered that a vehicle had entered the cornfield at 400th Street and exited the field one mile south on 410th Street. The vehicle traveled an estimated two miles throughout the field before leaving the area.

The corn sustained about $1,500 in damages.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program.

Two Cows Lost, Semi Sustains Extensive Damage But Driver Unhurt In Carnes Accident

Carnes AccidentOrange City, Iowa — Two cows were lost, a semi sustained extensive damage, and law officers were occupied for quite a while after a semi accident on Highway 60 at Carnes on Friday (8/23/13).

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1 PM, 32-year-old Dean Greseth of Kenyon, MN was driving a 2002 Peterbuilt semi-tractor pulling a cattle trailer, which was loaded with 30 head of cattle. He was northbound on Highway 60 at Carnes — four miles south of Orange City — when he lost control of the truck while traversing a curve. The truck and trailer rolled onto its side and came to rest on the east shoulder of the roadway.

After the truck rolled, the top of the trailer opened up allowing several cattle to be released into the ditch.

The driver did not report any injuries.

Two head of cattle were lost due to injuries sustained in the accident; the remaining 28 head were herded into portable pens and then loaded onto stock trailers.

Damage from the accident was estimated at $85,000.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Orange City Police Department, Iowa Department of Transportation Highway Department, Alton Fire Department and Alton Ambulance.

Several area farmers on horseback also assisted herding the cattle into the pens and trailers.

The sheriff’s office says they would like to thank all the people who assisted with recovering the cattle. They say that this averted further accidents and greatly enhanced safety of the public.

Doon Man Arrested On Assault Charge After Incident Near Rock Valley

Hand Cuffs sxcRock Valley, Iowa — A Doon man has been arrested on assault charges after an incident in rural Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly before 4:30 PM on Thursday (8/22/13), their deputies investigated a disturbance that occurred at a home on 330th Street, four miles southwest of Rock Valley.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, 24-year-old Dennis Thompson II of Doon is accused of assaulting two people at the residence, causing bodily injury to the victims. He was charged with serious assault.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department.