Ten-Year-Old Boy Charged With Aggravated Assault

Storm Lake, Iowa — A 10-year-old boy from Storm Lake faces an assault charge after authorities say he stabbed his 9-year-old brother.
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According to Storm Lake Police, the alleged incident happened in a Storm Lake apartment on Monday evening. The report was that a woman was looking for a ride to the hospital after her child had been stabbed.

After a preliminary investigation, police believe the two brothers had gotten into an argument. The 10-year-old threw a kitchen knife at the 9-year-old, stabbing him in the back.

Both the mother and the 10-year-old are charged in the case.

Forty-two-year-old Jennifer Means-Delcid was arrested and charged with child endangerment. She was booked into jail on a $2,000 bond.

The 10-year-old faces a charge of aggravated assault. He was released to a family member and is supposed to make an appearance in juvenile court.


Students To Hear About NW Iowa Career Oportunities

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County high school freshmen and sophomores will hear about careers available in Lyon County on Friday, January 30th at a Career Exploration Day.
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Lyon County Economic Development Director Steve Simons says it’s a project he’s been working on with George-Little Rock, Central Lyon and West Lyon guidance departments, Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof, and Northwest Iowa Community College.


He says that more than 20 local business professionals will be participating and presenting information in Agriculture Related, Arts/Audiovisual Technology, Building Trades, Business/Entrepreneur, Engineering/Surveying, Finance, Health Sciences, Hospitality/Tourism, Manufacturing and Social Sciences categories.

The half-day session will be held in seven locations with the Forster Community Center as the centerpiece.

He says the nearly 290 students have been surveyed and selected three career categories/sessions that they will attend.


He says Anderson will also hold a workforce and education session for Lyon County parents and community members on Thursday, January 29, at 7 PM the evening before the Career Exploration Day at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

We had a chance to talk to Lynn Anderson and she gave us a preview of the information she’ll present to the students.


She says she’s also got some advice for parents on Thursday night.


Anderson says research indicates most students now entering the job force will change careers nine times in their life. She says that means it’s not enough to get any old college degree — the field of education is changing too.

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The Career Exploration Day schedule is:

Thursday, January 29
Parent’s program on workforce and education at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids

Friday, January 30
Student Career Exploration Day at Forster Community Center and other locations in Rock Rapids.

9 a.m. – Student arrival from three schools

9:10 a.m. – Whole-group presentation (40 minutes/10 minutes movement)

10 a.m. – Session 1 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

10:35 a.m. – Session 2 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

11:10 a.m. – Session 3 (25 minutes presentation/10 minutes movement)

11:45 a.m. – Lunch at Forster (35 minutes)

12:20 p.m. – Students to busses

12:30 p.m. – Buses depart


Voters In Boyden-Hull District To Decide Fate Of PPEL Renewal

Hull, Iowa — Voters in the Boyden-Hull School District will be going to the polls on Tuesday, February 3rd.

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They will be deciding the fate of a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, or PPEL.

Boyden-Hull Superintendent Steve Grond says that the PPEL measure is asking whether to renew the current PPEL that is in place for another 10 years. Grond says the measure uses the standard PPEL language.

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

If you have any questions, you can call Lisa Rowenhorst at the Sioux County Auditor’s Office at 712-737-2216 or call the Boyden-Hull district office.

Full text of ballot measure, courtesy of Sioux County Auditor’s Office:

Shall the Board of Directors of the Boyden-Hull Community School District, in the Counties of Sioux and Lyon, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing and improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or lease-purchase of technology and equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar Thirty-Four Cents ($1.34) per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, or each year thereafter?


Man Sentenced To Prison On Theft, Other Charges

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man will serve time behind bars after he was sentenced on Monday, January 26, 2015 on theft, forgery, and credit card fraud charges.
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Sioux County Attorney, Thomas G. Kunstle, says that 28-year-old Austin Richard Mulder of Rock Valley, was sentenced for the crimes of Theft in the Second Degree and Forgery, both Class D Felonies; and three counts of Credit Card Fraud, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

On October 2, 2014, according to court records, Rock Valley police pulled Mr. Mulder over in their city. They say he was visibly shaking, upset, and seemed emotional considering the circumstances.

Police learned Mulder’s driver’s license had been suspended so he was placed under arrest. When police began inventorying his pickup truck they found marijuana. Police also found a Dell laptop computer with a service tag. This same computer was reported stolen on August 16, 2014. The owner of the computer identified another computer and other items as stolen when shown the contents of Mulder’s pickup.

Rock Valley police charged Mr. Mulder with Theft by exercising control over stolen property. After the charge, Mulder made admissions during a telephone call while inside the Sioux County Jail.

Police further searched other electronic devices found inside the vehicle that implicated him in a Walmart theft.

Through their investigation, police learned Mulder fraudulently applied for a credit card in another’s name in September 2014. After receiving this fraudulently-received credit card, they say Mulder made purchases or received services, at People’s Bank and Premier Bank in Rock Valley, and at Walmart in Sioux Center.

Mulder was sentenced to five years in prison on the theft and forgery charges and to two years in prison on the credit card fraud charges, with the sentences to run consecutively, for a total indeterminate prison term not to exceed seven years.


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.
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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 www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.org. They do request that you pre-register by Tuesday, January 27th.

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