SBA Disaster Loan Deadline Approaching

Northwest Iowa — Time is running out for northwest Iowa businesses who were affected by last year’s floods to apply for an SBA loan.
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Director Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office says is reminding businesses of the April 8, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes in Lyon and Sioux counties that occurred June 14 – 23, 2014.

According to Armstrong, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. She says that these particular loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. She says assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Cherokee, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Iowa; Nobles and Rock counties in Minnesota; and Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union counties in South Dakota.

The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

More information from the SBA:
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.


Akron Murder Trail Pushed Back Again

Akron, Iowa — The trial for an Akron man who is accused in the death of his mother has been postponed again.Neunaber

Jonathan Neunaber pled not guilty to the murder charge in August 2014 in Plymouth County District Court. A trial was to have begun on March 31st. However, court records now indicate that both the trial and the pretrial conference, which had been set for March 27th, have been “continued”. That’s legal language for “postponed.” Originally, the trial was to have been in December, 2014.

A judge allowed the trial to be postponed this time to give Neunaber’s attorney more time to prepare. New dates for the pretrial conference and trial have not been set. Court records say that will happen in a separate order of the court.

Plymouth County Attorney Darin Raymond has said that Neunaber previously admitted to causing the death of Esther Neunaber, but eventually pled not guilty. Both 80-year-old Esther, and her husband, 83-year-old Don Neunaber, were found dead at their rural Akron home on July 9th, 2014.

Jonathan Neunaber was not charged in his father’s death, which investigators say was a natural death.


Sutherland Planning New Community Center

Sutherland, Iowa — A new $1.9 million community center and Legion building is planned in Sutherland.
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The former Sutherland bowling alley at the corner of Ash and Second Streets was demolished last month in preparation for the project.

We had a chance to talk to the chairman of the R.L. Johannsen Community Center, Steve Koch. He says the planning started a while back.


Koch gives us an update on construction progress.


He says they hope to have it finished up by December of this year, but he says it could take until February, 2016. Koch says the building will serve a number of uses and individuals.


He says the medical equipment is available for loan to those who need it.

Koch says the building will be totally handicapped-accessible and a nice place for a number of city functions. He says it will be directly south of the current Legion building.

Koch says there’s a fundraiser for the building on Sunday, March 8th.


He says if you want more information, you can email sutherlandcommunitycenter@hotmail.com or call 712-446-3834. He says they are a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations to the new community center are tax-deductible.

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Sibley Man Taken To Hospital After Accident

Allendorf, Iowa — A Sibley man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Friday, March 6, 2015 near Allendorf.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:00 AM, 32-year-old Patrick Webb of Sibley was driving a Volkswagen Passat eastbound on Highway 9. Sixty-two-year-old Julio Mora-Vargas of Draper, UT was driving a Freightliner semi owned by Hilt, Incorporated of Salt Lake City, UT.

The report says Mora-Vargas was stopped at the northbound stop sign on Highway 59 and pulled the semi into the highway, failing to see the Webb vehicle. The Passat hit the Freightliner broadside.

Webb was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance. Mora-Vargas was not injured.

Webb’s vehicle received approximately $10,000 in damage. The Freightliner received approximately $20,000 in damage.

Also assisting at the scene were the Sibley Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol.


Four Face Drug Charges In Sibley

Sibley, Iowa — Four people were arrested on drug charges on Friday, March 6, 2015 at a Sibley motel.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they carried out a search warrant on four rooms and two motor vehicles at the Sibley Inn Motel in Sibley. Four people were taken into custody. Three of them were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, alleged to be marijuana; a serious misdemeanor.

Arrested were 28-year-old Raphael Dewayne Holyfield of Moody, Alabama; 23-year-old Ranzell Marquez Jones of Montevallo Alabama; and 28-year-old Printice Leon Banks, who had no address. Twenty-two-year-old Dejuan Henry Ramsey Andrews of Central Point, Alabama was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor. Holyfield and Jones were also charged with alleged Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Holyfield and Jones are being held on a $1300 bond, Banks on a $1000 bond, and Andrews on a $300 bond. The Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force assisted with the investigation.


Sanborn Man Arrested On Drug Charges

Alton, Iowa — A Sanborn man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop early on Thursday, March 5.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that just after midnight, they arrested 48-year-old Michael Rydstrom of Sanborn as the result of a traffic stop that occurred on Highway 60, two miles south of Alton.

Upon further investigation deputies say they discovered a controlled substance in Rydstrom’s possession.

Rydstrom was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and third or subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance.

K9 units from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.