Rural Ocheyedan Family Homeless After Monday House Fire

Ocheyedan, Iowa — A rural Ocheyedan family is homeless after a fire caused extensive damage to the home they were living in.

Ocheyedan Fire Chief Dan Hartwig reports that about 7:45 Monday morning (10/22), fire crews were called to 6429 180th Street. Hartwig says that’s a mile south of the Ocheyedan Mound and a quarter mile east.

When they got there, Hartwig says they saw flames coming out of the bedroom window and a lot of smoke. He says they used water to fight the fire, and foam on the insulation.

The home, owned by Sunrise Farms, sustained extensive damage. The chief estimates the damage may be in the $80,000 range. The cause is still unknown, but the chief thinks it may have been electrical in nature.

The May City Fire Department was also called for water. Hartwig thinks about 9000 gallons was used to fight the fire.

Fire crews were on-scene about two hours and twenty minutes.


Des Moines Man Apparently Drowned In West Lake Okoboji On Saturday While Working On Dock

Spirit Lake, Iowa — A Des Moines man is dead after he drowned in West Lake Okoboji over the weekend.

On Saturday (10/20) the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a drowning on West Lake Okoboji just before 4:30 PM. An investigation found that 30-year-old Andrew Goll of Des Moines had been working on a dock in the 16000 block of North Inner Lane, in rural Spirit Lake.

A family member found Goll in the water near the dock. A doctor that lives near the property came to the scene and administered life saving measures. Goll was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Spirit Lake First Responders and Lakes Regional Hospital Ambulance and Paramedics assisted at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.


Wisconsin Man Arrested In Series Of Burglaries In Sioux County Sentenced To 30 Year Prison Term

Orange City, Iowa — A Wisconsin man who was arrested after a series of burglaries in Sioux County has pled guilty and was sentenced to a 30-year prison term on Monday.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 49-year-old Daniel Joseph DeTaege of Appleton, Wisconsin pled guilty and was sentenced in Sioux County District Court on three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree as an Habitual Offender.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, July 15, 2012, a Hawarden police officer, on patrol in Ireton, noticed glass broken out of the Coop. The officer investigated and discovered DeTaege inside the business in the act of burglarizing the business. The officer was able to arrest DeTaege without incident. After DeTaege was arrested, officers discovered a large amount of cash in his vehicle as well as a map of Iowa that had several communities and routes highlighted.

The Court sentenced DeTaege to serve an indeterminate 30-year prison sentence and ordered DeTaege to make restitution to all of the victims of his burglaries in Sioux County in the amount of $8,447.50. Because he is an habitual offender, the Court also ordered that DeTaege must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of six years before he is eligible for parole.


Orange City Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City woman has been arrested on drug charges.

On Saturday, (10/20) at 10:00 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a suspicious person and vehicle at the Sinclair Fuel storage parking area at the intersection of 470th Street and Jackson Avenue, one mile south of Orange City.

Upon further investigation, deputies located Jean Blair, age 49, of Orange City in her vehicle at that location. Through the investigation deputies determined that Blair was operating her vehicle while she was under the influence of drugs and found drug paraphernalia in her possession.

Blair was arrested for operating while intoxicated‐drugged, a serious misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department and the Orange City Ambulance. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Drug Recognition Expert also assisted with the investigation.


Two 14-year-olds Taken To Hospital After UTV Accident

Rock Valley, Iowa — Two 14-year-olds, one from George and one from Rock Valley were taken to the hospital after a UTV accident near Rock Valley.

On Saturday, (10/20) at 4:30 PM, 13-year-old Kassie Johnson of Rock Valley was driving a 2011 Roketa side-by-side UTV westbound on 300th Street near Fig Avenue, a mile northeast of Rock Valley. A side-by-side UTV looks like an off-road golf cart.

Johnson attempted to make a left turn onto Fig Avenue where she lost control and rolled the UTV onto its
passenger side.

Johnson received minor injuries but did not seek medical attention. Two passengers, 14-year-old Taylar Van Otterloo of George, and 14-year-old Madison Zeutenhorst of Rock Valley were transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Rock Valley Ambulance.

The Roketa sustained approximately $500 in damages.

Johnson was cited for illegal operation of an all terrain vehicle on the roadway.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Valley Police Department and Rock Valley Ambulance.


Two Sheldon Middle-Schoolers To Perform In Honors Choir

Sheldon, Iowa — Two Sheldon middle-schoolers are going to perform in an honors choir in Ames.

Maddy Gude and Audrey Groot, 7th graders at Sheldon Middle School were recently selected for participation in the twenty-seventh annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Over 3400 students were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs.

Selections were made by means of a recorded audition.

Guest conductors of the choirs include Roger Hatteberg, 5th & 6th Grade Elementary Honor Choir; Kelly Truax, 7th & 8th Grade Bass Clef Honor Choir; Linda Ferjak, 7th & 8th Grade Treble Clef Honor Choir; and Dr. Gerald Kreitzer, 9th Grade Mixed Honor Choir.

The 2012 Opus Honor Choirs will perform at 4:00 p.m. November 15th in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in the Iowa State Center in Ames. The Opus Honor Choir Festival is under the auspices of the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.

Maddy is the daughter of Jim and Linda Gude of Sheldon and Audrey is the daughter of Lori Letner and Jay Groot also of Sheldon. The girls are directed by Mr Adam Orban.