Ireton Man Injured In Accident Near Million Dollar Corner On Thursday

An Ireton man was injured in an accident on Thursday afternoon (2/23) just south of the Million Dollar corner.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1 PM, 61-year-old Larry Vonk of Maurice was driving a 1984 Ford Econoline van northbound on Highway 75, about a half mile south of Highway 10. Twenty-one-year-old Thomas Reinking of Ireton was driving a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero southbound on Highway 75. Reinking lost control and entered the northbound lane, colliding with Vonk.

Reinking was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance where he was treated for his injuries. Vonk did not report any injuries.

Reinking’s vehicle sustained about $5,000 in damages. Vonk’s vehicle sustained about $2,000 in damages.

Reinking was cited for failure to maintain control.

The Iowa State Patrol, Maurice Fire and Rescue, Maurice First Responders, and the Sioux Center Ambulance assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

“Coaches Versus Cancer” Event Planned For Tuesday In Sibley

A little fun and a fundraiser to help defeat cancer are planned on Tuesday in Sibley.

Jackie Kannegieter tells us a little about the event, which starts at 7 PM.

She says that for the past several years, the Bumblebees, a team spearheaded by Survivior Eli Jansma of Sibley, his mom Connie, and his family have participated in the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life of Osceola County. This year, Kannegieter says Connie Jansma and the family have taken their team activities to a new level.

Coach Daryl Tutje will be the MC for the event. Kannegieter says it’s unique that they’re doing a whole game. She says normally fundraisers of this type take the form of a short game during halftime of a high school game.

She says there will be a free will offering and lots of other fun fund raisers throughout the evening — which is being dubbed “Shooting for Hope”.

This fun family event will include games and contests at each quarter break, music by the pep band, and dance team participation with a special survivor performance. There will also be a pass the bucket event. Concessions will be served by the team from U S Bank.

Again, that’s Tuesday night at 7:00 at the Sibley/Ocheyedan High School Gym.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Bucket Truck Tips Near Rock Rapids

An aerial bucket truck tipped over on Wednesday in a field southeast of Rock Rapids.

Two people were transported from the scene via Lyon County Ambulance. The Rock Rapids Fire Department and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded. Conrad DeNoble from Lyon Rural Electric Cooperative says it was not one of their trucks.

We will have further details when they become available from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Paullina Teen Transported To Hospital Following Monday Accident

A Paullina teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:25 PM on Monday (2/20), 17-year-old Joshua Fintel of Paullina was driving a 1989 Buick eastbound on 460th Street, about two miles west of Paullina when he began to lose control and cross the centerline. Forty-five-year-old Cody Granstra of Sheldon was westbound driving a 1993 Volvo semi truck when he noticed Fintel crossing the centerline.

Granstra began to drift toward the right shoulder to avoid a collision. The vehicles collided in the westbound lane. Granstra’s vehicle came to rest in the cornfield on the north side of the road and Fintel’s vehicle came to rest in the roadway facing west.

Fintel was taken by Paullina Ambulance to Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar.

Damage to Fintel’s vehicle was estimated at $1500 and damage to the semi was estimated at $18000.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Two Minnesota Men Injured In Allendorf Area Crash

Two Minnesota men were injured in a crash south of Allendorf on Monday.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:15 AM, 28-year-old Casey Kaufman of Waite Park, Minnesota, was driving a 1997 Ford pickup, southbound on Highway 59, north of 170th Street. Seventy-year-old Lawrence Kruger of Sibley, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Pickup and pulled into a field driveway on Highway 59. Kruger began to back out of the field driveway and did not see Kaufman’s vehicle approaching. Kruger struck Kaufman’s vehicle on the roadway, causing Kaufman’s vehicle to enter the east ditch.

Two passengers in Kaufman’s vehicle; 35-year-old Chad Anderson of Cokato, Minnesota, and 48-year-old Michael Ronning of Monticello, Minnesota were extricated from the vehicle and transported to the Osceola Community Hospital.

Kruger’s vehicle sustained about $1,500 damage. Kaufman’s vehicle, owned by Universal Stainless Inc. of Clear Lake, Minnesota, sustained about $2,500 damage.

Sibley Fire and Rescue, Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue and both Sibley Ambulances assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Highway Holdup Was A Hoax

The highway holdup west of Larchwood? The man who presented himself as the victim in the case made the whole thing up.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 25-year-old Aaron Abels was arrested and charged with two counts on false reporting, both serious misdemeanors.

The story was that Abels’ debit card was stolen in a roadside robbery near Larchwood in the wee hours Monday.

The story that Abels made up was that he was five and a half miles west of the south side of Larchwood, eastbound on A18 when he approached a dark red Ford SUV with its hazard lights activated. He said that the SUV had no license plates on it but did have a paper plate in the rear window. A female subject was standing behind the SUV waving for Abels to stop, according to Abels.

He said he did stop and asked what the problem was. He reported that a male subject then came from behind Abels’ vehicle and approached the drivers window where he took Abels’ debit card. The male and female then entered the Ford SUV and left the scene, he said.

Abels confessed to making the story up. He bonded out Tuesday night (2/21) after posting a one thousand dollar cash bond.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director