Two More Teens Arrested, Charged With Remsen Burglary

Two more teens, implicated in a burglary and assault in rural Remsen last week have turned themselves in.

Nineteen-year-old Dylan Michael Corbin of Sioux City turned himself in last week.  The next day, 18-year-old Christian Alexander of Sioux City turned himself in.  They each had had Plymouth County Warrants for Burglary 1st degree, a Class B Felony, and are both being held on $25,000 bond.

Nineteen-year-old Gregory Steven Hueser of Sioux City and 17-year-old Beau Joseph Mogensen of Moville were arrested after the crime. They were charged with Burglary in the 1st Degree, a Class B Felony, and both were held on $25,000 bond.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:15 AM on Wednesday (2/8), their deputies responded to a call at a rural residence east of Remsen for an assault complaint.  The owner of the residence reported that four males forcefully entered the residence and committed an assault on one of the residents.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director


Orange City Woman Dies In Skiing Accident In Western South Dakota

An Orange City woman has died in a skiing accident in western South Dakota.

Authorities say 24-year-old Tina Heilman of Orange City hit a ski lift tower Saturday as she was skiing down a beginner’s slope at the Terry Peak Resort in the Black Hills.

Terry Peak president Tom Marsing said Heilman was a novice skier and she wasn’t wearing a helmet.

Heilman worked as a nurse in Sioux Falls and was a graduate of Dordt College in Sioux Center.

Story from RadioIowa


Northwest Iowa Farmers Get Grants For Community And Non-Profit Organizations

A lucky farmer in every one of Iowa’s counties as well as several others in other states have received grants to help community and non-profit organizations from Monsanto Corporation.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to support farming communities by offering farmers the opportunity to register to win a $2500 donation for their favorite community charity. Recipients could include FFA, 4-H, schools or other civic organizations hospitals, fire departments or food pantries.

This program is designed for farmers who live in one of the 1,245 counties, are 21 years or older, and actively engaged in farming at least 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or farm 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

In our four-county area:

The Osceola County winner was David Rossman. He picked May City Fire & Ambulance to get the $2500 designated for Osceola County. Jay Hofland was the O’Brien County winner. That $2500 went to the Sanborn Fire Department for Bin Rescue Equipment. Nathan Rath was the Lyon County winner. He picked Lyon County Extension 4-H to get the $2500. Craig Wegner was the winner in Sioux County, and he picked the West Sioux FFA.

Now, Monsanto is coming out with another program. Annie Kayser, Community Outreach Coordinator with Monsanto says they’re happy to be introducing America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education.

She says it’s similar to the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program but they have their differences too.

For more information, you can go to www.growruraleducation.com.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director


Sheldon Community School Board To Meet Monday Evening

Among the items on the agenda when the Sheldon Community Schools Board of Education meets Monday will be a report on the School District Independent Audit from a representative of the State Auditors Office.

They will also hear reports from the Principals of East Elementary, the middle school and the high school, along with a financial report from Bill Borchers, and a report from Superintendent Robin Spears. One of the items Spears will report on is a recent meeting held between representatives of the school district and the City Council on the Joint Baseball/Softball Fields Development Project.

The Board will also review some District policies, consider an Open Enrollment Request, a resignation, and contracts for an open coaching position. They’ll also consider the purchase of school vehicles, consider a Special Education Services Contract with Woodward-Granger Community Schools, as well as with KeBecca Education Services and Hope Haven.

The Board will also hear a presentation from Sheldon Middle School with information about a variety of e-readers that are used at the middle school.

Monday’s meeting begins at 5:30 in the High School Library.


Former C-CE Principal Turns Self In

The former superintendent of Clay Central Everly Schools turned himself in to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday(2/9)on charges of First Degree Theft.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that 49-year-old Monte Owen Montgomery of Royal appeared at the Clay County jail to turn himself in on charges stemming from a joint investigation conducted by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The investigation revealed between July 1, 2005 and November 30, 2010, the misappropriation of Clay Central-Everly Community School District funds in the amount of nearly $48,000 was committed.   Montgomery is accused of responsibility by receiving improper disbursements as a result of his use of a CC-E school credit card.  The charge was filed by the Clay County Attorneys Office the day before.

The Sheriff’s Office says that First Degree Theft is defined as obtaining the transfer or possession, control, or ownership of the property of another, or the beneficial use of property of another by deception, the value of said property exceeding $10,000 in value.

Montgomery was released from the Clay County Jail without posting a bond to appear in Court at a later date.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director


Lewis And Clark Water Project Gets Some Funding But Not As Much As Expected

The multi-million-dollar water system that’s being constructed to serve Sheldon, Sibley, Hull, Sioux Center, Rock Rapids, and several other communities and rural water systems in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota received some more news regarding funding recently.

Troy Larson, the executive director of the project says that because of the federal ban on congressional earmarks, the tri-state congressional delegation couldn’t appropriate funding for the project.

Then, when there was $30 million in funding to be passed out, they still couldn’t do anything, due to that earmark ban — so the federal Bureau of Reclamation was asked to divvy the funds.  He says they are quite disappointed in how that went.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012a.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   Only, Larson says that’s not how it went.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012b.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   Larson’s opinion is that the federal earmark ban should not include pre-authorized projects.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012c.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   The project has been in the works since the late 1990’s.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director