Alvord Area Accident Results Injures Two

Alvord, Iowa — Two northwest Iowa teens were injured and may face charges after an accident near Alvord.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated the accident just before 11 PM on Friday night. They say 19-year-old Austin Koedam of Alvord was driving a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup when he went onto the yard of 2474 220th Street near Alvord. The place is owned by Bill Kock. Koedam struck a propane tank and electric pole on the yard and then left. He continued northbound on county road K30 from 220th St where he attempted to turn west onto a service raod. Koedam lost control of the pickup and went northwest off the roadway. The pickup went airborne, struck branches of a tree, and came to a rest in a grass pasture.

Koedam left the scene of the accident and was found by law enforcement officials at his home in Alvord. Koedam was then transported to Sanford Hospital, Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Amber Smith of Rock Valley was also found at his residence and transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

The propane tank and electric pole received about $3,500 in damage. The pickup received about $6,500 in damage.

Smith was cited for possession of alcohol underage, a simple misdemeanor. Charges for Koedam are pending.

Alvord Fire and Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.


Rock Valley Teen Injured In Accident Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — On Friday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m., The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 360th Street, two and one half miles northwest of Sioux Center.

Dylan De Jong, age 15, of Rock Valley, IA was driving a 1970 Chevrolet pickup westbound on 360th Street approaching the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad crossing. De Jong reported a malfunction in the steering mechanism, causing the vehicle to enter the north ditch where it struck the railroad tracks and then rolled onto its side.

De Jong reported minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the BNSF Railroad Inspection Division.


Iowa Subsoil Moisture Driest At This Point Of Year Since 1999

Des Moines, Iowa — The weekly crops and weather report is out. Of course the great majority of crops were out weeks ago, but farmers continue to worry about top and subsoil moisture.

The week’s most common field activities included fall tillage, fertilizer application, and tile installation according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Field Office.

There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the past week. Topsoil moisture levels declined to 28 percent very short, 38 percent short, 33 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture also declined and is now rated at 60 percent very short, 34 percent short, 6 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. With 94 percent of Iowa experiencing short to very short subsoil moisture levels, this is the driest Iowa’s subsoil has been at the close of the third week in November since 1999. Grain movement changed little from the previous week, with just 19 percent of the State seeing moderate to heavy grain movement from farm to elevator. Ninety-nine percent of the State reports adequate or surplus off-farm storage capacity and 97 percent of the State reports adequate or surplus on-farm storage capacity.

Hay supplies are still considered short across 41 percent of Iowa with 37 percent of the hay supply considered in good condition. Stress on livestock was minimal with no issues reported for this week. Livestock producers continue to move cattle to fields of corn and soybean stubble.

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Sioux Center Woman To Serve Jail Time For Burglary And Criminal Mischief Of Local Business

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center woman has been sentenced to a suspended prison term, some time in jail, probation, and other penalties for burglary and criminal mischief of a local business.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says 26-year-old Elicia Sue Sandbulte of Sioux Center pled guilty and was sentenced on Monday, (11/19) for Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.

On May 18, 2012, the Shell SiouxPer Center in Sioux Center discovered that someone had smashed a window, entered the business, and taken about $4,400 in cash and checks from the business during the night. After reviewing video surveillance tapes, the Sioux Center Police Department and the business identified Elicia Sandbulte as a possible suspect. Sandbulte was interviewed by the Sioux Center Police and, after she admitted involvement in the crime, she was arrested.

Sandbulte was sentenced to five years in prison on the burglary charge and to 60 days in jail on the misdemeanor criminal mischief charge, with the sentences to run concurrently. The five-year prison term was suspended; however, Sandbulte must actually serve the 60 days in jail. Sandbulte was also ordered to pay victim restitution totaling $3,041, fines totaling $1,065, surcharges, and court costs. She will serve two years’ probation. As special conditions of probation, Sandbulte may be directed to reside at a Residential Treatment Facility until maximum benefits have been achieved. She is also to abstain from all alcohol and illegal drugs, and obtain a mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment.


United Fund Drive Up, But Still A Little Slow

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2012 Sheldon United Fund Drive is underway and will continue through the rest of the year. The goal is $33,000.

The fund is up to $17,187.

The fund-raiser is 65% finished. The funds, however are only at about 52% of goal. To finish on goal, the fund should average about $1,941 per week. This past week, only $650 was donated.

The United Fund will be assisting 23 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities. Contributions may be left at any of the four Sheldon banks, or you can also send them to PO Box 41, Sheldon. Essays explaining each organization are available at the banks. The United Fund thanks you for your contribution.


Sheldon City Council Meeting Changed to Tuesday Noon

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council will meet in regular session at noon Tuesday, November 20th.   This will be a special date and time due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Council business will include presentation of a request from Children’s World,  a resolution authorizing the acceptance of bids for the owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program  and a resolution authorizing payment of annually-appropriated TIF expenditures.

In other business the council will act on the termination of a lease  agreement between the City and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  They will also act on a change order and pay estimate for work being done on the 21st avenue  storm drainage project.  And, as a final agenda item, the council will get an update on the proposed  sports complex being planned jointly between the City of Sheldon and the Sheldon Community School District.