Worthington Man Taken To Hospital After Equipment Malfuntion Causes Acdident Near Allendorf

A Worthington man was taken to a hospital after an equipment malfunction near Allendorf caused him to have a car accident.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7 PM on Saturday (3/17), 47-year-old Biel Dieng of Worthington was driving a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am, southbound on Highway 59, north of 170th Street when something broke on the vehicle. Dieng lost control of the vehicle, which rolled into the east ditch.

Dieng was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital.

His vehicle was a total loss.

Dieng was ticketed for Violation of Instruction Permit and Failure to Prove Security against Liability.

The Sibley Ambulance Crew assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


Electric Fish Barrier Sought To Keep Jumping Fish Out Of Okoboji Lake Chain

The Iowa DNR and people who live and play on the Iowa Great Lakes — the Okoboji and Spirit Lake chain of lakes — are getting ready to fight an invader. No, not a space alien, but a fish alien.

Last summer’s flooding allowed Bighead and Silver Carp to swim around two dams that normally block their migration up the Little Sioux River. In August, Bighead Asian Carp were found near “the Narrows” on East Lake Okoboji. These fish are bad and pose a hazard, but their cousins are the ones that are feared the most.

Silver Carp – known as the “jumping fish” – were found in Lost Island Lake, just 20 miles south of the Iowa Great Lakes. These “jumping fish” when stimulated by a boat motor are infamous for jumping into the face of a boater, tuber, skier, wake boarder, or jet skier causing serious injuries. Not only that, but they filter feed and could cause the depletion of game fish in the lake because they eat the same thing as baby game fish and the prey fish that game fish eat.

We talked to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Mike Hawkins about the fish.

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He says they are infamous for their behavior.

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He says people in the Lakes area are afraid they will come into the Iowa Great Lakes and set up shop and not want to leave. Hawkins says they live 15 to 20 years.

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But, Hawkins says they are excellent migrators.

The solution is for the DNR to build an electric fish barrier at the Lower Gar Outlet.

Julie Fillenwarth, with Fillenwarth Beach Resort says timing is critical to construct the fish barrier this summer, so the lakes are protected.

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She says they’re trying to be proactive, so they are fundraising and going to their legislators to get some state funding.

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You can go to watersafetycouncil.org for more information and to donate.

Here is a video of flying carp on a river in Indiana.


Three People From Sibley Charged With Drug Offenses After Drug Bust

Three people from Sibley have been charged after a drug bust.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that their deputies arrested and charged 27-year-old Adam Linday, 21-year-old Dmytro Wortman, and 19-year-old Alexis Wilson all of Sibley.

They were charged with the alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor and Prohibited Acts, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

They were booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $3300 cash bond.


Five Underage Drinkers Charged After Sioux County Sheriff Breaks Up Hospers Party

Five underage drinkers were charged after authorities broke up a party near Hospers Saturday night.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip through the Text-a-Tip program Saturday night, of an underage alcohol party near Hospers.

Upon further investigation of the tip, deputies located the party, a half mile north of Hospers.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathon Ehlers of Luverne, MN, 20-year-old Dillon Postma from Sheldon, 20-year-old Ethan Evink from Hospers, and 19-year-old Jaclyn Dehner from Hinton, were cited for Possession of Alcohol Underage, a simple misdemeanor.

Nineteen-year-old Brennan Jungers of Hospers, was arrested and charged with Possession of Alcohol Underage and Supplying Alcohol to Persons Underage, a serious misdemeanor.

The investigation is ongoing


Boy Sentenced To Probation In Rural Kingsley Shooting

The boy who admitted to shooting his brother in rural Kingsley faces probation and other stipulations, but it looks like he won’t need to serve time behind bars.

Fourteen-year-old Billy Noll admitted in February to involuntary manslaughter in the death of his step-brother, Kyle Badgerow in December near Kingsley.

A charge of willful injury was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

He will remain in the custody of his father, and Juvenile Court Services will periodically review Noll’s probation status with the court. He is also to avoid contact with firearms, including real, toy, or facsimile weapons, and authorities will have the right to check his residence to make sure he’s in compliance.


Hull Business Burglarized, Public Asked For Help

A business was broken into and several items taken during a burglary in Hull over the weekend. The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that sometime during the early morning hours of March 18, a person or persons entered Radio and TV Center by forced entry. Once inside, the perpetrators took several items including TV’s, audio devices, and cell phones.

The store surveillance system was also stolen. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office by phone or by using the text‐a‐tip program. You may remain anonymous.