Harris Man Taken To Hospital After Accident

Harris, Iowa — A Harris man was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday morning, April 11, 2015.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:05 AM, they determined that 62-year-old Alan Dale Brueggeman of Harris was driving a 2014 Ford F150 pickup westbound on 130th Street, about a mile northeast of Harris near Yew Ave when he passed out.

The Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle crossed the center line, entered the south ditch, ran along the top of the ditch, running over fence posts, and finally hitting a utility pole.

Brueggeman was transported to the Worthington Hospital by the Ocheyedan Ambulance.

The pickup received about $15,000 in damage, according to authorities.

Pre-Trial Conference Set For Monday In Jones Case

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon optometrist accused of assault has a court date this Monday, April 13th, according to court records.
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According to the Sheldon Police Department, 68-year-old Dr. Allen Jones is charged with Aggravated Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor, in connection with an incident police say happened at a Sheldon business in December.

A pre-trial conference is set for Monday, April 13, 2015.

According to authorities, a no-contact order was issued against Jones in connection with the incident.

Jones’ written plea was taken at an arraignment on Thursday, February 26th. His trial is scheduled to start on Tuesday, April  28, 2015.

Sutherland Man Escapes Injury In Fatal Crash

Urbana, Iowa — A Sutherland man escaped injury in a traffic crash that claimed five lives this past week in eastern Iowa. It happened near the Benton County town of Urbana.
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The Iowa State Patrol says the victims were in a pick-up truck that collided with a semi driven by Jack Youde of Sutherland on Thursday afternoon. All five died at the scene. An accident report from the Iowa State Patrol says 19-year-old Quentin Ary was driving the pick-up on a rural road, entered an intersection with Iowa Highway 150 and struck the north-bound semi.

The victims have been identified as Ary; 20-year-old Nicole Jacobson; 14-year-old Hunter Tuttle; and 12-year-old Zoey Tuttle, all of Vinton; and 17-year-old Triston Randall of Urbana.

Youde escaped injury.

According to investigators, Ary was the only person among the five victims wearing a seatbelt.

Poverty Simulation Coming To Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — There are many poor people among us. The general public and especially those who help the poor are getting a chance to “walk a mile in their shoes”.
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The Family Life Awareness Council, in connection with the Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency is hosting a Poverty Simulation at NCC in Sheldon on Friday, April 23rd from 9 AM until noon. It’s free of charge and open to the public.

Jennifer Mars with the Northwest AEA says the purpose is to create an awareness of factors that can stress many of the families.

She tells us about the history of the event.

Mars says they are inviting community members to attend.

She says that during the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security.

Mars says it can be a great teaching tool.

If you’re interested, you can call and register with NWAEA by calling Joyce Vander Wilt at 1-800-572-5073 Ext 7805. Again it’s Friday, April 23rd at NCC in Sheldon.

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Ernst Visits Sheldon

Senator Joni ErnstSheldon, Iowa — United States Senator Joni Ernst was in Sheldon Friday morning as part of her 99 County Tour.  She says she uses all of her “work breaks”, or Senate recess periods, to visit the counties around the state.  Ernst indicated that she intends to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties each year during her Senate tenure.

Ernst’s visit to Sheldon included a tour of the facilities at Village Northwest Unlimited, and she said she was very impressed by the facility.


She said she was especially impressed with the way the Village integrates into the Sheldon community, and the level of community support shown.


Ernst says she’s been to Sheldon many times as Battalion Commander for the Iowa National Guard, and that the 2168th Transportation Company, located in Sheldon, is near and dear to her heart.



Ernst says she’s been pleasantly surprised by the number of Iowans who take the time to come to the nation’s capitol to sit down with her.


When asked about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General, Senator Ernst said she has “real issues” with Lynch’s confirmation.



Senator Ernst started her day Friday with a tour of Little Sioux Corn Processors in Cherokee County, then on to Sheldon for her O’Brien County stop, before heading for a visit to the Crittenton Center Children’s Shelter in Woodbury County.  As of Friday, the Senator says she’s past the halfway point of her 99 County Tour for 2015.

Text-A-Tip Results In Alcohol Violations

Hawarden, Iowa — Twelve young people were charged with alcohol violations after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a “Text-a-Tip.”
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They report that early on Sunday, at 12:35 AM, their officers investigated the report that said that a large group of people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol at a farm building at 2081 400th Street, five miles northeast of Hawarden.

Upon further investigation, deputies did locate several people under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Deputies charged 12 individuals under the age of 21 with illegal consumption of alcohol; of those 12 people, three were juveniles who were cited and released to their parents.

Additionally, 18-year-old Chantel Caskey of Hawarden was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Conservation Office.