Paullina, IA

Neighbor Farmers Turn Out for Harvest Bee Following Death of Farmer

A harvest bee was held in northwest Iowa on Wednesday. Farmers from across the neighborhood came to assist with the harvest after a family member died this past summer. The harvest bee was held in western Plymouth County. Amanda Brietbart says several neighbors helped organize the harvest bee following the death of her father-in-law. She recites the numbers involved with the harvest bee. Brietbart tells of the tragic events involving her father-in-law from this past summer that led to the harvest bee. Brietbart tried to hold back her emotions when she was asked about what it means to have all the neighbors and friends turn out to assist with the harvest. Brietbart thought the gathering will complete the 750-acre harvest within one day’s work.
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Two Northwest Iowa Towns Get Empower Rural Iowa Grants

Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority have announced that a total of more than $450,000 in grants have been awarded through six Empower Rural Iowa Grant Programs. The grant awards will support rural initiatives spanning from child care and housing to workforce attraction and leadership development in more than 20 counties. And two of them are to communities in our primary coverage area.

Sheldon man charged for contact violation

SHELDON—A 61-year-old Sheldon man was arrested about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on a charge of violation of a no contact/protective order. The arrest of Jeffrey Alan Chrestiansen stemmed from him being in the vicinity of the Sheldon residence of an individual he is not to have contact with, according to the Sheldon Police Department.

Sibley teenager cited for assaulting aunt

SIBLEY—An 18-year-old Sibley resident was cited Wednesday, Oct. 5, on a charge of assault causing serious injury. The citing of Tucker Riley Senn stemmed from him allegedly pushing his aunt about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at his residence at 234 Fifth St. in Sibley, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Paullina Firefighters Extinguish Four Fires In Four Days

Paullina, Iowa — With the dry conditions and harvest underway, all fire departments have been busy lately with field and combine fires. But one area fire department has had four calls in four days. According to Paullina Fire Chief Ryan Harper, the first call was reported as a truck...

Child Hospitalized After Being Hit By Truck

George, IA (KICD)– A young child was taken to the hospital in Rock Rapids and then transferred to Sioux Falls after being struck by a semi in George last Friday. The Lyon County Sheriff’s department says 85 year old Norwood Geerdes was hauling grain through town when the child ran into the street and he was unable to stop.

Inmate cited for assaulting jailer again

PRIMGHAR—A 35-year-old Sheldon man already incarcerated faces an additional charge after assaulting a jail officer about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. The charge against Brandon Lee Nelson stemmed from him repeatedly punching a jail officer in the head and kicking him in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar, according to the criminal complaint filed by the sheriff’s office.

Marching Orabs hit high note in Sioux Falls

SHELDON—The Sheldon High School Marching Orabs finished fourth out of eight Class 2A schools Saturday, Oct. 1, in the preliminary round of the Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls, SD. The marching ensemble did not advance to the final performance round that evening, but band director Cliff St. Clair...

$5.4 million for new Sioux County bridge

ORANGE CITY—An aging bridge will be replaced after the Sioux County Board of Supervisors approved the low bid of $5.4 million at its Sept. 27 meeting. The bridge along 360th Street crosses the Rock River about 10 miles south and west of Rock Valley. At 574 feet long and 20 feet wide, it uses stoplights on the ends to limit traffic to one lane at a time.

Cherokee Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Possession

Sioux City, IA (KICD)– A Cherokee man has pled guilty in federal court to illegal drug possession. 54-year-old Jeffery Linn entered the plea on Monday after being accused of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver. At his plea hearing, Linn admitted to having several ounces of the drug in...

2023 Orange City Tulip Court Selected

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City’s 2023 Tulip Court was elected on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Orange City Tulip Festival officials tell us that Tulip Court members for the 2023 Tulip Festival include Katelyn Huizenga, daughter of Aaron and Kim Huizenga; Amanda Hulstein, daughter of Brent and Mary Hulstein; Elizabeth King, daughter of Don & Miranda King; Nevaeh Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson; and Kinzie Van Kekerix, daughter of Leroy and Jasey Van Kekerix.

Sibley-Ocheyedan marching band finds tune

SIBLEY—The Sibley-Ocheyedan Marching Generals competed in two competitions in as many weeks. The band traveled to Sioux City for their second week of competition on Sept. 24 for Starfest. An additional week of rehearsals paid off for the band as they finished in second place in Class 2A and...

Osceola County inmate cited for mischief

SIBLEY—A 36-year-old Ocheyedan man already in the Osceola County Jail in Sibley faces another charge. Scott Allen Hanson was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief after he became upset and threw an iPod several times, breaking it, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

$345,000 damage in manure spreader crash

GAZA—No one was injured, but a 2014 Case IH Steiger 420 and a 10,000-gallon manure spreader received an estimated $345,000 damage in an accident about 12:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, near Gaza. Twenty-five-year-old Brice William Goosen of Paullina was driving the tractor south on Taft Avenue when he said...

Suicide prevention group recaps first year

PRIMGHAR—The O’Brien County Suicide Prevention Coalition’s first year of existence was filled with events that spread positivity to county residents while helping them discuss suicide and mental illness. County judicial mental health advocate Abby Wallin and emergency management agency coordinator Jared Johnson recapped the organization’s activities for...

Council Awards Water Tower & Pipeline Contracts For Eastern Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon City Council met in regular session Wednesday, they held a pair of public hearings concerning the new water tower and associated pipeline that is planned to better serve the eastern part of the City. Following the public hearings, Sheldon City Manager Sam Kooiker...

Two More Area Counties Under Burn Ban

(Undated)--The number of area counties under burn bans continues to grow as drought conditions persist. Osceola and Kossuth counties are the most recent counties to be placed under the designation. Covered grills and attended fire pits are still allowed however any other fires are prohibited. Burn bans are also in...

Sanford Sheldon Employee Receives High Honor From Sanford

Sheldon, Iowa — An employee of Sanford Sheldon Medical Center has received a high honor from Sanford. According to Sanford Sheldon officials, Patient Access Supervisor Shawn Dreesen has been chosen as the Employee of the Year for the Sanford Enterprise – Management. Dreesen tells us what that means.

Child Struck By Semi In George Airlifted To Sioux Falls Hospital

George, Iowa — A child was struck by a truck on Friday in George and was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital. According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, about 4:35 p.m. on Friday, September 30th, 85-year-old Norwood Geerdes of George was driving a 2006 International semi pulling a grain trailer southbound on South Virginia Street (that’s L14, the old Highway 339) at East Minnesota Avenue (near Casey’s) when a young child ran into the street and Geerdes struck the child.