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Kossuth County Livestock Producer Fined by Iowa DNR

(Des Moines)--Several livestock producers, including one in Kossuth County, have been fined by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in recent weeks for failing to comply with manure management requirements, according to DNR records.


Most of the violations pertained to required annual updates of manure management plans, which determine how much manure can be applied to fields to avoid excessive application. That can increase the likelihood of stream pollution.


The livestock producers are also required to sample field soil every four years to develop a phosphorus index that helps determine application rates.


Cory Dornbier of Wesley operates two confinement buildings with 3,720 swine. Dornbier was fined $3,000 for five late filings of manure management plan updates from 2013 to 2022.

ILCC, Estherville FD Offering Firefighter Class

(Estherville)--Iowa Lakes Community College and the Estherville Fire Department have teamed up to offer a free Fire Fighter I class beginning Monday, December 5th.  Estherville Fire Chief Travis Sheridan says the class will be held at the Estherville Fire Station and is designed for those interested in working at a full-time fire department or becoming a volunteer firefighter in their community.





The class will be held in a hybrid format, incorporating both online and in-person learning, and is scheduled for each Monday and Thursday from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, starting December 5th and running through March 30th.





Sheridan says participants will train in almost all aspects of firefighting,





Sign up for the Fire Fighter I class online at iowalakes.edu/ce.

School Official Reminds Parents to Make Sure Kids Are Dressed for Colder Temperatures

(Estherville)--Winter like weather is here and school officials are reminding parents to make sure their kids are dressed appropriately for the colder temperatures. GTRA Superintendent Marshall Lewis.





Lewis says elementary kids will still be going outside for recess.





He says the school can provide assistance with winter clothing for families in need.





Lewis made his comments on the GTRA Superintendent Spotlight program which can be heard every Wednesday at 5:45 pm on KILR FM 95.9.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office Receives News AEDs

(Jackson, MN)--The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has received some life-saving technology that will be installed in every squad car. Sheriff Shawn Haken says each unit will receive a state-of-the art “A.E.D.” or Automated External Defibrillator.


Haken says the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley charitable Trust awarded 18.9 million dollars to the University of Minnesota Medical school to provide 83 hundred of the machines to law enforcement and first responders across the state.


Thirteen of the units – which run about two grand apiece – have already been installed. The department’s old units will be distributed throughout Jackson County.


The University says 70 percent of heart attacks occur at home, and statistics show the AEDs are most effective if they’re used within the first five minutes.


Emmet Co. Supervisors Set Public Hearing Dates for Pipeline Ordinances

(Estherville)--The Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved public hearing dates for two proposed pipeline ordinances that would regulate carbon capture pipelines. The hearings will be held on December 13th, 20th and 27th at 9:30 am. The Supervisors could waive the 2nd and 3rd readings and approve the ordinances after the first hearing on December 13th. The board set aside an hour of time to hear comments from the public.


The Supervisors agreed that approval of the ordinances would likely result in the county being sued by the companies wanting to build a carbon capture pipeline through Emmet County. One of the proposed ordinances would cover drainage districts and the other would cover the permitting process. Board Chairman Jeff Quastad said he thought that the drainage district ordinance was the stronger of two ordinances.


At last week’s meeting, the board discussed lawsuits filed by Summit Carbon Solutions against Story and Shelby counties which have already passed similar ordinances. Also at that meeting, a representative of Navigator Heartland Greenway asked if the board would be willing to meet with Navigator officials to review the county’s proposed ordinances. At Tuesday’s meeting, a majority of Supervisors approved the idea of setting up a meeting with the company.


ILCC Seeking New Businesses for Work Place Learning Program

(Estherville)--Iowa Lakes Community College is seeking new businesses to provide job shadows and other opportunities for area high school students. Iowa Lakes Intermediary Connections Coordinator Autumn Larsen.





Larsen says she works with the 12 high schools in the five county Iowa Lakes region.





She provides details about the job shadows they provide.





Larsen says they also set up mock interviews with local businesses.





For more information contact Autumn Larsen at 712-362-6838. Larsen spoke with Dave Van Roekel Tuesday morning on KILR FM 95.9.

Estherville Woman Killed, Two Seriously Injured in Collision on Highway 4

(Estherville)--An Estherville woman was killed in a two vehicle accident Sunday morning in Emmet County.


According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, the Emmet County Communications Center received a report shortly after 9:05 a.m. of a two-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 4, approximately 1 mile south of the Iowa/Minnesota border. The caller also reported that one person was trapped in a vehicle.


Upon arrival on the scene, it was discovered that a northbound 2014 Nissan collided head-on with a southbound 2011 Subaru. The Estherville Fire Department responded to the scene with the “jaws of life” and was able to free the trapped occupant of the vehicle.


The driver of the Nissan, 61-year-old Kathleen Forstrom of Estherville, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Subaru, 66-year-old Randy Clabaugh, and a passenger, 63-year-old Anna Clabaugh of Independence, Minnesota were treated at the scene and transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital by the Estherville Ambulance Service with life-threatening injuries.


The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Estherville Police Department, Emmet County Emergency Management, Emmet County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

Spirit Lake School Board Approves Safety Plan

(Spirit Lake) – The Spirit Lake School Board Monday evening adopted the district’s safety policy with revisions made based on community input over the past couple of weeks. The action followed additional comments from the public, most of whom supported the policy.


As part of the 50 page plan, the district can approve up to 10 staff members who are not teachers to be armed.


Statistics gathered through public comment via Google Form, district email and personal emails showed 187 were in support while 102 were opposed to the proposed safety plan.


While the proposed policy drew approval from most first responders and the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Spirit Lake Police Chief Shane Brevik sent an email November 16th to local media and school officials expressing concerns about the plan. Superintendent Dr. David Smith was critical of that, saying he was under the impression the chief was in favor of it based on some prior communications.

Estherville Police Remind Residents of Snow Ordinance

(Estherville)--The Estherville Police Department is reminding residents of the city’s snow ordinance.


During a snow event, cars shall not be parked on the street between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or until the snow has been cleared. A snow event is when 2 or more inches is predicted or accumulated.


The night following a snow event, no cars shall be parked in the Central Business District between 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. or until the snow has been pulled to the center of the street.


Vehicles left on the street will be ticketed and likely towed.

Seasons Center Hosting Free Virtual Training for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Families

(Spencer)--Seasons Center for Behavioral Health will host a free virtual training for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship families on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Taneil Johnson, Seasons Family Support Center Project Director, says the training will feature a special guest speaker. 





Johnson says she hopes other foster/adoptive/kinship families will find Bobby’s story educational and inspiring.





She says there’s a huge need for foster and adoptive families in the Midwest.





Registration links can be found on the Events page of the Seasons Center website, www.seasonscenter.org, or on the Seasons Center Facebook Events page. 

Spirit Lake Man One of Two People Arrested After Ashton Traffic Stop

(Ashton)--A Spirit Lake man was one of two people arrested following a traffic stop shortly after midnight Saturday in Ashton.


The Osceola County Sheriff’s says the arrest of 24-year-old Josh Titus of Spirit Lake and 24-year-old Sydnee Johnson of Sheldon stemmed from the stop of a 2006 Ford Fusion for an equipment violation. During the stop, the odor of marijuana was detected.


Titus, the driver, did not have an ID on him, and when asked, he gave a name and birth date that later found to be false.


When his real name was determined, it was discovered he had a no contact order in place with Johnson, the passenger, and he had a suspended license.


A dab pen containing THC was found under the passenger seat in the vehicle, a THC vaping cartridge was found in the center console, and a bag containing methamphetamine and a meth pipe were found in the back seat, according to the incident report.


Titus was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense -meth; possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense-marijuana; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; violation of a no contact/protective order; and driving while his license was denied, suspended, canceled or revoked.


Johnson was arrested on a charge of violation of a no contact/protective order.


Hearing Held on Motions in Goyne Yarns Murder Case

(Spirit Lake)--A hearing was held Monday in Dickinson County District Court for the murder trial of Christian Goyne Yarns which is scheduled to begin next week.


Goyne Yarns is charged with 1st degree murder in the February shooting death of Shelby Woizeschke in the parking lot at GrapeTree Medical Staffing in Milford.


Several motions pertained to the admissibility of certain evidence. One of them would limit details into the nature of the relationship and character backgrounds between Goyne Yarns and Woizeschke. Susan Krisko of the state Attorney General’s Office argued that going into more specifics wouldn’t be pertinent and could result in a drawn out trial. Defense attorney Brendan Kelly argued that the specific details are relevant.


Arguments were also heard over the admissibility of certain details in the 911 call Woizeschke placed immediately after she was shot.


Judge Carl Petersen indicated he would make a ruling on the motions in the coming days.


Trial for Goyne Yarns is scheduled to start Tuesday, December 6th in Storm Lake. The trial was moved to Buena Vista County after the judge granted a change of venue motion by the defense.

IRRMA Hosting Holiday Open House

(Arnolds Park)--The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association is holding a “Holiday Open House” at IRRMA’s Hall of Fame and Museum from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday, December 3rd. IRRMA Executive Director Clay Norris says the event is being held in conjunction with the Maritime Museum’s Holiday Sale and the Holiday Market on Lake Street in Arnolds Park.





Norris says Rock ‘n Roll memorabilia and collectables will be for sale as well as discounts on in-line merchandise.





Maddi is Museum Director Maddi Tesch. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Associations and its many programs and events.





Norris says 2022-2023 is the 25th full year of the Association being founded in September 1997.

Uhde Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Role in Murder of Estherville Man

(Estherville) - One of two men convicted in the death of an Estherville man in October 2021 has been sentenced to prison.

20-year-old Connor Uhde entered an Alford plea last month to attempted murder and third-degree kidnapping. Uhde was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. An Alford plea means Uhde does not admit guilt, but concedes he could be convicted at trial and will accept sentencing.

20-year-old David McDowell of Estherville was shot to death in the early morning hours of October 2, 2021. Prosecutors alleged that Uhde and 19-year-old Cejay Van Der Wilt of Rockwell City lured McDowell to an apartment in Estherville and then drove him outside town where he was fatally shot.

An Emmet County District Court jury found Van Der Wilt guilty on November 1st of involuntary manslaughter after a week long trial. His sentencing is scheduled for December 6.

ELC FFA Students Planning New Ag Learning Center

(Estherville)--Students in the FFA program at Estherville Lincoln Central High School  are planning a new FFA/Agricultural Learning Center. ELC Superintendent Tara Paul says the students gave a presentation at this month’s school board meeting.





Paul says the board gave the students the go ahead to proceed with the project.





She says the students are very enthusiastic about the project.





Paul made her comments on the ELC Superintendent Spotlight program which can be heard every Saturday at 8:45 am on KILR FM 95.9.

Crop Advantage Series Coming to Okoboji

(Okoboji)--The 2023 Crop Advantage series presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is coming to Okoboji in January. The meeting will be held on January 10th at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, according to ISU Extension Field Agronomist Gentry Sorenson.





Sorenson says the program will begin with a couple of keynote speakers.





He says there will be breakout sessions in the afternoon.





Sorenson says at the end of the day he will be teaching a private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course.





The Okoboji meeting is one of 14 being held across the state during the month of January. Sorenson says you can register online at cropadvantage.com.

Woman Charged with Animal Abuse After Altercation in Swea City

(Swea City)--A recent altercation in Swea City ended with the arrest of one of the participants who allegedly assaulted an animal. 


The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office says Deputies responded to a call of a disturbance in Swea City just after 6 PM on November 19th.


Deputies determined the altercation began with a complaint about a dog, and that the dog was allegedly assaulted by one of the participants.


Deputies arrested 43-year-old Jennifer Marx on charges of Animal Abuse and Interference with Official Acts.


Marx was booked into the Kossuth County Jail to await an initial court appearance. She is due back in court for a hearing on December 14th. A No Contact Order was also issued to prevent Marx from having any contact with the alleged victim in this case.


Graettinger Woman Arrested After Incident at Local Business

(Graettinger)--A Graettinger woman was arrested after an incident this past Monday morning at a Graettinger business.


Shortly after 7:20 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office was called to the Graettinger Country Store for an alleged assault call.  Following an investigation, 35-year-old Crystal Lopez of Graettinger was arrested on a charge of simple assault. 


Following her arrest, Lopez was placed in jail to await her initial appearance before a judge. 

Two Injured After Car Strikes Parked Tractor in Jackson County

(Sioux Valley, MN)--Two South Dakota residents were sent to the hospital after a car struck a parked tractor on Thanksgiving Day in Jackson County just north of the Iowa-Minnesota border


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says 80-year-old Steven Bringhurst of Box Elder, South Dakota, was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Passat southbound on Jackson County Road 5 just before 5 pm when he swerved to avoid a deer. The vehicle went into the west ditch, traveled over a driveway and hit a tractor parked in the driveway. The Volkswagen then rolled onto its roof.


Bringhurst and a passenger, Carol Bringhurst, also of Box Elder, South Dakota, were both transported by ambulance to the Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Heavy damage was reported to both the Volkswagen and tractor.


Iowa State Patrol Reminds Motorist to Prepare for Winter Driving

(Estherville)--While the first day of winter is still nearly a month away, Northwest Iowa has already experienced its first taste of winter driving conditions. Iowa State Trooper Kevin Krull says the number one tip for driving safely in winter weather is to slow down.





Krull says you should always keep an ice scraper in your vehicle.





He reminds drivers to pay attention to the forecast.





You should also keep a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle.





Krull says the Iowa State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are conducting a special traffic enforcement during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.



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