Fire LightbarPaullina, Iowa — Firefighters battled a blaze at a rural Paullina residence twice, once Saturday evening and then again Sunday morning.  A Paullina firefighter reports that the Paullina Fire Department was called to 4241 Oriole Avenue shortly after 5:00 pm Saturday to the report of a brush fire that had gotten out of control, threatening the farmhouse.

Firefighters from Archer and Granville also responded to the scene to battle the blaze.

Around 2:30 Sunday morning, a passerby alerted the O’Brien County Dispatch Center that the house at that address was on fire.  Paullina firefighters say that when they arrived on scene the house was completely engulfed in flames, and at that point their priority turned to preventing the spread of the blaze, protecting other structures and nearby hay bales on the farmstead.  Firefighters say that some remaining wind-borne embers from the original fire are most likely to blame for the early morning conflagration.

Firefighters say the home, which is owned by Clarence Rohlfsen, was destroyed in the blaze.

Rural Paullina Fire 4-13-14

Sheldon, Iowa – Auto-Owners Insurance has announced that Prins Insurance, Inc. has been named one of the Top 10 growth agencies for the Company in the states of Prins Insurance IncIowa and Nebraska for 2013.  The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in West Des Moines, Iowa and at a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment.  Prins Insurance, Inc. has represented Auto-Owners since 1981.

Jeff Tagsold, President of Auto-Owners, thanked the agency for its support and its business, stating, “Their growth and support only help to make the entire community stronger and more secure.  We are grateful they choose to do business with us.”

Auto-Owners Insurance was founded in 1916 and has served Iowa since 1951.  Auto-Owners Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and is the 18th largest property/casualty insurance company in the nation, based on written premium.  Auto-Owners Insurance Group is one of only nine groups of insurance companies in the United States to receive the highest rating possible, A++ Superior, by A.M. Best, which is a nationally recognized rating agency for insurance companies.  Auto-Owners is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, and serves policyholders in 26 states.

Spencer, Iowa — A Spencer man has been arrested and was charged with 66 misdemeanor counts and one felony after an investigation indicated he was in possession of child pornography and may have distributed the content.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Spencer Police Department reports that on Friday, April 11th, they arrested 22-year-old Daniel Ross Sutherland of Spencer. He was charged with 66 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor. An investigation indicated he was in possession of 66 explicit videos of child pornography. Sutherland was also charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a minor, a class D felony because the police say he allegedly distributed child pornography.

At last report, Sutherland was being held at the Clay County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

The arrest stems from a 10-month investigation by the Spencer Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

George, Iowa — A George man is behind bars at the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids after authorities charged him with nine felonies.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that several months of investigation led to a search warrant being executed at 410 West Michigan Avenue in George on Thursday, April 10th, 2014.  An arrest warrant had been issued for the arrest of 45-year-old Kevin Scott Broesder, charging him with Conspiracy to Manufacture/Deliver Methamphetamine over 5 grams, a Class B Felony.  Broesder was seen leaving the home and was stopped.  A search warrant was then served at Broesder’s home where officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, several weapons, and approximately $15,000 in cash.

Broesder was also charged with Possession with intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B Felony; two counts of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine under 5 grams, class C Felonies; and five class D Felonies, including keeping a Gathering Where Controlled Substances Are Unlawfully Used; Possession w/intent to Deliver Marijuana; two counts of unauthorized Possession of Offensive Weapons; and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. He was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Iowa code stipulates that class B Felonies are punishable by up to 25 years in prison, class C felonies are punishable by up to ten years in prison, and class D felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison.

If he is convicted and the maximum penalty is applied, Broesder could face up to 95 years in prison.

Broesder is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on $50,000 dollars cash bond.

The Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

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Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hofman

We here at KIWA want to keep you informed. We know there is a lot going on in northwest Iowa, and so we’re going to bring you a report from area Chamber Of Commerce directors.

From meetings to home shows, community celebrations to fundraisers, business promotions to county fairs, and of course Christmas promotions and celebrations, there’s always something going on in northwest Iowa.

Featured right now on kiwaradio.com, a recent interview with Orange City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Hoffman. He tells us about upcoming activities in Orange City.

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Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke

We here at KIWA want to keep you informed. We know there is a lot going on in northwest Iowa, and so we’re going to bring you a report from area Chamber Of Commerce directors.

From meetings to home shows, community celebrations to fundraisers, business promotions to county fairs, and of course Christmas promotions and celebrations, there’s always something going on in northwest Iowa.

Featured right now on kiwaradio.com, a recent interview with Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke, formerly Allison Klett. She tells us about upcoming activities in Sheldon.

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Le Mars, Iowa — The weather is starting to get warmer, but and Iowa State University extension crops specialist says farmers should not worry about getting into the fields just yet. Joel DeJong says there’s no hurry to get equipment in the fields.JoelDeJong

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(as he says)”No I don’t think they need to be overly concerned, it’s still reasonably early. We still have frost a couple feet deep. We need to get that frost out first,” DeJong says.

He says they are starting to see some signs that the frost is starting to go out of the ground. DeJong says trying to get into the fields too early could cause added problems, as the frost traps water in the ground.

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(as he says)”Until we get that deeper frost out, I’m a little concerned you might be creating some compaction with some of these tilling tools,” DeJong says. He says the rain in the forecast could help draw some of the frost out of the ground.

DeJong has noticed some farmers applying fertilizer.

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(as he says)He says he’s mostly seen farmers putting manure on the fields from feed lots, and he says the ground is “kind of passable” for those applications.

The Iowa Agriculture Department reports that farmers in south-central Iowa have been able to get in more time in the fields than other parts of the state.

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Sibley, Iowa — Charges have now been filed against a Sibley man in the case of several stolen items being found on a farm place in rural Osceola County.Block, Michael

The Osceola County sheriff’s Office reports that they have filed criminal charges against 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley. Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen agriculture and construction equipment.

Block is charged with seven counts of Theft in the First Degree a Class “C” Felony; ten counts of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony; one count of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen property from Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties.

On March 21, 2014 an Osceola County Deputy was investigating the theft of some hay bales from O’Brien County which led to the application and execution of five search warrants at Block’s acreage on Highway 59 and his home in Sibley. Investigating officers seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles, and other items.

Orange City, Iowa– After saying that the defense would have no objection to a change of venue in the murder trial of Rochelle Sapp of Orange City, Iowa Assistant Attorney General Coleman McAllister has now filed a request in resistance of the move.Sioux County Courthouse_sva

McAllister, who is the former Sioux County Attorney says that as he said at the pretrial conference on Monday, April 7, 2014, the State does not object to the Court changing the venue. However, McAllister says they would,  ”respectfully request that the Court, in selecting the county to which this case will be transferred, consider not only a location that will provide a fair trial to the Defendant, but also a location that is convenient for the State’s witnesses as well as for the victim’s family and supporters who desire to attend the trial.”

He goes on to say that convenience of the witnesses is a factor that the Iowa Supreme Court has clearly identified as an important factor for the Court to consider in selecting a county to which venue should be transferred.

At last check, no official response has yet been filed.

Thirty-four-year-old Rochelle Sapp is accused of causing the injuries that led to the death of 3-year-old Autumn Elgersma while she was in Sapp’s care last fall.