Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.

Primghar, Iowa — A Spencer woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Primghar.O'Brien Sheriff 71-6

The O’Brien County Sheriffs Office reports that on Wednesday, 57-year old Cindy Ellenwood was driving a 2002 Chevy SUV eastbound, near the intersection of County Road B-40 and 390th Street. She reported that she hit a patch of mud or manure that had been drug onto the road.

Ellenwood lost control of the SUV and it went backwards into the ditch and through a fence before winding up in a field.

Ellenwood said she had a sore hip, and was taken to the Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.

Her Chevy sustained $4500 in damage.

Sheldon, Iowa — A 21-year old Hinton man was arrested for 1st Offense OWI following a traffic stop near the Sanford sheldon police pd car door logoSheldon Medical Center Thursday October 16th.  Police say they arrested Austin Allen Schwaderer at the intersection of North 7th Avenue and Park Street shortly after 10:00 pm Thursday the 16th, and transported him to the O’Brien County Jail.

A 27-year old Sheldon man was charged with 5th Degree Theft Thursday morning October 23rd.  Police say Brandon Lee Nelson was cited and released around 11:45 Thursday morning in connection with a shoplifting incident at Ben Franklin downtown in Sheldon.

Police also report the theft of two bicycles during the past week or so.  One was taken from a residence on South 3rd Avenue, the other from the Sheldon High School.

Sheldon, Iowa – Emergency response pagers sounded in Sheldon Thursday afternoon, directing responders to an Drill 1accident scene near the power lineman course at the south end of the Northwest Iowa Community College campus.

Emergency personal were being paged to a truck vs bus vs car accident, mass casualty incident DRILL. Upon arrival at the DRILL, emergency personnel found a school bus with students trapped inside, a man trapped in a car and a fuel delivery truck.  To complicate the situation there was a fuel leak, downed power line and combative spectators.

The drill, weeks in the planning, was set up by Sheldon Fire, SCAT and EMA as a training exercise to test procedures.

Also invited to participate were ambulance services from Boyden and Hospers, as well as Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

Outside evaluators were on hand, and critiqued Sheldon’s emergency response teams in a debriefing immediately after the event.

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Little Rock, Iowa — Last week’s shooting in Little Rock was an accident. That according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

They report that the investigation into the shooting that occurred at 308 Clothier Street in Little Rock has been completed, and the shooting has been deemed an accident by Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigators.

An 18-year-old woman was shot in a garage at that residence on Tuesday October 14, 2014. The bullet went through her left arm and entered her stomach.

The victim was taken to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley and then taken by air ambulance to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Four days later, she was listed in stable condition.

Authorities report that 34-year-old Joseph Pedersen, who lives at that address, has been charged with providing alcohol to a minor, a simple misdemeanor and discharging a weapon within city limits, a simple misdemeanor in connection with the case.

soup and pieBoyden, Iowa — A soup and pie supper is planned to benefit an Ashton man who suffered a stroke this past summer. The supper is at the St. John Lutheran Church of Boyden. We talked to St. John pastor Daniel Hart, and he tells us about Eric Johnson.

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Johnson and his wife Kim have one child at home near Ashton.

Pastor Hart says the church has a soup supper every year.

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The supper is this Saturday, October 25th at St. John Lutheran Church of rural Boyden. That’s at 3941 280th Street, four miles north of Boyden on Kennedy Avenue, and a little west. They’ll have homemade soups and pies, and they’ll be serving from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Thrivent Sioux County will provide supplementing funds.

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gavel_sxcStorm Lake, Iowa — The two major party candidates in Iowa’s fourth congressional district engaged in a bit of verbal combat last night (Thursday) during a televised debate held at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Democrat Jim Mowrer of Boone criticized Congressman Steve King of Kiron for suggesting the American soldiers being sent into west Africa to deal with the Ebola epidemic should be volunteers, since Ebola is a “silent killer.”

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(as said) “As a soldier I understand that you volunteer when you raise your right hand and you’re willing to sacrifice everything for this country. Soldiers follow orders. This is a job that needs to be done. That’s why Congressman King never volunteered for the military,” Mowrer said. As many in the audience murmured, King responded: “I think that this judgement to do this debate should speak for itself.”

After the debate, King told reporters Mowrer’s remark was an act of “desperation.”

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(as said) “I think what’s going to happen is that people review this debate and they’ll go back and look at the facts and they’ll find out that we had a really good debate tonight and he had a really bad night of desperation,” King said.

Mowrer accused King of inciting panic about Ebola.

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(as said) “We need to confront this outbreak in a calm, concise, deliberate way. We need to stop it from spreading here in the United States,” Mowrer said. “We need to confront it at the source in Africa…but Congressman King again has a TV ad up on the air telling people that they should be afraid.”

King, meanwhile, challenged claims in one of Mowrer’s ads that King had voted to raise his own pay “by 20-thousand a year.”

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(as said) “If you do the calculation on his rational, it comes to $2610, not $20,000 and my pay again has been frozen since 2009, so many of those statements are completely, blatantly, fabricated-from-thin-air false,” King said.

Last night’s (Thursday’s) debate aired live on Iowa Public Television and is the only face-to-face meeting of the two candidates this election season. The fourth district is the state’s largest, geographically, covering 39 counties in northwest and north central Iowa.

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Rock Valley, Iowa – Hope Haven Incorporated of Rock Valley is growing. Echo Plus, with locations in Spirit Lake and Estherville is joining the Hope Haven family of facilities that has been providing work, housing and support services for 50 years to people with physical and mental disabilities in Iowa and western Minnesota.hope haven

“We’re excited about this opportunity. We’re familiar with these communities. The services provided byEcho Plus are similar to what we’ve been doing for decades at Hope Haven,” says David VanNingen, Executive Director for Hope Haven, Inc. “I anticipate a smooth transition and the clients and family members currently served by Echo Plus will see very little change in their day-to-day lives.”

Hope Haven has provided leadership consultation to Echo Plus during the past few years. Earlier this year, the board of directors for Echo Plus approached Hope Haven with the idea of formally merging the organizations.

“The industry is undergoing rapid change. It has been hard to keep pace,” says Wanda Nelson, President of the Echo Plus Board of Directors. “Hope Haven can bring the resources necessary to maintain the delivery of services for hundreds of clients in our communities.”

VanNingen says Hope Haven has a transition team in place and will offer employment to all existing staff at Echo Plus. The locations in Spirit Lake and Estherville will also retain the Echo Plus name.

About Hope Haven

Founded in 1964, Hope Haven provides work, housing and support services for people with physical and mental disabilities. Hope Haven offers programs to meet the diverse needs of more than 1,400 children and adults from 57 of Iowa’s 99 counties and 12 counties in Minnesota. Hope Haven provides:

  • Adult Living Services and Support
  • Vocational Services and Job Placement
  • Mental Health & Recovery
  • Children and Family Services
  • Hope Haven International
  • Religious Services
  • Additional/Supplemental Services

Hope Haven is accredited and highly commended for quality services by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, visit

Ireton, Iowa — An Ireton woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Tuesday near Ireton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:20 AM, 28-year-old Adam Lawson of Ireton was driving a 2003 Ford F‐150 westbound on 510th Street, about four miles southwest of Ireton. Fifty-three-year-old Rhonda Briggs of Hawarden was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo southbound on Dogwood Avenue. The two met in the intersection where Lawson struck Briggs.

Lawson and Briggs both refused further medical attention. The Ireton Ambulance transported a passenger in Briggs’ vehicle, 54-year-old Debra Baker of Ireton to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Ford sustained about $10,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $3,500 in damages.

Lawson was cited for failing to yield to the right.

The Iowa State Patrol, Ireton Fire Department and Ireton Ambulance assisted at the scene.