November 7 news

WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board has opted not to pursue legal action against a rural Worthington farmer who allegedly violated watershed rules by replacing a culvert and changing the flow rate of water off his agricultural land.

Administrator Dan Livdahl reported to the board Tuesday that more than $1,000 had been spent in legal fees, and it was determined there wasn’t enough documentation for the district to prove wrongdoing in either a criminal or a civil case against landowner Kenneth Meyerdirk. At a meeting between Meyerdirk and Livdahl in early June, Meyerdirk said he wasn’t aware of any breach of rules. He also said he never received a letter from the OOWD denying his request to complete the project. While Livdahl estimated the culvert had been lowered by 12 to 18 inches, there was no documentation, such as a soil survey, in the county’s possession.

With little proof to pursue a legal battle, the board decided to let this particular case drop and take a cose look at watershed rules. In the future, all denials for permits will be sent by certified mail to provide the district with proof the notice was delivered.

WORTHINGTON — Sanford Worthington and Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, 1018 Sixth Ave., Worthington. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds or more, be in good general health and bring identification. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.

The donation process only takes 20 to 30 minutes on the bloodmobile. Walk-ins are welcome. All who donate will receive a gift. For information or to make an appointment, contact Sanford Worthington, 372-3319.

MARSHALL — The Marshall Police Department is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in a Marshall burglary that took place last week. Marshall police responded to an alarm call at Borch’s Sporting Goods on East College Drive at 2:41 a.m. Oct. 30 and discovered a number of firearms had been stolen. A car was abandoned inside the store. Police confirmed the vehicle was stolen from Worthington.

The case is still being investigated by the Marshall and Worthington police departments with the help of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). No new information has been released. They are still looking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Worthington Police Department, 295-5400. or the Marshall Police Department, (507) 537-7000.

For anonymous tips, the public is urged to call Crime Anonymous, 376-8477, or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for smartphones.

SIBLEY, Iowa — A northwest Iowa business owner has been charged with filing false claims with the U.S. Postal Service on insurance meant to cover damage to shipped packages.

A document filed Monday in U.S. District Court charges Jed Dykstra, of Sibley, with mail fraud. Prosecutors say Dykstra owned a secondhand store called What Goes Around Comes Back Around.

Dykstra allegedly filed forms claiming pieces of artwork were damaged by the Postal Service during shipping. In reality Dykstra mailed the objects from himself to himself and falsified information about the pieces that he claimed were damaged to inflate their values. He obtained $5,000 last year. Another $5,000 claim in April was denied.
Dykstra has reached a sealed plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. He's due in court Nov. 26.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Authorities investigating the death of a 3-year-old girl in northwest Iowa say they're considering more serious charges against the day care provider who was watching her.

The state Division of Criminal Investigation said Wednesday that initial charges of willful injury and child endangerment resulting in serious injury have been dismissed without prejudice against 33-year-old Rochelle Lynn Sapp, of Orange City.

Autumn Elgersma died on Oct. 31, a couple of days after she was hospitalized with severe head trauma. Investigators say Sapp was watching the girl at the time.

Authorities say Sapp's initial charges were in relation to when Autumn was alive. More serious charges are possible now, given the death. Those charges may be filed once an autopsy is completed.

O’BRIEN COUNTY, Iowa — A Sheldon teen received minor injuries an accident where a combine drove over his hood on Monday, November 4 in O’Brien County.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:55 p.m., 19-year-old Bradley Zybarth of Sheldon was eastbound on 330th Street in a 1994 Dodge. Warren Anderson, 61, of Spirit Lake was westbound on 330th in a 2013 John Deere combine.
Zybarth approached a bridge as the combine was crossing the bridge headed westbound. He stopped on the south edge of the roadway a safe distance from the bridge to allow the westbound combine room to navigate through the bridge and continue westbound. As the combine continued westbound, the report says Anderson failed to yield half the roadway and collided head on with Zybarth’s car. The left front outside dual wheel of the combine drove up over the hood of the Dodge before coming to a stop.

Zybarth was listed as having minor injuries but was not transported to a medical facility.
Zybarth’s Dodge was totaled, with $2,000 damage. Anderson’s John Deere combine was not damaged.

Anderson was charged with Failure to Yield Half of the Roadway When Meeting a Vehicle.

OCHEYEDAN — State Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyedan will seek re-election in 2014. The Osceola County Republican is currently serving his third term in the Iowa Senate, where he has been a member of his party’s leadership team since 2005. Johnson represents Senate District 1, which in addition to Osceola County includes Clay, Dickinson, Lyon and Palo Alto counties.

Johnson served four years in the Iowa House before winning election to the Senate in 2002. Johnson, 62, is currently the top Republican on the Senate Human Resources Committee, which addresses health and human services policy. He also is a member of the Education and the Natural Resources and Environment committees, as well as the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee.


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