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KLEM News for Thursday, December 7

SIEVERS RETIREMENT

The long-time director of Mid-Sioux Opportunity will retire at the end of this month.

Dick Sievers has worked 44 years with Mid-Sioux, a non-profit community action agency.  He describes some of the similaries and differences in his work there since he was hired there in 1980.

 

Mid-Sioux serves five northwest Iowa Counties, including Plymouth.

 

Over the years, Mid-Sioux has learned to work with other community based groups to provide aid to those who need it.

 

Mid-Sioux was always the agency through which federal and state relief was funneled, but they cannot function without the help of others agencies, including the faith community.

 

Sievers explained what has driven him in his work over the past 44 years?

 

There will be new challenges to the agency in the future, and some of the some ones they’ve always faced.

 

Sievers says Mid-Sioux has helped northwest Iowa families face many economic challenges over the years.

 

Mid-Sioux was formed in 1965.

 

MORE CALLS FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR TO RESIGN

More community leaders are calling for action surrounding a Woodbury County supervisor whose wife was convicted last month of voter fraud. At Tuesday night’s county board meeting, two unions representing law enforcement and labor called for the resignation of Jeremy Taylor, who was first elected to the all-Republican board in 2014. Taylor wasn’t swayed, saying he’s doing “the absolute best job I can,” adding, voters hold him “accountable every four years.” Board Chairman Matthew Ung (like HUNG), who previously called for Taylor to quit, says having him in office is a distraction to the work that needs to be done. Taylor’s wife, Kim, was convicted on November 21st on 52 counts of voter fraud connected to elections in 2020 when her husband’s name was on the ballot.

 

LE MARS MAN ARRESTED

Last night, the Le Mars Police Department received a report of a person slumped over the steering wheel of a tractor near 200th and K42. Upon arrival deputies located Lamont Rohlfs, age 56 of rural Le Mars. Rohlfs had been operating an IH tractor eastbound on 200th at K42. Rohlfs was found to have a barred driver’s license in Iowa along with 3 warrants for his arrest. While taking Rohlfs into custody, he was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Rohlfs was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and charged with the following:  Drive while license barred, Possession of methamphetamine 2nd offense; Possession of drug paraphernalia.  Rohlfs was also arrested on three outstanding warrants.  The warrants were as follows:  OWI 2nd offense and Criminal mischief 3rd; Possession of methamphetamine; Possession of drug paraphernalia.  The warrants stem from a similar incident in August of 2023. Rohlfs is being held on a bond of $6,500. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Le Mars Police Department.

 

IRETON MAN SENTENCED

Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle announced  that Barret Eugene Vonk, 24, of Ireton, Iowa, was sentenced on December 4 in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Assault With Intent To Commit Sexual Abuse, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Assistant County Attorney Lori Ehlers prosecuted the case in cooperation with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

In January of 2022, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a sexual assault occurring in Sioux County. In May, 2022, the Sheriff’s Office filed charges of Sexual Abuse, a Class C Felony, against Vonk.  He was arrested on June 9 and later released. The following day, June 10, Story County authorities filed Sexual Abuse charges against Vonk for an unrelated incident occurring at Iowa State University. The ISU case proceeded to a jury trial wherein Vonk was found guilty in March of 2023, and on September 5, 2023, Vonk was sentenced in Story County to an indeterminate term of incarceration not to exceed 10 years.

On December 4, 2023, the State and Vonk reached a plea agreement whereby Vonk pled guilty to Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse. Vonk was sentenced to serve a separate 2-year prison term, criminal fines, lifetime placement on the sex offender registry, and an extension of the No Contact Order with the victim. After Vonk’s sentence expires, Vonk was further ordered to be supervised for 10-years as if on parole.

 

MORE CALLS FOR COUNTY SUPERVISOR TO RESIGN

More community leaders are calling for action surrounding a Woodbury County supervisor whose wife was convicted last month of voter fraud. At Tuesday night’s county board meeting, two unions representing law enforcement and labor called for the resignation of Jeremy Taylor, who was first elected to the all-Republican board in 2014. Taylor wasn’t swayed, saying he’s doing “the absolute best job I can,” adding, voters hold him “accountable every four years.” Board Chairman Matthew Ung, who previously called for Taylor to quit, says having him in office is a distraction to the work that needs to be done. Taylor’s wife, Kim, was convicted on November 21st on 52 counts of voter fraud connected to elections in 2020 when her husband’s name was on the ballot.

 

DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?

New Iowa map shows your chances To some Iowans, it just isn’t the holiday season if there isn’t snow. If a white Christmas is on your wish list, your best shot at finding flakes is Iowa’s northern-most counties. National Weather Service meteorologist Brad Small says they’ve studied the data spanning back decades and have compiled a map showing the probabilities of having snow on the ground on December 25th. Small says there’s a 60-plus-percent chance of a white Christmas toward the Minnesota border, with a 50-percent chance in the Highway 20 corridor, then 40-percent further south, and into the 30s closer to the Missouri border. While snow is possible this weekend, Small says it could melt before Christmas, and he won’t venture a guess yet about how much white stuff we may — or may not — have by the 25th.