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On December 15, 2018 at around 11:46pm, the DCSO responded to a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of 175th Street and 240th Avenue.  The driver was identified as Noah Henrickson (18) of Spirit Lake.  Henrickson was driving a 2008 Audi A4.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that Henrickson was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Henrickson was placed under arrest and brought to the jail.  A Drug Recognition Expert was called in for further testing.

Henrickson was charged with OWI 1st offense, failure to obey stop sign, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The DCSO was assisted by the Okoboji Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On December 6, 2018 at around 7:24pm, a deputy was walking up to Subway in Spirit Lake when he could smell a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from a vehicle.  There were two males sitting in the vehicle.  They were identified as Cameron Bebon (18) of Hull, and Logan Robideau (28) of Sheldon.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that there was marijuana in the vehicle.

Both Bebon and Robideau were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

At approximately 8:24 A.M. on November 29, 2018, the Dickinson County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a person had just fallen through the ice on Silver Lake at Lake Park.

Upon arrival, three members of the Lake Park Fire Department, trained in ice water rescue, made their way out onto the ice and were successful in pulling the victim, 78-year old Dennis Gildemeister from Lake Park, out of the water. The Arnolds Park/Okoboji Fire Department responded with their airboat and transported Mr. Gildemeister off the ice to a nearby boat ramp where he was then taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. No further information on his condition is available. Mr. Gildemeister was in the water for approximately 22 minutes before he was rescued.

Agencies involved in today’s incident include:

All public safety agencies in Dickinson County want to remind everyone that there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. Anyone who plans to venture out on the ice should use extreme caution. Tips for staying safe on the ice can be found at


Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season, as well as the year’s busiest travel weekend.  Whether you’re driving across the street or across the country to reach your Thanksgiving feast, it’s imperative to wear your seat belt as you travel.  Increased traffic brings an increased possibility of a traffic crash.


  • Proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.
  • Males are more likely to be unbuckled than females in fatal crashes.
  • Younger drivers are also at greater risk of being unbuckled.  The 13 – 15 age group had the highest percentage (62 percent) of occupants killed who were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
  • If you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, odds are that you will not survive.  In 2016, 8 out of 10 (81%) people who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed; only 1 percent of occupants wearing seat belts were ejected in fatal crashes.
  • There were 4 Iowans killed in traffic crashes over the 2017 Thanksgiving weekend, a reduction of 2 from 2016.

 Whether you’re a passenger or the driver, riding long distances or short, please buckle your seat belt.  Doing so ensures everyone arrives safely to their Thanksgiving destinations.  The Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau ask, “Won’t you wear yours?”  And along with that, remember to not drink and drive.  Your loved ones will be grateful.

Media contact: Patrick Hoye, GTSB Bureau Chief, (515) 725-6120.

On August 17, 2018 at around 9:23am, a deputy stopped a Chevrolet Sonic at Vick’s Corner for excessive speed.  Once the vehicle was stopped, the deputy observed some suspicious movements in the vehicle.  When the deputy approached the vehicle, the deputy could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that there was marijuana in the vehicle.  The driver was cited into juvenile courts and released to their parents.  Two other passengers were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance.  Christian Derby (21), and Keenan Sorgdrager (20), of Sioux Falls, were both brought to jail.

The DCSO was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Don’t Become a Statistic

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It is August in Iowa…State Fair excitement, schools beginning a new year, and then, right around the corner will be Labor Day – the traditional end of summer.  This is one of the busiest travel times of the year as many people try and squeeze in one more vacation destination. Others will host or attend end-of-summer social events where alcohol will be served.  However you decide to observe the end of summer remember this:  it is NEVER okay to drink and drive! If your plans include activities where alcohol will be served make sure you have a plan before you arrive on how you will be getting home. 

Last Labor Day’s three-day weekend resulted in 10 fatalities in Iowa.  That was the highest Labor Day fatality count since 1995.  Four of those 10 fatalities were alcohol related.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that during the 2016 holiday (the last year data is available) there were 433 crash fatalities nationwide with 36% involving drivers who were drunk.  Almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes and 54% of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk. 

To combat end-of-summer alcohol related fatalities law enforcement agencies in Iowa and across the nation will be stepping up enforcement from August 17 – September 3, 2018.  They will especially be watching for impaired and unbelted drivers and there will be zero tolerance to non-compliant drivers. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.

On August 13, 2018 at around 4:10pm, the DCSO responded to a two-vehicle accident east of Superior near the intersection of Highway 9 and 150th Street.

Sandra Sunde (78), of Estherville, was eastbound on Highway 9 in the 3200 block.  Sunde then attempted to turn left onto 150th Street.

James Bishop (83), of Estherville, was westbound on Highway 9.  Bishop struck Sunde as she was turning onto 150th Street.  Sunde’s vehicle came to rest in the middle of the roadway.  Bishop’s vehicle went into the north ditch.

Both Sunde and Bishop sustained minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  Sunde was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Sunde was driving a 1988 Cadillac Eldorado.  The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $12,000.  Sunde was cited for failure to yield upon a left turn.

Bishop was driving a 1999 Dodge Ram 1500.  The damage to the vehicle was estimated at $7,500.

The DCSO was assisted by the Dickinson County Emergency Management, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Superior Fire Department, Bob’s Repair & Tow, and Jennings.

On July 3, 2018, the Emergency Management Commission met in emergency session (pursuant to Iowa Code 21.4(2)(b)) to discuss the current levels of the lakes in Dickinson County. After taking input from residents and state and local officials, the Emergency Management Commission today implemented a lake-wide emergency 5 mile per hour speed limit. This rule will be in effect immediately for ALL lakes in Dickinson County until such time that further action is taken by the Emergency Management Commission.

This rule will help prevent further lakeshore damage and potential impacts to critical public infrastructure.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is the enforcement agency for this emergency rule.

The Fourth of July is a day of celebration in the United States.  Families get together for picnics and fireworks which usually requires traveling either long or short distances.  With increased road use and the possibility of increased alcohol consumption the risk of traffic crashes rise.  An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that on average, more people die in motor vehicle crashes on July Fourth than any other day of the year.  The study found that motorcycles and alcohol were both big contributors. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2016 (the latest year in which data is available) 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  This is a 28 percent increase from 2015 when there were 146 fatalities.  Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher – almost twice the legal limit.  In Iowa there were five fatalities in 2016 of which four were alcohol related.  There were four fatalities in 2017 and one was alcohol related. 

To combat the impaired driving problem over the Fourth of July holiday there will be increased law enforcement officers on all of Iowa’s roadways July 1 – 4, 2018 to spread the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated.  It is NEVER okay to drive after drinking.  Have a plan to get home safely if you will be drinking.  

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau want to remind you that the best way to protect yourself in any crash is to be wearing your seat belt.  BUCKLE UP, EVERY TRIP, EVERY TIME!

On June 1, 2018 at around 11:16pm the DCSO received a call in reference to an accident involving a tractor and a motorcycle.

Joshua Huff, (32) of Lake Park, was traveling westbound on Highway 9 from Vick’s Corner (Highway 86) in a tractor towing a large piece of farm equipment.  Huff began to turn left into a private field entrance.

Charles Paine, (56) of Spirit Lake, was also westbound on Highway 9 behind the tractor on a motocycle.  Paine was attempting to overtake the tractor and collided with the towed equipment as it was turning into the private field entrance.  Paine was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No injuries reported by Huff.

The Iowa DOT was contacted and the highway was detoured for the duration of the on-scene investigation.  The collision remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.  The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Lake Park Police Department, Iowa DOT, LRH Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.