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On Thursday May 24th at around 1:06am, the Dickinson County Communications Center received a call of a missing person.  The missing person was 71 year old Wayne Krogman of Spirit Lake.  Krogman had been fishing in waders near the spillway on the north end of East Okoboji Lake.  Krogman’s wife became concerned when he did not return at his normal time.  She then went to the fish hatchery where his truck was located and was unable to find him.

The Spirit Lake Police Department was first on scene to help locate Krogman.  The Spirit Lake Fire Department, Arnolds Park-Okoboji Dive Team, and Dickinson County Emergency Management was requested to assist.  Multiple people were utilized in attempting to locate Krogman.  The Dickinson County Emergency Management even used its drone.

Shortly after 4am, Krogman was located in the lake deceased.  The family was then notified.

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Arnolds Park-Okoboji Dive Team, Dickinson County Emergency Management, Iowa DNR, and the Lakes Regional Ambulance.

Beginning May 21 and until June 3, 2018 State and local law enforcement agencies across the United States will be stepping up enforcement with the Click It or Ticket campaign.  This concentrated effort will be on the lookout for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.  Click It or Ticket is not just about writing traffic tickets; it’s about saving lives.  In 2016, the last year in which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has information, there were 10,428 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States.  That number is more than the population of Grimes, IA and of 99.5 percent of Iowa’s towns and cities. 

According to NHTSA 48 percent of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.  Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes and they had a lower seat belt use rate.  It is even worse at night when 56 percent of the fatalities were unrestrained. 

Patrick Hoye, Bureau Chief, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau said, “If you have a friend or family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please encourage them to make it a habit.  It is such a simple thing to do and it very well could save their life”. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau remind you that seat belts save lives, and everyone – front seat and back, child and adult – needs to remember to buckle up – every trip, every time!

On May 3rd, 2018, Deputy Joshua Roberts and Lt. Matt Grimmius competed in the 7th Annual Sniper Competition hosted by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in Hibbing, MN.

Deputy Roberts took first place, and Lt. Grimmius took second place.  There were thirteen total competitors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office put on a competitive and fun shoot.  The different stages comprised of physical exertion, timed events, wearing gas masks, and shooting from different positions.  The deputies plan on returning again next year.

DCSO PhotoLeft, Deputy Josh Roberts; at right, Lieutenant Matt Grimmius.DCSO Photo

11:00 am, Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Grace Lutheran Church

801 Hill Avenue

Spirit Lake, Iowa

With heavy hearts we share the news of retired Deputy Sheriff Jim Meyerdirk’s passing. Jim died unexpectedly at his home in Altoona on Tuesday, May 1. Jim retired from the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 after serving many years with our office. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family and many friends.

Funeral Services for Jim Meyerdirk

Adventure-Life Church
1700 8th Street SW
Altoona IA 50009

Both visitation and memorial services will be at this location.

Visitation May 4th Friday. 5-8 PM

Memorial services May 5th Saturday. 11 AM

The family is planning a celebration of life in Spirit Lake for those not able to make it to Des Moines. Date to be determined.

The DCSO responded to a single vehicle/pedestrian accident April 19, 2018 at approximately 11:18 am. Jason Johnsen (42) of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2007 Kenworth, registered to PACCAR Leasing Inc. of Bellevue WA.  Johnsen was westbound on Highway 9 approaching the intersection of 255th Avenue.  Casey Spaeth (23) of Spirit Lake was walking eastbound along Highway 9.  Spaeth stepped into the path of the Kenworth and was struck.  Johnsen made an evasive action to avoid hitting Spaeth but was unsuccessful.   Lifesaving measures were administered on scene.  Spaeth was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Iowa DOT was called and the highway was detoured for the duration of the on-scene investigation. 

DCSO thanks the following for their assistance:

  • Emmet County Sheriff’s Office
  • Spirit Lake Police Department
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Iowa DNR
  • Spirit Lake Fire Department
  • Spirit Lake First Responders

Like drunk driving, drugged driving is impaired driving, which means it is illegal in all 50 States Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. Whether the drug is obtained legally or illegally, driving while drug-impaired poses a threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and other road users. 

Between April 20th and April 22nd, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office will join participating law enforcement from Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma in Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye! — a six-state Drug Impaired Driving enforcement campaign to put an end to drug impaired driving. By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage sober and safe driving. 

Local Impact

Drug impaired driving is a serious safety issue for drivers and law enforcement on roadways. By intensifying enforcement of drug impaired driving laws, we hope people will think twice before driving while impaired by any drug. It is deadly for the driver, but also for his or her passengers, and for other people on the streets. If you are taking any type of drug, prescription, over-the-counter or illegal, make plans for a sober driver. Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. 

Drug impairment effects on drivers

It is never safe to drive when impaired. This not only means refraining from drunk driving, but also from drug-impaired driving. If you think driving while high won’t affect you, you are wrong; it has been proven that THC – the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects – slows reaction times, impairs cognitive performance and makes it more difficult for drivers to keep a steady position in their lane. The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what term is used, if a person is high, stoned, wasted or drunk, he or she is impaired. Driving while impaired by any substance is illegal and can be deadly to the driver and other road users. 

Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on alert – Drug impaired driving is against the law. Remember, Driving High? Kiss Your License Goodbye!

One of America’s favorite holidays, St. Patrick’s Day, is March 17, and we continually see a spike in drunk-driving crashes on this date every year.  In order to make Iowa roads safer all across the state drivers will notice heightened traffic enforcement March 14 – 17, 2018.  Law enforcement officers will especially be watching for drunk drivers and vehicle occupants not wearing a seat belt. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, during the 2016 St. Patrick’s holiday (the latest year numbers are available) 39% of all vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.  In the hours between midnight and 6:00 a.m. on March 18th,69% of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. 

Drunk driving IS preventable!  It is not worth the risk of injury, jail time, your death, or the death of another person.  No designated driver?  Download the NHTSA app, “SaferRide” before going out to celebrate.  The app will allow users to call a taxi or designated friend for a ride home by just identifying their location.

For Android devices, from Google Play store:


For Apple devices, from iTunes:


Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink.  Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau reminds you, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.  Don’t Do It!

On March 8th, 2018, at around 5:51am, the DCSO responded to a two vehicle injury accident in the 2600 block of Highway 9.

Bruce Henningsen (63), of Estherville, was westbound on Highway 9 attempting to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone.  Henningsen then went back into the westbound lane when he seen a vehicle going eastbound.  Henningsen over corrected his vehicle causing him to lose control and cross back into the eastbound lane.  Henningsen was then struck by the other vehicle on the rear passenger side.  Henningsen was driving a 1996 Mercury Sable.  The second vehicle involved was operated by Douglas Brown (52), of Spirit Lake.  Brown’s wife was also a passenger in the vehicle.  Brown slowed down trying to avoid colliding with Henningsen.  Brown was driving a 2017 Kia Sorento.

All parties involved sustained non-incapacitating injuries and were transported to the hospital by ambulance.  Both vehicles were totaled.

The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake Fire Department, Spirit Lake First Responders, Lakes Regional Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol, and Bob’s Auto Body.