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On September 3, 2016 at around 7:27am the Dickinson County Sheriff’s responded to a rollover accident just north of 200th Street on M56 (260th Ave).

Terry Fife II (39) of Milford was driving a 1997 Ford F-150 owned by Okoboji Tree Specialists northbound on M56.  Fife crossed the center line and entered the west ditch causing the vehicle to roll multiple times coming to rest on its wheels.  An Iowa DNR Conservation Officer came across the accident.

Fife sustained serious or incapacitating injuries and was transported to the hospital.  The damage to the truck was estimated at $12,000.

The DCSO was assisted by the Iowa DNR, Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department and First Responders, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford.

Summer is coming to an end, and before we know it, school will be starting and Labor Day will be here.  There will be last minute family vacations, shopping trips, and end-of-summer celebrations, which mean more people will be traveling on Iowa roadways.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) warns that some of those drivers may be driving impaired, and that puts anyone who is sharing the roadway with them at a higher risk of being involved in a crash. In an effort to remove these dangerous drivers, there will be a noticeable increase in traffic enforcement across Iowa from August 23 – September 5, 2016.

Almost one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States and Iowa involve drunk drivers.  That means an average of 10,000 people in the United States have died needlessly every year since 2010. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 28 people, nationwide, die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 53 minutes.  During the 2014 (the last year statistics are available) Labor Day holiday weekend, 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage in over five years.

In contrast, the simple act of wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing a driver or passenger can do to protect themselves in a crash.  A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report shows that seat belts save over 13,000 lives per year.  That is more than the population of most Iowa towns, and it only takes approximately four seconds to buckle up.

This Labor Day holiday and every day, buckle up and don’t drive drunk.  Working together, we can help keep people safe on our roads! 

Media contact:  Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.

Camp I Believe will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, at Lakeshore Center at Okoboji, 1864 Hwy 86 in Wahpeton. This is a free camp for children and teens ages 7-17 who are grieving the death of a loved one.

The focus of Camp I Believe is on healing. All the activities - indeed, the entire camp experience - takes place in a safe, supportive and caring environment. But as a camp for kids, it's also fun, with a variety of outdoor activities.

A child's day at Camp I Believe includes:

  • Healing group activites with other children of the same age
  • Low-ropes and challenge courses
  • 3 to 1 Camper to Camp Counselor ratio
  • Participating in waterfront activities at the lake
  • Spending time with other children experiencing a similar loss
  • Three meals provided to all campers
  • Snacks and water provided throughout the day

Many of the children who come to camp attend for the opportunity to have fun and feel "normal" again. All activities, whether directly or indirectly, help campers to establish a sense of community and provide teambuilding opportunities; activities place an emphasis on personal growth through creative expression and through establishing positive relationships with peers.

To receive a camper registration packet or to learn more, please contact Robin Lock at 712-336-2941 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On August 6, 2016 at 12:55am the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported rollover vehicle accident at the intersection of 125th Street and 260th Avenue. When emergency crews arrived, they discovered the lone occupant of the car deceased. It appears that no other vehicles were involved. The collision is currently under investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office. The name of the deceased driver isn’t being released until proper notification of family.

The victim has been identified as Charity Jo Chapman, age 36, from Gillett Grove, Iowa. (added 8/8/2016 1207 hours)

The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Spirit Lake Fire Department, LRH Ambulance, and Bob’s Auto Repair in Milford.

On July 30, 2016 at around 9:18pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a motorcycle accident in the 1200 block of 320th Avenue.

Bryan Moore (38) of Fairmont, Minnesota was northbound on 320th Avenue when he failed to compensate for a curve. Moore went into the ditch and was suspected of serious/incapacitating injuries. Moore was operating a 2017 Harley Davidson. The damage to the motorcycle was estimated at $2,000. Moore was charged with failure to have a motorcycle license.

The DCSO was assisted by the Superior Fire and Rescue, and the LRH Ambulance.

On July 13th, 2016 at around 7:15am the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident involving two vehicles.  The accident occurred at the intersection of 240th Street and 150th Avenue.

Anthony Davis (23) of Milford was southbound on 150th Avenue.  Luke Davison (26) of Sheldon was eastbound on 240th Street.  They collided with each other at the intersection of 240th Street and 150th Avenue.

Anthony Davis was driving a 2005 Chevrolet 1500.  Davis was suspected as having minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  Damage to Davis’ truck was estimated at $15,000.  Davis was cited for failure to yield to vehicle on the right.

Luke Davison was driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.  Davison was also suspected as having minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  Damage to Davison’s car was estimated at $10,000.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Two Arrested on 7-11-16

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On July 11, 2016 at around 12:06am the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop in Milford near the intersection of 13th Street and H Avenue. 

The driver, Colten Caven (28) of Spencer, was arrested for OWI 2nd Offense and fail to use headlights when required. 

Upon further investigation, the passenger, Joseph Feese (36) of Spirit Lake, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance; marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Spirit Lake Police Department, and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford. 

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

On July 4, 2016 at around 9:57pm the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an altercation that was occurring near the intersection of Highway 86 and 200th Street by Emerson Bay Campground. 

Jordan Duncan (21) of Spirit Lake was arrested and charged with:

  • OWI 1st Offense – Serious Misdemeanor
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a person Under Age 18 – Class B Felony
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Marijuana) Within 1000 ft. of a Public Park – Aggravated Misdemeanor 

Rylee Krumwiede (19) of Welcome, Minnesota and Anthony Baack (19) of Spirit Lake were arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance to a person Under Age 18 – Class B Felony
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Marijuana) Within 1000 ft. of a Public Park – Aggravated Misdemeanor

One juvenile was also cited into the juvenile courts system.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department and Bob’s Auto Body of Milford.

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

The Fourth of July is best known for celebrations with family and friends, enjoying the summer weather with food and drinks. Those celebrations often include drinking alcohol which can lead to impaired driving. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 164 people were killed  in motor vehicle crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher over the three-day Fourth of July holiday in 2014.  In reality, 40 percent of the total fatalities were more than likely preventable.  The rate of alcohol impairment for drivers involved in fatal crashes was over three times higher at night than during the day. To date, there have been 154 fatalities on Iowa roadways this year, up 31, or 25% from this time last year.

State and local law enforcement agencies will step up their efforts Friday evening, July 1st through the morning of Tuesday, July 5th to eliminate drunk drivers on the roads and reduce speeding in order to protect all of the motoring public.

What can you do in order to reach your destination safely, not only this Fourth of July, but every day?

  • Do not drive; if you have been drinking, plan ahead and arrange a way to get home.
  • Buckle up; it is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury if you should be involved in a crash.
  • Don’t speed; speeding has been a factor in about 30 percent of crash deaths since 2005 (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

According to the Iowa DOT, there were no fatalities over the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend in 2015.  Together, we hope to repeat that this Fourth of July weekend! The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) hopes you, your family and your friends have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Media contact:  Alex Murphy, GTSB Spokesman, Office of the Commissioner – DPS, at (515) 725-6189.

At approximately 5:59 A.M. on June 21, 2016, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office received a report of a vehicle partially submerged in water in the 1100-block of 190th Avenue, north of Montgomery in Diamond Lake Township. After determining the owner of the vehicle was not at home, a search was conducted in the waters around the vehicle where rescuers discovered the body of 65 year-old Dale Peters of Lake Park deceased near the vehicle.

It is believed that Peters lost control of his vehicle on the gravel road and entered the west ditch where the vehicle rolled once. The vehicle, a gray 2004 Jeep Cherokee owned by Peters, was a total loss. 

Assisting at the Sheriff's Office at the scene were:

  • Lake Park Rescue
  • Lake Park Fire Department
  • Arnolds Park/Okoboji Dive Team
  • Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Dickinson County Emergency Management
  • Dickinson County Communications Center

The accident remains under investigation by the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.