Dickinson County Courthouse, 1802 Hill Ave, PO Box 214, Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Press Releases

Friday, January 20, 2023

Personal Injury Accident 1-19-23

On January 19, 2023 at around 11:16am, the DCSO responded to a personal injury accident involving two vehicles in the 1600 block of Highway 9.

Diane Kletsch (59), of Valley Falls Kansas, was westbound on Highway 9 driving a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500.  Kletsch lost control of the vehicle, crossed the centerline, and struck a vehicle that was eastbound.  Tana Nozka (43), of Lake Park, was eastbound on Highway 9, driving a 2016 Mercedes Benz C300, when Kletsch struck her on the driver’s side of her vehicle.

Nozka was extricated from the vehicle by mechanical means and sustained serious or incapacitating injuries.  Nozka was transported by ambulance to the hospital.  Nozka also had a dog in the vehicle that was transported to the veterinarian.  No injuries were reported from Kletsch.

The DCSO was assisted by the Dickinson County Emergency Management, Lake Park Fire Department, Iowa DNR, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Jennings Tow & Repair.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Rollover Accident 1-10-23

On January 10, 2023 at around 5:59pm, the DCSO responded to a rollover accident at the intersection of Highway 71 and A43 (260th St).

Lori Danner (40), of Estherville, was southbound on Highway 71 driving a 2015 Toyota Rav 4.  Danner was adjusting the radio.  When Danner looked up, she noticed a vehicle in front of her turning west onto A43.  The vehicle was a 2011 Ford F250 driven by Troy Visscher (50), of Milford.  Danner swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting Visscher.  Danner’s front passenger side of the vehicle struck the rear driver’s side of Visscher’s vehicle, causing Danner to roll.  Danner’s vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the median of the intersection striking another vehicle that was stopped waiting to cross Highway 71 westbound.  The vehicle at the intersection was a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Donald Sonich, (53) of Hartley.

Danner sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.  No injuries were reported from Visscher or Sonich.

Danner was cited for following too closely.

The DCSO was assisted by the Milford Police Department, Milford Fire Department, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, Boji Towing & Recovery, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.