Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is coming to northwest Iowa this week, and by the looks of his schedule, he will be quite busy.branstad

He will make several stops in our area on Thursday, August 21st, and one on Saturday, August 23rd.

Starting the day on Thursday will be an appearance at 8 AM, when Governor Branstad attends Great Lakes Communication Corporation Data Center’s grand opening in Lake Park. From there, Branstad will tour Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee. That’s a 10 AM start there.

After that, the governor will travel to Orange City for a noon appearance at Quatro Composites. There, Quatro Composites and the State of Iowa will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 45,000 square foot expansion at the company’s corporate headquarters located at 403 14th Street Southeast in Orange City. Branstad will be the featured speaker. State Senator Randy Feenstra, State Representative Dwayne Alons, and Bill Anderson (representing Congressman Steve King) will also be attending.

At 2 PM, Governor Branstad will present the 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at Prairie View in Sanborn. The facility is at 610 Eastern Street.

From there, it’s on to Noteboom Implement’s new facility in Sibley for their grand opening. The new Noteboom Implement facility is at 1712 Deere Drive in Sibley. Branstad will be there at 3:30 PM. The new Noteboom Implement is a 28,000 square foot facility located along Highway 60 at exit 51. The grand opening will run from 2-7 PM. Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom says that everyone is invited. He says they are appreciative of the Governor’s presence. He says several John Deere executives and local dignitaries will also be there. Store Manager Bob Schlesser says that it is an expansion and upgrade for their Sibley location. Activities will include a Kids Zone and inflatables, music by Iowa’s own musical family “The Browns”, an old fashioned barbeque, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demonstrations.

After the John Deere festivities in Sibley, the governor heads to the Ashton area for an appearance at Zylstra Feedlot at 5123 210th Street near Ashton. He’ll tour the feedlot.

Governor Branstad will be back in our area on Saturday, August 23, 2014, when he’ll head to the Okoboji area for a 4 PM appearance. He will hold a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349 at the Dickinson County Nature Center at 2279 170th Street near Okoboji. Senate File 2349 allocated money to state departments and agencies from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. Gambling revenues make up the largest share of that fund.

Des Moines, Iowa — Unemployment statewide is fairly steady, and Lyon and Sioux Counties continue to have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the state.unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce gives us the numbers.

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In our area, Lyon County continues to be have the lowest unemployment in the state, with a July unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Even that is down two points from June’s figure of 2.4 percent. Sioux County isn’t too far behind, tied for fifth place with 3.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from June. Plymouth County is at 3.2 percent. The next area county is Osceola County, tied for 19th place on the list with 3.7 percent unemployment, unchanged from June. O’Brien County is in a 4-way tie for 23rd with 3.8 percent, up from June’s 3.5 percent.

Other counties in our region had higher unemployment in July. Dickinson was at 4.3, Cherokee was at 4.6, Buena Vista was at 5.0 and Clay County was at 5.4 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase in the monthly unemployment rate,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa’s labor force has grown steadily this year, and surpassed 1.7 million in July.

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 76,900 in July from 74,300 in June. The current estimate is 3,700 lower than the year ago level of 80,600.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,623,800 in July from 1,624,700 in June. This figure was 900 lower than June, and 30,300 higher than one year ago.

Iowa nonfarm employment totaled 1,550,200 jobs in July and remained unchanged since June. Job gains in the private sector were exactly offset by declines in government. This month’s stagnation halts three consecutive months of gains in nonfarm employment, and leaves the state up 16,500 jobs versus one year ago (+1.1 percent).

Education and health services added the most jobs this month (+2,800) due to gains in both private education services and health care services. In the case of educational services, job gains were partially due to a shift in seasonality; health care industries continue to steadily advance upward due to increasing demand. Professional and business services was buoyed by growth in professional, scientific, and technical services this month and gained 1,000 jobs. Construction also fared well this month (+1,000), marking the fourth consecutive month for job gains. Smaller increases this month included financial activities (+800), other services (+500), and information (+200). Alternatively, leisure and hospitality experienced an unexpectedly large drop this month (-2,300) with losses being nearly even in accommodations and food services and arts and entertainment. Trade and transportation also shed 2,300 jobs due mostly to losses in transportation and retail. The only other loss this month occurred in manufacturing (-300) which has now pared jobs in six of the last seven months, yet remains up 1,200 jobs since last July.

With this month’s unexpected gain, education and health services has now added the most jobs annually (+4,000). Health care jobs have advanced steadily (+2,900) and are responsible for the majority of the growth in this super sector.

Construction has also shown considerable promise since last year (+3,900) due to renewed demand for commercial and residence projects. Professional and business rebounded this month, and now rests up 2,300 jobs since last July. The majority of these gains are found in administrative and support services.

 

Ashton, Iowa — Ashton’s Town & Country Days are this weekend.

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UPDATE: Schedule Changes for Ashton Town & Country Days:

2:00 pm — Bean Bag Competition, which had been moved inside has been moved back outside, with Raffle drawings to follow.
9:00 pm — The Town & Country Days Street Dance, which had been moved inside, has also been moved back outside.

Stay tuned to KIWA or go to our closures and delays page to keep up-to-date on any other changes that may be forced by the weather.

We did have a chance to talk to Andy Gacke about the raffle and gun auction, proceeds of which will go to a good cause, he says.

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Gacke says there are a large number of prizes for the raffle.

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He says there’s a gun raffle too.

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Tickets for the raffle are available at Corbett Plumbing for $10 per chance, or 6 for $50.

Gacke says they’ll also have a special gun auction.

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In addition, Gacke says they’ll also be auctioning off the chainsaw sculptures that the chainsaw artist will have created during his show.

August 15, 2014 - 1:45 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. This weekend, it’s Ashton’s turn.Ashton sign

We talked to Dawn Rutzen, who is one of the people who put the festivities together. She told us what to expect.

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She says they’ve got several vendors lined up.

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She says the parade starts at 1:00. And if you have musicians in band, there’s another reason you may want to come.

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There’s also a big raffle and there’s a gun auction. We’ll tell you about those in future newscasts here on KIWA and kiwaradio.com.

Since we talked to Rutzen, the weather has forced a couple of changes.  The Bean Bag Tournament has been moved indoors into the Legion Hall, with the raffle to follow.  The dance will also be in the Legion Hall.

August 14, 2014 - 10:21 am - Posted in News

sheldon police smallA Sheldon man’s Dodge and a Sibley man’s Chevrolet were damaged in an accident on Monday, August 11th in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that at about 07:18 pm, 25 -year-old Jacob Wordekemper was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram southbound on 7th Street , in Sheldon. Nineteen -year-old Joseph Storbakken of Sibley, was southbound on 4th Avenue in a Chevrolet Chevrolet Malibu. According to the report, Storbakken was pulling away from the stop sign at the intersection of 7th and 4th, when Wordekemper broadsided Storbakken.

Wordekemper’s Dodge received $1,500 damage. Storbakken’s Chevrolet received $1500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on three warrants and for allegedly driving when he shouldn’t have been.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, they arrested 36-year-old Samuel Henry Seivert of Sibley on two Osceola County Warrants and a Dickinson County Warrant.

Seivert was also charged with Driving While Barred, (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Driving While Suspended and Driving While Revoked (both Simple Misdemeanors).

Seivert was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop near 10th Street West and 3rd Avenue West in Sibley Saturday morning.

August 8, 2014 - 5:55 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. It’s Ocheyedan Days of Olde this weekend in Ocheyedan. We Ocheyedantalked to Chris Kruger — one of the people setting up the festival — and asked her what’s going on, starting with Friday night’s activities (August 8th).

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That’s all for the Ocheyedan Days of Olde going on now.

Incidentally, it’s also Everly days in Everly this weekend.

Ashton Town and Country Days is coming up August 15th and 16, and the Little Rock Corn Show is  the weekend of August 23rd.

August 6, 2014 - 9:59 am - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Sibley woman was taken to a hospital after an accident near Alton.Ambulance Front Generic

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:55 AM on Tuesday morning, August 5, at 8:55 AM 63-year-old Patricia Lange of Sibley was driving a 2007 Toyota RAV‐4 southbound on Highway 60, a mile northeast of Alton. Fifteen-year-old Kyle TeGrootenhuis of Hospers was driving a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup northbound on Kingbird Avenue.

The report says he stopped for the stop sign in the median at Highway 60 and then began driving northbound to cross Highway 60, when he struck the Lange vehicle in the intersection.

The Alton Ambulance transported Lange to the Orange City Health System Hospital. TeGrootenhuis did not report any injuries.

Lange’s Toyota sustained about $6,000 in damages. TeGrootenhuis’s pickup sustained an estimated $2,000 in damages.

TeGrootenhuis was cited for failing to yield the right of way when entering a through highway. Lange was cited for expired registration.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Alton Fire Department and the Alton Ambulance crew.

August 5, 2014 - 7:20 am - Posted in News

sibley chamberSibley, Iowa — It’s time for our monthly report from the Sibley Chamber. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters recently.

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You can get more information by going to sibleyiowa.net or by calling the Chamber at 712-754-3212.

Allendorf, Iowa — Two men were arrested after a traffic stop on Thursday evening, July 31st near Allendorf on Highway 9.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

Just before midnight, an Osceola Deputy stopped 25-year-old Jimmy Cole Higdon of Estherville on Highway 9, near Highway 59, just north of Allendorf.

Higdon was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Open Container, a Simple Misdemeanor.

The deputy also arrested 27-year-old Justin Troy Olson of Round Lake, Minnesota and charged him with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Open Container, both Simple Misdemeanors.