September 19, 2018 - 3:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This week, September 16 through 22, is National Farm Safety & Health Week, a time for farmers to be mindful of the potential hazards they encounter each and every day.

Beginning in 1944, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety & Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion, first initiated by the National Safety Council and has been proclaimed as such by each sitting U.S. President since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the first document.

This year, National Farm Safety & Health Week celebrates its 75th year milestone and is dedicating each workday to relevant topics facing agriculture. Monday’s focus was Rural Roadway Safety. On Tuesday the focus was on Health, Suicide, and Opioids. Wednesday’s focus if Children and Youth Health and Safety. On Thursday the emphasis will be placed on Confined Spaces In Agriculture. And Friday is devoted to Tractor Safety.

This year’s theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week is, “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety.”

For more information on National Farm Safety & Health Week, CLICK HERE.

September 19, 2018 - 12:47 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the KIWA listening area, beginning at 7:00 Wednesday evening.

The National Weather Service says Thunderstorms are expected to develop Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday morning, with the potential to produce high rainfall rates, and rapid accumulation of rainfall in a short period of time.

The National Weather Service says total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be possible by Thursday morning, with localized rainfall amounts above 3 inches possible. This rainfall on top of saturated grounds will lead to a heightened risk of flash flooding as well as river flooding.

The watch area includes a large part of northwest Iowa, including Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Sioux counties, as well as adjacent areas of Minnesota and South Dakota.

This Flood Watch will be in effect from 7:00 Wednesday evening until 10:00 Thursday morning.

Keep tuned to KIWA for any future updates.

September 19, 2018 - 10:48 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This is the last week of summer and forecasters at the National Climate Center are raising the odds of an El Nino weather pattern impacting our region soon.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub, says we may see a shift within a few months.

Forecasting models indicate a weak El Nino is most likely, Todey says, but that’s just at the moment.

Todey says it’s a safer bet the impacts of the weather pattern will be felt more next year than this fall.

Forecasts for the last three months of the year show near-normal temperatures and precipitation are likely for the region.

September 17, 2018 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Peterson man who authorities believe was driving a car that was involved in a pursuit two weeks ago has been arrested. The pursuit started in Ashton, went through Sheldon, and ended up near Boyden on Sunday, September 2nd.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 23-year-old Shawn William Carter of Peterson on Thursday of last week He was arrested on two Osceola County warrants for allegedly eluding, an aggravated misdemeanor; and driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor. Carter was also charged with multiple traffic violations.

While the pursuit was headed through Sheldon, one of the passengers bailed out and was soon arrested by the Sheldon police department. Authorities have identified that passenger as 29-year-old Kevin Aaron Vail, of Spencer. He was charged in O’Brien County with possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, which is a class D felony, according to Iowa Code. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

After the car hit stop sticks near Boyden and crashed, the remaining passenger and the driver took off on foot. The remaining passenger was identified as 22-year-old Lacey O’Clair of Matlock. She was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with official acts. The driver, believed to have been Carter, was not found that day but was arrested last week.

September 17, 2018 - 11:49 am - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — A Melvin woman was taken to the hospital in the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash southeast of Ocheyedan Friday morning.

Osceola County authorities say the crash happened when a northbound 2013 Chevy Traverse, driven by 37-year old Mindi Kay Vanhouten of Melvin, stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of 170th Street and Tyler Avenue. then pulled into the path of a 2017 Chevy Silverado pickup, driven by 38-year old Dale Jerome Jungers, of Sheldon. Vanhouten reportedly told deputies she failed to see Jungers’ pickup before attempting a left turn onto 170th Street.

According to authorities, Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue used mechanical means to free Vanhouten from the wreckage of her vehicle. She was then transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Ocheyedan Ambulance. Jungers escaped injury.

Damage to Vanhouten’s SUV was estimated at about $15-thousand, while Jungers’ pickup sustained about $25-thousand in damage.

Deputies say Vanhouten was cited for Failure to Yield upon Entering Highway.


September 14, 2018 - 3:30 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Blood is needed year-round. Your chance to impact lives with your blood donation is coming up next week in Sibley.

Kathy Winter from the Osceola Community Hospital Laboratory Department tells us about this blood drive. She says they do one every other month.

She says they also do something else through the school.

She says it’s always a good time to give blood.

Winter says they take walk-ins, or you can call for an appointment to give blood on Wednesday, September 19th.

Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an I.D. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. For more information log onto or call the lab at 712-754-5358.

September 14, 2018 - 10:18 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — School has been back in session for a couple of weeks around northwest Iowa, and normally during the early days of the school year motoristsneed to be reminded about interaction with school buses.

In 2012, the Iowa Legislature unanimously adopted “Kadyn’s Law. The law was in response to the death of 7-year old Kadyn Jade Halverson who was struck by a pickup and killed while trying to cross the road to board a school bus.

The driver of the pickup violated Iowa’s stop arm law which prohibited drivers from passing a stopped school bus with the stop arms out, or when the red or amber lights are flashing.

Kadyn’s Law put some teeth into the penalties for violating Iowa’s stop arm law, as Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz tells us.

Trooper Kurtz reminds drivers that vehicles following a bus are not the only ones who are required to stop.

At the beginning of each school year we seem to hear reports of several drivers who violate Kadyn’s Law, but we’re happy to report that, as of Friday morning, that hasn’t been a major problem in the four-county area.

KIWA talked to Sheldon Schools Superintendent Cory Myer, and he says that Sheldon buses have reported no violations of Kadyn’s Law. At South O’Brien Schools they say they usually see a couple of violations each year, but thus far this school year there have been no reports. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Schools report no violations, as well.

In checking with area law enforcement agencies, we are happy to report that the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says they have received no reports. In Sioux County, Deputy Jamie Van Voorst says there have been a couple of violations reported to police departments in that county, but numbers are quite low. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says they usually receive five or six complaints each year, but so far have received no complaints. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports one violation of Kadyn’s Law so far this year.

Trooper Kurtz tells KIWA that the only northwest Iowa school district that he has heard of who are reporting a large number of violations is Le Mars.

Just as a reminder, when you see a school bus with it’s yellow lights flashing, it’s preparing to stop, and you should prepare to stop, as well. When the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended you are required to stop, regardless of whether you are approaching the bus from the front or from the rear.

Please obey Kadyn’s Law, stop for stopped school buses, and keep our children safe.

Statewide Iowa — MidAmerican Energy, the company that provides electrical and natural gas service to many area communities is utilizing technology to help them locate the source of electrical outages.

MidAmerican will get instant reports of power outages from new electronic sensors being attached to Iowa power lines.

That’s Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for MidAmerican Energy. Greenwood says it can take hours for utility workers to physically inspect lines and find the source of an outage. The electronic sensors transmit information about power outages to a control center located in Des Moines that monitors all of MidAmerican’s power grid in Iowa.

The sensors are called “remote fault indicators.” Greenwood says the devices are able to identify faults in the flow of electricity.

Sensors have already been installed in rural areas, as well as in the cities of Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Sioux City, the Quad Cities and Waterloo. The devices can be attached to lines that are above or below ground.

MidAmerican provides electric service to 770-thousand customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota.

September 12, 2018 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — September has been proclaimed “National Preparedness Month”, a time to prepare for weather emergencies, and other catastrophes.

Todd Heitkamp is Meteorologis-In-Charge at the National Weather Service Office in Sioux Falls, and he says September was chosen since it is the peak hurricane season.

Although we don’t live in hurricane country, Heitkamp says we need to be prepared for whatever kind of weather emergency we may encounter.

He says one of the most important parts of your preparedness plan is a first aid kit.

The graphic below lists some of the “must haves” for a basic first aid kit to help you get prepared.

September 12, 2018 - 9:28 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries following a traffic crash near Ashton Tuesday morning.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened  about 7:30 Tuesday morning at the intersection of Pierce Avenue and 240th Street, about 4 miles southeast of Ashton.

Deputies say 16-year old Ariana Hanna McCann, of Ashton, was northbound on Pierce Avenue in a 1997 Ford Taurus, and 54-year old Beth Quincey was eastbound on 240th Street in a 2016 Chevy Equinox. A witness reportedly told investigating officers that Quincey failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, where her Equinox was broadsided by McCann’s Taurus.

Authorities say McCann’s Taurus came to rest in the northeast ditch, while Quincey’s Equinox came to rest on its top in a corn field in the northeast corner of the intersection.

McCann reportedly had to be removed from her car by mechanical means, and was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by the Sibley Ambulance. Deputies say Quincey was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Ashton Ambulance. Both women suffered what the crash report calls, “serious injuries.”

Deputies estimated damage to McCann’s 97 Taurus at $15-hundred, with damage to Quincey’s Equinox estimated to be about $20-thousand.

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.