July 19, 2019 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Fair is in its final hours for 2019.

At the fair in Sibley, Saturday starts off with the opening of the BBQ Cookoff at 7 a.m. At 10, you can see a chainsaw carver. The escape room at the old school is from 10 to 2. The inflatables and rides will be available from 10 to 5, and they’re free from 1 to 5 on Saturday, sponsored by the Osceola County Sportsmen’s Club.

There’s a beanbag tournament at noon. Stories for Inspiration — Diane Gabbles starts at 1. The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull starts at 2. At 3, it will be time for the Homemade Ice Cream Judging Contest. 4 p.m. is the start time for the 4H and FFA Ribbon Auction. You can meet and greet the monster truck drivers, starting at 6 p.m., and the Monster Truck Show is at 7. There will be fireworks after the Monster Truck Show. The fair wraps up when all exhibits are released at 11 a.m. Sunday.

July 19, 2019 - 12:19 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sheldon native and president and CEO of The Family Leader, Bob Vander Plaats, took to social media Thursday to announce his endorsement of a state senator from Hull in his race against Iowa 4th District US Congressman Steve King in the 2020 Republican primary.

Vander Plaats announced his endorsement of Randy Feenstra on Twitter, tweeting, ““I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Senator Randy Feenstra in his campaign for the Republican nomination for #IA04. Randy is a man of integrity who is guided by his faith and someone Iowans’ can trust to faithfully represent them in Congress.”

Feenstra announced his candidacy earlier this year after King was stripped of his congressional committee assignments in the aftermath of a controversial interview printed in the New York Times.

In addition to King and Feenstra, Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, and former Irwin, Iowa mayor Bret Richards, are seeking the to represent the Republican party in the 2020 general election.

Sheldon, Iowa — With the heat we’ve been having, it might be a good idea to talk about heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

We talked with Sandra Muyskens, a physician’s assistant in the emergency department at Sanford Sheldon. She tells us how you can prevent heatstroke.

She says if you can, it’s better to work with a buddy who could maybe point out some symptoms of heat stress before they become a bigger issue.

She says you should try to know ahead of time where you can recuperate if you need to. According to Muyskens, if you do start to experience heat exhaustion, there are some steps you should take.

If you need more information, you can call Sanford Sheldon Medical Center or your medical provider.

Melvin, Iowa — Eight people were taken the hospital in the aftermath of a two-vehicle mishap near Melvin shortly before noon Wednesday.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 11:55 Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highway 59 and 220th Street, or about 3 miles north of Melvin.

Deputies say 29-year-old Kelsey Jo Conner, of Omaha, was driving a 2015 Chevy Traverse westbound on 220th Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 59, collided with a 2014 Dodge minivan driven by 24-year-old Thressa Joan Clark, of Sibley, which was northbound on Highway 59. Deputies say both vehicles came to rest on a property in the northwest corner of the intersection, with that property receiving approximately $1,500 in damage.

Deputies say Connor’s Chevy received approximately $15,000 in damage while Clark’s minivan received approximately $10,000 in damage.

Conner and two juvenile passengers in her car were transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance. Clark, a female passenger, and three juvenile passengers in her minivan were transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Ashton Ambulance and Sibley Ambulance.

Conner was issued a citation for Failure to Obey Stop Sign, according to authorities.

Melvin Ambulance and Melvin Fire Department also assisted deputies at the scene.

July 17, 2019 - 2:20 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Severe weather rumbled through the tri-state area on Wednesday morning, leaving some damage and significant rain in its wake.

According to the National Weather Service:

As the storm entered our area, at 6:40 a.m., thunderstorm winds broke a large tree limb, which fell on top of a car at Beresford. A little later, as the storm hit an area seven miles southwest of Rock Valley, winds struck a machine shed, blew the doors in and blew out the back wall, with debris going out into the field. About that same time, Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga reported that ten mature trees were blown over, with the tops broken in that same area southwest of Rock Valley.

A few minutes later, some large trees reportedly were downed by winds four miles northwest of Sioux Center.

About 7:15 a.m., winds jackknifed a semi, which then blocked the road for a while on 390th Street between Dipper and Dogwood Avenues, about nine miles west of Sioux Center.

The Weather Service says a medium-sized tree was also blown over one mile northeast of Sheldon at around 7:55 a.m.

Precip wise, at KIWA in downtown Sheldon, we received a storm total of 2.08 inches, with 0.61″ of that between 7 and 8 a.m. In Rock Rapids, the total was 2.44 inches. Hospers only had 0.60″, and Sibley had 1.2 inches. Huizenga reports that between Sioux Center and Hawarden, they received between an half inch and 0.7″.

According to radar, the area west of George got 2.5 inches, as did parts of the Sibley area. Areas around Sheldon got around an inch and a half. Central Sioux County got less than an inch. The Paullina area got a little more, around 2 inches.

Flood warnings remain in effect for the Rock River at Rock Rapids and the Big Sioux River over most of its length from north of Brookings to Sioux City.

Picture of jackknifed semi west of Sioux Center, provided by a listener

Northwest Iowa — While they won’t be sent out until October, you may now request an absentee ballot for the November 5th city and school general election in Iowa.

Right now, it’s not even known whose names will necessarily be on the ballot. Candidate filing begins for the election on August 26th and ends September 19th.

You must ask for an absentee ballot on an official absentee ballot request form, which may be found by clicking here. The ballots will be available by October 7th.
Absentee ballots for the city and school election are due back at your county auditor’s office by Oct 25th.

The general election will be Tuesday, November 5th, 2019. The opening and deadline dates are all statewide, as they are spelled out in Iowa Code.

Sibley, Iowa — A rural Sibley man is dead after the tractor he was driving rolled over on top of him in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, July 16th.

According to a release from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, they were called about 2:45 Tuesday morning to a tractor rollover accident in the 1400 mile of Polk Avenue northeast of Sibley. Authorities say when deputies arrived they discovered the operator of the tractor was trapped underneath the machine. The operator of the tractor, who deputies have indentified as 49-year-old Ned DeBoer of rural Sibley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Osceola County authorities say the victim had been traveling north in the west ditch raking hay.  They say it appears that the tractor dropped it’s left front wheel into a culvert, causing the machine to roll over on top of the victim trapping him underneath.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Osceola County Ambulance, Jeddeloh Tow Service and the Sibley Fire Department.

KIWA File Photo

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley convenience store sustained substantial damage when it was struck by a pickup truck Friday afternoon.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the mishap occurred shortly before 3:00 Friday afternoon when a 2010 Ford F150, driven by 90-year old Glenn Lorraine Doorenbos of Sibley, crashed into the east side of the convenience store building at Jackrabbit Junction, which is located adjacent to Highway 60 in the northeast part of Sibley.

Deputies say Doorenbos told them that he was entering a parking space on the east side of the building when he started pushing the truck’s brake pedal to stop, but also had his foot on the gas pedal. In addition to the building, authorities say Doorenbos also struck an ice machine that was placed on the sidewalk along the east side of the building. Deputies say the impact of the crash caused damage to the ceiling inside the kitchen of Champs Chicken, as well as the kitchen equipment in that area of the building.

Deputies estimate the damage to the convenience store to be about $20,000, with $500 in damage to Doorenbos’ pickup.

No injuries were reported.

July 12, 2019 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced the first case of West Nile virus infection reported in 2019.

According to a release from the IDPH, the first reported case of West Nile was a 61 to 80-year-old man from Audubon County in west central Iowa. The man has reportedly recovered.

IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Caitlin Pedati reminds Iowans that humans get infected with West Nile virus through a mosquito bite. Pedati says until the state’s first hard frost, whether for work or play, being outside means there’s a risk for West Nile virus infection.

Pedati says you should take the following steps to reduce your risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

Use insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. You should always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.  For example, oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3-years of age and DEET should not be used on children less than 2-months of age.

Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks outdoors whenever possible.

Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, last year 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus, and nine Iowans died.

For more information on the West Nile virus, visit the IDPH website by CLICKING HERE.

Little Rock, Iowa — A Sibley man was taken to a hospital after an accident north of Little Rock on Wednesday, July 10th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:15 p.m., 21-year-old Daniel DeBoer of Sibley was westbound on 100th Street — the state line road — a quarter mile east of Larch Avenue. That’s about three and a half miles north and almost three miles west of Little Rock.

The report says DeBoer lost control of the 2002 Ford F150 that he was driving. The vehicle entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Little Rock Ambulance Squad took DeBoer to Osceola Community Hospital.

The vehicle, owned by Farmers Coop Society, sustained approximately $5,000 worth of damage, says the report.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Little Rock Ambulance Squad and Little Rock Fire and Rescue Department assisted at the scene.