November 15, 2019 - 3:52 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — The winner of a regional entrepreneur contest is a boutique in Sibley.

People from across the region gathered in Sioux City, on Thursday evening, November 14th to attend the Northwest Iowa Regional Dream Big Grow Here pitch competition to determine the recipients of $7,000 in grant funds and to support entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the region. Organizers of the competition say they are pleased to announce that Grace Boutique from Sibley was the first-place winner and recipient of $4,000.

Grace Boutique says they provide a boutique experience shopping for women’s and men’s name brand clothing, and decorative household and furniture items at an affordable price. Grace Boutique owner, Melinda Nasers says she has a goal of expanding her consignment store to offer more for her customers. Nasers says her grant funds will be used to increase the consignment store’s footprint, purchase retail display fixtures and racks for the new space, and develop a website to sell items online. She says that will allow Grace Boutique the ability to expand the product lines offered, to include infant and children’s clothing, as well as expand the number of days the store is open during the week.

The other winners were Brightside Café & Deli from Sioux City, which was awarded second place and $2,000, and Awaken Yoga from Le Mars, which was awarded third place and $1,000. These funds are provided to the business owners to help expand their businesses in northwest Iowa.

The other Dream Big Grow Here finalists who pitched on November 14th were Daniel Stillson with SnSLabz from Rock Rapids and James VanVeldhuizen and John Emerick with Northwest Iowa Firearms from Hull.

Photo caption: Grace Boutique owner Melinda Nasers and judges
Photo courtesy Northwest Iowa Development

Hawarden, Iowa — Rural Homes in and near the Big Sioux River area of Sioux County will be able to take advantage of high-speed internet via fiber optics, thanks in part to a grant announced on Friday at a farm near Hawarden.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey was on hand on Friday morning to announce that the USDA has invested $7.2 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for rural households and farms in Iowa and South Dakota. Premier Communications Sales and Marketing Manager, Scott Te Stroete tells us more.

Northey says, “Technology and innovation are key in meeting the growing demand in agriculture. Our mission to increase rural prosperity cannot be achieved without addressing the digital divide our rural communities face because of a lack of high-speed broadband Internet.”

Te Stroete says it will be a fiber-to-the-premises broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of one-gigabit upload and download speeds. The funded service areas include 868 households, 17 businesses and 27 farms.

Te Stroete tells us where the project will take place.

He says it’s a multi-million-dollar project.

According to Te Stroete, the towns of Westfield and Chatsworth will also receive high-speed fiber optic capability. The towns of Akron and Hawarden, which are also in the area already have that capability, says Te Strote. He gives us an idea of the timeline of the project.

He says this area is one of the last parts of their service area to receive these types of internet speeds.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was also on hand for the announcement. She emphasized the importance of investing in infrastructure projects, such as this, especially those that improve rural connectivity.

November 15, 2019 - 1:49 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the first couple of flu-related deaths of the 2019-2020 flu season was someone from northwest Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Public Health doesn’t specify what they consider “northwest Iowa,” and they don’t identify the person, except to say she was an elderly northwest Iowa woman over the age of 81. Another person — an older woman between 61 and 80 years of age from central Iowa also died recently from flu-related causes. Both women had underlying conditions or contributing factors, according to the health department.

They tell us that flu activity in Iowa has increased to local spread this week, indicating that the virus is present in Iowa communities. IDPH Medical Director Dr. Caitlin Pedati says these deaths are an unfortunate reminder that flu can be a serious illness. She says that the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or those who have underlying health conditions. She says, “This is a great time to get the flu vaccine to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming sick before flu activity increases further.”

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that essentially everyone over 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine. It takes up to two weeks after vaccination for the body to achieve full benefit against the flu virus.

The health department says the flu is a respiratory illness caused by viruses. Symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. Illness typically lasts two to seven days and often puts healthy people in bed for days.

To learn more about influenza in Iowa, visit The health department suggests that you contact your health care provider or local health department to find out where the vaccine is available in your community or use the Flu Vaccine Finder at

November 14, 2019 - 1:30 pm - Posted in News

Please contact Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Sibley if you are willing to help make a family’s Christmas a little better this year. Please call during office hours which are Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00 – 12:00 and 12:30- 3:30 to adopt a family or with any questions. UDMO’s number is 712-754-2573.

Here’s this year’s Osceola County Sharing Christmas List

  1. Adopted
  2. Adopted
  3. Adopted
  4. Adopted
  5. Adopted
  6. Adopted
  7. Adopted
  8. Adopted
  9. Adopted
  10. Adopted
  11. Adopted
  12. Adopted
  13. Adopted
  14. Adopted
  15. Adopted
  16. Elderly woman would like a Walmart gift card.
  17. Adopted
  18. Adopted
  19. Adopted
  20. Adopted
  21. Disabled woman would like 2 firm bed pillows and a Fareway gift card.
  22. Elderly woman would like 2 firm bed pillows, lg vanilla candle and a Walmart gift card.
  23. Adopted
  24. Adopted
  25. Adopted
  26. Adopted
  27. Family of 4 – Girl age 17 needs XL shirts and likes candles and Edgar Allen Poe books. Boy age 15 wears size men’s small and needs long sleeve shirts and socks and would like Harry Potter memorabilia. Boy age 14 wears size XL boy’s and would like long sleeve shirts, socks and likes books about history or science.
  28. Family of 2 – Elderly man would like a Walmart gift card. Elderly woman would like a Walmart gift card.
  29. Family of 6 – Boy age 17 wears size 1x shirts and 36/32 pants and would like a hoodie and New England Patriot stuff. Boy age 12 wears size 10/12 pants and 14/16 shirts and likes semi trucks and the Kansas City Chiefs. Girl age 7 wears size 7 pants and 10/12 shirts and likes Shopkins. Boy age 21 months wears size 2t and likes cars and trucks or anything Mickey Mouse. Mom and Dad would appreciate a gas card.
  30. Elderly woman would like a Hyvee or Fareway gift card.
  31. Family of 5 – Girl age 5 wears size 6 pants and youth medium shirts and would like clothes and sensory toys. Boy age 4 wears size 5 pants and small shirts and would like clothes and toys. Girl age 2 wears size 2t and would like clothes and learning toys. Girl age 1 wears size 18 month and would like clothes and toys.
  32. Adopted


November 14, 2019 - 12:17 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Even though RiseFest 2020 is several months away, Rise Ministries, the parent organization behind the annual RiseFest Christian Music Festival, has made a couple of announcements about RiseFest 2020.

Lee Stover is Marketing Director for Rise Ministries, and he says the 2020 festival has been returned to the third weekend in June.

Rise Ministries founder and president Rob Roozeboom says the Ticket PriceSlide is being brought back for RiseFest 2020.

The PriceSlide is something RiseFest used for the first time last year, and Roozeboom says the inaugural PriceSlide went very well.

Stover calls the PriceSlide a “fun way to get people excited” about buying their RiseFest tickets early.

Roozeboom says the first artist announcement for RiseFest 2020 will me coming soon.

Again, to take advantage of the reduced ticket prices, follow this link to the Rise Ministries website. But remember, the PriceSlide ends at midnight November 30th.

November 14, 2019 - 10:26 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A group of local dignitaries were on hand to cut the ribbon at the new Advanced Manufacturing Center at Northwest Iowa Community College.

Sheldon Mayor Greg Geels kicked off the ceremony, saying her was very impressed with the new facility.

Development Director Curt Strouth talked of the importance of a skilled workforce here in northwest Iowa.

Sheldon Ambassadors Chairman Skip Tanner presented a special plaque in honor of the ribbon cutting.

Steve Waldstein is Dean of Applied Technology at NCC, and oversees the Electrical Programs, Manufacturing Programs and Transport Programs at the college, and he says the Advanced Manufacturing Center planning began about two years ago.

Waldstein called the new Advanced Manufacturing Center is a unique program for Northwest Iowa Community College.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Center at NCC is comprised of an Idea Lab, a Manufacturing Lab, newly remodeled Welding Lab, and CAD, or Computer-Aided Drafting, Lab.

KIWA Staff Photo

November 13, 2019 - 8:21 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A trio of Osceola County Deputies were recognized Wednesday evening for saving the lives of two Osceola County residents on two separate occasions.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Osceola County Emergency Medical Service presented the awards to Sgt. Matt Julius, and Deputies Tyler Bos and Zane Roberts.

Osceola County EMS Director Sande Smith says Sgt. Julius was recognized for saving the life of Gary Iedema after Iedema collapsed during a dance at Alley 7 in Sibley.

Smith says that wasn’t the first time Sgt. Julius had used his AED to save someone’s life. She related how, while off duty, Sgt. Julius was called upon to respond to a chiropractic clinic located directly across the street from his residence, and used his AED to save the life of a patient who had stopped breathing.

She says Deputies Matt Bos and Zane Roberts were recognized for saving the life of Charles Klaassen in an incident that took place just last month.

In a presentation that took Sheriff Doug Weber by surprise, Smith presented the Sheriff with a lifesaver award for saving the life of an Osceola County Jail inmate several years ago.

Smith says each Osceola County Sheriff’s patrol car has been equipped with an AED, or Automatic External Defibrillator for more than 15-years.

Smith says the AEDs in each patrol car is important since the deputies are often the first 1st responders to arrive at a scene.

In addition to the Lifesaving Awards presented Wednesday, two long-time employees of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office were recognized for their years of service. Lt. Seth Hoffman was recognized for 25-years serving Osceola County, and Smith, who is also a 911 Dispatcher, was recognized for her 15-years of service.

L to R: Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber, Deputy Zane Roberts, Charles Klaassen, Deputy Tyler Bos, Gary Iedema, Sgt. Matt Julius


Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber and Lt. Seth Hoffman


Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber and Dispatcher Sande Smith

Photos courtesy of Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

November 13, 2019 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Thanksgiving is coming up, and many of us are getting ready to roast the bird, make the sides, and sit down to a feast with family and friends. However, sometimes people have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving or have no one to share it with. There are meals planned in the area for just such a situation. Organizers of the meals say that everyone is welcome.

For most of these meals, pre-registration is required, so we’re telling you about them now so that you have a chance to sign up before the deadline.

In Sheldon, there will be a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner served for anyone who would like a traditional meal. It will be at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2019 at noon. If you’d like to go, you need to reserve your spot by Friday, November 22nd. Organizers ask you to call Wendy at the church office at 712-324-2130 for a reservation. They also say that if you need a ride, just provide your address and phone number, so someone can pick you up.

In Sibley, the First Presbyterian Church is the place for the Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. It too will be served on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th at 12:00 noon. The church is located at 601 6th Avenue in Sibley, and the meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall. They emphasize not to sit at home, but to join your friends and neighbors in giving thanks. They also say that there is no charge, and no freewill offering will be taken. At Sibley, the meal is only for those who eat it at the church, except that take-outs will be permitted for those who are homebound.

In Orange City, they’re calling their free Thanksgiving meal a “Thanksgiving Day CommUNITY Meal.” It will be served at Living Water Community Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Take-out, delivery, and rides to the meal are all available. They’d like you to call 712-707-5100 to let them know you plan to come. They’re also looking for food donations and volunteers to help with the meal.

In Rock Rapids, the free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at the First Reformed Church on Thanksgiving Day at noon for anyone who would like a traditional meal. Rides to and from the church can be provided. Just provide your address and phone number when you call for your reservation so they know where to pick you up. Home delivery is also available. Reservations are needed and may be made by calling the Rock Rapids Chamber of Commerce at 712-472-3456 or the Rock Rapids First Reformed Church at 712-472-3729 by Sunday, November 24th.

Staff photo

November 13, 2019 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa – (RI) — Researchers at Iowa State University are confirming something many of us already know, that we’re just not getting enough sleep.

While it’s recommend most adults get seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night, ISU psychology professor Zlatan Krizan says few of us consistently get that allotment.

The ISU research team analyzed data collected from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey from 2013 to 2017.

Based on 2018 population estimates, he says the data finds as many as five-million Americans are experiencing trouble sleeping, which can indicate things like physical illness or psychological difficulty.

Earlier ISU studies found poor sleep quality can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, while there’s a link between smartphone use and insufficient sleep among teens. The latest study is being published in the journal Sleep Health.

Photo Caption: Prof. Zlatan Krizan

Photo Courtesy Radio Iowa

November 13, 2019 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — There will be no merger between Iowa-based UnityPoint Health and South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

Executives abruptly announced Tuesday that the merger which had been in the works since June was called off. A merger would have created one of the country’s largest non-profit health systems.

UnityPoint is based in Des Moines. UnityPoint’s president said after months of consideration, the two organizations decided it was best for each to maintain their existing structures.

In a statement, Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said, “The executive management teams and physicians worked diligently for 18 months to provide a merger recommendation to the boards. We are disappointed that the UnityPoint Health board failed to embrace the vision.”

UnityPoint operates 32 hospitals and has relationships with 280 physicians clinics in Iowa, western Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. Sanford is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and operates 44 hospitals and more than 200 clinics.

Last year, Sanford merged with Good Samaritan, an elder care organization that operates in 26 states and nine other countries. UnityPoint’s roots date back to 1993, when Iowa Methodist and Lutheran Hospitals in Des Moines joined under the name Iowa Health System. The system was rebranded as UnityPoint in 2013.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.

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