Larchwood, Iowa — If your commute or the route you take to get to Sioux Falls involves the road referred to by many as “the back way from Larchwood to Sioux Falls”, your trip is going to be a little longer for a while.

According to the Lincoln County, South Dakota Sheriff’s Office, the resurfacing of Lincoln County road 135 began this week. They tell us the project begins at the north edge of Canton and continues on for about 14 miles to the north, including the Iowa spur by Lake Alvin. The “Iowa spur” is the road that connects with Lyon County road A18 at the bridge over the Big Sioux River. A18 is the road that goes west from the south side of Larchwood.

Many people take this road past Spring Creek Golf Course and then turn left again on Lincoln County Road 106 to access destinations in southern Sioux Falls. The road also meets up with I-29 at Tea, South Dakota.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office tells us the project is estimated to take four to six weeks. Earlier this week, they said the work was causing significant traffic delays. They are asking people to consider using an alternate route. They also say that motorcyclists should use extra caution on this road due to uneven road surfaces.

For people coming from Iowa, if you want to consider alternate routes, you might consider A26 past the West Lyon School and Lake Pahoja, cross the river, and continue to I-29. Or you could take Highway 18 through Inwood and Canton and meet up with I-29.

You could also take Highway 9 through Larchwood, past the Grand Falls Casino. In South Dakota, that road becomes Highway 42 and there’s a turn off for 26th Street, or if you keep going on the highway, it turns into Tenth Street in Sioux Falls.

 

Northwest Iowa — The recent warm days remind us that the hot, humid days of summer are right around the corner, and we need to prepare ourselves for them.

Meteorologist Alex Krull, at the National Weather Service, says that while the calendar says summer officially arrives June 21st, summer weather could be here much sooner.

It’s important to stay well hydrated, wear sunscreen and a hat, as well as light-colored and light-weight clothing. Krull is also issuing a reminder about the extreme dangers of leaving a child or pet in a hot vehicle.

While it’s been a cool, wet spring, warmer weather is already beginning to set in and steamy summers are common in this area.

You can learn more about heat safety by CLICKING HERE.

Sibley, Iowa — It’s almost summer. That means it’s time for the Good Ole Summertime event in Sibley.

Sibley Chamber Director Ashley Ackerman says there are a number of events planned. She highlights some of them for us.


She says there’s even more going on.


For more information, you can visit “Sibley Iowa Chamber of Commerce” on Facebook.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — While the US House gave final Congressional passage of a disaster relief package earlier this week, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it won’t go nearly far enough to bail out all Iowans who’ve been impacted by flooding.

The 19-billion dollar relief package is comprehensive, Grassley says, but it only includes money to repair roads, bridges and levees that were damaged in the -first- round of flooding, and there’s been many millions of dollars -more- damage since March and April.

Grassley was pleased the package included his amendment to provide coverage for farmers who lost millions in corn and soybeans that was stored in bins which were inundated by flooding. Overall, Grassley says the disaster relief package should help those affected, especially in southwest Iowa, in their continued efforts to rebuild and recover.

The bill that passed the House earlier this week had passed the Senate last month. The president is expected to sign the measure into law.

 

June 5, 2019 - 2:53 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Motorcycles and church services. It’s a combination that you wouldn’t normally put together. But they seem to go together very well for those who are involved with an activity called “Rods N Rides.”

Karl Kempers of Sioux Center is one of the riders. He tells us about it.


He says it’s not a club that you have to join. Everyone is welcome to ride along. He says they meet before the rides at the Centre Mall in Sioux Center.


He gives us the schedule.


Kempers tells us you don’t even need a motorcycle. He says they’ve had everything from minivans to classic cars come with them, and everyone is welcome.


For more information, Kempers invites you to check out their website.

June 4, 2019 - 12:28 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The trial has been pushed back for the third time in the case of a northwest Iowa man who allegedly made a video of himself burning books borrowed from the Orange City Library.

Paul Dorr of Ocheyedan, the leader of the group, “Rescue The Perishing,” says he borrowed the “shameful and wicked” books from the Orange City Public Library. The books involved were four “transgender books” that Dorr is accused of burning in a Facebook Live video at the start of the October 2018 “OC Pride” event.

After the due date of the books passed without them being returned to the library, Orange City Police filed charges against Dorr for Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief, a simple misdemeanor, for allegedly burning the books.

A non-jury trial in the case was originally scheduled for this past March, but Dorr requested a jury trial. That was scheduled for April and was postponed to June, and now has been pushed back to Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — If your fields are too wet to plant, you feel way behind on field work. And you’re probably wondering how crop insurance will work if you cannot get a crop in the ground. Well, a chance to get some answers is coming your way next week.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a Delayed Planting Meeting on Tuesday, June 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Frontier Bank Basement located at 301 First Avenue (that’s Main Street) in Rock Rapids. Extension agronomist Joel DeJong tells us more.


De Jong tells us about his co-presenters and what they will help with.


He says the problem is very widespread this year, and a lot of farmers are facing difficult decisions.

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s time for congress to “move on” from the Mueller investigation, drop the idea of impeachment and focus on other issues.

Grassley says the special counsel’s report “speaks for itself” — just as Special Council Robert Mueller said during a DC news conference.

Mueller announced Wednesday he was returning to the private sector. He said in the printed report that a justice department policy meant he could not indict a sitting president. Grassley disagrees.

Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, issued a written statement after Mueller’s news conference, emphasizing the investigation found “there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election,” but adding that congress must “focus on protecting our country from future attacks by Russia and other bad actors.”

May 31, 2019 - 12:35 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Backers of ethanol in Iowa are praising Friday’s announcement that the E-15 blend of gasoline will be allowed to be sold year round.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the decision fulfills a promise made by President Donald Trump.

The blend mixes 15 percent ethanol with gasoline and prior to the change retailers had to stop selling it on June 1st. Wheeler says they can now continue selling the fuel all year.

Iowa is the top ethanol producing state, with more than four billion gallons produced, and backers have pushed for the change for years. Wheeler says the EPA had to follow its process.

He says they determined E-15 is a viable summer fuel.

Those who back ethanol are concerned about exemptions granted to some refiners on the amount of ethanol they must blend with fuel, saying the exemptions are too easily handed out. Wheeler says they follow the guidelines in those determinations.

Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw reacted to the decision, saying “the final rule provides a reasonable, intellectually-consistent, legally-defensible solution for year-round E-15 access.”

Sheldon, Iowa — Once each month Iowa State Patrol Trooper Nick Erdmann, who is the Patrol’s Public Service Officer for the 8 counties here in far northwest Iowa, appears on the KIWA Morning Show.

Earlier this week, when Erdmann made his appearance, we were talking with him about marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles, which prompted a text from a listener who said, “I think every officer’s car should be clearly marked so people can’t fake cars and pull people over pretending to be officers.”

Erdmann replied to the listener comment by letting people know that all Iowa State Troopers are required to wear a full uniform when on-duty.

Trooper Erdmann advised anyone who is pulled over, if they have any doubt about the officer’s identity, they should ask to see the officer’s ID.

Most often when we see Iowa State Troopers, we’re used to seeing them in what is called their “Class A” uniforms, the brown shirts, tan pants, gun belt and Smokey Bear hat. Depending on the day, and the trooper’s assignment for the day you may see them dressed in their “Class B” uniforms, which consist of a black polo shirt with the Iowa State Patrol logo on the upper left chest, along with cargo pants and their gun belt. The “Class B” uniform does NOT include the easily-recognizable Smokey Bear hat. Erdmann tells us that when troopers are assigned a task that is apt to get their uniforms dirty, there is a third uniform option, as well.

He remind us that on-duty troopers are required to be in full uniform, but if you’re not sure you’ve been pulled over by a REAL cop, ask to see their ID.