Statewide Iowa — If you’re traveling on Iowa’s highways this Thanksgiving weekend, a spokesman for the Iowa State Patrol says you will not be alone on the roadways throughout this holiday weekend.

Patrol Sergeant Alex Dinkla says they will have officers out across the state.

Dinkla says the officers will be looking for violations — but have another purpose too.

Dinkla says it’s important to adapt your driving to the weather conditions, and avoid all distractions.

If your Thanksgiving festivities include more than turkey — he says you should take the proper steps to be safe when you drive.

The Iowa D-O-T says there were four fatal traffic accidents during last year’s Thanksgiving weekend. Two of them were alcohol related.

November 27, 2019 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa saw some significant snowfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday. The snow and the wind combined to make travel difficult.

Four inches was a common amount of snow to have received in northwest Iowa, and it was the lowest amount recorded. Four inches were reported in Sheldon, Rock Rapids, Orange City, and Sioux Center. Just across the state line in Sioux Falls, they also had four inches. George had just a little more at four and a half.

A little bit more snow was received in the Hospers area, with five inches, according to the National Weather Service. The next highest amount was Sioux City with 5.9 inches. Hull and Remsen both reported six inches. A small island near Matlock and the city of Spirit Lake both reported six and a half inches. But the most snow was reported by a small area near Sanborn on Wednesday morning with Sanborn 8.6 inches of the cold, white stuff, according to the weather service.

The sounds of shovels, snowplows, and snowblowers were common across the area.

November 27, 2019 - 2:06 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — For many Iowans, a Thanksgiving Day pheasant hunt is as much a part of the holiday tradition as football, battling over the last turkey leg and an afternoon nap, and this year’s outing may be one of the best, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

DNR upland wildlife research biologist, Todd Bogenschutz says north of Interstate 80, things are shaping up for the Thanksgiving holiday to have good pheasant hunting. He says now is the time to for hunters to get out into the field. Bogenschutz says the only thing that could put a damper on Thanksgiving pheasant hunts is this weekend’s weather forecast.

Iowa’s pheasant hunting outlook is similar to 2018 when hunters harvested an estimated 320,000 roosters – the highest in a decade. Bogenschutz said for those who’ve drifted away from pheasant hunting, this year would be a good time to restart the tradition.

He says everyone has time off and we’re all together so it’s a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy the fresh air. He went on to say, “Having spent many Thanksgivings hunting with my family, it’s just being together that makes the outing special. Bagging birds is usually a bonus.”

Iowa’s pheasant season closes Jan. 10, 2020.

Northwest Iowa — Despite ongoing weather and trade challenges that have hampered farmers, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner is still a bargain at just under $5 a serving for a family of 10, according to the 34th annual American Farm Bureau Federation Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey.

The full survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of celery and carrots, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, in quantities sufficient to feed 10 people.

A total of 264 volunteer shoppers checked grocery store prices in 38 states for the annual Thanksgiving survey.  The American Farm Bureau Federation’s staple survey menu has not changed since it was first conducted in 1986 to allow for consistent price comparisons.

The opinion poll revealed that 90% of Americans celebrate the holiday with a special meal and turkey remains a staple for 95% of consumers, while half serve both turkey and ham at their Thanksgiving meal. In recognition of changes in Thanksgiving dinner traditions, the Farm Bureau price survey includes ham, potatoes and frozen green beans. Adding these foods to the classic Thanksgiving menu increased the overall cost slightly, to $62.32 or just over $6 per person.

November 27, 2019 - 12:06 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sheldon saw 4-inches of snow fall during the snowstorm that passed through the area late Tuesday afternoon into very early Wednesday, which was below the storm totals that had been predicted.

Todd Heitkamp is Meteorologist-In-Charge at the National Weather Service Weather Station in Sioux Falls. He tells us that snowfall totals around the region varied widely.

Heitkamp says the next storm system may bring a mixed bag of precipitation types.

He says regardless of the type of precipitation we receive, Thanksgiving holiday weekend travel may be a challenge.

You can keep abreast of the weather by listening to KIWA Radio, or visiting our website,

November 25, 2019 - 3:10 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

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  37. Family of 3- Boy age 14 wears size 32/34 pants and 2xl shirts and he would like socks and a Walmart gift card. Girl age 12 wears size 16 pants or size 3 juniors and large shirts. She would like skinny jeans and socks. Grandma would like a gift card for Fareway or an am/fm radio.
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  42. Family of 3 – Boy age 5 wears size 6 and likes crafts and play dough. Boy age 20 months wears size 3t and likes blocks and cars.
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  44. Family of 5 – Girl age 8 wears size 8 and likes books and crafts and toy musical instruments. Boy age 7 wears size 7/8 and likes dinosaurs and super heros and toy musical instruments. Girl age 2 wears size 4t and likes PJ Mask, Princesses and toy musical instruments.
  45. Family of 7 – Girl age 18 wears size 16 woman’s pants and xl shirts and would like clothes and makeup. Boy age 16 wears size 38 men’s pants and xl shirts and likes Xbox one games and Hot wheels. Boy age 14 wears size 40 men’s pants and xl shirts and would like an Xbox one game and clothes. Boy age 13 wears size 34 men’s pants and medium shirts and would like an Xbox one game and clothes. Girl age 5 wears size 5t and would like a baby doll or LOL dolls.
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  49. Family of 4 – Boy age 10 wears size 12 pants and youth large shirts and likes IA State Cyclones, John Deere, or drawing items. Boy age 6 wears size 8 pants and youth medium shirts and likes anything with wheels or drawing items. Boy age 6 wears size 6 pants and youth small shirts and likes Superheroes and drawing items.
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  51. Family of 5 – Boy age 18 wears size 28 men’s pants and small men’s shirts and would like a Walmart gift card. Boy age 13 wears size 26 men’s pants and small men’s shirts and would like a Walmart gift card. Girl age 11 wears size 14 Junior plus pants and Large shirts and would like a Walmart gift card. Boy age 4 wears size 5t pants and 6t shirts and would like a tablet and cover.
November 25, 2019 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley woman and her passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Rock Rapids on Sunday night, November 24th, 2019

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:00 p.m., 35-year-old Richard Fagan of Winfield, Kansas was northbound on Indian Avenue in a 2015 Kenworth semi. They tell us 55-year-old Dianne Kass of Sibley was westbound on Highway 9 in a 2015 Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV.

According to the report, Fagan’s semi failed to stop for the stop sign and entered the intersection in front of Kass’s SUV, which struck the side of Fagan’s trailer causing both vehicles to become disabled north of the intersection.

Kass and her passenger both sustained serious injuries and they were extricated from the vehicle by the Rock Rapids Fire Department. The Lyon County Ambulance took them to a hospital.

Fagan did not report any injuries.

The Fagan semi sustained about $55,000 in damages. Kass’ vehicle sustained approximately $12,000 in damages.

Trackside Repair also assisted with the accident scene.

November 25, 2019 - 12:48 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A winter storm that’s bearing down on the upper Midwest may cause some complications for Thanksgiving travelers.

Jim Murray is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Sioux Falls, and he says forecasters are fairly certain of the track this storm event will take.

Murray says the storm will move into the area Tuesday.

While he can’t predict an exact snowfall amount, Murray offered a range of expected snowfall.

We asked if this storm would also pack the kind of strong winds that combine with the snow to cause near-blizzard conditions.

Murray says the winter weather is expected to take a brief break heading into Thanksgiving Thursday.

To stay abreast of the latest weather information you can tune to KIWA or check our website at


November 23, 2019 - 8:53 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Despite an increasing number of reports about the health hazards of electronic cigarettes, studies find the popularity of vaping continues to rise in Iowa.

Erika Sward, spokeswoman for the American Lung Association, says more Iowa adults are using e-cigarettes, but they’re especially alluring to teenagers.

The latest study from the Iowa Department of Public Health finds e-cigarette use among Iowa 11th graders has rocketed in recent years to more than 22-percent, that’s almost one in every four. Sward says e-cigarettes were initially billed as being a safe alternative to help smokers transition away from traditional cigarettes to eventually quit.

The American Lung Association is continuing to press the F-D-A for more significant action on e-cigarettes, but she says the agency is moving very slowly.

The state of Iowa is offering a program called, “My Life, My Quit,” which focuses on teens. Through the program, teens work with a coach who listens and understands their unique needs, provides personalized support, and helps them build a quit plan to become free from nicotine. For details, text or call 855-891-9989 or visit

Gretta Irwin, executive director of the Iowa Turkey Federation, says Iowa is the nation’s seventh largest producer of turkeys and the fifth largest processor. Irwin says shoppers are finding great deals on the big birds.

Iowa turkey producers have faced economic challenges over the past year — and longer — given slumping sales due to an oversupply.

There’s optimism, Irwin says, that there will be a significant strengthening of the market in the year ahead. For Iowans who are cooking turkeys next week, there is sometimes anxiety about having the time to get a frozen turkey thoroughly thawed.

It’s important to note, a fully thawed turkey might take three hours to cook while a frozen turkey might need four-and-a-half hours, depending on the size. Find more tips at:

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