March 31, 2017 - 10:58 am - Posted in News

refundsNorthwest Iowa — If you’re one of the many northwest Iowans waiting for your Iowa State Income Tax Refund for 2016, get ready to wait a little longer.

Iowa Department of Revenue spokesperson VIctoria Daniels says the agancy has been getting a lot of calls from people asking about their tax refunds.

Daniels says the reason refunds are taking longer involves new protections against fraud.

Another factor in the refund delay is a new federal law requiring the IRS to hold refunds until February 15 for people who claim certain tax credits. The federal agency conducts an additional review of those returns that are considered especially vulnerable to fraud. Daniels suggests taxpayers get used to waiting longer for their refunds.

Instead of calling the Iowa Department of Revenue to check on a refund, Daniels wants you to visit the agency’s website.

Daniels says Iowa has issued just under $142 million in income tax refunds on 2016 returns as of March 24.

To check on your Iowa State Income Tax Refund, CLICK HERE.

March 30, 2017 - 3:27 pm - Posted in Community Calendar


The Ashton American Legion Hall will be hosting their Anuual Fundraising Soup & Pie/Dessert Supper on Monday, April 3rd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cost is a Free Will Donation. Please come early and enjoy! The Legion thanks everyone for their continued support.

SPLASHSPLASH (Sibley Public Library After School Hour) will meet at the library on the following dates in April:

Grades K – 1: Thursday, April 6th from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Grades 2 – 3: Thursday, April 12th from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Grades 4 – 6: Thursday, April 20th from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

March 30, 2017 - 3:18 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

national library week

National Library Week is April 9th – 15th, and the Sibley Public Library is celebrating with an Open House from the 10th – 14th.

There will be a book signing on Monday the 10th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. with local author Doug Wolter as well as a drawing for a signed copy of Doug’s latest book “Wherein We Stand”.

The Library will also be holding a Trivia Contest in honor of National Library Week.

Home Delivery for book will be available on Monday the 10th & again on the 24th at 1:00 p.m. Please contact the library at 712-754-2888 if you are interested in having books delivered to your home.

March 30, 2017 - 2:59 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

story hourStory Hour at the Sibley Public Library will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 18th.

March 30, 2017 - 2:53 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

book club

The Osceola County Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. at the Sibley Public Library. Please contact the library at 712-754-2888 for more information.

March 30, 2017 - 2:32 pm - Posted in News

medical health caduceus_sxcSioux County, Iowa — Sioux County has been ranked as thed healthiest county in Iowa in which to live, and Lyon County is ranked third, according to a new report just released.  O’Brien is rated #17, with Osceola ranked at #24.

Andrea Ducas, a program officer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the philantropic organization’s 8th annual County Health Rankings study looked at more than 30 factors.

Sioux County ranked number-one in the state for the health of its residents, while Monona County, just a few counties to the south, ranked 99th. Still, the last-place ranking doesn’t mean Monona County is a “bad” place to live, Ducas says it just helps to identify some areas where improvement is needed.

On the other side of the coin, Ducas says just because Sioux County ranked first on this year’s list doesn’t mean everything there is perfect, either.

The reports shows the five healthiest counties in Iowa are: Sioux, Winneshiek, Lyon, in 3rd place, Chickasaw and Cedar. The five counties in the poorest health are: Monona, Decatur, Wapello, Pocahontas and Lee. Sioux and Monona counties were also numbers-one and 99 on last year’s rankings. The study covers all 50 states and some 3,000 counties nationwide. Ducas says the rankings are designed to bring revealing data to communities across the country and the tools and resources to help them take action to improve health. See where your home county stacks up at:

March 30, 2017 - 8:45 am - Posted in Sports

fishing 4Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Here’s the last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for the month of March. Plus the Owner of Dakota Angler, Todd Heitkamp, talks about the differences in rods.

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Fair for walleye and pike. A few perch.
Big Stone Lake Perch fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz Walleye fair along with a few crappie.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye.
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska A few walleye.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog A few Walleyes.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleyes.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleyes.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleyes.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes, fair.
Lake Henry A few walleye.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Unsafe ice.
Vermillion Opening up.
Lake Herman Unsafe ice.
Wall Lake Unsafe ice.
Lake Alvin Opening up.
Diamond Unsafe ice.
Scott’s Slough Unsafe ice.
Island Unsafe ice.
81 Ponds Unsafe ice.
George WPA Unsafe ice.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Unsafe ice.
Thompson Unsafe ice.
Brandt Unsafe ice.
Whitewood Unsafe ice.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) Unsafe ice.
Henry WPA Unsafe ice.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) Unsafe ice.
Mitchell Unsafe ice.
Menno Opening up.
Beaver Unsafe ice.
Sinai Unsafe ice.
Brush Unsafe ice.
Loss Unsafe ice.
East Oakwood Unsafe ice.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Unsafe ice.
Silver Lake Unsafe ice.
East Okoboji Unsafe ice.
West Okoboji Unsafe ice.
Lake Pahoja Unsafe ice.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Unsafe ice.
Sarah Unsafe ice.
Benton Unsafe ice.
East Twin Unsafe ice.
Round Unsafe ice.
Okabena Unsafe ice.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair for walleyes.
Pierre A few walleyes.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair.
Pickstown Walleyes slow.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux Slow.


March 28, 2017 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

Joan SchuckSheldon, Iowa — KIWA’s final prize drawing from Saturday’s Sheldon Home and Design Expo was announced Tuesday morning on the KIWA Morning Show.

The prize was a pair of tickets to see the Off, Off Broadway Production of Barefoot In The Park, which will be performed April 20th through 23rd at the American Legion Community Center in Ashton.

The winner of the tickets from KIWA is Joan Schuck, of Sibley.  Joan stopped by the KIWA studios and told us how she learned she had won.

She said she was excited to learn she had won.

Schuck told KIWA she thought Sheldon’s Home Show was excellent.

Schuck’s winning entry was randomly chosen by computer from all the Off, Off Broadway entries, and was announced Tuesday on KIWA Morning Show.

March 27, 2017 - 2:41 pm - Posted in Sports

bowlingSibley, Iowa — The fall/spring season for sporting events is slowing, however the lanes at Sibley’s Merry Lanes have been very busy. The bowling season started in September and runs through April for many area leagues.

Merry Lanes also hosts many events called King of the Hill bowling tournaments that run Friday night and Saturday. Shifts of single guys and gals can bowl a 4 game set in a handicapped format making the competition exciting for all. 50-80 entries give it a shot each event. This season there has been a presence on the lanes in Sibley whom has worn the the Crown all but one of the organized events. That one went to the owner of the Merry Lanes Breck Wasmund. The King for the past few seasons has been Sheldon’s Ron Prostrollo.

This year alone he has captured the title for 5 of the 6 tournaments that have run. KIWA has talked about his accomplishments before because he now has many 300’s, which are always a thrill. Ron has been consistent and focused on winning. With a 220+ average on 2 leagues in Sibley, he outlasts the competition with hard work and focus. He holds the Honor of King of the Hill title for the Sibley Sheet Metal held back on October 28-29, Sibley Hardware back on November 18-19, Breck Grabbed the Kelly’s Catering king on December 16-17, Ron held top spot again at the Otis Electric on January 13-14, Krogman Snow Removal on February 10-11, and now the Hohwenstein Septic Co. on March 24-25. 2 more tournaments are left, Schotty’s Liquor on March 31-April 1st, and on April 14-15 its th Bud Shootout.

Ron and his bowling buddies also headed north to Fargo, North Dakota earlier in March down to Alexandria, Minnesota for 9 games each day, plus tons of fun. Last weekend was spent at Huron, South Dakota, where Breck’s father Daryl owns and operates. Ron and his mixed doubles partner Sheila garnered 4th place overall with over 80 entries. Others placed at that tournament was KIWA’s Mark Rector and Breck’s Daughter Ally Prins placing 7th.

Coming up the group is headed to Eastway in Sioux Falls for some more doubles action and then later in April, off to Winnebago, Minnesota for a 6 game sweeper. Many from Sibley’s Merry Lanes make the trip to chase the Nationals each year, which were in Las Vegas and collided with the same weekend as the Sheldon group’s North Dakota and Minnesota trip. Shots on these levels can be tough but the thrill of being there is awesome.

Breck Wasmund has operated the Lanes in Sibley for many years and enjoys the competition from all whom come to his establishment to be entertained. Looking for a little bowling action? Head to Merry Lanes and watch or show them what you got. Congratulations to all who participate and enjoy your winnings.