October 23, 2017 - 9:55 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A Sheldon man was injured late Friday afternoon when the pickup he was driving collided with a semi northeast of Ashton.

Osceola County authorities say the crash happened around 5:50 Friday afternoon at the intersection of 220th Street and Pierce Avenue, when a westbound 2008 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by 36-year old Jason Allan Boone, of Sheldon, reportedly failed to yield half the roadway, and collided with an eastbound Peterbilt semi, driven by 53-year old William Theodore Johnson, of Sibley, in the eastbound lane.

Deputies say Boone’s Dodge went through the ditch, coming to rest in the south field.  Johnson’s Peterbilt crossed the roadway, went through the ditch and a field fence, before coming to rest in the north field.

Deputies estimated both vehicles to be a total loss.

Boone was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Ashton Ambulance with incapacitating injuries, according to officials.  Johnson was not injured.

Assisting at the scene was the Sibley Ambulance.

October 21, 2017 - 1:53 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math — known by the acronym “STEM” — has been a hot topic in recent years. Twice each year, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has been partnering with area colleges to hold a “STEM Fest” for area youth. And it’s time for another one — at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

We talked to O’Brien County Extension County Youth Director Sarah Fiddelke about the upcoming event on November 4th, which she says is a little different this time.


She says online registration for the event, which is for fourth through eighth graders, begins on Sunday.


She says that while the focus will be on the science behind health and healthy living, registration is the same as in past years. Participants pick the color track that best matches the four presentations in which they want to participate.

In past years, STEM Fests have filled to capacity, so it might be a good idea to have your kids register as soon as they are able.

Sibley, Iowa — Now the other one of the co-defendants in the civil case brought against the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District on behalf of a boy who was allegedly sexually abused by a former teacher at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School — has asked the court to dismiss the petition against it as well.

The plaintiff in the civil case is a minor, identified only as “C.A.” and C.A.’s mother, “J.A.” The plaintiff alleges that he was sexually abused by former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach Kyle Ewinger. A criminal case charging Ewinger with Second Degree Sexual Abuse is scheduled to go to trial in December.

Late this summer, the plaintiffs added to the suit, two other school districts where Ewinger was employed. They listed alleged questionable acts in those districts, and said that they too were negligent in not alerting future employers of this conduct, which could have prevented the eventual alleged sexual assault of the victim. The other schools named are the Mediapolis Community School District and the Sioux City Community School District.

The Mediapolis Community School District requested that the case against it be dismissed on October 4th. Now the Sioux City Community School District — or “SCCSD” — wants the case against it dismissed on similar grounds.

In the motion to dismiss, the attorney for the Sioux City Community School District, Douglas Phillips, lists several reasons for dismissal. He says SCCSD is not liable for the acts of another district’s employee. He says that the plaintiffs allege that SCCSD is negligent for failure to investigate and report an alleged incident involving Ewinger in 2010, but the State of Iowa does not recognize a claim for negligent investigation, and Phillips writes that there is no statutory or common law duty to report in this context.

He goes on to write that SCCSD owed no duty to the plaintiffs with respect to Ewinger. He says the only duties would have arisen from a request for information from Sibley Ocheyedan or Ewinger.

While Ewinger’s criminal trial is scheduled to take place in December, the civil suit against the school districts is scheduled to go to trial about a year from now, on October 23rd, 2018 at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

October 20, 2017 - 12:11 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing the past few days are forecast to continue for at least the next few days. But we know we’re just playing a game with mother nature trying to guess when we’ll see the first snowfall. And that means snow removal.

Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances regarding overnight parking, especially during the snow removal season. So if you routinely or occasionally park a car on the street overnight, here’s fair warning that you’re soon going to have to come up with a different place to park in most cases.

In Sheldon, Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to April 1st.  Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine.  Chief Bolkema also urges Sheldon residents to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

In Sanborn, no parking is allowed from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., year-round, on Main Street. In addition, from November 1st through March 31st, no parking is allowed on any city street in Sanborn from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

According to Sibley city officials, their overnight parking ban calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from November 1st through April 15th.  The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City officials say that no parking is allowed on any of their city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from October 15th through April 1st.  The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban, but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls. So motorists who park on the street need to keep up-to-date on the weather forecast.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city. However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow.  Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials say their ordinance bans parking on all city streets and alleys from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. during snow removal operations. The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town they are parking their vehicle. Again, if you have overnight guests for the holidays, please be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.

October 19, 2017 - 4:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Kathleen Richter, age 86, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, formerly of Ashton, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Ashton, Iowa. Father Siby Punnoose and Father Kevin Richter officiating.

Burial to follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Ashton, Iowa.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 22, with the family present from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. Scriptural Wake Service at 5:00 P.M. and Parish Rosary to follow, all at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ashton, Iowa.

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home Sheldon Funeral Service in charge of arrangements for Kathleen Richter.

October 19, 2017 - 12:24 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A Minnesota man was arrested on felony drug charges in Osceola County this week.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that one of their deputies arrested 22-year-old Ryan Matthew Weinzettel of Prior Lake, MN on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver – Marijuana; and Drug Tax Stamp Violation. Both charges are class D felonies.

Weinzettel was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail where he was held and released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Authorities say the arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at Highway 60 and 210th Street, two miles north of Ashton.

If convicted of a class D felony, Weinzettel could face up to five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7500 on each count.

They also report that 21-year-old Tiffany Kaelynn Harsted of Hastings, MN was a passenger in the vehicle and was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana 1st Offense.

October 18, 2017 - 10:35 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Sibley Kiwanis Club 3rd Annual Halloween Event will be held on Saturday October 28, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Come out for Food, Grab Bags, Games and prizes. Go through the Haunted Maze and enter the Costume Contest. All Ages Welcome! There is no cost to attend, but a free will offering will be accepted to help offset costs.

Mothers of young children, please join us at Mothers Together at First Reformed Church of Sibley on Wednesday, October 25th, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. as we learn from The Speech Mom, who is from Sioux Falls, on dealing with a picky eater. Enjoy this time of learning from a valuable resource as well as connecting with other moms. Excellent child care provided.

October 18, 2017 - 9:48 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux 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. It’s Trophy time folks. It’s Fall and the fish are biting. Check out the latest 2-Minute Fishing Report from Dakota Angler. Feel free to share!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim Walleyes and perch fair.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes and perch fair.
Big Stone Lake Perch and bluegills fair to good along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye and perch.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
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 Walleyes fair.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Cochrane Few perch, largemouth bass, and perch.
Casey’s Slough A few walleye.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleye.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Perch good. Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes fair.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Bluegills fair.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair along with a few crappie and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Lake Alvin Crappie and largemouth bass fair, along with a few perch.
Diamond Walleyes fair.
Scott’s Slough A few crappie, perch, and walleye.
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds Walleyes fair along with a few perch.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) Perch fair. A few walleyes.
Thompson Walleyes fair to good. A few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes and perch.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills, crappie, and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye and perch.
Sinai Walleyes, perch, and crappie fair.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Walleyes fair.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. Walleyes fair. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake Walleyes fair to good.
East Okoboji Few walleyes, perch and bluegills.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair; A few perch and walleyes.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Sarah Walleyes fair to good.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
Round A few walleye.
Okabena Few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair to good for walleyes.
Pierre Walleye bite is getting better.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux A few cats.