April 30, 2018 - 4:05 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A northwest Iowa company that has been owned by the same family since it began nearly a century ago, has been sold.

Dave Raak of HTC Communications says his family has agreed to sell HTC to Premier Communications of Sioux Center.

We talked to Premier CEO Doug Boone who says Premier and HTC have had a good working relationship for a number of years.

Raak called the HTC area “the hole in the center of Premier’s donut.” Boone agreed.

We asked Boone what HTC customers could expect to see once Premier is their provider.

Boone says the current HTC offices in Hospers will be kept open, and all HTC employees will become Premier employees.

As for Dave Raak, he says he decided it’s time to slow down and go fishing.

The purchase agreement was signed over the weekend, and Boone says they hope to complete the purchase of HTC by July 1st. However, he says the final sale date is dependent upon when the Federal Communications Commission gives their approval.

April 27, 2018 - 3:50 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa– Ashton firefighters extinguished two more grass fires this week near Ashton.

According to Ashton Fire Chief Andy Gacke, about 12:20 p.m., the Ashton Fire Department was called to the report of a ditch on fire in the Highway 60 northbound ditch, north of Ashton. He says they found the fire about a quarter mile north of Ashton before the first bridge.

The chief says the fire department saw about two acres of grass on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire, which had been fanned by the wind. He says they were able to keep the fire from damaging a nearby conservation area.

Gacke says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

He says they used about 1,200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the six firefighters were on scene for about an hour.

Then about 1 p.m. on Friday, the Ashton Fire Department was called again, this time to a fire in the public hunting area a mile and a half south of Ashton on the east side of Highway 60. Gacke says that fire was much smaller, but he says it underlines the fact that there are some dry conditions out now after the snow has melted and the wind has been blowing and the sun shining. He urges people to be careful with smoking materials or anything that can get hot. He says a simple cigarette carelessly tossed out a car window could cause a large fire in these conditions.

April 27, 2018 - 12:03 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — After more than half a century serving northwest Iowa at 1550 on the AM dial, KIWA-AM’s programming has been expanded, and is now also available on an FM frequency.

In an effort to better serve our AM listeners, we have added an FM Translator for our AM signal. That means you can now listen to all your favorite KIWA-AM programming at 100.7 on your FM radio, as well as at 1550 on the AM dial.

The purpose of the FM translator is to provide a cleaner, more listenable broadcast of our AM programming, particularly after sunset, when our KIWA-AM is required by law to reduce output power, and with that, reduce coverage area. In contrast, the FM translator at 100.7 will remain at its full power 24 hours per day. This will be especially welcome news to Orab sports fans, who will now be able to hear their Orab sporting events on 100.7 FM, in addition to AM-1550.

In addition to adding the FM feed of our AM programming, KIWA has expanded our AM program offerings as well, becoming a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week talk radio station. To our traditional lineup that has included the Laura Ingraham program, along with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, we have added such audience favorites as Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Jim Bohannon, and other conservative talk radio shows.

If you’d like to view our new AM-1550 and FM-100.7 weekday broadcast schedule, CLICK HERE.

The weekend schedule can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Both schedules are subject to change.

The changes in AM programming and the addition of FM 100.7 will have no effect on KIWA-FM 105.3, which is continuing it’s Classic Hits format as The Heart of Rock.

April 26, 2018 - 2:24 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are in the mid 50’s. Expect fishing to pick back up as water continues to warm. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in the marina. Action has slowed a bit, but a few have been picked up in Town Bay, along Ice House Point and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Slow: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is in the mid 50’s. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Decent walleye action along the north shore near Chautauqua Park. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 95 percent ice free. Water temperature is 46 degrees. The docks are in at the city beach ramp and the Island boat ramp. Black Crappie – Good: Crappies are biting in the cannels and fishing off the jetties. Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are starting to bite near the outlet. Best time to fish is after sunset. Be aware – DNR staff have nets set in this area.

Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is about 95 percent ice free.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. The north end of the lake and bridges has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Silver Lake is open. Report of boat traffic last weekend. Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Ice is receding from the Iowa Great Lakes. Open water exists at the bridges and the north end of East Okoboji, Minnewashta, Upper and Lower Gar Lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 26, 2018 - 1:35 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for 2018. The award recognizes the Sibley-Ocheyedan community as one of the top communities in the nation for music education.

Kelly Jacobsma is Middle School Band Director at Sibley-Ocheyedan, and he tells us about making the list.

Jacobsma calls being named to the list a great honor.

He says the Sibley-Ocheyedan Music Department has always had great support from the community.

For 2018, only 583 communities across the United States were recognized for the honor, representing the top 4% of schools in the country. Sibley-Ocheyedan was one of only three communities in Iowa to be named to the list, including the Dubuque Schools, and the Sioux City Schools.

 

April 20, 2018 - 4:39 pm - Posted in News

Omaha, Nebraska — A man who faces a similar charge in Osceola County has just been sentenced to a lengthy prison term in Nebraska.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger has been sentenced to 55 to 85 years in prison. He must serve a mandatory 15 years. He will be eligible for parole after 35 years and can be released after 50 years, according to Nebraska’s good time law.

Ewinger was convicted of the Nebraska crime of first-degree sexual assault of a child in January. Prosecutors said Ewinger sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy who considered him “a father figure,” according to the Omaha World-Herald. They report that the judge in the case estimated that the boy was sexually assaulted at least 52 times in 2012 and 2013.

In Osceola County District Court, 39-year-old Kyle Ewinger is charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse, which is a Class B Felony, in connection with an incident that happened in 2015 at Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School, where Ewinger was a middle school Social Studies Teacher. Ewinger was allegedly found by Sibley-Ocheyedan Superintendent Bill Boer, asleep in his classroom with a 10-year-old male student, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. The boy eventually told authorities that something of a sexual nature occurred during the encounter.

The trial in Osceola County is set for Tuesday, August 28th.

The victim and his mother have also brought a civil case against the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District and two other districts where Ewinger previously taught. The civil trial is scheduled at this point for October 23rd, 2018 at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

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April 20, 2018 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Students at Sheldon Middle School were reminded what to do in an active shooter situation or another intruder emergency recently.

Sheldon Middle School Principal Cindy Barwick tells us that students were told about the A.L.I.C.E. methods.


She says it was time for a refresher.


She tells us what A.L.I.C.E. stands for.


She says while bringing up the subject of an active shooter may have caused some uneasy feelings, that was not evident to her.


Barwick says she led the training at Sheldon Middle School.

The ALICE approach to dealing with a violent intruder came from the lessons learned in the aftermath of the April 20, 1999, mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

April 20, 2018 - 8:08 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A fundraiser is scheduled for this Saturday for a much-loved Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School teacher and coach who is battling a rare form of cancer. The illness that Mike Kraayenbrink of Sibley is fighting has no known cure, and is, reportedly, so rare that very little research is being conducted.

Brad Williamson is one of the organizers of the Kraayenbrink Benefit, and he tells us more.

There will be a great variety of food and activities during Saturday night’s benefit, as Williamson explains.

He says the event will even include a version of the basketball game, “Pig”.

If you’d like to sign up for the 2-person basketball tournament, you can call Amie Elser at 712-461-1720, Sara Hibma at 712-330-4721, or Kent Douma at 712-348-2026.

The event will be held at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley. Williamson says the doors will open at 4:00, with the basketball tournament beginning shortly after 5:00.

For more information on the event, just CLICK HERE.

April 19, 2018 - 5:42 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST
Black Hawk Lake
Water temperatures are around 41 degrees. Bluegill – Fair: Use waxworms and crawlers in Town Bay. Most action has been in Town Bay and along Ice House Point, the floating dock, and from the inlet bridge. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch have been picked up from the floating dock in Town Bay and from the inlet bridge. Black Crappie – Fair: Use crawlers and minnows fished from shore and from the floating dock. Walleye – Slow: Expect walleye shore fishing action to pick up as water temperatures gradually warm. Fish a minnow or leech under a bobber or throw a twister along the Ice House Point shoreline, North Shore, and East Shore near the outlet.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature is around 40 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Throw twisters or fish minnows under a bobber from the state marina. Expect good walleye action along the east and north shores as water temperatures continue to climb.White Bass – Fair: Anglers are having luck fishing from shore on the east side and from the marina. Black Crappie – Fair: Catch crappie from the marina using minnows and a twister.

Some western Iowa lakes are providing good shore fishing action. Water temperatures are in the low 40’s. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Beeds Lake is ice free.

Clear Lake
Clear Lake is about 75 percent ice free. The boat ramp at city beach is accessible.

Lake Cornelia
Lake Cornelia is ice free. The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Lower Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
River levels are up. Try fishing the slack water areas below a dam with live bait.

Upper Pine Lake
The docks at the boat ramp are in.

Winnebago River
River levels are rising with the melting snow.

East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Ice out brings excellent channel catfish fishing as catfish go on a feeding frenzy. There is open water at the spillway and bridges; Lower Gar Lake has extensive open water. Fish these areas for some early “pole bending” action.

Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye – Fair: Numbers of fish are reported caught.

Lakes remain ice covered. Very limited fishing activity on the Iowa Great Lakes. Forecasted warmer temperatures will help melt the ice. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

April 19, 2018 - 1:13 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ester Adkins, age 90 of Ashton, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21st at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton, with Fr. Siby Punnoose, celebrating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Ashton.

Visitation will be Friday, April 20th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. with the family present at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  There will be a rosary at 4:30 p.m. with a vigil service to follow at the church.

Ester Adkins was born October 10, 1927 at the Philippines the daughter of Cicelia DeLara Romulo.  Ester grew up at Philippines where she received her education.  She was united in marriage to Donald Adkins on February 24, 1960 at the Philippines.  They made their home at Clarion, IA and in 1980 they moved to Asthon.  While living in Clarion, she worked as a cook for the Clarion school district.  When she and Don moved to Ashton, Ester stayed at home and took care of their home along with some babysitting for local families.  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ashton.  This past Tuesday morning, April 17, 2018, Ester passed away at the Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, at the age of ninety.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Adkins of Ashton; one brother, in California, and one sister in New York.

Ester was preceded in death by her parents.