August 31, 2018 - 3:42 pm - Posted in Sports

The latest IGHSAU Volleyball rankings are out, and LeMars Gehlen retains the 2 spot in Class 1A, while Harris-Lake Park falls to 12th. Class 2A features Unity still in the 2nd spot, and Western at #5. MOC-FV jumps into the rankings to fifth in Class 3A, while Spirit Lake falls one spot to 15th.

Class 1A
School Record LW
1 Janesville 5-0 1
2 LeMars Gehlen Catholic 1-0 2
3 Starmont 1-2 3
4 Holy Trinity Catholic 1-0 4
5 North Tama 5-1 5
6 East Mills 20 7
7 Tripoli 1-1 6
8 Montezuma 5-0 11
9 Westwood 1-1 9
10 HLV 1-1 10
11 Edgewood-Colesburg 4-1 12
12 Harris-Lake Park 4-3 8
13 Iowa Valley 2-2 13
14 New London 4-0 NR
15 Southeast Warren 7-3 14
Dropped Out: Seymour (15)

Class 2A
1 Grundy Center 8-0 1
2 Unity Christian 1-0 2
3 Beckman Catholic 8-0 4
4 Dike-New Hartford 2-2 3
5 Western Christian 4-2 5
6 Sidney 5-2 6
7 Council Bluffs St. Albert 0-1 7
8 Wapsie Valley 2-0 9
9 Tri-Center 7-2 8
10 Ridge View 2-0 11
11 Treynor 4-2 10
12 Lake Mills 2-0 13
13 Lisbon 4-0 14
14 Belle Plaine 6-1 12
15 Sumner-Fredericksburg 2-0 NR
Dropped Out: Central Decatur (15)

Class 3A
1 Kuemper Catholic 6-0 1
2 Tipton 4-0 2
3 Osage 2-0 4
4 Davenport Assumption 2-0 8
5 MOC-Floyd Valley 3-0 NR
6 Columbus Catholic 4-1 5
7 Iowa Falls-Alden 4-1 3
8 Red Oak 2-3 7
9 Camanche 5-0 9
10 West Liberty 4-1 10
11 Mount Vernon 2-0 12
12 Center Point-Urbana 11 6
13 Humboldt 5-1 NR
14 West Burlington 4-0 15
15 Spirit Lake 6-2 14
Dropped Out: Sioux Center (11), Roland-Story (14), Union (T-15)

Class 4A
1 Dubuque Wahlert 2-0 1
2 Cedar Rapids Xavier 2-0 3
3 Sergeant Bluff-Luton 3-1 2
4 Dallas Center-Grimes 10-0 6
5 Waverly-Shell Rock 6-0 8
6 Pella 7-1 5
7 Independence 5-2 4
8 Bondurant-Farrar 6-1 11
9 Iowa City Liberty 5-1 NR
10 Bishop Heelan 3-3 12
11 West Delaware 2-2 10
12 Fairfield 4-0 13
13 Clear Creek-Amana 4-3 7
14 Oskaloosa 3-1 NR
15 Glenwood 6-3 NR
Dropped Out: Western Dubuque (14), Fort Madison (15)

Class 5A
1 Cedar Falls 8-0 5
2 Ankeny Centennial 7-1 1
3 West Des Moines Valley 5-1 2
4 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4-2 3
5 Linn-Mar 4-3 4
6 Waukee 5-3 11
7 Ankeny 3-4 6
8 Dubuque Hempstead 1-1 8
9 Pleasant Valley 4-1 12
10 Urbandale 7-2 13
11 Dowling Catholic 53 14
12 Iowa City West 2-3 10
13 Iowa City High 1-2 7
14 Southeast Polk 4-1 NR
15 Johnston 1-2 15
Dropped Out: Indianola (9)

August 30, 2018 - 3:59 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
Beeds Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig.

Clear Lake
Surface water temperature is 69 degrees. Walleye – Fair: Troll crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Good: With recent rains and more predicted for next week, cut bait or crawlers in areas where water is entering the lake. Black Crappie – Fair: Drift a jig and minnow over deeper submerged vegetation. Yellow Bass – Fair: Drift or troll a small jig tipped with cut bait or a minnow in 6 to 10 feet of water until you find the fish. Muskellunge – Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie – Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs in the dredge cut.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Excellent bite continues with good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs or use small baits tipped with wigglers. Walleye – Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch. Bluegill – Good: The bite has fluctuated with the changing weather, but persistence will be rewarded with good numbers caught.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of large angler size fish in the lake.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers report catching large channel catfish after dark. Bluegill – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie – Good: Recent surveys show numbers of angler acceptable size fish up to 10 inches in the lake.

Ocheyedan Pit #1
Channel Catfish – Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.

Spirit Lake
Walleye – Fair: The walleye bite has slowed, but persistence will be rewarded with good catches of fish. Yellow Perch – Good: Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch continue to be caught; start shallow on the outside line of the weed beds. Bluegill – Good: Reports of bluegill, crappie and yellow perch being caught in the Illinois Pondweed in 8 – 10 feet of water. Use a slip bobber and jigs to fish fast and find active fish.

West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish – Good: Reports of fish being caught from the river. Use traditional baits for the best “pole bending” action. Walleye – Good: Report of walleye action picking up on the river.

West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

August 28, 2018 - 2:13 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The construction of a “new” pool with many modern features continues for the residents of Osceola County. The old Sibley City Pool is being transformed into the Osceola County Aquatic Center.

Cory Dykstra, who is the City of Sibley’s Water Superintendent and Pool Renovation Project Manager, tells us work on the facility has been going on since mid-May.

He says construction is on schedule, or possibly a little ahead of schedule. He says workers are in the process of finishing up the installation of the stainless steel gutter. Dykstra says they were going to start pouring the zero-depth entry on Tuesday morning but had to delay that for a day due to the weather. The liner for the pool should arrive by the middle to end of September, says Dykstra. He says once the gutters are complete, they can start pouring deck.

The bathhouse part of the project is also coming along nicely, having been started about a week and a half ago. He says demolition is going better than he expected, so they’re either on schedule or ahead of schedule as well.

Dykstra says while most of the pool portion of the aquatic center will be complete by October, there will probably be some finishing touches to wrap up in Spring, 2019. He says the contract end dates for both the pool and bathhouse are May 15, 2019. Dykstra tells us that the bathhouse contractor is thinking perhaps they will be finished by March or April. He says the contractors have done a very good job of staying on schedule, even with the much wetter-than-average spring and summer.

He tells us that the facility will be packed with features for bathers to enjoy when it’s finished.

Dykstra says the pool part of the project is estimated to cost $2.1 million, with the bathhouse renovation estimated to cost $400,000 to $500,000. Sibley voters approved the city to issue general obligation loan notes in the amount of $1.6 million. The vote was 447 yes to 78 no. Donors also gave a half million dollars toward the project.

Photo caption: Work continues on the Osceola County Aquatic Center on August 27, 2018 (Cory Dykstra)

Statewide Iowa — State officials have agreed on a seven-and-a-half percent boost in the government’s payments to the private companies managing Iowa’s Medicaid system.

More than 680-thousand poor, disabled and elderly Iowans are enrolled in Medicaid. Governor Kim Reynolds’ administration has been in lengthy negotiations with the two companies managing care for those Iowa Medicaid patients. The new contracts call for more than $100-million in additional state spending.

Fred Hubbell, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, says Iowa taxpayers are paying hundreds of millions more than promised when the state switched to private management of Medicaid. Hubbell says on day one as governor, he’ll “reverse the Medicaid nightmare” that has forced providers to close because of payment delays and patients to be denied “much needed care.”

A key Republican lawmaker on a committee that oversees the Medicaid program says he’s pleased the new contracts include the accountability measures legislators endorsed this spring, but Representative Joel Fry’s statement did not address the increased spending in the Medicaid program.

Democrats in the legislature say the extra money for the private companies managing Medicaid patients’ care is a “gut punch” to Iowa taxpayers and the extra spending puts the state budget “in a dangerous place.” On April 1st, 2016, the state switched to private management of Medicaid patient care and payments claims. Then-Governor Terry Branstad said it would save the state millions. Governor Reynolds has acknowledged there have been problems with the transition, but she supports continuing with private management of Medicaid.

August 27, 2018 - 1:11 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — President Donald Trump has announced a break-through in trade negotiations with Mexico.

Trump is calling this new accord the U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement and Trump has announced he will terminate the North American Trade Agreement.

Hog futures went up after reports early this morning suggested a deal with Mexico was imminent. Mexico has been the number one foreign market for U.S. pork products, but as trade negotiations lagged, Mexico imposed tariffs on U.S. pork as well as cheese in June. Representatives from the U.S., Mexico and Canada began renegotiating the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement in August of last year, but for about a month the talks have involved only the U.S. and Mexico.

The President says trade talks with Canada will start “fairly soon.” Canada is the state of Iowa’s number one trading partner, nearly double the market Mexico has been for Iowa exports. The trade pact Trump has announced with Mexico must be ratified by congress. Trump indicated if a deal is reached with Canada, it might be added to this agreement with Mexico or it might be a separate, stand-alone deal.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she is encouraged by the President’s announcement of the preliminary trade deal with Mexico. She said she believes the announcement is a step in the right direction to bring certainty to business and farming communities.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says that, while she is still reviewing the President’s trade deal with Mexico, “the President’s fulfillment of a core promise to revamp trade deals brings more certainty to our markets, more money in our pockets, and more confidence to Iowa – and American – farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.”

August 27, 2018 - 12:58 pm - Posted in Sports

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Sunday, September 2nd, in honor and remembrance of Senator John McCain, who passed away on Saturday, August 25th, at the age of 81.

Governor Reynolds says the nation has lost an American Hero, who’s life reflected some of the very best this country has to offer. She says he understood the greatness of America, fought tirelessly for American values and put forth decades of admirable service to this nation. She called McCain a loving husband and father, and she says the nation will never forget him or the legacy he leaves behind.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

August 24, 2018 - 10:53 pm - Posted in Sports

Sheldon Iowa — The Sheldon Orabs started the season with a 39-6 home win over Sibley Ocheyedan to get year underway. Jeremy Wollmuth keyed the win with a trio of short touchdown runs and quarterback Brennan Radke found wide out Cody Vaselaar for a pair of touchdown passes.

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Sheldon scored on their opening possession of the season. A 74 yard drive was capped by Brendan Cain who scored on a 5 yard jet sweep. Brian Bernal added the extra point and the Orabs were up 7-0 with 9:25 left in the first quarter.

Sibley Ocheyedan answered a Beau Jenness picked off a pass and returned it to the Sheldon 33 yard line. Jenness scored on a 1 yard quarterback keeper to finished the drive. The two point attempt was no good the the Generals had cut the lead to 7-6 with 2:19 left in the first quarter.

An interception by Brennan Radke set the Orabs up to the Generals 16 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Radke found Cody Vaselaar in the corner of the end zone for the score. The kick by Bernal was good and the Orabs took a 14-6 lead with 5:14 left in the half.

The Orabs scored a third touchdown with :48 seconds left in the half as Jeremy Wollmuth scored from 2 yards out to cap a 62 yard drive. A two point attempt was no good and Sheldon took a 20-6 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter Wollmuth scored his second touchdown again from 2 yard out. The kick was no good and the Sheldon lead was 26-6 with 1:24 left in the third quarter.

The Orabs added A pair of fourth quarter scores. The first was a 14 yard touchdown pass from Radke to Vaselaar to make it   32-6 with 9:10 left to play and the last came with 6:14 left in the game as Wollmuth scored his third touchdown of the night from 3 yards out. Brian Bernal added the extra point and Sheldon had the win 39-6.

Sheldon will host South O’Brien next Friday night while the Generals travel to Okoboji for week two of the season.

August 24, 2018 - 10:04 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — Friday night marks the opening of another high school football season and we’ll bring you Orab football on KIWA AM 1550 and FM 100.7. On KIWA FM 105.3 we’ll bring you season long coverage of Boyden Hull Rock Valley football.

The Sheldon Orabs open at home against Sibley Ocheyedan. The game was originally scheduled for Sibley but weather delayed the completion of updates to the Generals sports complex so the game was moved to Sheldon.

With a senior heavy line up a year ago youth will be served with this years edition of the Orabs.

That’s Orab Head Coach Tyler Lloyd. One of the keys to a Sheldon win will be controlling tempo but there are more important factors.

Sibley Ocheyedan Head Coach Dan Spooner feels despite a number of new faces the Orabs still have some dangerous weapons.

Spooner says it will be important for his Generals to take care of the things they can control.

Kory Roos joins LA to bring you the coverage again this year on KIWA AM 1550 and FM 100.7.

Boyden Hull Rock Valley ranked #2 in the preseason 2A poll opens the season at home against defending Class A Champion West Sioux at Hesla Field in Hull. The Falcons come in ranked #5 in the 1A preseason rankings having moved up a class this season. The Nighthawks also played their way to the dome last season advancing to the 2A State Semifinals. It will be the first game between the two teams in the Coach Brandt era.

Nighthawks Head Coach Corey Brandt knows his team will face a strong challenge from the Falcons.

As far as the keys to the game Brandt sees it this way.

Falcons Head Coach Ryan Schwiesow talks about the challenges presented by the Nighthawks.

The keys may sound cliche but they’re true.

KIWA FM 105.3 is once again your home for season long coverage of Nighthawk football with the football brothers Jon and Justin Hellinga.

Pregame for both begins at 6:05 with the Radio Iowa Scouting Report with opening kick off at 7:00. Following our game coverage listen in for the scoreboard show from 10:00 to 11:30 on KIWA AM 1550 and FM 100.7.

Sheldon Season Schedule

Friday, Aug 24, 2018
Sheldon vs Sibley-Ocheyedan
Friday, Aug 31, 2018
Sheldon vs South O’Brien
Friday, Sep 7, 2018
Sheldon at LeMars Community Bulldog
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
Sheldon at Estherville Lincoln Central
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
Sheldon vs MOC-Floyd Valley
Friday, Sep 28, 2018
Sheldon at Sioux Center
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
Sheldon vs BH/RV
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
Sheldon at Okoboji
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
Sheldon vs Central Lyon/GLR

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Season Schedule

Friday, Aug 24, 2018
BH/RV vs. West Sioux
Friday, Aug 31, 2018
BH/RV at Western Christian
Friday, Sep 7, 2018
BH/RV vs. West Lyon
Friday, Sep 14, 2018
BH/RV at Sergeant Bluff-Luton
Friday, Sep 21, 2018
BH/RV vs. Central Lyon/GLR
Friday, Sep 28, 2018
BH/RV vs. Okoboji
Friday, Oct 5, 2018
BH/RV at Sheldon
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
BH/RV vs. MOC-Floyd Valley
Friday, Oct 19, 2018
BH/RV at Sioux Center

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Fire Department has responded to two natural gas calls this week.

Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says firefighters were called to the alley behind Sibley Superfoods on Tuesday. He says it was called in about 11:30 or so. He says a truck that picks up the store’s cardboard bales was being loaded when a bale fell off the forklift and hit Hartzell-Rosenberg Construction’s gas meter in the alley.

He says Sibley Superfoods was evacuated as a precaution for about 20 minutes, and Alliant Energy was notified. Huls says Alliant employees were going to install a new line to the meter.

He says firefighters were there for about ten to fifteen minutes.

But on Sunday night, Huls says the fire department also responded to a natural gas call. This one was inside a home. He says the home’s owner had left the home in the late afternoon. His son was using the gas stove and had turned it off enough that the flame went out, but gas kept coming in. Huls says the gas saturated the house. He says the owner walked in later and smelled the gas. He says luckily he didn’t turn on any lights and shut off the stove and called 911.

Huls says when firefighters arrived the gas smell was “pretty potent.” He says they donned air packs and ventilated the gas with a fan. He says they were there for about an hour.

Huls reminds people that different gasses behave differently. He says natural gas — the kind that comes in pipes from the gas company or municipal gas utility — is lighter than air and rises. He says if natural gas is left on or leaks, it accumulates in the upper parts of the home like the upstairs or an attic.

Propane — sometimes called “LP” — is delivered to your home by a truck or you go to buy canisters of it. Rural homes and homes in very small towns use propane, which he says is actually HEAVIER than air, and will accumulate in lower parts of the home such as the basement.

He says if you smell gas, leave the home right away. Do NOT turn on any lights or touch anything that uses electricity –even a cell phone — because that could cause a spark, which would cause the gas and your home to explode. He says you should call 911 and the gas company AFTER you’ve left the house, and if you can do it safely from outside, turn off the gas to the home.

August 21, 2018 - 3:07 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Internal Revenue Service is asking you to make sure the right amount of tax is being taken out of your paycheck.

IRS Spokesman Chris Miller says it’s important to look at the numbers now.

Miller says if you find a problem, there are still a few months to adjust your withholding amount to fix it.

He says it’s better for you to not get a big refund, because you can use that money throughout the year. Miller says they made an earlier push for everyone to check their withholding after the new tax law went into effect.

He says those with more complicated tax returns are the ones who most need to check their withholding.

Miller says they know that many people haven’t looked at their withholding since the tax law changed. He says it is easy to do.

Miller says there are still several months left to allow you to adjust your withholding and make up for any imbalance. But he says if you wait, you could run out of time to make a correction that would make a difference.