August 12, 2017 - 12:28 am - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — It’s time for the annual Days Of Olde in Ocheyedan.

Saturday is the big day with the 5K Walk and Run registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the race starting at 8:00 a.m. at the city park. Registration for the parade begins at 9, with the parade at 10:30. Starting at 10 will be the Home of the Mound Wine & Arts Festival at City Park. The Antique Tractor Pull begins at noon on North Main Street. The Kids’ Pedal Pull will be at the Tennis Courts after the parade.

The Tracy House Museum will be open on North Main Street from after the parade until 4 p.m. Kids’ Inflatables are available in the city park from 1-4 p.m. The Co-Ed Slowpitch Ball Tournament will be played on the School Diamonds, starting at 1.

The Northwest Tractor Pullers & Central Plains Truck Pullers will start at 6:00 p.m. The Street Dance will be on the south side of Corner Club, with music by Nectorines from 9 to 1.

Sunday’s activities include an Antique Tractor Ride and a Silver Dollar Trap Shoot, both at 9; the Ocheyedan Community Town Hall Revival Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. and a Bean Bag Tournament in City Park, starting at 2.

August 7, 2017 - 7:23 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley teen is one of three Iowans who have been named as recipients of the 2017 Governor Terry E. Branstad Iowa State Fair Scholarships.  The scholarship recognizes outstanding high school seniors who have actively participated in the Iowa State Fair, and plan to attend an Iowa college or university.

According to Iowa College Aid, Hannah Dagel of Sibley was one of the scholarship recipients.  Dagel is a graduate of home schooling, and plans to attend Dordt College in Sioux Center.  Iowa College Aid says Dagel’s application characterized the three qualities of the Iowa State Fair:  achievement, discovery and hope.  In her application, Dagel wrote that many young adults, including herself, are aspiring to rise up to the responsibilities that line ahead.  She noted that her generation will be the next inventors, farmers, doctors, educators and soldiers.

In addition to Hannah Dagel, the other Branstad Scholarship winners are Macy Evans of Creston, and Elizabeth Smith of Decorah, both of whom will continue their education at Iowa State University.

Dagel, Evans, and Smith will receive their awards during the Iowa State Fair.  Each will be presented a certificate of recognition by Governor Kim Reynolds on Saturday, August 12th at 7:00 pm on the Anne & Bill Riley Stage.

August 4, 2017 - 10:56 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — One person is dead as the result of a single vehicle rollover crash in Osceola County early Friday afternoon.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, shortly after noon on Friday, a 2001 International semi tractor-trailer rig, driven by 35-year old Joshua Hamrick of Spencer, was southbound on Walnut Avenue, southeast of Ocheyedan, wjen the front tire left the roadway and began to slide into the ditch.  Troopers say the trailer slid around the side of the semi’s tractor and began to roll, causing the semi tractor to roll, as well.  According to the accident report, the tractor-trailer rig made one complete roll, coming to rest on the passenger side in the intersection of Walnut Avenue and 120th Street.

Troopers say a minor passenger in the truck was killed in the crash.  The name of the victim has not been released.

Iowa State Patrol Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Iowa DOT, and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

August 4, 2017 - 10:55 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The 2017 Osceola County Relay for Life will take place tonight (Friday, August 4th) in Sibley.

Honorary Chairs of this year’s Osceola County Relay for Life are Dave Lorch of May City, Brian Dreesen of Sibley, and Nelvina Popkes of Sibley.  Each of the three will share their journey with cancer, and the reasons why they relay.

Several great teams will have food items, like grilled burgers, hot dogs, coneys,  walking tacos, pizza, along with two items that are VERY popular eveery year: cheesecake and Lantern coffee and famous popcorn balls!

Organizers say games will be played, including bottle flip contests, cornhole competition, scavenger hunt, and a frozen t-shirt contest.

A Silent Auction is planned for this year’s Osceola County Relay for Life, along with the auction of a TV by Team Trinity.

Organizers invite you to take advantage of the beautiful evening, come walk a few laps around the track, Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back in the war against cancer.

The Osceola County Relay for Life will be held at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Track, with gates opening at 5:00 this afternoon, and the Opening Ceremony scheduled for 7:00.  The 2017 Osceola County Relay for Life will culminate with the Luminaria Ceremony, which will be held at dusk.

August 3, 2017 - 12:45 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa (Radio Iowa)  — For the 18th straight year, Iowans can take advantage of tax-free shopping on certain items Friday and Saturday this week.

Nicole Watson, at the Iowa Department of Revenue, says the annual Sales Tax Holiday is a time to save cash, especially for parents who are stocking up on their kids’ school clothes.

Watson says the tax-free shopping period is popular with shoppers and merchants statewide.

The Iowa Department of Revenue website details what items will be tax-free — and what ones aren’t — during the two day period.

Other tax exempt items include: caps and hats, socks, underclothing, uniforms for work and school, coats, bathing suits, leotards and tights, costumes and diapers. Other items that WILL still be taxed include: computers, school supplies, jewelry, fabric, athletic clothing and athletic footwear not usually for everyday wear. The holiday runs from 12:01 A-M on Friday though 11:59 P-M on Saturday. For more information, visit tax.iowa.gov.

Northwest Iowa — Effective July 1st of this year, texting while driving became a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement can pull you over for texting, or other uses of your smart phone, while you drive.  Now, the Iowa State Patrol is stepping up their enforcement of the new law in some creative ways.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz says drivers on Iowa roadways are often meeting distracted drivers.

In an effort to help make that change, Trooper Kurtz says the Iowa State Patrol will have an upcoming enforcement effort here in northwest Iowa.

In some areas of the state, Kurtz tells us that enforcement campaigns have included plain clothes troopers in RVs, and on bulldozers in construction zones, radioing violator information to uniformed troopers who then make the traffic stop.

He says the special enforcement campaign isn’t a “gotcha” campaign, which is why the Iowa State Patrol is giving advance notice to drivers.

Distracted driving is responsible for a large percentage of traffic crashes in Iowa, and is responsible for numerous traffic fatalities each year.

August 3, 2017 - 8:49 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A Denver, Colorado man was injured after losing control of the big rig he was driving north of Ashton, on Wednesday afternoon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says about 4:45 Wednesday afternoon, Abdurahman Wardere was southbound on Highway 60 in a 2018 Volvo Semi-tractor, pulling a trailer, in the 2000 mile of the construction zone.  Deputies say Wardere was entering the bridge, and lost control after his trailer struck the bridge rail and concrete barrier.  They say the semi then entered the west ditch, and collided with the embankment.

Wardere was reportedly transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by the Sibley Ambulance.

Damage to Wardere’s tractor-trailer rig, which is owned by Transport Group Logistics Inc of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is estimated at $15-thousand.

The Sibley Ambulance and Ashton Fire Department assisted deputies at the scene of the crash.

August 2, 2017 - 11:09 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Iowa 4th District U.S. Representative Steve King was in the KIWA listening area Monday, and he stopped by the KIWA studios for a brief chat.

Last week, the leader of the Iowa Republican Party said he was worried about Republican prospects for the 2018 mid-term elections, since Congress has failed to pass the healthcare legislation that had been promised.  We asked King if he shared that concern.

King says he was extremely disappointed by what the senate DIDN’T get done in relation to healthcare.

He talked about what happened with the attempt to pass a “Skinny Repeal” of ObamaCare.

The Congressman says he’s been asked what is “Plan B” after the senate’s failure to pass a healthcare bill to replace ObamaCare.

King says ObamaCare has imploded, and he’s sure congress will be working hard on something they can pass that will help the American people.

July 31, 2017 - 12:05 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Last week there were several thousand bicycles trekking through northwest Iowa, and now we prepare for a big influx of motorcycles travelling west on area highways, with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally beginning in the Black Hills of South Dakota later this week.

Triple-A Iowa’s Rose White reminds motorists to watch out for the 2-wheeled vehicles.

Even without the additional motorcycle traffic generated by folks travelling to Sturgis, White says there are still plenty of motorcycles out and about this time of year.

Strengthening the state’s texting-while-driving law may help to prevent crashes. Iowa’s new primary texting law became effective July 1st. White reminds motorists to never tailgate a motorcyclist. Give them extra space as they may need to make sudden lane changes to avoid potholes or road debris. She says motorcyclists need to be cautious and courteous, too.

25 motorcyclists have lost their lives on Iowa roads so far this year, but deaths are tracking much lower than last year at this time.  60 motorcyclists were killed in Iowa during all of 2016.

July 26, 2017 - 7:24 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — A telephone hearing has been set in the case of the Osceola County Board of Supervisors establishment of a TIF District to provide funds to be used to help finance infrastructure in the City of Harris.

In March 2015, Harris was under an administrative order from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to update its lagoon, but the city lacked the debt capacity to take on the improvements. As a result, on March 10, 2015, the city sent a letter to the Osceola County Board of Supervisors “asking for help with possibly doing a TIF on the windmills for infrastructure within the City.” Within a couple of weeks, at a meeting of the board, the Harris mayor “asked that the supervisors consider establishing an urban renewal area including the turbines and city of Harris to help fund needed projects.”

In October 2015, the Board of Supervisors held a Public Hearing on a resolution to establish an urban renewal area, and approve the urban renewal plan and project for the area.  The newly-created TIF area was set to include the city of Harris, as well as an area of land upon which a wind farm had been constructed.

The plaintiffs in the case are resident taxpayers of Osceola County and of the Harris-Lake Park School District. They filed a petition for writ of certiorari and declaratory judgment challenging the resolution and the ordinance passed by or involving Osceola County and the City of Harris. In conjunction, the resolution and ordinance established an urban renewal area and an urban renewal plan and divided the tax revenue levied on that area as tax increment financing to fund the plan. The plaintiffs challenged the Supervisors’ actions, claiming they would be harmed as taxpayers.

Osceola County and the City of Harris filed a motion for summary judgment, and the district court granted it, finding the plaintiff’s lacked standing to challenge the resolution and their claims involving the ordinance were untimely. The plaintiffs’ petition was dismissed. On appeal, the plaintiffs challenged the district court’s ruling and maintained the merits of their motion for summary judgment should have been granted instead.

In their review of the case, while the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the District Court ruling that the plaintiffs’ claims were, in fact, untimely, since they were filed prior to the enactment of the ordinance they challenged; the Appeals Court did reverse the lower court’s ruling, saying that the plaintiffs DID, in fact, have standing to pursue the case.

The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to District Court for further proceedings, writing, “On remand, the plaintiffs may refile their motion for summary judgment or the claims regarding Resolution 10-15/16 may be set for trial.”

A telephonic hearing has been set in which the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ legal counsel and a judge will discuss the case. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. The plaintiffs have renewed their motion for summary judgment.

The complete ruling from the Iowa Court of Appeals can be seen by CLICKING HERE.