September 12, 2017 - 12:20 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Tuesday, September 12th is the day for school board elections. There are board members at each area school whose terms will be expiring this fall. For example:

Two members of Sheldon School Board have terms that will expire this fall. They are At-Large member Randy Merley, and District 1 member Susan Rensink. Rensink is running, but Merley did not file papers for his chair. Running unopposed for that position is Lori Richards.

In the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District, the District 1 chair held by Tasha Bos is up for election, as is the District 3 chair held by Tim Helmers and the District 4 chair, held by Tracy Van Diepen. Bos filed papers for re-election, but Jamie Arend is running unopposed for Helmers’ seat and Greg Atherton is running unopposed for Van Diepen’s seat.

In the Harris-Lake Park School District, Mike Bosma’s District 2 position is up for election, as is Tim Harmon’s district 4 position. Bosma did not file papers to run. Chad Hibma is running unopposed for his seat. Harmon did file papers and is also running unopposed.

September 10, 2017 - 9:07 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An Ashton man has been arrested on a warrant for a felony drug charge.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, early on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 an Osceola County Deputy arrested 46-year-old David Lee Buss of Ashton on a warrant for Controlled Substance Violation, a class D Felony; Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Misdemeanor.

Buss was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail and at last report was being held on a $1300 bond.

September 7, 2017 - 4:31 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Additional parties have been added to 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.

The civil suit alleges that the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District was negligent in hiring Kyle Ewinger, the former teacher and coach who is accused of having sexual contact with a student, and that they knew or should have known that Ewinger posed a safety risk to the children entrusted to him.

Now, the plaintiffs in the case have also named two other school districts where Ewinger was employed, listing alleged questionable acts in those districts, and saying 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.

According to court records, Ewinger also faces a First Degree Felony Sexual Assault on a Child charge in Douglas County, Nebraska.

The jury trial in the civil case against Sibley-Ocheyedan and the other schools has been scheduled for October 23rd, 2018 at the Osceola County Courthouse in Sibley.

Ewinger has also been charged in a criminal case with Second Degree Sexual Abuse in connection with the alleged incident in October 2015, when Ewinger is alleged to have spent the night in his middle school classroom with a student and is accused of engaging in sexual activity with the boy. Ewinger has pled not guilty and a pretrial conference is scheduled for October 27th, 2017, with a criminal trial scheduled at this point for December 12th.

September 5, 2017 - 6:07 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — Both the plaintiffs and the defendants are still waiting on a ruling from a judge in the case of a group of taxpayers versus the City of Harris and Osceola County.

A telephone hearing took place last month in the case, which was in regard to 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 [wind turbines] 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 taxpayers lacked standing to challenge the resolution and their claims involving the ordinance were untimely. The taxpayers’ petition was dismissed. On appeal, the taxpayers 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 taxpayers’ 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 taxpayers DID, in fact, have standing to pursue the case.

The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to District Court for further proceedings.

During last month’s telephonic hearing, the taxpayer group pressed for their motion for summary judgment. The judge has yet to rule.

According to an attorney for the plaintiffs, there are two options. The judge could approve the motion for summary judgment, with the result being an immediate ruling by the judge; or the judge could deny it, with the result being that the case goes to another trial in district court. The attorney says it is unknown when the judge will issue a ruling.

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

September 4, 2017 - 2:14 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Bigelow, Minnesota man has entered a plea of “not guilty” on a felony drug charge.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that one of their deputies arrested 45-year-old Raul Flores Marin of Bigelow on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, on a charge of Possession with Intent to Deliver More Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; and Carrying Weapons, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Flores Marin was also cited on a charge of Careless Driving.

They say the arrest stemmed from the report of a suspicious vehicle at a rural home, which resulted in a traffic stop at 190th Street and Nettle Avenue, a mile south and two west of Sibley.

Flores Marin entered his “not guilty” plea at his arraignment on Friday, September 1st, according to court records.

September 4, 2017 - 9:50 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A northwest Iowa telecommunications company is having some issues.

HTC Communications, based in Hospers serves a number of communities in northwest Iowa. They advise that while their Internet service is working fine, the HTC telephone lines are experiencing a system-wide outage at this time.

According to HTC officials, a net router affecting only their telephone service went out on Sunday. Technicians have been working on the problem Sunday night into Labor Day. They say they are working to have the issue resolved and restore telephone service to their customers as soon as possible.

Also, KIWA’s main and studio numbers are down. In the meantime if you need to contact us email us at newstips@kiwaradio.com.

September 1, 2017 - 1:25 pm - Posted in News

SECOND UPDATE:
Sibley, Iowa — A pretrial conference scheduled for this Friday for a former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach did not happen as scheduled, and new dates have been set in the case.

Court records indicate that 38-year old Kyle Ewinger is charged with felony sex abuse in an incident that allegedly took place in October 2015. He pled “not guilty” in June.

Ewinger’s attorney, Patrick Parry filed a motion for continuance on Thursday. The motion requested the continuance of both Friday’s pretrial conference and the jury trial, which was to have been on Tuesday, October 17th.

On Friday morning, Judge Don Courtney accepted the defense motion and ordered the pretrial conference continued to Friday, October 27th, and the jury trial continued to Tuesday, December 12th, both at 9:30 a.m. in Osceola County District Court in Sibley.

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First Update posted August 31st at 4:20 p.m.:

UPDATE:
Sibley, Iowa — A pretrial conference for a former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach will probably not happen this Friday as scheduled.

Court records indicate that 38-year old Kyle Ewinger is charged with felony sex abuse in an incident that allegedly took place in October 2015. He pled “not guilty” in June.

Ewinger’s attorney, Patrick Parry filed a motion of continuance on Thursday. The motion requested the continuance of both Friday’s pretrial conference and the jury trial, which was to have been on Tuesday, October 17th.

The court has not yet ruled on the motion, but typically motions such as this are granted. No new dates for the case have been scheduled.
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Original story posted August 30th, 2017 at 3:56 p.m.:

Sibley, Iowa — A former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach, who is charged with felony sex abuse in an incident that took place in October 2015, faces a pretrial conference on Friday (September 1st) in Osceola County District Court.

According to online court records, an attorney for 38-year old Kyle Ewinger entered a written arraignment and plea of Not Guilty in June in Osceola County District Court in Sibley.

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 male student, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. At the time, the boy had reportedly denied that anything improper had taken place. Earlier this year, the child allegedly reported that something of a sexual nature had happened. An investigation into the incident by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office led to charges being filed in April of this year.

Ewinger was fired from his teaching and coaching positions with the Sibley-Ocheyedan Community School District on October 15th, 2015.

Ewinger’s Pretrial Conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 1st, with Ewinger’s jury trial set at this point for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17th.

Ewinger remains free on bond.

August 31, 2017 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — This is the time of the year that the Cub Scouts are looking for more members.

Jennifer Meyer, the Thundercloud District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, of which the Cub Scouts are a part, tells us that her district includes eight counties, including O’Brien and Osceola Counties. She says many communities in her area are having scouting signup nights in the near future. She says they include Cub Scout Packs in Sheldon, Sibley, Hartley, and Paullina.

She tells us what Cub Scouting is all about.


Meyer tells us about the signup nights.


She says that while Lyon and Sioux Counties are not part of her area, that same website works for information on packs and signup nights in those and other counties. Again, it’s signup4scouting.org.

Also, for more information on Sheldon’s Cub Scout program, you can contact Jeremy Lode at 712-348-0956 or jeremylode1@gmail.com

Photo Caption: Cub Scouts at 2017 Thundercloud District Twilight Camp

August 30, 2017 - 1:14 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa (Radio Iowa ) — School is back in session around the area, and we’re again seeing those big yellow buses on the road, often with their lights flashing and their stop arms extended.

Last year there were 581 convictions in Iowa for passing a stopped school bus. Iowa Department of Transportation director Mark Lowe says the best way to avoid a ticket — or a crash — is to obey the speed limit and keep your eyes on the road.

According to the Iowa DOT, there have been “at least two incidents in the past two years” in which drivers have been killed when their vehicle smashed into the back of an Iowa school bus.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg says the 10-foot perimeter around a school bus is sometimes called the “danger zone.”

Drivers are to prepare to stop when the yellow lights on a school bus are flashing, unless the bus is on a road that’s four-lanes wide. In that instance, vehicles on a four-lane road that are BEHIND the bus must stop.

Five years ago, the penalties for passing a stopped school bus were raised and first-time offenders lose their driver’s license for 30 days. “Kadyn’s Law” was named after seven-year-old Kadyn Halvorson of Northwood. She was struck and killed by a pick-up while she was crossing the road to board her school bus.

August 29, 2017 - 3:03 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2017 Sheldon Community High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates have been announced.

Candidates for Sheldon Homecoming Queen candidates include:  Nicole Johnson, the daughter of Jason and Lisa Johnson; Kacy Kamphoff, the daughter of Denny and Sandy Kamphoff; Katie Wagner, the daughter of Jeff and Jeff and Myrna Wagner; Paige Young, the daughter of Brett and Betsy Young; and Maddie Zoelle, the daughter of Tony and Sara Zoelle.

Orab Homecoming King candidates for 2017 are:  Kyle Boerhave, the son of Steve and Renea Boerhave; Dawson Jacobsma, the son of Kory and Krissa Jacobsma; Austin Kavanagh, the son of Greg and Julie Kavanagh; Jaden Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; and Hunter Lang, the son of Chad and Sara Lang.

The candidates will all be riding in the Celebration Days Parade next Monday afternoon.  The King and Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:30 pm in the Sheldon High School Gym.  Sheldon’s Homecoming football game will be played Friday night, September 29th at Orab Field against Estherville-Lincoln Central.