November 12, 2019 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The weather in northwest Iowa keeps doing what it’s famous for — changing. In the short term, some precip is in the forecast, but soon we should have some more seasonal temperatures.

Meteorologist Kyle Weisser with the Sioux Falls office of the National Weather Service tells us some mixed precip is the first thing we may experience.

He says we’ll probably only get a half an inch of snow or less. According to Weisser, the uncertainty line as for freezing rain verses snow goes right through the heart of our area.

Weisser tells us that after that, we’ll climb the ladder out of the deep freeze and into the refrigerator, as it were.

He tells us they don’t know how long the more seasonable, warmer temperatures will last.

Weisser says it’s really too early for them to accurately predict Thanksgiving weather, but a check of the Old Farmer’s Almanac says our temps will be still cold but more on the mild side, and we could see some flurries.

Statewide Iowa (RI) — The issues with propane availability in Iowa are not expected to end very quickly. It’s not that you won’t be able to get propane, but it could end up costing you more. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says it continues to be a demand issue with farmers needing propane to dry crops and others needing it to heat their homes.

He says it doesn’t look like there will be a big change in the situation anytime soon.

Suppliers have had to send trucks long distances to get propane and Naig says that may show up in the price.

He says they would take action if they see the price being raised just to take advantage of the delays in getting propane.

November 8, 2019 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, and ceremonies are planned throughout northwest Iowa and the nation.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and the first one was 100 years ago this year, on November 11, 1919, one year after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

The Osceola County veterans are invited to a program put on by the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA. It’ll be at the Sibley-Ocheyedan gym at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. The public and all veterans are welcome. The ceremony will consist of a welcome, and a short program put on by students. Music will be by the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Band and Choir. The special speaker will be Marine Tyler Plotz. Special presentations will be made by Sibley-Ocheyedan students. Dessert and coffee will follow, presented by the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA.


Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Department of Revenue is updating its income tax withholding tables for 2020 to comply with recent tax law changes. Revenue spokesman John Fuller says employers will be trimming the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees’ paychecks starting January 1st, meaning, changes in Iowans’ take-home pay.

So, how much more money will we be seeing in our paychecks next year?

Iowans who mark “zero” on their withholding may consider raising that to a “one” or “two,” or they may not need to make any alterations at all to their W-4 form.

While it may seem like a nice reward to get a fat tax refund check every spring, Fuller says many Iowans like to adjust their earnings to come out closer to the break-even point.

The Iowa legislature enacted sweeping tax reforms in 2018 and the changes are being put in place gradually for the 2019 and 2020 tax years. You can find the new tax tables and the Withholding Calculator at the Iowa Department of Revenue website.

November 7, 2019 - 1:26 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she’s talked directly with President Trump about the furor over proposed EPA rules which Ernst says do not fulfill the deal Trump struck in September on the renewable fuels standard.

Ernst says there is what she calls “an opportunity for correction,” but she’s not sure now is the time for that to happen. A public comment period is currently underway on the EPA’s mandate on ethanol and biodiesel production in 2020.

Ernst and Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Chuck Grassley, have filed written statements with the EPA, urging agency officials to “uphold their end of the bargain” that Trump struck with the biofuels industry.

Ernst has previously called for EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s removal if the EPA doesn’t adjust its plan for next year’s federal production mandate for ethanol and biodiesel.

November 7, 2019 - 1:10 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — An Iowa State University study finds farm equity across the state is on the decline. The study of more than 200 mid-size Iowa farms found 44-percent could be classified as having vulnerable liquidity in December of 2018. That percentage was just 31-percent in December of 2014.

ISU Extension economist Alejandro Plastina says several factors have led to the fall.

Those factors combined put a lot of stress on farm operations, he says. The average loss of working capital on Iowa farms and ranches between 2015 and 2017 is about 189-dollars per acre.

Without government assistance last year, including 646-million dollars in Market Facilitation Program, or MFP, payments, he says economic conditions on Iowa farms would have been even worse.

Plastina expects the numbers for 2019 to be poor as well. He’s advising producers to secure their operating loans for the next year or two and to do as much as they can to protect their working capital.

Photo Caption: Alejandro Plastina.

Photo Courtesy Radio Iowa

November 6, 2019 - 2:01 pm - Posted in News

Washington, DC — This is the first ever National Drone Safety Awareness Week, Nov. 4-10, 2019.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is encouraging the drone community to help spread the word on drone safety. The FAA says their highest priority is to ensure the safety of the National Airspace System, and during National Drone Safety Awareness Week, the FAA reminds drone pilots and stakeholders that airspace safety is everyone’s responsibility.

During this weeklong campaign, FAA officials tell us that key sectors of the drone community – local governments, municipalities and recreational flyers – are highlighting their work on drones, engaging the public in activities related to drones, and kicking off new safety initiatives. The FAA says they want to do all that they can to ensure that these new operators are familiar with and adhere to the safety culture. During National Drone Safety Awareness Week, the FAA is providing leadership and support with downloadable materials from the FAA website.

The FAA is focusing on six segments, including Public Safety and Security; Business – Photography, Real Estate, Insurance; Infrastructure and Agriculture; Business – Commercial and Medical Package Delivery; Education and STEM; and Recreational Flyers.

You can find out more from the FAA about drone safety by clicking here.

November 6, 2019 - 1:37 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — (RI) — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he expects to be placed back on several legislative committees in the near future.

King, a Republican from Kiron, was removed from all committee assignments in January following a New York Times article where he addressed white supremacy. Earlier this week, King said he’s been talking with House leaders about restoring his status.

During the Times interview, King was quoted as saying he didn’t understand how the phrases white supremacy, white nationalism and western civilization had developed negative connotations. King says he was misquoted. He says he deserves to have his assignments restored as there’s no precedent for how he’s being treated.

King is the fourth, and he says two previous representatives were convicted of serious crimes while the third is still facing trial. King points out, he’s never been charged with anything.

King says if he remains stripped of his committee assignments, then our constitutional rights will be jeopardized.

The 4th District Republican says he will continue to “put the heat on the leadership.”

November 6, 2019 - 10:57 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Sibley Fire Department personnel were called on to rescue one of their own Monday night after a traffic crash north of Sibley.

When firefighters arrived at the accident scene at 140th Street and Highway 60, they discovered that one of the drivers involved in the crash was their Chief, Kenneth Huls.

The accident happened about 6:15 Monday evening. Huls says he was northbound on Highway 60, in a Ford van, approaching 140th Street when an unlit farm tractor, driven by Isaac Molendorp of Sibley was westbound on 140th Street, crossing Highway 60.

Huls told deputies that due to darkness and the lack of lights on the tractor, he couldn’t see the implement until it was crossing directly in front of his van. Huls said he swerved trying to avoid a collision, but was unable to do so, striking the tractor. After the initial impact, Huls says his van continued into the median, crossed over both southbound lanes of Highway 60 and entered the deep west ditch, coming to rest in a ripped corn field.

Despite the fact that Huls was pinned in his van and needed to be extricated, he says both he and Molendorp escaped serious injury in the crash.

Osceola County Deputies investigated the collision, and were assisted at the scene by the Sibley Fire Department and Sibey Ambulance.


November 5, 2019 - 10:40 pm - Posted in News