November 16, 2016 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you don’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving or no one with which to share the holiday, there are some community Thanksgiving meals planned in our corner of northwest Iowa.
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Pastor Paul Van Maaren of First Reformed Church in Sheldon invites you to join them for their Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 24th at 12:00 p.m. If you’re going to be alone for the holiday they invite you to attend. They’d like you to call Karla at the church office at 324-2130 by Friday, November 18th to reserve your place. Transportation is available if needed.

In Sibley, you’re invited to Thanksgiving Dinner at 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 601 Sixth Avenue in Sibley. It’ll be in the Fellowship Hall. Organizers invite you to give thanks together with them, and they say all are invited. There will be no charge or any freewill offering.

In Orange City, they’ll have a Thanksgiving Day CommUNITY Meal at Living Water Community Church. Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th. Everyone is invited. There is no cost for the meal. It’s made possible through donations from community churches, businesses, families, and individuals. Take-out and delivery are available. Call the church for more information at 707-5100. A Thanksgiving worship celebration is also planned in Orange City for Wednesday night, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The time of Thanksgiving and praise will be at Trinity Reformed Church.

In Rock Rapids, there will be a free community Thanksgiving Dinner served for anyone who would like a traditional meal, but has no where to go or no one to share it with. It will be at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th at 12 noon. Call the Rock Rapids chamber at 472-3456 or First Reformed Church at 472-3729 by Friday, November 18th. Rides will be available as well as take-out or delivery orders.

November 11, 2016 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a car fire that happened early on Thursday north of Sibley.
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According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, the fire department was called to the scene of a car fire at 120th Street and Highway 60 northbound, in the 1:00 a.m. hour. That’s about two miles south of the state line. He says when they got there, they found a vehicle totally engulfed in flame. He says it was pretty much destroyed when they got there.

According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year-old Lynn Marie Peterson of Windom, MN was driving a 2006 Pontiac Vibe on Highway 60 northbound north of 120th Street. They say Peterson stated that she swerved due to a deer and ended up in the ditch. The deputy says that in an attempt to to drive the vehicle out of the ditch, the spinning tires may have gotten hot and possibly ignited the dry grass that was in the ditch, fully engulfing the vehicle in flames. The report says the vehicle received approximately $20,000 in damage.

It says Peterson was cited on a charge of Failure to Maintain Control.

Fire Chief Huls says the fire department used about a thousand gallons of water to fight the fire and crews were on-scene for 45-50 minutes.

November 11, 2016 - 11:11 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa– A house was damaged in a fire on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Sibley.
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According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, at 5:11 PM, the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a possible structure fire at the home of Carol Hoffman at 509 Poplar Drive, in northwest Sibley. Huls says the property is owned by Judith Burnham of Bigelow, Minnesota. He reports that the fire call came from a neighbor who saw the smoke. He says a former firefighter checked the house and found no one was home, and that’s when 911 was called.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke coming out of the eaves as they approached the scene. He says they used an interior attack with water to fight the fire.

Huls says no injuries were reported. No one was in the home at the time of the fire.

The fire department was low on manpower so they requested assistance from the Ashton Fire Department.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined but he says it appeared to have started with a garbage bag with debris in it. He says that fire burned a hole in the floor, which got into cabinetry and then followed the wall back up to the kitchen.

Chief Huls estimates that there was at least $10,000 damage.

He says they used 200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for over an hour.

November 10, 2016 - 7:08 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — One of the defendants in the case of four people charged with robbery in Osceola County has taken a plea bargain and has been sentenced.
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Court records indicate the four are accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley.

On August 21st, 2016, Osceola County Deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo and 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira, both of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City. They were all charged with Robbery of in the 1st Degree, three counts each of Burglary in the 1st Degree, all class B felonies; Going Armed With Intent, a class D felony; and Assault While Participating in a Felony.

Court documents say officers believe that Montanez Cruz and Figueroa Rios were allegedly inside the dwelling while the robbery took place, and officers say they believe the two were aiding and abetting.

While Figueroa Rios’s attorney has filed a motion to suppress evidence in the case, Montanez Cruz accepted a plea bargain on Thursday, November 10th, and has been sentenced.

Montanez Cruz pled guilty to an amended charge of participating as an Accessory to a Felony. Judge Carl Peterson sentenced Montanez Cruz to two years in prison with credit for time served in jail since August 21st, 2016, a $625 fine, and a suspended $625 fine.

According to court records, a hearing for Figueroa Rios’s motion to suppress was pushed back to November 23rd. A hearing on whether to postpone Nazario Alvira’s trial will be that same day. Maldonado Castillo and Nazario Alvira both face a court date on December 9th for plea taking and sentencing.

November 6, 2016 - 4:44 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The general election is coming up on Tuesday (November 8, 2016.) and northwest Iowa voters will be selecting several candidates.
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Voters will chose a President and Vice President team, a U.S. Senator, and a U.S. Representative for Iowa District 4. Voters in some areas will be selecting state representatives, state senators, county supervisors, county auditors, and county sheriffs.

Down the ballot, there are also soil and water conservation commissioners, and county agricultural extension council members. In some areas there are also township trustees on the ballot. Voters will also be asked if Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Associate Judges should be retained. Other local positions will also be decided.

If you’d like to find out where you vote, you can enter your information at sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx, and it will tell you where to vote.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide. For more information you can contact your county auditor.

Osceola County Sample Ballots:

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Harris
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Ocheyedan
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November 2, 2016 - 4:11 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — One of the defendants in the case of four people charged with robbery in Osceola County has filed a motion that says his fourth amendment constitutional rights were violated.
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Court records indicate the four are accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley.

On August 21st, 2016, Osceola County Deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies. They said they also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City — and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

Court documents say officers believe that Montanez Cruz and Figueroa Rios were allegedly inside the dwelling while the robbery took place, and officers say they believe the two were aiding and abetting.

The motion to suppress, filed by Figueroa Rios’s attorney, Jared Weber of Orange City claims that the out-of-court identification of Figueroa Rios was “impermissibly suggestive.” It also claims that, “A mixture of language barriers; impermissible collaboration of witnesses; the custodial line up on a street, without control subjects; the lack of alternative choices for witnesses; and other factors contributed to the substantial likelihood of irreparable misidentification.”

The motion says the use of a non-line up or non-photo array, violated Figueroa Rios’s due process rights. It goes on to say that all evidence secured after this identification is “therefore fruit of the poisonous tree, and therefore should be suppressed.”

District Judge Carl Peterson has scheduled a hearing on the matter for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th.

Figueroa Rios’s pre-trial conference is scheduled for November 23rd, with the jury trial to begin on December 20th.

October 29, 2016 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The four defendants in the Sibley home-invasion robbery case look to have accepted plea bargains.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reported that on August 21, 2016, their deputies arrested 35-year-old Jose Manuel Maldonado Castillo of Sibley on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony; two counts of Assault while Participating in a Felony; Going Armed with Intent; Interference with Official Acts with a Dangerous Weapon; and Unauthorized Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, all class D Felonies. They said they also arrested 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley, as well as 55-year-old Pedro Juan Figueroa Rios and 38-year-old Nicomedes Montanez Cruz, both of Sioux City — and charged them all with Robbery in the 1st Degree, a class B Felony.

Montanez Cruz will face a plea hearing on Thursday, November 10th. Maldonado Castillo and Nazario Alvira are both scheduled for plea taking and sentencing on Friday, December 9th.

The fourth defendant, Figueroa Rios had a plea hearing on Friday.

October 27, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — One of the defendants in the Sibley home invasion burglary case faces a hearing on Friday.
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According to court records, 25-year-old Peter Nazario Alvira of Sibley is one of four people accused of the armed robbery of an occupied home on Third Avenue in Sibley in August.

All four are facing charges of First Degree Robbery, a class B felony. Nazario Alvira entered a plea of “not guilty” on September 16th, 2016.

In Nazario Alvira’s case, a pretrial conference is scheduled for November 10th, with a jury trial on December 20th. His attorney, John Sandy, has asked for the trial to be postponed. The court has not ruled on that motion, but had set a hearing for October 14th. Sandy moved that the hearing also be postponed. Judge Carl Petersen approved that motion and ordered that the hearing be pushed back two weeks to this Friday, October 28th.

October 27, 2016 - 11:12 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Republicans from a six-county region of northwest Iowa will be on hand for a major fundraising event Saturday night (October 29th) at the Lifelong Learning and Rec Center on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College.

Kris "Tanto" Paronto

Kris “Tanto” Paronto

The major speaker at the rally will be former US Army Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto.  Iowa State Republican Party Co-Chair, Dr. Cody Hoefert says Paronto will be telling the story of what really went on in Benghazi that fateful night.

Hoefert says he doesn’t think Paronto will point the finger of blame for Benghazi at anyone specific.

In addition to Paronto, Hoefert says there will be some Republican heavyweights on hand for Saturday night’s rally, as well.

Hoefert says he is very proud of the six counties that are coming together for what promises to be the largest Republican rally in Iowa.

Hoefert says you can still get tickets, online, at eventbrite.com.  He says there will also be some tickets available at the door.

Doors for the event will open Saturday evening at 5:45 pm, with a VIP reception at 6:15, and the main event at 7:15 at the LLRC, located on the northeast part of the campus at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

October 27, 2016 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

parking banNorthwest Iowa — Even though we don’t like to think about it, winter is right around the corner, and with it comes snowfall.  Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances on the books regarding overnight parking during snow removal season.

In Sheldon, Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am from November 1st to April 1st.  Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine.  Chief Bolkema also urges Sheldon residents to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance.

In Sanborn, there is no parking allowed from 2:00 am to 6:00 am, year-round, on Main Street.  In addition, from November 1st through March 31st, no parking is allowed on any city street in Sanborn from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.  Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

In Sibley, City officials say their overnight parking ban calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 am and 6:00 am, from November 1st through April 15th.  The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City Police tell us that in their city, no parking is allowed on any city street between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am, from October 15th through April 1st.  The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban, but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city.  However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins, and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow.  Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials say their ordinance bans parking on all city streets and alleys from 2:00 am to 6:00 am during peak snow removal times.  The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town you live.  If you have overnight guests for the holidays, please be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.