October 15, 2018 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sunday morning’s somewhat surprising snowfall has served as a reminder that snow removal is the next “season” in northwest Iowa.

Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances regarding overnight parking, especially during the snow removal season. So if you routinely or occasionally park a car on the street overnight, here’s fair warning that you’re soon going to have to come up with a different place to park in most cases.

In Sheldon, motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to April 1st. Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine. The City also asks you to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

In Sanborn, no parking is allowed from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., 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 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

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

Orange City officials say that no parking is allowed on any of their city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from October 15th through April 1st. The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

In Sioux Center, the situation is a bit different. No parking is allowed on any city street between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. year-round.

Rock Valley’s winter parking ordinance goes into effect November 1st. It states that parking is not allowed for more than 30 minutes between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The ordinance stays in effect until April 1st. The fine is $20 per night.

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. So motorists who park on the street need to keep up-to-date on the weather forecast.

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 changed their parking ban this year. They say their ordinance now bans parking on all city streets and alleys from midnight to 6:00 a.m. during snow removal operations. The old rule was 2:00 a.m. There is an exception, however. Parking is banned from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Rock Rapids’ downtown area, year-round, and there are signs posted to that effect. The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town they are parking their vehicle. Again, if you have overnight guests for the holidays, we suggest that you be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.

October 15, 2018 - 3:38 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you are a farmer or landowner and you’re interested in reducing soil erosion, improving soil health and water quality, creating or protecting wildlife habitat, and treating other resource concerns, you have until Friday, October 19th to be considered for EQIP. Actually, signup is continuous, but Friday is the last day for this “batch.”

Paul Goldsmith, EQIP coordinator for Iowa for the Natural Resources Conservation Service or “NRCS” tells us about EQIP.

Goldsmith says you can sign up for EQIP any time, but they do have a “batching date” on Friday. He tells us what that means.

According to Goldsmith, there are several practices eligible for funding. He tells us about the more common ones in northwest Iowa.

He tells us about the timeline if you are interested in funding for cover crops.

Their next “batching date” is in the middle of March, according to Goldsmith.

October 15, 2018 - 3:19 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The first snowfall of the season dropped anywhere from less than an inch to 6.8-inches of snow on northwest Iowa Sunday.

The heaviest snow accumulation was reported at Rock Rapids, where they measured 6.8-inches of the heavy, wet white stuff. In southeast South Dakota, Canton saw a 2.5-inch snowfall. To our north, Worthington, Minnesota reported 5-inches, with 5.5-inches falling at Bigelow, and 3-inches at Pipestone.

At the KIWA Studios in Sheldon we measured 1.5-inches of snow, while Orange City saw only around 0.2-inches. Residents of Hull were treated to 1.8-inches of snow, with just an inch falling at Remsen.

With sunny skies and highs in the low 40s Monday, with highs warming into the 50s, with the chance of a 60-degree reading later this week, the snow should be a distant memory by the end of this week.

For a look at snowfall totals for the region, CLICK HERE.


October 15, 2018 - 2:40 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — More than twenty high school marching bands from four states competed Saturday in the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships which were held at De Valois Field in Orange City.

In Class 1A, Le Mars Gehlen took 1st Place, along with Best Hornline Award, Best Drumline Award, Best Colorguard Award, and the Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award. Another area 1A band, South O’Brien, took 3rd in Class 1A.

In Class 2A, the marching band from West Lyon too top honors, as well as Best Drumline, Best Hornline, Best Colorguard, and the 2A Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award.

The Sheldon Marching Orabs took 3rd Place in Class 2A, in what band director Cliff St. Clair called their best performance of the season.

St. Clair says Orab Drum Major Jesse Hickman was named Best Field Conductor of the Class 2A field.

In Class 3A, Sibley-Ocheyedan finished 2nd, and also took home the Best Hornline Award. Spirit Lake finished 4th in 3A, just ahead of Sioux Center’s marching band, which finished in 5th. Le Mars Community School’s marching band took 6th in the competition.

There were no 4A schools participating from our immediate area.

Sheldon director Cliff St. Clair says the Dutchmen Field Championships was the final competition of the marching band season, and now the Orab musicians attention will turn to Pep Band and Concert Band.

To view the results for ALL schools competing in Orange City this past Saturday, CLICK HERE.

October 12, 2018 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Many Iowa growers will be storing, not selling, their soybeans this harvest season, given low commodity prices and troubles with international trade.

Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl recommends farmers cool down the storage bin and make sure the moisture level isn’t too high when the beans are harvested.

For soybeans with a higher moisture content, it’s sometimes best to dry them using natural air and to avoid firing up the heaters.

Precautions need to be taken when drying soybeans.

Some growers might want to take their soybeans to a commercial elevator and run them through a corn dryer, but he says the risk of fire is far too great.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sheldon Marching Orabs will be one of more than twenty high school marching band from four states to take the field in Orange City Saturday for the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships.

Normally the Orange City event takes place the same day as the State Marching Band Festival in Orange City, but that was not the case this year. Marching Orabs Director, Cliff St. Clair says it’s going to be nice to not have to rush to make both competitions.

The Dutchmen Field Championships mark the final competitive event of the year for the Marching Orabs. St. Clair says the kids are happy to see the competition season come to an end, and for good reason.

While Saturday’s competition in Orange City may be the finale to the Marching Orabs season, St. Clair says it’s just a transition for the Orab musicians.

Saturday’s Dutchmen Field Championships are hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley, and will take place at De Valois Field, on the campus of Northwestern College. The event is open to the public, for a small charge, with gates opening at 2:15 Saturday afternoon, with the first Class 1A Band, South O’Brien, taking the field at 3:00. The Marching Orabs are scheduled to perform Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

You can view the complete schedule for the Dutchmen Field Championships by CLICKING HERE.

Northwest Iowa — Seven of the fourteen contenders for the Northwest Iowa Regional Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest are from our part of Northwest Iowa. They come from Orange City, Sanborn, Rock Rapids, and Rock Valley.

Economic development professionals in the area, who organize the contest say that the Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. The contest allows entrepreneurs the chance to submit their dreams to start or expand a business, then encourage friends, family, and customers to vote for them online. The finalists will present their idea to an audience and judges in a pitch-off event for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes.

Entrepreneurs in Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties were to submit their business or startup ideas by October 5th.

Those in the contest from our area include:

Brad Gabel of Brad’s Breads of Orange City, who says he’d like to run a small European-style Bakery in Orange City.

Jodi Krikke of JAK Sprat in Sanborn, who says her earring business is run on the kitchen table, and she’s expanding so she could use some system upgrades.

Lindsay Millard of Lindsay’s Flower Patch in Orange City, who says they’re expanding, and a greenhouse would be helpful for them.

Fifteen-year-olds Daniel Stillson and Carter Schuurmans of SnSLabz in Rock Rapids, who say their 3-D printing business is expanding too, and they will need an additional 3-D printer and supplies to take their business to the next level.

Shay Van Schepen of Shaybe’s Boutique in Rock Valley, who says that her home-based clothing boutique is expanding and would like to move to a storefront or buy a trailer.

Nineteen-year-old Ashley Van Sloten of Dutch Dogs LLC in Orange City, who says she’s planning to start a pet boarding, daycare, and grooming service next year. And she’d like to give the pets a fun, safe outdoor play area.

Bart Ver Mulm of Orange Creek Farms in Rock Valley, who says their operation is a small family farm focused on retail high-quality meats instead of selling the whole animals like most farm operations.

Other entries are from Oto, Sioux City, Akron, and Correctionville.

Voting on the submitted ideas is underway now through October 19th. During the voting period, the entrepreneurs are recruiting others to vote for their entry at www.DreamBigGrowHere.com. The top three vote-getters will advance to a regional pitch-off competition, along with two additional entrants chosen by a selection committee. Each finalist will have access to the University of Northern Iowa’s Business Concierge Services, as well as receive personalized coaching from the Small Business Development Center and UNI’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation.

The regional contest will be held the evening of Thursday, November 15th. The finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas with first place receiving $4,000, second place receiving $2,000 and third place receiving $1,000 to grow their business.

October 11, 2018 - 12:34 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — We are only in the second week of October, but the state’s top doctor is recommending you get your flu shot.

Iowa Department of Public Health Medical Director Caitlin Pedati says the time is right.

She says if you get a flu shot now you don’t have to worry about being protected.

Doctor Pedati says the warmer weather we’ve had lately probably doesn’t make people think about winter and the flu.

She says others might worry getting the vaccine too early would allow it to wear off.

Doctor Pedati says there should be an ample supply of the vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age or older get the flu vaccine.

October 11, 2018 - 10:36 am - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa —  The Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is warning of a scam targeting citizens by misrepresenting themselves as staff of the Department.

According to the DCI, they have been receiving reports from citizens that scammers are posing as employees of the “Iowa State Police”.  The callers are claiming they have a seized vehicle with drugs inside and that the vehicle is registered to the citizen.  Citizens are reporting that they are receiving multiple calls from the same 712 area code phone number.  If the citizen does not answer or hangs up on the initial call, a secondary call is being reported as coming from “911” whereas the callers are verbally aggressive, claiming they are with the “Police” and that they have a warrant for the citizen’s arrest.

The DCI says if you receive a phone call similar to the one mentioned above, you are asked to contact your local law enforcement and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Hotline at (515) 281-5926 or (888) 777-4590.

Here are some helpful hints from the DCI to help prevent being targeted by fraudulent scam calls:
If you get a call from someone who claims they are collecting money on behalf of the DPS—even if a caller ID device shows the DPS—hang up.
The DPS does not demand immediate payment via prepaid debit cards.
Do not provide or confirm personal information or financial information to anyone who calls.

October 9, 2018 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Statewide, Iowa — The President’s announcement on E15 will allow the ethanol blend to be sold year-round. Only flexible fuel vehicles designed to burn fuel with up to 85 percent ethanol have been allowed to run on E-15 in the summer.

Republican Mike Naig, Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, says letting ALL vehicles run on E-15 at any time of the year is great news for farmers.

Tim Gannon, the Democrat running against Naig, says farmers need an assurance the E-P-A won’t slow-walk the rules.

According to state officials, there are 217 fueling stations in Iowa that offer E-15. It’s generally priced about 10-cents-per-gallon cheaper than E-10.