September 12, 2014 - 2:52 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has just released the information about an accident in which a Sibley man was taken to the hospital.Ambulance Front Generic

According to the report, about 8 AM on Tuesday, September 9th, 32-year-old Stefan Lingle of Ashton was driving northbound on Highway 59 Hwy 59 about five miles east of Sibley. He was driving a 2015 International straight truck belonging to Hogan Truck Leasing, Incorporated, of Columbus, Ohio. About that time, 57-year-old Genaro Casas Sanchez of Sibley was eastbound on 180th Street in a 1990 Isuzu pickup, and due to fog he failed to see the stop sign. Casas Sanchez went through the stop sign and struck the truck broadside.

The Osceola County Ambulance service took Casas Sanchez to Osceola Community Hospital. Lingle was not injured.

The pickup had $2000 damage. The International truck sustained $15,000 damage.

Casas Sanchez was charged with Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and no insurance.

September 6, 2014 - 7:29 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa again.

The Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux County Republican parties are holding another fundraiser for Republican candidates in this area and statewide, and this time it’s hosted by the O’Brien county Republican party, and will be at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreational Center in Sheldon. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014, starting at 5:45 PM.

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

The group looks to build on the event they held last year with over 350 people in attendance and several national, state and local media present.

Governor Rick Perry will give the night’s keynote speech.  Perry took office in Texas in 2000, and is mulling another bid for the Presidency in 2016.

Among the others who plan to speak at the event are Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King, Iowa US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Attorney General Candidate Adam Gregg, Iowa Treasurer Candidate Sam Clovis, Iowa Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate, two members of the Iowa Republican National Committee and Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert from Rock Rapids.

Tickets are available through  For more information, you can contact Republican Party chairs in any of the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, or Lyon.

September 5, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

golf clubSibley, Iowa — The 25th annual Sibley Kiwanis Golf Tournament is this Saturday, September 5th. It’s a fundraiser that will start at noon.

The Sibley Kiwanis is raising the money through corporate sponsorships and tickets for the event. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters and she tells us more about the event at the Sibley Golf and Country Club.

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There are also door prizes to be given away, she says. The $125 per couple covers all four hole-in-one chances, pin prizes, t-shirts, 18 holes of golfing fun and a steak dinner at the end of the day.

Sibley, Iowa — Northwest Iowa has a brand new John Deere sales and service facility, and the Governor of Iowa came to cut the ribbon.

Noteboom Implement in Sibley has just opened a nearly $2.5 million dealership and service facility on the edge of Sibley, on Highway 60. The project was almost a year in the making.

Governor Terry Branstad was on hand to cut the ribbon along with a number of local and state dignitaries.Branstad Noteboom Cut Ribbon He says it’s a good thing for Sibley and northwest Iowa.

Noteboom Implement has five other locations including three in South Dakota, one in Lake Park, and one in Spencer. We had a chance to talk to Noteboom CEO Dan Noteboom and we’ll hear from him in future stories on

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is coming to northwest Iowa this week, and by the looks of his schedule, he will be quite busy.branstad

He will make several stops in our area on Thursday, August 21st, and one on Saturday, August 23rd.

Starting the day on Thursday will be an appearance at 8 AM, when Governor Branstad attends Great Lakes Communication Corporation Data Center’s grand opening in Lake Park. From there, Branstad will tour Foundation Analytical Laboratory in Cherokee. That’s a 10 AM start there.

After that, the governor will travel to Orange City for a noon appearance at Quatro Composites. There, Quatro Composites and the State of Iowa will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 45,000 square foot expansion at the company’s corporate headquarters located at 403 14th Street Southeast in Orange City. Branstad will be the featured speaker. State Senator Randy Feenstra, State Representative Dwayne Alons, and Bill Anderson (representing Congressman Steve King) will also be attending.

At 2 PM, Governor Branstad will present the 2014 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at Prairie View in Sanborn. The facility is at 610 Eastern Street.

From there, it’s on to Noteboom Implement’s new facility in Sibley for their grand opening. The new Noteboom Implement facility is at 1712 Deere Drive in Sibley. Branstad will be there at 3:30 PM. The new Noteboom Implement is a 28,000 square foot facility located along Highway 60 at exit 51. The grand opening will run from 2-7 PM. Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom says that everyone is invited. He says they are appreciative of the Governor’s presence. He says several John Deere executives and local dignitaries will also be there. Store Manager Bob Schlesser says that it is an expansion and upgrade for their Sibley location. Activities will include a Kids Zone and inflatables, music by Iowa’s own musical family “The Browns”, an old fashioned barbeque, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demonstrations.

After the John Deere festivities in Sibley, the governor heads to the Ashton area for an appearance at Zylstra Feedlot at 5123 210th Street near Ashton. He’ll tour the feedlot.

Governor Branstad will be back in our area on Saturday, August 23, 2014, when he’ll head to the Okoboji area for a 4 PM appearance. He will hold a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349 at the Dickinson County Nature Center at 2279 170th Street near Okoboji. Senate File 2349 allocated money to state departments and agencies from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. Gambling revenues make up the largest share of that fund.

Des Moines, Iowa — Unemployment statewide is fairly steady, and Lyon and Sioux Counties continue to have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the state.unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce gives us the numbers.

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In our area, Lyon County continues to be have the lowest unemployment in the state, with a July unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Even that is down two points from June’s figure of 2.4 percent. Sioux County isn’t too far behind, tied for fifth place with 3.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from June. Plymouth County is at 3.2 percent. The next area county is Osceola County, tied for 19th place on the list with 3.7 percent unemployment, unchanged from June. O’Brien County is in a 4-way tie for 23rd with 3.8 percent, up from June’s 3.5 percent.

Other counties in our region had higher unemployment in July. Dickinson was at 4.3, Cherokee was at 4.6, Buena Vista was at 5.0 and Clay County was at 5.4 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase in the monthly unemployment rate,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa’s labor force has grown steadily this year, and surpassed 1.7 million in July.

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 76,900 in July from 74,300 in June. The current estimate is 3,700 lower than the year ago level of 80,600.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,623,800 in July from 1,624,700 in June. This figure was 900 lower than June, and 30,300 higher than one year ago.

Iowa nonfarm employment totaled 1,550,200 jobs in July and remained unchanged since June. Job gains in the private sector were exactly offset by declines in government. This month’s stagnation halts three consecutive months of gains in nonfarm employment, and leaves the state up 16,500 jobs versus one year ago (+1.1 percent).

Education and health services added the most jobs this month (+2,800) due to gains in both private education services and health care services. In the case of educational services, job gains were partially due to a shift in seasonality; health care industries continue to steadily advance upward due to increasing demand. Professional and business services was buoyed by growth in professional, scientific, and technical services this month and gained 1,000 jobs. Construction also fared well this month (+1,000), marking the fourth consecutive month for job gains. Smaller increases this month included financial activities (+800), other services (+500), and information (+200). Alternatively, leisure and hospitality experienced an unexpectedly large drop this month (-2,300) with losses being nearly even in accommodations and food services and arts and entertainment. Trade and transportation also shed 2,300 jobs due mostly to losses in transportation and retail. The only other loss this month occurred in manufacturing (-300) which has now pared jobs in six of the last seven months, yet remains up 1,200 jobs since last July.

With this month’s unexpected gain, education and health services has now added the most jobs annually (+4,000). Health care jobs have advanced steadily (+2,900) and are responsible for the majority of the growth in this super sector.

Construction has also shown considerable promise since last year (+3,900) due to renewed demand for commercial and residence projects. Professional and business rebounded this month, and now rests up 2,300 jobs since last July. The majority of these gains are found in administrative and support services.


Ashton, Iowa — Ashton’s Town & Country Days are this weekend.

Ashton Water Tower

UPDATE: Schedule Changes for Ashton Town & Country Days:

2:00 pm — Bean Bag Competition, which had been moved inside has been moved back outside, with Raffle drawings to follow.
9:00 pm — The Town & Country Days Street Dance, which had been moved inside, has also been moved back outside.

Stay tuned to KIWA or go to our closures and delays page to keep up-to-date on any other changes that may be forced by the weather.

We did have a chance to talk to Andy Gacke about the raffle and gun auction, proceeds of which will go to a good cause, he says.

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Gacke says there are a large number of prizes for the raffle.

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He says there’s a gun raffle too.

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Tickets for the raffle are available at Corbett Plumbing for $10 per chance, or 6 for $50.

Gacke says they’ll also have a special gun auction.

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In addition, Gacke says they’ll also be auctioning off the chainsaw sculptures that the chainsaw artist will have created during his show.

August 15, 2014 - 1:45 pm - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. This weekend, it’s Ashton’s turn.Ashton sign

We talked to Dawn Rutzen, who is one of the people who put the festivities together. She told us what to expect.

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She says they’ve got several vendors lined up.

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She says the parade starts at 1:00. And if you have musicians in band, there’s another reason you may want to come.

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There’s also a big raffle and there’s a gun auction. We’ll tell you about those in future newscasts here on KIWA and

Since we talked to Rutzen, the weather has forced a couple of changes.  The Bean Bag Tournament has been moved indoors into the Legion Hall, with the raffle to follow.  The dance will also be in the Legion Hall.

August 14, 2014 - 10:21 am - Posted in News

sheldon police smallA Sheldon man’s Dodge and a Sibley man’s Chevrolet were damaged in an accident on Monday, August 11th in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that at about 07:18 pm, 25 -year-old Jacob Wordekemper was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram southbound on 7th Street , in Sheldon. Nineteen -year-old Joseph Storbakken of Sibley, was southbound on 4th Avenue in a Chevrolet Chevrolet Malibu. According to the report, Storbakken was pulling away from the stop sign at the intersection of 7th and 4th, when Wordekemper broadsided Storbakken.

Wordekemper’s Dodge received $1,500 damage. Storbakken’s Chevrolet received $1500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on three warrants and for allegedly driving when he shouldn’t have been.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, they arrested 36-year-old Samuel Henry Seivert of Sibley on two Osceola County Warrants and a Dickinson County Warrant.

Seivert was also charged with Driving While Barred, (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Driving While Suspended and Driving While Revoked (both Simple Misdemeanors).

Seivert was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop near 10th Street West and 3rd Avenue West in Sibley Saturday morning.