August 10, 2018 - 2:53 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The trial in the criminal case of a former Sibley-Ocheyedan teacher and coach accused of sex abuse — has been pushed back to December.

In Osceola County District Court, 40-year-old Kyle 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 10-year-old male student, on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. The boy eventually told authorities that something of a sexual nature occurred during the encounter.

The trial has been pushed back a few times. Most recently it was scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th. It is now scheduled to start on Tuesday, December 18th.

The victim and his mother have also brought a civil case against the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District and two other districts where Ewinger previously taught, claiming that they were negligent and could have prevented the alleged crime. In that case, there are pending motions to include a third school district at which Ewinger previously taught, and for a change of venue. A judge has yet to rule on the motions. The civil case was supposed to go to trial this October, but will be delayed to give attorneys more time to gather information.

Northwest Iowa — A Storm Lake attorney has been appointed to the Iowa 3A Judicial bench, filling the position vacated by a Spencer man who was previously appointed the the district court bench.

According to a release from the District Court Administrator’s Office, the District Court Judges of the 3A Judicial District met Friday, and appointed  Attorney Andrew J. Smith of Storm Lake to fill the District Associate Judge position vacated by the appointment of Judge Charles Borth, of Spencer to the district court bench.

Smith is currently in private practice in Storm Lake, and is a part-time magistrate in Calhoun County. Smith will start his District Associate position in 30 days.

Judicial Sub-District 3A consists of O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, and Palo Alto Counties.

August 10, 2018 - 11:57 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday on the Secretary of State’s request to remove a temporary injunction that has blocked parts of Iowa’s new voting law.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, challenged the constitutionality of three provisions of the law. One of the provisions is the requirement that a ballot can be rejected if signatures are checked and don’t match. The attorney for the state, Thomas Ogden, says there have always been safeguards in place like this.

Ogden says it only becomes a concern when someone waits until the last minute to vote.

LULAC also challenged the move to cut the early voting period from 40 to 30 days, saying it suppressed voter numbers. Ogden says the shorter period did not have any impact on the number of recent primary voters.

Ogden says even after dropping to 30 days, Iowa’s voting period is still one of the longest.

LULAC attorney Bruce Spiva says the changes hurt the organization as they had to spend more money to get people out to vote.

Justice Thomas Waterman asked Spiva why the group why the group didn’t file a lawsuit as soon as the law changed in January, and says it has caused issues for auditors.

He says having the funds to file the lawsuit was one of the reasons they didn’t act sooner. Spiva was asked if the group would have sued in the early voting period had been 50 days and cut back to 40. He says he wouldn’t expect the concern to extend in that case, and says it is more of what voters have been used to for the early voting period.

Spiva was asked there was any evidence that the change suppressed the vote in the June primary election.

He says they are arguing that 88-thousand people voted in the 11-day period relied on the time and the state pulled it away from them. Chief Justice Mark Cady says they understand this is an important case that needs a quick answer and they will try to do deliver one.

Statewide, Iowa — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the chairman of the Senate Ag Committee has assured him the 2018 Farm Bill will become law before year’s end.

Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst, is serving on the conference committee of House and Senate members that are trying to craft a final version of the bill that could pass both chambers.

Grassley was touring the Iowa State Fairgrounds Friday morning, visiting with fairgoers.

Osceola County, Iowa — An Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy, while on routine patrol Wednesday night, came across something sitting in the middle of the road that looked like something from an X-Files episode.

Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber tells us what happened.

Weber says the device had been launched from St. Peter, Minnesota, and traveled further than expected.

Weber says the professor for the class that launched the device says they tracked it through GPS on their computer.

Sheriff Weber says a student from the university came to the Sheriff’s Office Thursday morning to retrieve the device, and take it back home.

August 9, 2018 - 9:23 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s important to call before you dig. We hear it a lot. But people at Iowa One Call are hoping that Saturday’s date — 8/11 — will make you think about calling 811 before you dig.They tell us that six times every hour, damage occurs to underground infrastructure because someone dug without first calling 811.

Seth Hale is a spokesperson for Iowa One Call.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, spray paint or both.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Hale says that every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

He says the depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects, and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

According to Hale, you can also create a ticket online by going to He says if you need help, the customer service for that site can also be reached by simply calling 811. You can also visit that site for more information about 811 and safe digging practices.

August 8, 2018 - 12:16 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — A new study from the United States Department of Agriculture finds many farms in Iowa, and across the country, are losing money every year, but USDA economist and study co-author says there are a few key variables.

The report finds there are about two-million households that operate farms nationwide and about half of them are losing money year after year. Prager says farmers can make financial moves to off-set those losses, while losing money on the farm can actually help with taxes.

The report shows the smaller the farm operation, the greater the chance of it losing money. Still, Prager says farmers find ways to stay afloat.

Prager says the value of farm assets typically goes up every year and farmers can borrow money against those assets. The agency report found some people farm to supplement their incomes while others press on because they simply enjoy the profession.

Sheldon, Iowa — The start of the new school year for Sheldon students and teachers is just over two weeks away, and Superintendent Cory Myer says he’s excited about it.

This will be Myer’s first year as Superintendent in Sheldon, after serving for nine years as Superintendent in a small north-central Iowa school district.

Myer describes Sheldon as a gem.

He talks about his experience prior to becoming superintendent at North Iowa.

Myer says the Sheldon district is doing some great things.

He says that, even though classes don’t start until August 24th, the fall activity season is in full swing.

Mr. Myer made his comments on Tuesday’s KIWA Morning Show with Wayne and Aaron.

August 7, 2018 - 9:25 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — 4th District Iowa Congressman Steve King says he hopes the trade disputes between the U.S. and other countries can be resolved sooner rather than later. But he says he’s not optimistic.

King, a Republican, says they don’t even have a NAFTA agree done yet. He says Canada seems to be holding up that agreement, while Mexico is ready.

King says trade with China poses a whole different series of problems, particularly for the Fourth District, as the district is top in the state in pork and soybean production.

He says the recent administration decision to make up producer losses will help for now, but he wants the trade battle to end as quickly as possible.

August 6, 2018 - 9:00 pm - Posted in News

Ocheyedan, Iowa — It’s almost time for the annual “Days of Olde” in Ocheyedan.

Activities get underway on Friday with “Tour de Mound.” It’s a bicycle ride around the Ocheyedan countryside, with registration at 5:30 and the ride at 6, starting in the CFE south parking lot. Next is the Great Plains Tractor Pullers pull on North Main Street at the Travis Boeke location — the former “Hilltop.” Karaoke at the Corner Club is from 9 to 1, with a movie in the park at 9.

Saturday’s the big day with activities such as a 5K Walk/Run, a parade, the “Home of the Mound Wine and Arts Festival,” an antique tractor pull, a kids pedal pull, inflatables, a coed slow-pitch tournament and more, with the Van Ess Ice Cream Wagon available. The Tracy House Museum will also be open after the parade. In the evening it’s the Central Plains Truck Pullers and Mini Rods again on North Main in the Travis Boeke location. A street dance will round out Saturday’s activities on the south side of Corner Club from 9 to 1, with Skyline providing the music.

Sunday’s activities include an antique tractor ride, the Silver Dollar Trap Shoot, a Revival Worship Service at the Ocheyedan Community Town Hall, and a bean bag tournament in the city park.

Ocheyedan mayor Arlyn Pedley says it’s a team effort, with everyone pitching in and doing their part. They invite one and all to the fun to be had at the Ocheyedan Days of Olde this weekend in Ocheyedan.

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