Primghar, Iowa — Many people are making Christmas plans this time of year, but for some people they just hope to be able to survive as a family from day-to-day.

Upper Des Moines Opportunity sponsors and runs a program every year in O’Brien County called “Adopt-A-Family”.  They run a similar program in Osceola County called “Sharing Christmas”.  We talked to UDMO’s Amber Schurke. She says it’s a program that lets community members and groups or organizations provide holiday gifts for needy families.

She says it’s all anonymous and they only identify each family by a number. She tells us how the families are picked.

Schurke says if you or your family or business is interested in adopting a family, you can find the O’Brien County list at, and the Osceola County list on But she says you do need to call the Upper Des Moines office to tell them who you picked because the list is constantly changing.

Schurke says adopting a family is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.

We asked her how many people the program serves every year.

Again, to find the list of O’Brien County families, you can click here, and then call Upper Des Moines at 957-1023 — or in Osceola County click here, then call 754-2573.

Once you have your family or families, buy the gifts, and then wrap each gift including a tag with the family number and who it is for, and put the family number in LARGE, BOLD numbers on all sides of the container in which you place the wrapped gifts.

Other counties have similar programs. Mid-Sioux Opportunity serves Lyon, Sioux, Cherokee, Plymouth, and Ida Counties. In some counties, you can contact your local ATLAS office, where they handle a Christmas program for the less fortunate.

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November 15, 2014 - 2:23 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An 11-year-old was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sibley on Thursday.Ambulance rear blue and white

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:30 Thursday morning, 16-year-old Peyton Crichton of Sibley was driving a 1999 Pontiac, owned by Karla Crichton eastbound on Third Street. Thirty-three-year-old Violeta Cota of Sibley was driving a 2008 Toyota southbound on Sixth Avenue. The vehicles collided in the intersection.

The Sibley Ambulance transported an 11-year-old passenger in the Cota vehicle to the Osceola Community Hospital.

The Crichton Pontiac sustained about $2000 damage and the Cota Toyota sustained about $6000 damage.

Cota was ticketed for Failure to Yield Right of Way.

November 12, 2014 - 5:07 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on child endangerment charges after he was found allegedly driving under the influence with a child in the car.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday night, just before 8 PM, one of their deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 75 a short distance south of Highway 3. During that stop, the driver was identified as 21-year-old Reynaldo Martinez of Sibley.

Deputies allege that Martinez was found to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and while having a suspended license. The deputy’s report also says that Martinez’ 4-year-old son was found riding in the front passenger seat of the vehicle without the proper child safety seat.

The deputy arrested Martinez and he was later booked into the Plymouth County Jail on charges of OWI, driving while his license was suspended, and child endangerment.

November 12, 2014 - 5:06 pm - Posted in News

Spencer, Iowa — An Ashton man has been arrested after an accident near that city.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that on November 1st, 2014, their deputies were called to the report of a vehicle in the ditch, including a possible car fire.

When they got there, deputies did find a vehicle in ditch, but there was no fire and the occupants had left the scene. Deputies report that they found multiple opened alcoholic beverage containers in the vehicle.

They determined the driver, 27-year-old Anthony Charles Lucas of Ashton, was injured during the accident. Lucas was located and arrested on Friday, November 7th. He was released on bond.

The investigation continues and additional charges are possible.

Below is a list of participants in the annual Upper Des Moines Opportunity Sharing Christmas program which provides christmas presentsholiday gifts to low-income children, seniors and disabled residents of Osceola County.  If you or your group wishes to adopt, call our office at 754-2573 between 9:00 and 3:00 Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Please be ready with more than one selection as the list is updated continually. Before you bring the gifts in, we ask that you wrap each item and attach a tag with the family number and which member that gift is for, and also put the family number in LARGE, BOLD numbers on all sides of the container in which you place the gifts.  This will help us tremendously!  If you want to help but do not care to adopt, we appreciate any donation amount so that we may help families!


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  31. Family of three. Teenage boy wears size 14/16 likes the Green Bay Packers and Hunger Game Books or Divergent Books. Girl age 6 wears size 6 slim and likes barbies and arts and craft items.
  32. Family of four. Teenage girl wears size small and would like athletic socks, lotions and perfumes from Bath and Body or a giftcard. Boy age 10 wears size 12 pants and youth large shirts would like athletic socks and long sleeve shirts or a giftcard. Girl age 7 wears size 10 pants and youth medium shirts would like socks, My Life as Doll clothing or My Little Pony equestrian doll. Family would appreciate a food giftcard.
  33. Family of two. Girl age 12 wears size medium pants and size 8 shoes would like a pair of woman’s warm snow boots and Sibley Ocheyedan Generals clothing size women’s medium.
  34. Family of four. Teenage boy wears size 12 pants and medium boy’s shirts would like clothing. Girl age 7 wears size 7 slim and would like Monster High toys or dolls. Girl age 3 wears size 3T and would like Monster High dolls or toys.
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Sibley, Iowa — Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4th. In Osceola County one item on the ballot has the potential to affect the future of the county more than the election of any candidate.Osceola courthouse 2 - summer

On Osceola County ballots, along with the races for US Representative and Senator, Governor, County Offices, Extension Council, Judge Retention and the like is a measure regarding the size of the Osceola County Board of Supervisors.

The question, labeled “Public Measure A” asks, “Shall the membership of the Osceola County Board of Supervisors be reduced from five members to three members pursuant to Iowa Code 331.204?”

By the way, be watching for a story later today telling you where you can cast your vote, listen to election results tomorrow night (Tuesday) on KIWA and look for them at as well.

November 1, 2014 - 11:20 pm - Posted in News

sibley chamberSibley, Iowa — It’s time for our monthly report from the Sibley Chamber. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters recently.

Click the play button below to hear the chamber report.

Click the play button above or this link to listen.

You can get more information by going to or by calling the Chamber at 712-754-3212.

Sibley, Iowa — A Worthington man has been arrested after a police chase that started in Minnesota and continued into Iowa.Police lightbar chase

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 21-year-old James Richard Decker of Worthington was being pursued by law enforcement in Nobles County, Minnesota. After he crossed into Iowa, he was arrested by an Osceola County Deputy.

Decker was charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (Aggravated Misdemeanor), Possession of Controlled Substance (Simple Misdemeanor), and Eluding (Class D Felony).

Decker was booked into the Osceola County Jail and released after posting an $8,000 bond.

October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.

She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.

Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.

She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.

Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.

She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.

Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:

Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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October 24, 2014 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you need to register to vote for the November 4th General Election, or absentee vote in person at your local county auditor’s office, you have a couple of Saturday opportunities coming optical reader machine

In Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties, the Auditors’ Offices are going to be open from 8 AM to 5 PM this Saturday for early voting and voter registration.

Voter registration ends this Saturday, October 25th. However, if you are registered, their offices are going to be open next Saturday, November 1st too for early voting. Osceola, Sioux, and Lyon County Auditors’ Offices will be open from 9 to 5 next Saturday, November 1st, and O’Brien County will be open from 8 to 5 that day.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is November 1st too, but election officials stress that there would be a time crunch if you wait that long to request a mailed ballot because returned ballots need to be postmarked no later than election day, Tuesday, November 4th.

Iowa does have election day registration, but the auditors strongly encourage you to be registered by this Saturday, October 25th.