August 2, 2017 - 11:09 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Iowa 4th District U.S. Representative Steve King was in the KIWA listening area Monday, and he stopped by the KIWA studios for a brief chat.

Last week, the leader of the Iowa Republican Party said he was worried about Republican prospects for the 2018 mid-term elections, since Congress has failed to pass the healthcare legislation that had been promised.  We asked King if he shared that concern.

King says he was extremely disappointed by what the senate DIDN’T get done in relation to healthcare.

He talked about what happened with the attempt to pass a “Skinny Repeal” of ObamaCare.

The Congressman says he’s been asked what is “Plan B” after the senate’s failure to pass a healthcare bill to replace ObamaCare.

King says ObamaCare has imploded, and he’s sure congress will be working hard on something they can pass that will help the American people.

July 31, 2017 - 12:05 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Last week there were several thousand bicycles trekking through northwest Iowa, and now we prepare for a big influx of motorcycles travelling west on area highways, with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally beginning in the Black Hills of South Dakota later this week.

Triple-A Iowa’s Rose White reminds motorists to watch out for the 2-wheeled vehicles.

Even without the additional motorcycle traffic generated by folks travelling to Sturgis, White says there are still plenty of motorcycles out and about this time of year.

Strengthening the state’s texting-while-driving law may help to prevent crashes. Iowa’s new primary texting law became effective July 1st. White reminds motorists to never tailgate a motorcyclist. Give them extra space as they may need to make sudden lane changes to avoid potholes or road debris. She says motorcyclists need to be cautious and courteous, too.

25 motorcyclists have lost their lives on Iowa roads so far this year, but deaths are tracking much lower than last year at this time.  60 motorcyclists were killed in Iowa during all of 2016.

July 26, 2017 - 7:24 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — A telephone hearing has been set in the case of the Osceola County Board of Supervisors establishment of a TIF District to provide funds to be used to help finance infrastructure in the City of Harris.

In March 2015, Harris was under an administrative order from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to update its lagoon, but the city lacked the debt capacity to take on the improvements. As a result, on March 10, 2015, the city sent a letter to the Osceola County Board of Supervisors “asking for help with possibly doing a TIF on the windmills for infrastructure within the City.” Within a couple of weeks, at a meeting of the board, the Harris mayor “asked that the supervisors consider establishing an urban renewal area including the turbines and city of Harris to help fund needed projects.”

In October 2015, the Board of Supervisors held a Public Hearing on a resolution to establish an urban renewal area, and approve the urban renewal plan and project for the area.  The newly-created TIF area was set to include the city of Harris, as well as an area of land upon which a wind farm had been constructed.

The plaintiffs in the case are resident taxpayers of Osceola County and of the Harris-Lake Park School District. They filed a petition for writ of certiorari and declaratory judgment challenging the resolution and the ordinance passed by or involving Osceola County and the City of Harris. In conjunction, the resolution and ordinance established an urban renewal area and an urban renewal plan and divided the tax revenue levied on that area as tax increment financing to fund the plan. The plaintiffs challenged the Supervisors’ actions, claiming they would be harmed as taxpayers.

Osceola County and the City of Harris filed a motion for summary judgment, and the district court granted it, finding the plaintiff’s lacked standing to challenge the resolution and their claims involving the ordinance were untimely. The plaintiffs’ petition was dismissed. On appeal, the plaintiffs challenged the district court’s ruling and maintained the merits of their motion for summary judgment should have been granted instead.

In their review of the case, while the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the District Court ruling that the plaintiffs’ claims were, in fact, untimely, since they were filed prior to the enactment of the ordinance they challenged; the Appeals Court did reverse the lower court’s ruling, saying that the plaintiffs DID, in fact, have standing to pursue the case.

The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to District Court for further proceedings, writing, “On remand, the plaintiffs may refile their motion for summary judgment or the claims regarding Resolution 10-15/16 may be set for trial.”

A telephonic hearing has been set in which the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ legal counsel and a judge will discuss the case. The hearing is scheduled for Friday, August 18th at 9:00 a.m. The plaintiffs have renewed their motion for summary judgment.

The complete ruling from the Iowa Court of Appeals can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

Sibley, Iowa — As of Friday, Osceola County Attorney Bob Hansen has retired from his position. A man practicing law in Texas will take over before August 15th. But for the next three weeks or so, Osceola County is going to share a county attorney with Clay County.

A preliminary 28-E agreement was hammered out and was discussed by both the Osceola County Board of Supervisors and the Clay County Board of Supervisors to share the services of Clay County Attorney Kristi (Busse) Kuester until the new attorney, Nolan McGowan starts.

After the Clay County board and Kuester looked at the agreement, they suggested some compensation rates. They suggest a flat $800 for insurance and IPERS, plus $65 per hour working on Osceola County cases and $40 per hour during travel time, plus mileage of 40 cents per mile. Kuester will also continue as the full-time elected Clay County Attorney at her pre-established salary and benefits.

The Osceola County Board of Supervisors will discuss whether to approve the agreement at their meeting this Tuesday, July 25th.

July 18, 2017 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank will hold a blood drive at the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley this Thursday, July 20th. And it’s a milestone blood drive.

Sioux Falls Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg tells us about it.


He says that the blood drive comes at a good time, since they are in need of blood.


He tells us why your donation now is so important.


Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org, weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. You are asked to bring an I.D. with you. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. For more information you can visit www.cbblifeblood.org or call Osceola Community Hospital at 712-754-2574.

Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative of Sanford and Avera Health and the sole blood provider to 34 local hospitals. Community Blood Bank is not associated with any other blood bank organizations.

July 18, 2017 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — A convoy of big rigs will be hitting some northwest Iowa roads this weekend in an effort to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Paul Schelling is one of the organizers of the annual Commercial Chaos For A Cure, and he tells us the day will begin, and end, in Sioux Center.


He tells us about the entry fee for the trucks.


Schelling says 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.


Schelling says registration starts at 10 and the trucks take off at 11 this Saturday, June 18th.

Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley Public Library will turn 100 years old this year, and the celebrations continue, with one planned on Monday.

Library officials tell us that the original part of the building was a Carnegie library. A Carnegie library is one that was built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929.

Sibley Public Library Director Mary Earll gives us some history.


She says another donor also helped with the library.

She says they’ve got a celebration happening on Monday, the 17th of this month, and the big celebration coming up a month later, on August 17th.


For more information about the Sibley Public Library, visit them on the web at www.sibley.lib.ia.us or you can call them at (712) 754-2888.

Other side of the building

Location of Centennial Garden

July 14, 2017 - 11:58 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa (Radio Iowa) — The monthly Water Summary Update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shows things have dried out significantly as Iowa entered the second half of the year.

The D-N-R’s Tim Hall helps compile the summary.

Rains in May and June kept the word drought out of the water report, but it has now returned.

Part of the problem recently has been the storms that drop the rain are spotty and not widespread.

Hall points out this is the early stage of drought.

He says Iowa’s situation is better than other nearby states.

Hall says for now it’s important to keep an eye on the situation and be prepared.

Hall says things could turn around as quickly as they dried out with some sustained rainfall.

Photo caption:  The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows yellow for abnormally dry conditions and light brown for moderate drought.

July 12, 2017 - 3:21 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — An Oklahoma man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash northwest of Sibley Tuesday afternoon.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened when a 2010 Ford F-250 pickup, driven by 75-year old Ross Barnett of Skiatook, Oklahoma was traveling eastbound on Highway 9, near the intersection with Nettle Avenue.  Authorities say Barnett’s pickup drifted off the roadway and entered the north ditch, then veered across Highway 9, entering the south ditch, where it rolled over and knocked down a road sign.

Officials say Barnett sustained injury to hid neck, and was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital by the Sibley Ambulance.

Damage to Barnett’s pickup was estimated at $18-thousand.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Sibley Ambulance and Sibley Fire Department.

July 12, 2017 - 9:27 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Board of Supervisors has offered the Osceola County Attorney position to a man currently practicing law in Plano, Texas, and he has accepted the position.

According to the Osceola County Auditor’s office, the board has offered the position to Nolan McGowan, who is a 2014 Drake Law School graduate.

McGowan will start on or before August 15th.

The search for a new county attorney began after current Osceola County Attorney Bob Hansen announced he would retire from the position as of July 21st, 2017. Hansen says he will be moving to Colorado after 21 and a half years as Osceola County Attorney.

The auditor’s office says a 28E agreement is in the works with another county to share the services of their county attorney for a few weeks between when Hansen retires and McGowan starts.