Northwest Iowa — The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Iowa are headed to northwest Iowa next week.
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The executives are scheduled to be in our part of the state on Thursday, June 12. Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds are set to appear in Primghar at 11 AM. They will tour O’Brien County Ag Supply at 320 South Hayes Avenue in Primghar.

O’Brien County Ag Supply is the former Black’s Farm Store. They have recently expanded the services offered by adding chemical sales and sprayer parts. The O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation assisted through an O’Brien County Revolving Fund Loan.Lt Governor Kim Reynolds

That afternoon, the governor and lieutenant governor plan to be in Inwood. At 2 PM, they will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at Oak Street Station in Inwood. It will be held at the new site on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 182.

Oak Street Station was selected to receive $125,000 in cost share funding to support the increased usage of higher blends of both ethanol and biodiesel through the “Fueling Our Future” pilot program. They are building a new site in Inwood that will offer renewable fuels in five dispensers.

After their appearance in Inwood, it’s on to rural Sibley. At 4 PM, Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds will visit Hawkeye Point and Hawkeye Point Campground, two miles north of the junctions of Highways 9 and 60.

June 6, 2014 - 5:14 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — It’s time for summer festivals in northwest Iowa. One of the first is Good Old Summertime In Sibley.Downtown Sibley

The festival is this Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th in Sibley. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters, and she tells us what to expect.

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Peters says one thing that everybody likes is food — and there will be a lot of it, and many more activities as well.

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She says the tractor fun is not just for the adults.

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Peters tells us about the Sunday events.

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That’s all going on in Sibley this weekend for Good Old Summertime.

Sibley, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has just announced a couple of recent sentences.gavel_sxc

They report that 28-year-old Michael Anthony Hangman of Sibley pled guilty to Disorderly Conduct and was ordered to pay a fine of of $100, a criminal penalty surcharge of thirty-five percent and the court costs of this case. He was also sentenced to thirty days in jail with all thirty days suspended as probation to the Magistrate Court for a period of two years.

The Sheriff’s Office also reports that 21-year-old Johnathan Douglas Oldenkamp of Little Rock pled guilty to Domestic Abuse Assault and Fifth Degree Criminal Mischief. He was ordered to pay a criminal penalty surcharge of thirty-five percent and the court costs of this case. He is sentenced to thirty days in jail with twenty-eight days suspended for two years with credit for time already served. He was also ordered to participate in and successfully complete an approved Iowa Domestic Abuse Program at his expense.

June 5, 2014 - 1:31 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — Two people were arrested after an alleged altercation in Sibley on Sunday.Osceola Sheriff Car 72-2

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 36-year-old Jesus Martinez and 27-year-old Jose Ramon Tavarez de Leon, 27, of Paullina. Both were charged with Disorderly Conduct, a simple misdemeanor after an alleged altercation at the American Legion in Sibley.

Both were booked into jail and released after posting a $300 bond.

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley man has pled not guilty in the case of several stolen items being found on a farm place in rural Osceola County.Block, Michael

According to court records, 52-year-old Michael Lawrence Block of Sibley entered a written plea of not guilty to the charges on Thursday, May 29th. Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen agriculture and construction equipment.

Block is charged with seven counts of Theft in the First Degree a Class “C” Felony; ten counts of Theft in the Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony; one count of Theft in the Third Degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Block is alleged to have been in possession of stolen property from Osceola, O’Brien, Sioux, and Lyon Counties.

On March 21, 2014 an Osceola County Deputy was investigating the theft of some hay bales from O’Brien County which led to the application and execution of five search warrants at Block’s acreage on Highway 59 and his home in Sibley. Investigating officers seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles, and other items.

His next court date is scheduled for July 11th and the trial is scheduled to start on August 19th.

May 31, 2014 - 9:08 am - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Minnesota man and his dog are both dead after a Friday accident near Sibley.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:30 PM, 80-year-old Aloyus Alfred Anfinson of Park Rapids, MN, was driving a 1985 Cadillac southbound on Highway 60 when he drove off the highway to the right. The vehicle followed the grade of the ditch for approximately 189 feet before striking the embankment next to two round cement culverts. The vehicle spun approximately 180 degrees and came to rest.

Both Anfinson and his dog were pronounced dead at the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — This week, all the Republican candidates for the District One Iowa House seat now held by Republican Jeff Smith were in Rock Rapids for a candidate forum sponsored by the Lyon County Republican Party.  Smith is not running again.

We had a chance to talk to each of them and asked them all this one question, “Why are you running for the Iowa House?”

In alphabetical order, here are their responses.

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Kevin Klaassen

Kevin Klaassen said:

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Wills

John Wills

John Wills answered the question this way:

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Kevin Wolfswinkel

And Kevin Wolfswinkel said:

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The candidates gave their answers at the candidate forum in Rock Rapids on Tuesday night.

We also talked to all five US Senate candidates. Look for those answers in a previous story on kiwaradio.com.

Click here for that story.

May 28, 2014 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The total number of farms in Iowa in 2013 was 88,500, that’s down 100 farms compared to a year earlier, according to a report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office.  In addition, the number of farms with sales of agricultural products and government payments in the $500,000 and over range increased by 700 farms in 2013, according to the report.

The report says total land in farms in 2013 was 30.6 million acres, unchanged since 2010.  Farms in the $500,000 and over sales class showed an increase over the past 5 years, from 13.1 million acres in 2008 to 18.3 million acres in 2013.

The report says the average farm size in Iowa in 2013 was 346 acres, up one acre from last year.  The average farm size in the $500,000 and over sales class decreased by 37 acres from 2012.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s complete report can be found by clicking here.

May 28, 2014 - 3:07 pm - Posted in News

Sibley, Iowa — A Minnesota man is dead after a Friday accident near Sibley.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:30 PM, 80-year-old Aloyus Alfred Anfinson of Park Rapids, MN, was driving a 1985 Cadillac southbound on Highway 60 when he drove off the highway to the right. The vehicle followed the grade of the ditch for approximately 189 feet before striking the embankment next to two round cement culverts. The vehicle spun approximately 180 degrees and came to rest.

Both Anfinson and his dog, which was a passenger in the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene.