December 15, 2018 - 8:39 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A 30-year old Rock Valley woman is dead in the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash that happened shortly before 5:30 Friday evening (December 14th) on Highway 75 near Hull.

According to a report from the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, a 2007 Buick Rendevous, driven by 30-year old Molly Te Slaa of Rock Valley was northbound on Highway 75, three and one half miles southwest of Hull, when she lost control of her vehicle and entered the southbound lane, colliding with a southbound 2008 Chevrolet Uplander driven by 42-year old Wally Jansma of Sioux Center.

Authorities say Jansma was transported by the Hull Ambulance to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley for treatment of his injuries. Te Slaa was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Hull Ambulance, where she was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance, Sioux Center Police Department, Rock Valley Police Department and Iowa State Patrol.

Deputies say the accident remains under investigation.

December 14, 2018 - 3:14 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Thousands of Christmas presents are being left by mail carriers and delivery services outside homes across northwest Iowa and police warn that “porch pirates” are watching and waiting to steal those packages.

US Postal Inspector Dave Margritz says you shouldn’t leave packages sitting outside for too long.

Margritz suggests you leave a small note on your door, directing the carrier to leave the package out of sight or with a neighbor.

Wayne Barahona of SuperHiTech in Sheldon, Orange City, and Sioux Center says some people have invested in small home security cameras.

He says even if porch pirates do strike, a system like this can be a big help in the investigation of package thefts.

Many of the delivery services like UPS, FedEx, and the postal service also can now alert you when a package is dropped off. Check with them for more information on that service.

December 14, 2018 - 1:52 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Hawarden man facing two felony drug charges has pleaded guilty in a plea bargain.

Court documents indicate that 20-year-old Yoni Duenas of Hawarden was picked up on a warrant by the Hawarden Police Department in September. The officer states that when Duenas was arrested, he had on his person 6 individual bags of methamphetamine, a larger bag of meth, and a scale.

In addition to being picked up on the warrant, Hawarden Police also charged Duenas with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class B felony; no valid drug tax stamp, a class D felony; and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

If he had been convicted of the class B felony, Duenas could’ve faced 25 years in prison.

Instead, in exchange for Duenas’s guilty plea, Judge Jeffery Neary sentenced him to 180 days in the county jail on an amended misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, with credit for time served. He will also have to pay fines, fees, surcharges, and court costs. The failure to affix a drug tax stamp charge was dismissed. He will also have to pay a $65 fine for the drug paraphernalia charge.

Hull, Iowa — A senior at Boyden-Hull High School is one of thirty-three Iowans nominated by Senator Joni Ernst for admission to the various military academies.

Senator Ernst has nominated William Rankin of Hull for admission to the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ernst is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. She announced the U.S. Service Academy nominations Friday morning.

Senator Ernst says that, as a combat veteran, and mother of a West Point Plebe, she considers it an honor to nominate Rankin, along with the other thirty-two high school seniors for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. She says each of these students has exemplified strong leadership, dedication to academics and commitment to community service. She says the nomination is an important step in the admissions process, and she’s proud to assist Rankin and the other students in reaching their goal of serving the nation in uniform.

Each year, Senator Ernst nominates Iowa students to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

The complete list of nominees include:

U.S. Air Force Academy:

James Baker – Bettendorf*

Nathan Brush – Clive

Mitchell Clements – North Liberty

Josiah Cole – Altoona

Cory Critchlow – Carlisle

Charles Haefner – Cedar Rapids

Adam Laubenthal – Davenport

Michael McCurry – Cedar Rapids

William Rankin – Hull

Kassidy Rashid – Burlington

Britain Saluri – Des Moines*

Hunter Sherry – Boone

Josiah Stearns – Windsor Heights

Micah Treptau – Lansing

Olivia Wong – Ames

Gabriel Yingst – Woodward


U.S. Naval Academy:

Faith Bonilla – Bettendorf

Daunte Burns – Dyersville

Aiden DeWitt – Dubuque*

Abram Dierickx – Lowden

Alex Hooker – Webster City

Dara Hulstein – Cedar Falls

Will Jefferson – Le Claire*

William Jones – Council Bluffs*

Allison Mitchell – Clinton

Kyle Otte – Clive

U.S. Military Academy at West Point:

James Baker – Bettendorf*

Elias Brehm – Dubuque

Aiden DeWitt – Dubuque*

Jack Gehl – Asbury

Anders Grau – United Kingdom

Grace Greer – Iowa City

Williams Jones – Council Bluffs*

Cole Mabry – Iowa City

Carson Parker – Story City

Grace Ries – Asbury

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:

Will Jefferson – Le Claire*

Britain Saluri – Des Moines*

*The admissions process to the service academies is highly competitive, and Senator Ernst encourages students to apply for more than one academy. This denotes students who are being nominated for both their first and second choice of service academy.

December 14, 2018 - 10:11 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you’re planning on mailing off holiday packages to loved ones in far-away locales, you’d be wise to get them wrapped and ready to go this weekend.

Kristy Anderson, spokeswoman for the U-S Postal Service, offers a reminder of the upcoming deadlines.

This holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service will be processing and delivering billions of pieces of mail, and hundreds of millions of packages.

The Postal Service advises you to choose the right box to use in shipping your Christmas packages. They say you should use a box that will close flat when full, but hold enough padding to protect your contents. And, they say, boxes cost less to mail if they can be processed using automated mail-processing equipment.

If your package can’t fit through processing equipment, it will cost you more to send. Properly measure your packages and prepare them with the correct materials so they don’t bulge or get stuck. Do not use cord, string, or twine because they get caught in equipment.

For more information on shipping holiday packages, visit news.

December 14, 2018 - 9:56 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — There’s something brand new on the KIWA website, the WAZE Traffic Map.

While traffic jams aren’t usually a major problem here in northwest Iowa, we do have more than our share of motor vehicle accidents, disabled cars, cattle on the road reports, and of course, the dreaded road construction in the spring, summer, and fall.

KIWA’s live WAZE Traffic Map can show you all the traffic trouble-spots before you head out…..but only with YOUR help. You can help by downloading the WAZE app on your smartphone or tablet and participate in this community-based GPS alert system.

With the WAZE app, if you come upon a traffic hazard simply alert other travelers with the push of a button. You can also use WAZE for free driving directions and live traffic reports everywhere you go.

Check out the KIWA WAZE link on the main page of  Android users, go to GooglePlay, and iPhone users can go to the App Store to download the WAZE app on your smartphone or tablet.

December 13, 2018 - 3:50 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — Three people were taken to area hospitals in the aftermath of a collision between an SUV and a straight truck north of Ireton Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, a 2017 Toyota Rav4, driven by 70-year old Vicki Hodgson of Ireton, was westbound on 420th Street. Deputies say Hodgson failed to stop for the stop sign at Eagle Avenue, entered the intersection, and struck a northbound 1995 Freightliner straight truck, driven by 60-year old William Schlichte, of Le Mars. Authorities say the Freightliner came to rest on its side in the intersection.

According to authorities, Hodgson was transported by the Ireton Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital for treatment of her injuries. A passenger in Hodgson’s vehicle was transported by Ireton Ambulance to the Hawarden Hospital for treatment of
minor injuries. Schlichte was transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Deputies estimate damage to the Toyota at approximately $15-thousand, while the Freightliner sustained an estimated $20-thousand in damage.

Sioux County authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Ireton Fire Department, Ireton Ambulance and Sioux County Conservation.

December 13, 2018 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Spencer, Iowa — The regional transit service — RIDES — is going to be getting some new “rides.” In other words, RIDES is replacing some of the buses in their fleet with new ones.

Hugh Lively, Executive Director of RIDES says that they are excited to begin transforming their fleet with new buses. He tells us that the vehicles range from 14 to 20 passengers. He says that like their current buses, the new vehicles are para accessible, ensuring transportation for all individuals including those with disabilities and anyone who has the aid of a mobility device. The new buses will have a new design. Look for the big, red “R.”

According to Lively, RIDES is able to purchase these buses with financial assistance from the Iowa Department of Transportation. He says that fleets for public transportation in the state of Iowa are replaced only when they meet useful life qualifications, and the process is monitored very closely to ensure the funds are distributed appropriately.

If you are looking to buy an old RIDES bus, you may be in luck. He tells us that buses that have “met useful life” are sold and often go on to support local private charter services.

Lively says watch for the white bus with the big “R” in your neighborhood and know that “wherever we ‘R,’ we will take you there with care.”

December 13, 2018 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

Washington, DC — The US Senate approved the Farm Bill on Tuesday, with the US House approving it on Wednesday. This area’s Congressman, Steve King voted in favor of the legislation, which he says contains several important agriculture and biofuel initiatives.

The Farm Bill passed the House on a vote of 369-47. The legislation will now be sent to President Trump for his signature.

King says the Farm Bill provides predictability, while also enhancing our ability to trade in foreign markets. He made these comments on the House floor:

King is talking about ‘Genome to Phenome’ language that was a priority for Iowa State University. He says this will allow Iowa State to further its research into the impact on crops of weather, environmental, and production systems.

King says this Farm Bill is “a victory for our producers, it meets Rural America’s immediate need for greater trade, and it’s shameful that partisan politics prevented it from passing sooner.”

The Energy Title was preserved as a separate title in the Farm Bill, a designation King insisted upon in order to protect mandatory funding for important biofuel programs. The bill also includes increased funding for “Beginning Farmer” loans by $6 billion, while also increasing loan amounts available under the program. It will also increase the rural minimum standard for broadband internet service which he says means that rural areas, like Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, will now be provided with greater connectivity speeds.

In the Senate, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst voted for the bill, with Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley voting against it, saying it helps those who run big farms too much and doesn’t help those who run small and medium-sized farms enough.

December 12, 2018 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — With the holiday season coming up the risk of fires and accidents goes up.

We talked with Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, and he told us some things to keep in mind to prevent fires and stay safe this holiday season. He started by suggesting that you should fill your house guests in on any emergency plans at your house, in case something happens.

VanderWel says one thing that can cause a fire if you’re not careful is a space heater.

He says another fire hazard involves holiday cooking.

Many people like to use candles around the holidays, but according to Vander Wel, they’re one of the worst offenders safety-wise.

Vander Wel says they had an example of that this past fall. He says the occupant had left a candle burning unattended on a bottom shelf when there was another shelf a bit higher up the wall. He says they returned to a house full of smoke because the top shelf started to burn.

He tells us that while newer LED holiday light sets are better than old ones, you still need to be careful.

He says while more and more people are getting artificial trees, a fair number of people do use live trees. He gives us some advice about those.

He says that while there aren’t that many Christmas tree fires, if it does light on fire, it’s an emergency, and your time is short.

Vander Wel wrapped up our talk by saying that the Orange City Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.