November 14, 2018 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — The dedication was made and the ribbon cut Wednesday morning on the new $32-million Sioux County Regional Airport near Maurice.

Various dignitaries spoke to the crowd gathered for the event, which was much larger than organizers had predicted. Harold Schiebout, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the airport said they had originally set up three hundred chairs, then decided to add another one hundred. All those seats were filled, with well over one hundred more people standing around the outside perimeter of the new hangar in which the ceremony was held.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke to the crowd, telling them she was glad to be in Sioux Center, surrounded by people who stepped into growth.

Reynolds said the people of Sioux County have “accomplished a great project.”

She reminded the crowd that Iowa is a production-based economy that relies on dependable transportation.

Another of the speakers at the dedication ceremony was Joe Miniace of the Federal Aviation Administration, who made a presentation to Schiebout.

Mark Vogel of Diamond Vogel in Orange City spoke to the need for the new airport, comparing the facilities to internet access.

The Keynote Speaker for the event was Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and CEO of Boeing, who grew up, he told the crowd, on a farm about a mile north of the new airport, which is located at the southeast corner of the Highway 10 and 75 intersection. Muilenburg joked about what locals call that intersection.

Following the dedication ceremony, the ribbon was cut on the new facility, and those attending were treated to lunch and self-guided tours of the facilities at the new Sioux County Regional Airport.

Below are a few photos from the Dedication/Ribbon Cutting

Part of the crowd

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Speaks To The Crowd

Mark Vogel of Diamond Vogel

Ready To Cut The Ribbon

The Ribbon Is Officially Cut On The New Sioux County Regional Airport


November 14, 2018 - 12:04 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Rock Valley resident was taken to a hospital after a crash near Sioux Center on Tuesday, November 13th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:45 a.m., 45-year-old Michael Schwebach of Sioux Center was driving a 2007 International semi‐tractor pulling a grain trailer westbound on 390th Street, two miles west of Sioux Center. They report that 20-year-old Jesse Sears of Rock Valley was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu southbound on Garfield Avenue.

According to the report, Sears entered the intersection and struck Schwebach.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Sears to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

The International semi sustained approximately $8,000 in damage. The Chevrolet sustained approximately $10,000 in damage.

Sears was cited on a charge of failure to obey a stop sign.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance Squad assisted with the response to the accident.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — Governor Kim Reynolds is offering some blunt advice to a fellow Republican.

Congressman King, often at the center of controversy, endorsed a white nationalist who was running for mayor of Toronto last month. He’s now feuding with a conservative magazine that has referred to King as “America’s most deplorable congressman” and “an embarrassment” to the G-O-P. The conservative editorial board for the Sioux City Journal, the largest newspaper in the district, endorsed King’s Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten. The paper had endorsed King’s previous General Election campaigns. Reynolds says she has not talked with King since the election, but she is suggesting King’s political career is at a crossroads.

King won reelection to a ninth term in the U.S. House last week, by just a two percent margin. Reynolds won the fourth congressional district with 20 percent of the vote.

A spokesman for King says the Congressman loves Governor Reynolds. Congressman King’s communications director John Kennedy says King is “thankful to her for signing his Heartbeat Bill into law and notes that they are birds of a feather because they won by similar margins.”

November 13, 2018 - 2:58 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — A grand opening and ribbon cutting is scheduled tomorrow (Wednesday) for the new Sioux County Regional Airport near Maurice.

Harold Schiebout, the chairman of the Sioux County Regional Airport Agency’s board, says it took nearly 20 years to get to this point.

There are airports in Orange City and Sioux Center, but neither has the taxiway necessary for business jets. Schiebout says the new airport hopefully will help keep corporate offices in the county.

The pricetag for the new airport is $32-million. It has a terminal, lighting for approaching aircraft and a weather observation station. The grand opening is scheduled for Wednesday morning with a ceremony and ribbon cutting at 10:30. Lunch and self-guided tours will follow from 11:45 until 2 p.m.

November 13, 2018 - 2:04 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center Iowa — One man has been arrested on a felony charge in Sioux Center after authorities say he defrauded a store by tricking a clerk.

According to Sioux Center Police Chief Mike Halma, 44-year-old Ioan Anghel entered the Sioux Center Walmart on October 22nd and allegedly used a quick-change scheme to defraud the store out of a large amount of cash. Halma says the scam allegedly normally involves an inexperienced clerk, a big bill, counting change, folding the money, a back-and-forth exchange between the clerk and the perpetrator, and ends with the clerk thinking they have given out the right amount and the perpetrator making off with a large sum of money that they shouldn’t have received.

Halma says Anghel is also accused of using the scheme in Le Mars and Sioux City. He says he was apprehended in Sioux City on Sunday and at last report would face charges in all three jurisdictions.

November 13, 2018 - 1:41 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s November, hardly the time of year when our thoughts turn to summer festivals, but RiseFest 2019 has made their first artist announcement for the June festival.

Rob Roozeboom of Sheldon is that founder and president of Rise Ministries, the organization behind the annual RiseFest Christian music festival held each summer in Sheldon. Roozeboom reminds people that the 2019 festival won’t be held on the traditional Father’s Day Weekend, when the festival has been held since its inception.

In addition, Roozeboom has made the first artist announcement for RiseFest 2019, and he says it’s an artist that has never before graced the RiseFest stage.

Skillet is a Grammy-nominated Christian Rock quartet from Wisconsin that will be performing at RiseFest for the first time, wrapping up the first night of RiseFest 2019, on Friday June 21st. They have received two Grammy Award nominations, and won a Billboard Music Award for their platinum-certified “Awake”. Their double-platinum single “Monster” was “the eighth most-streamed rock song of 2015” on Spotify and would earn the distinction of becoming “the best-selling digital single in the history of Christian Music.”

Tickets for RiseFest 2019 are also on sale now, but with a twist on the way tickets have traditionally been sold.

Roozeboom says the Price Slide Tickets need to be reserved by the end of November to take advantage of the Price Slide.

RiseFest 2019 is scheduled for Friday, June 21st and Saturday June 22nd at the RiseFest Grounds in east Sheldon.

November 13, 2018 - 1:41 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — Firefighters from Alton and Orange City responded to a call of a fire in a residential basement about three miles south of Alton early Monday morning.

Alton Fire Chief Quinton Van Es tells KIWA the homeowners had evacuated the premises prior to the fire department’s arrival. The homeowners were apparently awakened by smoke, and sounded the alarm, according to Van Es.

The Chief says there were no flames or smoke visible in the pre-dawn hours when firefighters arrived on scene, but when they made their way inside the structure they discovered the home was filled with heavy smoke. Van Es says firefighters discovered the source of the blaze in the basement of the home.

Chief Van Es tells KIWA firefighters determined the fire had been caused by a short in an extension cord in the home’s basement. Heat from the blaze melted a solder joint on a copper water pipe, which then leaked onto the flames, preventing the blaze from spreading past its point of origin.

According to Chief Van Es, the homeowners in this situation were very fortunate that the smell of smoke woke them up, and were lucky that the fire caused a pipe to leak helping prevent more widespread fire damage to the home. He says the majority of the damage to the residence appears to be from the heavy smoke.

Alton firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Orange City Fire Department, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, and Alton Ambulance.

November 13, 2018 - 12:42 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The next Tulip Festival Queen has been selected.

At a ceremony held in Orange City on Monday night, November 12th, Allison Haverdink was crowned the 2019 Tulip Festival Queen.

Tulip Festival officials tell us that Haverdink will reign over the 79th annual Tulip Festival, set for May 16, 17, and 18, 2019. A senior at MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City, Haverdink is the daughter of Mark and Suzanne Haverdink. She is joined on the 2019 Tulip Court by court members Aarika Van Gelder, daughter of Larry and Phyllis Van Gelder; Emma De Groot, daughter of Don and Michelle Vaas; Jadeyn Schutt, daughter of Bruce and Amy Schutt; and Jadeyn Veltkamp, daughter of Susan Veltkamp and Brad Veltkamp.

Haverdink and her court members spent Monday afternoon interviewing with judges Matt Breen, Andrea (Smits) Hydeen, and Jan Snyder. A pageant was held for the public in the evening. Each of the candidates answered questions on various topics and gave an individual presentation. Haverdink was crowned queen as a conclusion to the evening.

Officials tell us that Haverdink and her court will serve as ambassadors for the Orange City Tulip Festival as they travel in the spring, making several appearances.

Photo caption: 2019 Tulip Queen candidates left to right: Emma De Groot, Jadeyn Schutt, Queen Allison Haverdink, Jadeyn Veltkamp, Aarika Van Gelder.

November 12, 2018 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa– Four fire departments were called out on Saturday, November 10, 2018 to a fire near Hawarden.

According to Hawarden Fire Chief Duane Schiefen, about 6:13 p.m., the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of a hog barn fire at 1996 430th Street, five miles east and two north of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw a small fire in the hog confinement as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Schiefen says no injuries were reported, and the section of the building where the fire was didn’t have any hogs in it.

According to Schiefen, the fire department was assisted by Ireton, Sioux Center, and Hudson fire departments.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, and that there was minimal damage.

He says they used 100 or fewer gallons of water to fight the fire, and the 25 firefighters who responded from all communities were on scene for about an hour.

Northwest Iowa — Many northwest Iowans will be headed for Thanksgiving trips next week, and some forecasts predict this flu season will be more severe than last year. Dr. Deborah Mulligan, Chief Medical Affairs Officer of telehealth provider M-D Live, says the convergence of flu season and holiday travel season increases your chances of getting sick, especially if you’ll be flying to your holiday destination.

While many frequent fliers fear being seated next to sick strangers, Mulligan says air travel is fraught with chances for catching a bug.

If you do get sick, medical professionals advise you to not return to work or school until you’re feeling better to avoid spread of the flu virus.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health also advise that you get a flu shot in order to lessen the severity of the illness, or avoid it altogether.