October 16, 2018 - 1:03 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — According to the latest Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report issued by the USDA, since they started keeping records, Iowa farmers have never been this behind on harvesting soybeans. A big part of that is all the excess moisture we’ve received.

Ben Torrance, Agricultural Statistician for the USDA-National Agriculture Statistics Service, Upper Midwest Region Field Office, gives us the stats.

He says the other soybean stats, such as maturity and condition remain pretty good.

Excess moisture has made it tough for farmers to get anything done in the fields, according to Torrance. The average was less than one day available for fieldwork in the last week.

He says the corn harvest wasn’t doing too much better, with less than 20 percent harvested, but that’s closer to normal.

He says outdoor livestock producers haven’t had it much easier.

The weather part of the crop report says that northwest Iowa has been cooler and much wetter than normal. In fact, the coldest temperature recorded last week was in O’Brien County, with both Sheldon and Sanborn reporting a low of 24 degrees on Sunday, which is 12 degrees below normal. On the week, it says northwest Iowa was 6 to 10 degrees below normal. Parts of western Iowa were near normal to warmer than average.

Click here for the full report.

October 15, 2018 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sunday morning’s somewhat surprising snowfall has served as a reminder that snow removal is the next “season” in northwest Iowa.

Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances regarding overnight parking, especially during the snow removal season. So if you routinely or occasionally park a car on the street overnight, here’s fair warning that you’re soon going to have to come up with a different place to park in most cases.

In Sheldon, motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to April 1st. Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban will be subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine. The City also asks you to advise any overnight guests of the ordinance, especially during the upcoming holiday season.

In Sanborn, no parking is allowed from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., year-round, on Main Street. In addition, from November 1st through March 31st, no parking is allowed on any city street in Sanborn from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

According to Sibley city officials, their overnight parking ban calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from November 1st through April 15th. The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City officials say that no parking is allowed on any of their city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from October 15th through April 1st. The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

In Sioux Center, the situation is a bit different. No parking is allowed on any city street between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m. year-round.

Rock Valley’s winter parking ordinance goes into effect November 1st. It states that parking is not allowed for more than 30 minutes between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. The ordinance stays in effect until April 1st. The fine is $20 per night.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls. So motorists who park on the street need to keep up-to-date on the weather forecast.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city. However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow. Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials changed their parking ban this year. They say their ordinance now bans parking on all city streets and alleys from midnight to 6:00 a.m. during snow removal operations. The old rule was 2:00 a.m. There is an exception, however. Parking is banned from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. in Rock Rapids’ downtown area, year-round, and there are signs posted to that effect. The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25.

Motorists should be aware of the ordinance in whatever town they are parking their vehicle. Again, if you have overnight guests for the holidays, we suggest that you be a gracious host and advise them of your city’s ordinance, so they don’t end up with a citation and fine.

October 15, 2018 - 3:39 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you are a farmer or landowner and you’re interested in reducing soil erosion, improving soil health and water quality, creating or protecting wildlife habitat, and treating other resource concerns, you have until Friday, October 19th to be considered for EQIP. Actually, signup is continuous, but Friday is the last day for this “batch.”

Paul Goldsmith, EQIP coordinator for Iowa for the Natural Resources Conservation Service or “NRCS” tells us about EQIP.

Goldsmith says you can sign up for EQIP any time, but they do have a “batching date” on Friday. He tells us what that means.

According to Goldsmith, there are several practices eligible for funding. He tells us about the more common ones in northwest Iowa.

He tells us about the timeline if you are interested in funding for cover crops.

Their next “batching date” is in the middle of March, according to Goldsmith.

October 15, 2018 - 3:36 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Granville man faces a felony theft charge following an investigation by the Sioux Center Police Department.

According to court documents, 33-year old Jeremy Simich of Granville is accused of passing bad checks on three separate occasions at a Sioux Center Business.

Court documents accuse Simich of passing a $350.00 check on October 27th of last year at the Shell Sioux Per Center in Sioux Center. Simich is also accused of passing a $340.00 check on November 2nd of last year, and a third check, in the amount of $340.00 on November 7th of last year.. Court documents indicate that all three checks came back for insufficient funds, with the total of the checks coming to $1,030.00.

According to court documents, the business sent a notice demanding payment by certified mail, which Simich allegedly signed for on September 6th of this year, but the business reportedly received no response.

Simich was arrested this past Saturday, October 13th, on a warrant for 2nd Degree Theft, which is a Class D Felony. Online Jail records indicate Simich was released the same day on a $5-thousand bond.

October 15, 2018 - 3:19 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The first snowfall of the season dropped anywhere from less than an inch to 6.8-inches of snow on northwest Iowa Sunday.

The heaviest snow accumulation was reported at Rock Rapids, where they measured 6.8-inches of the heavy, wet white stuff. In southeast South Dakota, Canton saw a 2.5-inch snowfall. To our north, Worthington, Minnesota reported 5-inches, with 5.5-inches falling at Bigelow, and 3-inches at Pipestone.

At the KIWA Studios in Sheldon we measured 1.5-inches of snow, while Orange City saw only around 0.2-inches. Residents of Hull were treated to 1.8-inches of snow, with just an inch falling at Remsen.

With sunny skies and highs in the low 40s Monday, with highs warming into the 50s, with the chance of a 60-degree reading later this week, the snow should be a distant memory by the end of this week.

For a look at snowfall totals for the region, CLICK HERE.


October 15, 2018 - 2:41 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — More than twenty high school marching bands from four states competed Saturday in the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships which were held at De Valois Field in Orange City.

In Class 1A, Le Mars Gehlen took 1st Place, along with Best Hornline Award, Best Drumline Award, Best Colorguard Award, and the Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award. Another area 1A band, South O’Brien, took 3rd in Class 1A.

In Class 2A, the marching band from West Lyon too top honors, as well as Best Drumline, Best Hornline, Best Colorguard, and the 2A Pizza Ranch “Triple S” Award.

The Sheldon Marching Orabs took 3rd Place in Class 2A, in what band director Cliff St. Clair called their best performance of the season.

St. Clair says Orab Drum Major Jesse Hickman was named Best Field Conductor of the Class 2A field.

In Class 3A, Sibley-Ocheyedan finished 2nd, and also took home the Best Hornline Award. Spirit Lake finished 4th in 3A, just ahead of Sioux Center’s marching band, which finished in 5th. Le Mars Community School’s marching band took 6th in the competition.

There were no 4A schools participating from our immediate area.

Sheldon director Cliff St. Clair says the Dutchmen Field Championships was the final competition of the marching band season, and now the Orab musicians attention will turn to Pep Band and Concert Band.

To view the results for ALL schools competing in Orange City this past Saturday, CLICK HERE.

October 15, 2018 - 1:39 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A pair of Orange City women were taken to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Orange City Monday morning.

According to the Orange City Police Department, the mishap occurred around 8:10 Monday morning at thee intersection of 3rd Street Northwest and Delaware Avenue Northwest in Orange City.

Officers say a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse SUV, driven by 24-year old Taylor Barthman of Orange City was southbound on Delaware Avenue Northwest, and was entering the intersection with 3rd Street Northwest when her SUV was struck in the left side by a 2008 Honda CRV, driven by 52-year old Janelle Volers of Orange City, which was  westbound on 3rd Street Northwest.

According to the crash report, Volers was taken to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital by Orange City Ambulance. Barthman was reportedly taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

Officers estimate damage to each vehicle at about $10-thousand.

According to authorities, Volers was cited for Failure To Yield Right-of-Way to a Vehicle on the Right.

Northwest Iowa — Scammers continue to prey on unsuspecting northwest Iowans. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the latest flavor of scam includes a threat that the caller will be arrested.

Sioux County Sheriff’s officials are saying that numerous scams are being reported in the area. They say that the scammer says you need to contact them back within 24 hours or they will arrest you. According to the Sheriff’s Office, they have received reports of callers claiming to be with the IRS and scammers claiming to be with “local law enforcement.”

The Sheriff’s Office reminds folks that the IRS will not call, they send out letters. If Law Enforcement Officers leave a voicemail they will identify who they are and what agency they are with and will include their office number to call.

They tell us that law enforcement officers and dispatchers are aware of these scams; however, if you want to make a report you may call your local agency on their non-emergency line. Phone numbers are listed below.

Sioux Center Police Department: 722-0761
Orange City Police Department: 707-4251
Rock Valley Police Department: 476-5716
Hawarden Police Department: 551-4430
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office: 737-2280

October 12, 2018 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Many Iowa growers will be storing, not selling, their soybeans this harvest season, given low commodity prices and troubles with international trade.

Iowa State University Extension ag engineer Kris Kohl recommends farmers cool down the storage bin and make sure the moisture level isn’t too high when the beans are harvested.

For soybeans with a higher moisture content, it’s sometimes best to dry them using natural air and to avoid firing up the heaters.

Precautions need to be taken when drying soybeans.

Some growers might want to take their soybeans to a commercial elevator and run them through a corn dryer, but he says the risk of fire is far too great.

Orange City, Iowa — The Sheldon Marching Orabs will be one of more than twenty high school marching band from four states to take the field in Orange City Saturday for the 2018 Dutchmen Field Championships.

Normally the Orange City event takes place the same day as the State Marching Band Festival in Orange City, but that was not the case this year. Marching Orabs Director, Cliff St. Clair says it’s going to be nice to not have to rush to make both competitions.

The Dutchmen Field Championships mark the final competitive event of the year for the Marching Orabs. St. Clair says the kids are happy to see the competition season come to an end, and for good reason.

While Saturday’s competition in Orange City may be the finale to the Marching Orabs season, St. Clair says it’s just a transition for the Orab musicians.

Saturday’s Dutchmen Field Championships are hosted by MOC-Floyd Valley, and will take place at De Valois Field, on the campus of Northwestern College. The event is open to the public, for a small charge, with gates opening at 2:15 Saturday afternoon, with the first Class 1A Band, South O’Brien, taking the field at 3:00. The Marching Orabs are scheduled to perform Saturday afternoon at 5:00.

You can view the complete schedule for the Dutchmen Field Championships by CLICKING HERE.