February 22, 2018 - 3:39 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was taken to a hospital after a crash early Wednesday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:50 a.m., 72-year-old Harold Schelling of Sioux Center was driving a 2014 Ford Econoline van northbound on Maple Street. They say 25-year-old Matthew De Wild of Hull was driving a 1999 Dodge Intrepid westbound on Fourth Street. The two struck in the intersection. The Hull Ambulance took De Wild to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Schelling’s Ford van sustained about $5,000 in damage. The De Wild Dodge sustained about $1,500 in damage.

Schelling was cited on a charge of failure to yield to a vehicle on the right. The Sheriff’s Office says the Hull Fire Department and Hull Ambulance Squad assisted at the scene.

February 22, 2018 - 3:10 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A 90-minute event at the statehouse Thursday morning gave lobbyists and a few members of the public a chance to weigh in on the billion-dollar tax cut package Republicans in the Iowa Senate unveiled Wednesday. Senator Randy Feenstra, a Republican from Hull, opened the subcommittee meeting by calling Iowa’s CURRENT tax system complicated and onerous.

Iowa Chamber Alliance president John Stineman was among the lobbyists paid to monitor legislation who said they hadn’t had time to read the 130-page bill.

Charlie Wishman of the Iowa Federation of Labor suggested a one billion dollar tax cut will worsen the state’s budget woes.

In addition to a 30-percent reduction in PERSONAL income taxes, the bill would cut the state’s CORPORATE tax rate from 12 to seven percent. Jennifer Kingland of the Iowa Taxpayers Association says her group’s still reviewing the bill, but she says it appears to create a “simpler, fairer, less complex tax structure.”

Brad Hudson is a lobbyist for the Iowa State Education Association, the state teacher’s union. Hudson says there’s no assurance, yet, of how FEDERAL tax cuts may impact state tax collections.

Others who testified objected to provisions in the bill that would get rid of tax CREDITS for firefighters and E-M-Ts as well as the solar industry. Derek Sadler owns Current Renewable Efficiencies, a business that installs solar panels. He asked lawmakers why a tax credit for research activities that’s claimed by some of the state’s largest businesses will continue, but the limited tax credit for installing solar panels will be eliminated.

Representatives of the state’s financial community weighed in on the bill, too, as it would change tax policy for credit unions.

February 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the seven Democratic candidates for Iowa Governor is going to be in several communities in northwest Iowa over the next few days.

According to his campaign website, John Norris “is a fifth-generation Iowan, raised on the Montgomery County family farm his Great-great grandparents settled in 1881. Educated at Red Oak Community Schools, Simpson College and The University of Iowa College of Law, [Norris] benefited from having a strong family, a close-knit rural community, and a world-class Iowa education.”

On Saturday, Norris will be at The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Spencer at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that night, he’ll be at the Spirit Lake Public Library.

On Sunday, Norris will be in Sibley at noon at the Pizza Ranch. Later that afternoon — at 2 — he’ll be at the Grand Falls Casino Resort west of Larchwood. He’ll make two more stops on Sunday in northwest Iowa — at the Town Square Coffee House in Orange City at 4, and at the Cherokee Family Table Restaurant at 6:30.

On Monday, the candidate will visit Jays Restaurant and Lounge in Sanborn at 8 a.m. and he’ll be at a Plymouth County Democrats Forum at 6:30 that night at the Hinton Community Center.

On Tuesday, Norris will be in Le Mars at Lally’s Eastside at 9 a.m. and at the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club Gubernatorial Forum at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City.

February 21, 2018 - 4:48 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Some controversy is brewing over some books at a northwest Iowa Library.

A Northwestern College professor has drawn up and circulated a petition that has garnered over 340 signatures in nine days. Terry Chi, an assistant psychology professor at Northwestern began the petition in response to some LGBTQ materials at the Orange City Public Library. LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning. The petition calls for the labeling and separating of LGBTQ materials and a public discussion before the acquisition of new materials.

We talked to Orange City Public Library Director Amanda Vazquez. She gives us her perspective on what’s happening.

She says that there were comments on both sides of the issue.

She tells us what happens next.

Vazquez says that while they did not feature a display on LGBTQ material specifically, they do display new materials from time to time.

She says one of the books was mentioned by name.

Vazquez says that they do have some guidance to follow.

However, the only policy that Vazquez mentioned in regard to what they can and cannot acquire is that the library will not acquire illegal material. But she was quick to say that, the amount of material that “is illegal is smaller than what people might find concerning.”

February 20, 2018 - 10:07 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a pickup, which is pictured in a security camera photo at right, that was reportedly involved in a burglary.

Authorities say they believe the truck they’re looking for is a late 1980’s to early 1990’s model Chevrolet pickup with a lift kit. They say the truck has flood lights mounted on top, one of which is not working.

Deputies say the pickup is suspected to have been involved in a burglary in the western part of Sioux County, where its image was caught on a security camera.

If you have information, or if you recognize this truck, you’re asked to call the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

February 19, 2018 - 5:20 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa, east of Fairview, SD — Two people were taken to a hospital following an accident in western Sioux County, near Fairview, SD on Monday, February 19th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that before 10:30 a.m. 22-year-old Mason Laird, of Canton, SD was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup northbound on A54B Boulevard, three miles west of Fairview, when he lost control of the vehicle and it entered the west ditch.

The Canton-Inwood Ambulance took Laird and a passenger, 24-year-old Krista Hevern of Inwood, to the Sanford Canton‐Inwood Medical Center.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Ford sustained about $8,000 in damages.

They say the Fairview Fire Department and the Canton-InwoodAmbulance assisted with the response to the accident.

February 19, 2018 - 5:15 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The need for blood donations continues. Another opportunity for you to donate is coming up in Rock Valley on Wednesday of this week (February 21st, 2018).

Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Ver Steeg tells us about the blood drive at the Rock Valley Community High School.

Ver Steeg tells us why blood is in such short supply these days.

February 16, 2018 - 8:32 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Western Christian Wolfpack are just one win away from making yet another trip to state. The Wolfpack outlasted the West Lyon Wildcats in a Class 2A Region 1 semifinal  54-45. Western will take on North Union on Monday night at Hartley for a trip to state.

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Both teams battled back and forth early, and after one Western led 17-14. Jessi DeJager of Western Christian had eleven first quarter points. The battle continued into the second quarter, and heading into the break Western led 27-24. Western jumped out to an eight point lead early in the second half, but West Lyon came back to within one point, but after the third, Western led 38-33. Western jumped out to another eight point lead to start the fourth, but West Lyon once again clawed back to within one with three and a half minutes to go. Western then took control of the paint and rattled off eight straight points to go on to the 54-45 final.

Western got a game high twenty-three points from DeJager. Ashtyn Ver Beek added seventeen points. West Lyon got a team high thirteen Mia Hoogeveen and twelve points came from Jordyn Kramer.

With the win Western improves to 20-3 and West Lyon ends their year at 15-8.


February 15, 2018 - 5:26 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The State Representative who serves District 3 has announced that he plans to seek re-election in the fall.

Dan Huseman is from Aurelia and his district covers all of O’Brien and Cherokee counties and eastern townships in Sioux and Plymouth counties.

Huseman tells us about his decision to run again.

He says this week in the legislature has been a funnel week, which means that in order for a bill to remain alive it has to pass from a House or Senate committee. But it doesn’t apply to appropriations or tax bills. He tells us that one of the bills that passed out of a committee he sits on is a K-12 transportation bill.

He says both the House and Senate bills that would partially reinstate the death penalty have been pulled from consideration for this year. A bill dealing with life beginning at conception, and one making abortion illegal once a heartbeat has been detected are both still alive and will continue to pass through various committees in both chambers, says Huseman.

He says healthcare continues to be a hot topic.

Huseman says anytime you have a question or a problem, he encourages you to contact him or your legislator, because they are there to serve.

Tea, South Dakota — Earlier this week, President Donald Trump issued his long-awaited infrastructure plan. And the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System could benefit from it.

The plan was opposed by Democrats who said it didn’t go far enough. But the Trump administration says the plan’s $200 billion will leverage $1.5 trillion in local and private investment.

Trump had asked each governor for a list their top five infrastructure projects. One of the projects listed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System, which is partially-completed. While cities and systems are slowly being connected, the system has yet to reach Sioux Center, Hull, Sheldon, and Sibley in Iowa; Worthington, Minnesota; and Madison, South Dakota.

Troy Larson, executive director of the system says they’ve been working with the Trump administration for the last year to get Lewis & Clark included in the plan.

He tells us why he says that.

Larson says the President’s preliminary 2019 budget was released this week too. He says that no matter what party is in the white house, they have never treated Lewis & Clark well, and this time was no exception with only $100,000 in the proposed budget. He tells us what Lewis & Clark leaders plan to do about that.

Larson says they also continue to depend on federal funding advances from the three state governments since the federal funding is so slow to come in.