July 19, 2019 - 3:10 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Youth Fair wraps up for 2019 this Saturday in Sioux Center.

They’ll start out with the final Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser of 2019 from 7 to 10 a.m. The BBC Interviews start at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m., the 4H Exhibit Building opens, and that’s also the time for the BBC show. The beef show is at 11. Mr. Twister, the balloon man is on the ground from 12 to 3. At 3 p.m., it’s time for the 4H Super Showmanship Contest. Special K’z the Clown will be around from 3 to 6.

Late afternoon and evening activities include the inflatables, mini train rides, a petting zoo and pony rides for the kids from 4 to 8. The new Ag Exploration Center is also open from 4 to 8. At 5 p.m., it’ll be time for the 4H Horse Games. The beer garden opens at 5. All exhibits will be released at 9, and then it’s time for the Danika Portz Concert. Sioux County Fair Board president Craig De Haan tells us about her.

Click here for the schedule.

July 19, 2019 - 1:15 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Hospers man was injured after rolling his cement truck late Thursday morning.

Sioux County authorities say they received a report of a truck accident that occurred on Goldfinch Avenue, six miles northwest of Sioux Center shortly after 11:30 Thursday morning.

According to authorities, when they arrived they learned that 23-year-old Jeremy Stoner of Hospers was backing a 2002 Kenworth cement truck from Goldfinch Avenue onto a driveway, when the vehicle entered the west ditch and rolled onto its side, pinning Stoner inside. Deputies say Stoner was removed from the truck with mechanical extrication by Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Rescue.

Stoner was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Kenworth sustained approximately $30,000 in damage.

The sheriff’s office was assisted the Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Rescue and Sioux Center Ambulance.

KIWA file photo

July 19, 2019 - 12:18 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Sheldon native and president and CEO of The Family Leader, Bob Vander Plaats, took to social media Thursday to announce his endorsement of a state senator from Hull in his race against Iowa 4th District US Congressman Steve King in the 2020 Republican primary.

Vander Plaats announced his endorsement of Randy Feenstra on Twitter, tweeting, ““I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Senator Randy Feenstra in his campaign for the Republican nomination for #IA04. Randy is a man of integrity who is guided by his faith and someone Iowans’ can trust to faithfully represent them in Congress.”

Feenstra announced his candidacy earlier this year after King was stripped of his congressional committee assignments in the aftermath of a controversial interview printed in the New York Times.

In addition to King and Feenstra, Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, and former Irwin, Iowa mayor Bret Richards, are seeking the to represent the Republican party in the 2020 general election.

Sheldon, Iowa — With the heat we’ve been having, it might be a good idea to talk about heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

We talked with Sandra Muyskens, a physician’s assistant in the emergency department at Sanford Sheldon. She tells us how you can prevent heatstroke.


She says if you can, it’s better to work with a buddy who could maybe point out some symptoms of heat stress before they become a bigger issue.


She says you should try to know ahead of time where you can recuperate if you need to. According to Muyskens, if you do start to experience heat exhaustion, there are some steps you should take.


If you need more information, you can call Sanford Sheldon Medical Center or your medical provider.

Hawarden, Iowa — There were some tense moments in Hawarden on Wednesday when a natural gas line was struck.

Hawarden City Administrator Mike DeBruin says that a boring crew working on the city’s street lighting program struck the gas line on Eighth Street Between Central Avenue (that’s Main Street) and Avenue H. He says it happened about 11:10 a.m.

The Hawarden Fire Department blocked several nearby streets and evacuated about a 1-block radius around the leak. DeBruin says the wind was blowing it that way. He says they tested the air with their meters and found that the gas was not at a dangerous level, but they evacuated people anyway, as a precaution.

According to DeBruin, repairs were a little bit difficult because there was not an available valve nearby, and crews had to dig back further. He says repairs were complete by 3 p.m., and people were allowed to return to the area.

The City Administrator says they appreciate the cooperation shown by everyone involved, and they also appreciate the patience shown by the businesspeople in the area.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Boyden man is facing multiple felony counts as a result of an investigation by the Sioux Center Police Department.

Court records indicate that 42-year-old Christopher Michael McKee is charged with Forgery for allegedly stealing a company checkbook from his former employer, Global Equipment LLC, and writing an $88 check to the Shell Gas Station in Sioux Center on May 5th of this year. He is accused of forging the signature of a Global Equipment employee who is authorized to use the company’s checkbook for business purposes. Records indicate McKee was captured on surveillance video signing and passing the check.

According to court records, on May 18th, McKee is accused of a second count of Forgery for writing a $500 check from the Global Equipment checkbook, and depositing it in his personal account at Peoples Bank in Sioux Center.

And then on May 20th, McKee is accused of writing another forged check for $600, and depositing it into his account at Peoples Bank in Sioux Center. Court records say McKee was also captured on video forging the cheecks at Peoples Bank.

McKee is charged with three counts of Forgery, as well as one count of 2nd Degree Theft, all of which are Class D Felonies.

Online jail records show that McKee was being held in the Sioux County Jail as of early Thursday afternoon.

July 18, 2019 - 11:34 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — Three people were taken to area hospitals following a two-vehicle crash at the north edge of Hospers Tuesday afternoon.

According to a report from the Iowa State Patrol, the crash happened around 3:20 Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 60 and Hospers Drive. Troopers say a 2013 Jeep, driven by 65-year-old Joleen Marie Tiedemann of Sheldon was east bound on Hospers drive, and stopped at the stop sign at the Highway 60 intersection. Tiedemann is said th have yielded to a turning semi, then entered the intersection into the path of a southbound 2014 Dodge Dart, driven by 16-year-old Janie Schoonhoven of Hospers. After the collision, both vehicles veered into the the median, where they came to rest.

Troopers say Schoonhoven and a passenger in her car, 14-year-old Gracie Shoonhoven, were transported to the Orange City Hospital. Jamie by the Orange City Ambulance, and Gracie by SCAT. Tiedemann was also injured, and was taken to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by the Hospers Ambulance.

Damage to Tiedemann’s Jeep was estimated at about $5,000, while Schoonhoven’s Dodge sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, Tiedemann was cited for Failure To Yield Right Of Way From A Stop Sign.

KIWA Staff Photos

July 17, 2019 - 3:58 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — At the Sioux County Fair this Thursday will be several activities.

From 7 until 10 a.m., it’s a Fair Board Breakfast Fundraiser. The 4H Sheep Show is an early one, starting right away at 7:30 a.m. The 4H exhibit building opens at 10. At 10:30, it’s the 4H communications evaluations, educational presentations, Share the Fun & extemporaneous speaking.

After lunch, it’s the 4H Dairy and Dairy Goat show at 12:30 p.m. At 2:30, it’s the 4H Horse Show, Pleasure Classes. Special K’z the Clown will be on the grounds from 4 to 7. The new Ag Exploration Center is open from 4 to 8. Those same times are the times of the inflatables this Thursday. Also available will be mini train rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides.

The beer garden opens at 5 p.m, and the 4H Exhibit Building closes at 9 p.m.

That’s all Thursday at the Sioux County Fair in Sioux Center.

July 17, 2019 - 2:20 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Severe weather rumbled through the tri-state area on Wednesday morning, leaving some damage and significant rain in its wake.

According to the National Weather Service:

As the storm entered our area, at 6:40 a.m., thunderstorm winds broke a large tree limb, which fell on top of a car at Beresford. A little later, as the storm hit an area seven miles southwest of Rock Valley, winds struck a machine shed, blew the doors in and blew out the back wall, with debris going out into the field. About that same time, Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga reported that ten mature trees were blown over, with the tops broken in that same area southwest of Rock Valley.

A few minutes later, some large trees reportedly were downed by winds four miles northwest of Sioux Center.

About 7:15 a.m., winds jackknifed a semi, which then blocked the road for a while on 390th Street between Dipper and Dogwood Avenues, about nine miles west of Sioux Center.

The Weather Service says a medium-sized tree was also blown over one mile northeast of Sheldon at around 7:55 a.m.

Precip wise, at KIWA in downtown Sheldon, we received a storm total of 2.08 inches, with 0.61″ of that between 7 and 8 a.m. In Rock Rapids, the total was 2.44 inches. Hospers only had 0.60″, and Sibley had 1.2 inches. Huizenga reports that between Sioux Center and Hawarden, they received between an half inch and 0.7″.

According to radar, the area west of George got 2.5 inches, as did parts of the Sibley area. Areas around Sheldon got around an inch and a half. Central Sioux County got less than an inch. The Paullina area got a little more, around 2 inches.

Flood warnings remain in effect for the Rock River at Rock Rapids and the Big Sioux River over most of its length from north of Brookings to Sioux City.

Picture of jackknifed semi west of Sioux Center, provided by a listener

July 17, 2019 - 1:34 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux County school district is one of 23 statewide that will be able to bolster to bolster their computer science teacher workforce, due to a $500,000 state appropriation.

According to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, the funding is part of a broader effort to expand computer science education across the state. This effort aligns with the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which is about preparing more Iowans for rewarding, high-demand jobs and getting employers the skilled workers they need.

The Governor says the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund, along with voluntary statewide computer science standards, were established as part of legislation signed into law in 2017. SF 274 supports the state’s effort to provide high-quality computer science instruction in every elementary, middle and high school in Iowa. Schools will use the incentive fund to pay for professional learning or university coursework for teaching endorsements in computer science.

The incentive fund drew 31 applications representing 39 public school districts and non-public schools in urban, rural and suburban parts of the state. One application represented a team of elementary, middle, and high schools within Great Prairie Area Education Agency in southeast Iowa, according to Reynolds. 21 of the schools were selected.

The Sioux County school receiving the grant is the MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District. Other area schools listed include Estherville-Lincoln Central, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake.