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Ireton, Iowa — A number of antique items that had been stored in an unoccupied house in Sioux County for several months have been reported stolen.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating a report of a burglary that occurred at a Century Farm home, located on 500th Street, five and a half miles southwest of Ireton.

They say that deputies discovered that someone forcibly entered the home and stole several antique items. They tell us that the home was not occupied when the alleged crime occurred and was discovered when property owners checked the home.

Deputies believe the crime likely occurred sometime between October 10th, 2017 and June 5th, 2018. If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Photos of some of the missing items can be viewed above.

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City provider of physical therapy services is going to be joining the Orange City Area Health System.

Orange City Physical Therapy will soon be part of the Orange City Area Health System, says Orange City Area Health System CEO, Marty Guthmiller.

Guthmiller says Orange City Physical Therapy offers a full range of physical therapy services.

He says the downtown location of Orange City Physical Therapy will not change.

He says no personnel changes are anticipated except that employees of the hospital’s physical therapy department and Orange City Physical Therapy may spend time at both locations.

Guthmiller says that while Sanford Health has many different types of agreements with medical facilities in northwest Iowa, their agreement with Orange City Area Health System is what’s called a “management agreement”. He says that gives the Orange City facility purchasing power and access to Sanford’s computer platform. He says other than that, all decisions, including the decision to enter into the purchase agreement with Orange City Physical Therapy, are made locally through an elected governing board and their staff.

June 12, 2018 - 4:48 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — This must be the season for Relay For Life events in northwest Iowa. O’Brien County recently held their event, and this week both Sioux and Lyon counties will have theirs.

The Sioux County American Cancer Society Relay For Life is this Wednesday, June 13th at Windmill Park in Orange City. We talked with Gerry Bomgaars, who is the one in charge this year, and he tells us what to expect.

According to information from the American Cancer Society, the team “Kinsey Warriors” is in the lead fundraising-wise, having raised over $10,000 for the Sioux County Relay For Life.

You can find out more information by clicking here.

Meanwhile, the Lyon County Relay For Life event is this Thursday in Rock Rapids.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Brandon, South Dakota man was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital following a motorcycle crash south of Sioux Center Friday evening around 8:15.

Sioux County authorities say 54-year old Arthur DeRaad, Jr. was driving a 1987 Honda VF700C motorcycle eastbound on Highway 10. Deputies say DeRaad stopped for the stop sign at the Highway 75 intersection, and lost control of his bike, and was ejected from it, while attempting to make a left turn and go northbound on Highway 75.

According to authorities, DeRaad was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance, and later airlifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls for further treatment of his injuries.

Sioux County deputies were assisted by the Maurice First Responders, Maurice Fire & Rescue, Sioux Center Ambulance, and Sioux Center Police Department.

Authorities say the crash remains under investigation.

Hospers, Iowa — A Texas man was taken to the hospital, then to jail, following a disturbance in Hospers late Saturday night.

Sioux County authorities say they received a report of a disturbance at the Hospers Community Center shortly after 11:00 Saturday night. Upon further investigation, deputies say they discovered that 35-year old Sam Moreau, of Odessa, Texas, had become involved in a disturbance with several people. Authorities say through the course of the disturbance, Moreau allegedly assaulted two female victims, when a male intervened to stop the assault by striking Moreau.

Officals say the victims didn’t report any injuries. However, Moreau required medical attention, and was transported by the Hospers Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

After his release from medical treatment, deputies say Moreau was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and two counts of Assault.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hospers Ambulance.

June 8, 2018 - 12:38 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Sioux County authorities have made an arrest in the case of the vandalism of a two-sided pro-life sign near Orange City.

Early Thursday afternoon, Sioux County authorities say they arrested 21-year old Ariel Valdes, of Orange City, on a charge of 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief, which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Deputies say the arrest stemmed from an investigation, which began on Tuesday, after receiving a report of vandalism to that privately-owned sign. According to authorities, their investigation showed that Valdes allegedly intentionally defaced both sides of the sign by using black spray paint.

Authorities say the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received numerous pieces of information from the public, which assisted Valdes’ apprehension.


Original post 12:56pm 6/5/2018

Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a case of vandalism to a sign located west of Orange City.

Tuesday morning, June 5th, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received the report of vandalism that occurred to a private sign in a farm field along Highway 10, two miles west of Orange City.

Deputies say during their investigation, they discovered that someone had defaced the double-sided pro-life sign by spraying black paint on it. Authorities say the crime occurred sometime between Saturday, June 2nd, and Tuesday, June 5th.

If you saw any suspicious activity or vehicles in that area, you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.

The vandalized sign can be seen below………………………….


Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City Furniture Store that has been in business for nearly 80-years will be closing this summer to make way for a new store in the same location.

Dan Kraai’s father opened Kraai Furniture in 1939, and it has been an Orange City institution ever since. Dan Kraai says he and his wife, Kathy, are planning to retire.

He says they are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Daniel Ten Clay of Northwest Decor & Furniture in Sheldon, tells KIWA that his family will open a new store called TC Home Furnishings in the current Kraai Furniture building in September of this year, after Kraai’s complete their Going Out Of Business Sale this summer.


Original Story posted 12:32 pm 6/6/18

Orange City, Iowa — For the first time in nearly 80-years, Kraai Furniture in Orange City will be owned by someone outside the Kraai family.

Dan Kraai says his family business has been sold, and he and his wife, Kathy, are preparing to retire.

Kraai tells us who the new Kraai Furniture owners will be.

He says the sale will be effective in a few weeks.

Kraai says he and Kathy will be staying in Orange City in their retirement, and are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

Kraai Furniture was opened in 1939 by Dan’s father, the late Mert Kraai.

June 4, 2018 - 2:20 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — A 20-year old Rock Valley man will spend up to 75-years in prison in connection with the death of his grandfather, and setting the grandfather’s house on fire.

According to the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, Santos Rodriguez, Jr. pled Guilty Monday morning in Sioux County District Court to 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Arson, in an apparent plea deal.

The case against Rodriguez, Jr. arose in late October last year, when Rock Valley firefighters responded to an overnight fire alarm. Authorities say fire crews arrived to find the home on fire, and reportedly learned that an elderly male was still inside. Police entered the home, in an attempt to save the elderly male, but the blaze had engulfed the structure. When authorities were able to enter the residence they reportedly discovered the body of 84-year old Luis Luevanos of Rock Valley, who was Rodriguez Jr’s. grandfather.

Authorities say an autopsy determined that that Luevanos died as the result of three knife wounds to his body.

Rodriguez, Jr. Was reportedly located in Utah in the days following his grandfather’s death. At that time, agents of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation flew to Utah to interview Rodriguez, Jr, who, they say, admitted to stabbing his grandfather, and setting the house on fire. Rodriguez, Jr. had originally been charged with 1st Degree Murder, and 1st Degree Arson, in connection with the crime.

On Monday, following his Guilty pleas to 2nd Degree Murder and 1st Degree Arson, authorities say Rodriguez, Jr. was sentenced to 50-years in prison on the 2nd Degree Murder charge, and 25-years for the 1st Degree Arson, with the sentences to be served consecutively, for a total of 75-years. Officials say that, by law, Rodriguez must serve a minimum of 35-years before he would be eligible for work release or parole.


June 1, 2018 - 1:15 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — It’s the time of the year when people are planning for, and going on, vacations and other events that keep them away from home for a period time, and one northwest Iowa Sheriff’s Office has published a list of Vacation Safety Tips.

Sioux County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Van Voorst says there are some things you should do before leaving on vacation.

Van Voorst says you should also resist the urge to post your vacation photos to scial media until after you come home.

He offers some other ideas to prevent being the victim of a burglary while on vacation.

Deputy Van Voorst says it’s important to think about how to make your house look lived in BEFORE you leave.

For a look at the entire list of vacation safety tips, as compiled by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, just visit their website, by CLICKING HERE.

Orange City, Iowa — A Christian elementary school here in northwest Iowa has been working on an expansion plan that their constituents overwhelmingly approved in a vote taken Wednesday evening.

Orange City Christian School Principal Jason Alons tells KIWA that the amount of support the expansion plan received from the school’s constituents was amazing.

The measure approved Wednesday evening, is Phase 1 of a three-phase project. Alons talks about what Phase 1 entails.

Now that the project has been given the go-ahead by Orange City Christian School’s constituents, Alons says the next step is raising the funds to pay for it.

He says there are always two votes for a project like this, the vote to approve, and the vote with the checkbook.

Alons says the fundraising effort for the project is beginning immediately.