Washington, DC (RI) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he recently met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who reported no progress on key issues in last week’s trade talks with China.

Three days of trade talks were held last week in Beijing. Despite the lack of progress, Grassley remains optimistic about resolving the trade war in the near future.

Grassley made his comments in a conference call with ag reporters.

Washington, D.C. — Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King has released a statement following  remarks made by FOX News senior political  analyst Brit Hume which condemn a New York Times article, published earlier this week, as being “completely bogus.” 

The New York Times writer responsible for the article condemned by Hume is the same writer of an earlier Times article that GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy relied upon to, in King’s words, “railroad” him for a quote King has consistently disputed.

King’s statement reads as follows:

“Brit Hume, a respected journalist who admittedly is no fan of mine, has it right: the New York Times is publishing ‘completely bogus’ hit pieces about me. Republicans should note that the ‘completely bogus’ article identified by Hume is written by the same writerin the same paperon the same general topic as an earlier Times piece relied upon by Kevin McCarthy, our politically correct Minority Leader, to railroad me.  Clearly, this ‘completely bogus’ second article should call the Times’ earlier article into question. It should also make Republicans question whether our politically correct leadership intends to stand with other conservatives, including President Trump, when the liberal New York Times publishes ‘completely bogus’ stories about them.”

The following is an excerpt of Hume’s remarks Tuesday:

“And that New York Times piece was completely bogus, I mean those comments, look I don’t agree with them and I’m no fan of Steve King. Look, I’m sorry, they did not amount to racism.”

Northwest Iowa — From time to time we tell you about new scams that are being perpetrated, or at least attempted, on unsuspecting victims here in northwest Iowa. But until now we haven’t had any real numbers to illustrate the impact of these schemes. Until now.

Internet Privacy Day, January 28th, and Safer Internet Day (February 6th) are just around the corner, and CenturyLink has collected data on the impact of these online scams.

According to their report, Iowans were swindled out of $4.01-MILLION by scammers last year. Iowa was fairly low on the scale of the number of people who were scammed, with 4.87 victims per 10-thousand people. The average amount of money lost by those who did fall for the scams totaled $2,618.00.

The state with the lowest average money loss was Nevada, at $6.53, while the highest was Arizona at $9,251.46.

Scammers are coming up with new ways to separate you from your hard-earned cash every day, so remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Use your common sense and avoid becoming a victim of scammers.

January 16, 2019 - 12:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The Iowa Department of Human Services says they have been notified by the USDA that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, known in Iowa as Food Assistance, will be available for the month of February, but due to the federal government shutdown, issuance of February Food Assistance benefits will be early.

According to the DHS, February benefits will be available on the recipients’ EBT cards on January 17th, instead of the regular February dates. They stress that these are normal February benefits, they are just being issued early.

The DHS says they are encouraging recipients to budget their normal benefits to ensure they last through the month of February.

The Iowa Department of Human Services say anticipates increased call volume, which, they say, may impact the time it takes for them to return calls. The DHS says contingency plans are being developed for the month of March, should they be needed, and information will be shared as it available. The DHS says they will continue to closely monitor the situation.

For more information you can contact Matt Highland at 515-281-4848 or mhighla@dhs.state.ia.us.

Visit dhs.iowa.gov for information on DHS and its programs.

January 16, 2019 - 10:42 am - Posted in News

Washington, D.C. — Facing calls for his resignation and a 2020 primary challenge from his fellow Republicans, Iowa Congressman Steve King has voted for a resolution condemning white supremacy and white nationalism — a resolution “of disapproval” drafted in response to comments from King that were published in The New York Times.

King again disputed the way his recent comments have been characterized.

Congressman James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, led the bipartisan charge to condemn King’s remarks. Clyburn said racial divisiveness is ripping the country apart.

The resolution denouncing white nationalism and white supremacy as “hateful” passed on a vote of 424 to one. The one “no” vote came from a congressman who said he would only support a resolution that directly censures King. On Monday night, the Republican leader in the House said King’s New York Times quote was “not the first time” King used such language and GOP leaders stripped King of his committee assignments. King calls that an unprecedented assault on his freedom of speech.

During his House floor speech, King told his colleagues he “came from a family of abolitionists” who had served in the Union army during the Civil War.

Hull Senator Randy Feenstra is poised to run against King in a Republican primary in 2020. Feenstra says since King lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee, “Iowa farmers are left without a vote on the important committee for the first time in 120 years.”

Kings complete comments on the House floor may be viewed below………….

January 16, 2019 - 9:57 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A Hartley man was injured in a single-vehicle accident five miles southwest of Sheldon Tuesday (January 15th) morning.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened shortly after 11:00 Tuesday morning when 51-year old Manuel Rodriguez of Hartley was southbound on Lily Avenue in a 2006 Freightliner straight truck when he lost control of the truck, which then entered the east ditch and rolled.

Rodriguez was taken to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by the Boyden Ambulance, for treatment of his injuries.

Deputies estimate the damage to Rodriguez’ Freightliner at $50-thousand. He was reportedly cited for Failure to Maintain Control of a Motor Vehicle.

Sioux County authorities were assisted at the scene by the Boyden Fire Department and Boyden Ambulance.

January 15, 2019 - 1:40 pm - Posted in News

Washington, D.C. — (RI) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s no surprise fellow Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is being punished for his comments about white supremacy.

Grassley notes Republican House leaders have stripped King of his committee assignments and some Democrats are calling for King’s censure.

On Monday, King was removed from three panels, the Agriculture and Small Business committees as well as the powerful Judiciary Committee. Grassley says he understands the actions of House GOP leaders who say King’s remarks won’t be tolerated.

King says his comments were “completely mischaracterized” and that booting him from the committees is “a political decision that ignores the truth,” yet Grassley and other Republicans are distancing themselves from King.

Grassley says while King won’t be able to represent the people of Iowa’s Fourth District in committee action, he’ll still be able to voice opinions on any issues that comes from those committees when they go before the full House for a vote.

January 15, 2019 - 12:08 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are investigating a

crime that sounds like something you’d hear about from the 1860’s rather than the 20-teens.

Early Monday afternoon (January 14th), Sioux County deputies investigated a report of a theft that occurred on a farm property six miles northwest of Sioux Center.

Authorities say a Morgan/Percheron-cross horse was stolen from the property sometime between Monday, January 7th andWednesday, January 9th.

Sioux County authorities ask anyone with any information about the incident to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office at 712-737-2280.


January 15, 2019 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

Washington, D.C. — (RI) — Republican leaders in the U.S. House have unanimously voted to remove Iowa Congressman Steve King from House committees — a decision King immediately denounced.

King had been a member of the Agriculture and Small Business Committees as well as the powerful House Judiciary Committee. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said stripping King of his committee assignments shows King’s remarks about white supremacy “will not be tolerated” in the GOP. King, in a written statement, said removing him from committees was “a political decision that ignores the truth.” King says the remark he made to The New York Times has been mischaracterized. McCarthy told reporters it was “not the first time” King has made such comments. Congressman King concluded his written statement by saying he “will continue to point out the truth” and vigorously represent Iowa’s fourth congressional district “for at least the next two years.” That’s a strong hint he will run for reeleciton in 2020.

Republican State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull announced last week he’ll run for King’s seat in congress in 2020. Feenstra says it’s sad that voters and conservative values in the district “have lost their seat at the table” because of what he called King’s “caustic behavior.”

At least three DEMOCRATS in the U.S. House have drafted resolutions to have the House censure or reprimand King. The REPUBLICAN leader in the U.S. Senate also weighed in yesterday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said if King doesn’t understand why white supremacy is offensive, “he should find another line of work.”

January 14, 2019 - 3:14 pm - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A blue-colored sheen in a creek running through Boyden this (Monday, January 14th) morning has been traced to the local coop, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

About 10 a.m. Monday, someone reported an oily sheen on the creek, saying it extended downstream into the West Branch of the Floyd River.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources staff say traced the sheen to a tanker truck at the Farmers Co-op Society. According to the DNR, the coop manager estimates about 1,100 gallons of white mineral oil has leaked from the tank sometime over the last two weeks.

The oil has traveled about 6 miles downstream, according to DNR staff, who say they have seen no dead fish in the water.

The DNR says the coop will scrape up contaminated soil, and place booms and absorbent pads across the river about 5 miles southwest of Boyden to collect as much remaining oil as possible.

The DNR says they will consider appropriate enforcement action and monitor the cleanup.