January 18, 2017 - 5:05 pm - Posted in News

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Orange City, Iowa — Do you plan to retire someday? Most of us do, but will you have enough money and investments to keep you going? That’s the topic of two upcoming workshops in Orange City.
The first one, called  ‘Welcome to Retirement: Will you be ready?’ is on Tuesday, January 24th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office meeting room in Orange City.

We talked to Jan Monahan, who is the workshop presenter and is an ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist in family finance. She tells us about it.

She says that the workshop includes a hands-on activity that enables participants to get a taste of all the variables that affect retirement well-being.

She says some participants come away reassured that they are on the right track, while others leave with motivation to step up their retirement savings.

One of the variables you’ll have to take into account in retirement planning is how long you will live. Monahan says there’s even a tool for that.

She says they’ll also have a number of brochures and other resources available for you to take home.

Monahan says the other workshop, “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck,” is a two-session workshop. The first session will be held Tuesday, January 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office meeting room in Orange City. The second session will be held at the same time and place the following Tuesday, January 31st.

She says “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” is designed to provide those approaching retirement with the information they need to be prepared to ‘write their own paycheck.’ The workshop outlines key factors to consider prior to retirement and describes strategies for structuring retirement income.

According to Monahan, topics will include health costs, Social Security, inflation, required minimum distributions, annuities and more.

If you want to attend either or both workshops, they want you to pre-register by calling the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office at 712-737-4230 or by emailing mldejong@iastate.edu. The registration deadline is Monday, January 23.

Both “Welcome to Retirement: Will You be Ready?” and “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” programs and meals are free to all participants thanks to the sponsorship of the Sioux County Extension Council and American Bank.

January 18, 2017 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Blue Ambulance_SVAHull, Iowa — A Boyden teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday afternoon, January 17, 2017.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:00 p.m., 17-year-old Jaycee Darnell of Boyden was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse eastbound on 310th Street at the north junction of Highway 75 and Highway 18, three miles northwest of Hull. They report that 77-year-old Elmer Peterson of Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2000 Ford pickup northbound on Highway 75.

The report says Darnell drove east from the stop sign at Highway 75 and struck Peterson in the intersection. Peterson’s vehicle left the roadway, entered the east ditch and struck a Premier Communications utility junction box.

The Hull Ambulance took Darnell to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

Darnell’s Mitsubishi sustained about $3,000 in damage, according to the sheriff’s office. They report the Peterson Ford pickup sustained about $4,000 in damage, and the utility box sustained an estimated $1,000 in damage.  

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Hull Ambulance crew and Hull Fire Department assisted them with the response to the accident.

January 17, 2017 - 4:41 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemBoyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was arrested late Sunday night after a disturbance Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriffs’s Office reports that just after 11:30 pm on Sunday, authorities were called to a disturbance in Boyden. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that Gonzalez‐Constantino inappropriately touched a female victim. Gonzalez‐Constantino was subsequently arrested for indecent contact with a child.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

January 17, 2017 - 2:09 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County Courthouse_svaOrange City, Iowa — Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle announced that Peter Patrick Baccam, age 22, of Sioux Center, Iowa, was found guilty in Sioux County District Court of the crime of Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. Sioux County Attorney Thomas G. Kunstle, coordinating with the Sioux Center Police Department, prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Iowa.

This case arose on October 11, 2016, after the victim reported she was assaulted by her children’s father Peter Baccam to the Sioux Center Hospital. The victim was 27 weeks pregnant at the time and was concerned for her unborn baby. The hospital reported the matter to police, who conducted the investigation.

Baccam pled not guilty and the case proceeded to trial. On January 11, 2017, a Sioux County jury found Baccam guilty of Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. Baccam has two prior convictions after assaulting the same victim. Because of these prior convictions, this assault is enhanced to an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 20, 2017.

January 16, 2017 - 11:38 am - Posted in News

diocese_logo_finalNorthwest Iowa — Nearly a year ago we told you about a restructuring plan being put together by the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City that would affect, to a greater or lesser degree, all of the parishes in northwest Iowa.  Late last week the Diocese released the final plan for “Ministry 2025″, which is the blueprint by which the parishes in the Diocese will be reorganized.

According to the plan, the “Highway 60 Catholic Cluster” which has included St. Patrick’s Parish in Sheldon, St. Mary’s Parish in Ashton, and St. Andrew’s Parish in Sibley, will be realigned to include St. Cecelia’s Parish in Sanborn.  According to the Ministry 2025 plan, St. Patrick’s in Sheldon and St. Andrew’s in Sibley will remain as active parishes, while St. Mary’s in Ashton will be downgraded to a “Worship Site”, and St. Cecelia’s in Sanborn will become an “Oratory”.  The Diocese defines an “oratory” as a worship site that no longer holds Sunday or Vigil Mass, but whose building may be used for local Catholic weddings, funerals, and other special events.

In the northwestern part of the listening area, St. Mary’s at Larchwood and Holy Name at Rock Rapids will be one cluster, and both will remain as active parishes.

St. Mary’s in Rock Valley, and and Christ The King in Sioux Center will be one cluster, and both will remain as active parishes.

St. Mary’s at Alton, St. Joseph’s at Granville, St. Anthony’s in Hospers, and St. Anthony’s at Primghar will all belong to one cluster, with all retaining active parish status, with the exception of St. Anthony’s at Primghar, which will be an oratory.

Sacred Heart at Sutherland will be a part of a cluster that will also include Immaculate Conception in Cherokee, and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Holstein.  Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Good Counsel will both remain as active parishes, with Sacred Heart at Sutherland being downgraded to an oratory.

Holy Name Parish at Marcus, St. Mary’s at Remsen, and St. Catherine’s at Oyens will become one cluster, with Holy Name and St. Catherine’s remaining active parishes, while St. Catherine’s will become an oratory.

For a look at the new northwest Iowa Deanery design, you can visit the Diocese of Sioux City website by clicking here.

January 16, 2017 - 8:05 am - Posted in News

Ireton Fire 1-15-17Ireton, Iowa — A machine shed and its contents were destroyed in a fire near Ireton on Sunday morning.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, the report of a structure fire came in about 9:35 a.m. The fire was at 2220 450th Street, two miles northwest of Ireton.

When responders arrived a machine shed was found to be fully engulfed by fire.

The machine shed, a farm tractor, feeder wagon and other farm contents inside the building were a total loss
with damages estimated at $200,000.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a faulty engine block heater.

The Ireton Fire Department reports that the Maurice Fire Department, Hawarden Fire Department, Sioux
Center Fire Department, Ireton Ambulance crew, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them.

cow-sxcOrange City, Iowa — The dairy industry is expanding in northwest Iowa, and producers and processors can learn from others at an upcoming dairy seminar to be held in Orange City.

It’s being called the I-29 “Moo University” workshop and is a product of the five-state I-29 Corridor Dairy Team. This year’s workshop is January 19th at the Sioux County Extension Office in downtown Orange City. New Sioux County dairy specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Fred M. Hall says dairy specialists will focus on cutting-edge dairy issues.

Then it will be time for lunch, he says. Hall tells us about the afternoon topics.

Hall says that the dairy industry is expanding, with producers making their operations more efficient. He says that gives them an incentive to add animals to their herd. He says processing plants are on the rise too with multiple cheese, milk, milk product, and ice cream plants in northwest Iowa.

Extension experts tell us that demand for milk is up too, with Iowans consuming 650 pounds of milk equivalent every year. Some of that can be explained because it takes ten pounds of milk to make a pound of cheese. But they say demand for cheese, yogurt, and even butter is up as new studies are showing that milk fat in moderation is good for you.

For information or to register, you can contact the Sioux County Extension Office at 712-737-4230 or e-mail doranb@iastate.edu.

January 12, 2017 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A call of a car fire turned into an arrest of a Le Mars man in Hospers early on Wednesday.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 3:20 a.m., 26-year-old David DeBoer of Le Mars was driving a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Highway 60 when the vehicle started on fire on the roadway.

No injuries were reported.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $2,000 in damage.

However, upon further investigation the deputy suspected that DeBoer was under the influence of alcohol.

DeBoer was arrested and was charged with operating while intoxicated, fourth offense (which is a felony), operating a motor vehicle while barred from having a driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle while his driver’s license was revoked, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and failure to have high risk SR‐22 insurance.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Hospers Fire Department and Hospers Ambulance crew assisted them.

January 11, 2017 - 10:21 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — A Hull woman is still waiting to be sentenced in federal court after having pled guilty to fraud in July.
Federal Courthouse Sioux City
Court records indicate that 48-year-old Ranae Harriet Van Roekel of Hull pled guilty on July 28th in federal court in Sioux City and was convicted of one count of mail fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.

Evidence produced at the plea hearing revealed, from about January 2008 to about June 2012, Van Roekel, used the internet, phone networks, and the US Mail, to claim to have access to tickets to various events (including Super Bowl XLVI [46] in 2012) at steeply discounted prices because of some claimed personal relationship, membership, or association with the events or related organizations. For example, court records say she claimed to have come by access to discounted Super Bowl XLVI tickets by fraudulently claiming she was a member of the Super Bowl Planning Committee. She then collected money from victims, through the United States Mail purportedly for the purpose of obtaining these tickets, hotel rooms, and other goods and services, but then claimed she could not fill most of the orders. Court records say she paid some victims “refunds” with money from newly acquired victims to prevent detection of the scheme.

In July, the federal court indicated that sentencing would be set after a presentence report was prepared. Van Roekel remains free on bond previously set. She faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to three years of supervised release following any prison time on the mail fraud count, and up to 8 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to one year of supervised release following any prison time on the count of filing a false income tax return.

We at KIWA checked on the status of the case, and Lead Attorney in the case for the U.S. Attorney’s office, Jamie Bowers told us that a pre-sentence investigation report is still being prepared. He says they need to make sure that all of the victims are identified, and make sure they are reimbursed. He says they also need to make sure they know how much Van Roekel will owe the government.

Bowers says he expects that Van Roekel’s sentencing will be in March or April and that he would expect that a decision on a sentencing date may be made as early as next week.

January 7, 2017 - 4:19 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — With the new session of the Iowa Legislature starting this Monday, January 9th, local legislators are thinking about what they would like to happen this year.
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We had a chance to talk with Skyler Wheeler, the area’s newest legislator. Wheeler defeated challengers Kevin Van Otterloo and Jeff Vander Werff in the primary and defeated Vander Werff again in the general election in November to become the District 4 State Representative-elect. District 4 covers most of Sioux County.

Wheeler tells us he has several priorities for his first year.

He says they do have a hurdle to jump, however.

Wheeler says he’s working on writing a number of bills.

Wheeler says he’s excited to be starting in a session in which the Governor’s office, the House, and the Senate are all controlled by Republicans.

Wheeler’s constituents can call him at 712-441-7444. He also has a Facebook page and a web site.