Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 30th.Sheldon Avenue Of Flags

Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States; and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May — which this year happens to BE on May 30th.

In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services in Northwest Iowa.

In Sheldon, flags will be displayed at Sheldon City Park, weather permitting. Volunteers are needed to help put the flags out at 7:00 AM and take them back down at 5:30 PM. Twenty-five to thirty volunteers are needed. If you are able to help, you are asked to meet at the City Park.

Sheldon American Legion McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 will be holding Memorial Day Services at the Sheldon High School at 10:00 AM in the auditorium. The public is invited to come out and attend the free service honoring our veterans.

In Sioux Center, the Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:15 AM at the Sioux Center Public Library on Highway 75, and will process toward Memory Gardens Cemetary. Veterans will be honored. The HS band will play. The color guard, firing squad, scouts, youth groups, and the saddle club will take part, as will bicyclists and bikes in the bike decorating contest. Pastor Ryan Govig from New Life Church will give the invocation. Bob Hoogeveen of Sheldon will speak. Plus a mens quartet will perform. There will be a flag raising ceremony, and the roll of honor for dead will be read. You are asked to bring lawn chairs.

In Sibley, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11 AM at the Holman Township Cemetery. American Legion Post 324 and VFW Post 7373 are in charge of services. The speaker will be retired Air Force Colnel Patrick Hatting. The Sibley/Ocheyedan High School band will play. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion building in Sibley.
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The American Legion Post 470 in Melvin invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 30th. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the American Legion Community Center in Melvin.

At Rock Rapids, the new Veterans Memorial will be dedicated during the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverview Cemetery. It will start at 10 AM. Rock Rapids VFW Post 6960 and American Legion Rex Strait Post 103 and their auxiliaries will participate, as will Boy Scout Troop 190. The Central Lyon High School Band will perform. Representative and veteran John Wills will be the speaker. You are asked to bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Forster Community Center.

The George American Legion, Jack Souter Post 404 will put up the Avenue of Flags at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetary in George at 7 AM on Memorial Day. They will take them down at 4 PM. Listen to KIWA in the event of rain for any updates.  The Memorial Day service will start at 10 AM at the George/Little Rock High School, and will proceed to the cemetery for the laying of the wreath and honoring all veterans with a special honor this year for four vets who served their country. Doug Hilbrands is the speaker. The George-Little Rock High School band will play, under the direction of Mark Swartz.

As always, the United States Flag will be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, and it should then be raised to full height from noon until sundown.

The US Flag Code says that the flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position.

Inwood, Iowa — There could be another hurdle for the Bakken oil pipeline. And this one is in Lyon County.
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According to Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk, a Native American tribe contacted his office to tell them about a potentially “culturally-significant” site.

While he cannot say exactly where the site is at this time, Doershuk assured us that it is not near the Blood Run National Historic Landmark site that is being considered for a new Iowa State Park. According to maps released by Dakota Access, the pipeline route is in the Canton, South Dakota and Inwood, Iowa area.

Doershuk says they are trying to determine the significance of the site.

He says that they hope to meet within the next couple of weeks at the site along the Big Sioux.

Doershuk tells us what his role will be at the meeting.

He says that he and his staff and the tribe that identified the site location have confirmed the reported site is within a portion of the Big Sioux Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County, intersected by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline project. He says the site is a property managed by the Iowa DNR but over which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction. The area also corresponds to one of the pipeline sections for which the US Army Corps of Engineers has permitting authority.

Doershuk says that the site has been identified by the tribe as of historical and cultural significance with associated burial activity. The possible burial of ancient remains at the site is what got the office of State Archaeologist involved, he says.

He says that the site boundaries and character will be discussed and refined at the on-site meeting. He says they hope consensus will be reached at that time about management of the site.

The pipeline, which is planned by Dakota Access, LLC, a division of Energy Transfer Partners, is to extend from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois, passing through portions of Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties along the route.

May 26, 2016 - 2:54 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A hog complex was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 near Inwood.
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According to Inwood Fire Chief Mike Knobloch, about 3:44 PM, the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of hog building fire near the home of Nate Jansma at 1942 270th Street. That’s about three miles south and almost one and a half miles east of Inwood on the county line road.

The chief says the fire department saw a hog complex with some rooms totally engulfed in flame as they approached the scene.

Knobloch says no injuries were reported.

He says the Rock Valley Fire Department helped out by providing tankers and manpower.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, according to the chief.

Knobloch reports that they were able to save two thirds of the 4400-head facility.

He says they used between 10,000 and 12,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 8:00 PM.

South Dakota — just west of Hawarden, Iowa — A machine shed and its contents were destroyed in a fire fought by four fire departments on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 near Hawarden.
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According to Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong, about 9:20 AM, the Hawarden Fire Department was called to the report of barn fire on Gerald Van Wyk’s place at 48346 301st Street, across the Big Sioux River into South Dakota, about four miles west of the north side of Hawarden.

The chief says the fire department saw a machine shed fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they went into defensive mode, dousing the other buildings on the place to keep them from burning as they put out the fire.

Strong says no injuries were reported, but damage was extensive. He says the contents of the building, including old cars, a combine, a tractor, a skid loader, and more were a total loss.

The Ireton, Alcester, and Hudson fire departments assisted on the scene.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined but is under investigation by the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office.

Strong says firefighters were on scene until 2 PM.

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City teen was taken to the hospital after a car versus moped accident in Orange City.
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The Orange City Police Department reports that about 5:09 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 63-year-old Preston Reagan of Orange City was driving a 2015 Chevy van westbound on Fourth Street Northeast, three blocks east of the old hospital building. Fourteen-year-old Karli Bomgaars of Orange City was southbound on Concord Avenue Northeast on a 2014 KYMC moped.

The report says that Reagan says that the sun bothered him and he did not see the moped. Bomgaars says she did not see Reagan’s van either. A witness who was driving her own moped and was riding with Bomgaars says she saw the van and was able to stop.

The Orange City Ambulance took Bomgaars to the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.

Reagan’s Chevy van sustained $3000 in damages, and Bomgaars’s KYMC moped sustained $2000 in damages, which was enough to total the moped.

Reagan was charged with failure to yield right of way at an uncontrolled intersection.

May 25, 2016 - 12:27 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A garage and a mower were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 in Sioux Center.
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According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 2:45 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of garage on fire at 344 South Main Avenue. That’s on Highway 75 across from Bethel Christian Reformed Church.

The chief says the fire department saw that the garage was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire, but immediately took a defensive mode, defending a nearby garage and camper.

Van Holland says no injuries were reported. He says the cause of the fire was accidental.

As with all structure fires in Sioux Center and Hull, both the Sioux Center and the Hull Fire Department responded.

Chief Van Holland reports that the garage was totaled.

He says they used three to four thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

May 24, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Parts of northwest Iowa experienced severe weather on Monday night.
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According to the National Weather Service, the storms entered our area from the south, with the first report being a tornado that was spotted by law enforcement two miles north of Granville at 4:41 PM.

Tornado sirens were sounded in Hospers at about 4:44 PM.

Hail estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter three miles south-southeast of Matlock at 5:42 PM. That spotter also reported winds estimated at 45 miles per hour.

At 5:58 PM, hail that was estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter five miles west of Ashton, into Lyon County. That report was followed by another report of inch-sized hail in the same area about seven minutes later. That report came from five miles west-northwest of Ashton. Just a few minutes later, another spotter report came in of inch-sized hail five miles south of Little Rock. About 6:20 PM, that same size of hail was repoted six miles north-northeast of Sibley. The report notes that most of the hail in that area was pea to dime sized, with a few quarter size.

About 6:55 PM, the Weather Service received a spotter report of hail estimated at 0.88 inches in diameter from five miles south-southwest of Paullina.

Along with the severe weather came the threat of flooding in some communities. Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says Orange City received two inches of rain on top of 0.8″ received earlier in the day.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Philip Schumacher reported that stations in Sheldon and Ocheyedan also reported receiving upwards of two inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for Sioux, O’Brien and Plymouth counties until 9:30 PM. The rain was quite spotty, however, as Rock Rapids, while they received 0.4″ overnight Sunday into Monday received no rain on Monday evening.

May 23, 2016 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School in Alton may be getting some new classrooms.
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According to MOC/Floyd Valley Superintendent Russ Adams, the district’s board of education is looking into the possibility of gutting the current, partially-finished classroom that’s in the MOC/FV Middle School basement now, and starting over with four to six classrooms in the basement space.

Adams says they are in the preliminary stages now. They have contacted an architect, and preliminary drawings have been done. He says a special meeting is being held on Tuesday morning to see where the board wants to go from here.

Adams says if the project gets the green light, it would have to be put out for bids. He says if it’s approved, they’d like to be done with the construction by Christmas, 2016. Due to that tight time schedule and the schedule of the engineers, a special meeting needed to be called.

Orange City, Iowa — A few days ago we told you about a report issued by Auditor of State Mary Mosiman that told about a special investigation into the finances and records of the City of Boyden, which Sioux Sheriff Car 84-identified $36,227.60 of improper and unsupported disbursements. The investigation had been requested by Boyden City officials as a result of concerns regarding payments from a City bank account by former City Clerk, Beth Sipma. Mosiman said that copies of the report had been filed with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Sioux County Attorney’s Office, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

Now the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Sioux County Attorney’s Office has asked them to investigate the matter as well for possible criminal charges against former clerk Sipma.

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May 20, 2016 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Sheldon man was taken to the hospital after an ATV accident near Hospers on Thursday, May 19.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:15 PM, they investigated an all‐terrain vehicle (ATV)
accident that occurred on 370th Street, three miles northwest of Hospers.

They say it appears that 59-year-old Robert DeJong of Sheldon was driving a Polaris 425cc ATV eastbound on 370th Street when he lost control of the vehicle and it entered the south ditch. DeJong was ejected from the ATV in the ditch.

The Hospers Ambulance transported DeJong to the Sheldon Hospital.

The ATV was undamaged.