February 20, 2017 - 4:05 pm - Posted in News

Hospers AmbulanceHospers, Iowa– A Worthington teen and a Beresford woman were taken to hospitals after an accident near Hospers on Friday, February 17, 2017.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:45 PM, 18-year-old Xon Tevalan Bernardo of Worthington was driving a 2002 Jeep eastbound on Hospers Drive North, on the north end of Hospers, and was stopped for the stop sign on Highway 60. They say 20-year-old Ashley Knudson of Beresford was southbound on Highway 60 in a 2003 Saturn.

The report says that Bernardo attempted to cross the southbound lanes of Highway 60 so he could turn north. At this time the Knudson Saturn was approaching. Due to another vehicle obstructing Bernardo’s view, he failed to yield the right of way and Knudson struck the Bernardo vehicle on the driver’s side near the rear.

The Hospers Ambulance took Bernardo to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.
The Granville Ambulance took Knudson to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

Bernardo’s Jeep sustained $3000 in damages, and Knudson’s Saturn sustained $7000 in damages.

Bernardo was charged with Failure To Obey a Stop Sign and Yield the Right of Way, and No Valid Driver’s License.

The trooper advises that Bernardo’s passengers left the scene shortly after the accident and before law enforcement could arrive on the scene.

February 20, 2017 - 3:08 pm - Posted in News

Extension Young FarmerOrange City, Iowa — If you’re a young farmer or just starting to farm, you might want to think about attending a free meeting where you can hear a free farm outlook from an expert.

The Northwest Iowa Young and Beginning Farmer Group will meet Monday, February 27th at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office in Orange City. The topic for the gathering will be the 2017 Farm Outlook, and its impacts on beginning farmers.

Gary Wright, farm and agribusiness management specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach tells us about the Young and Beginning Farmer program.

He says Dr. Chad Hart, Extension Economist with ISU, will lead the discussion, as well as a question-and-answer session.

Wright says that beginning farmers face a lot of challenges, especially in the tight margin times that we are currently experiencing. He says that the most current market information may enhance producer efforts and plans to merchandise the larger 2016 crop, as well the 2017-18 crop.

The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue to 6:00 p.m. Networking time and a free meal will also be provided. The ISU Extension and Outreach – Sioux County office is located at 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700, Orange City.

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register, preferably by this Thursday, February 23rd. Wright says new members of the group are always welcome. For more information, to register, or to become a member of the group, he says you can contact Janelle Johnson at 712-546-7835 or janelle@iastate.edu.

February 20, 2017 - 9:45 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemBoyden, Iowa — A Boyden man was injured shortly before noon Saturday when he lost control of his electric scooter.

Sioux County authorities say the accident happened on Railroad Street in Boyden when an eastbound electric scooter, driven by 64-year old Dwayne VanMeeteren, went out of control, causing VanMeeteren to fall from the vehicle, and strike the pavement.

Deputies say VanMeeteren was transported to the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center by Boyden Ambulance.

Damage to the scooter is estimated at $100.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Boyden Ambulance.

February 16, 2017 - 2:26 pm - Posted in News

Beth DoranOrange City, Iowa — Your chance to be informed on what is being discussed in the early talks about the next Farm Bill is coming up next Thursday in Orange City.

Two program specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in northwest Iowa will host a live downlink of the first hearing on the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization later this month. Extension beef specialist Beth Doran and extension dairy specialist Fred Hall will host the Thursday, February 23rd downlink beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the Sioux County Extension Office in downtown Orange City. Doran gives us an idea of what’s happening.

It’s free, there’s no preregistration needed and seating will be on a first-come, first-seated basis.

While those attending will be able to hear the questions and testimony, comments will have to be submitted either before or after the hearing, says Doran.

Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas announced that the hearing will be held on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. Roberts, who also is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, said the hearing will feature testimony from a variety of specifically invited agricultural producers. He said lawmakers need clear direction from producers on what is working and what is not working in farm country.

For more information on the hearing downlink, contact the Sioux County Extension and Outreach office at 712-737-4230. If you would like to submit written testimony you can email comments to Senator Pat Roberts at: Alexandra_swee@ag.senate.gov.

February 16, 2017 - 10:43 am - Posted in News

Blue Ambulance_SVARock Valley, Iowa — A Larchwood woman was taken to a hospital after an accident on Tuesday, February 14 near Rock Valley.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:50 p.m., 25-year-old Curtis Jensen of Manning, Iowa was driving a 2016 Freightliner semi‐tractor pulling a tank trailer northbound on Chestnut Avenue approaching the stop sign at Highway 18, about seven miles west of Rock Valley. They say 38-year-old Amber Hess of Larchwood was driving a 2009 Ford Escape northbound on Chestnut Avenue behind Jensen. Jensen entered the southbound lane before turning to the right in an effort to look for northbound traffic on the curve of Highway 18. Hess drove on his right and struck the Freightliner.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Valley Ambulance took Hess to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

They say the Jensen Freightliner sustained about $20,000 in damage, and the Hess Ford sustained approximately $7,000 in damage.

They report that the Rock Valley Ambulance crew and the Iowa State Patrol assisted them.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the accident remains under investigation.

February 15, 2017 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

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Orange City, Iowa — A few days ago we told you that according to the Orange City Police Department, an Orange City employer had been hacked. We now have information from that employer that says that’s not exactly accurate.

Joe Ivy, Quatro Composites’ Executive Vice President of Operations says that while they were a victim of Internet crime, it was not a hack into their computer network, but rather the same type of “phishing” scheme that affected Northwestern College that compromised Quatro’s employees’ W2 forms.

Ivy tells us what steps they took when they realized what had happened.

Ivy says they’ve been working with their employees to help them through the situation.

According to Ivy, 290 employees and former employees were affected. He says they’re assisting people if they have any problems.

Ivy says they’re sorry for the issues this has caused.

He says that while the person who sent out the W2 forms made an honest mistake, the matter is under personnel review at this time.


Original Story:

Orange City Police Chief Jim Pottebaum says his office was contacted and was told that the computer network at Quatro Composites, a manufacturing firm in Orange City, had been hacked. Pottebaum says he was told that some W2 forms, which include social security numbers and other sensitive information had been compromised.

Pottebaum says that since the alleged crime involved the Internet and private federal documents, he advised the caller to contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We at KIWA contacted the Attorney General’s Office, who didn’t have any comments except to note that their office prosecutes cases, but does not investigate them. Our calls to the FBI and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation were not returned. We also tried to contact Quatro Composites’ Human Resources Manager, who also did not return our calls.

In a related story, Liberty Hall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defense industry, announced recently the acquisition of Quatro Composites, L.L.C.

Liberty Hall says Quatro is a leading supplier of highly-engineered advanced composite structures, components, and assemblies for the aerospace industry. They tell us that Quatro will be integrated into AIM Aerospace Corporation, a leading, independent supplier of composite ducting, substructural and interior parts for the commercial aerospace industry.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

February 15, 2017 - 11:55 am - Posted in News

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Sioux City, Iowa — Sioux City police now report that a wanted Sioux Center sex offender has been found, and is in custody.

They report that 44-year-old Danny Lee Barnes has been found in Georgia, and was apprehended by authorities there.

He had been sentenced in 2015 to a two-year term for having sex with a 14-year-old.

Sioux City Police say Barnes will now face charges for violation of his parole.


Original Story:
Sioux City, Iowa — The Sioux City Police Department wants the public’s help in locating a wanted Sioux Center sex offender who was sentenced for sex abuse in Sioux County.

According to Sioux City police, 44-year-old Danny Lee Barnes cut off his tracking bracelet and has an active warrant for a parole violation.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that Barnes, who was then from Sioux Center was sentenced on December 28, 2015, in Sioux County District Court for the crime Assault With Intent To Commit Sex Abuse.

According to court records, in July 2014 Barnes began making physical advances on a friend of his family, the 14-year-old female victim. He eventually had non-consensual intercourse with her and told her not to tell. Authorities were contacted in October of that year, and in November 2014, Barnes was charged with Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a Class C felony.

However, in exchange for Barnes’ plea of guilty to the amended charge of Assault with Intent to Commit Sex Abuse, the parties agreed Barnes would be sentenced to a two-year prison term. The police, the victim, and victim’s family supported this plea agreement. After serving his prison sentence, he was also to be committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period of 10 years, as though he were on parole and was also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Police say Barnes’ height is about 6’1″ and his weight is about 200 pounds.

Thanks to the Sioux County Jail for the booking photo.

February 15, 2017 - 9:57 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemHarwarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, February 14th near Hawarden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at 7:10 am on Tuesday, 34-year-old Gerardo Duenas-Arce of Hawarden was driving a 2001 Nissan Sentra eastbound on  440th Street, one mile east of Hawarden. According to the report, Duena-Arce entered a curve in the roadway, lost control of the vehicle and entered the east ditch.

The Nissan received $4,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

February 15, 2017 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookHull, Iowa — A Hull woman struck a fire hydrant in Hull on Monday, February 14th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 10:30 pm on Monday, 51-year-old Loren Gritters of Hull was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on Hayes Avenue in Hull. According to the report, Gritters turned left onto 2nd Street, left the roadway and struck a fire hydrant.

The Pontiac received $2,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

February 14, 2017 - 10:25 am - Posted in News

W2 graphicOrange City, Iowa — A few days ago we told you that an Orange City employer had been hacked and employees’ W2 forms had been compromised.

We have now learned that another Orange City employer fell victim to a similar scheme.

Duane Beeson, the Director of Public Relations at Northwestern College in Orange City says they fell victim to an email phishing scheme. He says it was a sophisticated operation, and one that made national news.

Beeson says on Tuesday, February 7th, copies of their employees’ W2 forms were sent to an unknown party. Beeson says this only affected regular employees, not student employees, such as work study.

He says the email looks very official and appears to come from someone internal. According to Beeson, the email seemed to have come from a legitimate person on staff, who should have access to the W2 forms. The email asks for copies of the employees’ W2 forms to be sent to them in an email reply. He says that’s how the forms were sent outside of Northwestern.

He says the college has taken a number of steps to stop any possible fraud and help to apprehend the responsible party. He says they contacted the Orange City Police, the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. He says the IRS has a form that you can fill out if you’ve been a victim of such a crime.

Beeson says the college has also been in constant communication with employees, giving them advice and recommending steps to take. He says they have facilitated two forums for employees, and have encouraged them to contact the business office with specific questions.

He says they have offered affected employees free credit monitoring. He says they’ve also suggested employees put a fraud alert on all credit records and notify their financial institutions.

Beeson says Northwestern regrets the situation, and they apologize to their employees.

The IRS says the scheme uses the cover of the tax season and W-2 filings to try to trick people into sharing personal data. They recommend that if your CEO appears to be emailing you for a list of company employees, check it out before you respond.