Sioux Center, Iowa — Two Hawarden women were taken to a hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Friday.Sioux Center Ambulance

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that early in the 6 AM hour, 23-year-old Sophie Jurrens of Hawarden was driving a 2002 GMC Envoy eastbound on county road B40, a mile west of Sioux Center, when she lost control. The SUV entered the south ditch with her vehicle came to rest on its side.

A passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Sadie Davis of Hawarden and Jurrens were both transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital.

Damage to the GMC is estimated at $6,000.

The Sioux Center Police Department assisted at the scene.

ss smallHospers, Iowa — An alleged undocumented worker who worked in Hospers has been arrested on identity theft charges.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, March 6, they arrested Napoleon Aristides Hernandez-Cruz on charges of Identity Theft, Possession of a Falsified Social Security Card and two counts of Forgery.

The arrest resulted from an investigation by the sheriff’s office following a complaint filed by the victim.

Hernandez-Cruz was arrested at his place of employment in Hospers.

March 5, 2014 - 10:19 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center man’s Chevy was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, March 4th near Orange City.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 8:30 AM, 23-year-old Blake Kruger was driving eastbound on 410th St, three miles northwest of Orange City, in a 2007 Chevy Impala. Kruger lost control, entered the south ditch, and rolled, striking a fence owned by Jeff Korver from Orange City.

Kruger’s Chevy received $8,000 damage. The fence received $50 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

March 5, 2014 - 10:10 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Boyden woman’s Ford and a Boyden man’s Chevy were damaged in an accident on Sunday, March 2nd near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports at about 11:30 AM, 65-year-old Shirley Winter was backing out of a parking lot on St. John’s Lutheran Church, three miles north of Boyden, in a 2012 Ford SUV. Lloyd Winter’s Chevy Malibu was parked in the parking lot, unoccupied. Winter was backing from a parking spot and struck the Malibu with her SUV.

Winter’s Ford received $100 damage. Winter’s Chevy recieved $3,500 damage

There were no injuries reported

March 4, 2014 - 2:47 pm - Posted in News

Family Caregivers: ‘Now More Than Ever’

Mackenzie Johnson, ISU Extension and Outreach Family Life Program Assistant

Adding the role of caregiver to an already full life can be overwhelming. With about 90 million family caregivers in the United States, National Family Caregivers Month is recognizing the need for their service with the theme “now more than ever.”Mackenzie Johnson

The physical, emotional and financial stress can make it difficult to appreciate the rewards of caring for a loved one. As the number of family caregivers continues to grow, ‘now more than ever’ it is important to recognize the vital role family caregivers play and find support and resources to help them thrive, not just survive.

Two out of five adults in the U.S. are family caregivers and 39 percent of all adult Americans are caring for a sick or disabled loved one, according to the Caregiver Action Network. The network coordinates National Family Caregivers Month every November as a time to thank, support, educate and empower family caregivers.

Caregiving takes many forms. A caregiver may help a friend or relative with housekeeping, grocery shopping or personal care. Maybe you drive your loved one to doctor appointments or social activities at a senior center. Maybe your loved one lives with you or you help him or her with financial, legal or insurance issues. If you do one or more of these, you are a caregiver.

Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by taking care of themselves, they are better able to provide the care that their loved ones need.

Family caregivers can get resources online from eXtension, America’s research-based learning network. Go to for information, webinars and “ask an expert” questions and answers related to many aspects of family caregiving.

Family caregivers also may want to seek out a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class from ISU Extension and Outreach. I’m starting one one class in Primghar on March 17 and another session in Spencer on April 3. These classes, held over a period of six weeks, are designed to provide family caregivers with skills they need to take care of themselves.

These classes help caregivers find balance in their lives. You’ll learn ways to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings and increase your ability to make tough decisions.

For information about our upcoming classes, contact any ISU Extension and Outreach county office or check the Powerful Tools for Caregivers website,



Mackenzie Johnson
Family Life Program Assistant

Office:  712-957-5045


March 3, 2014 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

law-lightbar-blueHull, Iowa — A rural Hull man has been arrested on an assault charge.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their office took a complaint of an assault that had occurred Thursday evening, February 27, 2014 at a rural Hull home, that is actually in Lyon County.

The address was 2668 Goldfinch Avenue, Hull — which is actually only a mile southeast of Doon.

After an investigation, 54-year-old Paul Evan DeBoer who lives at that address was arrested and charged with domestic assault resulting in bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.

Sioux Center, Iowa — This past week, the Sioux Center City Council approved an agreement between the city and the Iowa DOT pertaining to a Traffic Safety Improvement Program grant to fund a study of the Highway 75 corridor.

We talked to Sioux Center City Council member David Krahling, who tells us about the grant. US75

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

About a year ago a group opposed to the idea of a five-lane section of Highway 75 through Sioux Center mounted a serious campaign against the proposed expansion of their Main Street, citing safety risks and pointing out what they claim are errors in the numbers the city used.

Krahling says this time there should be an opportunity for public input.

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The council voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

Clovis speaks at Prairie Queen Bakery

Sheldon, Iowa — Northwest Iowans had opportunities to meet with US Senate candidate Sam Clovis on Friday, February 28. The candidate started his day on the KIWA morning show, and had appearances in Sheldon, Sioux Center, and Orange City.

He says many people know him from his days on KSCJ radio in Sioux City, but he has had successful careers in the military, business, politics, and education as well.

Clovis tells one of the reasons he’s running for the Republican nomination for the seat that will be vacant upon the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

He says the issues that he sees as most important at this time are the economy, tax reform, creating an environment for job creation, the problems with the Affordable Care Act, and the constitution.

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He says he’s particularly a supporter of the Second Amendment.

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After his appearance on the KIWA morning show, Clovis met people at Prairie Queen Bakery and firearms manufacturer JARD, Incorporated in Sheldon; Casey’s Bakery in the Sioux Center Centre Mall; and at the Orange City Public Library.

March 1, 2014 - 8:34 am - Posted in News

Representative Dwayne Alons presents Certificate to Teresa Alvarado

Hull, Iowa — A 12-year-old girl from Hull was honored at a special ceremony on Friday, February 28.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the ceremony at the Boyden-Hull Elementary School in Boyden, recognized one of their students, 12-year-old Teresa Alvarado of Hull. Alvarado was honored for a courageous act that the Sheriff says helped save her mother’s life.

On December 13, 2013, while at their home in Hull, Teresa’s mother, Crystal Uvieta, was having trouble breathing; she soon collapsed and became unresponsive. Alvarado, although obviously upset, was able to call 911 and provide necessary information to the dispatcher and later to responding medical personnel. These acts of courage by Alvarado likely saved the life of her mother, says the Sheriff’s Office.

Teresa was presented with certificates of recognition from Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena and Iowa State Representative Dwayne Alons.

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to figure out who’s responsible for damage caused to a fence north of Sioux Center.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Tuesday, February 25, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received report that a vehicle had apparently damaged a fence at Trans Ova Genetic Advancement Center, four miles north of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation the Sheriff’s Office says they discovered that sometime between Monday, February 24 at 4:00 PM and Tuesday, February 25th at 9:00 AM, someone was apparently driving a vehicle southbound on Highway 75. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and it entered the west ditch, striking a fence owned by Trans Ova Genetic Advancement Center. The driver and vehicle then left the scene of the accident.

The fence received about $500 damage.

Pieces of the vehicle were recovered at the scene. The headlights found indicate the damage was caused by an older vehicle, possibly late 1980′s to early 1990′s. There were also pieces of the vehicle’s grill at the scene with the word “Plymouth” on it.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.