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

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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.

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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.

February 28, 2014 - 10:32 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8A Rock Valley man’s Ford was damaged in an accident on Monday, February 17th near Doon.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that aboud 12:15 AM on the 17th, 17-year-old Brady Blankespoor was driving southbound on K-42, a half mile south of Doon in a 2001 Ford SUV. Blankespoor was passing a slow moving car when, due to the icy roads, he lost control of his vehicle. He entered the east ditch and his vehicle rolled over at least once before coming to rest on its passenger side.

Blankespoor’s Ford received $5,000 damage.

There were no injuries reported

February 27, 2014 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — After some controversy in 2011 when the Northwest Iowa Outdoor Sporting Complex wanted to put a gun range there, but were denied — the future of Sandy Hollow near Sioux Center had been somewhat up in the air. Sandy Hollow Sign
The City of Sioux Center still owns the land and a campground had been the only real use of the land since then. But now a lease is being negotiated with the Sioux County Conservation Board.

The campground east of Sioux Center had also been home to a swimming hole and golf course complex, but Sioux Center City Council member Dave Krahling says the city doesn’t feel they are in a position at this point to rebuild or run a park of that size. He says Sioux Center has changed and now has facilities located in the city itself.

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Krahling says a proposed agreement between the City and Sioux County Conservation to lease and operate the Sandy Hollow Recreational Area was received favorably at this week’s Sioux Center City Council meeting.

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The agreement at this point also includes language that would help the city and the county conservation board work toward the transfer of ownership of the area over a period of time.

After the council reviewed the agreement, they authorized the mayor and city clerk to execute a Lease and Development Agreement between the city and the Sioux County Conservation Board. The vote was unanimous. Krahling says final details are still being worked out.

Sam ClovisNorthwest Iowa — A number of candidates are in the running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be open upon the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin. People in Sheldon, Sioux Center, and Orange City will have the chance to see one of them in person on Friday.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis will be making stops in northwest Iowa this Friday, February 28th.

Many people think of Clovis as a Sioux City talk show host, and that is something that he has done, but he has a long background in both the military and the private sector.

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Clovis will be a the Prairie Queen Bakery from 8-9:30 AM this Friday. About 9:45, the candidate will be at Sheldon firearms manufacturer, Jard, Incorporated at 3149 Nest Avenue, north of Sheldon. He’ll also be at Casey’s Bakery at the Sioux Center Mall from 12:15 to 1:30 PM and then at the Orange City Library from 3-4:15 PM.

The public is invited to all the appearances and is encouraged to bring their questions.

In addition, Clovis will make an appearance on the KIWA morning show on Friday morning.