February 20, 2015 - 4:14 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Vermillion woman has been sentenced in Sioux County Court for conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.
Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 34-year-old Shelly Lee Snow of Vermillion, SD, was found guilty in December of Conspiracy to Deliver and/or Possess with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Class C Felony, and was sentenced this past week.

On July 11, 2013, a controlled drug buy was set up by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office through a confidential informant being utilized and monitored by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. Police placed a “wire” audio transmitting device on the confidential informant so they could hear what was going on inside the home during the buy. Deputies also gave the confidential informant $350 to purchase an “8-ball” of methamphetamine, after which he entered the home stating he was “looking to buy meth.”

Two deputies set up surveillance to monitor the Hawarden home where the controlled buy was to take place. Deputies observed a black Cadillac Escalade, a vehicle they knew to be driven by Shelly Snow, arrive at the home. The deputies also heard the female voice they recognized to be Shelly Snow through the “wire.”

Inside the home, the confidential informant handed the $350 to Shelly Snow saying he “needed an 8-ball.” Court records indicate she left the home, drove to Sioux City, returned to Hawarden, and someone else gave the meth to the informant.

Snow was sentenced to a suspended ten year prison sentence and three years of probation. Among other conditions, she also has to pay a fine and is to obtain a substance abuse and/or mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment; maintain full-time employment; not frequent places that primarily serve alcohol and/or beer; abstain from all alcohol and illegal drugs, and be subject to random drug and alcohol tests.

February 19, 2015 - 2:48 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A series of workshops targeting Iowa beef producers will be held across western Iowa next month which will compare various types of cattle operations. Beth Doran is a beef program specialist at the Iowa State University Extension, based in Orange City. She says the workshops are targeted towards potential and current producers.
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(As above) “We’re going to try to give an overview of facility types,” Doran says. “We’ll be talking about different kinds of facilities, hoop barns, monoslope barns, open lots, deep-pitted slotted-floor barns. We’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantages of them and review some of the research on those types.”

Doran says producers will receive several production resources and tools as well as an updated manual on feedlot systems.

(As above) “We’re also going to give the workshop participants several scenarios and they’ll have to work through making appropriate choices for an operation,” Doran says. “That might involve their financing decisions, cost-benefit measurements and taking a look at that production environmental risk that’s going on with that.”

Doran says northwest Iowa contains a lot of the different operations that will be discussed in the workshops. Producers interested in attending should call their local extension office to pre-register. The workshops will be held on March 3rd in Emmetsburg, March 4th in Cherokee, March 18th in Lewis, and on March 25th in Carrol.

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February 19, 2015 - 2:01 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Two nineteen-year-olds, one from Alton and one from Orange City, have been arrested on drug charges.
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On Sunday evening, February 15, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Cody Langel of Alton. On Monday morning, February 16, they arrested 19-year-old Trey Beltmen of Orange City.

The arrests were a result of a drug investigation.

Langel was charged with delivery of cocaine. Beltman was charged with delivery of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and delivery of prescription drugs.

According to jail records, both are free after each posting a $5000 bond.

February 17, 2015 - 2:00 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — There’s going to be a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — or STEM — festival for middle schoolers at Dordt College on Saturday. Meanwhile, the governor’s STEM Advisory Council will highlight the accomplishments of the effort this Thursday at the capitol building in Des Moines. A preview was given at the governor’s news conference Monday. The focus on STEM began in 2011 and advisory council co-chair, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, says the Scale-Up programs have been key.
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(as she says)”Getting those high-quality programs in the hands of students, and these 10 outstanding STEM programs, I am happy to say are reaching over 117-thousand students in the State of Iowa,” according to Reynolds.

The legislature appropriated five-point-two million dollars for STEM programs in 2014-2015, and that is supplemented with support from other sources.

(as she says)”Scale Up programs I am happy to say are in more than 90-percent of the 338 school districts across the state of Iowa, as well as many non-public schools and out-of-school settings,” Reynolds says. ” And our goal is to be in 100-percent of the districts, and we hope to do that relatively soon.”

The executive director of the STEM Advisory Council, Jeff Weld, is also an associate biology professor at the University of Northern Iowa.

(as he says)”We’ve been at this for three-and-a-half years and I think we’re beginning to see the impact of our affect. We have a wonderful uptick in the number post-secondary community college and four-year college majors in the STEM fields that we are seeing lately,” Weld says. “We’re seeing wonderful evidence of public support and awareness of the STEM cause for our state. We are seeing an encouraging rise in the number of teachers earning math and science teaching endorsements.”

STEM information shows a 13-percent increase in the number of teachers in Iowa with one teaching endorsement in science or math.

(as he says)”Last year the Board of Educational examiners approved a new STEM endorsement. So, unlike your and my school experiences where we took math and we took science, kids of our not-to-distant future will be able to take STEM classes by teachers trained and prepared to teach interdisciplinary active, community-based, problem-solving approaches to learning,” Weld says.

Displays touting the work of the STEM Council will be set up in the capitol rotunda Thursday.

The STEM Festival at Dordt on Saturday will be made possible in part by the Governor’s STEM Scale-Up Initiative, Dordt College, and Iowa State University Extension.

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February 17, 2015 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — School start dates are on the minds of several northwest Iowans, especially school boards, administrators and athletic directors.
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The start date for next school year in the Sheldon Community School District is still up in the air, as it is for all of the school districts in northwest Iowa, due to the very high bar set by the Iowa Department of Education at Governor Terry Branstad’s request — for waivers to start school earlier than the week in which September first falls. Sports and other activities could also be affected. School leaders are saying a later start date would not only mean a later release date in the spring, but could affect standardized test scores, due to having less time to prepare.

We had a chance to talk with Iowa District 2 State Senator Randy Feenstra and he gives us an update as to some bills that could set a compromise date.

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Governor Branstad wanted the later start dates to allow Iowans with school-aged children to attend the Iowa State Fair, and to a lesser extent extend the vacation season at destinations like the Iowa Great Lakes. But Feenstra says his office now seems open to a compromise.

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Since school districts are in a time crunch, due to having to get the schedules finalized, we asked Feenstra how long he expects it to take to give them a definitive answer.

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He says his district, which includes Sioux, O’Brien, and Cherokee counties, and a little bit of Plymouth County, is basically split 50/50 with those who want earlier and those who want later start dates.

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Feenstra says he’s excited that that there will now be a set policy, with no more waivers.

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February 16, 2015 - 1:24 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A STEM fest is planned at Dordt College later this month. Iowa State University Extension expert Cindy Cleveringa tells us about the STEM fest.

A $10 registration fee covers the cost of lunch, and Cleveringa says it’s open to all middle schoolers.

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February 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — A Rock Valley man and an Avon, SD man were taken to the hospital after an accident near Ireton.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 12:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 49-year-old Michael Jonkers of Avon was driving a 2012 Volkswagen southbound on B46, four miles north of Ireton. Forty-eight-year-old Timothy Van Tilburg was southbound on K30 in a 2001 Peterbilt semi.

The report says that Jonkers failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection of B46 & K30. They say Van Tilburg struck the Volkswagen in the front passenger side.

The Ireton Ambulance took Van Tilburg and Jonkers to Sioux Center Health Hospital.

Damage amounts were not available.

February 16, 2015 - 9:01 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested on a number of charges on Thursday, February 12th.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 1 PM, their office arrested 22-year-old Orlando Guzman of Hull.

The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Division Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation, the deputy discovered that Guzman’s driver’s license was not valid.

Guzman was arrested and charged with driving while barred and suspended and was cited for a speed violation and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

February 14, 2015 - 8:13 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — An man living in Hull has been arrested on identity theft charges after he was wanted for failing to appear in court.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 39-year-old Angel Ortiz‐Ramirez of Hull on Wednesday morning, February 11.

The arrest stemmed from an incident where he was arrested for outstanding arrest warrants for failing to appear in Court. Upon further investigation, it was found that Ortiz had allegedly been using someone else’s identity to gain employment at Formosa Foods of Hull.

In addition to the arrest warrants, Ortiz‐Ramirez was charged with identity theft.

February 13, 2015 - 4:08 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Sheldon, Iowa — Chad and Lora Pettit of Sheldon were the Grand Prize Winners in KIWA’s Sweetheart Giveaway promotion.  Chad’s name was drawn Friday morning on the KIWA Morning Show, and he and Lora picked up their Grand Prize Package, valued at more than $1200.00, Friday noon at the KIWA Studios.

Chad and Lora’s Grand Prize Package was comprised of the following items:

Mastbergen Jewelry Ladies 14 karat white gold genuine garnet and diamond pendant with chain. Retail value is $319.

Evie’s Hallmark – Fashion Gift Basket

Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits – Valentine Spirits Basket $100 Value

Holiday Inn Express – A plush and Comfortable suite fit for winning couple to enjoy, including the comfort of a king size bed, hot tub, kitchenette and lounging area. $240.00 Value.

Old 60 Steaks and Chops – A culinary delight fit for the winning couple. Includes Appetizers, Entree for 2, desserts and beverages. $100.00 Value

Bliss Salon and Spa – for services supplied to make her feel special. $100.00

A Country Florist – 1 deluxe Dozen Bouquet of Roses with a beautiful Vase.

Missy’s – $50 Gift Certificate for her and $50 Gift Certificate for him.

Fareway – $100 Gift Card can be used any where in the store.

Impressions Salon – $100 Gift Certificate to pamper her on that special day.

Prairie Queen Bakery – 1 Dozen Chocolate Covered Strawberries and GOODIE Basket.

In addition, all those  registered in the contest received a 4 pack of Chocolate covered Strawberries from Prairie Queen Bakery.