Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man has been arrested and faces a felony charge of Second Degree Burglary after an incident on Wednesday, April 23rd.
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The Hawarden Police Department reports that about 9:45 PM that night, they were called to a home in Hawarden on a call reporting that a burglary had allegedly just taken place. Two occupants of the home reported that they were sleeping and were suddenly awakened by the sounds of an intruder entering the house. They said that when they went to investigate they found 28-year-old Jeremy James Langley of Hawarden inside the home.

Langley was known to one of the occupants of the home and was positively identified.

Langley is then alleged to have confronted the occupants where he allegedly made several threats to do bodily harm to the male occupant. One of the occupants of the house called police and Langley left the home.

He was found a short time later by officers of the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the investigation, Langley was arrested and charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, as he is alleged to have entered an occupied structure with the intent to commit an assault.

Second degree burglary is a Class C felony, carrying a potential 10 year prison term and fine up to $10,000 if convicted.

At last report, according to jail records, Langley remained in the Sioux County Jail on a $7500 cash or surety bond. His preliminary hearing is set for May 6th in Sioux County District Court.

April 30, 2014 - 11:20 am - Posted in News

Plymouth Co SheriffAn Ireton woman’s Chrysler was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, April 30th near Akron.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:19 AM, 16-year-old Beth Boehme of Ireton was driving westbound on C16, west of Akron, in a 2002 Chrysler Van when a deer ran into the road way, striking the driver’s side of the Chrysler.

Boehme’s Chrysler received $1,500 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to solve a rural Sheldon burglary case.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

On Tuesday, April 29, at 6:20 AM, their deputies investigated a report of burglary and theft that occurred at a residence on Log Avenue, two miles south of Sheldon.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that someone entered the home and stole a Sentry portable fire safe and two containers of coins. The Sheriff’s Office says the alleged crime likely took place between Sunday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 29.

If you saw suspicious people or activity in this area when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about this crime and wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-a-Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com

western logoAaron Thomas, son of legendary Aplington Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas, will be speaking in chapel at Western Christian High School on Friday, May 9 at 9:15 a.m.

Aaron Thomas is a teacher, coach, and public speaker. Due to his unique life experiences Aaron talks about a variety of topics but will often focus on overcoming adversity, the power of God, and standing for something in today’s society.

The event is open to the public.

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was arrested after an unusual incident at an Orange City hotel.law-lightbar-blue

According to an Orange City Police report, about 6 AM on Saturday morning, April 26th, the Police Department was called to the Super 8 Motel in Orange City. The report was that there was a man there who refused to leave.

Upon investigating the incident, police discovered 23-year-old Richard Berkenpas of Rock Valley had been found asleep in the hallway of the hotel by hotel staff.

The report indicates Berkenpas became argumentative and refused to leave.

Police arrested him and charged him with Public Intoxication.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Moville teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday, April 22 in Sioux Center. Sioux Center Ambulance

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that about 5:05 PM, 19-year-old Benjamin Dyer was northbound on Thirteenth Avenue Northeast on a 1980 Yamaha motorcycle.

The report says Dyer down-shifted into a a gear that was too low for the speed at which the motorcycle was traveling. The action caused him to lose control of the bike. It crossed the center line and Dyer and his motorcycle entered the west ditch.

Dyer was taken to Sioux Center Hospital by Sioux Center Ambulance.

Dyer’s Yamaha motorcycle received $2000 in damages, enough to total the bike.

The police report says he was also charged with failure to have a valid license.

Orange City Area Health SystemAlso named in Top 20 Best Practices for Patient Satisfaction

Orange City Area Health System was recently named one of the 20 highest ranked critical access hospitals (CAHs) in the United States by the National Rural Health Association, as determined by iVantage Health Analytics.

The determining factors for the Top 20 CAHs were based on eight indices of strength using the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most comprehensive rating of U.S. acute care hospitals and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.

In addition to the Top 20 Critical Access Hospital recognition, 60 “best practice” designations were given to facilities that have achieved success in one of three key area of performance: quality, patient satisfaction, and financial stability. Orange City Area Health System was named among the Top 20 in the Patient Satisfaction category.

“We are truly honored to be listed in the Top 1% of critical access hospitals in the nation,” reports Marty Guthmiller, CEO for Orange City Area Health System. “It is a true testament to each of our 500 employees for the quality of care they provide, as well as the support attributed to us by our patients.”

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive non-profit health system including a critical access hospital; four medical clinics served by 16 family practice providers; fertility, prenatal, and OB services; surgical and diagnostic imaging centers; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus consisting of a retirement community and senior care center. More information at ocHealthSystem.org.

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Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hofman

We here at KIWA want to keep you informed. We know there is a lot going on in northwest Iowa, and so we’re going to bring you a report from area Chamber Of Commerce directors.

From meetings to home shows, community celebrations to fundraisers, business promotions to county fairs, and of course Christmas promotions and celebrations, there’s always something going on in northwest Iowa.

Featured right now on kiwaradio.com, a recent interview with Orange City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Hoffman. He tells us about upcoming activities in Orange City.

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April 29, 2014 - 12:27 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNR

Conifer trees across Iowa are showing signs of stress from last winter, including browning or bleaching needles, needle loss and some tree death.  This condition is known as winter desiccation, or winter burn.

“This past winter may have been one of the colder winters on record, but we still had several days where the air temperature was above freezing and the soil remained frozen.  When this happens, trees use the water reserves in their needles but are unable to absorb new water from the frozen soil,” said Tivon Feeley, forest health program leader with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The tree literally runs out of water.”

The symptoms become more apparent as the days warm and tend to be worse on the windward side of the tree.  Reports indicate arborvitae, white pine and white fir have moderate to severe damage from winter burn.

Feeley said if the needles on the tree are dead but buds are alive, new plant foliage will replace foliage lost from winter burn. “However, if both the buds and needles are dead the tree will not recover and will need to be removed,” he said.

There is no way to prevent winter burn.  However, tree owners can reduce the risk by properly mulching and watering in the fall prior to the tree going dormant.  Watering is especially important in drought years.

April 29, 2014 - 12:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRIt’s as predictable as August heat.  From border to border, the Wildlife Baby Season has arrived in Iowa.  From May until at least mid-June, DNR field offices across the state will be inundated with hundreds of phone calls and scores of deliveries regarding “orphaned wildlife.”

Most calls begin with something like, “We were walking in the park when . . .,” or “I looked out my window and saw. . .”  In nearly every instance, the scenario ends with something [or several somethings] being rescued from their mother.

During a typical season, the species will range all the way from baby robins and squirrels to spindly-legged white-tailed fawns.  At this time of the year it is not at all uncommon for biologists to discover that complete litters of baby raccoons, foxes, or even skunks have mysteriously appeared on their doorsteps.

Why this happens is no real mystery.  >From fuzzy yellow ducklings to tiny baby bunnies, nothing appears more cute and cuddly than a wildlife baby.  But in reality, most of the wildlife reported to DNR field offices is not really orphaned at all.  And while the people who attempt to “rescue” these babies have the best of intentions, they are in fact dooming the very creatures they intend to help.

The babies of most wildlife species leave their nests or dens well in advance of being able to care for themselves.  Although broods or litters may become widely scattered during this fledgling period, they still remain under the direct care and feeding of their parents.

For many songbirds, the transition to independence comes quickly and may take as little as four or five days.  For other species such as Canada geese, kestrels, or great horned owls, the young and parents may stay in contact for weeks — even months.

At the beginning of the fledgling period, young birds appear clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable.  The reason for this is because they really are clumsy, dull-witted, and vulnerable.  But as the education process continues, the survivors smarten up fast, while slow learners quickly fade from the scene.  Most birds have less than a 20 percent chance of surviving their first year.  While this seems unfortunate or cruel, this is a normal occurrence in Nature.  In the real out-of-doors, it’s just the way things are.

Most mammals employ a slightly different strategy when it comes to caring for their adolescents.  Since most mammals are largely nocturnal, the mother usually finds a safe daytime hideout for her young while she sleeps or looks for food.  Consequently, it is perfectly normal for the young to be alone or unattended during the daylight hours.

Nevertheless, whenever a newborn fawn or a nest full of baby cottontails or raccoons is discovered by a human, it quite often is assumed that the animals are orphaned.  The youngster’s fate is usually sealed when it is promptly “rescued from the wild.”

Many wildlife babies die soon after capture from the stress of being handled, talked to, and placed into the unfamiliar surroundings of a slick sided cardboard box.  Should the animal have the misfortune of surviving this trauma, they often succumb more slowly to starvation from improper nourishment, pneumonia, or other human caused sicknesses.

Whether they are adults or young, all species of wildlife have highly specific needs for survival.  “Rescuing a baby from its mother” not only shows bad judgment, it also is illegal.

Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is always a unique privilege.  Taking a good photo or two provides an even more lasting memory.  But once you’ve done that, let well enough alone.  Leave wildlife babies where they belong — in the wild.