Sioux City, Iowa — The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) and Hauff Mid-America Sports has announced the Volleyball players-of-the-week for contests played August 21st through the 27th. Hauff Mid-America Sports is the presenting sponsor of the 2017-2018 GPAC Players-of-the-Week and Players and Coaches-of-the-Year awards program.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Volleyball Players-of-the-Week

Dordt’s Ema Altena is this week’s GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Volleyball Attacker-of-the-Week. Altena, a junior, from Sioux Center averaged 4.27 kills per set, racking up 64 total kills over five matches as the second-ranked Defenders went to 5-0 on the week. Two of the victories came over ranked opponents. She had 20 kills, 13 assists and a pair of blocks in a three-set sweep of ninth-ranked Corban Oregon.

Jamie Gesink also of Dordt College is this week’s Setter-of-the-Week. Gesink, also a junior from Sioux Center averaged 10.53 assists per set in five matches. She also added 37 digs and 21 kills to go along with her setting numbers. She compiled a double double with 38 assists and 14 digs in a three-set sweep of ninth-ranked Corban Oregon. Both Gesink and Altena are graduates of Western Christian High School.

Morningside libero Nikki Oberfoell is this week’s Defender-of-the-Week. Oberfoell, a senior from Brighton, Colorado, averaged 4.27 digs per set in the Mustangs’ four matches at the Northwestern Red Raider Classic. She had match-high totals of 21 digs against Dakota State and 19 digs against Mayville State in a pair of victories for the Mustangs’ on Saturday.

August 31, 2017 - 8:26 am - Posted in Sports

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — Todd Heitkamp, the owner of Dakota Angler in Sioux Falls, SD, provides the latest fishing report for the Tri-State area of Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota. Check out the last Dakota Angler 2-Minute Fishing Report for the month of August! Todd also discusses the differences between wax worms and maggots in Todd’s Tackle Tips!

Northeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Enemy Swim A few walleyes and perch.
Horseshoe A few walleyes and smallmouth.
Pelican A few walleyes and perch.
Dry Lake #2(By Willow Lake) Walleyes fair to good.
Big Stone Lake Perch and bluegills fair along with a few walleye.
Poinsett Perch and walleye fair. A few pike.
Lake Hendricks A few walleye.
Bitter Lake Walleye fair. A few perch.
Waubay Walleye and perch fair.
Reetz N/A.
Dry Lake #3 (By Florence) A few walleye..
Pickerel Lake A few walleye, crappie, and perch.
West Oakwood A few perch and walleye.
Swan Lake A few walleye.
Lake Kampeska Walleyes fair.
Piyas A few perch.
Blue Dog Walleyes fair to good.
Lake Cochrane Few reports.
Casey’s Slough A few walleye.
Indian Springs Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Lynn Lake A few walleye.
Dry Lake #1 (Clark/Garden City) A few walleye.
Traverse A few walleyes.
Lake Albert Walleyes fair.
Lake Henry Walleyes slow to fair.
Roy Lake Few walleye and smallmouth bass.
Buffalo Few reports.

Southeast South Dakota

Lake Fishing Report
Madison Walleyes fair along with a few crappie and perch.
Vermillion Walleyes fair late afternoon and evening.
Lake Herman A few walleyes.
Wall Lake Walleyes and perch fair.
Lake Alvin Crappie and Walleyes fair, along with a few perch.
Diamond Walleyes fair.
Scott’s Slough A few crappie, perch, and walleye.
Island A few walleye and perch.
81 Ponds A few walleyes.
George WPA A few walleye.
Twin Lakes (by Montrose) N/A.
Thompson Walleyes fair to good. A few perch and crappie.
Brandt A few walleyes.
Whitewood A few perch.
Spirit Lake (North of De Smet) A few walleyes.
Henry WPA A few walleyes.
Family Park (Western Sioux Falls) A few bluegills, crappie, and pike..
Mitchell A few crappie and perch..
Menno A few walleye.
Beaver A few walleye.
Sinai Walleyes fair along with a few crappie.
Brush A few walleye.
Loss N/A
East Oakwood Walleyes fair.

Northwest Iowa

Lake Fishing Report
Spirit Lake Yellow bass fair to good. Walleyes fair. A few bluegills and crappie..
Silver Lake Walleyes fair to good.
East Okoboji Few walleyes, perch and bluegills.
West Okoboji Bluegills fair; A few perch and walleyes.
Lake Pahoja A few bluegills.

Southwest Minnesota

Lake Fishing Report
Shetek Walleyes fair and a few perch.
Sarah Walleyes fair to good.
Benton Few walleye.
East Twin Walleyes fair.
Round A few walleye.
Okabena Few walleye.

Missouri River

River Fishing Report
Mobridge Fair to good for walleyes.
Pierre Walleye bite is getting better.
Fort Thompson Walleyes fair to good.
Chamberlain Walleyes fair to good.
Platte Walleyes fair to good.
Pickstown Walleyes fair.
Yankton A few walleyes.

Other Rivers

River Fishing Report
James River Slow.
Big Sioux A few cats.
August 30, 2017 - 1:15 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa (Radio Iowa ) — School is back in session around the area, and we’re again seeing those big yellow buses on the road, often with their lights flashing and their stop arms extended.

Last year there were 581 convictions in Iowa for passing a stopped school bus. Iowa Department of Transportation director Mark Lowe says the best way to avoid a ticket — or a crash — is to obey the speed limit and keep your eyes on the road.

According to the Iowa DOT, there have been “at least two incidents in the past two years” in which drivers have been killed when their vehicle smashed into the back of an Iowa school bus.

Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg says the 10-foot perimeter around a school bus is sometimes called the “danger zone.”

Drivers are to prepare to stop when the yellow lights on a school bus are flashing, unless the bus is on a road that’s four-lanes wide. In that instance, vehicles on a four-lane road that are BEHIND the bus must stop.

Five years ago, the penalties for passing a stopped school bus were raised and first-time offenders lose their driver’s license for 30 days. “Kadyn’s Law” was named after seven-year-old Kadyn Halvorson of Northwood. She was struck and killed by a pick-up while she was crossing the road to board her school bus.

August 29, 2017 - 6:24 pm - Posted in News


Hawarden, Iowa — Sheldon’s not the only town with their summer celebration over the Labor Day weekend. One of the other towns that does is Hawarden.

The weekend starts on Saturday with a tractor ride, pedal tractor pull, an outdoor craft fair, and a corn maze. That night there’s a demolition derby, and a 60th reunion for the class of ’57.

On Sunday, a community worship service starts things out at 9 a.m. The outdoor craft fair and corn maze continue to be available too. The Little Miss Big Sioux River Princess will be crowned at a 1 p.m. ceremony. That night there’s a fire department open house and meal at the fire station from 5 to 7 p.m. A community hymn sing will follow at 7:15 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and there will be a fireworks display starting about 9 p.m.

Just like Sheldon’s Celebration Days, the big day of the festival is Labor Day Monday in Hawarden. The FCCLA Walk and Run registration starts at 7 a.m., with the race to follow at 7:30. There’s a CRC pancake breakfast. Troop 209 will open their food stand at 10 a.m. The outdoor craft fair and corn maze will still be available. There will be a BBQ fundraiser lunch at Trinity Lutheran at 11, and Pie à la Mode will be available at the Baptist Church from 11 to 4.

The Kiddie Parade starts at 1, with the Grand Parade to start at 1:15. Lots of activities will be available in the park after the parade including an obstacle course, a petting zoo, laser tag, a bounce house, a mariachi band, and more. Plus Jerry and the Wash Tub Band will play at 2.

Many different historical buildings and displays will be available during different times during the festival, including the Calliope Village buildings

Click here to see the full schedule of events

August 29, 2017 - 6:22 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A semi driver was taken to the hospital after an accident near Alton on Monday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:35 a.m. 30-year-old Davus Closson of O’Neil, Nebraska was driving a 2007 Kenworth semi‐tractor pulling a livestock trailer loaded with isowean piglets, a mile south of Alton on Highway 60 when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch. The truck and trailer rolled onto its side on the east shoulder.

The Alton Ambulance took Closson to the Orange City Hospital.

The sheriff’s office says the Kenworth sustained about $30,000 in damage. The trailer sustained approximately $10,000 in damage. The loss of the piglets was also estimated at $30,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Alton ambulance, Alton Fire Department, Orange City Ambulance, Orange City Fire Department and the Iowa Department of Transportation assisted them with the response to the accident.

Closson was cited on charges of failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle and failing to use a seatbelt.

August 29, 2017 - 3:04 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — The 2017 Sheldon Community High School Homecoming Queen and King candidates have been announced.

Candidates for Sheldon Homecoming Queen candidates include:  Nicole Johnson, the daughter of Jason and Lisa Johnson; Kacy Kamphoff, the daughter of Denny and Sandy Kamphoff; Katie Wagner, the daughter of Jeff and Jeff and Myrna Wagner; Paige Young, the daughter of Brett and Betsy Young; and Maddie Zoelle, the daughter of Tony and Sara Zoelle.

Orab Homecoming King candidates for 2017 are:  Kyle Boerhave, the son of Steve and Renea Boerhave; Dawson Jacobsma, the son of Kory and Krissa Jacobsma; Austin Kavanagh, the son of Greg and Julie Kavanagh; Jaden Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; and Hunter Lang, the son of Chad and Sara Lang.

The candidates will all be riding in the Celebration Days Parade next Monday afternoon.  The King and Queen will be crowned on Tuesday, September 26th, at 7:30 pm in the Sheldon High School Gym.  Sheldon’s Homecoming football game will be played Friday night, September 29th at Orab Field against Estherville-Lincoln Central.

The latest Radio Iowa High School Football Poll has Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley maintaining their #2 ranking in Class 2A with Sheldon entering the rankings in the spot. West Lyon jumped one spot to the 1 position in Class 1A, with Western Christian fell to #4. West Sioux stays ranked 4th in Class A, and 8-man is still topped by Harris-Lake Park, along with Remsen St. Mary’s makes an appearance at #9.

Class 4A
1. Dowling Catholic (1-0), LW #1 @ Urbandale
2. Iowa City West (1-0), LW #3 vs Muscatine
3. WDM Valley (1-0), LW #4 vs #7 Waukee
4. Cedar Rapids Prairie (1-0), LW #8 @ CR Jefferson (Thur)
5. Johnston (1-0), LW (X) vs S.E. Polk
6. Lewis Central (1-0), LW #6 vs CB Abe Lincoln
7. Waukee (1-0), LW #7 @ #3 WDM Valley
8. Pleasant Valley (1-0), LW #9 @ Iowa City High
9. Cedar Falls (1-0), LW #10 @ Ames
10.Ankeny Centennial (0-1), LW #2 vs Ankeny

Class 3A
1. Pella (1-0), LW #1 @ Dallas Center-Grimes
2. West Delaware (1-0), LW #2 @ 2A-#7 Mount Vernon
3. Sioux City Heelan (1-0), LW #3 vs Carroll
4. Cedar Rapids Xavier (1-0), LW #5 vs Linn-Mar
5. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (1-0), LW #6 @ Sioux City East
6. Solon (1-0), LW #9 vs 1A-#2 Iowa City Regina
7. Webster City (1-0), LW #8 vs Clear Lake
8. Storm Lake (1-0), LW #10 vs Pocahontas Area
9. Boone (1-0), LW (X) @ Bondurant-Farrar
10.Washington (1-0), LW (X) @ Mid-Prairie

Class 2A
1. Williamsburg (1-0), LW #1 vs South Tama
2. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley (1-0), LW #2 @ 1A-#1 West Lyon
3. Carroll Kuemper (1-0), LW #3 vs 1A-#2 St. Albert
4. Aplington-Parkersburg (2-0), LW #8 at Iowa Falls-Alden
5. Waukon (1-0), LW #9 @ New Hampton
6. Cascade (1-0), LW (X) vs Central DeWitt
7. Mount Vernon (0-1), LW #6 vs 3A-#2 West Delaware
8. Sheldon (1-0), LW (X) vs South O’Brien
9. Union (LaPorte City) (0-1), LW #4 @ Vinton-Shellsburg
10.South Central Calhoun (0-1), LW #7 @ IKM-Manning

Class 1A
1. West Lyon (1-0), LW #2 vs 2A-#2 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley
2. Iowa City Regina (0-1), LW #1 @ 3A-#6 Solon
3. Denver (1-0), LW #4 vs Wapsie Valley
4. Western Christian (0-1), LW #3 vs Akron-Westfield
5. Panorama (1-0), LW #6 @ Woodward Academy
6. Bellevue (1-0), LW #7 at Northeast (Goose Lake)
7. Van Meter (1-0), LW #5 vs Woodward-Granger
8. Pella Christian (1-0), LW (X) @ Albia
9. Pleasantville (1-0), LW #10 @ Centerville
10.AHSTW (Avoca) (1-0), LW (X) @ Lawton-Bronson

Class A
1. Gladbrook-Reinbeck (1-0), LW #1 vs Dike-New Hartford
2. Council Bluffs St. Albert (1-0), LW #2 @ 2A-#4 Carroll Kuemper
3. Lynnville-Sully (1-0), LW #3 vs BGM (Brooklyn)
4. West Sioux (1-0), LW #4 @ HMS (Hartley)
5. Lisbon (1-0), LW #5 @ North Cedar
6. Algona Garrigan (1-0), LW #6 at Southeast Valley
7. Hudson (1-0), LW #8 @ Nashua-Plainfield
8. East Buchanan (1-0), LW #9 @ Sumner-Fredricksburg
9. Earlham (0-1), LW #10 @ Madrid
10.Pekin (2-0), LW (X) vs Davis County

1. Harris-Lake Park (1-0), LW #1 vs River Valley
2. Don Bosco (1-0), LW #2 @ Iowa Valley
3. Audubon (1-0), LW #3 @ CAM (Anita)
4. Fremont-Mills (1-0), LW #4 @ Stanton
5. Newell-Fonda (1-0), LW #5 vs Glidden-Ralston
6. Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire (1-0), LW #7 vs Northwood-Kensett
7. Turkey Valley (1-0), LW #6 vs West Central (Maynard)
8. East Union (1-0), LW #10 vs East Mills
9. Remsen St. Mary’s (1-0), LW (X) vs Baxter
10.AGWSR (1-0), LW (X) vs Dunkerton

August 28, 2017 - 10:33 am - Posted in Sports

Hull, Iowa — Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley scored 42 unanswered points, and came away with the 49-14 win over Western Christian in the battle of the State Champions Friday night in Hull.

The Nighthawks’ took their first possession down the field and made it a quick 7-0 when JT Van’t Hul found Jaden Den Boer from 26 yards out. Western then responded with a lengthy drive and Ben Granstra pounded it in from 2 yards out to tie things up at 7-7.

After a BHRV turnover on downs, the Wolfpack capitalized with Carter Broek finding Travis Solsma deep for 58 yards and pay dirt. The Nighthawks countered with a 2 play drive in 24 seconds capped off by a Van’t Hul 24 yard TD run making it 14-14 after 1 quarter of work for both teams

The Nighthawks then took control. After a Western fumble, Cade Moser was on the receiving end of a 69 yard TD pass, and Den Boer again got into the endzone with a 41 yard TD reception. Heading into halftime it was 28-14 Nighthawks. The Nighthawks scored 3 more times in the 2nd half, and came away with the 49-14 victory.

BHRV improves to 1-0 on the year, and travels to Larchwood next Friday to take on West Lyon. Western Christian falls to 0-1 on the young season and plays host to Akron-Westfield next week Friday.

August 25, 2017 - 5:05 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — Western Christian High School has received an $8,000 grant for a greenhouse project.

Schoool officials say the grant is provided through Farm Credit Services of America’s “Working Here Fund”.

They tell us that the Western Christian agriculture program will be adding a greenhouse to the program soon with the assistance of funds from the grant. We are told that the agriculture program began two years ago and continues to grow each year. With the addition of the greenhouse, teachers say students will have more opportunities for hands-on learning experiences. They say that the addition of the greenhouse will allow instructors to enhance the lessons and skills taught to the students in the classroom and in the greenhouse.

Western Christian agriculture instructor and FFA advisor Kylie Miller says that while the classroom aspect of the program focuses heavily on hands-on activities, she says she believes that adding the greenhouse to the program will only enhance those skills and provide students with greater opportunity to apply real-life agriculture experiences.

After the greenhouse is completed, students will be responsible for its maintenance. School leaders tell us that Western Christian will incorporate the greenhouse into the learning objectives of as many classes as possible to maximize the learning opportunity for students.

Angela Vaughan, vice president of retail operations at Farm Credit Service’s (also known as FCSAmerica) Sheldon office says that they know first-hand the value of agriculture education and are proud to partner with Western Christian High School to ensure future generations have the same opportunities for learning.

August 25, 2017 - 10:37 am - Posted in Sports

Northwest Iowa — It’s opening night Friday night for most Iowa high school football teams. The Sheldon Orabs open at Sibley Ocheyedan on KIWA AM 1550. The Boyden Hull Rock Valley Nighthawks open at home against Western Christian on KIWA FM 105.3.

Sheldon renews the old Highway 60 rivalry in the first of two non-district games to start the season. Along with a win Sheldon Head Coach Tyler Lloyd looks at execution and tempo as the goals for the season opener.

Coach Lloyd sees turnover margin as the biggest key to an Orab win.

Sibley Ocheyedan Head Coach Dan Spooner talks about his players understanding the need for a total team effort.

Spooner feels good decision making will be the key for the Generals.

The Coach Kory Roos and LA will bring you season long coverage of the Orabs on KIWA AM 1550.


Boyden Hull Rock Valley opens the year with a non-district game hosting Western Christian. It’s a match up of two defending State Champions with the Nighthawks winning the 2A title and the Wolfpack claiming the 1A State title last season. The high school athletic association has said it’s the first time two defending State Champions have opened the season against each other.

Nighthawk Head Coach Corey Brandt has been most proud of his teams attitude and effort leading up to the season opener.

Brandt feels effort will be one of the biggest keys to getting a win in the season opener.

Wolfpack Head Coach Travis Kooima likes the way the different personalities of his team are coming together.

Along with a win Friday night Kooima would like to see his team begin to define it’s identity.

Jon and Justin Hellinga bring you season long coverage of the Nighthawks on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for both of our broadcast games begins with the Radio Iowa Scouting Report at 6:05 with kick off at 7:00. Following our game coverage listen in for scores and highlights from across the state with the Scoreboard show on KIWA FM 105.3. Both games will be streamed from the website as well at