March 28, 2018 - 9:52 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Winter overnight parking bans in a number of communities are set to expire soon.

Several cities in the KIWA listening area have ordinances regarding overnight parking, especially during the snow removal season. But with the coming of spring, you soon should be able to park on the street again overnight in most cases.

In Sheldon, the overnight parking ban expires April 1st. Police Chief Lyle Bolkema says that motorists are not allowed to park on any street in the city between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from November 1st to April 1st.  Violation of Sheldon’s overnight parking ban is subject to a citation that carries a $10 fine.

Sanborn’s city-wide overnight parking ban expires on March 31st. However, no parking is allowed from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., year-round, on Main Street. Violation of Sanborn’s overnight parking ban carries a $15 fine.

According to Sibley city officials, their overnight parking ban will remain in effect until April 15th. It calls for no parking on any city street between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from November 1st through April 15th.  The fine for violating Sibley’s overnight parking ban is $25.

Orange City officials say that their parking ban expires on April 1st. It says no parking is allowed on any of their city streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., from October 15th through April 1st.  The fine for noncompliance in Orange City is $10.

There are a couple of cities in our area that don’t have an actual overnight parking ban but do have an ordinance that’s effective when snow falls. So motorists who park on the street need to keep up-to-date on the weather forecast.

Hartley City officials tell us there is no overnight parking ban in that city. However, their ordinance says that vehicles must be off the streets when snowfall begins and must remain off the streets until the streets are cleared of snow.  Failure to do so will result in a $15 fine from the City of Hartley.

Rock Rapids officials say their ordinance expires on April 1st. It bans parking on all city streets and alleys from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. — but only during snow removal operations. The fine for non-compliance in Rock Rapids is $25. In addition, no overnight parking is allowed in the central business district year-round.

With that being said, even if the overnight parking ban expires for the season in your community — if we get some late-season snow, it’s always a good idea not to park overnight on the street. Your city crews that have to move the snow would appreciate not having to plow around your vehicle.

March 28, 2018 - 9:09 am - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College posted a second place finish at the two-day, 54-hole Desert Intercollegiate Invite held at The Golf Club at Terra Lago (South Course) in Indio, Calif.

In second place after Monday’s first two rounds, Northwestern held its place and finished second out of 21 teams with a 54-hole total of 951. Head Coach Aaron Aberson’s squad battled the windy, nearly unplayable conditions for the second straight day and closed with a 320. They were 10 strokes in front of Menlo College (961) and 19 better than Wiliam Jessup (Calif.).

Victoria (B.C.) won the meet with a 903 and recorded the low score in each of the three rounds.

Isaac Knock placed seventh overall and was the top golfer for Coach Aberson’s squad, carding a 54-hole total of 232. It was the third top 10 finish of the season for the freshman as he opened and closed with a 77 and shot a 78 in Monday’s second round. Colton Kooima tied for 19th with a 240 (84/74/82) in his season debut, followed by fellow senior Evan Schuler who tied for 29th with a 243. Austin Reitz (T33rd-244) and Justin Kraft (T53-250) round out the Red Raider golfers.

Northwestern will next play in the Briar Cliff Invite on April 3

March 26, 2018 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — A Hawarden man is behind bars, accused of sexual abuse in 2015.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrest log says the Hawarden Police Department arrested 33-year-old Antonio Rodriguez-Diaz on Saturday on a warrant for third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony; and a misdemeanor offense of indecent contact with a child.

According to court records, police believe that in January 2015, Rodriguez-Diaz asked a 16-year-old girl to help him with an injury and that he inappropriately touched the girl while they were behind closed doors.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told authorities about the incident in May 2017.

If convicted of a class C felony, Rodriguez-Diaz would face a penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000, per Iowa code.

According to jail records, at last report, he remained in the Sioux County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

March 26, 2018 - 6:41 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sheldon man has been arrested for what authorities say was his part in an alleged assault in January.
According to court records, 29-year-old Dustin Michael Engelkes is charged with going armed with intent, a class D felony; child endangerment and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, both aggravated misdemeanors; and False Imprisonment, a serious misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint says Engelkes, James Wagner, and two juveniles allegedly coerced a victim to come with them in a vehicle under false pretenses so that they could assault him, which they allegedly did on a rural Sioux County road in January of this year. A handgun was reportedly involved that was allegedly shot either at the victim or into the air, to “assault, scare, or intimidate [the victim,]” according to the Sioux County deputy’s report.

According to the Sioux County Arrest Log, Engelkes was arrested on a warrant this past Friday, March 23rd.

March 26, 2018 - 2:27 pm - Posted in News

Alton, Iowa — A Granville teen was injured after rolling his SUV near Alton early Saturday morning.

According to Sioux County authorities, the crash happened shortly after 6:30 Saturday morning, two miles east of Alton on Highway 10. Deputies say 16-year old Gustav Espersen, of Granville, was westbound on Highway 10 when he lost control of his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, entered the south ditch, and rolled the vehicle.

Authorities say Espersen was taken to the Orange City Hospital by Alton Ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

Officials estimate damage to Espersen’s Suburban at about $10-thousand.

Sioux County deputies were assisted at the scene by the Alton Ambulance, Alton Fire Department, and Orange City Police Department.

March 26, 2018 - 2:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Lester Harman, age 74, of Hull, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday, March 29, at 10:30 am, at the First Reformed Church in Hull. The Rev. Kevin Yurk and the Rev. Harlan De Jong will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Hope Cemetery in Hull. Visitation will be after 5:00 pm on Wednesday, with the family present from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the church.

Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

March 26, 2018 - 11:22 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. Every year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured, in the United States, because of the weather. Dangerous weather can take many forms, ranging from violent tornadoes to crippling winter storms. With the notable exception of hurricanes, Iowa can experience any of these dangerous phenomena.

Todd Heitkamp is a meterologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, and he sayd Severe Weather Awareness Week is designed to bring the threat of severe weather back into people’s consciousness.

Heitkamp says severe weather, including tornadoes, can happen almost any time of the year in our area.

He says the primary focus of Severe Weather Awareness Week will be on a Tornado Drill that’s scheduled for Wednesday morning.

While there is nothing we can do to stop dangerous weather from affecting us, there are things we can do to stay safe when the weather turns nasty. Weather safety and survival – no matter what the hazard – depends on the following key items:

          1. KNOW THE HAZARDS – Be aware of the hazards that you might face during a weather event.

          2. KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT DANGEROUS WEATHER – Monitor forecasts and information  from KIWA Radio.

          3. PAY ATTENTION – Be aware of all watches, warnings, and advisories affecting you.

          4. HAVE A PLAN TO STAY SAFE – Think about it before it happens and be ready to act to survive.

March 23, 2018 - 2:13 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — The murder and arson trial of a Rock Valley man accused of stabbing his grandfather to death last October has been postponed again.

Court records indicate that Santos Rodriguez, Jr’s trial had been scheduled to beging on Tuesday, May 1st of this year, but has been continued until this fall.

According to authorities, on or about Sunday, October 29th, 2017, 19-year-old Santos Rodriguez, Jr. allegedly killed his grandfather, 84-year old Luis Luevanos, at his grandfather’s home; set fire to the home; and then fled to Utah.

Agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation traveled to Utah and interviewed Rodriguez. DCI agents say Rodriguez admitted to stabbing his grandfather and intentionally setting the fire afterward.

On December 11th Rodriguez filed a plea of “not guilty” in Sioux County District Court to the charges of First Degree Murder, which is a Class A Felony, as well as First Degree Arson, a Class B Felony.

Rodriguez trial is now scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at 9:00 am in Sioux County District Court in Orange City. A Pretrial Conference in the case is scheduled for Wednesday, june 6th at 9:30 am.

If convicted on the 1st Degree Murder charge, Rodriguez would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole. On the 1st Degree Arson charge, a conviction would carry a sentence of up to 25-years in the state penitentiary.

March 23, 2018 - 10:30 am - Posted in Sports

Shayla Post, of Sioux Center, has signed a letter of intent to continue her basketball and softball careers at Northwestern College next year.

Post is a 5’7″ multi-sports standout who played four years for the Sioux Center High School basketball team. Post averaged 9.6 points, three rebounds and nearly two assists in earning second team all-conference honors as a senior. She made a team-high 39 three-pointers, shooting 39% from beyond the arc, and played a key role on a Warriors’ team that finished as the class 3A state runner-up back-to-back seasons. Post earned third team all-conference honors as a junior and plans to major in Biology/Health Professions at Northwestern.

“We are excited that Shayla has chosen to be a Red Raider,” commented Northwestern head coach Chris Yaw. “Shayla will be a great addition to our basketball program and to our campus community. She has demonstrated a tireless work ethic in everything she does will also demonstrating a fierce competitive spirit. Shayla is a class act and will add to our team and the character we seek to uphold each day.”

Post is a three-year letterwinner for the Warriors softball team heading into her final season this summer. She earned third team all-state honors after hitting .519 with 14 doubles and 39 RBIs in leading her team to a sixth place finish at the state tournament as a junior. Post received first team all-conference and first team all-district accolades and was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a sophomore. Also a letterwinner in both volleyball and soccer, Post is the daughter of Marlyn and Jane.

“We are thrilled to have Shayla join us at Northwestern next fall,” stated Northwestern head softball coach Chris Nachtigall. “Shayla has had a tremendous high school career for one of the top programs in Northwest Iowa. She has outstanding work ethic and is a person of high character who will represent Northwestern well both on and off the field.”

Orange City, Iowa — After receiving a petition at their February meeting requesting the separation and labeling of LGBTQ materials, the Orange City Public Library Board of Trustees has decided to test a new system.

Board Secretary Aaron Haverdink is quick to point out that the issue is not totally resolved.

He says, for now, they’re just going to try the program.

He says some of the library staff members are supportive of the idea.

Haverdink says the library board also made a decision on a book that had been challenged.

He says about ten to fifteen people attended the meeting in addition to the board and staff members. One person spoke in regard to the book in question, and one person spoke about the collection policy.

Haverdink says they also discussed the possibilities of book selection by committee or book selection by a pool of staff members. He says the policy committee is giving the board suggestions as they go forward.