September 30, 2018 - 2:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — With the harvest begun around us, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind drivers that they should expect a big increase in the amount of slow-moving farm traffic on roads and highways and that they should allow extra time to reach their destinations.

They say that you should remember that just because you see the equipment does not mean the equipment operator sees you.

They have released these safety tips:
 Always be on the lookout for farm machinery. Watch for amber flashing lights and remember that farm vehicles and equipment can unexpectedly turn onto public roads from a field or driveway.
 Farm machinery typically travels at 25 mph or less. Be prepared to slow down in order to avoid a rear‐end collision. Keep a safe distance; this gives better visibility to motorists and equipment operators. Allow adequate time and distance for farm equipment to make wide turns.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also has released some tips for farm equipment operators:
 Check to make sure lighting and flashers are working properly and use them at all times of day. Display a slow‐moving vehicle (SMV) sign on the back of the implement. Be sure that flashers and lights are not covered in mud or other debris.
 Be careful of soft edges on the roadway when giving way for oncoming traffic. Stay alert at all times, particularly since long hours during harvest can impair your judgment.

They also say that if you’re going to pass farm machinery, you should keep these tips in mind:
 Watch for roadside obstacles such as traffic signs, bridges, and mailboxes that may cause the machinery to have to move toward the center of the roadway.
 Always make sure the machinery is not turning left and be watchful for left turn signals or hand signals. Remember that larger vehicles and machinery may slow down and pull toward the right side of the road as the operator may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make wide right turns, operators must move briefly to the left.
 Be sure roadways are wide enough for your vehicle and the farm equipment you intend to pass and always remain watchful for oncoming traffic.

September 30, 2018 - 1:59 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Northwestern College in Orange City dedicated its new science hall on Friday. College president Greg Christy says they had already raised more than the $24.5 million cost of the three-story, 61-thousand square foot building by the time they broke ground to start construction.

The building will be home to the college’s nursing program.

Christy says combining all those programs together is important.

Christy says the architecture of the building features several glass walls, allowing people to view the classrooms.

The naming gift for the Jack and Mary DeWitt Family Science Center was the largest single gift ever given to Northwestern — six million dollars. The greatest benefactor in Northwestern College’s history, Jack DeWitt died this past June at the age of 75. Many buildings on campus bear the DeWitt name. Jack’s father Marv gave the naming gift for the DeWitt Music hall, which, along with Christ Chapel was built during the 1980’s. Jack and Mary DeWitt also gave the lead gift for the DeWitt Learning Commons, which was dedicated in 2013 at Northwestern.

September 29, 2018 - 10:25 pm - Posted in Sports

Jacob Kalogonis rushed for a season-high 196 yards and three touchdowns while an opportunistic Raider D forced four turnovers in leading 5th-ranked Northwestern to a 28-25 win over unbeaten (RV) Doane Saturday afternoon for Homecoming.

Northwestern improves to 4-0 in the GPAC, 5-0 overall, and Doane drops its first game of the season to fall to 2-1 in league play, 3-1 overall.

Kalogonis shouldered the load offensively for Head Coach Matt McCarty’s squad, totaling 196 yards on 31 carries, averaging over six yards per attempt. The junior became the sixth Red Raider to rush for 3,000 yards in a career and also passed NW Hall-of-Famer Lance Baatz (1992-95) for fifth place all-time with 3,122 career rushing yards. Kalogonis reached the end-zone three times against Doane, scoring on runs of 40, one and two yards, to push his career rushing touchdown total to 30, tying Theo Bartman for eighth place all-time.

The Raider D, best in the GPAC in total yards allowed, gave up 299 yards and forced Doane into four turnovers, intercepting Tigers’ quarterback Jack Kalina three times while also recovering a fumbled snap. Northwestern has now held its opponent to under 300 yards of total offense in four of the five games played.

Battling poor field position and unable to move the ball offensively in the early going, Northwestern fell behind 10-0 in the opening 10 minutes. Following a short Red Raider punt into the wind on their first possession, Doane scored on a four-play, 43-yard drive finished off with a 32-yard pass from Kalina to Cameron Vitosh for a 7-0 lead. Two drives later, the Tigers capitalized on good field position again when Bryce Cooney kicked a 29-yard field goal with 5:20 left in the first quarter. The Raider D twarted another Tigers’ drive later in the quarter on a Garrett Sayler interception at the Northwestern 11-yard line.

Still 10-0 early in the second quarter, Cooney missed on a 31-yard field goal attempt to put Doane up even more and gave the Red Raiders possession at their own 20-yard line. Northwestern’s offense began to click as they marched 80 yards on just four plays and scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tyson Kooima to Shane Solberg. Kalogonis picked up the first 50 yards of the drive on three straight carries.

With the momentum back in their favor, the Raider D came up big once again as Noah Van’t Hof leaped high into the air and intercepted a Kalina pass at the Northwestern 49-yard line. Three plays later, Kalogonis put Northwestern in front for good with a 40-yard run with eight minutes left in the first half. Following a Doane punt on its next possession, the Red Raiders scored on its third straight possession when Kalogonis punched it in from one-yard out to cap an 11-play, 73-yard drive with just 39 seconds left until halftime.

September 29, 2018 - 10:05 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt went to 8-0 in GPAC play with a 3-0 sweep of the Doane Tigers in volleyball at the De Witt Gym on Saturday afternoon.

Dordt started with a.432 kill efficiency in set one and blasted its way to a 25-22 win, scoring four of the last seven points to fight off a Doane rally that had the Tigers within 20-18. Kills by Ema Altena and Jessie De Jager put the Defenders in control late in the set.

Set two was all Dordt as the Defenders scored eight out of nine points for a 9-3 lead. After a service error to get it to 9-4 the Defenders scored six of the next seven points to extend the lead to 15-5. Dordt finished the set with seven out of eight points for a 25-13 win.

It appeared Dordt would breeze through with a sweep win while building a 14-7 lead but the Tigers cut the lead to 19-16.  The momentum continued to swing to Doane and the Tigers tied it 23-23. Back to back kills by Altena ended the set and the match 25-23.

September 29, 2018 - 10:04 pm - Posted in Sports

Dordt College took advantage of a blocked field goal and swung the momentum in its favor early in the second quarter and won a 38-19 decision from the Concordia Bulldogs in GPAC play Saturday in Sioux Center.

The Bulldogs got on the board first courtesy a short field after a Dordt turnover and went 19 yards on three plays for the score with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

The Defenders answered with a 57 yard drive of their own on the ensuing possession and Jake Dodge took in a 15 yard touchdown pass from Brock Lamle with 2:50 left in the quarter. Dordt’s point after failed and the Defenders were down 7-6.

The Bulldogs looked poised to add to the lead with a field goal attempt but a 22 yard attempt was blocked and Nathan Kabongo scooped up the block and the Defenders scored on a Lamle to Levi Jungling 44 yard pass to put Dordt up 14-7 after a two-point conversion pass to Levi Schoonhoven.

Concordia got back to within 14-13 but their point after try was blocked and the Defenders never trailed again.

Schoonhoven plowed in for a one yard plunge to cap a 62 yard drive and Dordt led 21-13 at halftime.

The Defenders received the second half kickoff but mishandled the short kick and Concordia recovered. A 28 yard drive by the Bulldogs to within 21-19 but the two-point conversion failed.

Dordt’s Brett Gaines hit a season long 39 yard field goal in the next possession to put the Defenders up 24-19 with 9:55 remaining in the quarter.

Concordia lost Logan Kreizel to an injury in the third quarter after he had six catches in the game and they also lost quarterback Jake Kemp to an injury in the same quarter, limiting their options.

Dordt proceeded to score on drives of 51 and 54 yards to seal the win with Schoonhoven and Keithen Drury each getting touchdowns and Brett Gaines made both point after tries.

Dordt will travel to Northwestern in Orange City on October 6 for a 1:00 kickoff and plays a second road game on October 13 at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota.

September 28, 2018 - 10:57 pm - Posted in Sports

Sioux Center Iowa — Sheldon scored the final three touchdowns of the ballgame to claim a 32-14 win in Sioux Center Friday night. With the win Sheldon is 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the district. The Warriors are 2-4 on the season and also 1-1 in the district.

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Sheldon scored on their first possession of the game going 80 yards. Operating out of the wildcat Tyler Lode rand for an 8 yard score. Brian Bernal added the extra point and the Orabs were up 7-0 with 4:50 left in the first quarter.

Sioux Center responded with a 62 yard drive capped by a 2 yard Sam Vonk touchdown run. Damon Walhof added the extra point and it was tied at 7-7 with :39 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Orabs recovered a muffed punt at the Warriors 20 yard line and turned that into points when Brian Bernal scored from a yard out. Bernal added the extra point and Sheldon led 14-7 with 10:15 left in the half.

Once again Sioux Center answered with a 63 yard drive. Vonk scored his second touchdown of the night from 11 yards out and with Walhof’s extra point it was tied at 14-14 with 6:14 left in the half.

Sheldon would take the lead for good with 1:40 left in the half. An outstanding special teams play by the Warriors left the Orabs first and ten at their own 1 yard line. On the first play Brennan Radke found Cody Vaselaar up the left sideline on a fly pattern for 99 yards and the score. The kick was no good but the Orabs were up 20-14 at half time.

Sheldon finished the scoring with a pair of second half touchdowns.  Trent Van Meeteren picked off a pass at the Sioux Center 20. That was turned into points when Lode in at running back scored on a 9 yard run. The kick was no good and Sheldon was up 26-14 with 8:51 left in the third.

The Orabs closed out the scoring on a 16 yard pass from Radke to Dakota Johannes. The kick was no good and the lead was 32-14 with 4:20 left to play.

Up next for Sheldon will be a home game against Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Sioux Center will be at MOC Floyd Valley. With the win Sheldon is 4-2 on the year and 1-1 in the district. The Warriors are 2-4 on the season and also 1-1 in the district.

September 28, 2018 - 10:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Hull, Iowa — The #3 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks cruised to victory over the Okoboji Pioneers 67-13 Friday night at A.R. Hesla Field in Hull.

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The Nighthawks scored 54 straight points to start the contest. Billy Rankin scored the first touchdown of the game from 16 yards out, followed by Beau Solberg with a 75 yard gallop to the endzone. Cody Post was on the receiving end of a 25 yard TD reception and Brayton Van Kekerix scored on a 43 yard run to make 28-0 after one quarter of play.

To start the second quarter, the Nighthawks scored on two Elliott Van Kekerix runs, and Kody Noble scored from 6 yards out to make it 48-0 at the Half.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley received to start the second half and Sam Te Slaa took the kick 90 yards to the house to make it 54-0 13 seconds into the second half, and BHRV went on to win 67-13.

Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley improves to 5-1 on the year, 2-0 in the district. Okoboji falls to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in district play.

September 28, 2018 - 4:10 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — An extension beef specialist who we talk to fairly frequently here on KIWA has been honored with an award of distinction from her employer, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Beef Specialist Beth Ellen Doran was recently honored along with 11 other extension professionals for outstanding achievement and service to Iowans.

Extension officials tell us Doran was bestowed with the Award for Distinguished Service in Extension, the highest award bestowed on an extension professional in Iowa. The award recognizes sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to Iowa State clientele through extension programs.

They say that Doran provides educational resources, hands-on learning opportunities and individual assistance to beef producers in Northwest Iowa, the most concentrated cattle-producing region in the state. Extension officials tell us that Doran’s clients and coworkers greatly respect her knowledge, professionalism, and compassion towards both humans and animals. In addition, Doran also serves the Iowa State University beef team with her expertise in feedlot nutrition and management, program planning and program evaluation.

If you’d like to contact Dr. Doran, she may be reached at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 400 Central Avenue Northwest in Orange City. She can be reached by phone at 712-737-4230 or by email at

September 28, 2018 - 3:24 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — If you’ve always wanted to see an alpaca up close, you’ve got a chance to do just that near Orange City this Saturday.

This is the busy season at Pumpkinland, north of Orange City on K64. But owner Helen Huitink tells us they’ve got something extra on Saturday.

She says the alpaca fun doesn’t end there.

According to Huitink, the alpacas are from the Myron and Jackie Bechler farm near Sheldon. She says in past years they have celebrated National Alpaca Farm Days at their farm, but this year they moved it to Pumpkinland.

For those who are not familiar with Pumpkinland, Huitink gives us an idea of what they do. She says mainly, they sell pumpkins.

She says they also have a petting zoo, that has more than just alpacas. She says they have donkeys, ponies, goats, ducks, geese, peacocks, chickens, baby chicks, bunnies, and a turtle named Sammy.

Another big draw every year is their corn maze. This year, it’s special, says Huitink.

All that, plus National Alpaca Farm Days this Saturday at Pumpkinland, two-and-a-half miles north of Orange City on K64 or Jackson Avenue.

Northwest Iowa — (RI) — Iowa 4th District Republican U.S. Representative Steve King convened a hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C. to examine complaints that conservatives are being censored on college campuses and by social media companies.

King led the hearing in the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He says conservative voices are being “stifled” on college campuses.

King accused YouTube, Facebook and Google of banning users based on their conservative political views.

Tech-company executives say it’s in their business interests to have people of all viewpoints use their products. Democrats on the panel said this was the third Republican-led hearing this year on the issue and accused Republicans of using it to rally voters for the midterm elections.