Orange City, Iowa — A program to help communities invest in their future by helping youth solve problems and even prevent problems from happening in the first place is headed for northwest Iowa.prosper-logo

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach system is at the core of the PROSPER Partnership in Iowa. We had a chance to talk with ISU Extension family specialist Lori Hayungs, and she tells us where the program will be put in place first.

Hayungs says PROSPER is a model designed to help communities deliver high-quality prevention programs to youth and families.

Extension leaders say PROSPER has been proven effective for preventing risky behaviors in youth, promoting positive youth development, strengthening families, and improving the quality of life in the community while saving money.

Extension leaders work with researchers from Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute (PPSI) to implement the evidence-based PROSPER Model and make sure it is making a difference. County Extension staff serve as leaders of PROSPER Community Teams and state Extension Specialists link the Teams with the expertise of Extension Administrators and ISU scientists.

She tells us about “All Stars,” one of the curricula they’re going to use in schools.

Hayungs says the other curriculum they will be using is called “Strengthening Families 10-14.” She says George-Little Rock has already held such a session. Another one will be held there this coming spring, but they’re going to open this one up to all students and families in Lyon County. There will also be one in Sioux County, open to all students and families in the county.

If you’d like more information on the program or how to get involved, you can go to or contact your local extension office. You can also contact Hayungs at the Sioux County Extension office.

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Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for another person involved in an accident. Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

They report that on Sunday morning, they investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on 400th Street, two and a half miles west of Sioux Center.

A vehicle was traveling westbound on 400th Street when the driver lost control, and the vehicle entered the north ditch and struck a fence. After the accident, the vehicle left the area in an unknown direction. The accident likely occurred after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8.

It is unknown if the vehicle sustained any damages. The fence sustained an estimated $500 in damages.

The accident remains under investigation.

If anyone has information about this accident or has information about the driver’s identity you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

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Hawarden, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help, trying to find a semi involved in an accident.

The Sheriff’s Office says they were investigating a report of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday that occurred on Highway 10, five miles east of Hawarden. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the accident actually happened on Wednesday, November 5, about 7:10 AM.

They report that 64-year-old David Jaminet of Remsen was driving a 2012 Freightliner semi‐tractor eastbound on Highway 10 when he met a semi‐tractor pulling a wide load mobile‐type home. When the trucks met, the mirrors struck each other. Jaminet was not able to identify the trucking company or plate number and neither truck stopped immediately.

No injuries were reported.

The Freightliner sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

If anyone has information about this accident or the truck moving the mobile home you are asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 12:15 PM, 38-year-old Rene Medel of Ottumwa was driving a 2013 Polaris Ranger UTV southbound on Kingbird Avenue when he experienced a medical condition and lost control of the vehicle, which entered the east ditch. He was ejected from the vehicle as it came to a stop.

Medel was transported by the Boyden Ambulance to Sanford Sheldon Hospital.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Boyden Ambulance crew.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Four people were taken to a hospital after an accident on Tuesday, November 4.Sioux Center Ambulance

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:40 PM, 16-year-old Alex Brower of Orange City was driving a 1999 Honda Odyssey minivan westbound on 400th Street, three miles east of Sioux Center. Seventeen-year-old Eric Van Laren of Sioux Center was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina westbound on 400th Street, behind Brower. Brower braked for an eastbound semi that was making a left turn onto a driveway and Van Laren struck Brower.

Brower and two passengers in his vehicle, 13-year-old Alex Brower and August Hubbard, both of Orange City; as well as Van Laren and a passenger in his vehicle, 15-year-old Blake Van Laren of Sioux Center were all transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $7,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $8,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance.

Van Laren was cited for following to closely.

Sioux City, Iowa — A man who was deported after he was convicted in a Sioux County forgery case in 2009 has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegal re-entry into the United States.gavel_sxc

The United States Attorney’s Office in Sioux City says that 28-year-old Lazaro Martin-Bartolon from Guatemala, received the prison term after a June guilty plea to one count of illegal re-entry following a conviction for an aggravated felony.

At the guilty plea, Martin-Bartolon admitted he had re-entered the United States without permission after being removed from the country on November 19, 2009, following a conviction for forgery in Sioux County. Martin-Bartolon came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations on March 14, 2014, after he was arrested for OWI in Sioux County.

Martin-Bartolon was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Mark Bennett to 15 months in federal prison. He must also serve a one‑year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

November 3, 2014 - 8:18 am - Posted in News
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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, 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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Hull, Iowa — Thanks to the same company that’s bringing housing opportunities to Sheldon and Orange City, the city of Hull may soon have some affordable housing.Hull Water Tower-400

We had a chance to talk with Hull City Administrator Aaron Kooiker, who tells us about the situation.

Kooiker says they started researching what could be done.

He says the process works on a number of grants.

Kooiker tells us what they have planned.

He says he and the Hull City Council are behind the project.

Kooiker says they submit the grant application in December and should hear back by March. They hope to start building the Hull duplexes in June or July of 2015, and they hope to have them built about nine months later, some time in 2016.

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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for clues to help solve a case of the theft of parts from a business. But it appears as though the perpetrator left investigators a big clue when a reciprocating saw was left at the scene.

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

Milwaukee Sawzall reciprocating saw found at scene

The Sioux County Sheriff’s office says the report came in on Monday morning, October 20. The report was that thefts had occurred from a business in southern Sioux County.

Upon further investigation, deputies discovered that sometime prior to October 20th someone stole vehicle parts, aluminum tire rims and catalytic converters.

At the location of the crime, the perpetrator or perpetrators left a Milwaukee brand saw they apparently used to remove the car parts. It appears the saw’s battery has been
modified to run off of a standard car battery.

If you have information about this crime or about the owner of the saw you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. You can also use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at

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Sheldon, Iowa — A woman living in Sheldon is accused of identity theft.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday evening, October 28, they arrested 50-year-old Ana Barrera of Sheldon. The arrest occurred at Premium Pet Health in Orange City.

The arrest stemmed from a report that Barrera was using another person’s identity to gain employment.

Upon further investigation, officers believe Barrera used the victim’s identity in 2013 to gain employment at SIG International in Boyden.

Barrera was arrested and charged with two counts of Identity Theft and two counts of Forgery.