October 9, 2018 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

Statewide, Iowa — The President’s announcement on E15 will allow the ethanol blend to be sold year-round. Only flexible fuel vehicles designed to burn fuel with up to 85 percent ethanol have been allowed to run on E-15 in the summer.

Republican Mike Naig, Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, says letting ALL vehicles run on E-15 at any time of the year is great news for farmers.

Tim Gannon, the Democrat running against Naig, says farmers need an assurance the E-P-A won’t slow-walk the rules.

According to state officials, there are 217 fueling stations in Iowa that offer E-15. It’s generally priced about 10-cents-per-gallon cheaper than E-10.

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, has released a statement regarding Tuesday’s expected announcement that President Trump will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the year round sale of E15.

The President is expected to publicly announce his decision during a Tuesday appearance in Council Bluffs. King has been invited to attend the President’s appearance in Iowa.

“Last week, I met in the Oval Office to encourage President Trump to promote the increased use of biofuels like ethanol,” said King. “During our seventy-five minute meeting, I specifically urged the President to instruct the EPA to allow the year-round sale of E15, and I encouraged him to adopt policies that will open the door for greater use of even higher ethanol blends beyond E15.

King said, “One week after our meeting, the President is traveling to Iowa to announce that his administration will allow the year-round sale of E15.  I am confident that when our producers learn of this decision, they will understand that their Congressman and their President have their backs on biofuels, and they will be as happy as I am with the President’s pro-ethanol actions.”

October 9, 2018 - 3:55 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — A spokesperson for the American Cancer Society a while back said that the goal of October — Breast Cancer Awareness Month is, “Decreasing the number of women who die from breast cancer by increasing the number who are scanned by mammograms.”

We talked to Sanford Sheldon Physician Dr. Josephine Dunn-Junius recently, and she tells us the important ways to avoid breast cancer.

She says as a general rule they suggest annual mammograms for normal-risk women. She says if they determine you have a lower risk, either because of risk factors such as family history or because of your age, they may suggest less frequent mammograms. Also, she says if you’re under the age of 40 and find a lump, you should make an appointment and have it evaluated. Usually, she says, these are just benign cysts.

One of the risk factors that raise your risk — not only of lung cancer but also of breast cancer — is smoking.

She reminds us that Sanford and other services have many ways to help people quit smoking.

As far as mammograms, Dr. Dunn-Junius gives women some advice.

Dr. Dunn-Junius encourages people to wear pink during breast cancer awareness month and remember those who have lost their battles with breast cancer.

She also encourages people to give toward breast cancer awareness, as while early treatment saves many lives, there is still much research to be done.

October 9, 2018 - 2:12 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Absentee ballots for the Tuesday, November 6th general election are now available from the County Auditor’s Office in your county.

Absentee voting has been on the rise in Iowa. Many political campaigns have been suggesting early voting, saying “life is uncertain.” They want to make sure you have the opportunity to vote, no matter what happens in your life on election day.

Auditors offices tell us that absentee ballots may be requested at your county auditor’s office from 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. To obtain an absentee ballot, you need to have the proper form. You can obtain the form in person at the Auditor’s office, or by mail. The forms are also available online at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website. CLICK HERE for the form.

According to Sioux County Election Administrator Lisa Rowenhorst, all requests must be on an official absentee request application and must be signed by the voter, one form per voter. She says that you can also vote in-person at the Auditor’s office, and at this time, no ID is required for that type of voting. Rowenhorst emphasized that you may NOT fill out a request form, drop it off, and expect to take a ballot out of the Auditor’s office — for yourself or anyone else. The two options are voting right there and then, or having it mailed to your address. No ballots leave the Auditor’s office except by mail. So if you’re going to drop off the form, you should know how you’re going to vote when you go, or expect a few days’ delay for the ballot to come in the mail. You may drop off filled-out and signed ballot request forms for others, but the ballots will have to be mailed to the voters.

Rowenhorst says that voted ballots may be mailed back, but they must be postmarked on or before November 5th, 2018 and must be received in their office no later than noon on November 13th, 2018. They may also be dropped off at the Auditor’s office in person no later than 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You can also register to vote now. Iowa does have same-day voter registration, but the auditors do ask that if possible you register before election day to help avoid longer waits at the polls.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. Polling places have not changed since the primary election, according to Auditors’ offices.

Below are links to northwest Iowa SAMPLE ballots. Again, these are only samples. To get a votable ballot, you must submit a request to your Auditor’s office on a special form.

Click here to find your precinct, then click the appropriate link below to see what your ballot will look like when you get it:

Sioux County:

Alton-Nassau-East Orange
Hawarden-Buncombe-Logan-Washington-Eagle South
OC1-Holland West
OC2-Holland East
Plato-Garfield-Settlers-Sioux-Eagle North
Rock Valley East
Rock Valley West
Sioux Center Central
Sioux Center North-Capel-Welcome
Sioux Center South
West Branch-Center North

October 9, 2018 - 1:45 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on Florida’s Panhandle region Wednesday and forecasters say the powerful storm could also shift into the Gulf of Mexico where many fuel rigs and refineries are located.

Rose White, with Triple-A Iowa, says they’re watching the hurricane’s movements closely.

Past major storms that have swept through the Gulf Coast region have caused significant damage to offshore oil drilling operations and disrupted the fuel-making process for weeks.

In the past month, gas prices have climbed 15-cents a gallon in Iowa as refineries shut down for maintenance and due to a hike in crude oil prices.

Iowa City has the most expensive average price for gas at $2.89 while it’s cheapest in Council Bluffs at $2.77. Here in our area gasoline prices are within a few cents of $2.79 per gallon.

October 9, 2018 - 12:30 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man is behind bars facing felony theft charges after authorities say he stole money from the Shell Sioux-per Center in Sioux Center.

According to court documents, 19-year-old Darian TeGrotenhuis is accused of entering the convenience store on Sioux Center’s north side at about 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd, approaching the counter, and stealing over $1600 in cash, over $1300 in checks, and $8.60 in coupons while the store clerk was outside the business. He was arrested the next day.

The criminal complaint filed by the arresting Sioux Center Police Department officer claims that TeGrotenhuis implicated himself by making statements and that he was identified by witnesses. He is charged with Second Degree Theft, a class D felony.

Sioux County Jail records say that at last report, TeGrotenhuis remained in their custody in lieu of a $5000 bond. Court documents say he faces a preliminary hearing on the matter on Tuesday, October 16th in Sioux County District Court in Orange City.

Sheldon, Iowa — The Democrat running against Republican Congressman Steve King for his Iowa Fourth District U.S. House position is coming to our part of northwest Iowa on Wednesday, October 10th.

J.D. Scholten tells us that his father is actually from our part of northwest Iowa — specifically Larchwood in northwestern Lyon County. Lyon County is actually one of the counties that Scholten will visit on Wednesday.

Scholten says his “You Can’t Fake Showing Up” tour will start the day in Sibley at 11:00 a.m. He’ll be at the Sibley Public Library from 11 until noon. Then it’s on to Rock Rapids, where Scholten’s campaign says he’ll be at the Rock Rapids Public Library from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. After that, he’s headed to Northwestern College in Orange City, where he’ll appear from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the DeWitt Theatre Lobby.

All of the appearances are “public town meetings,” and everyone is welcome.

Scholten is a former minor league professional baseball pitcher-turned paralegal. He decided to return to Iowa to run for Congress after being upset at the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.

October 8, 2018 - 2:51 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Harvest season will kick into high gear once Iowa gets an extended period of dry weather, and that means large farm machinery will be traveling the state’s roadways.

Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz is calling on motorists to be patient and prepared.

Kurtz says farmers can help reduce the chances of a crash by properly marking their machinery.

Farmers working after dark should also have a red light at the rear of the vehicle and flashing amber lights. Trooper Kurtz says he’s been called to three or four crashes involving farm equipment within the last month.

October 8, 2018 - 11:52 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — Three people were taken to a hospital after a crash on Friday near Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:55 p.m., 17-year-old Andres Gomora of Boyden was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Lumina northbound on Jefferson Avenue, three miles southwest of Boyden, when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Boyden Ambulance took Gomora and two passengers to the Orange City Health System Hospital.

The Chevrolet sustained about $5,000 in damage.

Gomora was cited on a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Boyden Ambulance Squad and Boyden Fire Department assisted them on the scene.

October 8, 2018 - 11:40 am - Posted in News

Hawarden, Iowa — One man was taken to the hospital after two drivers struck cattle that had gotten on the roadway northeast of Hawarden Sunday night.

Sioux County authorities say the mishaps happened shortly before 9:00 Sunday evening on 390th Street, eight miles northeast of Hawarden.

According to authorities, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 23-year old Kody Poeckes of Ireton, was westbound on 390th Street when he struck several cows on the roadway.

At about the same time, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 25-year old Cody Loges of Hawarden, was eastbound on 390th Street when he struck the same herd of cows on the roadway, according to Sheriff’s Office personnel.

Deputies say Poeckes was taken to the Hawarden Hospital by Hawarden Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

Poeckes’ 2015 Chevy pickup sustained about $25-thousand in damage, and Loges’ 2002 Chevy pickup sustained approximately $10-thousand in damage, according to the accident report.

Sioux County deputies were assisted at the scene by the Hawarden Ambulance, Hawarden FIre Department, Hawarden Police Department, and Sioux County Conservation.