July 11, 2014 - 10:37 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Scammers are making the rounds in northwest Iowa again, this time targeting customers of Scam Alertutility companies.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve received several calls about a scam targeting customers of MidAmerican Energy.

According to authorities, potential victims are told that their MidAmerican Energy account is delinquent on payment, and if an immediate payment is not made, their power will be shut off.  Callers reportedly identify themselves as “investigators” with MidAmerican Energy.  The Sheriff’s Office says if you receive a call like this it would be best to hang up, report it to law enforcement, and call MidAmerican Energy directly.

Earlier this week, a similar scam was reported in Dickinson County, involving customers of Alliant Energy.  Alliant officials also suggest that you call law enforcement, as well as the utility, if you receive one of these bogus scam calls.

July 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — A few days ago, we told you about millions of gallons of highly-flammable Bakken crude oil that is etc_logo_rbeing transported by rail through the KIWA listening area.  Now, a Texas company has proposed the construction of an underground pipeline that will run from the North Dakota oil fields where the crude is produced, to a refinery near St. Louis.  The plan calls for the pipeline to run across the state of Iowa from northwest to southeast, entering Iowa in Lyon County.

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is the company proposing the pipeline, and according to the company’s website, the pipeline would carry at least 320,000 barrels of oil each day through the KIWA listening area on it’s way to the refinery.  The company’s Board of Directors has already approved the construction of the 30-inch diameter pipeline, and hope to have it online by the end of 2016.

The proposed pipeline still needs approval from the Iowa Utilities Board, and Iowa DNR, as well as agencies in other states, before it can become a reality, however.

And, not surprisingly, various environmental groups have expressed concerns over the proposed project.

July 10, 2014 - 12:25 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — Rock Valley firefighters were kept busy Wednesday night, with back-to-back fire calls in rural fire_sxcRock Valley.

It all started shortly before 6:00 Wednesday evening, when the department was dispatched to a garage fire on 300th Street, about a mile north of Rock Valley.  Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg says that when his department arrived on scene, the garage was fully involved.  He says that garage was located close to the farm residence, as well as a propane tank, but that the department was able to spare the tank, with the house receiving only minor damage to the siding.  Wallenburg says that the residents were in the process of remodeling a bathroom in the house, and had stored cabinets for that project in the garage.  He says the cabinets, along with the rest of the contents of the garage, were destroyed, but that there were no vehicles in the garage at the time of the blaze, and no one was injured.

Rock Valley firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of that garage fire when they were called to Ysselstein Dairy, west of town, to extinguish a large hay bale that, according to Wallenburg had apparently spontaneously combusted.  He says that the department extinguished the blaze before it could spread to other nearby bales.

Northwest Iowa – State emergency management officials have released information on counties which see crude oil railroad tracksfrom North Dakota carried through them on rail cars, and some KIWA listening area counties are along that route.

The oil from what’s called the Bakken fields of North Dakota is more flammable than other crude oil and railroad accidents prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to order rail lines to let states know if there are rail cars coming through that haul one million or more gallons of Bakken crude.

The State says that the Burlington Northern carried the crude through Sioux, Plymouth, Lyon and Woodbury counties here in northwest Iowa.

The railroads had not wanted the information released, but the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency management division concluded releasing the information publicly does not violate federal security requirements.

–thanks to Radio Iowa–

July 5, 2014 - 9:57 am - Posted in News

Boyden, Iowa — A Boyden woman sought medical treatment after an accident near Boyden on Thursday, July 3.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:45 AM, 82-year-old Luella Loges of Boyden was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre westbound on Highway 18, four miles east of Boyden. Twenty-one-year-old Andrew Kraayenbrink of Orange City was driving a 2008 Dodge Caliber westbound on Highway 18 following Loges.

Loges slowed for another vehicle and Kraayenbrink struck the rear of the Buick.

Loges reported injuries but sought medical treatment on her own.

The Buick sustained an estimated $6,000 in damages. The Dodge sustained about $5,000 in damages.

Kraayenbrink was cited for following too closely.

Hawarden, Iowa — Two Rock Valley men were taken to the hospital after a crash near Hawarden on Wednesday, July 2.red ambulance_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 11:10 PM, 24-year-old James Richters of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Pontiac G6 eastbound on 390th Street, five miles northeast of Hawarden, when he swerved to avoid an animal that entered the roadway. Richters lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch and rolled.

The Hawarden Ambulance transported Richters and a passenger, 49-year-old Mark Richters, also of Rock Valley to the Hawarden Hospital.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $7,000 in damages.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Hawarden Fire Department, Hawarden Rescue and Hawarden Ambulance.

July 4, 2014 - 4:37 am - Posted in News

TopeteGranville, Iowa — A 21-year old Granville woman was arrested Wednesday, following an early morning traffic accident in Granville.

According to the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, about 12:30 Wednesday morning, 21-year old Emerita Topete of Granville was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero southbound on Pine Street in Granville when she lost control of the vehicle, which left the roadway and struck a tree in a residential yard.

Deputies say that Topete then left the area and could not be found.  A short time later she was discovered inside of a residence.

Topete was arrested for driving without a valid driver’s license, and Failure To Maintain Control.

No injuries were reported.

July 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 kiwaradio.com, 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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Sheldon, Iowa — No Republican candidates for Attorney General were on the primary ballot this spring. But there will be a Republican candidate facing Democratic incumbent Tom Miller in the fall. His name is Adam Gregg, and he is originally from Hawarden.adam gregg

We had a chance to speak to Gregg recently. He gives us his background.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

Gregg tells us what he did in the Governor’s office.

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He tells us why his name did not appear on the primary ballot.

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He tells us why he thinks he’s the right person for the job.

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Here is the full interview:

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June 26, 2014 - 1:48 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Boyden woman’s Cheverolet was damaged in an accident on Wednesday, June 25th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:45 am , 26 -year-old Tiffany Van Roekel of Boyden was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Highway 18 , two miles west of Hull. Forty-one -year-old Corissa Burnette of Sheldon was westbound on Highway 18 in a 2002 Ford F150 behind Van Roekel. According to the report Burnette struck the rear of the Chevrolet.

Van Roekel’s Cheverolet received $800 damage. Burnette’s Ford received no damage.

There were no injuries reported.