September 1, 2014 - 8:18 am - Posted in News
Mike Hofman

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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August 29, 2014 - 8:16 am - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa — Sioux County is one of the latest counties to see a case of West Nile Virus this year, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHThe Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced that seven cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Iowa: one case each in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties. Two of the confirmed cases were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home.

In addition to the human cases of West Nile virus, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus: two pools in Story County, one from Polk County, and one from Woodbury County. Mosquito pools are a method researchers use to see if insects in an area are carrying the West Nile virus, which can then be transmitted to humans through a bite. A horse in Johnson County tested positive for West Nile virus.

IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says her department is now seeing either confirmed human cases, animal cases, or positive mosquito pools across a large area of the state.  Quinlisk says that’s not unexpected as late summer and autumn are the times when mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are most likely to be circulating.  She says that’s why it’s important to continue to use insect repellent when outdoors, and to take other protective and preventive measures.”


  • Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.


  • Eliminate standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes.
  • Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting, according to Quinlisk. Less than one percent of people infected become seriously ill and rarely someone dies, she says.  Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2013, there were 44 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths, according to the IDPH.

To see the latest surveillance report on West Nile virus disease and to learn more about how to prevent it, Click here.

Hull, Iowa — There’s another attempted burglary report. This one is reported to have happened in Hull.Law Enforcement Lightbar red

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says they investigated the report at a residence on Linden Street in Hull on Wednesday.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators cut a sliding screen door in an apparent attempt to break into the home. Entry was not gained, however.

They think the crime took place sometime during the daytime hours on Tuesday, August 26.  

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity or people in that area, or has information about this crime is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program. 

August 28, 2014 - 7:05 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A community health center in northwest Iowa has received a significant amount of funding.Promise Community Health Center Sign

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, formerly Greater Sioux Community Health Center, has been awarded $250,000 for facility improvements through new construction and facility renovations, with a focus on the Patient-Centered Medical Home delivery model.

The American College of Physicians says the Patient Centered Medical Home is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through the patient’s primary care physician to ensure the patient receives the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand. It is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care.

Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center is the only Federally-Qualified Health Center in rural northwest Iowa.

The center will use the funding to complete alterations and renovations to the current facility in a multi-phase project. Center Executive Director Nancy Dykstra says that the improvements will improve workflow efficiencies, enhance patient privacy, better integrate primary and behavioral health care services and according to Dykstra, QUOTE “most importantly, expand and improve patient care services.”

August 27, 2014 - 7:47 am - Posted in News

Hospers, Iowa — A Worthington, Minnesota man has been arrested and accused of using someone else’s identity.Sioux Sheriff Car 84-

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a reported identity theft on Monday, August 25. The sheriff’s office says the arrest happened at a Hospers business.

The arrest occurred after the deputy’s investigation discovered that 22-year-old Ruben Rodriguez of Worthington, was illegally using the identity of another person. He was charged with Identity Theft and Forgery.

Rock Valley, Iowa — Sioux County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for clues in a burglary case.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called to a report of a burglary at 2:15 PM on Monday, August 25th. The alleged burglary was reported to have occurred at a farm building on 330th Street, two and a half miles southwest of Rock Valley.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators gained access into locked buildings on the property and stole an Emerson flat screen television and a stereo system.

The burglary is thought to have occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 24 or early morning hours of August 25.

If you have any information about this crime you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous, the Sheriff’s Office advises that you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.  Directions can be found at

Orange City, Iowa — An unusual crime has been reported at Northwestern College in Orange City.
The Orange City Police Department reports that they were called on Friday, August 22, 2014 by Northwestern College security employee Peter Boerema. Boerma called to report an incident that occurred at Courtyard Village Apartments on the campus of Northwestern College.

Boerema told officers that about 6 AM, a woman went into apartment #21 at Courtyard Village on Northwestern College Campus, removed a fire extinguisher from the apartment, discharged the extinguisher and then left, taking the fire extinguisher with her.

Officers investigated and talked to a witness that stated that McGrath was the subject who entered the apartment and stole the extinguisher. The police report they have a photograph of McGrath leaving with the extinguisher in hand.

According to court records McGrath’s preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, September 2nd.

Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.

Orange City, Iowa — A while back we told you that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is among 26 sheriffs’ offices in the state that have decided that they will not hold someone for Immigration and Customs Enforcement — or “ICE” — if that person is not being held for other legal reasons, such as serving time, or on a judge’s order. Altena Sheriff

We had a chance to talk to Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena about the new policy. He says that as the Sheriff he is also the administrator of the jail, and it’s his job to make sure they are following the law and that they are not holding people illegally.

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Altena says the ICE request is called a “detainer”, and was used when ICE was investigating a case for possible detention or deportation, and even when the jail did honor detainers, they were only valid for up to 48 hours.

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He says if the Immigration officials are there when the person is released, they can pick them up at that time, since they will be in the public, but the jail can no longer hold someone after they have satisfied the local charges by being released on bond or by serving their time.

The Sheriff says illegal immigration has been a tough issue in this area. He says there were even accusations of racial profiling. But they addressed those issues in Sioux County in 2008 with a task force. He says it’s almost a catch-22.

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He tells his view is that something needs to be done.

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August 26, 2014 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Paullina man’s GMC was damaged in an accident on Friday, August 22nd near Alton.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:43 am 36 Year-old Dustin Schwarz of Paullina was driving southbound on Highway 60, two miles south of Alton in a 2004 GMC, when he struck a deer in the roadway.

Schwarz s GMC received $7,000 damage

There were no injuries reported