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.

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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.

June 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemA Rock Valley woman’s Pontiac and a Orange City man’s Dodge were damaged in an accident on Tuesday, June 24th near Hull.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:10 pm , 48-year-old Colleen Van Beek of Rock Valley was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville eastbound on Highway 18 , one mile east of Hull. Fifty-nine -year-old James Smits of Orange City was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 2013 Dodge Ram behind Van Beek. According to the report Van Beek slowed for a farm tractor and Smits struck the rear of the Pontiac

Van Beek’s Pontiac received $7,000 damage. Smits’s Dodge received $3000 damage.

There were no injuries reported.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Doon woman has been arrested after an alleged assault in a moving vehicle.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9 PM on Sunday, June 22, their deputies investigated a report of domestic assault that is alleged to have occurred in a vehicle on Highway 75, three miles north of Sioux Center.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that 31-year-old Catarina Pablo of Doon was driving a vehicle on Highway 75 when she assaulted a male victim inside the vehicle. Following the assault Pablo attempted to stop the male from calling 911.

As a result of the investigation, Pablo was arrested and charged with domestic assault and obstructing an emergency phone call.

According to jail records, she was booked into the Sioux County Jail on a $1000 bond. The next day she posted an unsecured bond and was released.