February 14, 2019 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — If you are a pork producer or someone who works in or around the pork industry, there’s a chance for you to learn and network coming up on Monday in Sheldon, and it’s practically free.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association is inviting the state’s pig farmers to attend one of the five Iowa Pork Regional Conferences being held in February. The events are being held at different locations from Feb. 18 through 22. The Sheldon conference is on Monday, February 18th at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Room 116-119 in Sheldon.

In addition to the regional conference program that runs from 1-4:30 p.m., a separate morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will provide Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus training free to those who pre-register. The PQA Plus training is sponsored by the association and provided by Iowa State University Extension.

Jamee Eggers, the Producer Education Director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association tells what’s planned at all the conferences.

Eggers tells us about the speakers.

She says that if attendees register ahead-of-time, the program is free. If you register the day of the event, the fee is only $5. For more information including how to preregister, visit https://www.iowapork.org/iowa-pork-schedules-regional-conferences-february/.

Other locations include:

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Audubon Recreation Center, 703 Southside Ave., Audubon, IA 50025
Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Thursday, Feb. 21 – Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th, Washington, IA 52353
Friday, Feb. 22 – Borlaug Leaning Center, 3327 290th, Nashua, IA 50658

February 14, 2019 - 12:24 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — With winter weather finally arriving in northwest Iowa, motorists have to dust off their winter driving skills.

There have been several law enforcement vehicles struck by other motorists as they’re parked on the side of the road dealing with an accident or traffic stop in recent days. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Vince Kurtz says that’s a scary scenario.

Kurtz reminds us about Iowa’s Move Over Law.

He tells us motorists are required to move over if they can do so safely.

Kurtz says its important to slow down as soon as you see flashing lights.

We asked the Sergeant how to know if we should call 911 if we spot a dangerous driver.

Sergeant Kurtz’ comments came while he was answering listener questions on Thursday’s KIWA Morning Show.

February 13, 2019 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa 4th District US Congressman Steve King is going to be in northwest Iowa on Monday.

This is the second town meeting that King will be attending since House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy stripped King of all his committee assignments in the aftermath of a New York Times interview in which King says he was misquoted.

King narrowly defeated Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten in November, by only three percentage points. One of Scholten’s talking points was that King didn’t hold town hall meetings.

Congressman King says he will be holding the town hall meeting on Monday, February 18th in Lyon County. The event is open to the public and to the media. The town hall will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Forster Community Center, 404 First Avenue in Rock Rapids. Staffers say this town hall will be the second of the 39 scheduled town halls King will be holding this year.

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will serve on a newly-created American Workforce Advisory Board alongside Apple’s CEO and Ivanka Trump.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will lead the 25-member group, which President Trump created by executive order. Trump is asking the board to come up with strategies to “revamp the American workforce” to meet 21st century challenges. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, says the goal is to help Americans navigate the economic disruptions new technology is creating.

Iowa’s governor and the governor of Indiana are the two state officials on the board, alongside the CEOs of Walmart, Home Depot, Visa and IBM as well as Apple’s Tim Cook.

Des Moines, Iowa — (RI) — Republicans and three Democrats in the legislature have approved a plan to boost per pupil state spending for Iowa’s public K-through-12 schools by a total of $79-million.

House Republicans voted to endorse that level of spending Monday evening. Representative Cecil Dolecheck is a Republican from Mount Ayr.

Senate Republicans, along with three Democrats in the senate, approved the roughly two-percent increase in general state aid to schools Wednesday. Republican Senator Amy Sinclair of Allerton says about half the state budget is spent on education, from preschool to higher education.

Democrats like Representative Heather Matson of Ankeny say it’s not enough.

Other Democrats, like Senator Jackie Smith of Sioux City, say state support of public schools hasn’t kept up with inflation.

A separate bill related to state education spending passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support this week as well. It extends extra state money to schools dealing with big transportation budgets, plus about 170 districts will get about five dollars more per pupil. That’s meant to deal with a problem in Iowa’s school funding formula that has meant some districts have been getting less in per pupil funding than others.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s pleased with the funding legislation and looks forward to signing it soon after it hits her desk.

Spencer, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol will soon be checking retailer compliance with Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine, and vapor product laws. But the Patrol tells us that it’s part of an education effort and handing out citations is not the main point of the program.

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce those laws, says Sergent Vince Kurtz with the Iowa State Patrol.

He says it’s a two-pronged approach.

Kurtz says part of the effort will also be educating retailers and their employees what products are not legal to sell to those under the age of 18. He says cigarettes and other tobacco products are included, but so are vapor products such as Juul and the like.

Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the Iowa State Patrol has committed to do its part to increase the compliance rate even more this year.

The Patrol says that I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale.

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to https://abd.iowa.gov/.

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux City man has been arrested on a warrant charging felony theft in connection with two separate incidents in Sioux Center.

Court records indicate that 39-year old Jake Fertig of Sioux City is accused of 2nd Degree Theft in connection with thefts of merchandise worth more than $1-thousand, but less than $10-thousand on two dates in late January of this year.

Sioux Center Police say Ferdig is alleged to have entered the Sioux Center Walmart shortly after 3:00 am on Saturday, January 26th, and stolen speakers, computers, and a suitcase.

At about 4:15 am on Thursday, January 31st, police say Ferdig is accused of returning to Walmart in Sioux Center, this time allegedly making off with a suitcase and cameras.

According to court records, charges for the January 26th incident were filed January 30th, with charges filed in connection with the January 31st incident filed January 31st.

According to online court records, a warrant for Ferdig’s arrest was issued February 1st. Sioux County Jail records indicate that the warrant was served, and Ferdig taken into custody on February 12th, and placed in the Sioux County Jail in lieu of a $5-thousand bond on two counts of 2nd Degree Theft, which is a Class D Felony.

As of mid-afternoon Wednesday, Sioux County Jail records show that Ferdig remained in the Sioux County Jail at Orange City.

Northwest Iowa — Iowa 4th District U.S. Representative Steve King has announced that some 200 pro-family leaders have sent a letter to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting that he reinstate Congressman King to his committee assignments.

King took to Twitter to announce the letter, tweeting, “200 pro-family leaders wrote @GOPLeader McCarty asking him “to do the right thing and reinstate my committees.” King’s tweet continued, “They know when the ‘outrageous misquote’ of a biased & liberal NY Times takes free rein to ‘falsely brand’ Republicans, no conservative is safe.”

The letter to Congressman McCarthy that King mentioned in his tweet can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.


Statewide Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is hinting she may have reservations about a bill that would end the permit process for buying and carrying a concealed handgun in Iowa.

Monday, a Senate subcommittee advanced a plan to do away with the gun permit requirement.

Reynolds was a member of the state senate in 2010. The law enacted that year removed the discretion county sheriffs had in denying gun permits. The law created a statewide standard and requires sheriffs to issue gun permits, with very limited exceptions. Reynolds says her staff will track the bill that would do away with that permit process.

A year ago, Reynolds called Iowa’s gun laws “reasonable and responsible” and she expressed support for retaining the permit process for acquiring handguns. Tuesday Reynolds told reporters she has often thought about applying for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Reynolds and her husband were hunting near Centerville in early 2015 when she shot the deer.

Washington, DC — With a Friday deadline looming to avoid another partial federal government shutdown, Congressional Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement, at least in principle, over border security.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, says he’s hopeful all parties, including President Trump, will be able to agree to the compromise.

The partial shutdown that started in late December ran a record 35 days and furloughed 800-thousand federal workers, or forced some to work without pay. Grassley is putting his trust in the conference committee that the compromise they’ve created will be acceptable and bipartisan.

Grassley says no details are being released about the compromise, though reports indicate it includes $1.3-billlion to put up 55 miles of fencing at the border, a long way from the $5.7-billion and 2-thousand miles of wall the president wanted. With seven months remaining in the fiscal year, Grassley says $1.3-billion is likely all the government can afford to spend on a fence.

Reports say the agreement would pay for a fence made of metal slats, not the concrete wall the president was pushing. It would also cut the number of beds in border detention centers from around 50-thousand to around 40-thousand. Grassley says firm details about the proposal will be out soon.