Hospers, Iowa — Details are still sketchy on a traffic accident that closed down the southbound lanes of Highway 60 south of Hospers for several hours Tuesday evening.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says Highway 60’s southbound lanes were closed about 8:20 PM Tuesday evening and did not re-open to traffic until about 1:30 AM Wednesday morning.
According to Sioux County Chief Deputy and Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga, Hospers Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance Personnel were paged for the report of a semi rollover accident near 410th Street on Highway 60.
Lennox, South Dakota — Authorities across the Big Sioux River in South Dakota are investigating a shooting that they are reporting happened in Lennox on Thursday, February 12th.
According to Lennox Police Chief Orville Jorgensen, a man with a gun entered Sioux Steel in Lennox on Thursday afternoon, and two victims were shot. He says a third victim was assaulted. According to Jorgensen, one shooting victim has died. He says one of the other victims is in critical condition, and one is in serious condition.
Jorgensen says another person was found dead in a burned out truck, south of Lennox. He says that may or may not be related to the incident at Sioux Steel.
He says schools in Lennox were placed on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted after officers found the suspect at the crime scene south of town, according to Lincoln County Emergency Management director Harold Timmerman.
Jorgensen says the identities of the victims are not being released, but all three who were injured at Sioux Steel were employees there.
Orange City, Iowa — Today, January 6, 2015, a special election called by Governor Terry Branstad is taking place to fill the seat of the late State Representative Dwayne Alons of Hull in Iowa House District 4.
Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate says that the elections division staff of his office are working closely with Sioux County Auditor, Lois Huitink. He says he applauds the preparation of Auditor Huitink and encourages the residents of Iowa House District 4 to make their voices heard by getting out to vote for the candidate of their choosing.
Polls are open from now until 9:00 PM. Absentee ballots must have been postmarked by Monday, January 5th and received by the time of the county canvass on Thursday, January 8th, to be considered on time to be counted.
Election night results will be posted on the Secretary of State website as well as the Sioux County Auditor website, plus we’ll have them on KIWA and kiwaradio.com.
Following a canvassing of the special election results by the state, the winner will be sworn into office early next week.
The district is in Sioux County and includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth. A map of the district is available on the Legislature’s website.
Sheldon, Iowa — There have been plenty of holiday activities going on in Sheldon recently. The festivities continue with a tour of lights tonight (Thursday night, December 4th).
For festive Christmas music to listen to while you’re taking in the lights, you can turn on KIWA-FM 105.3.
We had a chance to talk to Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Cooke. She says gives us the information about the tour of lights.
Cooke says the previous year winner becomes the judge for the next year.
Christmas activities continue in Sheldon. On Saturday it’s the United Methodist Cookie Walk from 8:30 AM to noon and Dash in the Snow at 10 AM. That’s a 1.5 mile fun run/walk that starts at the Community Building. There are prizes for the best costumes. On Monday it’s the St. Pat’s Soup and Pie Supper, from 4:30-7 PM, and high school Choir Carolers will carol throughout the downtown, from 6-7 PM. You’re invited to come enjoy Christmas carols provided by some of the Sheldon High School choir students and even join them as they stroll down the downtown
sidewalks. Also on Monday, the Sheldon Chamber’s Spend $25 Win $25 promotion begins.
Northwest Iowa — As is often the case, we may need to schedule our Thanksgiving travel plans around mother nature. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Murray with the Sioux Falls Forecast Office says that about three inches of snow is forecast for tonight (Tuesday) into Wednesday morning.
Murray says that there are no advisories or watches out for our immediate area, but not too far to our north and east, there is a winter weather advisory for snow and blowing snow from midnight tonight until noon Wednesday.
He says travellers could be impacted by the snow, but travel problems are even more likely when the snow starts blowing and drifting on Wednesday.
Listen for the latest forecast on KIWA, or find it at kiwaradio.com.
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