Hull Man Arrested For OWI After Crash Near Hull

Hull, Iowa — A Hull man was arrested for OWI after a crash near Hull on Saturday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that the arrest stemmed from a call received by Sioux County Communications reporting that a vehicle that was in the ditch near the intersection of Hickory Avenue and 300th Street, a mile north of Hull.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that 46-year-old Raul Martinez-Munoz of Hull was driving a 1995 Ford Explorer westbound on 300th street when he lost control, struck a mailbox and entered the ditch and a planted farm field.

No injuries were reported.

Martinez-Munoz’s vehicle sustained approximately $400 damages. The mailbox owned by Jake Ney, of Hull, sustained approximately $250 in damages.

Martinez-Munoz was charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, as well as failure to maintain control and no proof of insurance, both simple misdemeanors.

Sheldon Holds Memorial Day Service

The annual Memorial Day service was held Monday morning at the Sheldon City Park to an audience of around 200. The service was highlighted by wonderful messages of freedom and remembrance as well as heart-touching displays of patriotism and music. KIWA wishes all of you a very happy Memorial Day!

Severe Weather Hits KIWA Listening Area

Sheldon, Iowa — A line of severe weather hit Northwest Iowa Sunday night causing some major flash flooding and wind damage to the area. Rock Valley reported having traffic down to one lane on highway 18 due to flooding. Several wind gusts of up to 70 mph were reported in Hull and Boyden and Inwood reported hail of 1″ diameter. The image on the right is from a listener in Sibley.

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Here is another image of the dramatic shelf cloud that accompanied the gust front.  This was taken a mile west of Matlock.

It was taken by KIWA News Director Scott Van Aartsen, who reports that just as the cloud passed overhead there was a downpour of very heavy rain and strong wind.  He reported it reminded him of a blizzard.  Visibility was near zero for a few minutes.

We have an eyewitness report of large branches down near the Boyden Pit.

We also have second-hand reports of a number of large branches and several trees down across the area, including one in Rock Rapids that was split either by wind or lightning, landing partilaly on a house and destroying a swing set.

Just a few examples of the severe weather damage. Again if you want to report storm damage, email your report to

On a related note, the City of Hull had extensive tree damage as a result of Sunday night’s storm. Crews will be doing a city wide clean up of tree damage and request travelers to avoid traveling in the City of Hull this morning. This will help make clean up go easier and quicker. The City of Hull thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.

Here are the official reports from the national weather service from Sunday night’s storm.  These are the ones that were submitted to the National Weather Service, and certainly is not a full list.

0530 PM     HAIL             SSW AKRON               42.83N 96.56W
05/27/2012  E0.75 INCH       PLYMOUTH           IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0535 PM     HAIL             AKRON                   42.83N 96.56W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       PLYMOUTH           IA   EMERGENCY MNGR

0541 PM     HAIL             CHATSWORTH              42.92N 96.51W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0543 PM     HAIL             2 S HAWARDEN            42.97N 96.48W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0550 PM     HAIL             3 N HULL                43.23N 96.13W
05/27/2012  E0.75 INCH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0610 PM     HAIL             FAIRVIEW                43.22N 96.49W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       LINCOLN            SD   FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

0610 PM     HAIL             S FAIRVIEW              43.22N 96.49W
05/27/2012  E1.50 INCH       LINCOLN            SD   TRAINED SPOTTER

0620 PM     TSTM WND DMG     ALVORD                  43.34N 96.30W
05/27/2012                   LYON               IA   LAW ENFORCEMENT


0620 PM     HAIL             2 NE CANTON             43.32N 96.55W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       LINCOLN            SD   TRAINED SPOTTER


0713 PM     TSTM WND DMG     9 ESE VERMILLION        42.76N 96.75W
05/27/2012                   UNION              SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT


0715 PM     TSTM WND DMG     6 NW AKRON              42.88N 96.64W
05/27/2012                   UNION              SD   TRAINED SPOTTER


0715 PM     TSTM WND DMG     AKRON                   42.83N 96.56W
05/27/2012                   PLYMOUTH           IA   EMERGENCY MNGR


0715 PM     HAIL             6 NW AKRON              42.88N 96.64W
05/27/2012  E1.50 INCH       UNION              SD   TRAINED SPOTTER

0725 PM     TSTM WND DMG     7 S ALCESTER            42.92N 96.63W
05/27/2012                   UNION              SD   TRAINED SPOTTER


0728 PM     TSTM WND GST     NE HAWARDEN             43.00N 96.48W
05/27/2012  E60.00 MPH       SIOUX              IA   STORM CHASER


0748 PM     HAIL             INWOOD                  43.29N 96.44W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       LYON               IA   BROADCAST MEDIA

0752 PM     TSTM WND GST     W HULL                  43.19N 96.14W
05/27/2012  E70.00 MPH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER


0800 PM     TSTM WND GST     W BOYDEN                43.19N 96.01W
05/27/2012  E60.00 MPH       SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

0800 PM     FLOOD            4 S MASKELL             42.63N 96.98W
05/27/2012                   DIXON              NE   LAW ENFORCEMENT

            OVER ROADWAYS.

0802 PM     FLASH FLOOD      ROCK VALLEY             43.20N 96.30W
05/27/2012                   SIOUX              IA   PUBLIC


0830 PM     FLASH FLOOD      ROCK VALLEY             43.20N 96.30W
05/27/2012                   SIOUX              IA   TRAINED SPOTTER

            18 IS DOWN TO ONE LANE

0938 PM     HAIL             NORTH SIOUX CITY        42.54N 96.50W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       UNION              SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT

0945 PM     HAIL             5 WNW SIOUX CITY        42.53N 96.49W
05/27/2012  E1.00 INCH       UNION              SD   TRAINED SPOTTER

Inwood Man Dies In Tractor Rollover Accident

Inwood, Iowa — An Inwood man has died from injuries sustained in a tractor accident in Inwood on Friday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday (5/25) at about 1:50 PM, officers from the sheriff’s office and the Iowa State Patrol, as well as Inwood emergency personnel were called to a tractor accident at the intersection of Madison Street and Oak Street in Inwood.

They report that 68-year-old Gerald Van Beek of Inwood was traveling south on Oak Street and made a right turn onto Madison Street when he lost control of the tractor. The tractor’s right tire left the ground and the tractor rolled over landing on top of Van Beek. He was transported to a helicopter landing area where he was pronounced dead.

The tractor, a 1955 McCormick Farmall 400 owned by Van Beek, received $1,500 in damage.

The Inwood Fire and Rescue personnel and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance assisted.

Visitation: Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Address: Porter Funeral Home
1704 15th St.
Rock Valley, IA 51247

Service: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Address: Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, Iowa 51247

One Arrested In Boyden After Officers Say He Held 18-year-old Against Her Will

Boyden, Iowa — One individual was arrested in Boyden on Thursday after officers found he held an 18-year-old against her will.

On Thursday, May 24 in the 10 PM hour, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was called to check if everything was OK at 604 Sheridan Street in Boyden.

When deputies arrived at the residence it was found that Drew Kersten had assaulted his 18 year old girlfriend and held her against her will.

Kersten was arrested for Serious Domestic Assault and False Imprisonment, both serious misdemeanors.

Two People Reportedly Struck By Lighning Friday Evening In Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — Just after 4 pm Friday afternoon two individuals leaving work at Maintainer Corp in Sheldon were struck by lightning.  The pair were transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT and reportedly life-flighted to Sanford Sioux Falls.  KIWA has no condition report as of Saturday morning.

According to Walt Pruiksma, Sheldon Emergency Management Director, both Wayne Barahona and he were in the radio station’s front lobby after hearing the first of two loud cracks of thunder.  Peering south both individuals witnessed the bolt that apparently struck the Maintainer employees.  Barahona said the bolt of lightning went east to west and then down in a fork pattern.  At first the pair thought the bolt struck a cell tower south of town but then emergency crews were paged to Maintainer for two individuals struck by lightning.  Both were also watching radar and have indicated only light showers were observed.

Here are lightning safety tips from the National Lightning Safety Institute:

Personal Lightning Safety Tips

1. PLAN in advance your evacuation and safety measures. When you first see lightning or hear thunder, activate your emergency plan. Now is the time to go to a building or a vehicle. Lightning often precedes rain, so don’t wait for the rain to begin before suspending activities.

2. IF OUTDOORS…Avoid water. Avoid the high ground. Avoid open spaces. Avoid all metal objects including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, etc. Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees. Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle such as a car, truck or a van with the windows completely shut. If lightning is striking nearby when you are outside, you should:

A. Crouch downPut feet together. Place hands over ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.

B. Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.

3. IF INDOORS… Avoid water. Stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Take off head sets. Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

4. SUSPEND ACTIVITIES for 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder.

5. INJURED PERSONS do not carry an electrical charge and can be handled safely. Apply First Aid procedures to a lightning victim if you are qualified to do so. Call 911 or send for help immediately.