Final Pretrial Hearing Moved Up In Murder Case

gavel_sxc_5Le Mars, Iowa — A northwest Iowa man who pled not guilty after he was accused of allegedly stabbing his sister in June, 2016 faces a final pretrial hearing on Thursday of this week. (April 27th.) The hearing had been scheduled for Friday but due to an attorney’s scheduling conflict, it was moved up a day.

Authorities say 34-year-old Thomas Bibler of Le Mars was taken into custody following a fatal stabbing that happened the evening of Saturday, June 11, 2016. Bibler is accused of fatally stabbing his 27-year-old sister, Shannon Bogh. Witnesses to the stabbing identified Bibler as the suspect.

Bibler entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of First Degree Murder, Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, and Going Armed With Intent. First Degree Murder is a class A Felony. If convicted, Bibler would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

In late March, Bibler’s attorney filed a waiver of Bibler’s right to a jury trial. At last report his trial was set for Tuesday, May 16th.


Polaris To Close Milford Plant

polarisMilford, Iowa — Polaris Industries has announced that it will stop making all-terrain and utility vehicles in Milford, leaving up to 300 northwest Iowa workers without jobs.

The Minnesota-based company says it will phase out production of the vehicles at its plant in Milford and transfer production to existing Polaris facilities in Alabama, Minnesota, and California. The Milford location will be turned into a storage and warehouse facility to support the nearby Spirit Lake Polaris plant, which will continue to manufacture Indian Motorcycle products.

A company spokesperson says there are approximately 330 people who work in Milford — and they will be given the opportunity to relocate to other Polaris facilities. The company announced in January it was shutting down production of the Victory brand of motorcycles made in Spirit Lake and said they plan to focus on Indian motorcycle production.

Ken Pucel, an Executive Vice President of Operations for Polaris says that since they opened the Milford facility in 2013, the team has performed admirably. He says they played a critical role in making the first full year of their “Slingshot” vehicle a success and have been instrumental in driving manufacturing improvements across Polaris’s off-road vehicle products. He says the company sincerely appreciates their contributions to Polaris. He says they evaluated a number of options to streamline their plant infrastructure. According to Pucel, the decision was difficult because of the impact to jobs. But he says, “discontinuing manufacturing at Milford – one of our smaller manufacturing facilities – allows us to consolidate the production of similar products and improve utilization of our available capacity across the rest of our U.S. manufacturing network.”


Corn Planting Well Behind Last Year

planterNorthwest Iowa — Rain slowed planting progress early last week, providing just 3.1 suitable days for fieldwork, according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agriculture Statistics Service.

Drier and warmer weather over the weekend did allow some producers into their fields to plant corn and oats.  Corn planting here in northwest Iowa was 5% complete, well below last year’s average of 36% complete for the same period.  Other fieldwork last week included fertilizer and anhydrous applications, tillage, and burning down cover crops.

Topsoil moisture in our area rated 0% very short, 1% short, 86% adequate, and 13% excess, according to the report.  Northwest Iowa subsoil moisture was rated 0% very short, 1% short, 87% adequate, and 12% surplus.

Statewide, 8% of the corn acreage has been planted, 9 days behind last year and 3 days behind the 5-year average. 69% of the State’s oat crop has been planted, over one week behind last year but just one day behind average. Oats emerged reached 26%. South central Iowa is the only area with less than half the oat crop planted.

Pasture condition improved to 74% good to excellent with pastures described as green and growing. Livestock conditions remain good and feedlots are improving.

For a look at this week’s complete Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report CLICK HERE.


Fire Department Called To Courtyard

Sheldon Fire Tanker 1 Sept 2015Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Firefighters were called to the Courtyard Fitness Center in Sheldon early Monday afternoon to the report of a smoke smell.

Sheldon Assistant Fire Chief Randy Harms tells KIWA that the cause of the smoke smell was determined to have come from a bad air handler unit, and that there was no fire.

Fire units returned to the fire station after about 40 minutes on scene, according to Harms.


Fire Department Called To Courtyard

Sheldon Fire Tanker 1 Sept 2015Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon Firefighters were called to the Courtyard Fitness Center in Sheldon early Monday afternoon to the report of a smoke smell.

Sheldon Assistant Fire Chief Randy Harms tells KIWA that the cause of the smoke smell was determined to have come from a bad air handler unit, and that there was no fire.

Fire units returned to the fire station after about 40 minutes on scene, according to Harms.


Sheldon Outdoor Aquatic Center Needs Lifeguards

sheldon aquatic centerSheldon, Iowa — At last week’s Sheldon City Council meeting, Sheldon Rec Director, Jake Kerr, gave the Council a report on the upcoming season of the Sheldon Outdoor Aquatic Center.  Much of that discussion was on the pool’s need for lifeguards each summer, and how Kerr is going about the recruiting process.

Kerr tells KIWA that the aquatic center always needs certified lifeguards, and now he is able to teach a lifeguard certification course, which will make it easier for Sheldon kids to become certified lifeguards.

We asked Kerr how many lifeguards the Sheldon Aquatic Center needs on a daily basis.

Kerr says that anyone who has an interest in becoming a lifeguard can get information in a couple of different ways.

For a direct link to the lifeguard application, just CLICK HERE.  And here’s a direct click link to Kerr’s email:  jkerr@cityofsheldon.com  The number for the Sheldon City Office is 712-324-4651.