National Convention To Be At Hawkeye Point

Sibley, Iowa — The highest point in Iowa is being celebrated this week.
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Among the highlights is that a national organization that promotes gaining access to, and developing each of the 50 highest points in the United States — has selected Osceola County and Iowa’s highest elevation, Hawkeye Point, as the site of their 2015 National Convention. Between 250 – 300 highpointers from all 50 states and several foreign countries will descend on the community.

Osceola County Economic Development Director Mike Earll says the highpointers will be touring area points of interest, enjoying special meal functions, climbing Iowa’s highest point and conducting the business of the organization.

He says Hawkeye Point and Iowa were selected as the site of their 2015 annual convention in part to highlight the unique cooperation of area youth and adult supporters in the development of Hawkeye Point as well as honor the Donna Sterler family for their donation of the highpoint to the citizens of Osceola County.

Earll gives us an idea of the schedule of events.

Earll says on Saturday, the public is invited to join the Highpointers for several events in and around Sibley and Hawkeye Point.

The Hawkeye Point Foundation will also be drawing the winner of their raffle for the Henry Golden Boy Rifle with the Hawkeye Point logo engraved on the stock. The raffle is made possible with the special assistance of Sibley Hardware and the Capital Armament Company. Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased through July 25th by contacting any Hawkeye Point Committee member or the OCEDC Office.

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Highpointers National Convention Schedule at a Glance


July 24-26, 2015


  • Thursday–July 23, 2015 Convention registration and informal “Ice-breaker”                                                      social at Worthington, Mn. Events Center.                                                                      (Convention attendees only)


  • Friday–July 24, 2015 Individual tours and stops at area points of interest by                                                             convention attendees


5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.          Hog Roast & Iowa Picnic @ Sibley Country Club

                                                (Convention attendees and invited guests)


  • Saturday–July 25, 2015

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.          Pancake Breakfast in Sibley Central Park served by

FFA, 4-H & Hawkeye Point Committee members–                                                       McCallum Museum open– Sibley Rec. Dept. Croquet                                                  Tournament

Free-will donation for breakfast

                                                (Convention attendees and public invited)


10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.        Watermelon feed @ Hawkeye Pt. (Caravan from park                                                  following breakfast)  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*   Climbing wall from Iowa National Guard

*   Machinery display (Noteboom Equip.)

*   Kids train / display booths / other

*   Rep. John Wills to address the convention

*   Dedication of Memorial to Kirk Grau at                                                   11:30 a.m.

                                    (Convention attendees and public invited)



5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.          Club Banquet at Worthington Event Center –5:00 p.m.                                                social hour—6:45 p.m. meal–program to follow

(Convention attendees and invited guests)



For additional information contact Mike D. Earll–OCEDC Director @ 712-754-2523.

Two Arrested On Harassment Charges

Boyden, Iowa — Two out-of-state men have been arrested on harassment and assault charges at a job site near Boyden.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, July 18, they arrested 42-year-old Julio Guerrero of Indianapolis, IN and 52-year-old Antonio Cardoso of Salisbury, NC. The arrests occurred at a farm job site northeast of Boyden, IA.

The arrests stemmed from an investigation into a report of a female employee who had allegedly been harassed and assaulted by two male employees at the job site.

As a result of the investigation, Cardoso was arrested and was charged with first degree harassment and assault. Guerrero was arrested and was charged with third degree harassment and assault.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

O’Brien Fair Royalty Selected

Primghar, Iowa — At the O’Brien County Fair in Primghar last night, a new Fair King, Fair Queen, and Fair Princess were selected during the Coronation Ceremony.obrien fair royalty 2015

The 2015 King is Eric Koehlmoos. The 2015 O’Brien County Fair Queen is Jenna Heemstra. And selected as the 2015 O’Brien County Fair Princess was Stephanie Westra.

KIWA congratulates the winners, all the candidates, and their families.

Lyon County Fair Runs Through Thursday

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Billed as the “best four days of summer,” the Greater Lyon County Fair continues in Rock Rapids through Thursday.
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Elaine Hinsch from the Fair Board Office fills us in on what’s going on at the fair. (This was recorded on Monday)

The Commercial Building is open to the public from Noon- 10 PM every day.

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O’Brien County Fair Continues Through Thursday

Primghar, Iowa — It’s county fair time in northwest Iowa.
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The annual O’Brien County Fair continues through Thursday, according to Sarah Fiddelke at the Fair Office.

(The cut was recorded on Monday so when she says “tomorrow,” she means “Tuesday.”)

Fair Schedule:

6:00 pm — Bill Riley Talent Search Show
8:00 pm — Fair Queen & King Coronation

7:00 am – 10:00 am — O’Brien County 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am – Beef Show
9:00 am – 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
10:00 – noon — O’Brien County Naturalist
1:00 pm — “Cooking with Honey” – Marlene Boernsen — Admin Bldg
2:00 – 3:00 pm — Great Plains Mobile Zoo
4:00 pm -Bottle/Bucket Calf Show
4:00 – 8:00 pm — Kock’s Mini Train & Ferris Wheel Rides
5:00 – 9:00 pm — Special K’z the Clown & OhKEEDOEK’z Entertainment
6:00 pm – Pedal Tractor Pull
7:30 pm — Ventriloquist/Comedian – Greg Claassen

7:00 am — Breakfast for 4-H’ers, parents and volunteers by Ag Partners
7:30 am – Swine Show
9:00 am – Discovering 4-H Pet Show followed by 4-H Show
9:00 am – 4-H Exhibit Building Opens
9:00 am — Rooster Crowing Contest
10:30 am – Dog Show (or immediately following Pet Show)
1:00 pm – O’Brien Co. Country School Houses – Wesley Peters — Open Class Craft Building
2:00 pm — Learning about Birds with Lee Schoenewe
3:00 – 3:30 pm – Livestock Judging Registration
3:30 pm – Livestock Judging Contest
3:30 pm — Quilt Turning Program — Open Class Craft Bldg
5:00 pm — Share The Fun Entertainment and Evaluation and 4-H Style Show
5 – 7:00 pm – O’Brien Co. Farm Bureau Watermelon Feed
7:30 pm – Auto Races sponsored by Primghar Jaycees
8:00 pm – All 4-H Livestock may be released

8:30 am – Awards/Announcements and Livestock Sale
9 -12:00 – 4-H Non-livestock exhibits may be released. 4-H’ers & parents are EXPECTED & ASSIGNED places to help with cleanup.Lunch will be provided after cleanup.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am – Teen Dance

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Meeting To Address Agriculture Environmental Concerns

Maurice, Iowa — A special free seminar about the environment and how to stave off environmental regulation of the agriculture industry is scheduled for Tuedsay, July 21st near Maurice.
The name of the event is a mouthful. It’s the West Branch of the Floyd River Water Quality Initiative Field Day. But it’s for everyone, not just those who live in the West Branch Floyd watershed, says Becca Meerdink, who told us about the event.

She says this very important field day and the topics to be discussed affect all involved in agriculture throughout the Iowa. The core of this field day, she says is centered around the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, which is a coordinated effort by those involved in agriculture to reduce nutrient loads to our rivers, streams and to the Gulf of Mexico from sources such as agriculture. The Iowa Water Quality Initiative has been touted as “the last ditch effort to stave off environmental regulation of the agricultural industry” and a number of topics discussed will address these issues.

She says everyone is invited.

She says it will be a morning of discussion on conservation, changing consumer demands, and how the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit and the EPA Waters of the US rule will impact farm operations.

She tells us about the speakers.

The meeting is at the Maasen Dairy Farm, two miles east of Maurice on B58. Again, it is free, and a free lunch is provided as well.

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8:30 am: Registration

9:00 am: Welcome

9:05 am: Keynote: Del Holzer (Elanco Animal Health)

“What our Consumers Expect of Us”

10:00 am: Breakout Session 1: Nitrogen

Demonstrations: Cover Crops, Root Pit, Hagie Y-Drop and more

10:40 am: Breakout Session 2: Phosphorous

Demonstrations: No-till, Root Pit and more

11:30 am: Dinner (provided)

11:45 am: Keynote: Kristine Tidgren (ISU Center of Ag Law & Taxation )

“Implications of the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit & EPA’s WOTUS Ruling

12:30 pm: Adjourn/Questions/Inspect Equipment