Hot Dog Night Is Monday Night (8/12)

hot dog_sxcSheldon, Iowa — It’s an annual tradition in Sheldon. The downtown businesses serve the public free hot dogs, one night a year. And downtown merchants say it’s one night of food and fun you don’t want to miss.

This year, that night is tonight (Monday, August 12). We talked with Allison Klett, the Sheldon Chamber director, and she tells us all about Hot Dog Day.


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Again, that’s tonight from 5 to 7 in downtown Sheldon. We at KIWA invite you to come see us along with Main Street Theaters and grab a free hot dog.


Two George Juveniles Charged After Vandalism Incident

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8George, Iowa — Two juveniles from George have been charged after a vandalism incident.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday (8/8/13), they charged two juveniles from George with Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred sometime on August 2nd when a neighbor returned home and found his pickup tires and two windows in his shed were shot. The two juveniles were cited into juvenile court.


Two From George Injured In Accident On Friday, One Airlifted

Sanford helicopter new in 2012George, Iowa — Two people from George were injured in an accident on Friday near George, and one of them was airlifted to a Sioux Falls Hospital.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 1:20 Friday afternoon, 20-year-old Anthony Thomas of George was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Larch Avenue, about three miles northeast of George. The report says Thomas failed to obey the stop sign and pulled into the path of a 2006 Peterbuilt semi driven by 75-year-old Verdell Groen of George.

Groen was unable to stop in time and struck Thomas’s vehicle on the passenger side. Thomas’s vehicle got spun around and ended up in the east ditch on Larch Avenue. The semi ended up in a cornfield just past the intersection.

Both people in the pickup were transported to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids. Nineteen-year-old Carol Thomas was then airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls. Their injuries are non life-threatening. Groen was taken by personal vehicle to Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley to be checked out.

Damage to the pickup was $10,000 and damage to the semi, owned by the George Coop, was $4000.

The accident is being investigated by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the George Fire Department, George Rescue, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.


Fire On Osceola/Dickinson County Line Near Lake Park Destroys Shed, Loader

FD lightbarRural Lake Park, Iowa — A fire near the Osceola/Dickinson County line early on Friday morning destroyed a shed and damaged another structure.

The Lake Park Fire Department was paged to the fire at 5:20 AM Friday morning. It was located about 2 miles south of Highway 9, at 1707 100th Street, just west of the county line in Osceola County.

When firefighters got there, they saw that the shed was fully engulfed in flame. That’s when they called for mutual aid assistance from the Harris and Ocheyedan Fire Departments.

The cause was ruled as accidental, but there was no speculation as to a more specific cause.

There were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The shed and its contents were completely destroyed, including 15 round hay bales on the side of building. A loader was also lost in the fire, and a cattle confinement building was also damaged.

The Lake Park Rescue Crew, Dickinson County Emergency Management and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office assisted the fire departments at the scene.


Ocheyedan Celebrates With Days Of Olde This Weekend

Ocheyedan, Iowa — The summertime festivals continue in northwest Iowa. It’s Ocheyedan Days of Olde this weekend in Ocheyedan. We Ocheyedantalked to Christina Kruger — one of the people setting up the festival — and asked her about today’s activities (8/10/13)


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She says there’s also a Sunday bean bag tournament at 2 PM sponsored by the Ocheyedan Catfish Club.

Click here for the full schedule.

Incidentally, it’s also Everly days in Everly this weekend. Friday night is fun for adults. Saturday there’s something for everyone…Barbecue contest, Disc Golf Tournament, volleyball, bike race, kiddie parade, kids games, and more, topped off by a dance at the Fire Station beginning at 7 PM, with music by The Dweebs. Sunday caps off the weekend with Prayer In The Park beginning at 10 AM.

Ashton Town and Country Days is coming up August 15-17, and the Little Rock Corn Show is August 22-25.


Iowa Senate Candidate David Young Stops By KIWA Studios In Sheldon

David YoungSheldon, Iowa — There are currently six Republicans and one Democrat who have announced they are running for the seat now held by US Senator Tom Harkin, who has announced his retirement.

We had a chance to speak with one of the Republican candidates recently while he was on his way to an appearance at the Northwest Iowa Republican Dinner on Thursday night. David Young is the former Chief of Staff to Senator Chuck Grassley. He gives us his background.


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He tells us why he thinks he’s the right person for the job.


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Young says he has courage and leadership to take on the issues and fight for Iowa.

We’ll be posting the entire interview with Young on our website in the future.

The other Republican candidates for Harkin’s Senate seat are radio personality Sam Clovis; State Senator Joni Ernst; attorney and nominee for Iowa’s 4th congressional district in 1988 and 1992 Paul Lunde; car salesman Scott Schaben; and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and nominee for Treasurer of Iowa in 2002 Matthew Whitaker.

The Democrat who has announced he’s running is Congressman Bruce Braley.