Worthington Man Taken To Hospital After Sibley Accident

Sibley, Iowa — A Worthington man was taken to the hospital after an accident last week.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5 AM Sunday morning, 25-year-old Juan Castillo of Worthington was driving a 2004 Toyota Tundra, northbound on Highway 60 about a mile south of Sibley, when he reached into the back seat of the vehicle causing the vehicle to drive into the median. Castillo over-corrected and rolled the vehicle several times until it came to rest on its top in the east ditch.

Castillo’s vehicle, owned by Tomas Flores of Worthington sustained about $8,000 damage.

Castillo was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital, and charged with Failure to Maintain Control.

Sibley Ambulance assisted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.


O’Brien, Lyon County Fairs Getting Underway

Rock Rapids and Primghar, Iowa — Both the O’Brien and Lyon County fairs are getting underway.

In Lyon County, Elaine Hinsch with the Lyon County Fair Board says as usual, things will get underway tonight (Sunday) on a gospel note — well actually several . . .

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Darwin Gaudian, with the O’Brien County Fair Board tells us what to expect in Primghar.

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Gaudian reminds people that Miss O’Brien County 2011, Paris Schnepf of rural Granville went on to become the 2011 Iowa State Fair Queen. Schnepf will be at the fair all week, says Gaudian. He says it’s an honor to have her at the fair.


President Obama Orders Government Flags Lowered To Half Staff

Washington, DC — As a mark of respect for the victims of the acts of violence early on Friday, (7/20) in Aurora, Colorado, President Barack Obama has ordered US Government flags to fly at half-staff until sunset on July 25. Flags flying at other government offices, private businesses and those flown by individuals are encouraged to be flown at half-staff as well in memoriam as a sign of honor and respect.

Here is the official proclamation from the White House:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


John Deere Pulling Out of Sheldon?

Representatives of Sheldon Implement, Sheldon’s John Deere dealership, will hold a public meeting Tuesday morning July 24th beginning at 10 at the Sheldon Community Services Center.  The meeting will be held to discuss the possible closing of the John Deere dealership.  Realizing this possible closing will have an economic impact on Sheldon and the immediate area, concerned residents, businessmen and women and area farmers are encouraged to attend.  Comments from the public meeting will be collected and forwarded to the decision makers at John Deere.

KIWA will provide complete coverage following the Tuesday morning meeting.

Click here for the latest story on the John Deere meeting.


RAGBRAI Bike Ride To Bring Nearly 20,000 Extra People To Sioux Center This Weekend

Sioux Center, Iowa — The annual weeklong bicycle trek from one end of Iowa to the other begins Sunday in the state’s northwest corner and concludes on the banks of the Mississippi River next Saturday. It’s the 40th year for RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Director T-J Juskiewicz says Sioux Center is the starting point and the town will be packed with pedaling people.

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The cyclists will travel through 52 Iowa communities over the next week. The forecast is calling for more of the same hot, dry weather that’s hung around th past few weeks. Juskiewicz says the bikers should be ready to handle the heat.

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On the local end of things, motorists should prepare for lots of extra traffic in the Sioux Center area through midday Sunday. We talked to Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz about the route and how to stay safe around it.

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Kurtz says if you’re traveling north or southbound and want to get AROUND Sioux Center rather than INTO it, he has some other advice.

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He says bicycle riders are SUPPOSED to obey all the rules of the road, but when they get going as a group on Sunday morning, that may not exactly happen, and if you encounter them, he advises you to be very careful.

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Kurtz says many bicyclists will stop, and obey all traffic rules, but motorists should prepare for those that don’t. He says that with so many thousands of bikes, enforcing the law is not easy — so people should just prepare to give them the right of way.

Kurtz also advises people headed for Sioux Center for partying that they should have a designated driver — especially with all the extra bike and vehicle traffic. Plus, people can expect a large law enforcement presence as well.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.


Sioux Falls Man Transported To Sanford Sheldon After Thursday Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday (7/19) in Sheldon.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that about 5:05 PM, 30-year-old Troy Wassenaar of Sheldon was southbound on Country Club Road,just south of East Sixth Street in a 2004 Chevy. Forty-three-year-old Larry Mathes of Sioux Falls was backing eastbound from a residential driveway in a 2007 Dodge, backed into the path of the pickup, and the two collided.

Mathes was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

Wassenaar’s Chevy pickup received $3000 damage. Mathes’s Dodge received $3500 damage.

Sheldon Police, Fire, Ambulance, and Emergency Management responded to the scene.