REAL ID Coming To Iowa

Beginning January 15th of this year, the Iowa Department of Transportation will begin issuing REAL ID’s.  These IDs were mandated by Congress in the REAL ID Act of 2005.  This legislation was passed in response to acts of terrorism committed against the United States, and as an effort to ensure the safety of American citizens.

The REAL ID Act promotes security in the issuance of Driver Licenses and ID cards, and deters identity theft and fraud by requiring states to meet certain standards for production and issuance of these cards, as well as certain documentation standards, including authentication and verification standards for proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security number, residence, and lawful status or presence.

Under current federal regulations, these new REAL IDs will be needed for “federal official purposes”.  Federal “official purposes” are defined as boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, accessing federal facilities that require identification to enter, and entering nuclear power plants.

Because Iowa already produces cards that met the REAL ID security standards, there will be almost no recognizable differences. They will be made of the same materials; offer the same security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting or duplication; contain the same information; and have the same general appearance.  The only significant physical difference will be a star verification mark on the front of the card in the upper, right-hand corner.

DOT officials say that for more information, you can visit their website at, and click on the REAL ID link on the right side of the page.

Two Northwest Iowa Accidents Reported Recently

accident comicNorthwest Iowa — A pair of Northwest Iowa accidents have been reported in recent days.

A Butterfield, MN man was involved in a one-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 60 Saturday morning. The Sioux County Sheriff’s office reports that on Saturday, December 29, at 9:38 a.m. they  investigated a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 60, one mile south of Alton, IA.

82-year-old Herman Aasten  of Butterfield, MN was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup southbound on Highway 60 when he lost control of the vehicle, entered the west ditch and struck a tree.

No injuries were reported.

The Ram sustained approximately $10,000 in damages. Aasten was cited for failure to maintain control


The Sheldon Police department reports a two vehicle accident that occurred on Friday, December 28th.

32-year-old Brad Engelkes of Hartley was slowing to turn north in to a drive way on 7th street when his 2001 Chevy Venture minivan was struck by  by a vehicle driven by 81-year-old John Rus of Sheldon.

The report states the Rus was westbound on 7th street behind Engelkes when Engelkes turned in to a driveway. Realizing he could not stop in time, Rus drove on the yard in an attempt to avoid a collision and struck the Engelkes vehicle in the driveway.

The Engelkes Chevy sustained $4000 in damage and the 2000 Buick Park Avenue driven by Rus sustained $1500 damage.

No injuries or citations were reported in the incident.


Rock Rapids Woman To Donate Her Kidney To Co-Worker In February

Alli Dreke
Allison Dreke

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman is about to give an unusual, huge gift — the gift of life, through the live donation of a kidney. Allison Dreke is a business development representative for Glynlyon — a publishing company and online academy based in Rock Rapids. She has decided to donate her kidney to a co-worker at the company’s other location in Chandler, Arizona.

We asked Dreke what made her decide to donate one of her kidneys.

She says she never really thought about it much again until recently.

Dreke says she had to undergo a number of tests to make sure it was going to work.

Even though most see kidney donation as a huge step, and perhaps one they would never even consider, Dreke says she has no second thoughts.

She says that besides the knowledge that she did the right thing, after she donates a kidney, she is automatically placed at the top of the list should she ever develop kidney problems and need a transplant herself. Plus she has lots of family that have said they could step in to donate a kidney to her or one of her children if the need should ever arise.

Dreke says donating a kidney is not a scary thing, as there is a very low risk involved. She says if you’re interested in donating your kidney, you can speak with your physician, who can lead you in the right direction.

Sheldon City Council to Discuss Streetscape, Community Park Project and More Wednesday

community services center 300pxWhen the Sheldon City Council meets in regular session Wednesday January 2nd, they will again find the Downtown Infrastructure project on the agenda. The project, commonly known, as ‘Streetscape’ would result in full reconstruction of Ninth Street from Second to fifth Avenue and Third Avenue from Eighth to Tenth Street, including the intersections. The total estimated cost for the project is 1.5 million dollars. The council has indicated they would expect property owners to pay about two hundred seventy thousand dollars of that cost through sidewalk assessments as well as curb and gutter assessments.

In other business, the council will discuss the Sheldon Crossing Community Park project. This would include the development of lots, street access and related infrastructure for the area located directly East of the homes along Country Club Road. The council will be presented with a proposal for the work to be done in three phases. Phase one would develop nineteen single-family lots. Phase two would add twenty-two single-family lots. Phase three would add sixteen more single family lots plus lots for three multi-family units and a commercial building area. The council will also consider a memorandum of understanding with Northwest Iowa Community College.

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 4:30 in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Iowa State University Extension Blog Features Resarch Showing Delayed Gratification Is Good Pattern For Kids

Lori HayungsNorthwest Iowa — The Iowa State University Extension Science of Parenting web site at stirred up a bit of controversy in December.

Extension’s Lori Hayungs tells us more.

She says, however, the point is not that you should not give nice gifts to your kids.

She says the research in this area is very interesting.

For more about this, and many other parenting topics, you can visit Hayungs also encourages parents to subscribe so that they can be alerted when a new topic is posted on the web site.

Sheldon East Elementary KIDS Committee Working With Architectural Firm On A Plan For East

Sheldon KIDS CommitteeSheldon, Iowa — Phase one of the Sheldon East Elementary KIDS Committee’s work is done, and now it’s time for phase two.

The East Elementary KIDS Committee — that’s Keep Improving District Schools — was formed to determine and assess the East Elementary building needs.

We had a chance to talk with three members of the Sheldon KIDS Committee recently. Adam Besaw gave us a little history of the KIDS Committee.

He says the three of them consented to being on the committee because they have kids in the school. Lisa Johnson, who’s also on the committee agrees, and says it goes even further than that.

Lori Richards, who’s also on the committee tells us what they’ve been doing so far.

Besaw says they got a little help.

The committee says they’re working with an architectural firm on a potential floor plan for the renovations and additions to East Elementary.

We’ll have more from our talk with members of the KIDS committee on future newscasts on KIWA. We should tell you that they have a Facebook page if you’re looking for more information.

The election to decide the fate of the improvements at East will be on February 5.

Click here for the link to the KIDS Committee Facebook page.