Sanborn Man Arrested In Clay County On Charge Of Supplying Alcohol To Minors

A Sanborn man was arrested on Saturday in Clay County, accused of selling alcohol to minors.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that 43-year-old Richard Scott Hoops II of Sanborn was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 7th on Highway 10.

The arrest happened during a traffic stop for an equipment violation. Upon investigation Hoops was arrested and charged with supplying alcohol to minors, a serious misdemeanor. Three passengers in the vehicle were charged with possession of alcohol under the legal age and one charge of depositing litter upon the highway. Hoops was transported to the Clay County Jail.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Sioux County Sheriff Investigating Theft Of 500 Gallons Of Gas

On Thursday, January 5, at 2:40 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft that occurred at a rural residence near Hull.

Upon further investigation, the sheriffs office found that sometime between November 15, 2011 and January 3, 2012, someone stole about 500 gallons of gasoline from a farm location.

Anyone with information of this crime is requested to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Canadian Teen In Trouble With The Law In Sioux County

A Canadian teen is in trouble with the law in Sioux County after leading deputies on a pursuit in northwest Sioux County on Thursday evening (1/5).

About 11:30 pm, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a pursuit with a 1998 Volkswagon Jetta. The pursuit started near the intersection of 270th Street. and Highway 75, about seven miles northwest of Hull. The incident began when the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation; the vehicle attempted to elude the deputy by travelling at a high rate of speed on gravel roads with its headlights off.

The pursuit continued for several miles before officers were able to stop the vehicle near the intersection of 290th Street and Garfield Avenue, four miles northeast of Rock Valley.

The driver, 19-year-old Eric Van Essen of Picture Butte, Canada, was arrested for Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officers, a Class D Felony, Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, Driving Without Headlights, a simple misdemeanor, Speeding, a simple misdemeanor, and two Stop Sign Violations, both simple misdemeanors.

This case remains under investigation.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Rock Valley Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


Have We EVER Had A Winter Like This?

A KIWA listener posed a very good question to us — they asked how long it’s been since we’ve had a winter like this.

KIWA’s own Frank Luepke — the official National Weather Service Observer for Sheldon did some research and came up with this response.

He says it’s a very complicated question….there are at least three factors at play here.

First of all, it was an extremely dry September through December period. Certainly, he says it was one of the driest. Our 1.60 inches was even dryer than the dustbowl 1930’s. Luepke says that during the 30’s we had lots of dry, hot summers, but there always seemed to be one big rain in the fall each year. 1939 did have only 1.85 inches. Luepke says he didn’t add up this four-month period for all of the last 100 years, but it looks like our 1.60 could very well be the record.

Secondly — we’ve had a significant lack of snow. Sheldon has only recorded 4.2 inches so far this winter. Normally we have about 12. If not a record, it’s pretty close, says Luepke.

Finally, It’s also been a very warm January. Lots of days in January have seen 50 degree temperatures over the years. He says the hottest was 69 degrees on January 9, 2002. It was 66 degrees on January 24, 1981, 65 on January 25, 1944, and 66 degrees January 27, 2002, for example. But this many days in a row of warm temperatures could be unprecedented.

The question remains for you to answer — have we ever had a winter like this before?

With highs around the 50’s on Monday and predicted highs in the low 50’s in northwest Iowa tomorrow, the heat wave continues.

But — it sounds like this may be the end of the VERY mild temperatures for a while. National Weather Service Meteorologist Billy Williams at the Sioux Falls office says we should expect a change.

Williams lets us know what to expect.

He says Thursday will have the coldest temps. Then, we return to a little more normal temps for the weekend with highs in the 30’s. But even those highs are quite warm for January.

We asked him when our best chance would be to get some snow, but he said there are really no significant chances on the horizon, and didn’t want to predict more than a week or so out at this time. The official 6 to 10 day weather outlook does call for normal temperatures and normal precipitation in northwest Iowa.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director


KIWA Makes Final Presentation Of Cookbook Money To Relay For Life; Totaling $13,000

As part of KIWA Radio’s 50th Anniversary year in 2011, the station solicited recipes from our listeners, and compiled them into a cookbook, with profits designated for The American Cancer Society Relays For Life in O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Sioux Counties.

The final chapter of that fund-raising promotion came to a close Monday, with the presentation of four $750 checks to each of the four counties’ chapters totaling an additional $3,000 from the cookbook sales.

KIWA’s “Chunk & Punk” presented the checks on behalf of the station, with Wayne “Punk” Barahona presenting a check to Cindy Runger, chairperson of O’Brien County’s Relay For Life Committee. Runger thanked the KIWA staff and listeners for their efforts in making the cookbook promotion a success.

Tom “Chunk” Traughber presented the checks for Lyon and Sioux Counties to Caryline Lowe of the American Cancer Society. Lowe also talked about the amazing support the cookbook promotion provided to Relay For Life.

Barahona also presented the check to Osceola County Relay For Life Chair Jackie Kannegieter, who told us that the primary use for the monies raised, not only from the cookbook promotion, but from Relay For Life in general, is for research into finding a cure for cancer as quickly as possible.

The ladies said that in addition to research, funds are used for such things as lodging expenses for cancer patients and their caregivers when seeking treatment at out-of-town facilities.

The 2012 Relays For life will be held June 15th in Sioux County, June 22nd in O’Brien County, June 29th in Lyon County, and August 3rd in Osceola County.

With the presentation of these final checks, the total donated to Relay For Life in the four far northwest counties of Iowa comes to a total of $13,000. KIWA Radio, and the Relay For Life Representatives, want to thank you, our listeners, for making this project a huge success.

By Tom Traughber
News Reporter

Photo Caption: Bobbi and Jackie accept the check for Osceola County from Wayne.


Public Comments Invited on New Sheldon Park

Sheldon area residents who are interested in the creation of a new community park at the borrow pit south of the Sheldon Crossing area will have another opportunity to offer their input Monday evening January 9th.

At that time, Mike Bell of RDG planning will present what he calls a preliminary master plan for the park. The plan will incorporate many of the amenities suggested by those who attended earlier meetings.

Those amenities include a lodge, shelters, fishing areas, a trail network, open green space, camping and habitat restoration to name a few. The earlier discussions also included an area for housing development and the need for two entrances into the area.

The meeting which is open to everyone will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.