Two Spirit Lake Men Sentenced In Rock Rapids Theft Case

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two Spirit Lake men will do jail time and probation among other penalties after they were convicted of the theft of items stolen from a Rock Rapids apartment in April.

Lyon County Attorney Carl Petersen’s office reports that 24-year-old Bryce James Morris Robinson and 26-year-old Jeremy Monroe Maynard, both of Spirit Lake have been sentenced to Theft in the 3rd Degree.

These convictions stem from complaints filed in April 2012 that stated on April 13, 2012 Robinson, Maynard, and another accomplice broke a window in an apartment in Rock Rapids and removed a TV, a laptop computer, and prescription drugs.

Robinson has been sentenced to a year in jail with all but twenty-five days suspended and he will serve one year of probation. Robinson has been ordered to pay a fine, statutory surcharge, court costs, court-appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution.

Meanwhile, Maynard has been sentenced to a year in jail with all but seventy-five days suspended and will serve a year on probation as well. Maynard was also ordered to pay a fine, statutory surcharge, court costs, court-appointed attorney fees, and victim restitution.

If O’Brien County Board Candidates Don’t Get 35% Of Vote, Race Will Be Decided By Convention

Primghar, Iowa — An interesting primary election is shaping up, especially for Republicans in O’Brien County. Several County Board seats are open, and there are several Republicans running for some of those seats. O’Brien County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Barb Rohwer says that according to Iowa law, if three or more candidates are running for a particular seat, the winner needs a certain part of the vote to be elected.


She says there’s a special policy in place to take care of the situation if that doesn’t happen.


Rohwer says if that happens, the county delegates actually select the nominee — NOT the party voters. The delegates for both parties were chosen during the caucus in January, when the Presidential candidate was chosen says Rohwer, and they’ve already had the regular county convention, early this spring. If they have to meet again to decide nominees, they will have to call a special county convention.

In O’Brien County, there are three or more Republican candidates for County Board District 2, where Clara Black, John Haack, Wes Schnack and John Steensma are running; County Board District 3, where Rob Hegenbarth, Nancy McDowell, and Edmond Stevens are running; County Board District 4, where Tom Farnsworth, Richard Haack, and Gerry Sievert are running; and County Board District 5, where Dan Friedrichsen, Micah Powers, John Putnam, and Richard Van Beek are running. And in O’Brien County, county supervisors are elected at large, by all voters

Rohwer says Republican Party Chair Kelly O’Brien says he’d like to get any special convention wrapped up by the end of June.

Sheriff’s Office Looking For Help To Find Out Who Burglarized Vehicles On A Rural Hull Place

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s office is looking for the public’s help once again. This time it’s to help find out who broke into vehicles in rural Hull on Monday night, May 21.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that they are investigating a burglary that occurred at 3677 Ironwood Avenue, three and a half miles south of Hull.

During the overnight hours of Monday, May 21 into Tuesday, May 22, an unknown person or persons entered unlocked vehicles that were parked on the place, and removed property from them. Items taken from the vehicles included a wallet containing a driver’s license and debit card, a Panasonic digital
camera, unknown model, and $50 dollars cash. The wallet has a University of Nebraska logo on it.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (712) 737‐3307 or by using the Sheriff’s Office text‐a‐tip program. You may remain anonymous.

Area Rainfall Totals From KIWA Listening Area

We measured 1.7″ of rain at the KIWA Studios in downtown Sheldon this morning from the rains overnight. We will update this story when we receive additional rainfall totals. Please feel free to leave your rainfall measurement as a comment below!


Sheldon: 1.7″

Sutherland: 2.0″

Sheldon, block east of Washington Ave: 2.4″

George: 2.3″

George, “Trusty Weatherman Clarence Stubbe”: 2.1″

Sanborn:  1.85″

Boyden:  1.9″

Rock Rapids, Greene and 5th Avenue: 1.4″

Rock Rapids, Official (Utility Office): 1.3″

5 miles north of Melvin: 2.75″ with hail

Risefest Gearing Up — And They Could Use Your Help

Sheldon, Iowa – The biggest Christian music festival to hit northwest Iowa is gearing up for Saturday, June 16 in Sheldon.

Rob Roozeboom, founder and president of Rise Ministries, which developed Risefest, says they could still use your help.


Roozeboom says there are opportunities in a number of different areas.


Tickets for the festival are available from a number of different sources, says Roozeboom.


Risefest 2012 is to feature artists including Tenth Avenue North, Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, Matt Maher, and Remedy Drive. There are several more activities as well, ranging from a pedal/paddle/run adventure race to extreme skateboarding to a kids zone.

We’ll hear more about Risefest from Rob Roozeboom as the festival approaches, here on KIWA.

For more information about Risefest, be sure to visit

Clean Line Energy Receives Good News About Building Power Line Starting In O’Brien County

Houston, Texas – The company that plans to build the 500-mile “clean” power line from O’Brien County to Illinois has just received some good news.

Rock Island Clean Line LLC (Clean Line) has obtained a key regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin negotiating transmission service agreements with potential customers of the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project, likely load serving entities or wind developers. The Rock Island Clean Line is a 500-mile overhead high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that will run from northwest Iowa to an area near Morris, Illinois. The project will deliver 3,500 megawatts of the best wind energy resources in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and other states to the east, areas that have a strong demand for clean, reliable energy.

The FERC order was issued in response to the application filed by Clean Line in November 2011. Receiving this authority permits Clean Line to subscribe up to 75% of the line’s capacity with anchor tenant customers and sell the remaining capacity through an open season process. The anchor tenants will receive guaranteed capacity outside of the open season process; however, the same terms and pricing will be offered in the open season.

After conducting multiple wind resource studies and technical analyses, Clean Line selected O’Brien County, Iowa, as the site for the windward converter station.

More information from the Clean Line Energy news release:

In its application, Clean Line addressed the following standards: the justness and reasonableness of rates; the potential for undue discrimination; the potential for undue preference, including affiliate preference; and regional reliability and operational efficiency requirements. Clean Line also described why granting its request will be in the public interest.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said in response to the favorable FERC ruling, “The Rock Island Clean Line project has the potential to bring billions of dollars of new investment to Iowa and create thousands of jobs. “I’m therefore pleased to see this approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.”

Clean Line has conducted over 600 one-on-one meetings with stakeholders, has hosted 33 open house meetings to which over 40,000 landowners were invited to submit feedback on routing options, and has held additional open houses in Illinois to introduce local businesses and labor groups to the Rock Island Clean Line project. Substantial progress on engineering and design of the project has been made since its inception in early 2010. In June of 2011, Clean Line signed an agreement with Siemens to provide HVDC technology solutions for the Rock Island Clean Line. Under that agreement, Siemens and Clean Line are working together to develop, design, and implement the HVDC converter stations for this important infrastructure project. In the summer of 2011, Clean Line acquired 2007-vintage interconnection queue positions that are advancing through the regional merchant transmission study process. These queue positions will greatly accelerate the interconnection process for the Rock Island Clean Line.

“This approval marks an important step forward in the steady progress of our Rock Island Clean Line project, which will bring considerable benefits to the existing grid by delivering low-cost clean wind power from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to Illinois and states to the east,” said Michael Skelly, President of Clean Line Energy. “We thank the FERC commissioners and staff for their diligence and consideration given to our application. We look forward to continuing to create opportunities for new jobs, low-cost clean energy and significant investment in Iowa and Illinois.”

Developing a project of this scale is a long-term undertaking; the approximately $1.7 billion project is expected to achieve commercial operation in 2016 or 2017. For more information about the Rock Island Clean Line, you can visit