Rock Valley Police Arrest One For Felony Child Endangerment And Another For Felony OWI

A Rock Valley man has been arrested on several charges including a felony count.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports that in the late evening hours of Sunday (4/1), their department responded to a 911 call just northwest of Rock Valley.
An investigation was conducted and resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old Mark Bakker of Rock Valley. Bakker was charged at the Sioux County Jail with child endangerment (a class “D” felony), domestic abuse assault (an aggravated misdemeanor), false imprisonment (a serious misdemeanor), and 2 counts of obstructing of emergency communications (both simple misdemeanors).
The Rock Valley Police Department was assisted by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.
A Rock Valley man has been arrested on felony OWI charges.
The Rock Valley Police Department reports one of their officers conducted a routine traffic stop on Saturday (3/31) for a violation of a city ordinance.
As a result of the stop the officer charged 26-year-old Jason Vis with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated 3rd offense, (a class “D” felony).
Vis was transported and booked into the Sioux County Jail.

Fareway Stores Among Top Supermarkets In The Nation Says New Survey

A new consumer ranking of supermarkets has just come out — and Iowa-based Fareway is in the top five. The Consumer Reports survey places Fareway at number four for the best supermarkets in the nation. The others in the top five do not have stores in our area.


The top five were

Trader Joe’s
Fareway Stores

Interestingly enough, the bottom five also includes only one store with locations in our area — Wal-Mart. The bottom five were

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Service and cleanliness were the top compliments for stores in the top five.

The most common complaint was a shortage of checkout lanes or workers available to operate them. Of course prices weigh heavily on shoppers’ minds as well.

Iowa-based Fareway has stores in our area in Sheldon, Orange City, Sioux Center, Le Mars, Spirit Lake, and Spencer.

Two Sheldon Women Find Sheldon’s Golden Egg

The egg was found INSIDE of this tree on the Sheldon Rec Trail

The Easter Bunny came early for two Sheldon women who are now $650 richer after finding Sheldon’s Golden Easter Egg.

Ashley Dahlgren and Becky Monroe, both of Sheldon, were combing the Sheldon Recreational trail about 3/4 mile west of K & J Cycle when the pair made the discovery.


The pair have gone searching for the egg before, and according to Monroe, their luck had been less than good.


The egg was in it’s fifth day of hiding, netting the pair $650 Sheldon bucks. We asked Monroe what she would do with her share of the prize.


Sheldon’s Easter celebration continues this Saturday with an Easter egg hunt in Sheldon’s City Park at 10:00 AM.

More  information can be found at:

Kaden, Becky and Ashley With The Egg
Kaden, Becky and Ashley With The Egg

This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week: Today’s Topic Is Warning Reception

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week In Iowa. Each day this week, the National Weather Service Is focusing on a different severe weather topic. Today’s topic is warning reception.

One of the most important precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from severe weather is to remain weather aware. Being weather aware means you are informed of the weather forecast and alert to the potential hazards. Knowing what to do and where to go when watches and warnings are issued is key to your safety, but a watch or warning is only helpful if you are aware of them. How do you receive information about watches and warnings? With today’s technology there are many different ways to receive this information but it is up to you to remain weather aware and actively listen for watches and warnings! A weather radio can be programmed to alert you about watches and warnings, but it’s still up to you to remain weather aware in case the radio or transmitter would fail.

Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga tells us about the ways you can receive weather watches and warnings.


A watch is issued to give advance notice when conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather, whether it is severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash flooding. When a watch is issued for your area, it is time to take precautions and make sure you are prepared should bad weather strike.

Warnings are issued when severe weather is occurring or imminent. When a warning is issued for your area, you should take action immediately to protect your life and your property.

To register for the Nixle service that Huizenga talked about, click here.

For more information, click here for the National Weather Service’s Warning Reception Brochure.

For severe weather safety and preparedness information in Spanish, please click here (en Español).

Para obtener información sobre la preparación de mal tiempo, haga clic aquí. (en español)

Congressman King Says Egg Bill Would Cause Food Prices To Skyrocket

Some northwest Iowans have been receiving robo-calls about a bill before Congress. The bill is supposed to make better living conditions for chickens in poultry farms. NW Iowa Congressman Steve King says he doesn’t think it’s needed, and will cause higher food prices.


We had a chance to visit with Cong King about several topics. We’ll have more with him in future newscasts on KIWA.

NW Iowa Corn Growers Get Ideas On Telling The Story Of Agriculture

Farmers need to do a better job of getting positive information out about the agriculture industry.  That was the theme of a presentation to the Northwest Iowa Corn Growers Association by Marketing Specialist and author Darcy Maulsby at the Association’s banquet held Monday evening in Sheldon.

Maulsby says farmers need to take control of telling their story, especially in these times of new coverage that doesn’t always portray agriculture in a positive light.


Maulsby says that sharing the story of agriculture is particularly important considering the small percentage of the population that is involved in farming.


Maulsby says that those who would paint agriculture in a less than flattering light are out there and vocal, and that farmers need to do whatever it takes to get more factual information out there.


She says that, even though we live in a rural community, many people have no real connection to the farm anymore.


Maulsby says the best way for farmers to get their story out is to establish a common ground with those they’re trying to reach.


Maulsby is President of Darcy Maulsby and Company, a marketing, writing and consulting firm located in rural Lake City, Iowa.