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December 2, 2016 - 6:39 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s easy and fun to help others this Christmas season. A community action agency serving our area is holding a fundraiser to help you do that.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is hosting their annual mitten fundraiser by partnering with local businesses in five counties to provide assistance to needy families.

Melany Roling with Mid-Sioux tells us about it.

She says the mittens are paper cut-outs of a mitten that, once they are purchased for a dollar each, are hung in the place of business to encourage others to give as well.

She says they’ve done this fundraiser since 2008.

She gives us an idea of how the money they raise can be used.

She gives us an idea of where you can purchase the mittens.

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a Community Action Agency that fights poverty on the local level serving Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Northwest Iowa. You can also purchase mittens in communities in the other counties they serve. Click here for more information.

December 2, 2016 - 2:49 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSioux Center, Iowa — A George woman was injured in an accident near Sioux Center on Wednesday, November 30th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 9:36 pm on Wednesday, 21-year-old Rose Lewi of George was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer northbound on Highway 75, two miles north of Sioux Center. According to the report, Lewi lost control of her vehicle, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Ford received $5,000 damage.

Lewi reported minor injuries but declined further medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

November 29, 2016 - 6:07 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council has had two resignations in a little more than a month.
And according to their notices, the resignations do not appear to be related.

On Monday, October 24th, long-time Rock Rapids City Council member Marlene Bowers submitted her resignation. In her notice, she stated that she has had a change of direction in her life and could no longer dedicate the time required to do the job. At that time, Bowers had also been serving as the City’s Mayor Pro Tempore. When Bowers resigned, the Rock Rapids City Council appointed former council member Tami Murray to take her place. Mayor Jason Chase then appointed council member Eric Borman as Mayor Pro Tempore.

It was a position that he would only hold for a little more than a month, as on Monday night, November 28th, at the regular council meeting, Borman turned in his own resignation. His notice indicated that he had been advised to eliminate some stress in his life. He stated, “Work is a necessity and taking care of my family comes first, therefore city council must go.” Borman and his family were victims of the 2014 Rock Rapids flood.

The Rock Rapids City Council appointed Ed Reck to the council chair left open when Borman resigned. Reck also serves as Rock Rapids’ Fire Chief. Mayor Chase also vocally appointed Reck as Mayor Pro Tempore at the meeting.

November 29, 2016 - 6:06 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — November has been Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.

Shawna Lupkes, a diabetes nurse educator at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital says that when you have type 2 diabetes, which comprises 95 percent of diabetes cases, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.

This causes sugars to build up in your blood. The CDC says diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

The CDC says that people who think they might have diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:
• Frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Unexplained weight loss
• Extreme hunger
• Sudden vision changes
• Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
• Feeling very tired much of the time
• Very dry skin
• Sores that are slow to heal
• More infections than usual

Lupkes tells us about treatment.

She says there are ways people should try to prevent diabetes too, especially if you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

She says if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, many insurance plans cover education to help you know how to control your diabetes. She says many hospitals offer that education, including Sanford Rock Rapids.

She says they also offer a quarterly pre-diabetes class. For more information, contact your local hospital or clinic. You can also find out more at

November 22, 2016 - 6:32 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The snow has flown, it’s just about Thanksgiving, and the stores are full of Christmas gift ideas and holiday cheer. But that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get a flu shot.
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That’s according to Lyon County Public Health Administrator Melissa Stillson. She says that if you get a flu shot in the near future, it should still protect you from influenza through most of the flu season, which in our area runs November through April.

She says getting vaccinated not only protects you, but it protects others around you.

Stillson says that the nasal mist vaccine is no longer available because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not verify the consistency of the immune response, so all flu vaccination is now done by injection.

She also says she cannot overstate the importance of hand-washing to prevent the flu.

Stillson says they do have certain days on which vaccination clinics are scheduled, but if you just call their office, they can normally find a time to get you or your family vaccinated. You can call their office at 712-472-8200, or your local public health department for more information.

November 18, 2016 - 7:16 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Human trafficking is a growing concern, worldwide. Tabernacle Baptist Church of George is hosting a Stop Human Trafficking Workshop this Sunday night, November 20th.
The workshop, which will be presented by the Kadesh Foundation’s Craig Johnson, is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. He says the informative workshop will focus on the evils of human trafficking and what you can do to help stop this global and local problem.

Johnson encourages people to download an app for their smartphones before the workshop.

He tells us what they do, and how they help.

Johnson says that while most people think of sex trafficking when they think of the human trafficking issue, that is certainly a part of it, but he says some of it is forced labor too.

Johnson says while they’ll try to keep the workshop family-friendly, games and a nursery will be available.

He says you can contact him at 712-541- 5453 if you have questions, or email him at

Click to the Facebook event here:

November 18, 2016 - 2:27 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — As of Friday afternoon the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was advising no travel in the county, after the first snowstorm of the season.

Rain started changing into snow about 5 a.m. in Sioux Center and began freezing. The roads were still passable but conditions quickly changed as it turned to all snow and winds started to pick up.

Several schools in the region announced they’d be starting on a two-hour delay, but as more snow fell, quite a few cancelled class all together.

According to Observing Program Leader Brad Adams at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, snow amounts in northwest Iowa ranged from one to two inches in Sioux City, to over four inches in Sioux Center.

Several accidents were reported in the area due to slick and slushy roads and low visability.

We asked him what we can expect next, weather-wise.

He says the snow probably won’t stick around long.

However, Adams says there is a chance for precip on Tuesday and Tuesday night.

He advises people to take it easy on the roads on Friday night on the way home from work, especially due to the possibility of some lingering slushy conditions.

Photo caption:DOT snowplow camera on Highway 9 in Northwest Iowa

November 18, 2016 - 10:16 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A northwest Iowa lawmaker will continue in a position of leadership in the state legislature.
District 1 State Representative John Wills, a Republican from Spirit Lake was re-elected by fellow House Republicans as a House Majority Assistant Leader.

Wills says that he is honored and humbled to be elected by his peers to serve as an Assistant Leader for the Republican Caucus. He says he is excited for the upcoming session where House Republicans will “…continue to create job opportunities, reduce burdensome regulations on Iowa businesses, and balance the budget by spending less than the state collects.”

Wills also says he’d like to thank his constituents in House District 1 for the honor of representing them in the Republican Caucus and in the Iowa House.

Wills was just elected to serve his second term in the Iowa House. He has served as an Assistant Leader since 2015 and was previously the Vice Chairman of the House Environmental Protection Committee.

When not serving in the Legislature, he is the Clean Water Coordinator for the Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District in Spirit Lake, where he lives with his wife, Cami. The Wills have three adult children.

November 16, 2016 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — If you don’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving or no one with which to share the holiday, there are some community Thanksgiving meals planned in our corner of northwest Iowa.
Pastor Paul Van Maaren of First Reformed Church in Sheldon invites you to join them for their Community Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 24th at 12:00 p.m. If you’re going to be alone for the holiday they invite you to attend. They’d like you to call Karla at the church office at 324-2130 by Friday, November 18th to reserve your place. Transportation is available if needed.

In Sibley, you’re invited to Thanksgiving Dinner at 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th, at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 601 Sixth Avenue in Sibley. It’ll be in the Fellowship Hall. Organizers invite you to give thanks together with them, and they say all are invited. There will be no charge or any freewill offering.

In Orange City, they’ll have a Thanksgiving Day CommUNITY Meal at Living Water Community Church. Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th. Everyone is invited. There is no cost for the meal. It’s made possible through donations from community churches, businesses, families, and individuals. Take-out and delivery are available. Call the church for more information at 707-5100. A Thanksgiving worship celebration is also planned in Orange City for Wednesday night, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m. The time of Thanksgiving and praise will be at Trinity Reformed Church.

In Rock Rapids, there will be a free community Thanksgiving Dinner served for anyone who would like a traditional meal, but has no where to go or no one to share it with. It will be at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th at 12 noon. Call the Rock Rapids chamber at 472-3456 or First Reformed Church at 472-3729 by Friday, November 18th. Rides will be available as well as take-out or delivery orders.

November 16, 2016 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A new bond has been set for an Inwood man who pled not guilty to felony sex charges, was released on bond, and was re-arrested.
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According to court records, 41-year-old Perry VandeKieft was arrested after deputies say he attempted to contact his wife, the mother of the victim. The no-contact order in the case does not allow for contact between VandeKieft and his wife or his daughter.

VandeKieft’s father, Tom VandeKieft was also at the hearing, requesting to have the cash bond he previously posted on his son’s behalf be returned to him.

The prosecution asked that VandeKieft be held without bond asserting he has violated the Court’s previous orders and is then a threat to the alleged victim. VandeKieft asked that an appropriate bond be issued with surety provisions and that he be allowed to live with his father in Canton, S.D.

District Judge Carl Petersen amended the current bond to $50,000 cash or surety, however, he ordered that VandeKieft shall not leave the state of Iowa under any circumstances, and the no-contact order remain in full effect.

He also ordered that the previous cash bond be returned to the Defendant’s Father, Tom Vandekieft.