February 19, 2019 - 12:07 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — One of two George residents who were arrested on felony drug charges after Christmas has entered a not-guilty plea to the charges.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their deputies carried out a search warrant in the 200 block of West Calumet Avenue in George on December 27th, 2018. They tell us that several guns and drug paraphernalia items were seized along with marijuana and methamphetamine.

Deputies arrested 49-year-old Bobby Sprock of George and charged him with possession of firearms by a prohibited person, a class D felony; two possession of a controlled substance counts, one for marijuana and one for methamphetamine, both serious misdemeanors; and a simple misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 30-year-old Dianna Payne of George. She was charged with the same felony firearms and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia counts, as well as possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Sprock entered a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday, February 19th, after a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. A bench warrant has been issued for Payne’s arrest as well, but at last report, no plea had been entered in her case.

Initial pre-trial conference and trial dates have been entered in Sprock’s case. At this point, the pretrial conference is set for Monday, March 4th. The trial date has been set for Tuesday, April 9th.

February 19, 2019 - 11:57 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Seven Republicans in the Iowa Senate have voted to deny food stamp benefits to parents who aren’t making an attempt to pay child support.

The seven Republicans on the Senate Labor Committee also have endorsed quarterly income checks to make sure people on Medicaid and food stamps are eligible for the assistance. Senator Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, says the plan also calls for checking to ensure people aren’t getting welfare benefits from the State of Iowa if they move out of state.

The four Democrats on the committee opposed both bills. Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, says it’s “pretty punitive” to require quarterly income checks for low-income elderly and disabled Iowans who’re on Medicaid.

Another Democrat said he’s no fan of “dead beat dads” who aren’t paying child support, but he suspects some of those fathers are living in other homes with other kids who’d suffer if the household loses food stamps benefits.

Northwest Iowa — While recent “honor flights” have recognized veterans of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, a new honor flight is being organized for those who served in conflicts in the Middle East.

Bill Williams, a co-founder of the non-profit group Patriotic Productions, which puts on the flights, says this initial new flight to Washington DC for veterans from western Iowa and Nebraska will be limited.

Bronze Star recipients are also welcome to apply for the flight, scheduled for May 24th. Williams says some other VIPs will also be making the journey.

The chartered jet will fly out of Omaha’s Eppley Airfield for a day-long whirlwind tour of Washington DC, including stops at several war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns. There will be a special homecoming in Omaha that night.

The last honor flight, which was for Vietnam veterans, saw a crowd of about seven-thousand gathered at the Omaha airport to welcome the veterans back from DC.

Veterans of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan who earned the Purple Heart or Bronze Star can apply for the May flight. Applications are available at the website: www.patrioticproductions.org.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Congressman Steve King made his second town-hall appearance of the 39 he has planned this year on Monday. This time he was in Rock Rapids.

In his introduction, King mentioned a quote from George Orwell’s 1984. The quote says that those who control the language control the argument. Those who control the argument control the information. Those who control the information, control the history. Those who control the history control the past, and those who control the past control the future. King says this is ringing true now with the firestorms of false stories in the media and social media. He says we have to view all sources with more skepticism than ever before.

King says that especially since he’s been stripped of his committee assignments, he has turned more and more to President Trump’s administration to get things done.

King says he’s still working on some situations. He says California shouldn’t be allowed to regulate poultry and egg production in Iowa. He says the anti-abortion “heartbeat bill” is moving along at the federal level. He says they’re also trying to pass it state-by-state.

King says he was notified in November by a major political operative that he didn’t name — that his opponents were going to launch a media firestorm against him soon.

In January, King was interviewed by the New York Times, and he says his syntax was misrepresented. The specific quote was, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King claims that he was asking when the term “western civilization” became offensive. King said on Monday that he and his staff did a Lexus Nexus search on his use of the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist”, and they couldn’t find one time when he had used that language before. He called the other two terms “abhorrent ideologies” in his speech on Monday, and said that they were “weaponized terms” that Democrats have started using to take down members of his party. When asked what he meant by “western civilization” King said he meant any area that was founded on or where they have now established Judeo-Christian values.

The congressman also noted that some of the people he looks up to the most politically are black people. He also mentioned that black conservatives have been seeking him out to partner with him, because they have been through similar situations where they have been called names.

King says we are at a critical time right now.

King was asked what the path might be to overcoming the issue of losing his committee assignments, he said that he needs to build critical mass in the Republican conference, get the truth into the media, and continue to hold these town meetings.

When asked what his constituents could do to help in his current situation, King said they should pray, spread the truth, and contact Kevin McCarthy.

Probably the most interesting question from the audience was that of Bob Protexter from Sioux City. Protexter told King that Protexter is the grandson of two former mayors of the town of Little Rock and was a student of political science. He then went on to say he was thinking of challenging King for his congressional seat and asked the congressman for his advice. King said he appreciated Protexter’s honesty and his study of political science, but unsurprisingly declined to give any advice on how to defeat him.

King wrapped up by telling about the “blessings” in his life like his church, his wife, and his family.

Around 50 people attended the town hall meeting, about 10 of which were reporters from various tri-state media.

February 14, 2019 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — If you are a pork producer or someone who works in or around the pork industry, there’s a chance for you to learn and network coming up on Monday in Sheldon, and it’s practically free.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association is inviting the state’s pig farmers to attend one of the five Iowa Pork Regional Conferences being held in February. The events are being held at different locations from Feb. 18 through 22. The Sheldon conference is on Monday, February 18th at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Room 116-119 in Sheldon.

In addition to the regional conference program that runs from 1-4:30 p.m., a separate morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will provide Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus training free to those who pre-register. The PQA Plus training is sponsored by the association and provided by Iowa State University Extension.

Jamee Eggers, the Producer Education Director with the Iowa Pork Producers Association tells what’s planned at all the conferences.

Eggers tells us about the speakers.

She says that if attendees register ahead-of-time, the program is free. If you register the day of the event, the fee is only $5. For more information including how to preregister, visit https://www.iowapork.org/iowa-pork-schedules-regional-conferences-february/.

Other locations include:

Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Audubon Recreation Center, 703 Southside Ave., Audubon, IA 50025
Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Thursday, Feb. 21 – Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th, Washington, IA 52353
Friday, Feb. 22 – Borlaug Leaning Center, 3327 290th, Nashua, IA 50658

February 14, 2019 - 12:24 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — With winter weather finally arriving in northwest Iowa, motorists have to dust off their winter driving skills.

There have been several law enforcement vehicles struck by other motorists as they’re parked on the side of the road dealing with an accident or traffic stop in recent days. Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Vince Kurtz says that’s a scary scenario.

Kurtz reminds us about Iowa’s Move Over Law.

He tells us motorists are required to move over if they can do so safely.

Kurtz says its important to slow down as soon as you see flashing lights.

We asked the Sergeant how to know if we should call 911 if we spot a dangerous driver.

Sergeant Kurtz’ comments came while he was answering listener questions on Thursday’s KIWA Morning Show.

February 14, 2019 - 11:22 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa– The Rock Rapids Fire Department extinguished a dumpster fire in a garage in Rock Rapids on Wednesday.

According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 3:00 p.m., the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of a garage fire at 1012 South Fourth Avenue, at the old Foltz Construction shop.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke coming from the open garage door as they approached the scene. He says those who were in the garage had the fire, which was in a garbage dumpster inside the shop, somewhat under control as they had thrown snow on the fire. Reck says firefighters finished the job by pouring water on the fire and ventilating the building.

Reck says no injuries were reported.

The Lyon County Ambulance Squad and Lyon County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Chief Reck reports that damage was limited to the contents of the dumpster, and the smoke in the shop.

He says the approximately 12 firefighters who responded were on scene for 15 to 20 minutes.

February 13, 2019 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa 4th District US Congressman Steve King is going to be in northwest Iowa on Monday.

This is the second town meeting that King will be attending since House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy stripped King of all his committee assignments in the aftermath of a New York Times interview in which King says he was misquoted.

King narrowly defeated Democratic challenger J.D. Scholten in November, by only three percentage points. One of Scholten’s talking points was that King didn’t hold town hall meetings.

Congressman King says he will be holding the town hall meeting on Monday, February 18th in Lyon County. The event is open to the public and to the media. The town hall will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Forster Community Center, 404 First Avenue in Rock Rapids. Staffers say this town hall will be the second of the 39 scheduled town halls King will be holding this year.

Statewide Iowa — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will serve on a newly-created American Workforce Advisory Board alongside Apple’s CEO and Ivanka Trump.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will lead the 25-member group, which President Trump created by executive order. Trump is asking the board to come up with strategies to “revamp the American workforce” to meet 21st century challenges. The president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, says the goal is to help Americans navigate the economic disruptions new technology is creating.

Iowa’s governor and the governor of Indiana are the two state officials on the board, alongside the CEOs of Walmart, Home Depot, Visa and IBM as well as Apple’s Tim Cook.

Des Moines, Iowa — (RI) — Republicans and three Democrats in the legislature have approved a plan to boost per pupil state spending for Iowa’s public K-through-12 schools by a total of $79-million.

House Republicans voted to endorse that level of spending Monday evening. Representative Cecil Dolecheck is a Republican from Mount Ayr.

Senate Republicans, along with three Democrats in the senate, approved the roughly two-percent increase in general state aid to schools Wednesday. Republican Senator Amy Sinclair of Allerton says about half the state budget is spent on education, from preschool to higher education.

Democrats like Representative Heather Matson of Ankeny say it’s not enough.

Other Democrats, like Senator Jackie Smith of Sioux City, say state support of public schools hasn’t kept up with inflation.

A separate bill related to state education spending passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support this week as well. It extends extra state money to schools dealing with big transportation budgets, plus about 170 districts will get about five dollars more per pupil. That’s meant to deal with a problem in Iowa’s school funding formula that has meant some districts have been getting less in per pupil funding than others.

Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s pleased with the funding legislation and looks forward to signing it soon after it hits her desk.