November 13, 2019 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa – (RI) — Researchers at Iowa State University are confirming something many of us already know, that we’re just not getting enough sleep.

While it’s recommend most adults get seven to eight hours of shut-eye per night, ISU psychology professor Zlatan Krizan says few of us consistently get that allotment.

The ISU research team analyzed data collected from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey from 2013 to 2017.

Based on 2018 population estimates, he says the data finds as many as five-million Americans are experiencing trouble sleeping, which can indicate things like physical illness or psychological difficulty.

Earlier ISU studies found poor sleep quality can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, while there’s a link between smartphone use and insufficient sleep among teens. The latest study is being published in the journal Sleep Health.

Photo Caption: Prof. Zlatan Krizan

Photo Courtesy Radio Iowa

November 13, 2019 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Falls, South Dakota — There will be no merger between Iowa-based UnityPoint Health and South Dakota-based Sanford Health.

Executives abruptly announced Tuesday that the merger which had been in the works since June was called off. A merger would have created one of the country’s largest non-profit health systems.

UnityPoint is based in Des Moines. UnityPoint’s president said after months of consideration, the two organizations decided it was best for each to maintain their existing structures.

In a statement, Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said, “The executive management teams and physicians worked diligently for 18 months to provide a merger recommendation to the boards. We are disappointed that the UnityPoint Health board failed to embrace the vision.”

UnityPoint operates 32 hospitals and has relationships with 280 physicians clinics in Iowa, western Illinois, and southern Wisconsin. Sanford is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and operates 44 hospitals and more than 200 clinics.

Last year, Sanford merged with Good Samaritan, an elder care organization that operates in 26 states and nine other countries. UnityPoint’s roots date back to 1993, when Iowa Methodist and Lutheran Hospitals in Des Moines joined under the name Iowa Health System. The system was rebranded as UnityPoint in 2013.

RadioIowa assisted with this story.

Click here for the original story on the merger

November 12, 2019 - 4:33 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The weather in northwest Iowa keeps doing what it’s famous for — changing. In the short term, some precip is in the forecast, but soon we should have some more seasonal temperatures.

Meteorologist Kyle Weisser with the Sioux Falls office of the National Weather Service tells us some mixed precip is the first thing we may experience.

He says we’ll probably only get a half an inch of snow or less. According to Weisser, the uncertainty line as for freezing rain verses snow goes right through the heart of our area.

Weisser tells us that after that, we’ll climb the ladder out of the deep freeze and into the refrigerator, as it were.

He tells us they don’t know how long the more seasonable, warmer temperatures will last.

Weisser says it’s really too early for them to accurately predict Thanksgiving weather, but a check of the Old Farmer’s Almanac says our temps will be still cold but more on the mild side, and we could see some flurries.

Statewide Iowa (RI) — The issues with propane availability in Iowa are not expected to end very quickly. It’s not that you won’t be able to get propane, but it could end up costing you more. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says it continues to be a demand issue with farmers needing propane to dry crops and others needing it to heat their homes.

He says it doesn’t look like there will be a big change in the situation anytime soon.

Suppliers have had to send trucks long distances to get propane and Naig says that may show up in the price.

He says they would take action if they see the price being raised just to take advantage of the delays in getting propane.

November 11, 2019 - 10:58 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa (IABRN) — The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) elected their new officers during the Strategic Planning Conference, last week. Algona hog producer Conley Nelson stepped down as the Chairman. He was succeeded by Cevin Jones of Idaho.

The departure of Conley Nelson does not mean Iowa is no longer represented on the board, however. Rock Rapids producer Dean Meyer joined the board as the secretary-treasurer. Meyer raises corn, soybeans, livestock, and is a director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Cevin Jones has chaired the Federation of State Beef Councils, served on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, and served as a leader in Idaho. He became involved with USMEF at a young age.

For the complete article from the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network CLICK HERE

November 8, 2019 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Monday is Veterans Day in the United States, and ceremonies are planned throughout northwest Iowa and the nation.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, and the first one was 100 years ago this year, on November 11, 1919, one year after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.

St. Patrick’s School in Sheldon will present their Annual Veteran’s Day Program at 11:00 am on Monday, November 11th in the church. All Veterans and community members are welcome to attend.

In Rock Rapids, the Veterans Day ceremony will be at the Central Lyon High School Gym at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be former fighter pilot Steven Ankerstar. Messages will be given by Central Lyon elementary students, patriotic music will be played, and there will be a rifle salute by the American Legion and VFW Honor Guard.

In George, Clarance Stubbe with the American Legion says that the George Veterans Day program will also be on Monday, November 11th at the George-Little Rock High School Gym at 10:00 a.m. Patriotic music will be played by the George Little Rock High School Band, under the direction of Steve Green. The colors will be posted by Jack Sauter Post 404 American Legion of George. They’ll do the Pledge of Allegiance. The band will play the National Anthem. The George-Little Rock High School Chorus will perform under the direction of Tim Mauldin. Several individuals will also present musical numbers. “Taps” will be played by Dillon Chambers.


November 8, 2019 - 12:48 pm - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — A Doon man was taken to a hospital after an accident in Alvord on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 70-year-old Dennis Netten of Doon was eastbound on A34/210th street in a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup just east of the intersection of the City of Alvord’s Main Street. As Netten was crossing a bridge, his vehicle lost traction caused by the ice-covered surface, went off the roadway, and entered the south ditch, where it rolled one complete rotation.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Netten to Hegg Health Center Avera in Rock Valley.

Netten’s pickup was a total loss.

The Alvord Fire Department and the Lester Rescue Squad assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office with the response to the accident.

November 8, 2019 - 12:38 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — One man was taken to a hospital after an accident on an icy bridge south of George on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:40 a.m., Gary Lynn Grabill was southbound on Kennedy Avenue, a mile south of George in a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer when he encountered ice on the bridge. Grabill lost control of the SUV, which skidded across the roadway and entered the east ditch where it rolled several times before coming to rest on the passenger side.

Grabill was extricated using the Jaws of Life. The Lyon County Ambulance took him to Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital in Rock Rapids. His injuries were described as “minor.”

The Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle was considered a total loss.

Lyon County Deputies report that the Iowa State Patrol, George Fire/Rescue, the Lyon County Ambulance Squad, and Warntjes Paint and Body assisted them with the response to the accident.

Doon, Iowa — Multiple accidents happened near the town of Doon on Wednesday and Thursday morning due to slick road conditions, according to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep.

A Canton man’s passenger was taken to a hospital after a crash in that area on Wednesday. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that it happened in the 2400 block of 240th Street (A42), about a mile north and about four miles west of Doon.

They report that their investigation determined that 18-year-old Jason Koedam of Canton, SD, was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra westbound on 240th Street when road conditions caused him to lose control of the vehicle.

They tell us the vehicle entered the north ditch and overturned several times before coming to a rest on its wheels.

A passenger in the vehicle was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital by private vehicle.

The GMC was considered a total loss.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Doon Rescue.

Just a mile east of that accident scene, on Thursday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to two separate one-vehicle rollover accidents, which happened in the 2400 block of K42/Elmwood Avenue.

In the first accident, 46-year-old Avidail Alebon Ramirez of Rock Valley was northbound on K42/Elmwood Avenue in a 1998 Toyota 4 runner. They report that the ice-covered roadway caused his vehicle to lose traction as he was traversing uphill. They tell us that after the vehicle lost traction, it slid sideways, crossed the southbound lane of travel, entered the west ditch and rolled one-half rotation coming to rest on it’s top. There were no injuries reported. The Toyota was a total loss. Alebon Ramirez was cited on a charge of failure to have a valid license.

In the second accident, which occurred at about the same time as the first accident, 33-year-old Nester Hernandez of Rock Valley was northbound in a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. They say the ice-covered roadway caused his vehicle to lose traction as he was traversing uphill as well. They tell us that after the vehicle lost traction, it spun 180 degrees, entered the east ditch backward, and rolled one-quarter rotation coming to rest on the passenger side. There were no injuries reported in this accident either. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the Chevrolet Colorado sustained about $5,000 in damage. Hernandez was cited on charges of failure to have a valid license and failure to maintain control.

A vehicle driven by a Rock Valley man was damaged in a crash a half-mile south of Doon on 260th Street.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:55 a.m. on November 6, 2019, Cesar Omar Guardado Renteria was driving a 2003 Jeep Liberty northbound on 260th Street when slick road conditions caused Renteria to lose control.

They say the vehicle then struck the bridge railing causing it to spin in the roadway before striking the bridge railing on the opposite side of the road. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels in the west ditch.

The driver was not injured, but was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control. The vehicle was considered a total loss.

Lyon County Deputies were assisted on scene by Sioux County Deputies, Doon Fire/Rescue, and Trackside towing.

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Department of Revenue is updating its income tax withholding tables for 2020 to comply with recent tax law changes. Revenue spokesman John Fuller says employers will be trimming the amount of Iowa tax withheld from employees’ paychecks starting January 1st, meaning, changes in Iowans’ take-home pay.

So, how much more money will we be seeing in our paychecks next year?

Iowans who mark “zero” on their withholding may consider raising that to a “one” or “two,” or they may not need to make any alterations at all to their W-4 form.

While it may seem like a nice reward to get a fat tax refund check every spring, Fuller says many Iowans like to adjust their earnings to come out closer to the break-even point.

The Iowa legislature enacted sweeping tax reforms in 2018 and the changes are being put in place gradually for the 2019 and 2020 tax years. You can find the new tax tables and the Withholding Calculator at the Iowa Department of Revenue website.