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$5.4 million for new Sioux County bridge

ORANGE CITY—An aging bridge will be replaced after the Sioux County Board of Supervisors approved the low bid of $5.4 million at its Sept. 27 meeting. The bridge along 360th Street crosses the Rock River about 10 miles south and west of Rock Valley. At 574 feet long and 20 feet wide, it uses stoplights on the ends to limit traffic to one lane at a time.
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2023 Orange City Tulip Court Selected

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City’s 2023 Tulip Court was elected on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Orange City Tulip Festival officials tell us that Tulip Court members for the 2023 Tulip Festival include Katelyn Huizenga, daughter of Aaron and Kim Huizenga; Amanda Hulstein, daughter of Brent and Mary Hulstein; Elizabeth King, daughter of Don & Miranda King; Nevaeh Sampson, daughter of Brent and Teresa Sampson; and Kinzie Van Kekerix, daughter of Leroy and Jasey Van Kekerix.
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Two Northwest Iowa Towns Get Empower Rural Iowa Grants

Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority have announced that a total of more than $450,000 in grants have been awarded through six Empower Rural Iowa Grant Programs. The grant awards will support rural initiatives spanning from child care and housing to workforce attraction and leadership development in more than 20 counties. And two of them are to communities in our primary coverage area.

Sheldon man charged for contact violation

SHELDON—A 61-year-old Sheldon man was arrested about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on a charge of violation of a no contact/protective order. The arrest of Jeffrey Alan Chrestiansen stemmed from him being in the vicinity of the Sheldon residence of an individual he is not to have contact with, according to the Sheldon Police Department.

Neighbor Farmers Turn Out for Harvest Bee Following Death of Farmer

A harvest bee was held in northwest Iowa on Wednesday. Farmers from across the neighborhood came to assist with the harvest after a family member died this past summer. The harvest bee was held in western Plymouth County. Amanda Brietbart says several neighbors helped organize the harvest bee following the death of her father-in-law. She recites the numbers involved with the harvest bee. Brietbart tells of the tragic events involving her father-in-law from this past summer that led to the harvest bee. Brietbart tried to hold back her emotions when she was asked about what it means to have all the neighbors and friends turn out to assist with the harvest. Brietbart thought the gathering will complete the 750-acre harvest within one day’s work.

Teenage Boy Taken To Hospital After Accident West Of Larchwood

Larchwood, Iowa — A teenage boy was taken to the hospital after an accident near Larchwood on Wednesday, October 5th, 2022. According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:20 a.m., a male juvenile driver was believed to have been westbound on 135th Street just west of Larchwood when his 2005 Ford F250 pickup left the roadway. The pickup and driver traveled through a bean and cornfield before coming to a rest on Buchanan Avenue.

Toddler hospitalized for 8 days after swallowing button batteries

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The number of children swallowing batteries rose significantly during the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Increased hospital visits appear to mirror the increase in devices in our homes using button or disc batteries. And the batteries babies may be ingesting are...

Council Awards Water Tower & Pipeline Contracts For Eastern Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon City Council met in regular session Wednesday, they held a pair of public hearings concerning the new water tower and associated pipeline that is planned to better serve the eastern part of the City. Following the public hearings, Sheldon City Manager Sam Kooiker...

Marching Orabs hit high note in Sioux Falls

SHELDON—The Sheldon High School Marching Orabs finished fourth out of eight Class 2A schools Saturday, Oct. 1, in the preliminary round of the Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls, SD. The marching ensemble did not advance to the final performance round that evening, but band director Cliff St. Clair...

Sibley teenager cited for assaulting aunt

SIBLEY—An 18-year-old Sibley resident was cited Wednesday, Oct. 5, on a charge of assault causing serious injury. The citing of Tucker Riley Senn stemmed from him allegedly pushing his aunt about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at his residence at 234 Fifth St. in Sibley, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Child Hospitalized After Being Hit By Truck

George, IA (KICD)– A young child was taken to the hospital in Rock Rapids and then transferred to Sioux Falls after being struck by a semi in George last Friday. The Lyon County Sheriff’s department says 85 year old Norwood Geerdes was hauling grain through town when the child ran into the street and he was unable to stop.

Football Broadcast Preview For Friday October 7th

It’s already week seven of the high school football season and teams are hitting crunch time for playoff spots. Our broadcast coverage includes Sheldon at Central Lyon George Little Rock on KIWA AM 1550 and 100.7 FM. On KIWA FM 105.3 it’s Boyden Hull Rock Valley hosting Sergeant Bluff Luton at Rock Valley.

Bonnie Ruether – Citizen of the Day

Bonnie Ruether of Le Mars is the KLEM Citizen of the Day for Friday, October 7, 2022. Bonnie and her husband Dick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, September 30th. She may pick up a pizza from Pizza Hut in Le Mars, a long stem rose from Le Mars Hy Vee Floral Department and car wash from 12th Street Touchless or Highway 75 Touchless Auto Wash and Pet Wash.

Sioux Center Approves Wastewater Rate Increase

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities will be able to improve and maintain the wastewater collection system throughout the community with the help of a wastewater rate increase over the next two years. “Wastewater collection and treatment is one of the most important services we provide,” Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein said. “Ensuring...

Inmate cited for assaulting jailer again

PRIMGHAR—A 35-year-old Sheldon man already incarcerated faces an additional charge after assaulting a jail officer about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. The charge against Brandon Lee Nelson stemmed from him repeatedly punching a jail officer in the head and kicking him in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar, according to the criminal complaint filed by the sheriff’s office.

Get ready for a hard freeze tonight

DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. — Our first frost and freeze of the season is expected across Siouxland over the next two days, which will likely jumpstart our fall foliage transition. Widespread frost is likely across much of northern and western Siouxland this morning, followed by chilly afternoon temperatures that struggle to make it to the low to mid-50s.

Oct. 6 volleyball

Sioux Center def. Sheldon 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-12 MOC-Floyd Valley def. Rock Valley 21-25, 25-9, 25-19, 25-18 Central Lyon def. Sibley-Ocheyedan 26-28, 25-15, 25-11, 25-14 West Lyon def. George-Little Rock 25-7, 25-15, 25-18 Boyden-Hull def. Okoboji 25-17, 25-16, 25-20 Hinton def. West Sioux 25-12, 25-9, 25-10 Gehlen Catholic def. MMCRU...

De Groot went from farm to F-100s

SIOUX CENTER—John De Groot isn’t one for travel, but he was grateful for the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. through Midwest Honor Flight on Saturday. At 77 years old, De Groot lives and works on the same farm 4 miles west of Sioux Center he did when he first enlisted into the Iowa Air National Guard. He served 1964-69.