Coats For Kids Accepting Coats At “bubbles” Until October 12

Sheldon, Iowa — The annual “Coats For Kids” program in Sheldon is up and running. In fact, it wraps up in less than a week.

We talked with Jeri Postma from “bubbles and Bee Kleen”. She told us about the program.

Postma wants to thank everyone for their generosity.

She tells us all you have to do to donate is to take your coat to “bubbles” before October 12th.

Band Festival Is Saturday In Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s the annual band festival in Sheldon on Saturday.

Sheldon High School Band Director Cliff St Clair tells us about it.

St. Clair gives us the schedule.

He tells us about the admission charge and what it goes for.

Again, all the action starts at 8:45 AM, Saturday morning at Orab Field. We hope to have the results on a future newscast here on KIWA.

SCAT Gets New Ambulance

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Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team — known as SCAT in Sheldon — has recently taken possession on a new ambulance and put it into service.

Cindy Freeman, on the ambulance team, tells us a little about the new unit.

She says the city budget makes sure that they have the money to purchase a new unit when they need one.

According to Freeman, SCAT always has two ambulances, and the old “SCAT 1” was traded in for this new ambulance, and has become the new “SCAT 1”. Next time they get a new ambulance, it will replace “SCAT 2” and take its number.

She says, as you might expect — safety is very important to the ambulance crew, and this new ambulance has some great safety features.

She says they’re excited about the new unit.

The new ambulance, which is a Chevy, customized by the LifeLine ambulance company, runs on a different fuel, says Freeman.

She says she assumes the reason it uses gasoline is because diesel is becoming more expensive.

Freeman says the ambulance had its first call shortly after it came to town.

She says the SCAT members are glad to get the new ambulance in service.

Hawarden Fire Fights Two Wildland Fires In Two Days

Hawarden, Iowa — The Hawarden Fire Department has been busy. They fought one wildland fire on Wednesday (10/3) and one on Thursday (10/4).

On Wednesday, Hawarden Fire Chief Jon Strong says they were called to the intersection of B46 and K22 for a fire in a combined soybean field, about four and a half miles northeast of Hawarden. Strong says they saw lots of smoke on approach, but they were fortunate that the crop was out. They did call for mutual aid from the Ireton Fire Department. He says only about three acres burned, and the only thing they can come up with for a cause is a lit cigarette thrown from a vehicle. Crews were on scene for an hour and a half.

Then on Thursday, Strong says the Hawarden Fire Department was called to another wildland fire — this one was on 500th Street, west of Highway 12 between the pit and the river. That’s right by Chatsworth — about four miles south of Hawarden. The call went out about 3:15 PM. He says there was lots of smoke when they got there. Only about two acres burned, including a little bit of standing corn. But Strong says it looked worse than it was. They asked for assistance from the Akron Fire Department. He says they provided water. The cause on the second fire was a cornstalk on the manifold of a pickup that had traveled through the field, says Strong. Fire crews were on-scene of that fire for about an hour.

Sheldon PD Takes Report, Makes Arrest

Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

Someone on North Fifth Avenue reported that someone had stolen a PlayStation PS3 and a controller from their home on Tuesday, Septmeber 25. It was valued at $200.

In another incident, the police arrested 25-year-old Nathan Van’t Hul on Tuesday, October 2. He was taken into custody, charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, and transported to jail in Primghar.

Sioux City Man Airlifted After Construction Accident Near Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux City man was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital after a construction accident near Sioux Center on Thursday (10/4).

About 11:10 AM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a construction accident that occurred near the intersection of 350th Street and Grant Avenue, four miles northwest of Sioux Center.

It was reported that a dirt trench had collapsed on an employee of L.A. Carlson Contracting, from Merrill, IA, who were working at that location. Sioux Center Fire and Ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene along with sheriff’s deputies.

Rescue crews were able to extricate the victim, 20-year-old Nathaniel Christiansen from Sioux City. He was transported by Sioux Center Ambulance to the Sioux Center Hospital. Christiansen was later transferred to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by Mercy Air Care.