Hy-Vee Recalls Summer Fresh Pasta Salad

Hy-Vee LogoWest Des Moines, Iowa — On April 27, 2015, Hy-Vee, Inc. issued a recall for Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta Salad that is sold in its stores’ kitchen department cold cases and salad bars. The pasta was recalled after Hy-Vee was notified the frozen vegetables used to make the ready-to-eat pasta were potentially contaminated with Listeria. The frozen vegetables were produced by Inventure Foods, Jefferson, Georgia.  A Hy-Vee spokesman told KIWA that Listeria was discovered in the Inventure Foods plant, and the grocery chain pulled the product purely as a precautionary measure.

The company spokesman says the only store in the four-county area that had received any of the recalled salads is the Hy-Vee in Sioux Center.  In addition, stores in Storm Lake, the Gordon Drive store in Sioux City, and the South Louise Avenue location in Sioux Falls were also affected.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the kitchen cold case and would have been packaged in 16oz. (1 lb.) or 32oz. (2 lb.) clear plastic containers. A light tan scale-produced label with the product name, weight and price would have been affixed to the container.

The recalled product would have been available in a limited number of stores between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015.

Hy-Vee has since pulled the ready-to-eat Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from its distribution channels and the stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota to which it was distributed. All stores that received the product have been instructed to dispose of the product.

To date, Hy-Vee says they have not received any complaints associated with the Summer Fresh Pasta Salad.

Customers who purchased Summer Fresh Pasta Salad from the Hy-Vee kitchen department cold case or salad bar between April 9, 2015 and April 27, 2015, should dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

A complete list of the affected Hy-Vee stores can be found at Hy-Vee.com

Sheldon Burglar, Travis Staab, Sentenced

Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man is behind bars at a state institution in Coralville after he burglarized several Sheldon businesses.

The Sheldon Police Department reports that between the months of August through October, 2014, they received reports of fourteen business burglaries in Sheldon. On October 15, 2014, officers arrested 27-year-old Travis Dean Staab on three charges of Third Degree Burglary. Officers believed he was involved in the burglaries at Shopko, Verizon Wireless, and Digital Plus. Staab was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools. Staab was transported to the O’Brien County Jail that day and has remained in custody since then.

According to court records, last month, Staab appeared in O’Brien County District Court to enter into a plea agreement. Staab pled guilty to burglary in the Third Degree for his involvement in the September 14, 2014 burglary at the Verizon Wireless Store. He also pled guilty to burglary in the Third Degree for his involvement in the October 7, 2014 burglary at Shopko.

Staab received two five-year sentences that will run concurrent with each other, with the fines and surcharges being suspended. Staab will serve these sentences consecutively with the sentence imposed in the probation revocation case in the Iowa District Court for Plymouth County. Staab was ordered to pay victim restitution in accordance with any statement of pecuniary loss related to these matters. Additionally, Staab admitted to his involvement with the following crimes in Sheldon:

  • Sheldon Subway burglary on 08-07-14
  • Sheldon Subway burglary on 08-26-14
  • Dairy Dandy burglary on 09-08-14
  • His and Her Hair burglary on 09-08-14
  • Vogel Paint and Glass burglary on 09-14-14
  • Verizon Wireless burglary on 09-22-14
  • O’Brien County Implement burglary on 09-22-14

As part of his sentence, Staab was ordered to make restitution to these businesses for the amounts of their losses.

Staab also pled guilty to possession of marijuana. On that charge, Staab will pay fees and penalties including any court-appointed attorney fees. Staab was also sentenced to two days in jail on the marijunana charge.

After the time of his sentencing, Staab was transported to the Oakdale Classification Center where he currently is incarcerated.

According to court records, here are the amounts of restitution that Staab owes to Sheldon businesses.

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Story about Staab’s arrest from October, 2014:

Sheldon Cops To Burglary Suspect: “GOTCHA!!!”

Sheldon, Iowa — A two month-long investigation into several business burglaries in Sheldon has resulted in the arrest of a Sheldon man.

Sheldon Police say that on Wednesday, October 15th, at approximately 9:30 PM, officers from their department executed a search warrant at 602 6thAvenue at an upstairs apartment in that home, where officers reportedly seized numerous items of potential evidence, including marijuana, drug paraphernalia, clothing related items, and burglary tools.  Officers say they arrested the tenant at that apartment, 27-year old Travis Dean Staab, on multiple charges.

Police say Staab was charged with one count of Burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Digital Plus burglary on September 2nd, one count of Burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Verizon Wireless burglary on September 14th, and another count of burglary in the 3rd Degree for his alleged involvement in the Shopko burglary on October 7th.  Additionally, Staab was charged with possession of Burglar’s tools, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Staab was transported to the O’Brien County Jail where he is being held on these charges.  Additionally, police say, Staab is being held on a warrant for parole violation.

Police say the investigation into these and other burglaries is ongoing, and additional charges are likely to be filed as this investigation develops.

Assisting the Sheldon Police Department were Deputies from the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Department and Officers from the Iowa Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Department.

The public is reminded that a criminal charge is merely an accusation and that all persons are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Man Taken To Hospital After Dirt Bike Accident

Sanborn, Iowa — A Sanborn man was taken to the hospital after a dirt bike accident near Sanborn.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:55 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015, 53-year-old Christopher Klump of Sanborn was driving a 1978 Yamaha dirt bike eastbound in the ditch of 330th Street, a half a mile east of the southeast corner of Sanborn.

The report says that Klump hit a low spot in the ditch near a culvert and lost control of the dirt bike, which ran into a barbed wire fence and wooden fence post. Klump was thrown from the dirt bike into the barbed wire fence. It says he was able to walk about a half mile to his home to call 911.

The Sanborn Ambulance took Klump to Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar.

Klump’s Yamaha dirt bike sustained $ 300 in damages.

Grove Of Trees Damaged In Sunday Fire

Sioux Center, Iowa — A grove of trees and some logs were damaged in a fire on Sunday, April 26, 2015 near Sioux Center.
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According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 4:15 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of grove fire at the home of Harold Vande Kieft at 3280 440th Street, three miles south and almost two miles east of Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department saw flames in the grove as they approached the scene. He says they were able to extinguish the fire with a few hand lines.

Van Holland says that no injuries to people, pets, or livestock were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be embers from burning garbage.

He says they used four to five hundred gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

The fire department was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance crew.

Vandalism in Sheldon – UPDATE


The individuals responsible for the damage to the trailer have been identified. Thank you for your help with this matter!


Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department has asked KIWA for help in getting the word out about an incident that occurred recently:

Sometime over the weekend of April 24, a 20’ construction trailer that was parked on 25th Avenue by the Schemper Park was damaged. An unknown person or persons threw rocks at the side of the trailer, causing extensive damage to it.  It appeared that the rocks came from the Schemper Park.  Anyone with information or who could identify kids playing in that area this weekend is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department at 324-2525.

Authorities Looking For Vehicle Involved In Crash

Granville, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find a vehicle involved in an crash in Granville that is believed to have taken place this past weekend.
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They report that they investigated the crash on Sunday on Ash Street in Granville. Upon further investigation, deputies believe it actually happened during the late evening of Saturday, April 25, or the early morning of Sunday, April 26.

They say their investigation shows that someone driving an unknown vehicle struck a parked and unattended 2001 Ford Windstar minivan, owned by Stacy Robertson, of Granville. The vehicle that struck the Ford left the area and was not found.

The Sheriff’s Office says they believe the Ford sustained approximately $2,500 in damages, and that the other vehicle likely sustained damages to the front passenger side and headlight area.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.