Ireton Woman Injured In SD Fatal Accident

Vermillion, SD — A Burbank, South Dakota woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday, April 23, at the Vermillion city limits.
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The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 75-year-old Rosie Roegiers died Friday, April 24, in a Sioux Falls hospital.

The Patrol says the crash, reported at 6:35 PM Thursday, occurred at the intersection of the South Dakota Highway 50 bypass and Dakota Street. A 2005 Honda CRV was traveling east on the bypass approaching the intersection with Dakota Street at the Vermillion city limits. A 2004 Buick Century was going west and made a left-hand turn toward Dakota Street. The Buick was struck on its passenger side.

Two passengers in the Honda, 33-year-old Ann Nesselhuf, and her 13-year-old daughter, both of Vermillion, received minor injuries. Roegiers was the front side passenger in the vehicle.

The other driver was 81-year-old Ardis Eilts of Ireton. She was treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Charges are pending against Eilts. The Highway Patrol says it appears that all occupants were wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The investigation continues.

Other assisting agencies were Vermillion Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Vermillion Fire/Emergency Medical Services.

Ammunition, Firearms Company Breaks Ground

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Photo credit: Mike Earll

Sibley, Iowa — Capital Armament Company broke ground Monday morning at the site of their future manufacturing facility, at the building site located at the junction of Highways 9 and 60, northeast of Sibley.

We had a chance to talk to Capital Armament CEO Clint Gerner and asked him his impressions of the groundbreaking ceremony.

He gives us an idea of what they’ll be doing in the new facility.

He gives us some particulars about the building, which will sit on a 23-and-a-half acre lot.

He says you can buy their products from several stores. They are working out a deal now with Scheels, and he says it’s undergoing remodeling right now, but their website also has factory-direct ordering.

Left to right: Nathan Reinhart, Clint Gerner, Chris McCann--Owners (Photo credit - Mike Earll)
Left to right on shovels: Owners Nathan Reinhart, Clint Gerner, Chris McCann (Photo credit – Mike Earll)

We asked him how they decided to come to Sibley. He said they needed to expand, but due to some Minnesota regulations they decided to move out of the state. He says the Sibley area leaders really get the credit for the company’s decision to move to Sibley.

Gerner says the “Home Base Iowa” initiative for veterans was also a perk, as they try to keep veterans as at least 50 percent of their workforce, and there are some nice incentives for them through “Home Base Iowa.

He says over the next three years they hope to hire for 36 new positions, with between 4 and 16 of them being hired this year depending on the market.

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Northwest Iowa — According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the five possible cases of avian influenza reported on Monday afternoon — have been confirmed.

The agency’s web site says that the cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux Counties in Northwest Iowa are now confirmed.  These five new cases join three cases of the disease in Iowa. All birds on the properties will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
Osceola County 2 – Pullet farm with an estimated 250,000 birds.

O’Brien County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 240,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

O’Brien County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 98,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 1.7 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 3.8 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected there is no food safety risk for consumers.

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world.  As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4)  Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facilities to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at

Man Taken To Hospital After Accident

Everly, Iowa — A Hartley man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Everly on Friday.
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The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:25 AM on Friday, April 24, 2015, 30-year-old Jason Huff of Lake Park was driving a Chevy pickup southbound on M27, about three miles north of Barb’s Corner near Everly. Thirty-four year-old Matthew Williams of Hartley was northbound on M27 in a 2004 Chrysler.

The report says that Huff saw the vehicle in front of him swerve and saw Williams traveling north in the south bound lane. Huff slowed down and pulled onto the west shoulder to avoid a collision, but the vehicles collided.

The Spencer Ambulance took Williams to the Spencer hospital.

Huff’s Chevy pickup sustained $20,000 in damages, and Williams ‘s Chrysler sustained $5000 in damages.

Williams was charged with driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway and no proof of insurance.

Everly Fire and Rescue, the Spencer Ambulance and Bud’s Service assisted at the scene.

Feekes Interns At SCDC/Plans Downtown Event

SCDC sheldon chamber door signSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon High School Senior Allorie Feekes has spent this quarter of the school year working as an intern at the Sheldon Chamber & Development Corporation Office.  Chamber Director Allison Cooke says that Allorie’s overall project while at the SCDC has been planning a spring downtown event.

The event, which Feekes has dubbed “Sheldon Spring Bash”, will be held downtown in Sheldon on Satruday May 16th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Feekes has reportedly planned food, inflatables, sidewalk chalk for the kids, and other fun events.  Cooke says there will also be downtown promotions that day, as well.  She says that Feekes has designed the day as a family fun day in downtown Sheldon!!

Law Inspired By Casey Kasem Case Signed By Governor

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Governor Terry Branstad (file photo)

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa has passed a groundbreaking law that gives family members a new legal avenue to use if they’re blocked from seeing a relative who is incapacitated. The law is inspired by the case of Casey Kasem, the legendary radio D-J who was host of “America’s Top 40.” Kerri Kasem, his oldest daughter, was at the Iowa capitol this afternoon (Friday) to watch Governor Branstad sign the bill into law.

(as said) “My dad would probably still be alive today if we had this bill in California,” Kasem said.

Casey Kasem, who died last June, suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Kasem’s wife, Jean, refused to let his children from a previous marriage see their father. Jean Kasem moved the radio legend out of a Santa Monica hospital last May and took him to the Seattle area, where he died a month later. Then she took his body first to Montreal, then Oslo, where it sat in a freezer for months until he was buried in an unmarked grave shortly before Christmas.

(as said) “This is a silent epidemic. There are so many abuses of guardianships and so many abuses of caretakers,” Kerri Kasem said. “…We have seen thousands of cases of isolation — thousands — and it’s legal. And all of the laws are on the abusers side and there is nothing you can do.”

The new Iowa law would allow relatives in a situation like Kasem’s to ask a judge to enforce visitation rights. Twenty-nine-year-old Misty Davis of Cedar Rapids hasn’t been able to see her step-brother, Jim Davis, who lives in Washington. Her step-mother — as the legal guardian for James — will not let Misty or anyone from her late husband’s family see Jim, who has an intellectual disability.

(as said) “I last saw him approximately two months ago,” Davis says. “I get told by people where he’s at and I’ll show up randomly if it’s a public place and then within five minutes I’m kicked out or threatened with the law.”

The new law that would help Davis seek to enforce visitation rights goes into effect July 1st. Until then, Davis has a list of what her stepbrother is missing.

(as said) “Memories, love, attention, respect, family,” Davis told reporters.

The last time Davis saw her stepbrother for an extended period of time was when they sat next to one another at their father’s funeral in January of 2013.

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