Distracted Driver’s Message Hits Home

Sioux County, Iowa — Students at four northwest Iowa schools learned an important lesson recently, from a unique perspective.
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A man who was driving distracted and ended up striking a woman and killing her was the teacher.

On Tuesday, September 22, 26-year-old Chris Weber of Madison SD, spoke at four Sioux County schools. Weber was the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed 33-year-old Andrea Boeve on June 30, 2014 as she rode her bicycle with her two children on a highway near Steen. Weber’s message at the schools centered on the reason the accident happened: Weber’s own distracted driving that day by the use of his cell phone. Since the accident, Weber has pled guilty to a charge of criminal vehicular homicide in Minnesota.

Weber gave his message at Western Christian High School, Boyden‐Hull JR/SR High School, Netherlands Reformed Christian School and Rock Valley Community School. Weber’s message was delivered to students as well as members of the public and focused on reminding drivers to avoid using cell phones, as well as other distractions and that no distraction is worth causing someone’s injury or death.

Chris is featured in a video created by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Also featured in the video is Matt Boeve, Andrea’s husband. This video was shown as part of the presentations at the schools.

Homecoming Week Continues

OrabsSheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Homecoming Week 2015 continues today with Beach Day at the High School, Middle School Student/Teacher Switcheroo Day, and Grade Level Colors at East Elementary.

For Grade Level Colors Day, Early Childhood and Kindergarten classes will dress in green, First Grade in blue, Second Grade in red, Third in yellow, Fourth Grade in white, and East Elementary Staff will dress in Purple.

At 5:30 this afternoon, 9th, JV and Varsity Volleyball will be in action at home against Sioux Center.

The Cross Country Meet at Sioux Center has been cancelled due to the weather.

Homecoming activities come to a climax tomorrow with a variety of activities leading up to the Homecoming Football Game against Sioux Center.

Seasons Center Receives Grant For Autumn’s Center

Spencer, Iowa — The center named after the little Orange City girl who lost her life in the care of her day care provider — has received a grant.
Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received a $25,000 grant from Variety, the Children’s Charity to support Autumn’s Center. Seasons is a non-profit organization and has been providing a broad range of psychiatric and behavioral health services to people and communities in Northwest Iowa since 1959.

Autumn’s Center was named in honor and memory of Autumn Elgersma, of Orange City, who died in 2013 after being hospitalized due to abuse she endured while in the care of her babysitter. Autumn was three years old when she died.

Seasons says the Variety grant will be used for a large infrastructure renovation to create Autumn’s Center, a state-of-the art regional children’s center. Autumn’s Center, the first of its kind regional children’s center, will house rooms and offices designated to care for children’s behavioral health, including areas for outpatient therapy, psychological testing, psychiatric services, behavioral health intervention services, substance abuse counseling, parent education, and care coordination services. Arrival, wait, way finding, and offices will offer a child friendly, culturally-sensitive, and healing environment throughout the building.

“Seasons is thrilled to receive the Variety grant funding and is anxious to move forward with renovations and the expansion of Autumn’s Center thanks to this gift and the gifts of many others,” says Kim Scorza, Executive Director.

“Autumn’s Center will be the only one of its kind in northwest Iowa, offering specialty services to children who have been abused in some way, or for children who need help with developmental conditions like autism, social issues like bullying, as well as grief and loss, divorce, or other sorts of problems impacting their lives,” says Steve Grell, Seasons Advisory Board Chairperson. “We truly appreciate this donation by Variety-the Children’s Center Charity.”

Variety — the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives the directly impact the well being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit varietyiowa.com. For more information on Seasons’ services, please visit our website at: www.seasonscenter.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/SeasonsCenterForBehavioralHealth.

Osceola Rec Trails Seek Volunteer Help Saturday

Osceola Rec TrailSibley, Iowa — Concrete for the third section of the Osceola Rec Trail in Sibley will be poured this Saturday, September 26th and next Saturday October 2nd.  The Rec Trails Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with this segment of the trail.

Doris Hoffman is Treasurer of the Osceola Rec Trails Committee, and she says that the volunteers need no special skills to help with this part of the project.

Hoffman says they need twelve to fifteen volunteers for each of the two Saturdays.

She says that if they get enough volunteers this week and next week they can get half done with this half-mile section yet this fall.

She says that volunteers are asked to report at about 7:30 these two Saturday mornings.

To volunteer, please call either Doris Hoffman at 712-754-3982, or Jolene Fisher at 712-754-3962.

Hoffman says that the Osceola Rec Trails Committee recently received a matching grant from Wellmark, awarded in part because the trail system promotes wellness in the community and safe access to schools.

She says donations can be dropped off at the Sibley City Office, US Bank, or The Porch On Main in Sibley.

Again, volunteers are needed this Saturday and a week from Saturday to assist in the concrete pour.

Westfield Woman Dies In Accident

Westfield, Iowa — A Westfield woman is dead after a crash near that town on Tuesday, September 22nd.
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The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that their investigators believe that 24-year-old Crystal Marie Ortega Flores was in a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer which was southbound on Highway 12 when it went out of control, leaving the roadway and entering the west ditch. The vehicle rolled several times and came to rest on its top. The vehicle was registered to Dustin Ray Taylor of Westfield, Iowa. He was in the vehicle at the time of the accident but did not require medical attention.

Ortega Flores died as a result of her injuries.

The accident remains under investigation by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and the offices of State of Iowa and Plymouth County Medical Examiners.

Carl’s Footwear In Sheldon Celebrates 20 Years With Current Owners

Carl's FootwearSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon business is celebrating twenty years under its current ownership.

On the KIWA Morning Show this week, Carl’s Footwear owner Joel Bousema said that while the business has been in Sheldon for over sixty years, they are celebrating twenty years under their ownership.

Bousema tells us how it feels to celebrate twenty years.

He says they’ve got some specials going on to help celebrate.

Bousema says there have been many changes since they took over. He says the biggest change is competing on a global scale. He says they even do some e-commerce over long distances to customers located around the world.