Sioux Center Man Escapes Injury, But Is Charged With Texting While Driving After Accident

accidentSioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man was charged with texting while driving after he rolled his pickup northwest of Sioux Center early on Monday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:30 AM, 23-year-old Ross Feekes of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup eastbound on 370th Street, three miles northwest of Sioux Center. Feekes reported that he was text messaging while driving, and crossed the center of the road. The car struck a bridge guardrail, entered the north ditch and rolled.

No injuries were reported.

The Chevrolet sustained approximately $12,000 in damages. The Sioux County Highway Department bridge sustained an estimated $1,500 in damages.

Feekes was cited for unlawful use of an electronic communication device.

Northwestern, Dordt Named Among Best Colleges By Princeton Review, Forbes

Northwestern logoOrange City, Iowa — A northwest Iowa college has again been named among the best colleges in the Midwest by the Princeton Review, a nationally-known education services company. Northwestern College in Orange City is one of 155 institutions recommended in the Review’s 2014 “Best in the Midwest” section on its website, based on institutional data and the opinions of current students.

The profiles of all schools featured on the Princeton Review’s Best Regional Colleges website include college ratings. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that the Princeton Review tallies in several categories based on data provided by the colleges and/or student surveys. Among the 15 Iowa colleges in the “Best in the Midwest” section, only two rated higher in quality of life than Northwestern’s score of 94. Princeton Review describes that rating as a measure of how happy students are with their lives outside the classroom.

Dordt_Defenders logoAlso on the list, Dordt College in Sioux Center. Both colleges are also named in the list of the nation’s best colleges and universities by

Also on the Princeton Review’s lists — as best party school in the nation — The University of Iowa.

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Students quoted in Northwestern’s profile at touted Northwestern’s tight-knit community and integration of faith and learning. One student wrote, “The professors really make us think outside the box and want us to relate what we are learning in the classroom with our faith.” Faculty members were also commended for their efforts to help students: “I was surprised to see how willing my professors were to work with me if I didn’t understand something or to go over something again in class when questions were asked.”

Students cited in the profile say their peers “are looking for ways to incorporate their faith into everyday living” and are “very friendly.” One wrote, “If you walk into the cafeteria alone, you will not end up sitting alone.” The website also includes positive student comments about Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, small class sizes and the opportunity to be involved in many campus activities.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher, says the regional-best colleges were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs. “We’re pleased to recommend Northwestern College to users of our site. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus

college counselors and advisers. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us.”

The 155 colleges that the Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales. The 643 colleges listed represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s four-year institutions.

Sheldon Chamber Report Highlights Downtown Construction, Hot Dog Day, Celebration Days

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Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Klett

We here at KIWA want to keep you informed. We know there is a lot going on in northwest Iowa, and so we’re going to bring you a report from area Chamber Of Commerce directors.

From meetings to home shows, community celebrations to fundraisers, business promotions to county fairs, and of course Christmas promotions and celebrations, there’s always something going on in northwest Iowa.

Featured right now on, a recent interview with Sheldon Chamber Director Allison Klett. She tells us about Streetscape construction progress, Hot Dog Day, and about how they could really use some volunteers right now for Celebration Days coming up over Labor Day weekend.

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Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Football Team Testing Sanborn Native’s iPad App For Assessing Concussions

BHRV FootballRock Valley, Iowa — A school in northwest Iowa will be the first in the state to test an iPad application to assess concussions. Doctor Jay Alberts, with the Cleveland Clinic, helped develop the app called “C3.” He’s doing baseline testing Wednesday (8/7/13) on the roughly 100 players on the Boyden-Hull Rock Valley football team. Alberts says the iPad app is designed to diagnose concussions in a quantifiable, objective way.

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(as said) “You know, it doesn’t matter how you score a touchdown, a touchdown is always worth six points. That’s really what we’re trying to get at here. We’re trying to develop metrics and use the electronics within the iPad to remove the subjectivity from the assessment of these athletes,” Alberts says.

Data collected by the C3 app will be used to help officials determine when a player who suffers a concussion is ready to return to school and the football field. One of the features of the app is it tests balance by strapping the iPad to an athlete’s back.

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(as said) “We use the accelerometer and the gyroscope that are built into the iPad,” Alberts explains. “With that data, we can test balance and give them a very objective way to assess balance, rather than using the standard approach, which is ‘well, I think his balance is a little off.’ How do we know it wasn’t off before he was injured?”

In addition to balance, the app measures four other areas. Alberts says rather than relying solely on the subjective grading of a trainer, coaches can use the app to make sure an athlete is fully healed.

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(as said) “I think if we can remove the subjectivity from the assessment and improve the integrity of the assessment, we can keep our athletes safer and get them back, first, in the classroom faster and then on the playing field faster and safer,” Alberts says.

Alberts is a native of Sanborn in northwest Iowa. He partnered with the Boyden-Hull Rock Valley football squad because the son of one of his lifelong friends is on the team. Alberts believes the C3 app will “level the playing field” by allowing anyone, anywhere to access state-of-the-art diagnostic tools — even in rural areas like Rock Valley.

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(as said) “There’s a fundamental challenge in the translation of advances in health care to rural areas and I think this is where the iPad and other systems…come into play and have a real opportunity here,” Alberts says.

C3 is already being used by the Cleveland Clinic to monitor more than 6,000 athletes in 56 high schools in northeast Ohio, along with several colleges in Ohio. Other Iowa schools that might be interested in utilizing the C3 iPad application can contact Dr. Alberts by email at

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Tree Trimmer Near Round Lake Has Close Call With Power Line Fire

Fire LightbarRound Lake, Minnesota — It was a close call for a tree trimmer just north of the border near Round Lake, Minnesota when he hit a power line on Tuesday (8/6/13).

Firefighters and paramedics were called to a report of a man with electrical burns; but at the scene they found out he had jumped from the boom truck when things started getting hot. The truck was on fire when crews arrived, but they were able to extinguish the flames before a nearby house got involved. The power line had burned in half and fallen to the ground, blowing a fuse a mile up the line. Firefighters were able to get the boom component out of the way, and the electric company repaired the line and got power restored.

Round Lake Fire and Rescue responded, along with Lake Park Fire and Federated Rural Electric.

Senator Grassley To Hold Several Meetings In Northwest Iowa This Month

Senator GrassleyWashington, DC — Senator Chuck Grassley has planned constituent meetings in 15 Iowa communities this month, including several in northwest Iowa.

With these meetings, Grassley will have been to every one of the state’s 99 counties this year for meetings with Iowans. Grassley has held a meeting in every county, every year since 1980, when he was first elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.

On August 26, 27, and 28, Grassley will hold town meetings in Spencer, Primghar, Cherokee, Le Mars, Rock Rapids, Spirit Lake, and five other communities in the region. He also will speak at a downtown Sioux City Rotary Club meeting and in at a roundtable with Hy-Vee store directors in Sioux City. In our area, Grassley will visit high schools in Sibley and Storm Lake for a question and answer session with students. In Sioux Center, he will tour the plant and hold a Q&A session with employees of Link Manufacturing, Ltd.

The meetings in our area are all on Tuesday, August 27th and Wednesday, August 28th.

On the 27th, Grassley will have meetings in Sac City, Storm Lake, and Spencer before he comes to the O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar for a town hall meeting from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Then it’s on to Cherokee.

On the 28th, he’ll start in Le Mars before the stop at Link Manufacturing in Sioux Center at 9:45. Then it’s on to Rock Rapids for a meeting at the Rock Rapids Public Library at 12:15. After that, it’s on to Sibley/Ocheyedan High School for a 1:45 appearance, before he wraps up the day in Spirit Lake.

In addition to these meetings, Grassley will be in Iowa most of August participating in public affairs programs with Iowa broadcasters, speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, holding business meetings with Iowa community leaders, and spending at least one day at the Iowa State Fair.

Full Schedule:


Monday, August 26

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Ida County Town Meeting

Ida County Courthouse, Courtroom

401 Moorehead Street in Ida Grove



11:00-11:45 a.m.

Roundtable with Hy-Vee Store Directors


2827 Hamilton Boulevard in Sioux City


12 noon-1:00 p.m.

Speak with the Rotary Club of Sioux City

Sioux City Convention Center

801 4th Street in Sioux City



2:15-3:15 p.m.

Monona County Town Meeting

Onawa Community Center, Kelly Hall

320 10th Street in Onawa



4:30-5:30 p.m.

Crawford County Town Meeting

Denison Municipal Utilities, Community Room

721 Broadway in Denison



6:30-7:30 p.m.

Carroll County Town Meeting

Charlie’s Steakhouse

1730 U.S. 71 North in Carroll



Tuesday, August 27

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Sac County Town Meeting

Law Enforcement Center

100 Northeast State Street in Sac City



9:15-10:15 a.m.

Q&A with Storm Lake High School Students

Storm Lake High School

621 Tornado Drive in Storm Lake



11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Clay County Town Meeting

Clay County Administration Building, Board Room

300 West 4th Street in Spencer



1:45-2:45 p.m.

O’Brien County Town Meeting

O’Brien County Courthouse, Assembly Room

155 South Hayes in Primghar



3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cherokee County Town Meeting

Cherokee County Courthouse, Courtroom

520 West Main Street in Cherokee



Wednesday, August 28

8-9 a.m.

Plymouth County Town Meeting

Floyd Valley Hospital, Conference Center

714 Lincoln Street Northeast in Le Mars



9:45-10:45 a.m.

Business Visit to Link Manufacturing Ltd.

Link Manufacturing Ltd.

223 15th Street Northeast in Sioux Center



12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lyon County Town Meeting

Rock Rapids Public Library

102 South Greene Street in Rock Rapids



1:45-2:45 p.m.

Q&A with Sibley-Ocheyedan High School

Sibley-Ocheyedan High School

120 11th Avenue Northeast in Sibley



4-5 p.m.

Dickinson County Town Meeting

Spirit Lake Library, Community Room

702 16th Street in Spirit Lake