Monthly Sibley Chamber Report Features Drying Plant, New Highway, Christmas Promotions

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 Sibley Chamber Of Commerce Director Sheryl Peters.

One Vehicle Accident Claims The Life Of A Primghar Man

Primghar, Iowa — A one-vehicle roll-over accident two miles east and one south of Primghar claimed the life of a Primghar man early Thursday morning.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that at approximately 1:00 AM Thursday morning, 18-year-old Dylan Logan of Primghar was driving a 1998 Chevy Monte Carlo westbound on 400th st. As Logan crossed the Lake Creek bridge, his vehicle lost control and rolled several times. Logan was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the Chevy. Logan died as a result of the injuries.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Iowa State Patrol with the investigation.

Sioux-Preme Packing Likely Responsible For Floyd River Fish-Kill

Sioux Center, Iowa —  A Sioux Center business appears to be the source of a nine mile long fish-kill along the West Branch of the Floyd river in Sioux County.

Pending lab results, it appears the likely source of the discharge causing the fish kill is Sioux-Preme Packing Company. The company is located just south of Sioux Center at 4241 U.S. 75 Avenue. The DNR continues to investigate the reason for the discharge.

DNR staff found elevated ammonia levels and thousands of dead fish, including game fish, for at least nine miles downstream of the plant. Fisheries staff conducted a second count of dead fish after fish continued to die on Tuesday and Wednesday, and are back on the site today (Thursday).

Sioux-Preme Packing Company has hired a contractor to treat a tributary to the stream where ammonia has concentrated. The DNR will continue to monitor cleanup and will pursue appropriate enforcement action and fish restitution.

The fish kill was reported to the DNR on Monday after a resident noticed stressed fish in the stream last weekend.


Rachel’s Challenge To Present Message Of Kindness, Compassion At Sheldon Schools

Sheldon, Iowa — Rachel Scott was the first victim killed in the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. But her dream is being realized several years after her death. Called “Rachel’s Challenge”, the presentation is a powerful reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our world a positive, nurturing place.

Rachel’s Challenge is coming to the Sheldon Community School District on Monday, November 5. We talked with Sheldon Schools’ advisor of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Sherrie Zeutenhorst, who tells us what Rachel’s Challenge involves.

Zeutenhorst says after the Columbine massacre, authorities made a discovery.

She says two weeks after her death, Rachel’s parents discovered Rachel’s journal, along with an essay she had written called, My Ethics, My Code of Life, which has become the inspiring message of Rachel’s Challenge.

Zeutenhorst tells us what she thinks is the most important message of Rachel’s Challenge.

About two years ago, Sheldon Schools’ Superintendent Robin Spears heard Rachel’s father speak, and decided it would be a good thing to have in Sheldon.

There will be a Middle School presentation from 8:30-9:30 AM in the middle school gym. There will be a High School presentation from 11:00-12:00 in the high school auditorium. Following the High School presentation, there will be a training session for a group of high school students interested in promoting Rachel’s Challenge message. To conclude the day’s event, there will be a community presentation at 7:00 PM in the high school gym. Then, on Tuesday, November 6 there will be an assembly at East Elementary from 8:45-9:30 AM followed by a training session for Middle School students to learn to be ambassadors for the message from 11:00 – 12:30.

The public is encouraged to come to the community presentation on Monday night, November 5th, at 7 PM in the Sheldon High School Gym. For more information, you can call Sheldon Community Schools.

Sheldon Fire Crews Called To Report Of Smoke At Fieldcrest Assisted Living

Sheldon, Iowa — A fire call on Wednesday morning could have been much worse. Sheldon Fire Crews were called to a smoke report at Fieldcrest Assisted Living on Sheldon’s east side.

Fire crews were called out about 10 AM to the report smoke in one of the apartments.

According to Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer, there wasn’t a fire, it was just burnt toast. He says the fire department did use fans to air out the apartment.

Lyon County Open Burning Ban To Expire On Friday

Rock Rapids, Iowa — From Lyon County Emergency Management Director, Wayne Jepsen:

The Open Burning Ban for Lyon County will be lifted this Friday November 2nd at noon.

The bans stay in effect until all the fire departments with some or all of their district in that particular county advise the State Fire Marshal’s Office that hazardous burning conditions no longer exist, or they let the county representative know, and the representative alerts the Fire Marshal’s Office. The representative is usually one of the fire chiefs or the County Emergency Management Director.

Fire officials advise that even if burning is now legal where you live, we are still in an extreme drought situation, so they advise extra caution when burning.

Since Saturday, Lyon County has been the only county in the state with an Open Burning Ban.