Easter Events, Ladies’ Day Out Featured On Sheldon Chamber Report

Sheldon Chamber Director Shanelle Matus

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 kiwaradio.com, a recent interview with Sheldon Chamber Of Commerce Director Shanelle Matus. She talks about the egg hunts and Ladies Day Out.

Sioux Falls Man Arrested In Sibley On Felony OWI

beer and keys no owi dwi duiSibley, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man is behind bars in Sibley, charged with felony Operating While Intoxicated.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 39-year-old Dean Allen Sargent of Sioux Falls on Saturday, and charged him with Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a Class “D” Felony. Sargent was also charged with 2 Counts of Child Endangerment, which is an Aggravated Misdemeanor; 2 Counts of Failing to Secure Child Under 18 years of age, no proof of insurance, and Failure to Have Valid Driver’s License, all Simple Misdemeanors.

Sargent is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop northwest of Sibley.

Executive Director of Love INC Resigns To Assume National Position

love inc 99Lora Petitt, executive director of Love in the Name of Christ of Greater Sheldon (Love INC) has resigned to assume the position of Director of Operating Affiliates with the Love INC National Movement. Petitt has served in the Sheldon capacity for the past 10 years.

“My heart is filled with joy as I reflect on the many relationships formed through my time with Love INC of Greater Sheldon,” she said. “It is exciting to see Christian volunteers follow God’s call to serve and how He equips each one with different skills, so that when all working together they produce an effective and powerful movement with the goal of serving the Lord.”

In her new role with the Love INC national organization, Petitt will help equip Love INC affiliates nationally and internationally to stay focused on the mission and model of Love INC.

She says she’s happy to start something new, but will miss her current position too.

Jerry Postma, Love INC board president, says that while it is difficult to say good-bye to a good friend and ministry partner, they fully support Petitt in this new calling and pray for God’s blessing.  He says that the current staff members are faithful and committed, and the board has every confidence in their ability to carry this ministry through this time of change.

She says the board will begin working on transition plans and to select the next executive director immediately.

Pettit says she wants to thank the Sheldon area for the support that Love INC has received in northwest Iowa over the past 10 years.  She says it’s been a delight working with churches and volunteers and she would ask for continued prayers for the ministry during this transition time.

She will assume her new position in May and will be based in Sheldon.

Love INCIn related news, Love INC is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  An open house, with tours of the facility will be held on Friday, April 5 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Love INC building located at 611 Park Row, Sheldon. A banquet will be follow at 7 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church located at 901 Ninth St, Sheldon with a meal, praise and worship, ministry displays and guest speakers.

The following information is from Love, INC:

SHELDON, Iowa – Love in the Name of Christ of Greater Sheldon (Love INC) is celebrating 10 years of Christian Service. As part of the festivities the theme of this special year is “Compelled by Christ’s love,” with 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 as the key verses. Love INC will also be introducing a 10 year anniversary logo to implement throughout the year as part of the celebration.

Love INC opened its doors for Christian service in March 2003. After recognizing a need for a Christian ministry in O’Brien and Osceola Counties, a task force of local pastors created the ministry Love INC which is part of a national organization started in 1977 with over 150

Founded on 10 core Christian values and with a mission to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ, Love INC has served its purpose through the founding of many ministries.

One form of ministry is through Gap ministries. Gap Ministries identify unmet needs in the community and mobilize local churches, volunteers and community agencies to fulfill those needs. Each Gap Ministry is focused on a particular need. Some examples include Bedding and Blanket Ministry, Furniture and Appliance Ministry, Friday Backpack Ministry and many others. Another Love INC ministry is the Clearinghouse, which is the foundation of Love INC. They receive requests for help, screen the requests to check for legitimacy and refer the request to a local church ministry, volunteer or community agency. Then they follow up to ensure that the need was met.

“It’s very important that we, as Christians, meet all the needs in the community. Many times in Christian ministry certain needs do not get met or they get overlooked. That is what Gap Ministries work to avoid. Through Gap Ministries we can fill in the gaps found in service,” Lora
Petitt, executive director of Love INC said.

Love INC also established a Comprehensive Transformational Ministry. This ministry helps people in need make lasting lifestyle changes through mentoring, goal setting, emotional and spiritual support and skills training. Through the Loving Help Program, budgeting classes, life
skills classes, positive parenting classes, Bible study classes, cooking classes and reciprocal language partnerships are offered. These classes require volunteers from many different partner churches, but take place at the Bethel Reformed Church of Sheldon.

Over the past 10 years Love INC has been able to meet thousands of needs in O’Brien and Osceola Counties. They have served hundreds of clients and have had help from hundreds of Christian volunteers. The ministry has experienced growth since 2003, starting with 10 partner
churches representing six denominations. Now Love INC has grown to 21 churches representing nine different denominations.

“We are so thankful; God has blessed our ministry in so many ways. It’s amazing to see how much we have grown in the last 10 years,” Petitt said. “We pray that the next 10 years are full of even more Christian service.”

An open house, with tours of the facility will be held on Friday, April 5 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Love INC building located at 611 Park Row, Sheldon. A banquet will be follow at 7 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church located at 901 Ninth St, Sheldon with a meal, praise and worship,
ministry displays and guest speakers. Please RSVP by calling 324-9707 for the banquet. A free will donation is requested.

About the 10th anniversary logo:

The logo includes the theme for the year, which is “Compelled by Christ’s Love” based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. The verse says that Christ’s love compels us to live for Him, because He died for all. The logo also includes the traditional Love INC colors and heart with the theme and verse inside it.

The new logo was created by Emilee Berry, a sophomore graphic design major at Northwestern College (NWC). Berry designed the logo as part of a competition in the NWC art department advanced graphic design class. Hers was selected from eight designs.

“The main focus of this design was to embrace Love INC’s current logo and the representation it has by incorporating the logo colors, as well as a hand- rendered look,” Berry said in her artist statement. “The design is versatile and can be used as a whole, but it can also be separated into varying sections depending on the intended use.”

About Love INC:

Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC) opened its doors for Christian service in March 2003. It started after area pastors recognized a need for a Christian ministry in O’Brien and Osceola Counties. Founded on 10 core Christian values and with a mission to mobilize local churches and transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. Love INC works to unify local churches and identify the unmet needs in the area. Love INC serves its purpose through the founding of many ministries that fulfill community needs, provides classes to help people make lasting lifestyle changes and provides tangible items to those in need. Love INC of Greater Sheldon is one of over 150 affiliates across the United States and internationally.

Area Students Compete In National History Day Event

Pictured from Sheldon Middle School are (from left to right): Dominic Seivert, Mitchal Van Gorp and Nick Bomgaars

Northwest Iowa — Nearly 275 students representing schools in 10 northwest Iowa counties participated in this year’s National History Day Thursday March 14th at Northwest Area Education Agency.  This number marks an approximately 50 student increase in competitors over last year’s numbers.  This year’s theme was “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.”

Categories included: group exhibit, individual exhibit, group performance, paper, individual performance, group documentary, individual documentary, group website and individual website.

The National History Day competition is an annual event for middle school and high school students.  Competition winners at the AEA level advance to the State Competition, and those who win at State go on to compete in a National event.

Here are the winners from the northwest Iowa AEA Region, that will be advancing to State Competition:



Student Names




Group Exhibit

Megan SwancuttKailee Tucker Women Airforce Service Pilots: Turning Point in Aviation Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard

Individual Exhibit

Adam Filipi Gettysburg Lawton-Bronson/Suzy Powell
Lucas Geisinger The Great Wall of China Lawton-Bronson/Suzy Powell


Group Exhibit

Emmy KnuthRose WittDanika Smith  Chernobyl: Fatal Disaster, Turning Point in Nuclear Energy Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard
Mitchal Van GorpDominic SeivertNick Bomgaars  Little Rock Nine: Turning Point in Integration Sheldon/Justin Albers
Nash LiningerDominic Trobaugh The Jazz Age Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard

Individual Exhibit

Megan Friederich Discovery of Penicillin: How Mold Changed the World Le Mars/Jeanne Rust
Kelli Susemihl Proclaiming Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation’s Impact on Slavery Le Mars/Jeanne Rust

Group Performance

Cameron WahlbergSkyler BriggsCharlie AndersonDaniel Martinsen Teddy Roosevelt: Turning Tables on Corporations Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard
Cody HillrichsMax AndersonKiana AppleyBrynn Van Eldik

Jordan Neubrand



Deadly Glow: Turning Point in Occupational Safety Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard 



Individual Performance

Makayla Swancutt Not Just a Boys’ War Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard
Laken Mullinix Doesn’t Everyone Deserve to Be Served? Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard


Chloe Evans The Stock Market Crash of 1929: A Turning Point in the American Economy Le Mars/Jeanne Rust
Shelby Scheitler The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Bringing the United States into World War II Le Mars/Jeanne Rust

Group Documentary

Eric CottrellMichael FordNick Schnell  Sputnik 1: A Small Object that Created a Huge Impact Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard
Quentin HofferChristian Wolthuizen The Legacy of the WPA: Putting a Nation Back to Work Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard

Individual Documentary

Faith Laskie Sesame Street: A turning Point in Television History Le Mars/Jeanne Rust
Sydney Rand The Bolshevik Revolution: A turning Point in Russian History Le Mars/Jeanne Rust

Group Web Sites

Brady BergmanCourtney Waterbury Samuel Colt: Changing Firearm History Akron-Westfield/Val Philips & Colleen Westegard
Alex BurnettEric Isebrand The Atomic Bomb Le Mars/Jeanne Rust

Individual Web Sites

Kyle Marek Civilian Conservation Corps Le Mars/Jeanne Rust
Jeff Ahlers The Berlin Wall Le Mars/Jeanne Rust


Group Exhibit

Jeffrey JeltemaKylie Van WyheTanner Van Wyhe  History of Computer Unity Christian/Terry Beimers
Ian TaylorTaylor DeeganJoseph Vander Wilt  Operation Autumn Mist Unity Christian/Cody Harskamp

Individual Exhibit

Jordan Davelaar Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal Unity Christian/Cody Harskamp
Eric Jones The Communist Manifesto South O’Brien/John Fernstrum

Individual Performance

Grace Weiland All Is Not Fair in Love and War: The Prosecution of Rape as a War Crime Alta-Aurelia/Kirsten Doebel


Molly McDaniel Edward Verne Roberts: The Birth of the Disability Rights Movement and Political Activism in America Alta-Aurelia/Kirsten Doebel
Eric Koehlmoos A Turning Point in Agriculture: Artificial Insemination South O’Brien/John Fernstrum

Group Documentary

Tina SniederEmma Walhof Allen Pinkerton: The All-Seeing Eye Unity Christian/Terry Beimers
Shaniah GeelsTabitha Zomermaand Comic Book Superheroes Unity Christian/Terry Beimers

Individual Documentary

Kaity Brake Living in a Barbie World: Turning Point in Women’s Image in Society Alta-Aurelia/Kirsten Doebel
Kinza Brue Jews in Brazil Unity Christian/Terry Beimers

Group Web Site

Madison Van SoelenJenna Rylaarsdam 1980 Olympics Unity Christian/Cody Harskamp
Bethany MuyskensKatie Wynia Turning Point in History: The Atomic Bomb Unity Christian/Terry Beimers

Individual Web Site

Merle Thomas Berlin Wall South O’Brien/John Fernstrum
Karlene Negus Surgical Anesthesia South O’Brien/John Fernstrum

Three Charged With Alcohol-Related Violations In Two Lyon County Incidents

beer alcohol boozeRock Rapids, Iowa — Three people were charged with alcohol violations in two separate Lyon County incidents on Friday (3/15).

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:30 pm, a deputy conducted a traffic stop north of Doon on K-42. During the traffic stop it was discovered that a 16-year-old passenger had been consuming alcohol. The juvenile, from Sibley, was charged with Minor In Possession. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year-old Scott Nasers, also of Sibley, was charged with Providing Alcohol to a Minor.

About 12 hours earlier, a Lyon County deputy responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle that was parked behind a bank in George at 1:00 AM. Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver of the vehicle, 25-year-old Jonathan J. Conaway was under the influence of alcohol. Conaway was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense.