Sheldon Man Dies After Accident

O'BrienSheriffSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man died after being ejected from his car in an accident north of Sheldon on Highway 60.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:50 AM on Saturday, April 4th, 20-year-old Raymond Wood of Sheldon was driving a 1997 Volkswagen Golf northbound on Highway 60, north of Sheldon.

The report says that Wood appeared to have fallen asleep or just went off the roadway, then went through the intersection of 270th Street and Highway 60 and then back off the roadway in the grass median. According to the report the Volkswagen then rolled what appeared to be multiple times and ended up back on the northbound lanes, where it came to rest on the opposite side of the roadway.

Wood was flown to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, where he later died.


Over 1000 Pigs, Confinement Destroyed In Fire

Boyden Fire 4-4-15
Photo courtesy Sioux County Sheriff’s Office

Boyden, Iowa — Over 1,000 pigs, the building that housed them and several round bales were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, April 4 near Boyden, to which several departments responded.

The Boyden Fire Department received the initial call at about 2:20 PM. The report was of a structure fire at 3085 Jay Avenue, three miles northwest of Boyden.

They found a confinement building containing 1,020 pigs, a feed bunk and several round bales were engulfed in flames.

No injuries to people were reported while crews fought the blaze.

The confinement building, all of the pigs inside and the bales were a total loss.

The Boyden Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department, Hull Ambulance crew, the Matlock Fire Department, George Fire Department, Sheldon Fire Department, the Sioux Center Ambulance Rehab Team and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office all assisted the Boyden Fire Department.

The Sioux County Fire Chiefs in conjunction with Sioux County Emergency Management reminds all citizens of the current Red Flag warning, which strongly recommends everyone to refrain from starting any outdoor fires. A burning ban remains in effect as well.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined. No monetary estimate of the damage is available.


Man Arrested After Report Of Reckless Driver

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested after a report of a reckless driver.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at about 5:05 PM, their dispatcher received a complaint of a reckless driver entering Rock Rapids on Highway 9 from the west.

After an investigation the driver, identified as 67-year-old Kenneth Fransen of Sibley was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference With Official Acts Inflicting Bodily Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Assault on a Peace Officer, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Fransen was booked into the Lyon County Jail on the charges. According to the Lyon County Jail roster, Fransen is no longer in jail.


Two Taken To Hospital After Accident

Alvord, Iowa — A Boyden juvenile and her passenger were taken to a hospital after an accident near Alvord on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 12:45 PM, a girl from Boyden was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora northbound on K42, three and a half miles east of Alvord at A 34. The report says she lost control as she was entering the gravel roadway, causing the car to enter the east ditch and roll onto its roof.

Both the driver and passenger were transported to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Oldsmobile Aurora received approximately $3,000 in damage.

Alvord Fire and Rescue crews, Lyon County Ambulance personnel, and Trackside Towing assisted the Sheriff’s Office.


Service Project To Feed Hondurans

Sheldon, Iowa — A group of Sheldon High School National Honor Society students have been busy organizing a community service project.
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They plan to get volunteers to help them pack bags of food and ship them to Honduras for distribution. We talked to NHS advisor Cindy Prewitt, who tells us how the idea got started.


She tells us more about how “Then Feed Just One” works.


Prewitt tells us that there is a $30 donation required to participate, but that can be covered several ways.


Volunteers can be high school age or above.


She says if you can’t pack bags, monetary donations are also welcome. The food packing event is scheduled for Sunday, April 12 from 3:00 – 7:30 PM at the East Elementary multi-purpose room.

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