Grove Of Trees Damaged In Sunday Fire

Sioux Center, Iowa — A grove of trees and some logs were damaged in a fire on Sunday, April 26, 2015 near Sioux Center.
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According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 4:15 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of grove fire at the home of Harold Vande Kieft at 3280 440th Street, three miles south and almost two miles east of Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department saw flames in the grove as they approached the scene. He says they were able to extinguish the fire with a few hand lines.

Van Holland says that no injuries to people, pets, or livestock were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be embers from burning garbage.

He says they used four to five hundred gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

The fire department was assisted by the Sioux Center Ambulance crew.

Vandalism in Sheldon – UPDATE


The individuals responsible for the damage to the trailer have been identified. Thank you for your help with this matter!


Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Police Department has asked KIWA for help in getting the word out about an incident that occurred recently:

Sometime over the weekend of April 24, a 20’ construction trailer that was parked on 25th Avenue by the Schemper Park was damaged. An unknown person or persons threw rocks at the side of the trailer, causing extensive damage to it.  It appeared that the rocks came from the Schemper Park.  Anyone with information or who could identify kids playing in that area this weekend is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department at 324-2525.

Authorities Looking For Vehicle Involved In Crash

Granville, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find a vehicle involved in an crash in Granville that is believed to have taken place this past weekend.
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They report that they investigated the crash on Sunday on Ash Street in Granville. Upon further investigation, deputies believe it actually happened during the late evening of Saturday, April 25, or the early morning of Sunday, April 26.

They say their investigation shows that someone driving an unknown vehicle struck a parked and unattended 2001 Ford Windstar minivan, owned by Stacy Robertson, of Granville. The vehicle that struck the Ford left the area and was not found.

The Sheriff’s Office says they believe the Ford sustained approximately $2,500 in damages, and that the other vehicle likely sustained damages to the front passenger side and headlight area.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Ireton Woman Injured In SD Fatal Accident

Vermillion, SD — A Burbank, South Dakota woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash that occurred Thursday, April 23, at the Vermillion city limits.
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The South Dakota Highway Patrol reports that 75-year-old Rosie Roegiers died Friday, April 24, in a Sioux Falls hospital.

The Patrol says the crash, reported at 6:35 PM Thursday, occurred at the intersection of the South Dakota Highway 50 bypass and Dakota Street. A 2005 Honda CRV was traveling east on the bypass approaching the intersection with Dakota Street at the Vermillion city limits. A 2004 Buick Century was going west and made a left-hand turn toward Dakota Street. The Buick was struck on its passenger side.

Two passengers in the Honda, 33-year-old Ann Nesselhuf, and her 13-year-old daughter, both of Vermillion, received minor injuries. Roegiers was the front side passenger in the vehicle.

The other driver was 81-year-old Ardis Eilts of Ireton. She was treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Charges are pending against Eilts. The Highway Patrol says it appears that all occupants were wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The investigation continues.

Other assisting agencies were Vermillion Police, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Vermillion Fire/Emergency Medical Services.

Ammunition, Firearms Company Breaks Ground

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Photo credit: Mike Earll

Sibley, Iowa — Capital Armament Company broke ground Monday morning at the site of their future manufacturing facility, at the building site located at the junction of Highways 9 and 60, northeast of Sibley.

We had a chance to talk to Capital Armament CEO Clint Gerner and asked him his impressions of the groundbreaking ceremony.

He gives us an idea of what they’ll be doing in the new facility.

He gives us some particulars about the building, which will sit on a 23-and-a-half acre lot.

He says you can buy their products from several stores. They are working out a deal now with Scheels, and he says it’s undergoing remodeling right now, but their website also has factory-direct ordering.

Left to right: Nathan Reinhart, Clint Gerner, Chris McCann--Owners (Photo credit - Mike Earll)
Left to right on shovels: Owners Nathan Reinhart, Clint Gerner, Chris McCann (Photo credit – Mike Earll)

We asked him how they decided to come to Sibley. He said they needed to expand, but due to some Minnesota regulations they decided to move out of the state. He says the Sibley area leaders really get the credit for the company’s decision to move to Sibley.

Gerner says the “Home Base Iowa” initiative for veterans was also a perk, as they try to keep veterans as at least 50 percent of their workforce, and there are some nice incentives for them through “Home Base Iowa.

He says over the next three years they hope to hire for 36 new positions, with between 4 and 16 of them being hired this year depending on the market.

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Northwest Iowa — According to the Iowa Department of Agriculture, the five possible cases of avian influenza reported on Monday afternoon — have been confirmed.

The agency’s web site says that the cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry farms in Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux Counties in Northwest Iowa are now confirmed.  These five new cases join three cases of the disease in Iowa. All birds on the properties will be humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease.
Osceola County 2 – Pullet farm with an estimated 250,000 birds.

O’Brien County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 240,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

O’Brien County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 98,000 birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 1 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 1.7 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

Sioux County 2 – Commercial laying operation with an estimated 3.8 million birds that has experienced increased mortality.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected there is no food safety risk for consumers.

The United States has the strongest Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance program in the world.  As part of the existing USDA avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners as well as industry are responding quickly and decisively to these outbreaks by following these five basic steps: 1) Quarantine – restricting movement of poultry and poultry-moving equipment into and out of the control area; 2) Eradicate – humanely euthanizing the affected flock(s); 3) Monitor region – testing wild and domestic birds in a broad area around the quarantine area; 4)  Disinfect – kills the virus in the affected flock locations; and 5) Test – confirm that poultry farms in the area are free of the virus.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health are working directly with poultry workers at the affected facilities to ensure proper precautions are being taken.

These virus strains can travel in wild birds without those birds appearing sick. People should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds.

All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard flock owners, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to state/federal officials, either through their state veterinarian at 515-281-5321 or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

Information will also be posted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at