Police Investigating Break In At Orange City School

Orange City, Iowa — Orange City Police are investigating a report of a burglary at an Orange City school building.
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Police officers report that they investigated the burglary on Tuesday morning, September 8. They say the alleged burglary happened at Orange City Christian School.

Upon further investigation, Orange City officers believe the perpetrator or perpetrators entered the school through a window and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and cameras.

They believe the crime likely took place between the hours of Monday, September 7th at 3:30 P.M. and Tuesday September 8th, at 7:00 A.M.

If you have any information about this crime, officers are asking you to contact the Orange City Police Department at 712-707-4251.

Sheldon United Fund Drive Starts Tuesday

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon United Fund drive starts this Tuesday, September 8th, and will run through December 31st, 2015.
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The Sheldon United Fund is a coalition of charitable organizations that pool their efforts in fundraising and support, so that each individual organization doesn’t have to go out and do their own fundraising. It’s easier on both those raising funds and the donors.

This year the Sheldon United Fund goal is $31,000 and the funds will assist 25 different organizations in Sheldon and the surrounding communities.

You can drop off donations at any of the four banks in Sheldon or send them to P.O. Box 41, Sheldon. Documents telling about each organization and how they help the community can be found at the banks as well.

The United Fund Board members thank you for your support.

Man Convicted Of Manslaughter To Speak To Students

Orange City, Iowa — A man who has been convicted of vehicular manslaughter after he was using his phone while driving will be speaking to Sioux County students later this month.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that on June 30, 2014 26-year-old, Chris Weber from Madison, South Dakota was involved in motor vehicle crash
near Steen, Minnesota on State Highway 270 that claimed the life of 33-year-old Andrea Boeve.

Boeve had been riding her bicycle pulling her two preschool-aged daughters, Claire and Mallorie, in a bike trailer. Chris was on his cell phone at the time of the accident and has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide. Chris has served a six-month jail sentence and will serve three more months next year and three
more in 2017.

On September 22, 2015 Chris Weber will be speaking at four Sioux County high schools about this incident.

  • Western Christian High School – 9:15 a.m.
  • Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School – 10:30 a.m.
  • Netherlands Reformed Christian School – 12:45 p.m.
  • Rock Valley Community School – 2:30 p.m.

Chris is featured in a video created by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Also featured in the video is Matt Boeve, Andrea’s husband. This video will be shown as part of the presentations at the schools.

Matt Boeve says, “My hope is that this video will send a powerful message that no call or text is worth taking another person’s life on the road. Before this crash, that could have easily been me, but no longer do I use my cell phone while driving and I plea for everyone on the road to put the phone down. We miss Andrea more than anyone can imagine. I know that Andrea would be proud that we are making an effort to change habits to make Minnesota roads safer. This video allows my voice to be heard about the dangers of distracted driving, allowing me to focus on my girls and move forward with our lives.”

Rec Trails Is Big Winner In “Mooving” Contest

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Rec Trails Committee turned out to be the big winner in their own contest during Celebration Days in Sheldon.
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The contest was Cow Patty Bingo — a contest in which you pay $10 per grid in a field. Then they release a cow onto the field, and if the cow poops in the square you bought, you win. They do it every other year during Celebration Days in Sheldon.

The winner of the grand prize — $2000 — was Greg Weppler. Upon hearing he was the winner, Weppler turned the $2000 prize back to the Sheldon Rec Trails Committee.

The other names were thrown into a hat and four winners received $125. Of those winners, one of them also returned the winnings back to the Sheldon Rec Trails Committee — that was NAPA of Orange City.

The other $125 winners were Scott Neff, Mike Christensen, and Robert Shirbrown.

Accident Means Look Out For Cattle Near Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A truck hit a herd of cattle near Rock Rapids early Friday, and authorities are advising motorists to be careful in that area as several of them were still on the loose at last report.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:15 AM, their Deputies were called to the 1700 block of U.S. Highway 75 for an accident involving a semi tractor trailer and some loose cattle. When deputies arrived on scene there were thirteen dead cattle on the roadway and a semi with minor front end damage on the west shoulder of the highway.

The semi, which was driven by 57-year-old David Leo McCombs of Polk City, Iowa, is owned by Casey’s Services Company of Ankeny, Iowa. The sheriff’s report says McCombs was southbound on Highway 75 when he crested a hill and saw 20 to 30 cattle on the roadway. McCombs struck the cattle, killing 13 of them. The cattle are owned by Russ Pedersen of Rock Rapids. Damage to the semi is estimated at $1500.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the Iowa DOT roads crew.

At last report, an undetermined number of cattle were running loose in the area. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is also asking motorists to slow down and keep an eye out for cattle in the area.

Celebration Days Continue Through Labor Day

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s time for the annual Sheldon celebration.
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Sheldon Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke says that festivities continue on Saturday, featuring the Mini Rod Tractor Pulls and Dueling Pianos.

She tells us about Sunday’s Classic Car Cruise.

She says many activities are on Labor Day Monday.

Cooke says there will be something for everyone. And you won’t go home hungry, either.

She tells us about the parade.

Cooke and we here at KIWA extend you an invitation to come join us in Sheldon for Celebration Days.
Click here for the full schedule, in chronological order.