Emergency Crews Respond To Accident

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon emergency crews were called to an accident north of Sheldon on Highway 60 early Saturday morning.
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On-scene reports indicate it was a one-vehicle rollover accident. One person was transported to Sanford Sheldon by SCAT.

The scene was five miles north of the northern Sheldon exit on 60. On-scene reports also indicate that the vehicle started to roll while in O’Brien County, but ended up just across the border in Osceola County. The O’Brien County authorities are handling the accident.

Responding were SCAT, Sheldon Fire and EMA, and the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheldon Gun Show Saturday

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Gun Show is this Saturday, April 4 at the Sheldon National Guard Armory.
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We talked to Ted Bruning from Southern Archery in Spencer, and he gives us some of the details.

He says there will be many different kinds of guns and archery supplies and accessories.

Not only will Southern Archery be there, but Bruning says other vendors will be there as well.

He says they plan to have some very good prices. Again that’s the Sheldon Gun Show, Saturday from 8 to 6 at the National Guard Armory.

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Children’s World Director Stepping Down

Sheldon, Iowa — Sheldon’s Children’s World Director is stepping down.

Tressa Chester says her resignation becomes effective April 15th.

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Children’s World Board president Wade Hofland says  that a search for someone to take Chester’s place is underway.

Jinkinson To Be Featured In “People”

Alex JinkinsonSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon native who was born without a specific gender identity will be the feature of a “People” magazine article about the struggles and challenges encountered along the road to a surgical procedure that will finally assign the correct gender.

Alex Jinkinson tells KIWA that being neither gender was something that took a long time to accept, but that finaly, this coming Tuesday morning, the issue will be surgically corrected.

In a post on social media, Jinkinson writes that the lack of full body and facial feminization at birth led to doctors giving the wrong birth gender.  Jinkinson says one of the top surgeons in the world will be performing surgery in Beverly Hills, California Tuesday to correct the situation.

Jinkinson says “People” magazine will be documenting the entire journey, and once the surgical healing process is complete, will be in Sheldon for a photo shoot and interview with the Jinkinson family.  Jinkinson’s first solo recording and music video are set to be released at the same time the “People” spread hits the news stands.  The song was written to tell about Jinkinson’s medical and life story.

Industrial Building, Tractor Damaged In Fires

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A production building was damaged in a fire on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 6:00 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of building fire at the Maintainer Custom Bodies building at 909 South East Street, on the city’s southeast side in the industrial park on K52.

The chief says the fire department saw flames under the eaves on the building’s north side, running halfway down the building as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Reck reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

He says they needed to do extensive overhaul. Crews had to remove tin sheets to make sure the fire was out.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be construction activity the day before causing the wall to get hot, and it smoldered overnight and sparked to flame in the morning just before employees were coming to the scene to report for work.

Chief Reck reports that there was moderate to severe damage to the building.

He says they used less than 500 gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 8:00 AM, or about two hours. A burning ban remains in effect in not only Lyon but also in Sioux and Osceola Counties.

Reck says they did have another fire call the night before. That call was for a tractor on fire at the Lyon One livestock facility in the 2000 mile of Ibex Avenue. That’s about nine miles south of Rock Rapids and four east. The tractor had been pumping the manure lagoon and had burst into flames, he says. The tractor was a total loss.