Sheldon, Iowa — Three people from Worthington were taken to hospitals after an accident near Sheldon.
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The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:30 AM on Monday, January 19, 2015, 33 -year-old Abraham Ramos was driving a 2007 Chrysler southbound on Highway 60, about a mile north of Sheldon.

According to the report, Ramos said that the roads got very slick. He says that he was following a semi tractor, which slowed down. Ramos says he attempted to slow down also, but lost control on the ice. The minivan entered the median and rolled. A rear passenger was thrown from the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest on the northbound lanes of Highway 60.

The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team took two passengers – 37-year-old Savina Ramos, and 23-year-old Alex Ramirez-Sandoval — to Sanford Sheldon. SCAT transported another passenger, 59-year-old Pedro Magana to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. They report his injuries were quite serious.

Ramos’ Chrysler sustained $4500 in damages.

He was charged with driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

The Sheldon Fire Company, SCAT, and Sheldon EMA assisted at the scene.

Sibley, Iowa — A Minnesota company that makes gun accessories and ammunition is relocating to northwest Iowa. Capital Armament Company is moving from Mendota Heights, a suburb on the southern side of the Twin Cities, to Sibley. Mike Earll, the director of the Osceola County Economic Development Commission, says the company started moving its operations into a rented facility in Sibley on January 5th.
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(as said) “They’re taking some time to get things set up and ready to go and then their hope is to actually be back in production the first part of February or even, if things go well, then end of January here yet,” Earll says.

This fall, the company will move from the temporary space and into a new, eight-thousand-square-foot facility in the Osceola County Industrial Park. Capital Armament makes “specialized ammunition” with “smokeless gunpowder,” according to Earll.

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(as said) “What they do is they provide this high-quality ammunition for professional shooting contests as well as for law enforcement personnel and that type of thing,” Earll says.

Six people, including the company’s three owners, will work at the rental facility when it gets up and running within the next few weeks. Within three years, the firm’s owners hope to employ about three dozen people at the facility in Sibley.

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Hospers, Iowa — Thirty one people were cited when the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office broke up a party on Saturday, January 17.
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The Sheriff’s Office reports that in the 11 PM hour, they investigated a Text-a-Tip report of underage drinking going on at a home in the 4400 mile of 395th Street, a half mile west of Hospers.

Upon further investigation the sheriff’s office found a large gathering at that location. The officers charged 31 people with unlawful possession of alcohol.

One of the people charged was transported to Sanford Sheldon Hospital by the Hospers Ambulance for treatment of injuries sustained in a fall.

The Iowa State Patrol, Orange City Police Department and the Hospers Ambulance crew assisted deputies on the scene.

Greenville, Iowa — A fire in Greenville on Monday, January 19th caused extensive damage to a home there.
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The Royal Fire Department reports that they were called to a fire and responded along with The Webb and Dickens Fire Departments, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Spencer Hospital Ambulance, just before 2 PM.

When fire fighters got there, they reported heavy fire on the house.

Fire Crews were on scene until after 11:00 PM Monday night watching for hot spots and knocking down any remaining fire. Over 22,000 gals of water was shuttled by fire department tanker trucks into the scene to fight the fire.

The house suffered extensive damage due to the fire. An excavator was called in to remove any remaining steel roof.

The Red Cross has been contacted to help the family.

Orange City, Iowa – Fire crews were called to a fire at the Vogel Paint factory in Orange City on Tuesday, January 20th, but employees were able to keep the damage to a minimum.
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According to Orange City Fire Chief Denny Vander Wel, about 11:30 AM, the Orange City Fire Department was called to the report of fire in the aerosol department at Vogel Paint.

The chief says some fire fighters who are also employees reported lots of smoke. He says the fire was actually outside of the building – in the pump that pumps propellant into the paint cans.

Vander Wel says employees had used extinguishers to fight the fire, and it was basically out by the time the fire department arrived. Vander Wel says fire crews helped with overhaul.

He reports that one employee sustained minor burns in the fire.

The Alton Fire Department responds to all structure fires in Orange City, and vice versa, so they responded as well. Vander Well says he also asked for the Sioux Center and Le Mars Fire Departments to be put on standby just in case.

He says the cause of the fire is being investigated.

He says crews were on scene for 45 minutes, and no damage estimate is available.

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — Quite often the Sheldon City Council hears concerns about garbage and recycling in the city. Recently the council asked the city office to send out questionnaires to residents asking for comments on the subject. About seven hundred were returned to the city office and the results will be reviewed at the council meeting this Wednesday, January 20th. The City has tabulated some results and listed all the comments for the council to review. 540 of the respondents said they recycle on a regular basis while 114 said they do not. Of those who recycle regularly 277 said they use the curbside service, 78 use the container provided by the city and 137 use a combination of both. 87 of those who do not recycle blamed the confusing schedule and 28 complained about the size of the container. The council has been provided over twenty pages of comments received in the survey.

In response to the idea of the city requiring larger cans for both recycling and garbage 219 said yes, 390 said no.
Many respondents complained that the large container in the city parking lot was always full. City Clerk, Angela Beckman tells KIWA that the landfill controls the dates when they will accept its contents.

The council will also discuss a lot in the Trilogy Addition and consider median improvements on 34th Avenue. The last item on the agenda is a City Manager evaluation, which will possibly be held in closed session.

Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Sibley, Iowa — Two Sibley residents have been arrested on drug charges — one of them a felony — after a search by Osceola County Deputies.
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The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 67-year-old Thomas Ray Stewart, and 58-year-old Debra Kay Stewart, both of Sibley on Monday, January 19th, 2015.

Osceola County deputies carried out a search warrant on Second Street Northeast in Sibley on Monday. During the search of the home, deputies found several items of drug paraphernalia, concentrated marijuana wax and marijuana plant material.

Thomas Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a serious misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; Prohibited Acts, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, a class “D” felony. Debra Stewart was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Prohibited Acts.

Both were booked into the Osceola County Jail, and at last report were being held there, Thomas Stewart on a $5000 bond and Debra Stewart on a $2000 bond.

In other news from the Osceola County Sheriff’s office, one of their deputies arrested 57-year-old Randall Dean Bruns of Ashton on Monday, January 19th, 2015. Bruns was allegedly on private property without the owner’s permission. He was charged with trespassing and at last report was being held on a $300 bond.

Boyden, Iowa — Emergency responders were again called to the site of a Friday night fire on Monday, this time for an explosion and injury.
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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:15 PM on Monday, January 19th, they received a call of a farm accident that occurred at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden. They report that 34-year-old Scott Mulder of Boyden was unloading a feeder in a hog building when an explosion occurred near a pit area of the building.

Mulder sustained serious injuries and the Boyden Ambulance took him to Sioux Center Health Hospital. He was later flown by fixed-wing aircraft to a burn unit in Minneapolis, MN.

Fire departments from Boyden, Hull, and Orange City, the Sioux Center Fire Chief, and ambulances from Boyden and Orange City responded to the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Last June’s flood is only a memory for most, but several Rock Rapids homeowners are still dealing with the aftermath and are participating in a buyout program.
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Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof has been instrumental in dealing with the aftermath of the flood, especially how it affected the housing situation, homeowners and occupants of flood-damaged homes in Rock Rapids. We had a chance to catch up with Hulshof, and he gives us an update.

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Hulshof says just like anything else that involves the federal government, it takes time.

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Additionally, Hulshof says after the buyouts are completed, individual homeowners are potentially eligible for the replacement grant program.

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If you need more information, you can contact Hulshof at (712) 470-3762.

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