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September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

George, Iowa — asphaltA four block area of downtown George will be blocked off curb to curb from Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 AM until Sunday, September 7th at Noon to be seal-coated and re-striped.

The areas affected are the two blocks north and south on Main Street and the two blocks east and west of the Main square.

Sidewalks will be open to all businesses.

September 1, 2014 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Luverne, Minnesota man had a medical condition that caused a crash south of Rock Rapids on Sunday.lyonsheriff

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:45 PM, 41-year-old Casey McKenzie of Luverne, Minnesota was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu northbound in the 1700 mile of Highway 75, two miles south of Rock Rapids, when he fainted.  His car entered the west ditch and vaulted into the field where it eventually came to a stop.

Minor injuries were reported to the driver and a minor passenger. The vehicle sustained about $3000 in damages.  Damage to crops were also reported in the accident.

McKenzie was cited for failure to maintain control and failure to prove security against liability.

Inwood, Iowa — The Iowa State Patrol has released the name of the woman killed in an accident near Inwood on Friday night, August 29th.Iowa State Patrol logo

The patrol reports that the woman was identified as 51-year-old Susan R. Bliek of Rock Valley.

They say the accident happened about 11:30 PM, when 18-year-old Jacob Kennet of Le Mars was westbound on county road A34, about two miles north of Inwood, and according to the patrol; ran the stop sign. Kennet’s 2008 Dodge Charger struck the 2004 Dodge Caravan driven by Bliek, which had been southbound on Highway 182.

Bliek was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Kennet vehicle, 34-year-old Timothy Farmer of Iowa City was taken by the Avera Careflight helicopter to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Kennet was transported by personal vehicle to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

Both vehicles received $8,000 in damages.

According to the report, no charges have been filed.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured, then arrested on a felony count after an accident on Saturday.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 23-year-old Ulises Luna-Navarro of Rock Rapids was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac southbound on Fir Avenue, a quarter mile south of Highway 9, about four miles west of Rock Rapids. The report says he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch and rolled.

The driver reported minor injuries and the vehicle sustained a estimated $6,000 in damages.

During the accident investigation deputies also learned that Luna-Navarro allegedly gained employment illegally at a dairy operation near Rock Rapids.

Luna-Navarro was subsequently arrested and charged with forgery, a class D felony and was also issued citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license and failure to maintain control, both simple misdemeanors.

August 30, 2014 - 9:29 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — One person is dead and two are injured after an accident Friday night near Inwood.fatal ambulance II

The Iowa State Patrol says the crash happened about 11:30 PM at the intersection of Highway 182 and county road A34, two miles north of Inwood, or three miles south of the West Lyon School.

The patrol says a 2008 Dodge Charger collided with a 2004 Dodge Caravan. One person was killed in the accident, and two were injured. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of family.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

Assisting at the scene were both Lyon and Sioux County Sheriffs’ Offices, Inwood Fire and Rescue, Canton-Inwood Ambulance, and a medical helicopter from Sioux Falls.

Lester, Iowa — Several charges including felonies have now been filed after a suspected drunk driver was pulled over near Lester.lyonsheriff

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of a possible intoxicated driver eastbound on Highway 9 near Lester on Friday, August 22. Deputies located the vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road at 140th Street and Elmwood Avenue. A traffic stop ensued and the driver was identified as 43-year-old Jose Alfredo Vazquez Miranda of Rock Rapids. Vazquez-Miranda was subsequently arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. He was also given citations for failure to have a valid driver’s license, failure to prove security against liability (no insurance), open container, and driving on the wrong side of the highway, all simple misdemeanors.

During the arrest deputies also learned that Mr. Vazquez Miranda allegedly gained employment illegally at a dairy operation near Rock Rapids. While still being held at the Lyon County Jail he was additionally charged with forgery and identity theft, both Class C Felonies.

August 27, 2014 - 10:26 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation (LCRF) reminds local residents that the 2014 Fall Competitive Grant applications are due by 2:00pm September 9, 2014. Contact Dave Childress at 712-472-0111. For questions or use the LCRF website. The foundation’s email is

This will be the 7th cycle of competitive grants that will distributed in October. LCRF has distributed over $3 million dollars helping complete more than 90 projects.

Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session on Monday night. The council is still dealing with a zoning ordinance. A business owner wants the limit on commercial lots (designated C-2 and C-3) to be 5000 square feet with a lot width requirement to be 50 square feet. Nearby property owners are against that idea and want the minimums to be 10,000 square feet and 100 feet. The council has decided they want it to be 5000 and 50, and have set a public hearing on the issue for September 22nd. This after the Planning and Zoning Commission suggested that the lower limits be 10,000 and 100.ForsterCenter

At a recent Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, the park planning engineers that the city has selected, “Confluence,” presented a preliminary plan for Island Park which will be presented for public comments at a later date.

The council is considering giving Tax Increment Financing or “TIF” to Doug Van’t Hof for the construction of a multi-unit apartment house in the vacant lot across the street south of the telephone office.

The city council also approved a contract with Wiersma Construction for inspection services for 55 flood-damaged properties. This is the first step in the flood buyout program.

The city council also accepted a plan from the DOT to do a bridge deck overlay on the Highway 9 bridge in 2015. The construction will limit traffic on the bridge for four months next year.

The city council was also reminded, and wishes to remind others that the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation fall competitive grant application deadline is September 9.

August 25, 2014 - 7:38 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — Two people from rural Doon were arrested on Saturday after the report of a domestic disturbance.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded to the call about 5:40 on Saturday evening.

Upon further investigation 46-year-old Andrew Ricker of rural Doon was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference with Official Acts, a simple misdemeanor; and Child Endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 38-year-old Lila Klein of rural Doon. She was also charged with Child Endangerment.

Both Ricker and Klein were transported to the Lyon County Jail where they were booked in on the charges.