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February 12, 2016 - 10:16 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderRock Rapids, Iowa — A minivan was a total loss after an accident south of Rock Rapids on Wednesday, February 10th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:00 pm on Wednesday, 25-year-old Angela Lanz of Madison, South Dakota was driving a 2005 Kia Sedona eastbound on A-26/180th Street, two miles south of Rock Rapids. Thirty-seven-year-old James White of Rock Rapids was driving a 2006 Freightliner Semi pulling a grain trailer southbound on Highway 75. According to the report, as Lanz approached the intersection of A-26 and Highway 75, she began to slide on the snow past the stop sign into the rear tires of the grain trailer.

The Kia received heavy damage and was a total loss. The grain trailer received $500 damage.

No injuries were reported

February 9, 2016 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A group of concerned parents and community members addressed the Central Lyon School Board Monday night, February 8th.
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Three people spoke during the community input portion of the meeting. They said they were upset with what they call the board’s failure to act to protect preschool students.

An investigation was launched, and in October, according to court records, preschool teacher Melissa Lockey was charged with a misdemeanor assault charge after allegations that she “clotheslined” a student who was running around during a group activity on September 9th, 2015.

Lockey pled not guilty and a jury trial was set for January, but on December 10th, Judge Robert Dull dismissed the charges, and Lockey was allowed to resume her duties in the classroom.

The school board listened to the three women, Susan Blair, Rochelle Johnson, and Laura Sievers present their comments. Johnson alleges that the school district disregarded the testimony of paraprofessionals in the room, including her daughter, creating trust issues. According to Blair, only one of the four paraprofessionals for that room are still employed by the district. Sievers was upset with the use of the term “unfounded,” as used in a communication with parents. She says that “unfounded” doesn’t align with the criminal complaint that states that Lockey admitted to the act. All three were concerned with the amount of time it took the district to act.

Central Lyon Superintendent Dave Ackerman took a few moments to address the three and the group of fifteen to twenty others who were there. He said that due to employee confidentiality, he could not say much in an open meeting. What he did say is that situations such as this take time, and they wanted to take the time do do everything right, checking with legal counsel at every step of the way. He also stated that it wasn’t a matter of whether something had happened or not, it was a matter of the severity of what happened.

February 5, 2016 - 9:19 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — The USDA has just announced that Lyon & Sioux Rural Water will be using over $4 million in grant and loan funds from the USDA to help pay for a new facility constructed recently near George.
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Lyon & Sioux Rural Water System, Inc. is using a total of $4,094,000 in USDA Rural Development loan and grant funds to pay for the construction a new water treatment plant at their well field outside of City of George and make other water system improvements for their customers.

Bonnie Koel, Administrative Manager of Lyon & Sioux gives us the background of the project.

She says they also constructed five miles of 8” water mains to connect to existing distribution piping.

She says that previously, the five George area wells had been used with chlorination only for treatment since they were constructed in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Since 2012, she says the levels of the well water have come up again.

The USDA funds consisted of $3,594,000 loan and $500,000 ECWAG (Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant).

The water treatment plant and pipeline was put into use in April, 2015.

February 4, 2016 - 5:03 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Boyden man who faces charges including attempted murder after an incident in November in George has accepted a plea agreement.
Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Johnson of Boyden was to have stood trial on Tuesday, February 2nd, but a plea agreement was reached and has been filed.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened on Saturday, November 7, 2015. They say three people were allegedly assaulted at a George home. One victim was taken to Sanford Hospital Rock Rapids and then transferred to Sanford Sioux Falls. The sheriff’s office says that victim received serious injuries to his head. The other two victims injuries were to their heads and bodies.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015 the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says their deputies, along with the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home at 612 Main Street in Boyden. Johnson was placed under arrest at that time on a charge of Wilfull injury, a class C felony.

Two days later, on Thursday the 12th, Johnson was also charged with Going armed with intent, a class D felony, and 2 counts of assault causing serious injury, both serious misdemeanors.

On Saturday, November 14th Johnson was also charged with one count of attempt to commit murder, a class B felony.

Late last month, Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer moved to dismiss an additional charge of assault with intent to inflict serious injury.

A plea taking hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 8th.

February 4, 2016 - 10:34 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s been held for four years now and while it focuses on learning, it’s a big hit with kids.
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“STEM Fest” hosted by Dordt College, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs, and the Northwest Iowa Governors STEM Initiative is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dordt College’s Science and Technology Center. Mike Compton from the Osceola County Extension office is one of the main organizers of the event. He reminds us that “STEM” in this case is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

He says the STEM Fest is for all youth ages 9 to 14, grades 4th to 8th, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to attend.

He says Dordt College faculty and students, Iowa State University students, and ISU Extension and Outreach staff offer fun-filled, mind-blowing, “STEM-ulating” activities to help area youth experience the exciting applications of STEM.

Check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with sessions starting at 9 a.m. The day includes lunch at the college food service, along with morning and afternoon snacks.

Online registration found at Deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16. Tracks fill up quickly; first come, first served. There is a limit of 168 participants.

Contact your local Extension and Outreach youth coordinator for brochure and registration form: Lyon County: Jill Postma; Sioux County: Danielle Zuidema; Osceola County: Michael Compton; O’Brien County: Sarah Fiddelke; Cherokee County: Debbie Erpelding; Plymouth County: Ann Schoenrock

February 1, 2016 - 3:52 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A few days ago we told you that at the end of Sanford Health’s lease of the Rock Rapids hospital and clinics in 2019, that Avera Health will take over. We also told you that the hospital board and Avera are planning a new hospital and clinic in Rock Rapids.
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Now Sanford Health, who has run the Rock Rapids operations for the last 25 years, has released information saying that they too will be building in Rock Rapids. Jesse Tischer, president of Sanford Health Network tells us more.

He says Sanford is in the preliminary stages and is not yet sure where the proposed new clinic will be built, but it will be a “technically advanced facility.” He says although Rock Rapids is a small community and the other new facility to be run by Avera will also have a clinic, he is not concerned about staffing issues.

Tischer says some of the differences between the Rock Rapids hospital board and Sanford had to do with how the field of rural health care is changing.

Sanford does have nearby hospitals in Luverne, Minnesota; and in Sheldon; as well as the Sanford University Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

He says Sanford plans on offering the same high-quality care that patients at Rock Rapids have come to expect at the current facility through the end of their lease in 2019, and in the future in their planned new clinic.

February 1, 2016 - 12:57 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — Two people were taken to the hospital after an accident near Doon on Monday morning, February 1st.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:15 AM, 16-year-old Ross VanBemmel was driving a 1996 GMC Jimmy eastbound on 260th Street, three miles east of Doon and a mile north of the county line. The deputy’s report says VanBemmel came to the intersection at Highway 75, stopped, and continued through the intersection.

According to the report, he did not see a northbound 2005 International semi and trailer driven by Donald Facile. VanBemmel’s SUV ran into the driver side of the semi’s cab below the door.

The Lyon County Ambulance crew took VanBemmel and a minor passenger to the Sioux Center Health Hospital.

The GMC sustained heavy damage and is considered a total loss, The International truck and trailer sustained approximately $6000 in damage.

VanBemmel was cited on a charge of Failure to Yield Upon Entering Through Highway

The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports the Lyon County Ambulance crew, Doon Fire and Rescue personnel, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office assisted them on the scene.

February 1, 2016 - 7:16 am - Posted in News

Dallas, TX — Officials with the Dakota Access Pipeline are working to secure the needed easements in preparation for construction of the 11-hundred-plus-mile crude oil pipeline — part of which is planned to cut through portions of Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties.

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State leaders in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois have signed on, but Dakota Access is still waiting on Iowa to give its formal okay. Vicki Granado, spokeswoman for Dakota Access, says it’s all still pending in Iowa.

She says the hearings in Iowa have helped clear up a lot of misconceptions about the pipeline.

Granado says after the pipeline is built, the land returns to its former purpose.

That’s because the company will need access to the pipeline for routine operation and maintenance. During construction, Granado says Dakota Access will pay substantial state sales taxes to all four states, in addition to property taxes once the pipeline is in service. She says the company will employ up to 4,000 construction workers per state to build the 1,168 miles of 30-inch pipeline.

Dakota Access has signed voluntary easement agreements with landowners representing more than 85 percent of the properties along the four-state route. Currently, 89 percent of the properties in North Dakota, 92 percent in South Dakota, 78 percent in Iowa and 87 percent in Illinois have been signed. Project representatives will continue easement negotiations with landowners during the coming months.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.78 billion infrastructure project that will transport approximately 450,000 barrels per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels per day, of domestically produced light sweet crude oil from the Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where shippers will be able to access multiple markets including Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast regions.

January 31, 2016 - 4:45 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two men have been sentenced to five-year prison terms after they agreed to plead guilty to felony drug charges.
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Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer’s office says 30-year-old Adam Anthony Anderson and 34-year-old William Millard Cochran were sentenced last week for Manufacturing, Conspiracy to Manufacture, or Aiding and Abetting Another in Manufacturing Marijuana, a Class D Felony. Anderson and Cochran were both sentenced to prison sentences not to exceed five (5) years with credit for over sixty days spent at the Lyon County Jail. They must must also pay surcharges, fees, and court costs, however the statutory fines and statutory surcharges were suspended.

The Court also found Anderson violated the terms and conditions of his probation and his probation was revoked.

January 29, 2016 - 9:58 am - Posted in News

Rural Larchwood, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man has been charged with felony criminal mischief after an incident at Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Nathan Olson is charged with second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

They report that about 9 PM on Wednesday night, January 27th, 2016, they took a report of vandalism that had occurred at Grand Falls Casino. After an investigation, deputies believe 33-year-old Nathan Olson of Sioux Falls, SD damaged a 2015 Cadillac Escalade belonging to the casino.

Olson was arrested and charged at that time.

Damage to the vehicle was estimated at between $1000 and $10,000.