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Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 30th.Sheldon Avenue Of Flags

Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States; and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May — which this year happens to BE on May 30th.

In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services in Northwest Iowa.

In Sheldon, flags will be displayed at Sheldon City Park, weather permitting. Volunteers are needed to help put the flags out at 7:00 AM and take them back down at 5:30 PM. Twenty-five to thirty volunteers are needed. If you are able to help, you are asked to meet at the City Park.

Sheldon American Legion McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 will be holding Memorial Day Services at the Sheldon High School at 10:00 AM in the auditorium. The public is invited to come out and attend the free service honoring our veterans.

In Sioux Center, the Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:15 AM at the Sioux Center Public Library on Highway 75, and will process toward Memory Gardens Cemetary. Veterans will be honored. The HS band will play. The color guard, firing squad, scouts, youth groups, and the saddle club will take part, as will bicyclists and bikes in the bike decorating contest. Pastor Ryan Govig from New Life Church will give the invocation. Bob Hoogeveen of Sheldon will speak. Plus a mens quartet will perform. There will be a flag raising ceremony, and the roll of honor for dead will be read. You are asked to bring lawn chairs.

In Sibley, the Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11 AM at the Holman Township Cemetery. American Legion Post 324 and VFW Post 7373 are in charge of services. The speaker will be retired Air Force Colnel Patrick Hatting. The Sibley/Ocheyedan High School band will play. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain the ceremony will be moved to the American Legion building in Sibley.
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The American Legion Post 470 in Melvin invites everyone to observe Memorial Day services at Baker cemetery, two miles east and two miles north of Melvin beginning at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 30th. Those attending are urged to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the American Legion Community Center in Melvin.

At Rock Rapids, the new Veterans Memorial will be dedicated during the Memorial Day ceremony at Riverview Cemetery. It will start at 10 AM. Rock Rapids VFW Post 6960 and American Legion Rex Strait Post 103 and their auxiliaries will participate, as will Boy Scout Troop 190. The Central Lyon High School Band will perform. Representative and veteran John Wills will be the speaker. You are asked to bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Forster Community Center.

The George American Legion, Jack Souter Post 404 will put up the Avenue of Flags at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetary in George at 7 AM on Memorial Day. They will take them down at 4 PM. Listen to KIWA in the event of rain for any updates.  The Memorial Day service will start at 10 AM at the George/Little Rock High School, and will proceed to the cemetery for the laying of the wreath and honoring all veterans with a special honor this year for four vets who served their country. Doug Hilbrands is the speaker. The George-Little Rock High School band will play, under the direction of Mark Swartz.

As always, the United States Flag will be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, and it should then be raised to full height from noon until sundown.

The US Flag Code says that the flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then slowly lowered to the half-staff position.

May 27, 2016 - 11:20 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — “It would have been a lot worse if no one had been home.” That from George Fire Chief Bill Sprock. He’s talking about a fire call early on Thursday, May 26, 2016 in George.
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He says about three minutes after midnight, the George Fire Department was called to the report of a fire in the breezeway at the home of Robert Gruis at 609 East Iowa Street in George.

The chief says the fire department arrived to find the house filled with smoke. He says there were no visible flames so they used a thermal imaging camera to find the cause of the smoke. He says they found it behind the mantle of a gas fireplace. The chief says they believe that a lightning strike came up the electrical line following conduit. He says an extension cord had been on the conduit and it ignited and shorted out.

He says they did remove some wall that was burned and charred, and searched for other possible hot spots. He says they used a positive pressure fan to ventilate the smoke.

Sprock says there were no reports of injury.

Chief Sprock reports that there was minimal smoke damage.

He says they didn’t use any water, and crews were on scene until about 2:00 AM.

Inwood, Iowa — There could be another hurdle for the Bakken oil pipeline. And this one is in Lyon County.
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According to Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk, a Native American tribe contacted his office to tell them about a potentially “culturally-significant” site.

While he cannot say exactly where the site is at this time, Doershuk assured us that it is not near the Blood Run National Historic Landmark site that is being considered for a new Iowa State Park. According to maps released by Dakota Access, the pipeline route is in the Canton, South Dakota and Inwood, Iowa area.

Doershuk says they are trying to determine the significance of the site.

He says that they hope to meet within the next couple of weeks at the site along the Big Sioux.

Doershuk tells us what his role will be at the meeting.

He says that he and his staff and the tribe that identified the site location have confirmed the reported site is within a portion of the Big Sioux Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County, intersected by the proposed Dakota Access pipeline project. He says the site is a property managed by the Iowa DNR but over which the US Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction. The area also corresponds to one of the pipeline sections for which the US Army Corps of Engineers has permitting authority.

Doershuk says that the site has been identified by the tribe as of historical and cultural significance with associated burial activity. The possible burial of ancient remains at the site is what got the office of State Archaeologist involved, he says.

He says that the site boundaries and character will be discussed and refined at the on-site meeting. He says they hope consensus will be reached at that time about management of the site.

The pipeline, which is planned by Dakota Access, LLC, a division of Energy Transfer Partners, is to extend from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota and Iowa into Illinois, passing through portions of Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties along the route.

May 26, 2016 - 2:54 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A hog complex was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 near Inwood.
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According to Inwood Fire Chief Mike Knobloch, about 3:44 PM, the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of hog building fire near the home of Nate Jansma at 1942 270th Street. That’s about three miles south and almost one and a half miles east of Inwood on the county line road.

The chief says the fire department saw a hog complex with some rooms totally engulfed in flame as they approached the scene.

Knobloch says no injuries were reported.

He says the Rock Valley Fire Department helped out by providing tankers and manpower.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, according to the chief.

Knobloch reports that they were able to save two thirds of the 4400-head facility.

He says they used between 10,000 and 12,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 8:00 PM.

May 24, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Parts of northwest Iowa experienced severe weather on Monday night.
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According to the National Weather Service, the storms entered our area from the south, with the first report being a tornado that was spotted by law enforcement two miles north of Granville at 4:41 PM.

Tornado sirens were sounded in Hospers at about 4:44 PM.

Hail estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter three miles south-southeast of Matlock at 5:42 PM. That spotter also reported winds estimated at 45 miles per hour.

At 5:58 PM, hail that was estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter five miles west of Ashton, into Lyon County. That report was followed by another report of inch-sized hail in the same area about seven minutes later. That report came from five miles west-northwest of Ashton. Just a few minutes later, another spotter report came in of inch-sized hail five miles south of Little Rock. About 6:20 PM, that same size of hail was repoted six miles north-northeast of Sibley. The report notes that most of the hail in that area was pea to dime sized, with a few quarter size.

About 6:55 PM, the Weather Service received a spotter report of hail estimated at 0.88 inches in diameter from five miles south-southwest of Paullina.

Along with the severe weather came the threat of flooding in some communities. Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says Orange City received two inches of rain on top of 0.8″ received earlier in the day.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Philip Schumacher reported that stations in Sheldon and Ocheyedan also reported receiving upwards of two inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for Sioux, O’Brien and Plymouth counties until 9:30 PM. The rain was quite spotty, however, as Rock Rapids, while they received 0.4″ overnight Sunday into Monday received no rain on Monday evening.

May 22, 2016 - 7:37 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A car was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, May 19, 2016 near Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 8:40 PM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of car fire in the 1100 block of US 75, north of Rock Rapids almost five miles, or a little less than a mile south of the state line.

The chief says the fire department saw that the car was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says the family and dog safely exited the car and were waiting in the ditch when they arrived.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be mechanical or electrical in nature.

Chief Reck reports that the older red GM passenger car was a total loss.

He says they used 500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for a half hour to 45 minutes.

May 20, 2016 - 9:11 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderInwood, Iowa — An Inwood man struck a parked vehicle in Inwood on Thursday, May 19th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Marcus Trickey of Inwood was backing a 2015 Hyundai Sonata in a private drive onto South Cherry Avenue. According to the report, Trickey backed into an unoccupied 2013 Chevrolet Impala.

The Hyundai and Impala each received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported

May 16, 2016 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The new community day care facility in Rock Rapids is almost finished.

Kids Club Construction May 2016

new facility

The city is facing an expanding preschool population, according to Rock Rapids Development Director John Hulshof. He says the new facility was projected to cost roughly $2 million, and will double the space of the current facility.

Rock Rapids Kids Club Director Desiree Kopp says construction is on schedule.

She says everything is pointing toward their target date of around the first of June.

Kopp says an open house is being planned next month.

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current facility

The new Kids Club facility is being completed in east Rock Rapids on the same property as Mid Sioux Opportunity’s office and Head Start. Economic Development Director Hulshof says in order to get Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $600,000, the new day care needed to be co-located with the Head Start facility in Rock Rapids. Hulshof says that in addition to the block grant, they are also receiving funds from the USDA in the form of a loan, The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and the Forster Trust.

May 15, 2016 - 8:47 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderLarchwood, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged after a collision at a Larchwood intersection on Thursday, May 12th in Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 29-year-old Miranda Myrlie of Lester was driving a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country northbound on Highway 9, in Larchwood. Thirty-four-year-old Andrea Snyders of Larchwood was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima on South Street. According to the report, Snyders turned left and struck Myrlie.

The Chrysler received $2500 damage. The Nissan received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 15, 2016 - 8:41 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Inwood on Thursday, May 12th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 75-year-old Celia Ten Napel of Sioux Center was stopped along the side of the street in a 2010 Mercury Mariner near US 18 and Main Street in Inwood. Sixty-nine-year-old George Caswell was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 past Ten Napel. According to the report, Ten Napel started to pull out and struck Caswell.

The Mercury received $2000 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Lyon County Deputies were assisted by Inwood Fire and Inwood Rescue.