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September 23, 2016 - 1:09 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A plea taking hearing is scheduled for one of the two George area defendants charged with possession of drugs, with intent to deliver.

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Court records indicate that 46-year old Shannon Nagel, and 38-year old Sheila Nagel are both charged with Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, both class D felonies; Possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine and Possession of a controlled substance- marijuana, both serious misdemeanors; and Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports the charges stem from a search warrant carried out at a rural George residence in late July.

According to online court records, a plea taking has been set for 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 3rd, in Lyon County District Court at Rock Rapids for Shannon Nagel. Online court records say both entered written pleas of not guilty in August. The records say the next scheduled court appearance for Sheila Nagel is the trial, which is scheduled for October 11th.

September 23, 2016 - 8:33 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — New census data shows the Latino population in Iowa increased by 116 percent from 2000 to 2015 which is a little more than 96-thousand (96,147) people.
The Latino population in Lyon County increased by 652 percent between 2000 and 2015. The latest estimate is that Latinos make up 2.7 percent of Lyon County’s population. They make up 10.2 percent of Sioux County’s population, 7.2 percent of Osceola County’s population, and 4.6 percent of O’Brien County’s population.

Latinos make up just under six percent of Iowa’s population, making them the largest minority group in the state. Thirty-two percent of the Latinos in Iowa were not born in this county. Seventy-eight percent of them came to Iowa from Mexico.

The median age of Latinos in Iowa is 22-point-two, while the state median age is thirty-eight-point-one. The median income of Latino households in 2015 was a little more than 38-thousand dollars, while the statewide median household income was nearly 55-thousand dollars (54,736.)

The poverty rate was 25-point-six percent, while the corresponding rate for Iowa is 12-point-two percent. The average family size for the Iowa Latino population in 2015 was 3.82, compared to the overall average family size in the state of 2.99.

Over half of the growth in Iowa’s Latino population from 2000-2015 occurred in seven counties: Polk, Woodbury, Johnson, Marshall, Scott, Pottawattamie, and Linn. Polk County had the largest overall population of Latinios at 21-point-four percent.

When it comes to the overall population, 27.4% of all residents of Crawford County were Latino, followed by Buena Vista 24.6%, Marshall at 20.7%, Muscatine at 17.5%, and Louisa at 16.2%.

You can find out more at the Iowa Data Center’s website.

September 22, 2016 - 7:53 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderRock Rapids, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in a collision at a Rock Rapids intersection on Wednesday, September 21st.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 8:18 am on Wednesday, 21-year-old Vanessa EekHoff of New Era, Michigan was driving a 2004 Chevy eastbound on S 12th Avenue in Rock Rapids. Fifty-two-year-old Toby Lorenzen was driving a 2002 Ford pickup on South Story Street. According to the report, Eekhoff’s vision was obstructed by the rising sun and she was unable to see the Lorenzen vehicle.

The Chevy received $1,500 damage; the Ford received $500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

September 21, 2016 - 4:37 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sioux Falls, South Dakota man has been sentenced to two weeks in the Lyon County Jail after an Iowa District Judge found him in contempt of court for failure to obtain a sexual offender evaluation.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s office reports that 48-year-old Jason Stowell of Sioux Falls was convicted by a Lyon County jury in August, 2014, of having Indecent Contact with a Child from an incident which occurred in September of 2013 in George. The sentencing judge granted Stowell probation, but as a condition of his probation ordered Stowell to complete a sexual offender evaluation and complete any recommended treatment.

On Monday, September 19, 2016, Stowell was back in court after Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer, filed a request with the Court to revoke Stowell’s probation; arguing Stowell failed to comply with the terms of his original sentence. The State requested Stowell be sent to prison for the original sentence of two years.

After a hearing on Monday at the Lyon County Courthouse, the Court found Stowell in contempt, ordered his probation to be extended for one year, and sentenced Stowell to fourteen days in the Lyon County Jail. Stowell was ordered to obtain an evaluation as part of his continued probation.

September 20, 2016 - 6:22 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Employment news has been mixed recently. While our area of northwest Iowa continues to have some of the lowest unemployment in the state, for the third consecutive month, Iowa’s unemployment rate as a whole has increased.
Nearly 73-thousand Iowans were unemployed in August. Officials calculate four-point-two percent of the Iowa workforce was OUT of work last month. Courtney Greene, a spokeswoman for Iowa Workforce Development, says Iowa’s August jobless rate was a tenth-of-a-percent higher than it was in July.

About six-hundred Iowans who work in professional and business services were laid off in August.

There were five-thousand fewer manufacturing jobs in Iowa THIS August compared to August of 2015. Construction, meanwhile, is a booming sector. Last month, more than 91-thousand people were working on construction sites in Iowa. That’s 14-thousand more than in August of last year.

Greene says there been a slight increase in the number of working Iowans.

More than 1,642,000 Iowans were in the workforce in August. Iowa’s unemployment rate remains BELOW the national rate. However, Iowa’s unemployment rate is now eight-tenths of a percent HIGHER than it was a year ago.

In northwest Iowa in August, Lyon and Sioux Counties had the first and second lowest unemployment in the state at 2.3 and 2.4 percent, respectively. That’s up a tenth of a percent in Lyon County from 2.2 percent in July and down two tenths in Sioux County from 2.6 percent in July. O’Brien County’s August unemployment is unchanged from July at 3.0 percent, and Osceola County is up a tenth of a percent from July at 3.1 percent.

When compared with August of last year, unemployment is up in every county in our area. Lyon County is up six tenths from 1.7 percent in August of 2015. Sioux County is up three tenths from a year ago when it was 2.1 percent. Unemployment in both O’Brien and Osceola counties was up a half a percent. O’Brien’s was 2.5 in 2015, and Osceola’s was 2.6.

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September 20, 2016 - 8:08 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A shed was destroyed and a house damaged in a fire in Rock Rapids in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck reports the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called about 4:05 a.m. to a house fire at the home of Margaret Schubert at 411 South Boone Street in Rock Rapids. He says when they got there they found a utility shed next to the house fully engulfed in flames. According to Reck the fire reached the soffit of the house and then got into an attic storage area.

He says they had to cut some holes in the roof to vent the fire before fighting it further.

Reck says Schubert had some house guests so there were three or four people in the home. But they all got out safely. There were also no injuries to pets, he says.

He says the official cause is still under investigation but he suspects it may have been ashes from a fire pit.

He says there was considerable damage to the attic, and he would place the damage amount in the $20,000-25,000 range.

The chief says they probably only used about 200 gallons of water to fight the fire.

The Lyon County Ambulance crew provided assistance at the scene, and firefighters were there until about 5:30 a.m.

Reck also said he wanted to send out a thank you to the firefighters’ wives for having breakfast hot and waiting for them when they returned from the fire call.

September 17, 2016 - 4:38 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Among those facing pre-trial conferences in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids this Monday, September 19th are three defendants that have been in the news recently.
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According to court records, Perry Vande Keift of Inwood, who’s charged with second degree sex abuse and Shannon and Shelia Nagel of George, who are both charged with possession of drugs with intent to deliver; are all scheduled for pre-trial conferences in their separate cases.

According to court records, 41-year-old Perry Vande Kieft of Inwood is accused of sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the spring of 2015 and again in February or March of this year at Vande Kieft’s home.

Charges against Vande Kieft include two counts of sexual abuse in the Second degree, which is a class B felony; as well as indecent contact with a child and possession of a controlled substance.

Vande Kieft’s trial is scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 11th.

Meanwhile, court records indicate that 46-year old Shannon Nagel, and 38-year old Sheila Nagel are both charged with Possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and Failure to affix a drug tax stamp, both class D felonies; Possession of a controlled substance- methamphetamine and Possession of a controlled substance- marijuana, both serious misdemeanors; and Possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports the charges stem from a search warrant carried out at a rural George residence in late July.

At this point the trial for the Nagels is also scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 11th.

September 16, 2016 - 5:00 pm - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa– A house was saved from fire on Thursday, September 15, 2016 near Lester.
Lester Fire Dept FD
According to Lester Fire Chief Morris Metzger, about 11:13 AM, the Lester Fire Department was called to the report of possible house fire at the home of Wes Moser at 2245 Iowa 9 Street, a half mile west of Lester on Highway 9.

The chief says the home had been struck by a significant lightning strike, and there was smoke in the house. He says no injuries were reported.

Metzger says crews were on scene for about two hours checking for hot spots, but that no actual flame was found. He says after they made sure the house was safe, they turned it over to the electricians. He says it could have been a lot worse.

September 16, 2016 - 2:13 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids on Monday, September 12th at 5:30 PM.
The council approved a contract for the construction of a new detention basin in southern Rock Rapids near 13th Avenue. The work is set to begin yet this fall.

The council also accepted a City Street Financial Report from the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Questions were raised by council members as to what should be done with the “green space” properties that the city has acquired through the flood home buyout program. Council member Cody Hoefert suggested the question should be talked about in a council committee. The council referred the matter to the Buildings and Grounds committee. Hoefert and council member Marlene Bowers are on that committee.

The next Rock Rapids City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 26th at 5:30 PM at the Forster Community Center.

City Council Minutes 9-12-16
Utility Board Minutes 9-12-16

September 16, 2016 - 9:03 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured in an accident where two vehicles collided in an intersection in Rock Rapids on Thursday, September 15th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 20-year-old Keisha Van Veldhuizen of Rock Rapids was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon south on Lincoln Street in Rock Rapids. Twenty-three-year-old Brendan Ryan of Rock Rapids was driving a 2003 Subaru Impreza eastbound on 1st Avenue East. According to the report, Van Veldhuizen entered the intersection without yielding to Ryan and struck his vehicle in the driver side door pushing the vehicle up onto the curb.

Ryan was transported to the Rock Rapids Hospital by private vehicle for a possible injury.