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As reported by KIWA News Director and Rock Rapids resident Scott Van Aartsen

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March 5, 2015 - 9:02 am - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — A tractor was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, March 5, 2015 near Little Rock.
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According to Little Rock Fire Chief Joe Schilling, about 4:00 AM, the Little Rock Fire Department and Rescue Crew were called to the report of machine shed fire at 4412 120th Street, two miles north and two miles west of Little Rock. According to information from the Lyon County Assessor’s Office, that property is owned by Dale Kruse.

The chief says as they approached the scene, the fire department saw a tractor on fire. He says it had already been pulled out of the shed. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Chief Schilling says that in addition to the tractor being totally destroyed, the shed door did sustain some damage as the tractor was being pulled out.

He says the cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature. The chief says the tractor’s engine block heater was plugged in.

He says they used 200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

Schilling says Little Rock EMS and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

March 1, 2015 - 8:10 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A George woman and her daughter were taken to the hospital after an accident south of Rock Rapids.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 4:25 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015, 45-year-old Jeffrey Groote of George was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup pulling a 2001 enclosed trailer westbound on county road A-34, about seven miles south-southeast of Rock Rapids. Thirty-year-old Kathryn Fox of George was driving a 1993 Chevrolet owned by Alvin Overholt of George, also westbound on A-34.

The report says Groote had slowed down to turn north onto K-52 and just as he began turning north, the report says Fox rear-ended the enclosed trailer.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Fox and her three-year-old daughter to Sanford Rock Rapids.

Groote’s 2001 pickup received about $2,000 in damages; his enclosed trailer received about $5,000 in damages; and the contents inside the trailer received about $2,000 in damages. The 1993 pickup driven by Fox was a total loss.

Fox was ticketed on charges of failure to maintain control and driving while suspended, both simple misdemeanors.

Doon Fire and Rescue, The Lyon County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriff’s office on the scene.

February 27, 2015 - 6:37 pm - Posted in News
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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Mini Zoo in Rock Rapids’ Island Park was destroyed by last year’s flood. But according to mayor Jason Chase, there is a proposal in the works to build a new one in a slightly different location.

He says that besides the fact that the Mini Zoo building was rendered unusable by the flood, the people who are handling the Mini Zoo issue have come to another conclusion.

He says they have an unusual idea. There are two shelter houses west of the swimming pool — an enclosed shelter house to the south, and a steel-roof open shelter house to the north. They thought that perhaps they could re-purpose the open shelter house.

He says the present location of the Mini Zoo has always been in a bad place when the park floods.

Mayor Chase says it would also be more accessible to foot traffic.

He says feed storage could also be in the same building instead of a separate building, and a fenced-in area is proposed northwest of the proposed zoo, where animals could get out and run.

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Island Park west open shelter

Chase says this plan is not set in stone yet.

He says they have some funding for the Mini Zoo through pledges, insurance, and a Lyon County Riverboat Foundation grant, but it might be a year or two before they could replace the open shelter where the Mini Zoo is now.

Also, the city continues to work on park improvement at Island Park through the park planning firm, “Confluence.”

If you’d like to donate to the project, if you have ideas, or you’d like to volunteer to be part of the Mini Zoo group, or help in any way, Chase says you can call the city office at 712-472-2553.

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February 27, 2015 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A George man has been sentenced to two years in prison on an indecent contact charge.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s office reports that 51-year-old Tom Nytroe of George has been sentenced on a charge of Indecent Contact with a Child, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

The charge stems from a criminal complaint stating that Nytroe inappropriately touched a 12-year-old child. Nytroe was 50 years of age at the time of the offense.

Nytroe was sentenced to a prison sentence not to exceed two (2) years in addition to other penalties, and he is to have no contact with the victim. Nytroe was immediately taken into custody by the Lyon County Sheriff to begin his prison sentence.

According to court records, before plea negotiation, Nytroe had been charged with a felony: Third Degree Sexual Abuse.

February 25, 2015 - 12:14 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Two people from Doon were seriously injured in an accident on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Darin Koedam of Larchwood was driving a 2003 International Semi owned by Midwest Livestock Service LTD of Larchwood westbound on Highway 9. A 2002 Chrysler van being driven by 84-year-old Nickolas Bloemendaal of Doon was eastbound on 9 when it crossed the center line colliding with the semi.

Bloemendaal and a passenger, 81-year-old Tressa Bloemendaal, were both transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by Lyon County Ambulance. Their injuries were described as “serious.”

Bloemendaal’s van sustained about $5,000 in damages and is considered a total loss. Midwest Livestock Service LTD’s semi sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.

The Lyon County Ambulance personnel, the Larchwood Fire Department and Larchwood EMS personnel, the Iowa State Patrol, Track Side Towing, and Irwin’s Towing assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

February 25, 2015 - 8:07 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Doon man has died and the semi he was driving was damaged in an accident near Doon on Monday.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:40 PM, it is believed that 52-year-old Edwin Sneller of Doon was driving a semi on 260th street, when he had a medical issue behind the wheel, about a quarter mile east of Doon. That resulted in his semi entering the north ditch and traveling into the field where it came to a stop.

Sneller was pronounced dead at the scene.

The semi owned by Farmers Elevator Coop sustained approximately $4,000 in damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Doon Fire, Doon Rescue, and the Lyon County Ambulance.

better central lyon logoCongratulations to the Central Lyon girls basketball team on qualifying for the State Tournament!

Central Lyon has posted a page on which you can keep up with all the details. So far we know that there will not be school on Monday, March 2 as Central Lyon will be playing Burlington Notre Dame at 11:45 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Click here for the link.

Use the link as well as social media pages to keep up to date with any changes or announcements. Go Lions!

Missoula Children’s Theater auditions are Monday, March 2nd at 3:15 PM. Again, there’s no school at Central Lyon that day, but the auditions will NOT be cancelled. They will take place AS SCHEDULED. The MCT team must function on their schedule.

February 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Senator David Johnson from Ocheyedan says he’s introducing a bill that would increase the state sales tax .375 of a percent. Johnson says his idea is to use the extra revenue for soil and water conservation.
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The .375 percent hike would make the state sales tax 6.375 percent, and would raise an estimated $150 million a year, according to Johnson. Johnson said he wanted to introduce the legislation “after the fuel tax issue was settled.”

He says the Iowa House may have a similar bill, but differences between the bills would have to be hammered out.

The Senator says he believes Iowans want quality of life and clean water. He says the way to get cleaner water is through soil and water conservation; something that is being cut on the national level. He says the state needs to monitor more rivers, streams and lakes.

February 22, 2015 - 8:13 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A passing ambulance gave aid to a crash victim near Larchwood and took him to a hospital, and then he was taken into custody on an OWI charge.
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On Friday, February 20th at approximately 8:30 PM, the Lyon County Ambulance was driving to Rock Rapids when they observed a car in the ditch at the intersection of Highway 9 and Cherry Avenue near Larchwood. The ambulance stopped and EMT’s provided medical assistance to the driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Justin Schwarz of Worthington, MN. Schwarz was then transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

After he was released from the hospital, he was subsequently arrested by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and charged with Operating While Intoxicated.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Larchwood Fire, Larchwood Rescue, and the Lyon County Ambulance.

February 21, 2015 - 7:43 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Lennox, SD man is behind bars in Lyon County after he was allegedly found with drug paraphernalia, and then later allegedly ran from a deputy.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says that 19-year-old Ozra Holzer of Lennox was stopped earlier this month, and a deputy found a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Holzer was then released from the scene, but five days later, on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 arrest warrants were issued for Holzer for Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Serious Misdemeanor, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

On Friday afternoon, February 20, 2015, a deputy stopped Holzer in Inwood. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office reports that Holzer allegedly fled the scene on foot and was later located as a passenger in a motor vehicle. Holzer was taken into custody on the two outstanding warrants and was also charged with Escape From Custody, a Serious Misdemeanor and Interference With Official Acts, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Holzer is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail. The sheriffs’ office says the investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.