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July 27, 2017 - 1:32 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — It was once the county seat of Lyon County. It boasted two railroads and sits near the confluence of two rivers and a major creek. And it’s celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation. Doon Days this year in Doon is pretty special.

Doon Mayor Tim Mantel says they’ve been celebrating since Sunday when they had a community church service in the park. Monday night, they dedicated their new city office space, which is now in the old fire station building just north of Main Street. (The fire department recently moved to a new $400,000 building on the north side of town.) Wednesday there was a dodgeball tournament. He tells us what’s going on in the next few days.

Mantel says most activities are free at Doon Days. However, the helicopter rides are not free. He says they will be taking off from the Doon Protestant Reformed Christian School’s soccer field. He says there’s something for everyone.

Mantel invites everyone to Doon to help them celebrate their 125th.

July 27, 2017 - 1:24 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help trying to find a stolen pickup.

They report that early on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at about 12:05 a.m., a 2013 gray Ford F-150 four-door pickup was reported stolen from Elanco, formerly known as Novartis or Grand Labs, southwest of Larchwood on county road A18.

Lyon County authorities report that the license plate on the pickup is South Dakota 41808V. If you see this pickup, they ask you to please call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 712-472-8300.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — There were a few tense moments on Friday night at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital. A fire alarm activated in the 10 p.m. hour.

According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, fire crews were paged about 10:35 p.m. He says when they got there, they were able to determine the location of the alarm and traced it to an overheated motor on an air compressor.

Sanford Rock Rapids administrator Tammy Loosbrock says it could have been worse. She says hospital staff didn’t need to move any patients. She says Sanford Rock Rapids maintenance man Terry Jones was there and got the problem taken care of promptly.

No injuries were reported and damage was limited to the motor.

Reck says fire crews headed back to the fire station by 10:50 p.m.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session at the Forster Community Center at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, July 24th.

While the agenda did not have much in the way of unfinished or new business, in the public comments section of the meeting, the council did hear from Michelle Sprock in regard to the first steps to decide what needed to be done if a mini zoo was wanted in the community again.

Sprock told the council that she is an animal biologist. She says she has worked for three different zoos and specialized in education. She says that she’d like to bring back the mini zoo, but she wants to do it right so they have something to offer the community. Sprock says to get started, she’d like to start it at her house. She says this way she can document animal interaction so that they have something to show for a grant application.

Sprock says she would also work toward getting the funding to do it right. She says she’d like to have the animals at her house for three to five years and start a discussion about how to do a mini zoo right.

She says they’d start with small animals less than 100 pounds. She says she’d want to make it an interactive experience. Sprock said that she’d also work with others who want to help out and may collaborate with Lyon County Conservation Naturalist Emily Ostrander.

Sprock told the council that she’d like to make the mini-zoo self-sustaining through donations. She said that perhaps at first they could house the animals at their home and have programs in the park once or twice a month.

The city council listened to Sprock and decided to refer the matter to the city council parks and recreation committee for further discussion and possible planning.

The next Rock Rapids City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 14th at 5:45 p.m. at the Forster Community Center.

July 18, 2017 - 3:35 pm - Posted in News

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Northwest Iowa — A convoy of big rigs will be hitting some northwest Iowa roads this weekend in an effort to raise money for cancer research and treatment.

Paul Schelling is one of the organizers of the annual Commercial Chaos For A Cure, and he tells us the day will begin, and end, in Sioux Center.

He tells us about the entry fee for the trucks.

Schelling says 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go to the June E. Nylen Cancer Center in Sioux City.

Schelling says registration starts at 10 and the trucks take off at 11 this Saturday, June 18th.

July 17, 2017 - 3:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has been sentenced to a ten-year prison sentence for sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the Lyon County Attorney’s Office, 43-year-old Christopher Denny Ehrig of Rock Rapids was sentenced to prison for the crime of Third Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class C Felony, in Lyon County District Court.

The charge stemmed from a complaint filed in January 2017, which alleged sexual contact between Ehrig and a 15-year-old girl in 2016.

Ehrig was placed in the custody of the Iowa Department of Corrections for an indeterminate term of incarceration not to exceed ten years. He had been incarcerated at the Lyon County Jail since his arrest in January and was given credit for the time already served at the county jail. Prior to sentencing, he had served 180 days in jail.

In addition to the imposed prison sentence, Ehrig will be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison and must register for the remainder of his life. As a sex offender, Ehrig will be subject to a lifetime special sentence or life time parole and will be subject to monitoring by the Department of Corrections. The Court also ordered to Ehrig to pay a civil penalty for sex offender registration of $250, sexual abuse surcharge of $100, $48.40 in restitution, court-appointed attorney fees, and court costs.

July 17, 2017 - 2:03 pm - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — A George man was taken to the hospital after a crash near Lester on Friday, July 14, 2017.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:20 p.m., 33-year-old Jesse Mohr of George was driving a 2008 Dodge eastbound on Highway 9, three miles west of Lester. They report that 39-year-old Chad Reil of Sioux Falls was westbound on 9 in a 2014 Freightliner semi.

The report says that Mohr swerved over the center line and intentionally hit the semi. According to the Iowa State Patrol, Mohr stated he was trying to commit suicide.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Mohr to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Reil did not report any injury.

Mohr’s Dodge sustained $10,000  in damages, which was enough to total the car, and the Reil Freightliner sustained $8,000 in damages.

Mohr was charged with failure to maintain control.

July 14, 2017 - 11:59 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa (Radio Iowa) — The monthly Water Summary Update from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources shows things have dried out significantly as Iowa entered the second half of the year.

The D-N-R’s Tim Hall helps compile the summary.

Rains in May and June kept the word drought out of the water report, but it has now returned.

Part of the problem recently has been the storms that drop the rain are spotty and not widespread.

Hall points out this is the early stage of drought.

He says Iowa’s situation is better than other nearby states.

Hall says for now it’s important to keep an eye on the situation and be prepared.

Hall says things could turn around as quickly as they dried out with some sustained rainfall.

Photo caption:  The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows yellow for abnormally dry conditions and light brown for moderate drought.

July 13, 2017 - 8:07 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids starts this Sunday afternoon with a gospel concert.

Wes DeGroot is one of the people that organize the fair every year. He tells us that unlike past years, the gospel concert will be in the afternoon.

One of the biggest draws for the fair is the Community Picnic on Monday night, formerly known as the Farmer City Picnic. DeGroot says they’ve got something new to help beat the heat.

He says Tuesday is Kid’s Day at the fair with a lot of activities and special deals for kids. He tells us about a couple of them.

DeGroot says Bob Bohm’s show is a magic show for kids.

DeGroot tells us about the evening activities each night.

He also wanted to make sure that people knew that the tractor pull will start at 6:45 p.m., which is a little unusual — on Thursday night.

Original story posted 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th:
Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s nearly fair time at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids.

Sunday, July 16th, at 2:30 pm, enjoy gospel music by Four for Him at the First Reformed Church in Rock Rapids. Note that time. In past years the gospel concert has been in the evening. This year it starts at 2:30 p.m.

Things get going in earnest on Monday, July 17th, with many judging activities, and the commercial building opening at 11:00 am. In fact the commercial building will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from noon until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday you can meet the Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies outside the VIP Building. The 4-H exhibit building will be open every day as well, as will all the livestock exhibits.

The Community Picnic is scheduled for 5 to 7 Monday evening, with the Lyon County Fair Queen Contest scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Carolan Rentals Inflatables will be the carnival and they’ll be there every afternoon and evening, Monday through Wednesday.

On Tuesday, B & R Chainsaw Sculptures on the grounds by the VIP Building starting at 1 p.m. It’s also Kids’ Day on Tuesday. Greenies Balloons will be on the grounds from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Bob Bohm magic show will be going on in the Entertainment Building from 1 until 4:30. MidSioux Opportunity Games and Giveaways will be from 2 until 6 on Tuesday. The Kids Pedal Pull will be in front of the Grandstands at 5:00 p.m. From 5:30 until 7 p.m., it’s the Pork Chop Dinner by the Lyon County Pork Producers. Your chance to meet a Lyon County Drug Dog is at 7:00 on Tuesday evening with Deputy Rob Ver Meer. The races are that night too.

On Wednesday B & R Chainsaw Sculptures will be on the grounds by the VIP Building again from
2:00 until 6:30 p.m. At 3:00, there’s a Spelling Bee in Entertainment Building. From 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., the Zoomobile will be in the show arena. And your supper on Wednesday night is from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. with a Steak Dinner by the Lyon County Cattlemen’s Association. One of the big draws of the fair is the Figure 8 Races. They get underway at 7:30 on Wednesday night.

The final day of the fair is Thursday, July 20th. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. it’s the Roger Baldwin Memorial 4 – H Foundation Supper with the public invited. From 6:15 to 6:45 pm Lyon County 4 – H Awards and Recognition will be presented. 6:45 pm is the tractor pull and a Youth dodge ball tournament and Dance begins at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to go to the Lyon County Fair website for the schedule.

July 13, 2017 - 4:03 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — One of the things you can do at the Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids next week is a garden tour, with local food tasting.

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host its annual garden walk and local food tasting at the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids on Tuesday, July 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator and Regional Food Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach says that the event is free and open to the public.

She says there’s also a twist.

She tells us a little more about the garden.

She says they donate produce to food pantries in Lyon, Sioux, O’Brien and Osceola Counties. In addition to the pantry garden component, the garden walk will also showcase the local Growing in the Garden camp youth’s baseball-themed garden.”

There is no pre-registration needed to attend the Garden Walk and Local Food Tasting. Interested individuals are simply asked to meet at the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden at 6:00 p.m. for the start of the program.

Questions about this event or other gardening topics can be addressed to Murphy at 712-472-2576 or