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Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Ashton woman who was accused of passing stolen, forged checks in multiple jurisdictions in western Iowa faces a preliminary hearing in Lyon County this Tuesday, May 23rd.

In all, 24-year-old Nikarra Macmain of Ashton is facing or has faced over 30 counts of forgery, several counts of identity theft, theft, and lottery forgery, and various other charges, several of which were dismissed in plea agreements when Macmain agreed to plead guilty.

In Lyon County, she is charged with two felony counts of forgery.

Macmain also still faces one count of forgery in Sioux County.

She has faced forgery and related charges in Clay, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Harrison, and Dickinson counties as well.

Doon, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident on Friday, May 19th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:45 p.m., 47-year-old Kary Holliday-Stiens of Rock Valley was eastbound on 270th street near Dogwood Avenue, about seven miles west-southwest of Doon in a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban. The Sheriff’s Office reports that her vehicle veered toward the north ditch.

Her Suburban then struck a utility pole belonging to Northwest REC, then entered a crop field, traveled about 100 yards through the field and struck a creek embankment before coming to rest.

The Doon Rescue Squad took Holliday-Stiens to Hegg Memorial Hosptial in Rock Valley. The deputy who filed the report says she was later taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The crop field, owned by Lance VanderPol, sustained about $500 in damage. The cost to repair the utility pole was estimated at $1000. Damage to Stiens’ Suburban was estimated at $10,000.

The Sheriff’s Office says the accident remains under investigation.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It was just after World War II. A new teacher and coach came to Rock Rapids High School. His name was Norman Mathers. That probably wouldn’t have received much attention, but a year later, in June of 1948, Mathers and his wife had a baby boy. They named him Gerald, or “Jerry” Mathers.

In 1949, the Mathers family moved to California, where 2-year-old Jerry Mathers was in a few ads, got parts in four movies, and then at the age of nine, landed the part of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in the iconic hit TV show, “Leave It To Beaver.”

Fast forward sixty years to the present — and Jerry “Beaver” Mathers, is headed back to his first hometown — Rock Rapids, for the town’s Heritage Days celebration this June.

The man who has been trying to get Mathers to Rock Rapids is former Central Lyon High School English teacher Ken Barker. Barker says the inkling of an idea of getting Mathers to come to Rock Rapids happened in the 1950’s, when he met Jerry Mathers in Kingsley, Iowa. He says he was impressed by Mathers then.

Barker says he also thought that having Mathers come to Rock Rapids could be a boon for the area.

He says while the idea to get Mathers back in northwest Iowa is several decades old, Barker started working on making the idea a reality in 2009.

Barker says there was one more factor that helped him get through to Mathers.

Barker says some of his former students at Central Lyon are donating to help pay for the Beaver’s appearance in Rock Rapids.

He says plans are still being firmed up, but at this time they know that Mathers will serve as the Heritage Days Parade Marshal, that there will be a chance to meet and greet Mathers and his wife, Teresa, and they’re pretty certain that they will attend the Central Lyon Foundation All-School Reunion, all on Saturday, June 17th in Rock Rapids.

May 18, 2017 - 4:26 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Doon teen received what were thought to be serious injuries in an accident on Thursday (May 18th) morning near Doon.
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May 16, 2017 - 8:14 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Sheldon teen and a man from George were taken to a hospital after a dirt bike accident near Doon on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:15 p.m. Saturday evening, the two were part of a group riding dirt bikes in the ditches along Highway 75, three miles east of Doon, near Icon Ag. They report that 16-year-old Cade Vander Waal of Sheldon was southbound in the ditch approaching a field drive and at the same time 25-year-old Kent Vink of George was northbound approaching the same field drive. Vink attempted to ramp the field drive and did not see Vander Waal approaching from the north. Vink ramped the drive and his motorcycle collided head-on with Vander Waal’s motorcycle. Both riders were wearing helmets, according to the report.

They say Vink and Vander Waal were transported to Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley.

The Sheriff’s Office says that as a result of the accident, both Vink and Vander Waal were cited on a charge of operating an ATV on a highway. Vink was also cited on charges of careless driving, operating a non-registered vehicle, failure to have a valid license, and violation of financial liability (accident-related). The remaining riders in the group were also all cited on a charge of operating an ATV on a highway.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Doon Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Lyon County Ambulance Squad assisted them with the response to the accident.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the road right of way is from fence line to fence line and it is illegal to ride ATVs and dirt bikes in a public road right of way.

May 15, 2017 - 9:46 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — No one was injured in a two vehicle collision south of Larchwood on Saturday, May 13th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 8:45 pm on Saturday, Annie Harris of Harrisburg, South Dakota was driving a 2008 Ford Edge northbound on Highway 182 and attempting to turn onto 180th Street, south of Larchwood. Karenna DeWeerd of Inwood was driving a 2000 Dodge Intrepid southbound on Highway 182. According to the report, DeWeerd was unable to avoid striking Harris in the intersection.

The Ford received $10,000 damage; the Dodge received $6,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 10, 2017 - 7:03 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Between fifty and sixty round bales were destroyed in a fire on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 near George.

According to George Fire Chief Bill Sprock, about 12:40 PM, the George Fire Department was called to the report of a pile of bales on fire at Devin Fluit’s place at 3610 180th Street, three miles north and a mile east of George.

The chief says the fire department saw fifty to sixty round cornstalk bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they separated the burning bales from those that had not caught fire. He says there were about 300 cornstalk bales in all. Sprock says they also protected about 1000 straw bales that were nearby, but they were told not to put out the burning cornstalk bales and just to let them burn.

Sprock says no injuries were reported, and no damage was reported to anything but the cornstalk bales.

The fire department was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Department. Sprock says they brought extra water and firefighters, and that about 25 firefighters responded in all.

He says the cause of the fire may have been electrical as there is a transformer near where the bales were, or it might have been spontaneous combustion, but officially the cause was undetermined.

Chief Sprock estimates that there was somewhere around $3,000 in damage.

He says they used about 7500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 4:00 p.m.

Little Rock, Iowa — A Little Rock man faces numerous felony charges after the report of an accidental gun shot at a Little Rock residence.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to the call Sunday at the Joe Pedersen residence in Little Rock.  Deputies say Mr. Pedersen suffered a gun shot wound that they believe was self-inflicted.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, their investigation into the incident revealed that Pedersen was not allowed to possess firearms.  As a result, Pedersen was charged with 7 felony counts of Felony Possession of Firearms, and 1 misdemeanor count of Child Endangerment.  Deputies say Pedersen was arrested and jailed in the Lyon County Jail on Monday, May 8, where he later posted a $10-thousand bond and was released.

May 9, 2017 - 12:14 pm - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — One of the area’s larger farmers’ co-ops will be opening a large new fertilizer facility near Alvord and two other facilities in the area.

Rob Jacobs is CEO of the Cooperative Farmers Elevator company, or CFE — an agriculture co-op with 20 locations in northwest Iowa. He tells us about the Alvord 30,000-ton high-speed blending plant.

Jacobs says they will be consolidating their fertilizer operations from several towns into one.

He says the plant will serve customers in a 25 to 30-mile radius of Alvord.

He says logistically, the Alvord area seemed to be the best place to locate the hub plant.

According to Jacobs, they will keep their same employees, but may re-align some duties especially in the spring and fall and have some employees report to the Alvord fertilizer plant instead of where they usually work, but no one will lose his or her job.

Jacobs says the new equipment will give them more options too.

The new facility is about a half a mile northwest of Alvord at 210th Street and Eagle Avenue.

Jacobs says CFE has a couple of other projects in the works too.

He says the estimated price tag for the Ocheyedan mill is $25 million.

Fertilizer facility near Alvord looking southwest. (Other photo is Alvord facility looking southeast)

May 8, 2017 - 6:21 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A new administrator will take the reigns of the George/Little Rock Mustangs in July.

Current George/Little Rock Superintendent Steve Barber is resigning to become the superintendent of the Atlantic School District, so someone needed to be found to replace Mr. Barber at GLR.

After working with Douma Consulting Services and interviewing three final candidates, the George/Little Rock Board of Education has made a selection. Barber tells us about their decision.

Barber tells us how the interview process was set up.

We asked Mr. Barber if he had any advice for Mr. Eyerly.

Barber says the board and administration are happy with the job that Douma Consulting did for them.

Barber says he’s looking forward to his new position, but he’s glad for the time he got to spend at George-Little Rock.

Mr. Barber says he’ll work with Mr. Eyerly to help the transition process in any way he can. Barber’s last day is June 30th, and Eyerly takes over on July 1st.