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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session on Monday night, June 27th at the Forster Community Center.
ForsterCenter
The council opened bids for asbestos abatement on the next set of flood-damaged properties, six of which were determined to contain asbestos. The council accepted the low bid of$ 11,290 from Site Services, pending approval from the Department of Homeland Security.

The council voted to vacate an easement located at Klein’s Corner. The easement ran through the property, and has now been relocated to the north end ofthe property, according to city administrator Jordan Kordahl.

The council also accepted contracts for bridge inspection and Dinner Date. The bridges on North Union, North Boone, and East Street and the park entrance bridge on North 2nd Avenue will be inspected, and the engineer’s inspection will cost $1200. Elderbridge Dinner Date will pay the city $161.50 per month to continue to provide meals at the Forster Community Center. A contract with RIDES to provide transit services for the city was on the agenda, but was not ready by the time of the meeting.

The city council also set city depositories for the next fiscal year. The funds in each institution are not to exceed $3 million. The three banks in the city — Frontier Bank, Premier Bank, and US Bank — were set as official depositories.

They made some inter-fund and reserve transfers, and then entered closed session to discuss performance and pay rate reviews.

The next regular meeting of the Rock Rapids City Council will be at 5:30 PM on Monday, July 11th.

June 27, 2016 - 1:54 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County Attorney Shane Meyer says that there have been reports that someone pretending to be from the IRS is calling Lyon County residents in regard to a lawsuit.

She says residents are advised not to give any personal information, including banking information, over the phone.

She says if you are questioning the call, you should call the IRS Field Office or local law enforcement.

Again, do not give any personal information over the phone.

June 26, 2016 - 7:20 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa– An Inwood man has died as the result of an accident near Rock Rapids on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
Lyon County Ambulance
The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:23 PM, 14-year-old Ryan Schneidermann of Inwood was driving a 1992 Ford pickup westbound on Highway 9, two miles east of Rock Rapids, or about a quarter of a mile east of Ibex Avenue.

According to the report, Schneidermann said he was tired from working outside all day. He said he briefly fell asleep. The pickup crossed left of center, entered the south ditch, struck a field drive, and rolled. The report says it then came to rest upside down in the south ditch.

A passenger in the pickup, 46-year-old Brad Schneidermann of Inwood died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Ryan Schneidermann to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance crew, and deputies from both the Lyon and Osceola County Sheriffs’ offices assisted at the scene.

June 26, 2016 - 7:19 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to the Metzger family from Lyon County on Friday, June 24th.
Metzgers Award
The ceremony was held at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says that the Metzgers are a multi-generation farm family that showcases how the values of livestock farmers are passed on from one generation to the next. He says that they do an outstanding job caring for their animals and protecting the environment while also serving their neighbors and being leaders in their community. Northey says it was his honor to help recognize the Metzger family with this award.

Marv and Joleen Metzger, Dana and Kary Metzger, Reed Metzger, Brett and Melissa Metzger and Evan and Kristi Metzger, and their families, operate Multi-Rose Jerseys dairy farm. The farm was established in the 1940s by Jacob Metzger, Marv’s father. On the farm they milk approximately 1350 cows and raise dairy calves and heifers. The family also raise hogs from wean to finish and raise crops on approximately 1,800 acres.

Northey says that conservation is priority for the family and they have built terraces and use contour planting. They have also adopted precision farming tools to increase productivity while better protecting the land for future generations. They also designed and built dairy barns to most effectively manage manure so that it can be stored and the nutrients used as fertilizer for crop production. Slatted floor freestall barns for the dairy allow all manure to be captured in 12-foot pits and then applied as fertilizer to field.

The Metzgers have also been active in a number of community and agricultural organizations over the years. The family hosts many tours at the dairy, including the annual June Dairy Month open house for Western Iowa Dairy Alliance in 2013. About 1500 people visited the farm to learn about modern dairy farming as part of that event. In addition, Evan Metzger is on the board of directors of Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, currently serving as Vice President. Marv has also served on the local Lyon County Dairy Association for 10+ years and continues to promote Dairy by leasing out ice cream machines throughout the Tri-State Area each year.

The family was nominated Matt Schelling, who is president of the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, saying: “They are a great example of a farm family that tries to do a lot of ‘little things’ right, and over time, all those ‘little things’ add up to making a big difference for their farm, their community and their environment.”

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

Anyone interested in nominating their neighbor for the award should write a letter or e-mail explaining why their neighbor should receive this designation. Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 or emailed to Communications@iowaAgriculture.gov.

June 23, 2016 - 7:23 pm - Posted in News
Branstad and Hulshof

John Hulshof speaks while Governor Branstad looks on

Rock Rapids, Iowa — At the Rock Rapids Kids Club open house on Wednesday, June 22nd, Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof had a few words to say.

He told those gathered there that he was grateful for the state’s generosity toward the $2.2 million Kids Club project. He says they received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $600,000 toward the facility, in addition to $750,000 from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation — the non-profit that distributes money from Grand Falls Casino, and monetary support from the Forster Trust.

Hulshof said that a few years ago, the community came up with priorities on which they would need to focus to keep the town growing. He says those priorities included daycare, housing, schools, medical, and recreation. Hulshof says they are well on their way on a number of those. The new daycare facility makes daycare available to more Rock Rapids residents. He says that compared to having numbers of new homes in the community in single digits just a short time ago, last year people built over fifty new homes in the community. Hulshof also brought up the hospital being designed at this time in southwest Rock Rapids.

Branstad at Kids Club with Kopp

Kids Club Director Des Kopp gives Governor Branstad a tour of the new facility

He says that Rock Rapids is doing well because, QUOTE “We are starting to believe in ourselves.” He also said that the new Kids Club facility was near to his heart because of something his daughter used to say — “I may be at work but my heart is at Kids Club.”

In Governor Branstad’s speech, he made several connections to northwest Iowa. He said that the last time he was in Rock Rapids was when the community was dealing with the flood of 2014. He mentioned that Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten made a connection while they were visiting with Donna Inderwisch of Rock Rapids, whose home was one of the many devastated by flood waters. He says Schouten discovered that she had been his Kindergarten teacher. Branstad mentioned that he was glad that Kids Club could get a grant from the Riverboat Foundation. He said he was the one who signed the law that said that casinos in the state should give a portion of their take to nonprofit organizations. Branstad also mentioned the progress toward creating a new bi-state park with the State of South Dakota at Blood Run. He says the project is near to his heart.

Branstad welcome poster created by Kids Club school-age kids

Branstad welcome poster created by Kids Club school-age kids

June 23, 2016 - 2:01 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a crime that took place sometime Tuesday morning, June 21st.

Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber says the residential burglary happened sometime between 6:15 and 10:20 Tuesday morning at a rural residence in Osceola County.  Weber says 23 miscellaneous firearms were taken in the burglary, as well as a black 2001 Dodge pickup truck.  Sheriff Weber says the truck was discovered abandoned at the intersection of 170th Street and Jefferson Avenue (Ellsworth blacktop) in Lyon County on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Authorities have offered a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for this crime.  You may submit information to Text-A-Tip at www.sheriffosceolacounty.org or by calling 712-754-2556.

June 23, 2016 - 10:10 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — On Saturday morning, people in began finding items vandalized with spray paint in Lyon County. Now Lyon County Sheriff’s officials are advising that they have apprehended three people thought to have been involved.
spraypainted lion statue
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has charged three individuals with Criminal Mischief in the third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor after investigating the rash of vandalism reports that occurred between the night of Friday June 17, 2016 and the morning of Saturday June 18, 2016. The first of four reports came on the morning of Saturday June 18, 2016. Spray paint damage was done to the Central Lyon High School’s lion statue, a street in Rock Rapids, the George Swimming Pool, and a parking sign at the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that 18-year-old Jordan Groen of Little Rock was arrested on Sunday, June 19. That same day a juvenile male was cited into Juvenile Court. They report that 18-year-old Dylan Van Gorp of George was arrested on Tuesday, June 21.

The total damage was estimated to be $700.00

June 23, 2016 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is in northwest Iowa today (Thursday, June 23rd).
Chase Branstad Kopp Hulshof at Kids Club
Last night (Wednesday, June 22nd) he spoke at the new Rock Rapids Kids Club community daycare building. The daycare moved from their old building into the new one three weeks ago. Branstad says new daycare facilities are economic development tools.

Branstad is in Sibley and Sheldon today. We asked the governor what he had to say about his apperances at Sterler Solar Park in Sibley and White Wolf Web in Sheldon today.

The governor is on his 99-county tour of Iowa. We asked him what issues he’s been hearing about that are important to Iowans.

The governor wraps up this swing through northwest Iowa this afternoon (Thursday, June 23rd).

Photo Caption: (L-R) Rock Rapids Mayor Jason Chase, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Rock Rapids Kids Club Director Des Meyers-Kopp, and Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof hold a welcome sign made by Kids Club 3-year-olds

Lyon County, Iowa — A solution has been reached over a Native American burial ground in Lyon County, that will allow construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline, which will transport Bakken crude oil from the oil fields of North Dakota, diagonally across Iowa, en route to Illinois.

We told you last month about a roadblock that was thrown in the way of the pipeline by a Native American tribe that said that a portion of the land in the Blood Run area of Lyon County was a culturally significant site that shouldn’t be disturbed.  Now, state officials have removed a stop-work order that prevented the pipeline from being built in that area.

According to reports, Dakota Access will run the Bakken Pipeline under the Blood Run site, installing the pipeline 85 feet underground through the use of special boring equipment rather than digging a trench to bury the pipeline.  By doing so, the pipeline won’t disturb the culturally significant ground above it, according to authorities.  State Archaeologist John Doershuck reportedly signed off on the idea as a “satisfactory avoidance procedure”.

Some Native American leaders say they are not happy with the decision to allow Dakota Access to bury the pipeline under the sacred site.  Donnielle Wanatee is a member of the Meskwaki Tribe, and while the pipeline will not go through Meskwaki territory, she is expressing concern that the pipeline builders have been given permission to drill under sacred American Indian ground in Lyon County.

She says that, while the pipeline won’t go through Meskwaki territory, it still impacts them.

Wanatee says this is about more than the people who are protesting right now. She says it extends to future generations as well.

The Army Corps of Engineers has yet to sign off on the Dakota Access Pipeline project, and there are multiple lawsuits in the works trying to block construction of the pipeline.

Northwest Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is making tracks across the state, and will be in northwest Iowa soon.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad


The governor’s public schedule says he will be in northwest Iowa on Wednesday (June 22, 2016) and Thursday of this week.

It says he’ll be in Merrill on Wednesday at 2:30 PM to tour Plymouth Energy’s Ethanol Production facility. Then it’s on to Maurice, where the governor will make an appearance at the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance’s June Dairy Month Open House at the Maassen Dairy on Hickory Avenue at 4 PM. At 5 PM, Branstad will visit the new Rock Rapids daycare facility, Kids Club at 304 South Lincoln Street.

The governor’s Thursday schedule has him starting out at the new Osceola Electric Coop Solar Farm near Hawkeye Point on Highway 60 north of Sibley. The governor will tour Sterler Community Solar Park at the corner of Highway 60 and 130th Street at 8 AM. Then it’s on to Sheldon, where Governor Branstad will tour White Wolf Web’s offset and digital printing center at 9:30 AM. At 12:05 PM, he’ll tour The Blooming House in Cherokee; and at 1:30 PM, Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will speak at the Governor’s Volunteer Award recognition ceremony at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.