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

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Duggar kids are going to be educated with homeschool curriculum from a Rock Rapids-based publishing company.Alpha Omega AOP

Alpha Omega Publications — AOP — says that the Duggar family from the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting” has chosen AOP as its choice for homeschool curriculum.

Now in its ninth season of production, “19 Kids and Counting” airs on Tuesdays at 8 PM Central Time on TLC. Throughout the upcoming season and beyond, Alpha Omega Publications says they are proud to support the Christian family in their commitment to homeschooling.

Duggar mom Michelle Duggar says that for them, with their number of children, they really felt like the best way that they could really direct their children’s hearts toward God was with homeschooling. She also says that as she has encouraged others to homeschool, they have come back and said it is the best thing they’ve done for their family.

Alpha Omega Publications impressed the Duggars with its passion for homeschooling and tradition of excellence. Most importantly, however, the Duggars continue to use AOP curriculum because of its foundation in faith.

Michelle Duggar says AOP complements their family’s goals because they have our same values at heart. She says that it is about Godly character and getting God’s Word into their lives, and it is integrated all through the curriculum and materials.

To see Michelle Duggar talk more about homeschooling and using Alpha Omega Publications’ Christian homeschool curriculum, visit

Sioux Center, Iowa — It’s a different kind of fundraiser, but it promises to be a lot of fun.FGSCP Harlem Ambassadors

The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program is bringing in the Harlem Ambassadors basketball team to take on a team of local celebrities. It’ll be at the Sioux Center High School gym on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 PM.

The Harlem Ambassadors perform fundraising/entertainment comedy basketball games for non-profit organizations, service clubs, and the U.S. military. The Ambassadors have helped non-profits raise approximately $9 million for their communities since 1998. They also perform “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs” assembly programs for youth at elementary and middle schools.

We talked to Cathy Bonestroo with the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion program. She says this is their main fundraiser for the year, and tells us how they came up with the idea.

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Bonestroo tells us what the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs do.

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According to the Harlem Ambassadors, you can find more information about them at  They tell us that families laugh together at the Harlem Ambassadors’ hijinks and are amazed at their high-flying slam dunks.  They say kids can look up to the Ambassadors as great role models who are college-educated and drug-free.

But — who are the Ambassadors playing? A team of local celebrities including Senator Randy Feenstra, Deputy Waylon Pollema, several teachers and administrators from several area schools, radio announcers including KIWA’s own Larry Ahrens, Pastor Kevin Gingerich from Sheldon United Methodist Church and representing each of the programs, Nancy Burley, a volunteer from the Foster Grandparent program, and Ray Bohlke, a volunteer from the Senior Companion program.

Bonestroo says it should be a lot of fun. You can get your tickets by calling 476-2628 or 224-2610. Advanced tickets are $4, $6, and $8 and at the door they will be $5, $8, and $10.

She also says if you’d like to volunteer for one of their programs or if you think their services could help you or a loved one, give them a call at 476-2628.

September 14, 2014 - 9:02 am - Posted in News

Angie JagerRock Rapids, Iowa — It’s time for our report from the Rock Rapids Chamber. We talked to Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager recently.

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You can get more information by going to or by calling the Chamber at 712-472-3456.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A few more new dates have been set and both defendants have pled not guilty in the Lyon County grain bin kidnapping case.Lyon Courthouse At Night

The two cases are actually being heard separately.

The father, 55-year-old Craig Allen Olson of Canton, SD and his daughter, 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

Both defendants were arraigned and filed written pleas of not guilty; Groppetti on Monday, September 8th, and Olson on Friday, September 12th.

Groppetti’s attorney has requested a change of venue in the case. A hearing has been set for Friday, September 26th at 1 PM, with a pretrial conference to happen on Friday, October 10. At this point the trial for Groppetti is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th in the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids, however that may change depending on how the judge decides on the change of venue request.

A pretrial conference in Olson’s case will also be on October 10 and his trial is scheduled for the same day as Groppetti’s, on Tuesday, October 14th.

Inwood, Iowa — A Canton boy and an Inwood teen are charged in the theft of a pickup in Lyon County.Hand Cuffs sxc

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they charged a Canton, SD boy on Saturday with Theft in the 1st Degree, a Class C Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.

Also on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office says they arrested 19-year-old Mason Van Den Brink of Inwood in connection with the case. He was charged with Possession of Stolen Property in the 1st Degree, a Class C Felony, and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree, a Class D Felony.

The arrests stem from an investigation of a pickup that was stolen from an Inwood business on July 9, 2014. The Sheriff’s Office believes the Canton boy stole the pickup and had been storing it in Canton.

In the morning hours of July 21, 2014 the boy and Van Den Brink were driving the pickup and caused about $6,800 in damages to the pickup, a mailbox, and a sign.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Some court dates have been set up for the father and daughter accused of holding the daughter’s husband in a grain bin in western Lyon County. Lyon Courthouse SVA

On Tuesday, July 22nd, Lyon County Deputies and a Iowa State Trooper responded to a call from an individual who claimed he had been kidnapped in western Lyon County. The victim was located and the victim’s father-in-law, 55-year-old Craig Allen Olson of Canton, South Dakota was arrested and charged with Third Degree Kidnapping, a class C felony.

As the investigation progressed, it was found that his wife, 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California was also in on the kidnapping. Arrest warrants were issued charging her with one count of Third Degree Kidnapping (aiding and abetting) and one count of Third Degree Kidnapping, Both Class C felonies.

The father and daughter are accused of trapping the victim in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when Groppetti, his wife, allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

According to court records, both defendants have a court date on Friday. A pretrial conference is set for Groppetti and an arraignment is scheduled in Olson’s case. The kidnapping trial for Groppetti is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th in the Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids.

September 9, 2014 - 9:09 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Two people have been arrested after an incident in a Rock Rapids parking lot.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that in the early hours of August 25th, a Lyon County Deputy noticed a man who exited Casey’s General Store in Rock Rapids and appeared to be causing a disruption in the parking lot.

Upon further investigation 19-year-old Tyler Espinoza from Doon was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 20-year-old Natasha Walling of Inwood. It was determined that Walling drove a vehicle to Casey’s and was found to be over the legal limit. She was subsequently arrested and charged with Operating while Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor.

Both individuals were transported to the Lyon County Jail and booked in on the charges.

September 6, 2014 - 7:29 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to northwest Iowa again.

The Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux County Republican parties are holding another fundraiser for Republican candidates in this area and statewide, and this time it’s hosted by the O’Brien county Republican party, and will be at the Northwest Iowa Community College Lifelong Learning & Recreational Center in Sheldon. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 3, 2014, starting at 5:45 PM.

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

Rick Perry (Photo Courtesy Gage Skidmore)

The group looks to build on the event they held last year with over 350 people in attendance and several national, state and local media present.

Governor Rick Perry will give the night’s keynote speech.  Perry took office in Texas in 2000, and is mulling another bid for the Presidency in 2016.

Among the others who plan to speak at the event are Iowa Fourth District Congressman Steve King, Iowa US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman, Iowa Attorney General Candidate Adam Gregg, Iowa Treasurer Candidate Sam Clovis, Iowa Secretary of State Candidate Paul Pate, two members of the Iowa Republican National Committee and Iowa Republican Party Co-Chairman Dr. Cody Hoefert from Rock Rapids.

Tickets are available through  For more information, you can contact Republican Party chairs in any of the four northwest Iowa counties — O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux, or Lyon.

George, Iowa – Several people were arrested after the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office broke up a party in George.

On August 30th, 2014, about 3:00 AM, beer cup underage drinking_sxcthe Lyon County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of people being loud at 315 East Ohio Avenue in George.

Deputies discovered a party where minors were consuming alcohol.

Six people were charged with Minor In Possession of Alcohol, including 20-year-old Zachary P. Timmer of Ellsworth, MN; 19-year-old Nathan L. Hoiland of George; 19-year-old Austin L. Cole of Rock Rapids; 20-year-old Kylie A. Hanson of Orange City; 19-year-old Alex D. Ohling of George; and a 17-year-old girl from Hills, MN.

September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

George, Iowa — asphaltA four block area of downtown George will be blocked off curb to curb from Thursday, September 4th at 7:00 AM until Sunday, September 7th at Noon to be seal-coated and re-striped.

The areas affected are the two blocks north and south on Main Street and the two blocks east and west of the Main square.

Sidewalks will be open to all businesses.