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

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July 5, 2015 - 8:39 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — The leader of the Iowa Poultry Association says he’s keeping close tabs on federal lawmakers as they threaten spending cuts to the U-S-D-A. One proposal being considered would cut a half-billion dollars, which could include funding for fighting avian influenza. Association executive director Randy Olson says he hopes Congress will provide the needed help to continue battling bird flu in Iowa and elsewhere.
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(As above) “There’ll be a lot of discussion and posturing about budgets at the federal level, as there always is,” Olson says. “We certainly hope that the federal government and state governments will stick by the task of moving forward with avian influenza cleanup and making sure these farmers can get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

Iowa is the nation’s number-one egg producer. At least 77 poultry operations in 18 Iowa counties have had to euthanize entire flocks due to outbreaks. More than 31-million birds were destroyed. Olson says Iowa’s congressional delegation and Governor Branstad have been very supportive of the state’s poultry industry in dealing with bird flu.

(As above) “There’s no question that everybody realizes the severity of this crisis in poultry and egg communities,” Olson says. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get through this challenging time as quickly as possible.”

Iowa officials are waiting on the feds after Governor Branstad requested a disaster declaration in four particularly hard hit counties due to the highly-pathogenic avian influenza. One of those counties is Sioux County.

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July 3, 2015 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s the Independence Day weekend. While the Iowa Legislature discussed the legalization of fireworks like firecrackers, bottle rockets and the like this year, in the end they decided not to lift the ban on fireworks. We got some tips on staying safe with the legal ones from Sibley Fire Chief Kenny Huls.

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He says a good rule of thumb is that if it goes up or blows up, it’s not legal in Iowa without a permit.

Huls says there are some things to keep in mind when setting off fireworks of any kind.

Huls says the fact that fireworks are illegal should be enough to make people think twice before making an illegal purchase, but he says he knows many people do it anyway. He tells us about the hazards.

Huls emphasizes that if you’re doing fireworks legally, like if you have a permit or if you’re doing them in a state where they are legal, you really have to be careful — not only about lighting fireworks and about those that misfire, but about where they are enjoyed — that they are both set off and aimed at a safe location — away from other people and away from things that could burn easily like dry grass, wooded areas, and hay or straw.

He says there’s something else to keep in mind with illegal fireworks.

Again, Huls says slow down and think about what you’re doing, have extra water available, and have enough adult supervision.

And he says the best advice is to leave the aerial and explosive fireworks up to the professionals.

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July 2, 2015 - 9:15 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — A number of northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies are in the midst of a special focus on traffic safety. Different agencies participate every year. According to the Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, this time in our area it’s the Lyon and Osceola County Sheriff’s Offices, the Paullina Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol.

Independence Day is a time of celebration with family and friends, food, and fireworks, but the Fourth of July holiday weekend is one of the deadliest on the nation’s roadways when it comes to crashes involving alcohol.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports in 2013, the most recent year in which data is available, 512 people were killed, nationwide in motor vehicle crashes over the Fourth of July holiday (5 p.m. July 3–6 a.m. July 8).  One hundred and ninety-nine of those deaths, or 39 percent, occurred in crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  More than 20 percent of the impaired drivers involved in those fatal crashes had a BAC of .15 or higher and the incidence of impaired driving was over three times higher at night than during the day.  Twenty-seven percent of motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.  During that same time period, six people were killed on Iowa roadways.  Half of those fatal crashes were alcohol related.

Extra law enforcement officers will be present on Iowa roadways July 1–7, 2015, watching for impaired drivers.  If you have been drinking, don’t risk it; make a plan before the celebration begins.  There is always another way home; arrange for a ride or call a taxi and remember:Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

For more on the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization, you can visit www.nhtsa.gov.

July 2, 2015 - 8:56 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A house was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 11:15 PM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire at the home of Heidi Gubbins at 101 South Carroll Street, diagonally across the intersection from McCarty Motors on Highway 9. The fire chief reports Gubbins was in the process of moving back into the home.

The chief says the fire department saw lots of smoke coming from windows and doors as they approached the scene.

Reck says there were no injuries reported, but he says that there was substantial damage.

He says they used about 1000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 2:00 AM.

Reck says the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Lyon County Ambulance Crew remained on the scene while firefighters were putting out the fire.

He says the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office blocked Highway 9 for about two hours due to a hose lying across the highway from a fire hydrant across the street.

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Details are still sketchy at this hour, but the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of a house fire last night.

The fire was at 101 South Carroll Street in Rock Rapids, diagonally across the intersection from McCarty Motors. Firefighters were paged about 11:15 PM. Several firefighters were on the scene. No flames were visible from the street at a few minutes after midnight, but a ladder was set up to reach a second floor window, and there was moderate smoke in the neighborhood coming from the house at that time.

July 1, 2015 - 9:43 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Lester, IA — A Rock Rapids man was arrested near Lester on Friday, June 26th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:00 am on June 26th, 31-year-old Kary Meyer-Haglan was driving a motorcycle eastbound on Highway 9 at a high rate of speed. According to the report, a Lyon County Deputy stopped Meyer-Haglan, and found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor.

Meyer-Haglan was transported and booked into the Lyon County Jail.

June 30, 2015 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Larchwood, IA — A Brewster, Minnesota woman was arrested on Friday, June 26th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Patrice Tate of Brewster, Minnesota was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree, a simple misdemeanor at the Grand Fall Casino. According to the report, Tate was found to have stolen items from the Boutique store in the casino.

June 30, 2015 - 9:08 am - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Louisiana Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is coming to Sheldon.
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We’re being told he’ll be here on Friday, July 3rd at 3 PM at Jard, Inc. Jard is a gun manufacturer about a half mile north of Highway 18 and Country Club Road. That’s just north of the Risefest grounds. His visit is open to the public.

Again Louisiana Governor and 2016 Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal will be at Jard, Inc. on Friday at 3 PM. The Jard event will include a meet and greet that will be open to the public.

Jindal will start off the day at the Sioux Center Livestock Company Restaurant on South Highway 75 in Sioux Center. Governor Jindal will come by table-to-table to introduce himself and answer questions. That will run from 8 until 9:30 AM. At 11:30 AM, Jindal will have a lunchtime retail Event at Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids on South Highway 75.
At 2, it’s on to Sibley for a Business tour of ammunition and firearms manufacturer Capital Armament Company at 1201 11th Avenue. Then at 3, it’s time for the Sheldon stop. He’ll wrap up the day with a dinner retail event at 5:30 at Gary’s on the River in Spencer.

June 29, 2015 - 9:59 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Rock Rapids Farmer’s Market today (6/29/15) from 4-7 pm.
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Strawberries, fresh brown eggs, broccoli, cabbage, beets, green onions and kale.
Baked goods including applesauce spice bars.

June 29, 2015 - 9:58 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8George, IA — A George man was arrested on Thursday, June 25th at his home in George.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports at about 7:00 pm on Thursday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received information that 46-year-old Bobby Sprock of George had a valid warrant for his arrest. According to the report, a warrant had been issued charging Sprock with Harassment in the 3rd Degree, a simple misdemeanor. Sprock was located at his home, and subsequently arrested.

June 29, 2015 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, IA — A rural Rock Rapids man was arrested on Sunday, June 28th in Rock Rapids.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 1:25 am, deputies observed a male subject walking on South Second Avenue near South Story Street in Rock Rapids carrying a drink. According to the report, 32-year-old Justin Fastert of Rock Rapids was approached by the deputies and showed signs of intoxication.

Fastert was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication and Open Container in a Public Place, both are simple misdemeanors.