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

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May 25, 2018 - 5:12 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Memorial Day will be observed in the United States on Monday, May 28th.

Originally called “Decoration Day”, and celebrated on May 30th, the day was created to honor Civil War dead. It has since been expanded to honor all veterans who have died in service to the United States, and Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May.

In addition to national observances, many local communities will hold Memorial Day services and events in northwest Iowa.


George’s Memorial Day activities include the posting of the Avenue Of Flags, which will take place at 7:00 a.m. Everyone is invited to volunteer.

The Bridge Service will be at 9:15 a.m., with the service at the Veterans’ Memorial to start at 9:30. The main Memorial Day service in George is at 10:00 a.m. at the George/Little Rock High School auditorium. Fifty-year certificates will be presented to Dennis Hansmann, Jerry Hickman, Harris Kaster, and posthumously to Delton Patton, who passed away in February. Paster John Pea from Ebeneezer and Zoar Presbyterian will have the message, with music provided by George/Little Rock students. From there, they’ll process from to the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, for a short service and then to the Good Samaritan Home.

Little Rock:

Little Rock’s Memorial Day observance will be at the Little Rock school at 10 a.m. The prayer and address will be by Pastor Scott Burdsall of the First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. Merlin Ver Steeg will read the names of the graves being decorated. A service at the Pleasant View Cemetery will follow. After that, everyone is invited to the Town & Country Building for refreshments.

Rock Rapids:

In Rock Rapids, veterans and volunteers are asked to assemble at Riverview Cemetary at 6 p.m. on Friday night, May 25th to put flags on graves. The big flags, each honoring the memory of a veteran will be placed in the Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day morning at 7 a.m., and they could use your help for that as well.

The Memorial Day Ceremony in Rock Rapids will be at Riverview Cemetery, starting at 10 a.m. Rex Strait Post 103 American Legion and Van Anne-Fields VFW post 6960 prayers will be prayed. The speaker will be Iowa Senate candidate Zach Whiting. Payton Vogel will read about the Star Spangled Banner and will do the Gettysburg Address. There will be a Salute To The Dead and taps will be played. They will then go to the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery for another Salute To The Dead, and Taps will be played. The cemetery services will be held at Forster Community Center if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Cookies and coffee will be served at the VFW Club after the ceremonies.

May 25, 2018 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Doon man is behind bars after being arrested this week on felony drug charges.

According to court records, 36-year-old Travis DeWeerd of Doon was arrested on a felony charge of possession of over 5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture or deliver, and misdemeanor charges of third-degree possession of stolen property and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

The criminal complaint in the case alleges that during the execution of a search warrant for stolen property at DeWeerd’s home, deputies found about 15 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. The complaint also alleges that one of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office drug dogs indicated on the odor of illegal drugs coming from the substance.

The complaint also says that a second search warrant was granted, and during that search for drug and narcotic items, a scale, six grams of cocaine, and numerous prescription pills were allegedly found. It says deputies didn’t locate any valid prescriptions for the pills.

According to court records, DeWeerd’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 1st.

May 24, 2018 - 4:48 pm - Posted in News

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The races at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids on Friday night will feature a 12-year old driving a race car to bring awareness to kids cancer.

Jared Foster, a member of Team KWC (Kids With Cancer racing) says his organization builds different race cars to take to various childhood cancer events and they spread awareness locally and regionally.

He says that the other “show” cars are to give a kid fighting cancer a chance to sit in a race car and experience what that feels like. But he says they have something different planned for “Rapid” this Friday night.

He says the “Project Olivia” car will be taking the track to spread awareness. He says the car’s number “46-7” represents the 46 children that are diagnosed with cancer each day and the 7 that lose the battle each day.

He says they’ve also got a couple of other activities for kids.

Foster says Team KWC is a non-profit organization based out of Melvin with board members spread out from Sioux Falls to Sioux City to Worthington to Sanborn.

Again, that’s all this Friday night at Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids.

May 22, 2018 - 1:38 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A lady who has been a lifeline for several people in Lyon County has retired. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says Barb Sprock has paged her last fire department.

Vander Stoep says Sprock has been acting as the lifeline between citizens and needed emergency help for almost 20 years.

He says Sprock was always quite easy-going, which turned out great for those she worked with, who could be a little mischevious, says Vander Stoep.

Vander Stoep says Sprock always lightened everybody’s mood and was a “super person to have at the Sheriff’s Office.”

The Sheriff says Sprock told him that they plan on going to their cabin at the lakes. He says her husband, Dick Sprock is also retiring from Central Lyon this year. They also plan on spending lots of time with their grandchildren.

Vander Stoep says they held a party for Sprock on Monday.

Vander Stoep says Sprock served as the dispatch supervisor and also the local probation officer throughout her several years of service. He says Luann Serck has been named the new dispatch supervisor. He says they don’t know yet if they’ll be hiring another dispatcher. He says they’re going to try giving their part-time dispatchers more hours and see how that works first.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and KIWA wish to thank Sprock for her years of friendly service.

Photo courtesy Lyon County Sheriff’s Office

May 18, 2018 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

Denver, Colorado — The final factual report has been released on a helicopter crash that happened last fall near Larchwood.

The National Transportation Safety Board or “NTSB” has released the report, which states that the crash, on Monday, November 6th, near the West Lyon School happened about ten minutes into the flight, which took off at about 1 p.m.

Those in the helicopter, which was owned by Ride The Sky Helicopters, were looking for 300 lost cattle. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that the pilot was Robert Krier of Sioux Falls, and the passenger was Steve Ahrendt of rural Inwood, who was the owner of the cattle. The victims were taken to Sioux Falls hospitals with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses said that the helicopter was hovering and as it started to turn, the tail of the helicopter struck the power lines.

The NTSB report says the helicopter was assisting the ground team to push the cattle towards an open gate directly beneath the power lines. They also say that several witnesses and the passenger stated that the helicopter looked and sounded normal prior to the impact.

The report says that a video of the accident taken by another witness on the ground showed the helicopter maneuvering near the power lines, with the nose of the helicopter facing away from the power lines. It says the tail of the helicopter impacted the power lines, followed by the main rotor blades. It also says the helicopter rotated once before impacting the ground.

It was known before that the helicopter descended to the ground and came to rest on its right side in a cornfield. The tail boom separated from the fuselage and both main rotors were substantially damaged.

The new report says that an official weather observation at the Sioux Falls Airport, which is 18 miles northwest of the accident site, reported the winds at roughly northeast (60°) at about 8 miles per hour (7 knots). It said visibility was about a mile and a half due to light snow, and the skies were overcast at 2,300 ft. The temperature was 30 degrees (-1° C), and the dewpoint temperature was 25 (-4°C). The barometric pressure was 30.26 inches of mercury.

However, the report says the witnesses on the ground at the accident site characterized the weather as overcast, windy, unlimited visibility, and no precipitation.

The new report says that an examination of the helicopter, engine, and remaining systems revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operations. It also says that as of the date of the report, the pilot had no recollection of the accident or the events that led up to the accident.

The NTSB investigator in charge says that probable cause and analysis are pending and will be released at a later date.

May 18, 2018 - 12:02 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — If you take Highway 9 for your commute, you may want to listen up. Some summer construction is planned on that route this summer.

According to Iowa Department of Transportation Planner Dakin Schultz, Highway 9 is going to get an overlay within the next couple of months.

Schultz tells us how this will affect traffic flow.

He suggests a course of action if this project impacts your travels.

Again, Schultz says the project will cause travel delays on Iowa Highway 9 from Rock Rapids to Little Rock. He says it should start before July 9th and will take about two months.

May 16, 2018 - 2:06 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Inwood woman was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries received in a single-vehicle crash near Sioux Center Tuesday evening (May 15th).

Sioux County authorities say that around 7:50 Tuesday evening, 79-year old Geraldine VandeVegte of Inwood, was northbound on Highway 75 a mile south of Sioux Center, in a 2007 Buick Rendevouz, when she lost control of the vehicle, entered the east ditch, and struck a cement culvert.

Deputies say VandeVegte was taken to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance for treatment of what officials called “minor injuries.”

VandeVegte’s car sustained damages estimated at about $5-thousand, and deputies report about $1-thousand damage to the culvert.

Sioux County Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Sioux Center Fire Department, Sioux Center Ambulance, and Sioux Center Police Department.

May 15, 2018 - 3:51 pm - Posted in News

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Inwood, Iowa — After a bond issue passed about 13 months ago, West Lyon School officials have been working with architects and contractors to work on the project. West Lyon voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.89 million bond issue in April 2017. The issue needed 60 percent to pass and received 70.68% of the vote.

West Lyon Superintendent Jim Hargens tells us how construction is going so far.

He tells us about the timeline for the other parts of the project.

Hargens says except for the industrial arts and vo-ag area, the project is expected to be complete by the time the students come back in the fall. He says, however, that construction has been going so well for the industrial arts and vo-ag area, that that may be ready shortly after school begins as well. He says originally that part had a completion date in October of this year.

May 8, 2018 - 5:06 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood woman who was arrested on a felony warrant for criminal mischief after being accused of “slinging sugar” has accepted a plea bargain and has been sentenced.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, their deputies arrested 46-year-old Treva Donaldson of Inwood on March 1st, 2018 on a warrant for criminal mischief 2nd degree, a class D felony.

They told us that the warrant stemmed from an incident in February in which Donaldson is alleged to have entered a rural Inwood residence and caused damage exceeding $1,000.

Court records indicate that the detective investigating the case says that on February 10th, Donaldson is accused of entering a home that didn’t belong to her, taking powdered sugar from the cupboard, and slinging it throughout the house, “causing a very big mess.”

If she had been convicted of the felony offense, she could have faced five years in prison and a fine of between $750 and $7500.

But, Donaldson accepted a plea agreement that lowered the third-degree criminal mischief to fifth-degree criminal mischief, which is a misdemeanor offense. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with all 30 days suspended and a $65 fine.