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

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Inwood, Iowa — A Hull teen was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital and his passenger was taken to a hospital via ground ambulance after an accident east of Inwood on Tuesday morning, August 26th.Sanford Air Med 9

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 AM, a Netherlands Reformed Christian School bus, driven by 35-year-old Karena Van Der Weide, was stopped at a home at 1983 240th Street when it was rear-ended by a 2010 Chevy Impala driven by 16-year-old Tyler Niemeyer of Hull.

No one on the bus reported any injuries at the scene. Niemeyer was transported to the Canton-Inwood Hospital. His passenger, 14-year-old Caleb Niemeyer, was air-lifted to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Damage to the bus was estimated at $5000 and damage to the Impala was estimated at $15,000.

The Inwood Fire Department, Inwood Rescue, Lyon County deputies, Iowa State Patrol troopers, and the Canton-Inwood Ambulance responded to the scene. Helicopters from both Sanford and Avera McKennan were also called to the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session on Monday night. The council is still dealing with a zoning ordinance. A business owner wants the limit on commercial lots (designated C-2 and C-3) to be 5000 square feet with a lot width requirement to be 50 square feet. Nearby property owners are against that idea and want the minimums to be 10,000 square feet and 100 feet. The council has decided they want it to be 5000 and 50, and have set a public hearing on the issue for September 22nd. This after the Planning and Zoning Commission suggested that the lower limits be 10,000 and 100.ForsterCenter

At a recent Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, the park planning engineers that the city has selected, “Confluence,” presented a preliminary plan for Island Park which will be presented for public comments at a later date.

The council is considering giving Tax Increment Financing or “TIF” to Doug Van’t Hof for the construction of a multi-unit apartment house in the vacant lot across the street south of the telephone office.

The city council also approved a contract with Wiersma Construction for inspection services for 55 flood-damaged properties. This is the first step in the flood buyout program.

The city council also accepted a plan from the DOT to do a bridge deck overlay on the Highway 9 bridge in 2015. The construction will limit traffic on the bridge for four months next year.

The city council was also reminded, and wishes to remind others that the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation fall competitive grant application deadline is September 9.

August 25, 2014 - 7:38 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — Two people from rural Doon were arrested on Saturday after the report of a domestic disturbance.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they responded to the call about 5:40 on Saturday evening.

Upon further investigation 46-year-old Andrew Ricker of rural Doon was arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Assault, an aggravated misdemeanor; Interference with Official Acts, a simple misdemeanor; and Child Endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 38-year-old Lila Klein of rural Doon. She was also charged with Child Endangerment.

Both Ricker and Klein were transported to the Lyon County Jail where they were booked in on the charges.

George, Iowa — A Rock Valley man has been arrested on drug charges in George.Sheriff car rear generic

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Cooper of Rock Valley last week.

They report that a Lyon County Deputy was speaking with Cooper in George. It was discovered that there was a valid warrant for his arrest from O’Brien County. Before they transported him to jail, officers located marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his pockets.

Cooper was transported to the Lyon County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

August 23, 2014 - 9:39 am - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — The Village of Lester is 125 years old this year, and this year the annual Lester Family Days are even more special.Lester Sign

We talked with Amber Kellenburger, who’s helping organize the festivities and she tells us what’s going on.

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In addition, Kellenburger says Mr. Twister the balloon guy will be at the park at 12:30 this afternoon.

August 22, 2014 - 7:30 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Little Rock, Iowa — The 67th Little Rock Corn Show is in full swing in Little Rock. The show is put on every year by the Little Rock Town and Country Club.Little Rock Corn Show 2014

We talked to Nathan Peters, one of the people who put it together every year. He says it’s a big family fun festival before the end of the summer. He gives us an idea of what’s going on.

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Peters tells us about the flower show and the crop and produce show.

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Peters encourages everyone to come to Little Rock and maybe meet up with some old friends.

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — A little more information is now available in the case of a Canton, South Dakota man, and a California woman being arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping.

Stewart Vander Stoep

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says it all started on Tuesday, July 22nd, when 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 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 arrest warrants were issued for 32-year-old Oriana Ti Groppetti of Visalia, California charging her with one count of Third Degree Kidnapping (aiding and abetting) and one count of Third Degree Kidnapping. Both of these charges are Class C felonies.

We had a chance to talk to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep about the case.  We must stress that the comments he makes are his opinion of what happened and that those who were arrested are innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

We asked Vander Stoep to give us a description, in his own words, of what he believes happened on July 22nd, when Olson is alleged to have kidnapped the victim.

But the Sheriff says it didn’t end there.

According to court records, Olson allegedly told deputies that he only intended to lock up his son-in-law “for a few hours, to teach him a lesson.”  And that his wife he was going to try to talk to Derek while he was in the bin. But Vander Stoep says the length of time someone is confined does not enter into the definition of kidnapping.

Vander Stoep says both defendants have bonded out, Olson on a $10,000 bond at the Lyon County Jail, and Groppetti on two $20,000 bonds in California.  Their initial hearing was on August 6th.  Both pled not guilty.

August 20, 2014 - 4:09 pm - Posted in News

DNR logoGEORGE – A DNR conservation officer reported seeing dead fish and crawdads in an unnamed stream in Lyon County on August 19th.

The DNR ‘s Spencer field office investigated the fish kill Wednesday morning, finding dead crawdads and fish of different sizes and species in the stream. The stream flows into Rat Creek, a tributary of Otter Creek, located between Ashton and George in the eastern part of the county.

The DNR staff took field tests of water samples. Field results ruled out excessive manure and fertilizer as causes of the kill. Pending lab results, aerial spraying is the most probable cause of the kill, following three aerial applicators flying the area Tuesday. This is the second recent Lyon County fish kill likely due to aerial spraying.

Some pesticides can be toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms in very small amounts, counted in parts of chemical per billion parts of water. The University of Michigan compares one ppb with a pinch of salt in 10 tons of potato chips or one second in nearly 32 years.

Report fish kills to the DNR’s 24-hour spill line at 515-281-8694, or to the regional DNR field office during business hours at www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/DNRStaffOffices/EnvironmentalFieldOffices.aspx. Quick reporting can help the DNR trace the pollutant source and reduce environmental damage.

August 18, 2014 - 6:28 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A George man was taken to the hospital after an accident on Monday morning.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:20 AM, 28-year-old Jordan Furman of George was driving a 2004 Kia Sorento westbound on A34 a half mile east of George. The Sheriff’s Office says he became fatigued and his car entered the south ditch. The vehicle became disabled after it struck a utility pole owned by Alliant Energy.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Furman to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

The vehicle received about $6,000 in damages and the utility pole received approximately $2,500 in damages.

George Fire and EMS, Lyon County Ambulance personnel and Warntjes Paint and Body Shop assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

Des Moines, Iowa — Unemployment statewide is fairly steady, and Lyon and Sioux Counties continue to have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the state.unemployment

Iowa Workforce Development Communications Director Kerry Koonce gives us the numbers.

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In our area, Lyon County continues to be have the lowest unemployment in the state, with a July unemployment rate of 2.2 percent. Even that is down two points from June’s figure of 2.4 percent. Sioux County isn’t too far behind, tied for fifth place with 3.1 percent, down a tenth of a percent from June. Plymouth County is at 3.2 percent. The next area county is Osceola County, tied for 19th place on the list with 3.7 percent unemployment, unchanged from June. O’Brien County is in a 4-way tie for 23rd with 3.8 percent, up from June’s 3.5 percent.

Other counties in our region had higher unemployment in July. Dickinson was at 4.3, Cherokee was at 4.6, Buena Vista was at 5.0 and Clay County was at 5.4 percent.

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.5 percent in July from 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent in July compared to 6.1 percent in June.

The state’s labor force continued to expand in July, causing a slight increase in the monthly unemployment rate,” said Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development. “Iowa’s labor force has grown steadily this year, and surpassed 1.7 million in July.

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 76,900 in July from 74,300 in June. The current estimate is 3,700 lower than the year ago level of 80,600.

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,623,800 in July from 1,624,700 in June. This figure was 900 lower than June, and 30,300 higher than one year ago.

Iowa nonfarm employment totaled 1,550,200 jobs in July and remained unchanged since June. Job gains in the private sector were exactly offset by declines in government. This month’s stagnation halts three consecutive months of gains in nonfarm employment, and leaves the state up 16,500 jobs versus one year ago (+1.1 percent).

Education and health services added the most jobs this month (+2,800) due to gains in both private education services and health care services. In the case of educational services, job gains were partially due to a shift in seasonality; health care industries continue to steadily advance upward due to increasing demand. Professional and business services was buoyed by growth in professional, scientific, and technical services this month and gained 1,000 jobs. Construction also fared well this month (+1,000), marking the fourth consecutive month for job gains. Smaller increases this month included financial activities (+800), other services (+500), and information (+200). Alternatively, leisure and hospitality experienced an unexpectedly large drop this month (-2,300) with losses being nearly even in accommodations and food services and arts and entertainment. Trade and transportation also shed 2,300 jobs due mostly to losses in transportation and retail. The only other loss this month occurred in manufacturing (-300) which has now pared jobs in six of the last seven months, yet remains up 1,200 jobs since last July.

With this month’s unexpected gain, education and health services has now added the most jobs annually (+4,000). Health care jobs have advanced steadily (+2,900) and are responsible for the majority of the growth in this super sector.

Construction has also shown considerable promise since last year (+3,900) due to renewed demand for commercial and residence projects. Professional and business rebounded this month, and now rests up 2,300 jobs since last July. The majority of these gains are found in administrative and support services.