Lyon County, Iowa — Weather facts, community announcements, church announcements, menus, school activities, cash grain prices and more.

Heard on KIWA-AM 1550 every weekday morning at about 8:45 AM, and available here for 24 hours afterwards. (Friday edition is available until Monday edition is uploaded.)

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

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UPDATE: The missing girls who were believed to be lost in a corn field near Larchwood have now been found. Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep confirms that the girls were found about 5:10 PM and were reunited with their mothers about five minutes later.

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Larchwood, Iowa — Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel are searching for two young girls who are missing in the rural Larchwood area at this hour.avera mckennan careflight new helicopter

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says they are looking for two girls, ages six and three that are reportedly lost in a corn field in the 1400 block of Birch Avenue. The Sheriff says they have been missing for over an hour.

Assisting in the search at this time are the Avera McKennan Careflight helicopter, Larchwood Fire and Rescue, Inwood Fire and Rescue and the Lyon County Ambulance, as well as several law enforcement officers.

Vander Stoep says the one positive thing they have going for them is that there are no bodies of water or open wells anywhere near where the girls are thought to be.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

Flooded House and Street in Rock Rapids

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The City of Rock Rapids is working on a plan to buy out certain flood-damaged homes and turn the lots into permanent green space as a flood mitigation measure.

We talked with Rock Rapids Mayor Jason Chase, and he tells us about the program.

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Chase says that if people are rebuilding or repairing their flood-damaged property and didn’t have flood insurance, there is no help available through this program, but there could be grants and loans available through a number of government programs and non-profit disaster relief organizations. Chase encourages all people whose homes were damaged by the flood to see if they qualify for all of the types of relief and make the final decisions when they have more information. He says the city office has the contact information for all of the programs.

He says there is something else to remember if you are rebuilding or repairing significantly-damaged property in the 100-year floodplain.

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Chase says the buyout could take some time but he encourages people who are interested and eligible to apply now and get on the list for a city-sponsored appraisal. Chase says estimates are that there were 60 to 80 homes damaged by the flood in some way, and perhaps 30 of those may be eligible for the buyout. He says it is estimated that 15 homes or so are not livable. He says if your home is on the buyout list but it’s livable, you are allowed to stay in it until closing time.

Chase tells us about a group that is being put together right now in response to flood damaged properties.

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The mayor also says they are working on getting some property opened up that was set aside for low to moderate-income development on the south side of South Fifteenth Street. He says it’s possible that some temporary or permanent housing could be arranged there.

Inwood, Iowa — A Lennox, SD woman is behind bars in Rock Rapids as a fugitive from justice after a traffic stop in Inwood.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:30 PM on Sunday, July 27, 2014, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on Main Street in Inwood for a traffic violation. The deputy says the driver, 42-year-old Marty Franklin of Lennox, SD did not have a valid driver’s license and had an active arrest warrant out of Wisconsin.

Franklin was cited on a charge of failure to have a valid driver’s license, a simple misdemeanor, and was arrested for being a Fugitive From Justice.

She is currently being held at the Lyon County Jail.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The cleanup of the flood aftermath continues in Rock Rapids. Of course the main thrust of the efforts have been focused on public infrastructure and helping individual citizens to get back on their feet and repair, replace, or buy out their homes. island park entrance closed

But we are in the early stages of knowing what will happen with Island Park. The oxbow diversion canal that comes off the main channel of the river, headed west was basically filled with sand on the north leg. That’s the canal that creates the “island” and gives the park its name. The sand, which also plugged the head of the canal under the bridge, is being removed.

The city is looking for volunteers to clean up the park, including restoration of camping and picnicking facilities. If you are interested in that, you are asked to call the chamber at 472-3456.

Also, the planning of the restoration of the mini zoo is in the early stages. The flood came at a time when the city was soliciting ideas for park improvement. Mayor Jason Chase says the finished mini zoo will probably look a little different, but he assures the citizens that if they can find someone to take care of it, there will be a mini zoo again.  He says he told the park planner from Confluence Engineering that any plan for Island Park has to include the mini zoo.  However, at this time city officials say that due to heavy DNR regulations involving deer and pheasants, those are not included in the current plan.  Mayor Chase says they’re not ruling out bringing them back in the future if they are able to obtain some and comply with the regulations.  All the animals that were in the mini zoo either perished in the flood or were released.

Disciples ChurchThe Christian Church (Disciples) in Rock Rapids is celebrating 125 years of service on Sunday, August 3rd.

A program of celebration will be held at 2:30 that afternoon at the church, 110 South Greene Street.

Everyone in the community is invited to come and share with them.

Hunter education is mandatory for anyone born after January 1, 1972 who wants to hunt in Iowa. A Hunter Education Field Day will be held August 23, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon at the Rock Rapids Gun Club. You must register and complete all course work online before August 23, 2014. To register and complete course work, please visit http://reservations1.usedirect.com/IowaWeb/.

This field day is limited to 25 students and will fill up fast. Cost for the class is $25.00. Please contact Jeff Schram at 712-472-3127 if you have any any questions.

July 25, 2014 - 4:34 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — It’s Doon Days this weekend in Doon, and the community is celebrating in a number of different ways.Doon water towers

We had a chance to talk with Tim Mantel, one of the people organizing all the fun, and he told us what’s going on.

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Mantel says most of the kids’ activities including the inflatable bouncies are free. He says it’s a great family time in Doon for Doon Days.

Along the Rock River, Iowa — Flood cleanup efforts are winding down in northwest Iowa, and some disaster assistance personnel who came to help out are planning their trip out of the area.sba disaster rock rapids office

We have received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration will close its Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Rock Rapids and Rock Valley on Thursday, July 31 at 5 PM.

Joseph M. Folsom, the U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Director says that the SBA opened the centers to provide personalized assistance to Iowa residents and business owners affected by the severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred June 14 ‑ 23, 2014, in Lyon and Sioux counties.  He says that until the centers close, SBA customer service representatives will continue to be available to meet with residents and business owners to answer their questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help them complete their applications and close their approved disaster loans.

Residents and business owners can meet with SBA representatives on the days and times indicated below.  No appointment is necessary.

LYON COUNTY
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
114 First Avenue (corner of First Avenue and Marshall Street)
Rock Rapids, IA  51246
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm

 

SIOUX COUNTY
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Faith Reformed Church (lower level, southwest entrance, Room 5)
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, IA  51247
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Closes Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.  Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.  SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based upon each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339.  For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 8, 2014.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 8, 2015.

July 24, 2014 - 6:42 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Two George people were arrested after a disturbance on Monday, July 21st.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they were called about 8:30 PM for a domestic disturbance at a rural George home.

Deputies responded, and after further investigation 29-year-old Laura Kannegieter of George was arrested and charged with Serious Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor; and 60-year-old Robert Meyer of George was arrested and charged with Assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Northwest Iowa flood victims are being helped by several different agencies and programs. One of those is Justice For All — the organization in charge of the Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund.money cash bills dollars

We had a chance to talk to Joe Vander Zee with Justice For All recently, and asked him about the progress of the fundraising and flood recovery effort.

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He says if you’re making a donation, those can be dropped off or sent to any of the Lyon County banks, and checks should be made payable to JFA-Lyon County Disaster Relief Fund.

Vander Zee says they are also still taking applications from victims, especially since people may have been too modest or proud to accept help before, but now are maybe thinking they could sure use some help.

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Vander Zee says they really appreciate the donations that people have given. He says that about a third of the money they have received so far has come in the form of a donation from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation — the nonprofit arm that distributes a portion of the gaming take from the Grand Falls Casino.

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Again, that Rock Rapids Flood Information Meeting is Thursday, July 24 7:00 PM at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. The public is encouraged to attend.

Also, the Small Business Administration is encouraging flood victims to see if they are eligible for low-interest loans. SBA assistance is available in the primary Iowa counties of Lyon and Sioux and the neighboring Iowa counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola and Plymouth; the neighboring Minnesota counties of Nobles and Rock; and the neighboring South Dakota counties of Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster. SBA representatives are on hand for a limited time at Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. No appointment is necessary. The Rock Rapids office is at 114 First Avenue, in the Waagmeester building, and the Rock Valley office is at the Faith Reformed Church at 1305 Seventh Street.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available through the Iowa Individual Assistance program. Contact Mid-Sioux or Upper Des Moines Opportunity for more information. The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund is providing grants of up to $7,500 and low-interest loans of up to $15,000. Contact Sherry Zinn for more information at sherry.zinn@nwipdc.org or 712-262-7225 ext 139. And grants and low-interest loans for individual housing assistance are available through USDA Rural Development. Contact Desirae Willms at 712-546-5149 Extension 4 or at desirae.willms@ia.usda.gov.

Unlike the Justice For All grants, some of the other programs are income-based and some are age-based, so victims need to contact the agencies for more information.