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October 21, 2016 - 9:39 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — Two people were taken to a hospital after an accident near Doon yesterday.
Lyon County Ambulance
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 5:05 p.m., 81-year-old James Van Berkum of Rock Valley was driving a Buick Terraza northbound on Highway 75 near County Road A52, about three miles east of Doon. The report says Van Berkum was waiting for traffic so we can make a left turn onto A52. It says 39-year-old Scott Mason of Rock Rapids was driving a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan also northbound on Highway 75 behind Van Berkum. The report says he didn’t see Van Berkum stopped at the intersection and rear-ended the Van Berkum vehicle. When the two vehicles struck, it caused Van Berkum’s Buick to spin into the southbound lane where it struck a 2014 Ford Escape driven by 45-year-old Kathleen Lundquist of Paullina.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Van Berkum and his passenger, 76-year-old Dolores Keegan of Doon to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The report says that both Van Berkum’s and Mason’s vehicles were totaled in the accident and Lundquist’s Ford sustained about $8,000 in damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Doon Fire Department and Rescue crew and the Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted them on the scene.

October 19, 2016 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderAlvord, Iowa — Two vehicles were totaled and another was damaged after striking cattle on the roadway in the morning hours of Monday, October 17th north of Alvord.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:25 am on Monday, 39-year-old Brandon Kruse of George was driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre westbound on A-26. Fifty-six-year-old Steven Hansman of Phoenix, Arizona was driving a 2015 Ford Escape, also westbound on A-26. 29-year-old Joel Koedam of Lester was driving a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville northbound on K-30.

According to the report, Kruse struck a cow on the roadway, causing his vehicle to spine and strike numerous other cows and then go into the north ditch. Hansman swerved to miss numerous other cows on the road and ended up striking one of the cows that Kruse had hit. Upon the Sheriff’s Office arrival, it was found that Koedam also struck a cow that was in the roadway.

The Buick and Pontiac were each a total loss; the Ford received $5,000 damage; the loss of cattle was $4,000.

No injuries were reported.

October 18, 2016 - 11:15 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — One of the ways that needy people in Lyon County receive Christmas gifts from generous individuals is changing.
ATLAS of Lyon County
In years past, people would donate gifts to Mid-Sioux Opportunity or more recently ATLAS of Lyon County through a program called “Bless A Family.” Ashley Lewis, who is the office manager at ATLAS of Lyon County tells us a little history of what is now being called “The Spirit Store”.

Lewis says that because of that study, they are changing the way many of their programs work.

She tells us how the Spirit Store will work.

In 2016 the Spirit Store will be held in the Frontier Bank Basement on Saturday, December 3rd. Because of this early date, Lewis says it’s important to be earlier with donations if you feel led to support this event.

If you want to donate, you can call ATLAS at 712-472-9016 or stop at 112 First Avenue in Rock Rapids for a list of needed items or to make a financial contribution. ATLAS encourages people to involve groups, kids, churches, and more. They do say that donations need to be made by November 21, 2016. Call them for more information, or check out

October 18, 2016 - 9:24 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids teen was apprehended after leading law enforcement on a pursuit.
Police lightbar chase
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they received a call regarding people trespassing and possibly burglarizing vehicles about six miles northwest of Rock Rapids. A responding deputy observed a vehicle leaving the area.

When the deputy turned his patrol car around to investigate further, the Sheriff’s Office says the driver shut off the vehicle’s head lights and began traveling at a high rate of speed, in excess of 80 miles per hour, on foggy gravel roads.

They say the vehicle was pursued by the deputy for about four miles, when the suspect vehicle entered an acreage site and the driver attempted to conceal the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was called to the scene to track the suspect. The 17-year-old male suspect, from rural Rock Rapids, was apprehended.

He has been charged with eluding law enforcement, a class D felony; operating while intoxicated 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor; a concealed weapons violation, an aggravated misdemeanor; failure to obey a stop sign, and failure to use headlamps when required.

The sheriff’s office reports that at the conclusion of the investigation the juvenile offender was transported to the Youth Emergency Services center in Cherokee.

Alvord, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the public’s help to solve a livestock poisoning case.

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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that their deputies are currently investigating a case that involves the poisoning of approximately 100 head of cattle on the Joel Moser farm near Alvord. They say 40 head of the cattle have already died.

The Sheriff’s Office says they have been able to determine that the cattle are dying because of a high level of lead in their systems. The lead is believed to have been mixed in with their feed on Sunday morning, October 9, 2016, when they believe a tractor battery was thrown into the cattle feed mixer.

Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that cattle farmers should take note and pay a little extra attention to who is showing up on their yards, and make sure that nothing on their farms has been disturbed.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office can be reached at 712-472-8300.

October 14, 2016 - 1:58 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — It’s “Pink at the Pump” month at some of the Iowa retailers who sell a higher blend of ethanol.
Grant Menke of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says it applies to E-15, and 28 Iowa stations are participating, including Hull Coop in Hull, Junction 9-75 in Rock Rapids, and STAR Energy in Spencer.

You may have noticed the promotion if you’ve filled up at a station with E-15 pumps. Participating locations have pink nozzle guards, to mark the grade of fuel that is part of the promotion.

The average price for regular unleaded in Iowa is currently two-20 ($2.20) a gallon and E-15 is selling for about 20 cents less.

“Murphy USA” stations in Clinton, Davenport, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Mason City, Newton and Sioux City; “Ampride” stations in Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge and Humboldt; “STAR Energy” stations in Fort Dodge, Guthrie Center, Spencer, Storm Lake and Yale; “New Century FS” stations in Grinnell, Melbourne and Vinton; the “Fast Stop” in Cresco; “United Farmers Coop” in Creston and Mount Ayr; “Three Rivers FS” in Elkader; “Hull Coop” in Hull; “Linn Coop Oil Company” in Marion; “Good and Quick” in Nevada; “Junction 9-75″ in Rock Rapids; “Fuel Time” in St. Ansgar and the “Feed Ranch” in Waukon.

October 13, 2016 - 8:11 am - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Canadian woman was taken to a hospital after an accident in Doon recently.
Lyon County Ambulance
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Hannah Veldman of British Columbia, Canada was driving a 2005 Honda Civic owned by Gina Nelson of Jefferson, Oregon eastbound on 260th Street. The Sheriff’s Office says she failed to stop at the intersection and struck a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup driven by 16-year-old Brentyn Krohn of Orange City, who was driving southbound on Gere Avenue.

Veldman was transported to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley. No injuries were reported by Krohn and a passenger in his vehicle.

The vehicle Veldman was driving was estimated to be a total loss while Krohn’s vehicle sustained about $9000 in damages.

Veldman was cited on a charge of failure to obey stop sign.

The Sheriff’s Office says Doon Fire and Rescue and Lyon County Ambulance personnel assisted on this accident.

October 11, 2016 - 6:14 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa – Hands-on learning and fun activities are in store once again for northwest Iowa elementary and middle school students.
science chemistry STEM students
Registration is now open for area fourth through eighth graders to attend Fall STEM Fest 2016 hosted by Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs.

Extension Youth Program Specialist Ben Pullen says that fall STEM Fest 2016 is free to attend, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NCC in Sheldon.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in Building A on the NCC campus, with sessions starting at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day, and a public showcase will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Pullen highlights some of the activities.

He says other topics will include Rockets to the Rescue; Cooking with Chemistry; Exercise Science; Welding Technology; Dairy Science; Electricity and Magnetism; Building Bridges; and Pottery Puzzles.

If your child or children are interested, Pullen says they’ll need to select their first, second and third choice color track which consists of different sessions and activities. Organizers will attempt to honor color track choices, but sessions fill up quickly. No changes to color tracks will happen the day of the event.

Online registration can be completed at or visit with your local ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Coordinator to register.

Click here for a flyer about the event.

October 11, 2016 - 5:52 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Domestic violence impacts many women, men, and children in northwest Iowa every year. October has been designated “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
Domestic violence advocates with the agency that assists domestic violence victims in northwest Iowa — the Family Crisis Centers, based in Sioux Center — say that from July of 2015 to June of this year, they assisted 228 victims. Amber London with that agency says that the number of actual victims of domestic violence in their area may be much higher.

But London says it’s important that the community is aware that domestic violence is a problem, and that talking about domestic violence helps to erase stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported if they do come forward.

She says they provide many resources for survivors of domestic violence.

She says most contacts come via phone. Their Sioux Center number is 722-4404. She says they also have a crisis line at 1-800-382-5603. Plus, she says there is a statewide number that people can call when they need help, which is called Help Line Iowa. That number is 1-800-770-1650.

However, London says there is also a new text number. She says you can get help by texting “iowahelp” to 20121.

London says you can also find out more by visiting their web site at She says the site also has a safe exit button in case you need it.

October 7, 2016 - 5:45 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The work on a pipeline to bring North Dakota crude oil to a connection point in Illinois is nearing completion in our area. All of the pipe is in the ground in our section, which stretches from the Big Sioux River near Inwood to the Cherokee/Buena Vista county line.
Dakota Access Bakken Crude Pipeline Route Iowa
In a report filed with the Iowa Utilities Board this past week, officials with the Dakota Access division of Energy Transfer Partners report that in northwest Iowa’s O’Brien County, work is complete as far as staking, clearing, grading, ditch work, road and other bores, stringing, welding, lowering, and backfill. Fifty-six percent of the cleanup and restoration is done too, as well as all of the hydro testing.

In Sioux County, it is reported that all of the work is completed, except that only half of the “other bores” are completed, and only 16 percent of the hydro testing. Plus all of the cleanup and restoration has yet to be completed.

In Lyon County, all of the cleanup and restoration has yet to be done there as well, plus no hydro testing has been done yet, otherwise everything else is done.