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

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County fair is in full swing in Rock Rapids. Activities continue on Wednesday and Thursday.

Elaine Hinsch, who is on the fair board tells us about Wednesday at the fair.


Highlights of the fair’s final day on Thursday include the 4-H supper and awards, tractor pull, and youth fun night.

July 17, 2018 - 12:10 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — At the 2018 Lyon County Fair on Monday night, July 16th, Miss Lester, Erica Kellenberger was chosen as Miss Lyon County, 2018. Miss Rock Rapids, Noelle Mc Carthy, was chosen as first runner-up.

The Friend of the Fair award went to Rick Kiers.

July 16, 2018 - 5:49 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s the 125th anniversary of the Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids, and the fair is going on now.

Elaine Hinsch is on the fair board and she details Tuesday’s activities for us.


Highlights of the rest of the week include the horse show, the steak fry, and the figure-8 races on Wednesday, and the 4-H supper and awards, tractor pull, and youth fun night on Thursday.

Primghar, Iowa — A Sheldon man who led law enforcement on a chase starting in Sheldon and ending in George in April has been sentenced to prison as part of a plea agreement.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year old Jarrod Jay Bandow faced charges in that county of eluding, a class D felony; reckless driving; numerous stop sign violations; and speeding. According to O’Brien County authorities, he was charged there with two counts of driving under suspension; violating one-way traffic; reckless driving; eluding, a class D felony; stop sign violations; speeding, and Operating While Intoxicated.

O’Brien County authorities say one of their deputies spotted a white Chevrolet S10 pickup on Highway 18 in Sheldon, that had reportedly been stolen from Estherville. When the deputy attempted to pull the truck over, the driver refused to stop, leading the deputy on a chase, northbound on Highway 60. Deputies say the pickup was at times traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the 4-lane highway. The pursuit entered Lyon County on 230th Street southeast of George. The vehicle entered George from the south on Kennedy Avenue and continued on city streets at speeds reaching 60 to 70 miles per hour at times, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

They say Bandow was eventually taken into custody after a short foot pursuit when he exited the moving vehicle on North Dell Street and was tackled by an Iowa State Trooper. The vehicle came to rest in a snow bank approximately 30 feet from a local home, neither of which received any damage. There were no injuries as a result of the pursuit or subsequent arrest.

Lyon and O’Brien County Deputies were assisted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol.

O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs says that since either county could have charged him on any and all charges and obtained convictions, as part of a “global resolution” of Bandow’s pending criminal charges, “…the parties agreed that he would plead to an OWI in O’Brien County and an eluding charge in Lyon County.” Schreurs says Bandow will serve 98 days in jail for the OWI (the O’Brien County case), and then a prison sentence for eluding (the Lyon County case).

Court records indicate that Bandow was sentenced to a five-year prison term in Lyon County to be served concurrently with an Emmet county sentence. He must also pay a $750 fine and submit a DNA sample for profiling.

Inwood, Iowa — A Larchwood woman has been arrested after authorities say she damaged property at the West Lyon Community School north of Inwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says one of their deputies arrested 24-year-old Amanda Hoffman of Larchwood and took her to jail.

They say she was charged with Second Degree Criminal Mischief, a class D felony.

According to the criminal complaint, the deputy believes that on Saturday, July 14th, Hoffman drove around in circles on the school’s football field and the grass portion of the playground, tearing up and destroying grass in the process. The deputy also believes Hoffman spray-painted the side of one of the outbuildings on the West Lyon property.

July 15, 2018 - 12:18 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s time for the Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids. Preliminary activities wrap up today (Sunday) with the County Fair Gospel Concert featuring the Triumphant Sound Quartet at the Rock Rapids First Reformed Church.

The fair gets going in earnest on Monday. Elaine Hinsch has been on the Lyon County Fair Board for several years. She tells us what’s in store for fair-goers on Monday.


She says the Round Barn demonstrations will feature making ole bolen (which is a Dutch pastry similar to a doughnut hole with fruit), making spec ‘n dicken (which is a German pastry similar to a sweet pancake with meat), making lefse (which is a Norwegian pastry similar to a potato tortilla), making butter, making rope, and pulling taffy. They’ll also demonstrate spinning, tatting, knitting, quilting, table games, and cow milking.

Highlights of the rest of the week include Kids’ Day, the pork chop meal, and car races on Tuesday; the horse show, the steak fry, and the figure-8 races on Wednesday, and the 4-H supper and awards, tractor pull, and youth fun night on Thursday.

Inwood, Iowa — A $3.2 million construction project continues at the West Lyon School north of Inwood.

Superintendent Shawn Kreman, who stepped into the superintendent’s position earlier this month tells us how the project has progressed thus far.


He tells us that the main big-ticket item is an addition.


He says that they hope to be done with the construction by the time students come back to school, which he says will be a week later than normal — August 28th. If not, he says there are contingency plans in case some of the areas are not ready yet. He says they are now working on enclosing the addition so soon they won’t have to worry about the weather factor.

July 12, 2018 - 6:24 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s about time for the Lyon County Fair to start in Rock Rapids. A few preliminary events are taking place now.

Earlier this week, the Communications Event-Educational Presentations, Clothing Event-Clothing Selection, Fashion Revue, $15 Challenge and the 4-H and Clover Kids Non-livestock (Static) Judging took place in the Commercial building at the fairgrounds.

The actual opening day is Monday but on Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM, the open class entries registration will be on the east side of the 4-H building for textiles, hand crafts, fashion, crafts, canned goods, oven products, and foods. Fair officials tell us that all baked goods will be judged at the entry time. A sample will be kept for display and the rest of the product can be taken home at entry time. Also at that same time (9-11 a.m.) will be the weigh-in for the open-class beef show, with the actual open class beef show to be at 1 p.m.

Several years ago the County Fair Gospel Concert used to be held at the fairgrounds. But it was eventually moved indoors into the air conditioning. That continues to this day. This year the concert will be presented at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15th, by the Triumphant Sound Quartet. It will be at the Rock Rapids First Reformed Church on Highway 75.

Livestock shows, a pet show, the fair queen contest, several meals featuring beef and pork, historical demonstrations, a spelling bee, two kinds of car races, a tractor pull, commercial exhibits, and much, much more are planned next week for the 2018 Lyon County Fair, which runs through Thursday, July 19th. Plus, this year the Lyon County Fair is celebrating 125 years.

July 11, 2018 - 4:36 pm - Posted in News

Primghar, Iowa — Northwest Iowa families can now visit six libraries throughout the region and check out STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational backpacks.

The backpacks were created by Iowa State University students and are sponsored by local county extension councils and an Excellence in Extension grant, according to ISU Extension and Outreach Human Sciences Program Coordinator Mackenzie DeJong.


She says there are two books in each bag.


DeJong says that each library is free to determine their own plan for checkout and use of the backpacks. Some of them may offer them for checkout, some may have patrons use the backpacks and their materials only at the library. But she encourages people to “check out” the backpacks. Again, they are available at the public libraries in George, Hull, Sibley, Sanborn, Everly, and Milford.

Photo caption: Mackenzie DeJong (left) and Sue Boettcher (middle) deliver four STEM backpacks to Gillian Anderson (right), Milford Public Library Director.

July 11, 2018 - 2:56 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Next on the summer festival schedule in northwest Iowa is the town of Larchwood, up in the very corner of the state.

Larchwood Family Days have been going on for a number of years. Larchwood City Clerk Sandi DeSmet says that the activities get underway this Friday night, July 13th.


She says Saturday’s activities start with a 5 and 10K race. Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the 10K getting underway at 7:30.


Click here for the schedule.