February 23, 2018 - 12:08 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County, Iowa – The West Lyon Community School District has announced the hiring of a new Superintendent of Schools.

According to West Lyon Business Manager Bob Tracy, Mr. Shawn Kreman, who currently serves as 7 -12 Principal at Iowa Valley Community Schools in Marengo, will become the West Lyon Superintendent on July 1st.

Tracy says the interview process for hiring the new superintendent involved approximately 55 members of the West Lyon School System including students, support staff, teachers, administrators, community members, parents, and the Board of Education.  He says Kreman was selected from an applicant pool of 13 candidates.

For the past 9 years, Kreman has served as the 7-12 Principal in the Iowa Valley Community School District in Marengo. He has 31 years of experience in the education field, according to Tracy.

He says Kreman’s various leadership experiences, the proven focus on student achievement, the ability to form strong relations within the school district and the passion to serve students will be an asset to the West Lyon District.

February 22, 2018 - 3:45 pm - Posted in News

Spirit Lake, Iowa — A Spirit Lake woman plans to run for Iowa House District 1 as a Democrat. That’s the district that covers Lyon and Osceola Counties and the northern two-thirds of Dickinson County, and is held currently by Republican John Wills. Read The Full Story…

February 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the seven Democratic candidates for Iowa Governor is going to be in several communities in northwest Iowa over the next few days.

According to his campaign website, John Norris “is a fifth-generation Iowan, raised on the Montgomery County family farm his Great-great grandparents settled in 1881. Educated at Red Oak Community Schools, Simpson College and The University of Iowa College of Law, [Norris] benefited from having a strong family, a close-knit rural community, and a world-class Iowa education.”

On Saturday, Norris will be at The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar in Spencer at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. that night, he’ll be at the Spirit Lake Public Library.

On Sunday, Norris will be in Sibley at noon at the Pizza Ranch. Later that afternoon — at 2 — he’ll be at the Grand Falls Casino Resort west of Larchwood. He’ll make two more stops on Sunday in northwest Iowa — at the Town Square Coffee House in Orange City at 4, and at the Cherokee Family Table Restaurant at 6:30.

On Monday, the candidate will visit Jays Restaurant and Lounge in Sanborn at 8 a.m. and he’ll be at a Plymouth County Democrats Forum at 6:30 that night at the Hinton Community Center.

On Tuesday, Norris will be in Le Mars at Lally’s Eastside at 9 a.m. and at the Northwest Iowa Sierra Club Gubernatorial Forum at 6:30 p.m. that evening at the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City.

February 19, 2018 - 5:19 pm - Posted in News

Sioux County, Iowa, east of Fairview, SD — Two people were taken to a hospital following an accident in western Sioux County, near Fairview, SD on Monday, February 19th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that before 10:30 a.m. 22-year-old Mason Laird, of Canton, SD was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup northbound on A54B Boulevard, three miles west of Fairview, when he lost control of the vehicle and it entered the west ditch.

The Canton-Inwood Ambulance took Laird and a passenger, 24-year-old Krista Hevern of Inwood, to the Sanford Canton‐Inwood Medical Center.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Ford sustained about $8,000 in damages.

They say the Fairview Fire Department and the Canton-InwoodAmbulance assisted with the response to the accident.

February 16, 2018 - 2:42 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman was taken to a hospital after what you might call a “freak” accident on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:40 a.m., their emergency center received a report from a driver that an object had come through her windshield. The location of the accident was the 2800 mile of 260th Street, or A52 just west of Doon. They tell us that deputies responded to the scene and located a black 2004 Chevrolet Equinox parked on the side of the roadway. The Equinox had a handle from a large ratchet strap stuck in the windshield.

The Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Sharai Garcia of Rock Rapids, was identified as the driver of the Equinox. At the scene the sheriff’s office also located a 2002 Freightliner truck tractor that had been pulling a load of round bales. The driver of the Freightliner was identified as 57-year-old Wayne Den Hartog of Sheldon.

An investigation determined that the ratchet strap holding the round bales broke resulting the handle becoming lodged in the windshield and two of the round bales rolling off on to the roadway.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Garcia to Sanford Rock Rapids.

Den Hartog was cited on a charge of spilling loads on a highway. The sheriff’s office says the Doon Fire Department, Doon Rescue Unit, Lyon County Ambulance, and the Lyon County Engineers Office assisted them at the scene.

February 13, 2018 - 11:57 am - Posted in News


Larchwood, Iowa — A Sioux Falls man has been arrested on felony OWI charges after someone called to report a vehicle in the ditch.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, they received a phone call about 1:55 a.m. on Thursday, February 8th. The caller told them about a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of 110th Street and Apple Avenue in the extreme northwest corner of the county, about three miles west-southwest of the Grand Falls Casino.

Deputies responded to this location, located the vehicle, and made contact with the driver, who was identified as 37-year-old Nicholas Kruse of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The deputy observed signs of intoxication and initiated an OWI investigation. As a result of this investigation, Kruse was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended, a simple misdemeanor; and Operating While Intoxicated, 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony.

Kruse was also cited on charges of failure to maintain control and failure to provide insurance.

February 12, 2018 - 11:23 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — Four people are charged with narcotics-related charges following the execution of a search warrant at a George residence Saturday (February 10th).

Authorities say the search warrant led to the arrest of 36-year old Jeffrey Warner of George, who is charged with Distribution of Marijuana, Gathering Where Methamphetamine Unlawfully Used, Drug Tax Stamp Violation. All three charges are Class D Felonies, according to officials. In addition, Warner was charged with various misdemeanor drug offenses.

Deputies say they also arrested 36-year old Jason Boone of Sheldon on charges of Enhanced Possession With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine Within Certain Real Property, a Class B Felony, as well as Drug Tax Stamp Violation, a Class D Felony, along with a pair of misdemeanor narcotics charges.

Two others were also arrested, according to authorities. 37-year old Brian Corey of Sioux City, and 28-year old Heather Kruger. Deputies say both Corey and Kruger face multiple misdemeanor drug-related charges in connection with the search warrant execution.

Editor’s note: The Community Foundation of Lyon County is the foundation that used to distribute money that came from the state’s casinos before Lyon County had a casino. Money from the Grand Falls Casino now gets funneled through a different foundation, the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation. The Community Foundation of Lyon County still exists, but now only receives charitable donations, and no gambling money to be used to fund eligible projects.

Sioux City, Iowa — The Community Foundation of Lyon County (CFLC), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government. Grant criteria and the online application can be found at www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/affiliates/. The deadline for submitting an online application is March 15.

“The Community Foundation of Lyon County will begin awarding grants every two years, and has increased the maximum amount to be requested” stated Shayne Mayer, CFLC Advisory Board Chair, “Our hope is that the impact of these grants will be felt throughout Lyon County. We are excited about our new grant process and encourage Lyon County nonprofits to apply.”

The CFLC will award grants in the following areas:
• Arts & Culture
• Civic
• Education
• Environment
• Health
• Human Services

The CFLC Advisory Board is aware that service clubs and organizations have an important role in Lyon County. Even though the Foundation can not make grants directly to service clubs or other non-501(c)(3) organizations, those organizations are encouraged to collaborate with a qualified nonprofit agency on projects or seek a fiscal sponsor.

The CFLC is governed by a local nine-member advisory board composed of representatives from communities in Lyon County. Technical assistance and staff support is provided by the Siouxland Community Foundation which currently works with eleven affiliate Foundations.

Questions about the grant program or online application process may be directed to Rebecca Krohn, Executive Director, Siouxland Community Foundation at (712) 293-3303.

February 9, 2018 - 5:09 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — While it isn’t a Presidential election year, county parties across Iowa did hold caucus meetings this past week.

Caucus attendees at both parties’ caucuses voted for members of the Central Committee and voted on delegates and alternates to the County Convention. They also proposed County Platform Planks.

In O’Brien County, attendance at the Republican caucus was low. Party leaders say they expected low attendance with people gone and having other commitments, but the weather also played a role. For example, Sheldon precinct 1 had 5 attendees, precinct 4 had 3 attendees, and precincts 5 and six had just one attendee per precinct.

The Sioux County Republicans had about 70 folks there, according to party leaders.

Attendance at the Osceola County Republican caucus was also a little low. Party leaders say they did have a good caucus though and accomplished party business so they said it was a successful evening. They listed the top planks discussed:

1. Strong Support of the 2nd Amendment, Right to Carry legislation, and ability to defend yourself and your family, no matter where you are.
2. Right to Life: Life begins at Conception, Opposing abortion, And it was said that attendees want a Personhood rights bill.
3. Education: Elimination of the Federal Department of Education was mentioned as well as the belief that control of education should be left to parents, local school boards, and teachers. Thus, they said that they reject the Common Core Standards plan.
4. They noted their support for the display of the American flag, voluntary prayer in schools, and a daily Pledge of Allegiance.

We checked with the Lyon County Republicans, but couldn’t make contact to bring you a report on how their caucus went.

On the Democratic side, in Lyon County, we are told that the caucus went well, from all corners of the county. County party leaders tell us that healthcare was the issue they discussed the most.

The Sioux County Democrats proposed platform planks including voting rights for felons that have served their time, opposing immigration restrictions based on race or religion, Iowa becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, and working against criminal justice practices that result in a disproportionate number of African Americans in prison.

The O’Brien County Democratic party leaders tell us that they had twelve people attend, which was more than they were expecting for a non-presidential-year caucus. They say that all but two of the nine county precincts were represented. We are told that no one submitted a platform plank, but several people took home resolution forms and planned to submit resolutions to the platform committee. The committee will meet in a few weeks to prepare resolutions for the county platform, which they will approve at the county convention on March 24th. While no planks were proposed, we are told that the caucus attendees were concerned about the health of the state finances and, in particular, funding for education and healthcare. They say that those in attendance were very interested in the governor’s race, although most people haven’t yet selected a favored candidate.

The Osceola County Democratic leaders tell us they had an average turnout for a nonpresidential year. Some of the planks that attendees were most interested in were increased funding for public education, the restoration of collective bargaining rights, and ending the privatization of the Medicaid program.

Rural Inwood, Iowa — Firefighters from at least three fire departments battled a house fire near Inwood on Thursday, February 8th.

According to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep, the Inwood Fire Department was paged for a house fire at 1332 220th Street northwest of Inwood at 7:45 Thursday morning, February 8th. Firefighters from Larchwood and Canton, South Dakota were also sent to the fire. The address is roughly four miles west and two north of Inwood. The place is less than half a mile from the Big Sioux River.

Vander Stoep says that the house is a total loss, and as of mid-afternoon on Thursday, firefighters were still on-scene.