August 30, 2015 - 3:01 am - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — Fire crews from several towns were on scene at a fire on Saturday night on Main Street in Lester.
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The Lester Fire Department was called out about 7:45 PM to the fire.

On-scene reports indicate the fire appeared to be at a business called “Cob’s Custom Farming.” The business has a large bi-fold aircraft-style door on the front. This door was partially-open and several burned items could be seen at the time of the report, which was about 9 PM.
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Fire trucks were seen from Lester, Larchwood, and Alvord, Iowa; and Hills, Minnesota. Also, the Luverne, Minnesota Fire Department had come down with their aerial truck to help fight the fire. Several rescue squads were on scene as well as the Lyon County Ambulance. Deputies from both Lyon County, Iowa and Rock County, Minnesota were also seen on the scene.

Details of the blaze, including the cause are not available at this hour.

One Lester resident says the building used to be the dance hall and roller rink.Lester Fire 082915 c

August 30, 2015 - 2:26 am - Posted in News

Valley Springs, South Dakota — Law officers in three states are joining together for an enforcement project. This tri-state drunk driving education and enforcement campaign, which runs from now through September 7th, is part of the national campaign coordinated by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Officers from South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are part of the enforcement campaign announced Friday at the Minnesota/South Dakota Rest Area and scale on I-90 near Valley Springs, S.D. The effort is focused around next weekend’s Labor Day holiday.

In Iowa it’s called “operating while intoxicated,” or OWI. In Minnesota it’s “driving while intoxicated,” or DWI. In South Dakota it’s “driving under the influence,” or DUI. Whatever you call it, it’s a big problem.  More than 36,000 drivers are arrested for drunk driving in the three states each year. In 2014, the Iowa State Patrol made 1,450 such arrests, South Dakota arrested 9,450 and in Minnesota more than 25,000 such arrests were made. In the last five years (2010-2014), 1,215 people have died in drunk driving-related traffic crashes in the three states, including 239 in 2014 alone.

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At the kick-off event, Brad Bigler, a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his five-month-old son, Dreke, shared his powerful story. The loss of a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver can have lifelong implications on the victims, their families and even the first responders. He says one decision can alter the lives of countless people.

In his part of the presentation, Nobles County Public Works director Steve Schnieder said that now is the time to make sure you don’t make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Captain Bruce Verdoes of the Minnesota State Patrol tells us why they brought the three states together for this effort.

He says the main goal is to cut down on serious injury accidents and fatalities.

Alan Welsh, Captain with the South Dakota Highway Patrol echos his Minnesota counterpart’s sentiments.

Trooper Vince Kurtz, safety officer with the Iowa State Patrol says that the Iowa State Patrol is glad to be participating in the tri-state effort.

Prevent Drunk Driving

  • Plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
  • Offer to be a designated driver, or be available to pick up a loved one anytime, anywhere.
  • Buckle up – the best defense against a drunk driver.
  • Report drunk driving – call 911 when witnessing impaired driving behavior. Be prepared to provide location, license plate number and observed dangerous behavior.

The enhanced DWI enforcement campaign is a component of Minnesota’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program.

Click here for more on the Toward Zero Deaths program.

August 28, 2015 - 1:49 am - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — One of the more unique and long-lasting northwest Iowa town festivals is going in right now in Little Rock. The 68th annual Little Rock Corn Show runs now through Sunday.
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We had a chance to visit with Kent Peters, the chairman of the Little Rock Town And Country Club, who puts on the Corn Show every year.

He tells us what to expect tonight.

Saturday’s events feature a bike ride, a pork meal, the parade, more entertainment under the tent and a teen dance, among many other activities. Featured activities on Sunday include an Omelet and German pancake brunch, a joint church service under the tent, an antique tractor pull, and a soap box derby among other events.

Click here for the full schedule of events.

August 26, 2015 - 3:36 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa – The Rock Rapids Fire Department was able to prevent damage to a manufacturing facility on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 7:05 AM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of smoke at Maintainer Custom Bodies at 909 South East Street. That’s on the south edge of Rock Rapids on K52.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke coming from a dust collector on the south side of the building as they approached the scene. He says the filters in the dust collector were on fire. He says the cause of the fire is thought to have been a spark that somehow got into the collector.

After they pulled the filters out of the system and put out the fire, they vented smoke out of the building.

Reck reports that there were no injuries reported.

Chief Reck reports that the damage was limited to the filters. He says after they were done, they started the dust collector system, and it ran fine.

He says they used only about 150 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

August 25, 2015 - 3:07 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A GOP 2016 Presidential Candidate is coming to the area again.
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Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is coming back to the area to wind up his second “Full Grassley” — or tour of all 99 Iowa counties. Santorum also did a 99-county tour the last time he ran for President in 2012. That time he ended up getting the Iowa GOP nomination.

This time Lyon County is the final county in the tour, and to celebrate the fact that Santorum has again been to all 99 counties (the first 2016 candidate to do so), the appearance will take the form of a party. The event will be September 1st at Island Park in Rock Rapids in the large shelter house west of the swimming pool. Doors will open at 5:30 and Pizza Ranch will be catering. National media are expected to attend.

Santorum made a stop in Orange City on July 31st, and one in Sibley on Monday, August 24th.

August 23, 2015 - 6:43 pm - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A pretrial conference is scheduled for Monday, August 24th for an Inwood man accused of sexual exploitation of a minor.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Jesse Eugene Visser of Inwood was arrested on April 30th, 2015 on several warrants. They report that the charges are a result of an investigation that began on April 6, 2015.

Visser is charged with eight counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, all Class C Felonies; five counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, all Class C Felonies; and one count of Assault causing Bodily Injury, a serious misdemeanor.

According to court documents, Visser is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl at least five times in March and April and receiving nude photos of her from September, 2014 through February, 2015. He’s also accused of punching her in the face, according to court documents.

Monday’s pretrial conference is set for 10 AM at the Lyon County Courthouse

August 18, 2015 - 8:35 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News, Sports

Anyone born after January 1, 1972 who plans to hunt in Iowa is required to take a Hunter Education online course.

If that’s you, the first thing you have to do is register and complete the online course by Wednesday, August 26th. To register and complete the online course go to (that’s hunter ed) or visit the Iowa DNR website.

Then, you have to attend a Hunter Education Field Day. One of those will be held Saturday, August 29th at the Rock Rapids Gun Club. The field day will run from 8 A.M. until 12:00 noon. There is a limit of 25 students for the field day.

You do have to be at least 11 years old to attend the Field Day and complete the requirements.

To participate in the field day, you need to take the online course completion certificate to field day on Saturday the 29th.

If you have questions, contact Jeff Schram at 712-472-3127.

August 12, 2015 - 9:22 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemOrange City, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was injured and later arrested after a two vehicle accident near Orange City on Tuesday, August 11th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 am on Tuesday, August 11th, 34-year-old Aaron Van Kley of Rock Rapids was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche southbound on Jefferson Avenue, one mile northeast of Orange City. Sixty-one-year-old John Leusink of Orange City was driving a 2008 Ford F450 eastbound on 430th street. According to the report, the two met in the intersection where Van Kley struck Leusink.

The release states Van Kley was transported by the Orange City Ambulance to the Orange City Hospital Area Health System for treatment of minor injuries.

The report continues that after Van Kley’s release from the hospital, he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license. Additionally, he was cited for failing to yield right of way to a vehicle on the right and failing to use or maintain safety belts.

The Chevrolet received $6000 damage; the Ford received $5000 damage.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Orange City Police Department, Orange City Fire Department, and the Orange City Ambulance.

August 10, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, Iowa — An Inwood man’s vehicle was damaged after it rolled northeast of Inwood on Saturday, August 8th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 1:50 am, 29-year-old Israel Topete was driving a 2004 GMC Pickup westbound on 220th Street. According to the report, Topete lost control of his vehicle on the gravel and went into the north ditch and rolled.

The GMC received $13,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

August 10, 2015 - 8:04 am - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — Five people were taken to a hospital after an accident on Friday night near Lester.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:25 PM, 59-year-old Wanda Hoogendoorn of Larchwood was driving her 2011 Ford Edge about two miles west of Keith’s Korner in Lester. The report says she was stopped on Highway 9 waiting to turn south on to Dipper Avenue when she was allegedly rear-ended by a 2005 Ford F550 driven by 22-year-old Bernard Rahn of Mission, South Dakota. After it was struck, Hoogendoorn’s vehicle went into the south ditch and rolled and came to rest on the driver’s side.

Hoogendoorn and her four minor passengers were transported to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids.

Both vehicles were totaled in the accident.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Lester Fire and Rescue crew and the Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted them at the scene.