July 23, 2016 - 8:49 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Over $100,000 in damage occurred to a truck and trailer and nearly 40 head of hogs were destroyed in an accident near Larchwood on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 28-year-old Allen Leekley of Kingsley was driving a 2007 Peterbilt pulling a 2016 Wilson stock trailer southbound on Ashley Avenue and stopped at the stop sign at county road A18, five miles west of Larchwood’s south side.

According to the report, the tires began to sink into the road, and eventually the truck and trailer tipped over onto its side into the west ditch. The driver of the truck was not injured.

They say the Peterbilt received $20,000 damage. The trailer, owned by Franken Transfer of Sioux Center was estimated to be a total loss, worth $80,000.

Thirty nine head of hogs, belonging to Farmer’s Co-op Society in Sioux Center, and estimated to be worth $12,000, were destroyed in the accident, says the report.

The Sheriff’s Office says the Larchwood Fire Department and Larchwood EMS crew responded to the scene to assist, along with many local farmers.

Spencer, Iowa — The organization that provides leadership and management for the regional system of care for mental health and disability services for six northwest Iowa counties has switched providers for their crisis line.
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Northwest Iowa Care Connections serves residents of Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Palo Alto Counties. They report that they have recently switched providers for the region’s 24/7 crisis phone line from Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids to Spencer-based Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

Bill Leupold, Northwest Iowa Care Connections’ Goverance Board Chair and the official spokesperson for the region, says that the Regional Governance Board felt that the $60,000 annual cost of Foundation 2’s service was exorbitant for the number of calls received by Foundation 2.

Northwest Iowa Care Connections Region Chief Executive Officer Kim Wilson says that Seasons Center, as a private, non-profit organization, provides a safe, confidential option for people to seek assistance with social, emotional, behavioral and family issues. Since a crisis can come in many forms, Seasons Center seeks to empower people to develop their own skills and confidence in meeting life’s challenges.

Leupold says that there should be no impact to those who call the crisis line as the phone number will remain the same, the only difference being the clients will now be speaking with Seasons Center personnel.

They say the Northwest Iowa Care Connections toll free crisis line,( 844-345-4569) is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with Seasons Center, whose emergency services are accredited by the Iowa Department of Human Services Chapter 24. Callers can expect to receive assistance from trained staff who help to develop a collaborative safety plan, arrange follow-up, and make referrals to local providers as needed.

Northwest Iowa — Buy locally-grown food or grow it yourself. That’s the advice being given by some experts — and some people are following that advice.
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Recognizing the growing interest in fresh, locally-produced food, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach county offices in Northwest Iowa launched Flavors of Northwest Iowa, a regional food project to build a network of support for growers and consumers.

Extension experts have created the Local Food Road Show to meet local growers and learn how people are working together to supply the region with locally-grown food.

Several events are planned during the road show. One of them is tonight, July 19th. Extension Consumer Horticulture specialist Margaret Murphy tells us about the ISU Research and Demonstration Garden Tour and Local Food Tasting going on tonight during the Lyon County Fair at the Lyon County Fairgrounds.

The tour is free and open to the public, she says. Murphy and some other master gardeners will be available if you have questions. It starts at 6, but at 5:30, some socializing and local food treats will be available, such as salad on a stick.

Murphy says the next event on the Local Food Road Show will be this coming Monday, July 25th at the O’Brien County Fair in Primghar. She says it’s called “Gardening with Herbs”.

Then, on August 9, Extension is hosting “Cooking with Garden Vegetables” at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids from 6 to 8 PM.

If you’d like to attend that workshop, it is free, but they ask that you register by August 5th by calling the Lyon County Extension Office.

That will be followed by the “Cooking with Herbs” class to be held at the Sutherland Fire Rescue and Ambulance building on Thursday, August 11th.

She says you need to register for that by August 9th by calling the O’Brien County Extension Office.

There are other tour events going on in the wider northwest Iowa area as well. She says you can learn more at www.flavorsofnorthwestiowa.orgg or find all the details on Facebook. Look for “Flavors of Northwest Iowa”.

July 19, 2016 - 2:29 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend, including a minor accident and numerous arrests.

Early Saturday afternoon, deputies were called to a two-vehicle accident in the parking lot at Slade’s Drive-In at Rock Rapids.  According to the report, the accident happened when 87-year old Priscilla Spykerboer, of Ellsworth, Minnesota, backed her 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer into a parked 2005 Cadillac SRX, owned by 63-year old Esther Masselink. of Edgerton, Minnesota.

Damage to the Masselink Cadillac was estimated at $1,500, while Spykerboer’s Trailblazer sustained an estimated $800 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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Also on Saturday, a Lyon County Deputy conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for an equipment violation.  Authorities say that, during the course of the traffic stop the deputy discovered open alcohol containers.  As a result of the stop, deputies say 20-year old Devin Hoekstra of Ocheyedan, was charged with Person Under Legal Age in Possession of Alcohol.  Cops say he was also served with a .02 administrative violation.  The report also states that two passengers in the vehicle were also cited for having open alcohol containers.

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On Sunday, July 17th, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says their deputies made contact with people camping in Island Park.  During the contact deputies say they discovered alcohol, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.  As a result, they arrested an 18-year old Rock Rapids man, Dylan Robertson, on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Alcohol Under Legal Age, both serious misdemeanors, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Authorities say that, during the incident, they also arrested 21-year old Paige Johnson of Luverne, Minnesota, on two counts of Supplying Alcohol to Persons Under Legal Age, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, all serious misdemeanors, along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.  Additionally, deputies say a 17-year old female from Rock Rapids was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Underage Possession of Alcohol.

July 19, 2016 - 8:54 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Miss Lyon County, 2016 was crowned Monday night, July 18th at a ceremony at the Lyon County Fair in Rock Rapids.
Miss Lyon County Crowning 2016
Winning Miss Congeniality was Miss George, Megan Krull.

First Runner-Up is Miss Larchwood, Kamryn TeGrootenhuis.

Miss Lyon County 2016 is Miss Lester, Grace Rens.

Congratulations to the winners and all the girls who participated in the Miss Lyon County Contest.

July 16, 2016 - 12:45 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa– An Inwood teen has died as the result of an accident near Inwood.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 2:55 PM on Friday, July 15, 2016, 16-year-old Logan Kruse of Inwood was driving a 1999 Pontiac northbound on Highway 182, a mile north of Inwood. Fifty-five year-old Dan Olson of Marshall, MN was southbound on 182 in a 2016 International semi.

The report says that Kruse drove onto the east shoulder, then crossed left of center into the southbound lane and into the path of the semi. The vehicles collided head-on in the southbound lane. Both units came to rest in the west ditch.

Kruse was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Canton-Inwood Ambulance took Olson to Canton-Inwood Hospital.

The State Patrol says the crash remains under investigation.

The Canton-Inwood Ambulance, the Inwood Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and additional state troopers assisted at the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — There’s a youth mentoring program available in Sioux and Lyon counties, similar to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
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The new program is a joint venture between ATLAS of Lyon County and Justice For All in Rock Valley. The non-profits have similar goals including helping others and uniting the community in Christ. Beth Judd, who works for both organizations, tells us more about the youth mentoring program.

She says it’s for middle and high school students ages 12 to 18.

She tells us what kind of adults they’re looking for to be mentors.

She says that mentoring involves regular interaction.

She says while they are working with the public schools, the program is not limited to those schools.

Judd tells us why the program was developed.

Application forms for mentors and youth can be found at Justice For All in Rock Valley or ATLAS of Lyon County in Rock Rapids, and they’ll soon be available at Justice For All’s web site, jfa-nwiowa.org. She says online training for mentors is also available, and that parents of mentored youth do need to consent to their child or children participating in the program. She says there are also some requirements for potential mentors.

Judd says that while they’ll consider applicants at all times, they’re looking to line up mentors and youth before school starts this fall.

July 16, 2016 - 12:15 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — State officials are not ready to name it a state park yet, but they do have a better idea of what the state park southwest of Larchwood at Blood Run is going to look like.
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The final draft of the Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan was unveiled at a ceremony at Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood on Friday by Quinn Evans Architects. Officials say it was the culmination of decades of research and planning for a state park that will surround Blood Run National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Big Sioux River.

Michael Morain with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs says the goal was to come up with a plan that balances honoring the history and the natural conservation of the area with educating future generations about why this place is significant. He says they have been working from the beginning with Native American tribes whose ancestors lived or traded in the area. He says the plan is very well-thought-out with lots of maps and documentation.

He summarizes the plan that was unveiled.

He says that although when some people think of the word “State Park,” they think of outdoor recreation and fun, this area will not follow that stereotype.

He says the opening of the state park is still years off at this point.

It is hoped that the state park will be bridged across the Big Sioux River to the South Dakota Good Earth State Park at Blood Run on the other side of the river. Officials from both states continue to work together to make that happen, says Morain.

He says if you’d like to see the final master plan, it will soon be available (if it’s not already) at goodearthbloodrun.com.

July 14, 2016 - 5:13 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County Fair Rapid Speedway Combo SignRock Rapids, Iowa — Next in line for county fairs is the Lyon County Fair. The fair officially starts on Monday, July 18th, but there are some events yet this week.

Elaine Hinsch with the Lyon County Fair Board says there are a few things happening already on Saturday.

That gospel concert starts at 6:30 PM at First Reformed in Rock Rapids on Sunday night. Hinsch says Monday is a big day.

She says that 4-H will have plenty going on too.

Hinsch tells us about Tuesday’s activities.

She says members of Lyon County American Legion posts will be raising and lowering the flag at ceremonies during the fair. Monday, it’ll be raised at noon and retired at 7. Tuesday and Wednesday it will be raised at 8 and lowered at 7. Thursday, it will be raised at 8 and lowered at noon.

Hinsch tells us what’s going on on Wednesday.

She says those historical and ethnic demonstrations put on by the Lyon County Historical Society will be available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at the fair. She says the fair wraps up on Thursday, July 21st.

Hinsch says they’re very proud of some new things at the fairgrounds.

You can also go to lyoncountyfair.org for more information.

Speaking of county fairs, Sioux’s wraps up this Thursday, July 14th. Osceola’s started Wednesday, July 13th and runs through Saturday, July 16th. O’Brien’s is Saturday, July 23rd through Thursday the 28th.

July 14, 2016 - 3:41 pm - Posted in News

Granite, Iowa — It’s the 32nd annual Granite Threshing Bee this weekend in tiny Granite, Iowa.
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People come from far and near for the annual spectacle of harvesting with the equipment from nearly a hundred years ago. Besides the bee, where you can learn just how threshing was done long ago; there are several other things to take in, including a Kids Tractor Drive, Open Stage Music, a tour of the Blood Run area that is hoped will be a state park someday, and a vintage parade featuring vintage tractors, cars, garden and pedal tractors. A supper, with your choice of steak, chicken breast or hot dog or brat will be from 5 to 6:30, and Karaoke starts at 6:30. The Vintage Tractor Pull is at 6 PM. All of those activities will happen this Saturday, July 16th. Also available that day from 9 to 4 are tours of the Miller Loaders facility in Granite.

On Sunday, they’ll have many of the same activities, and the Master’s Voice Quartet will sing at 10:30 before the demonstrations get underway at 11.

The Iowa-sanctioned Kids Pedal Pull is Saturday and there will be a South Dakota-sanctioned Kids Pedal Pull on Sunday.

There will also be a Flea Market, Meals & Concessions on Friday Evening, Saturday & Sunday.

Granite is seven and a half miles west of Larchwood on A18, then go a mile and a half north on Arizona Avenue.

For more information, visit granitethreshingbee.com or Granite Threshing Bee on Facebook.

For information on . . .

…the Threshing Bee, contact Darrel Hansen at 712-477-2598.
…the Antique Tractor Pull, contact Keith Bosler at 712-470-0965.
…the Flea Market, contact Jan Hansen at 702-523-1243.