August 25, 2016 - 9:17 pm - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — It’s time for the 69th annual Little Rock Corn Show.
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As town festivals go, it’s been around for a while, but it’s still going strong — the Little Rock Corn Show starts this Thursday, August 25th, and runs through Sunday the 28th.

We had a chance to talk with the president of the Little Rock Town & Country Club, who puts on the festival every year. He gives us an idea of what to expect on Thursday and Friday.

While other fairs and festivals in Lyon County have inflatables and games, the Corn Show is the only Lyon County festival with real rides and a carnival, says Borer.

He says not only is the carnival available late Friday afternoon but it’s also available Saturday after the parade.

Borer says there’s another unique thing about the Corn Show that makes it more like a fair — the exhibits.

He gives us an idea of some of the other things going on on Saturday.

The fun doesn’t stop there. It continues through Sunday.

Corn Show

August 25, 2016 - 9:16 pm - Posted in News

Lester, Iowa — It’s time for the annual festival in Lester, Iowa — called “Lester Day.”
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Lester Day is this Saturday, August 27th. One of the people putting the festival together is Darcy Gerber. She gives us an idea as to some of the things going on.

She says the day continues with some really fun games in the park.

She tells us about a special couple that they are honoring in Lester this year.

Lester Day 2016 flyer

Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Utilities Board will hear arguments Thursday at 10 a.m. on a request by some landowners to stop the construction of the Bakken oil pipeline until a lawsuit on the use of eminent domain is completed. The pipeline is being installed in northwest Iowa’s Lyon, Sioux, and O’Brien counties, on its way to a connection in Illinois.
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A Polk County District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by 14 landowners who sought to stop the construction on the pipeline — saying the landowners must first ask the Iowa Utilities Board to stop the work. The landowners then filed an emergency motion with the I-U-B, and the board will hear oral arguments in the case Thursday.

The I-U-B says there is a possibility that the next phase of pipeline construction could begin to affect at least some of the properties before it can take final action on the motion. So, the board is temporarily prohibiting Dakota Access from any construction or pipeline-related activities on the properties in the emergency motion until Monday at 9 a.m.

August 24, 2016 - 10:12 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sibley man has been arrested on felony drug charges in Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested 45-year-old Gary D. McConnell of Sibley on Saturday (August 20th). The arrest was made after the vehicle McConnell was riding in was stopped for a seatbelt violation.

The sheriff’s office says McConnell was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine and that there was also a child present in the vehicle when the drugs were located.

McConnell was transported to the Lyon County Jail and booked.

The Sheriff’s office reports he was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance; methamphetamine, a class C felony; possession of methamphetamine 3rd or subsequent violation, a class D felony; and child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

August 23, 2016 - 2:18 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Inwood man has pled not guilty to felony sex charges.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they carried out a search warrant on Sunday, August 7th at 1446 US Highway 18 near Inwood.

According to court records, 41-year-old Perry Vande Kieft of Inwood allegedly had sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl in the spring of 2015 and again in February or March of this year at Vandekieft’s residence.

Charges against Vandekieft include two counts of sexual abuse in the Second degree, which is a class B felony; as well as indecent contact with a child and possession of a controlled substance.

Vande Kieft’s arraignment and bond review is scheduled for September 6th in Lyon County District Court in Rock Rapids.

August 23, 2016 - 1:19 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — A Polk County judge has denied a request from landowners to stop work on the Bakken pipeline until a lawsuit over the use of eminent domain is settled.
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Judge Jeffery Farrell says the 14 landowners must first file a motion with the Iowa Utilities Board to stop the work. He says the court understands the landowners are worried about Dakota Access clearing and trenching their land prior to having a hearing — but says their claim boils down to due process.

Farrell says the Iowa Legislature established a specific protocol that parties can use to request a stay and the landowners cannot skip a step in the process and claim it is justified by an emergency.

The attorney for the group, Bill Hanigan says they are disappointed in the decision to go back to the I-U-B, but are following the direction of the court. He says they filed the motion with the I-U-B Monday afternoon. He says pipeline construction is moving quickly, and his clients hope to have an immediate decision from the I-U-B.

August 23, 2016 - 12:41 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A man is behind bars in Rock Rapids after being charged with burglary and theft.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that on Monday (August 22, 2016) around 7:55 PM their emergency center received two separate reports that a subject had stolen some property from the back storage area of Sunshine Foods in Rock Rapids.

Deputies located a suspect a short time later in Rock Rapids carrying the stolen property. They report that 56-year-old Basil Humphrey was arrested on charges of Theft in the 5th Degree, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Burglary in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony.

Humphrey was transported to the Lyon County Jail, where he remained, at last report.

August 20, 2016 - 5:32 am - Posted in News

accident wordLarchwood, Iowa — An Inwood man was taken to the hospital, then to jail, following a one-vehicle accident near Larchwood Friday evening (August 19th).

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened about 8:15 Friday evening, when a vehicle driven by 40-year old Barry Bomgaars, of Inwood, was southbound on Cherry Avenue, about 2 miles south of Laarchwood.  Authorities say Bomgaars didn’t slow down enough to effectively negotiate the “T” intersection at 160th Street, causing his vehicle to skid out of control.  The vehicle reportedly came to rest on it’s wheels, in the south ditch of 160th Street.

According to the accident report, Bomgaars was transported to the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital, by Lyon County EMS, for treatment of minor injuries.

After being released from the hospital, he was taken to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, where an OWI investigation was completed.  Upon completion of that investigation, deputies say Bomgaars was arrested and booked into the Lyon County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor.  Bomgaars was also reportedly issued a citation for Failure To Maintain Control of a Vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office worked the accident scene in conjunction with Larchwood Fire and Rescue, Larchwood EMS, and the Lyon County Ambulance service.

August 20, 2016 - 5:30 am - Posted in News

accidentRock Rapids, Iowa — A traffic crash near Rock Rapids Wednesday afternoon sent two people to the hospital, and totaled two vehicles.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened shortly before 5 pm Wednesday at the intersection of 180th Street and Garfield Avenue, two miles south and three miles west of Rock Rapids. Deputies say a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, driven by 17-year old Kane Spencer, of Little Rock, was southbound on Garfield Avenue, and, according to authorities, failed to stop for the stop sign posted at the 180th Street intersection, striking the passenger side of a westbound 2014 GMC Terrain, driven by 62-year old Cheryl Hulstein, of Rock Rapids. Deputies say both vehicles came to rest in the south ditch, with Hulstein’s SUV coming to rest on it’s left side.

According to authorities, Hulstein had to be extricated from her SUV, by the Rock Rapids Fire Department, and was then transported to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital for treatment of possible injuries. Spencer was reportedly transported by private vehicle for observation.

Deputies estimated damage to Spencer’s pickup at $10-thousand, while Hulstein’s SUV sustained an estimated $20-thousand in damage. Deputies say damage to both vehicles was enough to total them.

The Sheriff’s Office says Spencer was cited for Failure to Obey Stop Sign, and Use of Electronic Communication Device on a Restricted License, both simple misdemeanors.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Rock Rapids Fire Departement, Lyon County Ambulance, Iowa State Patrol and Track Side Towing from Alvord.

August 16, 2016 - 8:53 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man struck a deer near Larchwood on August 15th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 69-year-old Thomas Skidmore of Larchwood was driving a 2008 Toyota westbound on Highway 9, 1/4 mile east of Birch Avenue. According to the report, Skidmore struck a deer that entered the roadway from the south ditch.

The Toyota received $4,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.