April 20, 2018 - 4:35 pm - Posted in News

Le Mars, Iowa — Sheriffs and deputies from around northwest Iowa gathered recently to talk about what works and what doesn’t, and to network with their counterparts.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says they’ve been getting together every quarter.

He tells us that sheriffs and some deputies come from the greater northwest Iowa area.

Sheriff Vander Stoep says it’s an idea that’s gaining traction elsewhere in the state as well.

Sheriffs offices are a little different from other law enforcement agencies. For one thing, sheriffs are the only elected law enforcement officers. They are also the only agency that handles the civil process, court security, the county jail, and 911 communications. Plus they’re the only ones that handle gun permits. And that’s one area in which Vander Stoep says they’ve been able to learn from each other.

Vander Stoep says it’s nice to know the sheriffs in the area on a first-name basis. He says it makes contacting sheriffs in other jurisdictions easier and more productive.

April 17, 2018 - 4:41 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE:  The community blood bank bloodmobile is at Central Lyon today, and they are taking donations, but due to weather, and because Central Lyon is closed, they will take their last donors at 10:00 a.m. this morning.

Original story, posted Apr 17, 2018:

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The wintery weather we’ve been having has canceled a number of blood drives in the area. That means the Community Blood Bank could really use your donations at a blood drive this Wednesday in Rock Rapids, at Central Lyon High School.

Ken Ver Steeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank, tells us about the drive.

He says due to the snow and bad weather, they’ve had to cancel four recent blood drives.

He says that even this Wednesday’s drive could be affected by weather.

Ver Steeg says they need all blood types and he encourages people to support their own blood type, but they do have a specific need right now.

He tells us some things to remember when you donate blood.

For more information, or to find a parent consent form that allows 16-year-olds to donate, go to cbblifeblood.org.

April 17, 2018 - 11:20 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman will serve jail time, according to a plea agreement on charges of Felony OWI.

The case against Catherine Peterson stems from an incident that took place on the late afternoon of November 22nd in Rock Rapid. Deputies say they initiated contact with Peterson that afternoon, and that during that contact they reportedly discovered that Peterson was driving under the influence, as well as reportedly having a suspended Iowa Driver’s License. Deputies say Peterson was arrested for 3rd Offense OWI, a Class D Felony, and Driving While Suspended, a Simple Misdemeanor.

According to online court records, Peterson reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, and entered a plea of Guilty to the Felony OWI charge. Online court records indicate that Peterson was sentenced to 5-years in prison on the charge, with that sentence suspended. She was also ordered to spend 30-days in the Lyon County Jail. In addition, Peterson will serve two-years probation, pay a fine of $3125.00, and submit a DNA sample.

At the time of her arrest this past November, Lyon County authorities reportedly discovered she had an arrest warrant out of Osceola County for Failure to Appear on a previous OWI charge.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The US Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD is changing the way the homeless are served. There is now going to be a “coordinated entry system,” which will match the homeless with available housing and services. If your organization provides services to homeless and other vulnerable people, it will need to be included in the system and you are invited to a meeting explaining it in more detail. This particular meeting is aimed at community action agencies, law enforcement, churches, service organizations, veterans organizations, and more in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Ida, and Cherokee counties. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids (across the street from Subway on Highway 9). If you have any questions, call Julie De Ruyter at 712-472-3896.

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — Congratulations are in order for Noelle McCarthy and Brielle Vander Lee, who were crowned Miss Rock Rapids and Little Miss Rock Rapids at a ceremony on Wednesday night, April 11th.

A taco supper started the evening. Clark Ahders lent his auctioneering skills at a pie and cake auction, and Lawrence Lupkes was posthumously named Friend Of Rock Rapids, 2018. All proceeds from the evening went toward the annual Heritage Days Celebration.

April 11, 2018 - 4:51 pm - Posted in News

UPDATE: Rock Rapids, Iowa — After alerting the public to a purported scam on Tuesday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is now taking back what they said about people selling satellite TV in the area. 

The Sheriff’s Office now says it is NOT a scam, and that the people in question are legitimate business people selling a legitimate product. They tell us that when they first alerted people to the scam, the salespeople did not possess a peddler’s license in the community in which they were attempting to conduct business, but the Sheriff’s Office says they are working on obtaining these licenses. They say that Lyon County residents can expect these salespeople to be conducting business in the county communities, legitimately, very soon.

The sheriff’s office also released some information to keep in mind regarding door-to-door sales.

ALL incorporated cities in Lyon County require a peddlers license to be obtained prior to conducting door-to-door business.

Additionally, Iowa Code chapter 555A governs door-to-door sales. This chapter requires the salespeople to provide a contract/receipt for any consumer goods at the time of the sale. The receipt should contain a company name, seller’s name, and all pertinent information regarding the transaction.

The purchaser of any goods from a door-to-door salesperson has the right to cancel the sale/contract by midnight of the 3rd day following the sale. If the contract/sale is canceled, the salesperson/company has 10 days to provide any monies received back to the purchaser, and the purchaser also must return everything to the salesperson.

They remind you that as always, you have the right to indicate that you’re not interested in purchasing anything and request the salesperson leave your property.


Original story posted Apr 11, 2018, at 11:38 a.m.

Northwest Iowa — Another scam is apparently making the rounds in northwest Iowa. This one involves television service but could involve other services as well.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, they have become aware of people going door to door in Larchwood and possibly other surrounding cities and rural areas. The people in question say that they are from AT&T and state that they have bought out Alliance Communications and/or Direct TV. They ask the resident for personal information to update their service.

The sheriff’s office says, “THIS IS FALSE! Please do not give any personal information to these subjects.” They advise people that if they had service with Alliance or AT&T, that that service with them is still in force.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office asks that if these people come to your door, call the sheriff’s office at 712-472-8300.

Carmel, Iowa– A barn was destroyed in a fire on Saturday, April 7, 2018, near Sioux Center.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 2:50 p.m., the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of a barn on fire at 3510 Garfield Avenue, three miles north and three miles west of Sioux Center, near Carmel.

The chief says the fire department saw the barn fully-engulfed in flame as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.

Van Holland says no injuries were reported. He says the barn was not being used for livestock. He says the barn and its contents — wood, cabinets, and other items, were completely destroyed.

The fire department was assisted by Hull, Rock Valley, Ireton, and Doon Fire Departments, and the Sioux Center Ambulance Squad.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined.

Chief Van Holland says they used about 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and the 50-60 firefighters who responded from the five fire departments were on scene for about two hours.

April 9, 2018 - 4:02 pm - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa– A farm tractor was destroyed and one man was taken to a hospital as the result of a fire on Monday, April 9, 2018, near Little Rock.

According to Little Rock Assistant Fire Chief Tom Ver Steeg, about 8:20 a.m., the Little Rock Fire Department was called to the report of a tractor fire on the yard at 19782 320th Street, about five miles north and about a mile east of Little Rock, in Minnesota.

The assistant chief says the fire department saw an older Farmall tractor fully-engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Ver Steeg says the owner of the tractor was taken to a hospital via ambulance for minor burns and other minor injuries.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Assistant Chief Ver Steeg reports that there was probably between eight and ten-thousand dollars in damage.

He says they used about a thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and the ten firefighters who responded were on scene for about an hour.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Congressman Steve King was in northwest Iowa on Friday for a number of appearances. In Rock Rapids, the Congressman presented a medal to a Rock Rapids resident.

Congressman King presented the Silver Congressional Award For Youth to Luke Schriever, son of Darin and Laurel Schriever of Rock Rapids. The award is based on setting and accomplishing personal goals in the areas of volunteer public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition.

King says the Silver Congressional Award is a significant achievement and tells us why he presented it to Schriever.

Schriever tells us what he had to do to get the award.

He tells us about the highlights of his service.

Schriever tells us that he planned the entire kayaking trip to Wisconsin himself.

After his stop in Rock Rapids, Congressman King visited and toured the Dur-A-Lift facility near George, and Noteboom Implement in Sibley.

We asked Congressman King about the reason for his visit to the area.

King visited the KIWA Studios Friday while he was in the area. He talked with us about a variety of subjects, including the U.S.-China trade situation. We’ll bring you his comments on future newscasts.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman was injured when she crashed her ATV on a Rock Rapids street late Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened shortly after 5:30 Wednesday afternoon in the 1200-block of South 3rd Avenue in Rock Rapids.

Deputies say 31-year old Kari Jurrens was eastbound on 3rd Avenue, when she lost control of her ATV and hit the curb, flew off her ATV and landing in the road.

Officials say Jurrens was taken to the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital, and then transferred by air ambulance to Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Deputies describe her injuries as “non-life threatening.”

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance and Rock Rapids Fire Department.