Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man faces felony charges after he allegedly pointed a gun at a deputy.law-lightbar-blue

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has just now released information stating that while investigating a vandalism complaint last week, a Lyon County Deputy went to 108 South Bradley Street in Rock Rapids. They report that the occupant of the home, 27-year-old David Harold Warren Jr. threatened the deputy and pointed a rifle at him out of an upstairs window.

Warren was charged with Assault on Persons Engaged in Certain Occupations with intent to cause injury, a class D felony; Harassment in the 1st degree, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Domestic Abuse, a simple misdemeanor.

November 5, 2014 - 2:57 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — One person was taken to a hospital after a crash near Rock Rapids.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Nathan Hanson of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on 130th Street, approaching Hickory Avenue on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. They report that 130th Street ends at that intersection and that Hanson failed to successfully turn left onto Hickory Avenue. That caused the vehicle to roll over one time, coming to a stop on the roof.

A juvenile passenger was transported to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

Hanson’s vehicle sustained about $1500 in damages and was considered totaled.

Hanson was ticketed for Failure to Maintain Control.

November 4, 2014 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — What started out as a routine arrest on a driving while suspended charge turned into a drug arrest for a Rock Rapids woman.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 34-year-old Amanda Lois Huisman of Rock Rapids last week. She was initially charged with driving while suspended, a simple misdemeanor. Huisman was then booked into the Lyon County Jail.

However, after further investigation Huisman was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Huisman was again booked into the Lyon County Jail on November 1st for these additional charges.

lyonsheriffGeorge, Iowa — A Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy has graduated from law enforcement training.

Western Iowa Tech Community College says that Deputy Nyron Moore of George has graduated from the regional law enforcement training academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City.

Moore is currently serving as an officer with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. He is a graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College.

Moore is a member of the twenty first group of police officers to graduate from WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy. The group enrolled for classes on September 8th in an eight week training program.

Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency and then attend a 15-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, near Des Moines.

November 1, 2014 - 9:02 am - Posted in News

Angie JagerRock Rapids, Iowa — It’s time for our report from the Rock Rapids Chamber. We talked to Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager recently.

Click or tap the play button above or this link to listen.

You can get more information by going to rockrapids.com or by calling the Chamber at 712-472-3456.

October 30, 2014 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

halloween pumpkin trick or treat jack-o-lanternSheldon, Iowa — It’s time once again for the little northwest Iowa ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and see what kind of treats they can find.

In Sheldon, Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke tells us there are three different kinds of trick-or-treating in Sheldon, and all three will be on Halloween — Friday, October 31.


She says this year they have the highest number of participating businesses that they’ve ever had. About 28 businesses will be participating in the downtown trick-or-treating. But it doesn’t end there.


Again, you can start at the library at 3:30, trick or treat downtown from 4:30 to 5:30, Citywide trick-or-treating is from 5 to 7, and trick-or-treating at Sanford Senior Care is from 6 to 7 PM.

In Sibley, Chamber Director Sheryl Peters says they’ll have downtown trick-or-treating too, but they have more planned too.


She says just because Halloween is over on Friday doesn’t mean the costumed fun has to stop.


Again, the race is on Saturday in Sibley.

In Rock Rapids, the fun actually starts on Thursday night, says Chamber Director Angie Jager.


She says they’ll also have the annual downtown Halloween Parade.


Orange City Chamber Director Mike Hoffman tells us about festivities in Orange City:


Here’s the list of participating businesses for Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating:
1. A Country Florist
2. Aventure Staffing
3. Ben Franklin
4. Carl’s Footwear
5. Citizens State Bank
6. Contents
7. Evie’s Hallmark
8. Farm Bureau
9. Fieldcrest Assisted Living
10. Gordon’s Redwing Shoes
11. Just Cuts for Men
12. KIWA
13. Lewis Drug
14. Marigold’s
15. Mastbergen Jewelry
16. Missy’s
17. Mr. B’s and Lady B’s
18. Northwestern Bank
19. Prairie Queen Bakery
20. Prins Insurance
21. ProActive Physical Therapy
22. RadioShack
23. Revolution Consignment
24. Sheldon Vision Care
25. Shopko
26. Touch of Hope
27. Travel World
28. Wolff Whorley DeHoogh and Schreurs

Make sure to head to the businesses outside of downtown (Fieldcrest, Shopko, and Lewis Drug). Also, take your kids to Pizza Ranch Friday IN COSTUME and they eat for free with a paying adult. Or, if it doesn’t work to go eat, they can still stop in IN COSTUME for a free mini pizza coupon.

  • Sheldon Library Trick : 3:30-4:30pm
  • Sheldon Downtown/Business Trick-or-Treating: 4:30-5:30
  • Sanford Sheldon Senior Care Trick-or-Treating: 6-7pm
  • Sheldon City-Wide: 5-7pm
  • Sibley Downtown Trick-or-Treating Friday 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Sibley Halloween Matinee at the Max Friday 1:30 PM
  • Sibley Rec Costume Walk/Run/Bike Saturday 10:00 AM
  • Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Rock Rapids Downtown Halloween Parade Friday 4:00 PM

Rock Rapids Moonlight Madness

  • 4-4:30 pm Lost But Found Thrift Store- SUPER Candle SALE! Only 25 cents
  • 4:30-5 pm Sunshine Foods- 4 lb bag of SHURFINE Sugar 88 cents (limit 1)
  • 5-5:30 pm Country Boutique 40% off Fall décor & $10 22 oz. Pumpkin jar candle
  • 5:30-6 pm Home Ology- 50% off Fall décor.
  • 6-6:30 pm Lillian’s- $10 leggings with a purchase of a tunic and 1/2 price jewelry with any purchase
  • 6:30-7 pm Liquor Locker- Schell’s Brewing 6 pk $6 plus tax
  • Orange City Downtown Trick-or-Treating 12 noon-close
  • Orange City pumpkin judging Friday afternoon

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Rock Rapids, Iowa — After the largest flood that the community has ever seen in June of this year, many people’s daily lives in Rock Rapids are back to normal. But that is not the case for those hardest-hit by the flood. Many of them are not able to live in their homes. On Monday night the Rock Rapids City Council voted to condemn ten of the flood-damaged homes.RR FLOOD 2014 fairgounds long angle

The homes have been marked as “dangerous” ever since the flood. According to Mayor Jason Chase, although condemning ten homes sounds like it’s a drastic move, it is one of the expected steps in demolishing the homes and moving forward. Most of the owners are participating in the buyout program, in which the city will become the owner of the property and convert it to green space in an attempt to reduce the amount of damage if the community should suffer another flood. There are several more property owners that are participating in the program, but these ten houses were top priority, since they were marked “dangerous”. All the properties have foundation wall failures and were deemed unsafe by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Council members also approved an agreement on Monday with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development for administration of the demolition of the flood-damaged homes, and an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers “Silver Jackets” to help reduce risks of future flooding.

Lyon County Fair Rapid Speedway Combo SignRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Fair Board had their annual meeting last night.

The fair dates have been set for 2015. The fair will be July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

They have hired Greenies Balloons, Bob Bohm Show, the wood carver and the zoo mobile.

The first race of 2015 will be April 25 at 10:00 AM. It will be a car show and a noncompetitive race.

The first regular race will be May 1.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session Monday night at the Community Center.ForsterCenter

The council voted to approve a bid from Alloy Specialty of Omaha for $683 per property to survey and monitor the abatement of any asbestos found in any of the red-tagged “dangerous” flood-damaged homes that the city is planning on demolishing.

The council also approved a resolution condemning the ten tagged homes. This, according to Mayor Jason Chase is one of the expected steps in demolishing the homes. Most of the owners are participating in the buyout program.

Council members also approved an agreement with Northwest Iowa Planning and Development for administration of the demolition of the flood-damaged homes, and an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers “Silver Jackets” to help reduce risks of future flooding.

The council decided to sell the police radio from the former police department patrol car to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. The city will get the car back, stripped of the radio and other police equipment.

They also approved a curb cut application.

Council person Bowers brought up the matter of donating to NEHAMA, the Jewish organization that provided a large amount of assistance during flood cleanup. Utilities Manager Jim Hoye is asking the public for donations of gratitude and the Utility Board is also considering a donation. Bowers is under the impression that the City of Rock Rapids should give a donation directly to the organization. Council person Cody Hoefert says he thinks that Justice For All And ATLAS should be given a similar donation, no matter how much they decide to give. The matter will be on a future agenda.

George, Iowa — A granary, a manure spreader and a silage wagon were all destroyed in a fire on Saturday, October 25, 2014 near George. George Fire FD

According to George Fire Chief Bill Sprock, about 4:20 PM, the George Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at 3429 220th Street, almost five miles west of the southwest corner of George on the Merle Gronewold place.

The chief says the fire department saw the fire as they were leaving George. The chief says the building was fully engulfed and partially collapsed as they approached the scene.

He says it’s a small acreage, so even though there was no saving the granary or its contents, firefighters were kept busy in defensive mode trying to prevent the other buildings on the farm from starting on fire. He says a dumpster near the house that was being used for scraps from putting new siding on the house did start on fire, but they were able to extinguish that.

Sprock reports that there were no injuries to people, pets, or livestock.

The fire department received water from the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the George Emergency Medical Service stood by, just in case.

He says the cause of the fire was sparks from a nearby rubbish pile fire.

Chief Sprock reports that there was at least $35,000 damage.

He says they used 8000 gallons water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 6:30 PM.