November 15, 2017 - 10:14 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman was arrested on drug charges this week, one of them a felony.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports that they arrested 45-year-old Amy Huisman of Rock Rapids after they carried out a search warrant at her home in the 500 block of South Second Avenue on Monday, November 13th. According to court records, both marijuana and methamphetamine were found, along with drug paraphernalia for each.

The Sheriff’s Office says they charged Huisman with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, which are simple misdemeanors; Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor; and Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) 3rd offense, a class D felony.

Lyon County Jail officials say that Huisman bonded out the next day after posting a $5000 bail.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — For the seventh time since it was originally scheduled in July, a pretrial conference has again been postponed in the case of a Doon man facing a laundry list of charges after an April pursuit through southern Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Julian Barrientos of Doon failed to pull over for a deputy in April 2017 and reached speeds in excess of 90 miles-per-hour while eluding the deputy. They say he almost struck two patrol cars and failed to stop for a stop sign. He is accused of pulling into a rural driveway and failing to comply with deputies, resulting in the deputies deploying their tasers.

He is charged with eluding, a class D felony; Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and simple misdemeanor counts of:

  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway
  • Driving while license suspended
  • Speeding (90 mph in a 55 mph zone)
  • Passing too near an intersection
  • Careless driving
  • Interference with official acts

Barrientos filed a plea of “not guilty” on May 30th. His pretrial conference has been continued six previous times. The last date was to have been on Monday. He is scheduled at this point to appear in Lyon County District Court on Monday, November 27th. Court records indicate no new date has been set for the trial, which was originally to have been in August.

November 14, 2017 - 8:17 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A garage and its contents were destroyed in a fire on Saturday, November 11, 2017 near Inwood.

According to Inwood Fire Department Training Officer Matt Mydland, about 1:15 p.m., the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a garage fire in the 1800 mile of Cherry Avenue. That’s about a mile east of Lake Pahoja or less than a mile southwest of the West Lyon School.

The chief says the fire department saw the garage on fire as they approached the scene with six trucks and thirteen firefighters. He says they used water to fight the fire, which was contained to the garage, and within five minutes it was under control.

Mydland says no injuries were reported.

He says a nearby controlled burn spread to the single unattached garage, being used for storage.

Training Officer Mydland reports that while the garage and contents were totaled, they were of minimal value.

November 12, 2017 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — An Alvord teen was taken to a hospital after an accident on Saturday night, November 11th, 2017.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:55 p.m., 17-year-old Conner Peterson of rural Alvord was driving a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville southbound on Elmwood Avenue, when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the west ditch. It rolled over, coming to rest on its roof.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Peterson to Sanford Rock Rapids hospital.

The vehicle sustained $2,000 damage.

Incidentally, the sheriff’s office reports that the 911 call reporting the accident came from the Verizon Telematics Call Center. They said that one of their clients had been involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Deputies responded to the scene along with Alvord Fire/Rescue personnel, the Lester Rescue Squad and the Lyon County Ambulance Squad.

November 9, 2017 - 4:00 pm - Posted in News


Rock Rapids, Iowa — Details continue to trickle in regarding this week’s crash of a helicopter in western Lyon County.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep has released the names of the individuals injured in Monday’s crash, which happened as the helicopter was helping look for 300 lost cattle. He says that the pilot was Robert Krier of Sioux Falls, and the passenger was Steve Ahrendt of rural Inwood, who was the owner of the cattle. On Wednesday, Sheriff Vander Stoep said that it does look like both victims will survive. They were taken to Sioux Falls hospitals after the crash.

What happened is still largely unknown. The few details that we do have come from an Air Safety Investigator at the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB. According to Jennifer Rodi, witnesses say that the tail of the helicopter struck the power lines. She says a preliminary report should be out next week, but the full report including the cause of the accident will be longer in coming. She says typically those take six months from the crash date, putting it sometime in May, 2018.

Sheriff Vander Stoep says the helicopter was owned by Ride The Sky Helicopters in Sioux Falls.

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Last update, posted 11/8/17:
Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff says more information is slow to come in about Monday’s helicopter crash in western Lyon County.

Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep said on Wednesday that he is waiting for a call from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The sheriff says at this time it does look like both victims will survive, but he has no names or ages of the victims, and no word on the cause of the crash.

He says the initial investigation by the FAA is done, but he doesn’t know if or when they are going to release their findings.

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Last update, posted 11/6/17 at 2:29 p.m:
UPDATE: Rural Inwood, Iowa — Two people injured in a helicopter crash in western Lyon County this afternoon (Monday, November 6th) were searching for loose cattle. That from Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep.

He tells us more.


The Sheriff says when the helicopter hit the line, there was a power outage.


According to Rock Rapids Utility Manager Jim Hoye, it was an L & O Power Coop line that feeds Rock Rapids. He says Rock Rapids has two feeds from L & O, and he says it’s possible that L & O switched feeds to get the power back on in Rock Rapids. L & O officials were unavailable for comment at the time of this writing.

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Original story:
Lyon County, Iowa — KIWA has learned that emergency crews are on the scene of a reported helicopter crash that happened early this afternoon.

Sources tell us that the helicopter apparently struck an electrical wire before crashing, southwest of West Lyon School.

We’ll provide more information on this breaking story as it becomes available.

November 9, 2017 - 3:01 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day in the United States — a day set aside to give honor and thanks to the brave men and women who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces.

The observance started out as Armistice Day, to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.

The George Veterans Day program will also be on Friday, November 10th at the George-Little Rock High School Gym at 10:00 a.m., according to Clarence Stubbe of the American Legion. Patriotic music will be played by the George Little Rock High School Band, under the direction of Mark Swartz. The colors will be posted by Jack Sauter Post 404 American Legion of George. They’ll do the Pledge of Allegiance. The band will play the National Anthem. The George-Little Rock High School Chorus will perform under the direction of Tim Mauldin. Several individuals will also present musical numbers. “Taps” will be played by Harris Kaster.

The Rock Rapids Veterans Day Program will be on Friday, November 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Lyon High School. George Schneidermann will be the speaker. Then on Veterans Day — Saturday, November 11th — they will have the official Veterans Day recognition at 10:45 a.m. @ West Side Park. There will be a 21-gun salute & “Taps” will be played.

November 9, 2017 - 2:16 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A video featuring a 3-year old George boy will appear on the television program, America’s Funniest Videos this weekend.

Kade Mitchell is the son of Matt and Sherry Mitchell of George. We talked to his dad, Matt, and asked how Kade’s video came to the attention of America’s Funniest Videos.

Mitchell describes the video that will be shown on Sunday night’s TV show.

He says he first learned that Kade’s video had been selected when he received a call from the show’s producers.

Three-year-old Kade Mitchell is one of a set of triplets, and his dad says he was the smallest of the three, at birth.

The Mitchell family is made up of 8-year old Kirra, and the 3-year old Triplets Kade, Mason and Sydney.

The America’s Funniest Videos episode with Kade’s video will air this Sunday night at 7:00 on ABC.

November 8, 2017 - 4:13 am - Posted in News

Doon City Council: Vote for 3,  top 3 were: Jerry Keizer (filed papers, 149); Arlys Rozeboom (77 write-ins); Les Vander Tuin (66 write-ins) Matt Van Engen (filed papers, 57)

George City Council: Vote for 2, top 2 were: William Koopman (94 votes); Carola Vivian (72 votes)

Little Rock City Council: Vote for 2, top 2 were: Bill Henrichs, 39.86%; Diane Peters, 30.07%

Rock Rapids Mayor: Jason Chase, 50.78%; Matthew Odekoven, 34.77%; Lawrence Lupkes, 13.80%.

Rock Rapids City Council: Vote for 2, top 2 were Ed Reck, 43.20%; Cody Hoefert, 29.10%; Michelle Sprock had 25.90%.

Full Lyon County Results

Northwest Iowa –Regional directors from U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours this Wednesday (November 8th) at two locations in the KIWA listening area. Senator Ernst will not be present at these sessions.

These staff members will be available to assist with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues such as Social Security, veteran’s benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues and other federal programs.

Senator Ernst’s representatives will be in Sioux County, at the Hawarden Public Library, 803 10th Street in Hawarden, Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 until 2:00. Then they’ll head for Rock Rapids, where they’ll be at the Rock Rapids Public Library, 105 South Greene Street,  from 3:30 until 4:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Senator Ernst’s staff will be holding these traveling office hours next week in O’Brien and Osceola counties.

November 7, 2017 - 10:10 am - Posted in News

Ashton, Iowa — A George woman’s minivan was destroyed late Friday afternoon after being struck by a train near Ashton.

Osceola County authorities say their deputy arrived on the scene of a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of 210th Street and Highway 60 shortly after 4:30 Friday afternoon, and observed a 2003 Chrysler minivan, driven by 26-year old Rosalba Alatorre Padilla, of George. Deputies say the minivan had gone into the ditch, and drove over the top of the railroad track, coming to rest against a solid driveway, with the rear end of the minivan hanging over the railroad track.

As the scene was being investigated, the Deputy says he observed a southbound Union Pacific train north of the accident scene. He says the train was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the minivan. Fortunately, according to the deputy’s report, Albatorre Padilla was not inside the van when it was struck by the train.

According to authorities, Albatorre Padilla was treated, and released, for minor injuries at the scene, by the Osceola County Ambulance Service, and was not transported to the hospital.

Deputies estimate the minivan to be a total loss, and estimated damage to the Union Pacific train to be about $1-thousand.

Albatorre Padilla was reportedly ticketed for Failure To Provide Proof of Financial Liability.