July 21, 2014 - 10:33 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Billed as the “best four days of summer,” the Greater Lyon County Fair continues in Rock Rapids through Thursday.

We had a chance to catch up with Elaine Hinsch on the Fair Board, and she tells us what’s happening at the fair this week.carnival fair ticket booth

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There’s also a special raffle this year as a fair fundraiser, and some new activities, says Hinsch.

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Hinsch says even though the June flood did extensive damage to the fairgrounds and nearby homes and other structures, most of the fair should be just like any other year.

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She says the fair board and the whole county owe a lot to the volunteers who helped.

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Again, the Lyon County Fair runs through Thursday in Rock Rapids.

Click here for a link to the fair’s web site where you can find the schedule of events.

Larchwood, Iowa — A Lyon County Deputy Sheriff was taken to a hospital after he rolled his patrol car on Tuesday.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Iowa State Patrol covered the accident.

They report that about 10:30 Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, 28-year-old deputy Charles Zech of Rock Rapids was driving a 2013 Chevy Impala patrol car eastbound on 135th Street on the west side of Larchwood, when he observed a westbound vehicle on Highway 9 committing a possible violation.

As he was watching the vehicle for possible enforcement action, the right side wheels of the patrol car went off the road. And due to the steep drop off without a shoulder at the location, the patrol car rolled over in the ditch.

Deputy Zech received minor injuries and was taken to Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center.

The Iowa State Patrol report says there was $8000 in damage to the patrol car.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Sioux Falls resident wanted on a Lyon County felony burglary charge has recently been arrested in connection with the incident.Jail Door2

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has just informed us that on Monday July 7, 2014 one of their deputies arrested 20-year-old Lawren Barse of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on an active Lyon County arrest warrant.

Barse’s charges stem from an incident that happened in December, 2013 in which he was charged with one count of Third Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony; and Operation Without Owner’s Consent, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

Barse was picked up at the Minnehaha county jail and transported to the Lyon County Jail where at last report he was being held.

The Rock Rapids Rec. Dept. is looking for business sponsorships for the upcoming soccer season.

The season runs Aug. 21-Sept. 27 and there are approximately 220 kids signed up.

Your business name will be printed on the back of the t shirts and the kids get to keep their shirts at the end of the season.

Cost is $75 a team and we are only allowing businesses to have one team.

Please contact the Rock Rapids Chamber Office by Tuesday, July 22nd if you are interested in sponsoring a team.

Make checks payable to RR Rec. Dept and state how you want your business name listed on the shirts.

Call 712-472-3456


Flood Information Meeting

Thursday, July 24

7:00 pm

Forster Community Center

Topics will include:

  • Status of recovery effort
  • Financial assistance programs
  • Building regulations
  • Hazard Mitigation projects

Speakers will include representatives of:

  • The City of Rock Rapids
  • Lyon County Emergency Management
  • ATLAS of Lyon County
  • Justice for All
  • Rock Rapids Development Corporation
  • US Small Business Administration

Northwest Iowa — While the RAGBRAI bike riders will stay south of Lyon County,  the county will see some support vehicle traffic.bike

For those support vehicles not planning to meet their bicyclists in Sheldon — if they are going to be using the north campgrounds in the Lakes Area, they can take a north route out of Rock Valley. That route takes K30 northbound, and picks up A34 just east of Alvord. From there they follow A34 to near the Lakewood Corner on Highway 75. They’ll take Highway 75 northbound to Rock Rapids, and then take Highway 9 straight through to the Lakes Area.

For more information, click here for our RAGBRAI page.

Click here for the map of activities around Sheldon’s City Park.

Click here for the bike map of Sunday’s route.

Click here for the Sunday and Monday support vehicle maps.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Luverne, Minnesota woman is behind bars in Lyon County, charged with two felony counts.Jail Door2

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 22-year-old Wendy Kooiker of Luverne on Monday, July 14th. She was charged with two counts of Identity Theft, which is a Class D Felony.

Kooiker’s charges stem from a house burglary that happened in Rock Rapids on July 2, 2014.

She is being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Washington, DC and Des Moines, Iowa — The president has approved a federal disaster declaration for nine Iowa counties and a second request, for a disaster declaration involving northwest Iowa is in the works. RR FLOOD 2014 fairgounds long angle

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division spokesperson, Stephanie Bond, says the federal declaration that was approved covers Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne counties.

The federal disaster declaration was announced Monday, the same day the governor asked that more counties be added to the list.

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(as she says)”Governor Branstad has asked for another presidential disaster declaration for 26 more counties,” Bond says. “This time it was for a storm that began on June 14th. The presidential declaration that we already got was for storms on June three and four.”

Bond says it may take a little time to find out if those new counties get the federal designation.

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(as she says)”It might be a couple weeks or a month before we hear. I know the disaster declaration that we just had, the request was put in on July 7th,” Bond says.

The state has to assess all the damage and then let the federal officials know so they can determine if the amount of damage warrants a federal designation. Bond believes the totals will prove the case for the new counties.

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(as she says)”We’re very hopeful, the state really got pummeled in June with several sets of storms that rolled through and they just kind of continued one on top of another. And as a result we had plenty of damage from wind and tornadoes and flooding. So yes, we are really hopeful that we will get that designation,” Bond says.

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For emergency work, repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, and it also might include debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair of damaged property, and loans needed by communities for essential government functions,” Bond says.

The 26 counties in the new request are: Allamakee, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, and Wright.

Radio Iowa assisted with this story.

Northwest Iowa — Northwest Iowa flood victims are being offered disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration, and officials are setting up shop in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids.money cash bills dollars

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Iowa residents and business owners affected by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes that occurred from June 14 – 23, 2014, according to U.S. Small Business Administration — or “SBA” — Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Terry Branstad on July 7, 2014.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the primary Iowa counties of Lyon and Sioux and the neighboring Iowa counties of Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola and Plymouth; the neighboring Minnesota counties of Nobles and Rock; and the neighboring South Dakota counties of Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union.

Contreras-Sweet says that the U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Iowa with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and they will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster.

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster. Beginning at 10 AM Tuesday, July 15, SBA representatives will be on hand at Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Rock Valley and Rock Rapids to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application. The centers will be open on a regular schedule until further notice. No appointment is necessary.


Disaster Loan Outreach Center
114 First Avenue
(corner of First Avenue and Marshall Street)
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

Opens: Tuesday, July 15 at 10 am
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am – 5 pm


Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Faith Reformed Church
1305 7th Street
Rock Valley, IA 51247

Opens: Tuesday, July 15 at 10 am
Mondays – Fridays, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.188 percent for homeowners and renters, 2.625 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov (link sends e-mail). Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is September 8, 2014. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 8, 2015.

Lyon County, Iowa — Weather facts, community announcements, church announcements, menus, school activities, cash grain prices and more.

Heard on KIWA-AM 1550 every weekday morning at about 8:45 AM, and available here for 24 hours afterwards. (Friday edition is available until Monday edition is uploaded.)

As reported by KIWA News Director and Rock Rapids resident Scott Van Aartsen

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