Lester, Iowa — This Tuesday is election day in western Lyon County.

(file photo)

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Voters in the West Lyon School district are going to the polls to decide the fate of a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy measure. Those involved with such measures refer to them by the acronym “PPEL”, pronounced “pepple”.

The measure asks if the district should be authorized to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed Sixty-Seven Cents per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed property value starting collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, and going for ten years.

The money could be used for several school-related purposes including building of school facilities.

In addition, people in Lester will also be asked to select a city council member. Because council member Don Grems moved out of the community, another member is needed to fill his empty seat. Ladell Kellenberger is running unopposed.

Here is the full text of the PPEL measure, as reported by the Lyon County Auditor’s Office:

Shall the Board of Directors of the West Lyon Community School District, in the Counties of Lyon and Sioux, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing and improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or lease-purchase of technology and equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing, remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings and additions to existing schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical plant and equipment property tax not to exceed Sixty-Seven Cents (670) per One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, or each year thereafter?

Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man was first taken to the hospital, then charged with OWI after an accident on Saturday, November 29, 2014.lyon co ambulance side

The Lyon County Sheriff’s office reports that about 2:00 AM on Saturday morning, 44-year-old Ronald Sauers of Larchwood was northbound on Chestnut Avenue in a 2008 Pontiac G6 when he allegedly fell asleep at the wheel and the car entered the ditch.

There was no damage to the vehicle.

Sauers was taken to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital by Lyon County Ambulance.

Upon further investigation Lyon County Deputies determined Sauers had been intoxicated and he was subsequently arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Larchwood EMS personnel, the Larchwood Fire Department, and Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

December 1, 2014 - 4:13 pm - Posted in News

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Dairy Dandy Sheldon
5 – $10.00 G.C.

Cook’s Café Sheldon
7 – $15.00 Coffee Cards

Langers Sheldon
6 – $20.00 gift cards

Jay’s Restaurant Sanborn
10 — $20.00 Gift Certificates

Fareway Sheldon
2 — $50.00 Meat Bundles includes: 4 lbs 80% lean hamburger; 4 lbs Beef Charcoal Steaks; 4 lbs Rump Roast; 4 lbs Chicken Hind Quarters

Mr. P’s Pizza and Sports Grill LeMars
10 — $20.00 Gift Certificates for food and beverages

Old 60 Steaks and Chops Sheldon
5 — $20 Gift Certificates

Kelly’s Diner and Catering  Hospers
10 — $20 gift certificates

Prime Club Restaurants Old 60, 1015 Steak, Cedar Rock, Nederlanders, Butlers
20 — $25 gift cards good at all 5 locations

Sfumato Pizzeria Carnes
12 – Gift Certificates from Sfumato Pizzeria at Carnes – Retail Value, $15 each

Jake’s Meat Market Sibley
4 –  Gift Certificates good for gourmet foods, cheeses, brats, steaks, chops and pizzas.  $50.00 ea.



Mr. B’s Lady B’s & Baby B’s Sheldon
8 – $25.00 G. C.

Carl’s Footwear Sheldon
10 – $20 G.C. One per purchase

Missy’s Sheldon
11 – $25.00 G.C



Larry’s Repair Sheldon
4 – $50.00 Gift Certificates

O’Brien County Implement Sheldon
4 – $89.00 1 hour shop time G.C.

Ryden Equipment RentalsSanborn
$200.00 Gift Certificate used towards any rental equipment (doesn’t have to be used all at once)

Westside Motors and Car Care Orange City
6 — Oil Change Certificates Value 32.00 ea
2 — Complete detailing sessions Value 179.00 ea.

Jerry’s Carquest Auto Rock Valley
1 — Briggs and Stratton 675 #020588 overhead cam, 2500 max psi, 5 tips 25 ft. hose
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Glen’s Sport Center Sheldon
Yamaha EF2400iSHC Inverter Series Generator – HC stands for “High Current”, which means extra power to help start your motor-driven electric devices. This model uses Yamaha’s powerful 171cc overhead-valve engine and contains all the latest Yamaha inverter technology and puts out 2400 watts of clean, pure power, perfect for camping or when the power goes out at home this winter. – from Glen’s Sport Center in Sheldon – Retail Value – $1480.00



A Country Florist Sheldon
4 – $25.00 G.C.

Bliss Salon & Spa Sheldon
8 — $25.00 G.C.

Stone River Gift Shop Sheldon
8 — $25.00 G.C.

Marigold’s Sheldon
2 — $10.00 G.C.

Holiday Inn Express Sheldon
2 — Standard Room Stays 2 queen beds Value 160.00 ea.

Bruce’s Repair Matlock
1 — Oregon Power Now Cordless 40v lithium Ion CS 250 Chainsaw Value 399.00

DeJong Hardware Hull
1 — GE FCM5 5 cubic foot chest freezer perfect for your garage or basement. Value 229.00

Johns Equipment Sheldon
1 — Daniel Boone Green Mountain wood pellet Grill Value 599.00

Southern Archery Spencer
1 — 12 gun Browning Gun safe LTD 12 58x21x17 Beige manual lock 30 min 1200 deg fire rating Value 675.00
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Harry’s Motor Sanborn
1 — Stihl BG 55 gas powered leaf blower Value 150.00

Southern Archery Spencer
8 –Gift Cert. For purchases Value 25.00 ea.

The Doghouse Sheldon
5 — gift certificates for purchases Value 25.00 ea

Northwest Décor Sheldon
4 – gift certificate for the purchase of any home decor . Value 100.00 ea.

Den Hartog Firearms Ritter
4 – Gift certificates to be used for guns, ammo or supplies. Value 100.00 ea

Southwest Wholesale RV Sheldon
4 — Gift Certificates for purchases Value 100.00 ea

10–Ring Firearms Training
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Little Rock, Iowa — Four people were taken to hospitals after an accident on Sunday near Little Rock.Little Rock Ambulance

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:00 PM on Sunday November 30, 2014, 34-year-old Troy Schmig of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was westbound on Iowa Highway 9 in a 1994 GMC pickup. As Schmig topped the hill at the intersection with Marsh Avenue, a half mile south of Little Rock, a 2013 Ford pickup, driven by 65-year-old John Doely of Sheldon was stopped at the stop sign and proceeded into the intersection in the path of the Schmig vehicle.

Doely’s pickup was struck in the driver’s side and both vehicles came to rest in the center of Iowa Highway 9.

Schmig and a passenger in his vehicle were transported to Sanford Rock Rapids in Rock Rapids. Doely and a passenger in his vehicle were transported to Sanford Sheldon by private vehicle as a precaution.

Little Rock EMS personnel, the Little Rock Fire Department, and an Osceola County Ambulance from Sibley assisted the Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

Northwest Iowa — Public information meetings are scheduled in the coming week in regard to a Texas company’s plan to construct an underground crude oil pipeline that will run from the Baaken oil fields in North Dakota where the crude comes from, to a refinery near St. Louis. The plan calls for the pipeline to run across the state of Iowa from northwest to southeast, entering Iowa in Lyon County.Welder Welding Pipes

Energy Transfer Partners L.P. is the company proposing the pipeline, and according to the company’s website, the pipeline would carry at least 320,000 barrels of oil each day through the KIWA listening area on its way to the refinery.

Two public information meetings are scheduled for Monday, December 1st. One will be at 1:00 PM at the Inwood Community Center. The other will be at Sioux Center’s Terrace View Event Center at 6:00 PM that evening. The Sheldon meeting will be on Tuesday, December 2nd at the Sheldon Community Services Center beginning at 9:00 AM. Other meetings that are fairly nearby include one in Cherokee on Tuesday, December 2nd, and one at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake on Wednesday, December 3rd.

For a full list of the meetings, click here.

Sheldon, Iowa — There are two arms of the federal farm program, and producers are going to have to choose one of the two. Several meetings are planned in northwest Iowa including one at Northwest Iowa Community College.corn on stalk plant sxc

We had a chance to talk with Iowa State University Extension expert Melissa O’Rourke, who is facilitating some of the meetings.

She tells us about the next step.

She says there are some tools to help you do that on the ISU Extension Ag Decision Maker web site. Then, O’Rourke says farmers will need to select either Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage.

She stresses that all of this is in addition to whatever private crop insurance farmers may decide to buy. She says that there are meetings planned to help farmers and landowners make these decisions.

O’Rourke says they’ve been averaging over 200 people per meeting, and she tells us about some of the meetings in our area.

Again, for more information you can call your local extension office. There are several other meetings planned as well if one in a different location or on a different date works better for you. You don’t have to go to the meeting in your home county, as O’Rourke says they’re all basically the same.

Incidentally, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is also hosting a number of meetings about the same topic. Those meetings start December 15th and run through February 3rd. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. A complete list of the meetings and their locations can be found at www.iowafarmbureau.com. If you have questions about the Farm Bureau meetings, you can call 515-225-5633.

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November 25, 2014 - 8:09 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is behind bars after a weekend incident.Jail Door2

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that their dispatch received a call on Sunday, November 23, 2014, requesting that they check on a man in Rock Rapids and make sure he was okay.

A deputy responded, and after investigation, arrested 33-year-old Brian Michael Wood of Rock Rapids on a charge of Domestic Abuse Causing Serious Injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.

At last report, Wood was being held in the Lyon County Jail.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Eight young people were found drinking and have been charged after Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies broke up a party early on Saturday.beer cup underage drinking_sxc

The Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1 AM, deputies received an anonymous tip of an underage party that was taking place at a home in the 3700 block of 140th Street in rural Rock Rapids.

Upon further investigation Deputies determined that there were minors under the age of 21 consuming alcohol. Eight people were charged with Minor In Possession of Alcohol.

Those arrested were from Adrian, MN, Ellsworth, MN, Rock Rapids, George, Sheldon, and Sioux Rapids.

November 24, 2014 - 6:25 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Some of the circumstances are coming to light surrounding the grain bin kidnapping in Lyon County this past July.Lyon Courthouse At Night

A pre-trial conference was held on Friday, November 21, 2014. According to court records, 33-year-old Oriana Groppetti says that when she and her father locked up her husband, it was meant as a joke and a wake-up call. They allege Groppetti’s husband Derek was adulterous and an alcoholic.

Groppetti and her father, Craig Olson, each face prison time if convicted. They are charged with third-degree kidnapping and are to go on trial in Rock Rapids next month.

Olson and Groppetti are accused of trapping Groppetti’s husband in a grain bin. He escaped and was walking to another location when his wife allegedly picked him up and took him to another grain bin where the Sheriff says the victim was held again. He then escaped and called 9-1-1.

California court records show that Groppetti filed protection order documents accusing her husband of alcoholism, violence and infidelity. She alleges that when she was staying with her family at their home near Canton, her husband showed up asking for a divorce.

The defense wants to talk to the husband before the trial to find out what they’re going to say in court. Coleman McAllister with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office has asked the judge to deny that request, saying the defense had a chance to fly to California to talk to the husband, and they declined.

Judge Carl Peterson says he will rule soon on that issue. Groppetti’s next court date is December 2nd.

Inwood, Iowa — A water main break in a rural water line in western Lyon County caused over fifty people to be without water and closed West Lyon School for the day.water valve main_sxc

According to Bonnie Koel, Administrative Manager of Lyon-Sioux Rural Water System, it was a break in a main line two miles east of their Klondike water treatment plant. She says it happened after midnight and wasn’t noticed until the morning when customers called in, reporting no water or low pressure.

She says West Lyon School called early because they had no water and had to make a decision of whether to have classes or not. Koel says that unfortunately, at that time water crews didn’t know how bad the break was or where it was, so West Lyon made the decision to call off school.

The break was found and was repaired by 10:00 AM. The water tower east of West Lyon School had been drained, but by noon everything was back to normal she says. The customers affected were in the Inwood and Larchwood rural area.