November 16, 2016 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A new bond has been set for an Inwood man who pled not guilty to felony sex charges, was released on bond, and was re-arrested.
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According to court records, 41-year-old Perry VandeKieft was arrested after deputies say he attempted to contact his wife, the mother of the victim. The no-contact order in the case does not allow for contact between VandeKieft and his wife or his daughter.

VandeKieft’s father, Tom VandeKieft was also at the hearing, requesting to have the cash bond he previously posted on his son’s behalf be returned to him.

The prosecution asked that VandeKieft be held without bond asserting he has violated the Court’s previous orders and is then a threat to the alleged victim. VandeKieft asked that an appropriate bond be issued with surety provisions and that he be allowed to live with his father in Canton, S.D.

District Judge Carl Petersen amended the current bond to $50,000 cash or surety, however, he ordered that VandeKieft shall not leave the state of Iowa under any circumstances, and the no-contact order remain in full effect.

He also ordered that the previous cash bond be returned to the Defendant’s Father, Tom Vandekieft.

November 14, 2016 - 1:10 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Congressman Steve King was in northwest Iowa on Friday. Among his stops were two to present two very different types of medals, and a stop at a northwest Iowa hospital.
In Sioux Center, King presented Marion (Bud), Harold, and Clarence Vander Laan — the brothers of deceased WWII Veteran Herman Vander Laan — with the Silver Star that was obtained by King’s office. The ceremony was at the Terrace View Events Center in Sioux Center.

King’s office says deceased WW II Veteran, Herman Theodore Vander Laan was born June 28, 1918 and served in the U.S. Army from April 2, 1942 to December 15, 1945 when he was killed in action.

Before his death, Herman was fortunate to meet with his brother Marion in England. Marion was serving in the Army Air Corps at the time.

Herman received his training at Camp Barkeley, Texas and in the California desert. He went overseas in 1944 and his regiment landed on the Normandy Beach on H-hour and after D-Day he served in combat in Patton’s 3rd Army until his death. His wife Marcia was a WAC Private at the time of his death. Herman was a 1st Lieutenant in the 90th Division. On the day he was killed, he crawled to within 20 feet of an enemy pill box and killed the machine gun crew with carbine fire. He was mortally wounded but afterward, the fortification was captured with a minimum of casualties.

He was awarded the Silver Star and other medals posthumously in 1945 from the 90th Infantry Division and his widow Marcia, kept the Silver Star. There were no children.

Marcia remarried and died in 1986 but the whereabouts of the original Silver Star are unknown.

The other medal presented by King on Friday was a Congressional Award Bronze Medal, to a young man from Rock Rapids.

In earning his Congressional Award Bronze Medal, the Congressman’s office says Luke Schriever pursued his interests in all four program areas of the Congressional Award: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness and Exploration/Expedition.
To meet his Voluntary Public Service goal Schriever volunteered at multiple community organizations. First he gave his time to the Rock Rapids Health Center, where he played games with patients and the elderly. He also assisted with a project to rebuild the Veteran’s Memorial at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. For his Personal Development Schriever learned how to carve leather and made a checkbook cover. He also learned how to write computer programs with the Java programming language. Schriever’s Physical Fitness goal was to improve his 5K time from 20 minutes, 30 seconds to 19 minutes. He was able to accomplish this goal by running 1-3 miles, multiple times a week and joined the cross country team. For his Expedition, Schriever chose to bike from Rock Rapids to George while carrying everything needed for the trip and camping along the way.
Congressman King also made a stop in Primghar on Friday. Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital in Primghar is building a wound care center that will serve a large portion of Northwest Iowa. Congressman King was there to tour the hospital.

November 14, 2016 - 9:10 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Rock Valley teen was taken to a hospital after an accident on Sunday night, November 13th.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 8:25 p.m., 19-year-old Juan Ramos of Rock Valley was driving a 2007 Toyota Rav4 southbound on Hwy 182, near 160th Street, two miles south of Larchwood, when he lost control of the vehicle. It entered the east ditch and rolled, coming to a rest on its top.

The Lyon County Ambulance crew took Ramos to Sanford Hospital and USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

The deputy’s report says that alcohol was a factor and that the accident remains under investigation.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Lyon County Ambulance personnel, the Larchwood Emergency Medical Service, and the Larchwood Fire Department assisted at the scene.

November 10, 2016 - 7:09 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s “dinner theatre season” in northwest Iowa.
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One of the theatre troupes doing dinner theatre this fall is the River Valley Players in Rock Rapids. It’s opening night for the cast of The Hallelujah Girls. The production is being performed Thursday through Saturday nights this week (November 10-12) at the Forster Community Center on First Avenue in Rock Rapids.

Tickets can be purchased via the Rock Rapids Chamber of Commerce. They can be reached at 712-472-3456. The meal is being catered by Tony’s Catering.

Doors at the Forster Community Center open at 5:30, serving begins at 6:00, and the show starts each night at 7:30 p.m.

Judy Gaspar, spokesperson for the River Valley Players says the show is a comedy by the authors of the TV show, The Golden Girls. She says hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia decide to shake up their lives. Action takes place in SPa Dee Dah, the abandoned church-turned-day spa where this group of friends gathers every Friday afternoon.

The show, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten is presented in agreement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Your next chance to see a dinner theatre production is coming up November 17th through the 20th, when Off, Off Broadway presents Always Patsy Cline. Producer of that show is Brad Vander Pol. The director is Lissa Lane-Johnson. Always Patsy Cline will be performed at the Ashton Community Center. It’ll be catered by the 1015 Steak Company. Call them to make a reservation.

November 10, 2016 - 8:41 am - Posted in News

Holstein Cow cattle in pastureRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man’s vehicle was damaged after striking a cow west of Rock Rapids on Tuesday, November 8th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 22-year-old Eric Wynia of Rock Rapids was driving his vehicle northbound on Ibex Avenue. According to the report, A cow entered the roadway from the east ditch and was struck by Wynia.

Wynia’s vehicle received $7,000 damage. The cow died and was valued at $1000

November 9, 2016 - 12:50 pm - Posted in News

George, Iowa — A George woman was taken to a hospital after a recent accident.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 79-year-old Lowell Platter of Graettinger was driving a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup eastbound on 210th Street, about three miles west of George. They report he crossed over the center line and struck a westbound 1999 Chevy C25 pickup driven by 42-year-old Julia Steenhoven of George.

Steenhoven was taken to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids by family members. The report says she sustained non-life threatening injuries, while Platter and his passenger reported no injuries.

Both vehicles were estimated to be totaled.

Platter was cited on a charge of Driving on wrong side of a two-way highway.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the George Emergency Medical Service, George Fire Department, and Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted with this accident.

November 6, 2016 - 4:44 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The general election is coming up on Tuesday (November 8, 2016.) and northwest Iowa voters will be selecting several candidates.
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Voters will chose a President and Vice President team, a U.S. Senator, and a U.S. Representative for Iowa District 4. Voters in some areas will be selecting state representatives, state senators, county supervisors, county auditors, and county sheriffs.

Down the ballot, there are also soil and water conservation commissioners, and county agricultural extension council members. In some areas there are also township trustees on the ballot. Voters will also be asked if Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Associate Judges should be retained. Other local positions will also be decided.

One item on the Lyon County ballots will not be tallied. County officials say a question of whether gambling should continue to be allowed at a gambling facility in the county — was inadvertently included on the ballot.

If you’d like to find out where you vote, you can enter your information at, and it will tell you where to vote.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide. For more information you can contact your county auditor.

Lyon County Sample Ballots:

Precinct 1 – George
Precinct 2 – Doon
Precinct 3 -Inwood
Precinct 4 – Larchwood
Precinct 5 – Lester
Precinct 6 – Little Rock
Precinct 7 -Rock Rapids
Precinct 8 – Rock Rapids

November 6, 2016 - 8:48 am - Posted in News

Inwood, Iowa — A man was taken to a hospital and a woman was taken to jail after an incident in Inwood early on Sunday.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:00 a.m., their emergency center received a 911 call reporting a hit and run accident at Park and Washington Streets in Inwood. They report that with the help of a witness deputies were able to locate the vehicle that was allegedly involved. It was found four miles east of Inwood.

They report that the vehicle was driven by 25-year-old Sonia Oyervides De La Torre of Kirkhoven, MN. Deputies believe Oyervides De La Torre was leaving a residence in Inwood when her boyfriend attempted to enter the vehicle while it was moving. They say the boyfriend was allegedly drug for approximately a half of a block before falling into the road.

The Sheriff’s Office says Oyervides De La Torre did not stop and left the scene.

They report that the boyfriend was transported to the Canton Inwood Hospital. They say his injuries were described as serious.

Oyervides De La Torre was arrested and was charged with reckless driving, a simple misdemeanor; and failure to stop at a personal injury accident, an aggravated misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Canton-Inwood Ambulance and the Inwood Rescue Squad assisted them.

November 5, 2016 - 2:09 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa– A tractor was damaged in a fire on Friday, November 4, 2016 near Rock Rapids.
According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 3:15 PM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of tractor on fire on the yard near the barn at the Ron Gruis farm at 1262 Harding Avenue, two and a half miles north of Rock Rapids.

The chief says the fire department saw the older Case tractor fully involved in flame. He says the back tires were on fire as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Reck says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to have been an electrical malfunction in the cab of the tractor.

He says they used 300-500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about a half hour.

November 4, 2016 - 11:49 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Ashton, Iowa — A cow was killed in an accident west of Ashton in the morning hours of Thursday, November 3rd.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:38 am on Thursday, 18-year-old Gavin Engelkes of Rushmore, Minnesota was driving a 2004 Ford Taurus southbound on Marsh Avenue, west of Ashton. According to the report, a cow entered the roadway from the west shoulder. Engelkes struck in the cow causing his vehicle to become disabled.

The Ford received $4,000 damage.

Engelkes was not injured. The cow died from its injuries in the accident and was valued at approximately $500.