March 11, 2015 - 5:36 pm - Posted in News

Sibley and Rock Rapids, Iowa — It’s Farm and Home Show season in northwest Iowa and two of them are going on this week.
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We talked to Sheryl Peters, the Sibley Chamber Director. She tells us that the show is going to be in a different location this year.

She says the festivities start at 8 AM with a fundraiser breakfast.

The breakfast is also being served at the elementary building. After that, the real Farm and Home Show starts at 9.

Peters says Osceola Community Hospital will be showcasing the Mega Heart Exhibit, where you can learn how your heart works, says Peters.

Again, the Sibley Farm and Home Show is Saturday from 9 to 2 with an FFA Breakfast at 8, all at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Elementary School.

Meanwhile, the Rock Rapids Farm and Home Show is this Thursday, March 12th. Rock Rapids Chamber Director Angie Jager tells us about it.

She says new this year are some chamber gift certificate drawings. The American Legion and VFW are also teaming up in the evening for a pancake supper. That’s the Rock Rapids Farm and Home Show, on Thursday, March 12th, at the Forster Community Center from 2 to 8 PM.

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March 10, 2015 - 9:00 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with a hit and run accident that occurred southwest of George on Saturday night, March 7, 2015.
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On Sunday afternoon, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single motor vehicle hit-and-run accident on a private drive in the 2300 mile of Jay Avenue. That’s about a mile and a half south of George and two miles west. The previous night, investigators believe a red Pontiac Grand Prix with a model year sometime between 1997-2003 was southbound on Jay Avenue. The vehicle is believed to have the words “Grand Prix” stickered on top of the front windshield.

Deputies believe the vehicle crossed the 230th Street intersection and entered a dead end private drive. They believe it then struck a utility pole and gate causing damage to both.

Deputies say the vehicle sustained significant front end damage and appears to have been removed from the scene by someone using a pickup, trailer and possibly a Case skid loader.

The vehicles left the accident scene eastbound on 230th Street and were last seen going southbound on L-14 (Kennedy Avenue) near the Sioux County/Lyon County border.

If anyone has information about the accident, they are asked to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (712)472-8300.

March 9, 2015 - 3:26 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Five northwest Iowa businesses and pre-revenue businesses have been selected as finalists to pitch for $5,000 of start-up capital at EntreFEST in Iowa City on May 21st, and one of them is from Larchwood.

American Hero Clothing, Larchwood

American Hero Clothing, Larchwood

The finalists are American Hero Clothing in Larchwood, Jackson Street Brewing in Sioux City, in Akron, Marto Brewing Company in Onawa, and Triple Threat Threads in Spencer.

Contestants submitted their ideas online and posted a video for voters to learn more about their businesses and plans. For two weeks, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets were used to spread the word. The top business in each category was guaranteed a trip to Iowa City for the pitch-off event, and four others in each category were chosen based on the quality of their application and votes.

Cash awards will be given to first through third place on May 21st in Iowa City. Winners of each category will then go on to pitch for grand prize money of $10,000.

EntreFEST will be held in Iowa City from May 20th – 22nd.

Dream Big Grow Here is made possible through sponsorship by a mix of private and public sector agencies, including the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa, Advance Iowa, VentureNet Iowa, Iowa Bankers Association, IASourceLink, and Veridian Credit Union. Dream Big Grow Here is a program of UNI Business and Community Services.

For more information about the Dream Big Grow Here program, visit

March 9, 2015 - 3:12 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Time is running out for northwest Iowa businesses who were affected by last year’s floods to apply for an SBA loan.
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Director Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office says is reminding businesses of the April 8, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by severe storms, flooding, straight-line winds and tornadoes in Lyon and Sioux counties that occurred June 14 – 23, 2014.

According to Armstrong, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. She says that these particular loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. She says assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Cherokee, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux counties in Iowa; Nobles and Rock counties in Minnesota; and Lincoln, Minnehaha and Union counties in South Dakota.

The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

More information from the SBA:
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or emailing Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877‑8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

March 5, 2015 - 10:51 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood woman was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident in Larchwood on Thursday, March 5, 2015. And it’s the second accident to occur near that location in the past 10 days.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:55 AM, 53-year-old Michael DeJager of Doon was driving a 2000 Kenworth Semi owned by Farmers Elevator Cooperative of Rock Valley westbound on Highway 9 near the ball fields. A 2004 Chrysler Sebring being driven by 22-year-old Alexandria Kollis of Larchwood, was southbound on Edgerly Street.

The report says Kollis stopped at a stop sign then proceeded into the intersection, colliding with the semi.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Kollis to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Kollis’ vehicle sustained about $2,500 in damage. Farmers Elevator Cooperative’s semi did not appear to have any reportable damage.

Personnel from the Lyon County Ambulance crew, Larchwood Fire Department, Larchwood EMS, and Erwin’s Towing assisted the Sheriff’s Department at the scene.

March 5, 2015 - 9:02 am - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — A tractor was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, March 5, 2015 near Little Rock.
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According to Little Rock Fire Chief Joe Schilling, about 4:00 AM, the Little Rock Fire Department and Rescue Crew were called to the report of machine shed fire at 4412 120th Street, two miles north and two miles west of Little Rock. According to information from the Lyon County Assessor’s Office, that property is owned by Dale Kruse.

The chief says as they approached the scene, the fire department saw a tractor on fire. He says it had already been pulled out of the shed. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

No injuries were reported.

Chief Schilling says that in addition to the tractor being totally destroyed, the shed door did sustain some damage as the tractor was being pulled out.

He says the cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature. The chief says the tractor’s engine block heater was plugged in.

He says they used 200 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about an hour.

Schilling says Little Rock EMS and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

March 1, 2015 - 8:10 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A George woman and her daughter were taken to the hospital after an accident south of Rock Rapids.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 4:25 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015, 45-year-old Jeffrey Groote of George was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup pulling a 2001 enclosed trailer westbound on county road A-34, about seven miles south-southeast of Rock Rapids. Thirty-year-old Kathryn Fox of George was driving a 1993 Chevrolet owned by Alvin Overholt of George, also westbound on A-34.

The report says Groote had slowed down to turn north onto K-52 and just as he began turning north, the report says Fox rear-ended the enclosed trailer.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Fox and her three-year-old daughter to Sanford Rock Rapids.

Groote’s 2001 pickup received about $2,000 in damages; his enclosed trailer received about $5,000 in damages; and the contents inside the trailer received about $2,000 in damages. The 1993 pickup driven by Fox was a total loss.

Fox was ticketed on charges of failure to maintain control and driving while suspended, both simple misdemeanors.

Doon Fire and Rescue, The Lyon County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriff’s office on the scene.

February 27, 2015 - 6:37 pm - Posted in News
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Current Island Park Mini Zoo

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Mini Zoo in Rock Rapids’ Island Park was destroyed by last year’s flood. But according to mayor Jason Chase, there is a proposal in the works to build a new one in a slightly different location.

He says that besides the fact that the Mini Zoo building was rendered unusable by the flood, the people who are handling the Mini Zoo issue have come to another conclusion.

He says they have an unusual idea. There are two shelter houses west of the swimming pool — an enclosed shelter house to the south, and a steel-roof open shelter house to the north. They thought that perhaps they could re-purpose the open shelter house.

He says the present location of the Mini Zoo has always been in a bad place when the park floods.

Mayor Chase says it would also be more accessible to foot traffic.

He says feed storage could also be in the same building instead of a separate building, and a fenced-in area is proposed northwest of the proposed zoo, where animals could get out and run.

Island Park west open shelter

Island Park west open shelter

Chase says this plan is not set in stone yet.

He says they have some funding for the Mini Zoo through pledges, insurance, and a Lyon County Riverboat Foundation grant, but it might be a year or two before they could replace the open shelter where the Mini Zoo is now.

Also, the city continues to work on park improvement at Island Park through the park planning firm, “Confluence.”

If you’d like to donate to the project, if you have ideas, or you’d like to volunteer to be part of the Mini Zoo group, or help in any way, Chase says you can call the city office at 712-472-2553.

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February 27, 2015 - 9:12 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A George man has been sentenced to two years in prison on an indecent contact charge.
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The Lyon County Attorney’s office reports that 51-year-old Tom Nytroe of George has been sentenced on a charge of Indecent Contact with a Child, an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

The charge stems from a criminal complaint stating that Nytroe inappropriately touched a 12-year-old child. Nytroe was 50 years of age at the time of the offense.

Nytroe was sentenced to a prison sentence not to exceed two (2) years in addition to other penalties, and he is to have no contact with the victim. Nytroe was immediately taken into custody by the Lyon County Sheriff to begin his prison sentence.

According to court records, before plea negotiation, Nytroe had been charged with a felony: Third Degree Sexual Abuse.

February 25, 2015 - 12:14 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Two people from Doon were seriously injured in an accident on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Larchwood.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Darin Koedam of Larchwood was driving a 2003 International Semi owned by Midwest Livestock Service LTD of Larchwood westbound on Highway 9. A 2002 Chrysler van being driven by 84-year-old Nickolas Bloemendaal of Doon was eastbound on 9 when it crossed the center line colliding with the semi.

Bloemendaal and a passenger, 81-year-old Tressa Bloemendaal, were both transported to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls by Lyon County Ambulance. Their injuries were described as “serious.”

Bloemendaal’s van sustained about $5,000 in damages and is considered a total loss. Midwest Livestock Service LTD’s semi sustained approximately $10,000 in damages.

The Lyon County Ambulance personnel, the Larchwood Fire Department and Larchwood EMS personnel, the Iowa State Patrol, Track Side Towing, and Irwin’s Towing assisted the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.