April 17, 2019 - 4:04 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — This week is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep tells us their dispatchers are their front line.


Vander Stoep says the dispatchers deserve a lot of credit and thanks from the community.


The sheriff says that while the job of a deputy is stressful too, they at least get to go to the scene and see everything that happens. And he says that sometimes gives them closure, which the dispatchers don’t always get a chance to experience. He says we all owe a lot to the 911 operators and dispatchers in northwest Iowa.

For more information, you can visit www.npstw.org. For more information on Lyon County Dispatch in particular, you can visit lyoncosheriff.com/dispatch.

Photo caption: Two young people watch Lyon County Dispatcher Sandy Wissink work during a recent tour of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center.

April 17, 2019 - 3:10 pm - Posted in News

Sheldon, Iowa — Northwest Iowa Community College has fielded their first intercollegiate athletic team, but it might not be what one normally thinks of when thinking college sports.

This is the first year for NCC to field a Sport Shooting team. The teams’coach, Brian Lauck tells us about the NCC Sport Shooting Team.

Lauck says safety comes first with the sport.

He says shooters must have their guns unloaded with the action open unless they’re on the line, ready to call for the bird.

Lauck says Sport Shooting is the fastest growing sport in the country.

Like all extra-curricular activities, Lauck says academics come first.

He says they hold formal team practices Tuesday and Wednesday each week, weather permitting. All of the NCC team members provide their own shotguns for the sport, which are stored in a secure off-campus facility, since the NCC campus is a gun-free zone.

Lauck not only coaches the NCC team, but also coaches the Cherokee High School Sport Shooting Team.

April 17, 2019 - 2:18 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Baltic, South Dakota man is behind bars in Rock Rapids after a report of a suspicious vehicle and a slow-speed pursuit.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday, April 16th, they received a report of a suspicious person at Sunshine Foods in Rock Rapids. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the report alleged that the suspect was “looking through cars in the parking lot.”

The responding deputy located the suspect vehicle just as it was leaving the parking lot. The deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver, later identified as Scott Keith of Baltic, SD, led the deputy on a pursuit through Rock Rapids before exiting the vehicle and being apprehended in the 800 block of South Greene Street. As a result, Keith was charged with serious misdemeanor counts of Eluding,
Interference with Official Acts Causing Bodily Injury, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Other Schedule IV. He was also charged with simple misdemeanors counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Interference With Official Acts, Violation of Financial Liability Coverage, Failure to Carry Registration Card, Failure to Display Registration Plate, and Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle.

They tell us they booked Keith into the Lyon County Jail, where at last report, he remained. The sheriff’s office reports that Trackside Towing assisted them and that more charges are pending.

April 16, 2019 - 5:31 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be making a visit Wednesday to one of the high schools in our area.

Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg says their Wednesday visit to Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids is one of their regular stops, and they really need to replenish the blood supply.

Versteeg says the current need for blood is high.

He says they’re hoping for a really good turnout for Wednesday’s stop in Rock Rapids.

Versteeg talks about who is eligible to donate blood.

He says you should bring your driver’s license with you, as well.

Versteeg reminds us that every drop of blood donated during Wednesday’s blood drive will be used to save local lives. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood products to thirty-four area hospitals.

Wednesday’s blood drive will be held from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids.

For ore information, visit cbblifeblood.org

April 16, 2019 - 3:17 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — The Iowa Lottery is planning on giving away the one-million-dollar Powerball prize that went unclaimed when the ticket expired last week.

The ticket had been purchased in Nevada, and Iowa Lottery CEO Matt Strawn says they did all they could to find the winner, and now will move ahead.

He says they wanted to stick with the origin of the prize to try again to give it away.

He explains how it will work.

He says you can enter by buying a Powerball play during a three-week period.

The prize period to enter is May 29th through June 18th, with the drawing for the one-million-dollar winner on June 19th. The original ticket was purchased at a Casey’s in Nevada and Strawn says they believe it is the first time ever that a one-million-dollar prize went unclaimed. The Casey’s store received a one-thousand-dollar bonus from the lottery for selling the original ticket, even though it went unclaimed.

April 16, 2019 - 2:02 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Unsurprisingly, this wet weather that we’ve been having has caused a number of manure runoff accidents in recent days.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, DNR field offices are investigating four manure runoffs in Lyon and Sioux counties in relation to a weather system dropping heavy rainfall totals that moved through the northern and northwest part of the state late last week.

The DNR says that manure was reported overflowing a berm of a manure basin at Bar-K Cattle near Sioux Center. DNR staff observed the small discharge entering Six Mile Creek but they say it was quickly dissipating as it entered. No fish were observed killed from the manure overflow into the creek. The owner of Bar-K Cattle set up a pump to transfer the excess manure to a second basin and stopped the discharge.

In the second incident, they say manure was reported overflowing a berm of a manure basin at Rock River Feedyards, four miles west of Rock Rapids. DNR staff did not observe manure discharging to a water source.

The third incident was only 2.5 miles east, where manure was reportedly trickling over a berm at Jansma Cattle Company near Rock Rapids. DNR staff on-site determined the manure had discharged to a tributary of Rock River but the discharge has since stopped. DNR staff did not observe any fish killed from the discharge.

In the fourth incident, DNR staff say that manure-laden water was reportedly discharging from a storage basin at Mike’s Wash Out, a livestock trailer wash facility near Granville. It was also reported that some of the manure had entered a nearby water source. When DNR staff arrived the discharge was no longer happening and staff observed no fish had been killed.

The DNR says their staff will continue to investigate these incidents and determine any enforcement actions.

April 16, 2019 - 2:02 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile will be making a visit Wednesday to one of the high schools in our area.

Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg says their Wednesday visit to Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids is one of their regular stops, and they really need to replenish the blood supply.

Versteeg says the current need for blood is high.

He says they’re hoping for a really good turnout for Wednesday’s stop in Rock Rapids.

Versteeg talks about who is eligible to donate blood.

He says you should bring your driver’s license with you, as well.

Versteeg reminds us that every drop of blood donated during Wednesday’s blood drive will be used to save local lives. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood products to thirty-four area hospitals.

Wednesday’s blood drive will be held from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm at Central Lyon High School in Rock Rapids.

For more information, visit cbblifeblood.org

April 15, 2019 - 4:29 pm - Posted in News

Sioux City, Iowa — Firefighters in Paris have been battling a fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame for nearly a day.

The impact of that blaze is being felt by the Catholic faithful throughout the world. Bishop R Walker Nickless of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City issued the following statement on the fire at the Paris cathedral.

“On behalf of all the faithful of the Diocese of Sioux City, I express our profound sadness at the fire today at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, which has fully consumed the roof and central spire of this famous and beautiful church. Even here in Iowa, many of us have visited and prayed in this magnificent church named after our lady, the Mother of God. The destruction of such a notable piece of our shared Catholic heritage affects all of us. During this Holy Week of our faith, the tragedy at this Cathedral reminds us all of the importance of visible signs of our faith that are meant to lead us to deeper prayer and trust in the Lord. May God be with the people of Paris and all the world who look to this Church as a testament to beauty.”

“Yet, above all, we give thanks to God that, so far as is known, the fire has caused no injuries or fatalities. Through the intercession of our Lady, St. Dennis, and St. Martin, patrons of France, we pray for all those affected by the loss of this Cathedral, and that it may be restored to all its former glory in the near future.”

Sheldon, Iowa — Northwest Iowa Community College is offering summer camps to be held in June and July, with the focus on careers available in northwest Iowa.

Allie Mouw, NCC’s Learning Intermediary Network Coordinator says that their goal is to bring young students to campus and help them with career exploration and awareness of different careers. She says NCC understands that sometimes it can be a little overwhelming when young people are trying to make career decisions. She says those at NCC want to assist and connect students with career exploration and learning opportunities and let them have fun while doing it.

NCC’s Specialized Intermediary Coordinator, Dan Cline tells us what they have to offer.


Cline tells us that more information can be found at nwicc.edu/summer-camps. Or you can call NCC at 712-324-5061 and ask for Dan Cline or Allie Mouw.

April 15, 2019 - 3:54 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — (RI) — The Iowa Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of measles in Iowa.

Department Medical Director, Doctor Caitlin Pedati, says privacy laws prevent them from releasing detailed information, but she says they can give a few details.

Doctor Pedati says they moved quickly to ensure this case doesn’t spread.

This is the first case of measles in Iowa since 2011. Pedati says they are not concerned that this will turn into a larger outbreak.

She says measles can spread very quickly among those who have not been vaccinated.

Measles vaccinations are given to kids who are between 12 and 15 months old. A second booster is given between ages of four to six years old and Pedati says the vaccine is 94 percent effective after the first round and 97 percent after the second. She says the C-D-C recommended the second vaccination be given back in 1989.

The Centers for Disease Control says nationwide from January 1st to April 11th, 2019, there have been 555 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 states. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U-S since the disease was wiped out in 2000. Other states which have reported measles cases are:Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.