Little Rock, Iowa — A Little Rock man has been arrested and faces felony and misdemeanor charges.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, their officers arrested 41-year-old Anton Alsip of Little Rock on Monday, August 8th, on an active Lyon County warrant for Violation of Probation. The warrant carried a $5,000 cash or surety bond. Additionally, they say Alsip was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine)-3rd Offense, a Class D Felony; Possession of Marijuana 3rd Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and No Insurance, both simple misdemeanors.

Alsip was lodged in the Lyon County Jail, but posted a $10,000 cash or surety bond and was released on Tuesday.

August 5, 2022 - 3:15 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — An Ellsworth, Minnesota woman and her passenger were taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that a few minutes before 9:00 a.m., 39-year-old Amy Dammer of Rushmore, Minnesota was westbound on Highway 9 in a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, when she struck a 2015 Buick Enclave driven by 63-year-old Irene Gacke of Ellsworth near Casey’s General Store.

Gacke and her passenger were transported by the Lyon County Ambulance Squad to Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital in Rock Rapids. Their injuries were described as “non-life threatening.”

The sheriff’s office tells us both vehicles were considered a total loss.

They say the accident remains under investigation and charges may be pending.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says the Rock Rapids Fire Department, the Lyon County Ambulance Squad, and Dusty’s Auto body assisted with the response to the accident.

August 3, 2022 - 4:35 pm - Posted in News

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Inwood, Iowa– About 30 round hay bales were destroyed in a fire on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, near Inwood.

According to Inwood Fire Chief Troy Van Beek, at about 9:10 a.m., the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a bale fire near 1327 Able Boulevard, four miles west of Inwood and then a mile and a half southwest on Able Boulevard.

The chief says the fire department saw the bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they broke the bales apart and doused them with water.

Van Beek says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be spontaneous combustion or possibly lightning from a passing storm.

Chief Van Beek reports that the damage was limited to the approximately 30 bales that had been on fire.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about two and a half hours.

August 3, 2022 - 3:00 pm - Posted in News

Doon, Iowa– An Iowa State University pickup was destroyed in a fire on Monday, August 1, 2022, near Doon.

According to Doon Fire Chief Blake Van Bemmel, at about 12:10 p.m., the Doon Fire Department was called to the report of a vehicle on fire on 240th Street west of Harrison Avenue, three miles east of Doon, a mile north on Highway 75, and a half mile east.

The chief says the fire department saw the pickup nearly completely burned up as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire.

Van Bemmel says no injuries were reported.

He tells us that some workers from Iowa State University were doing some work on the Little Rock River in that location. He said they told him there were some large batteries in the pickup’s box, and said the fire started there.

Chief Van Bemmel reports that the newer pickup was totaled in the blaze.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

A few days earlier, also in Lyon County, the Little Rock Fire Department was called to a grill fire. Little Rock Fire Chief Joe Schilling tells us that about 7:10 p.m., firefighters were called to 708 Leland Street. He says they found that someone there was going to grill on a gas grill. But grease in the grill started on fire and was burning down the hose toward the propane tank. He says firefighters were able to smother the fire by closing the lid, and were on the scene for about 10 minutes.

Larchwood, Iowa —  A man who had run from DCI officers at the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood on Monday, August 1st, 2022 is behind bars in Rock Rapids.

According to Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Agent Troy Nelson, the incident started when an individual presented a fake ID to security officers at Grand Falls Casino. The security team alerted the on-site DCI officers, who provided assistance. That individual, who was later identified as 21-year-old Ricardo Aurelio Herrerh had arrived at the casino with another individual who had stepped outside the building. When the DCI approached that person, who was later identified as 25-year-old Rigoberto Lopez Lopez, he ran from them and ran into standing corn, which gave cover.

Lyon County Deputies were called upon to assist the DCI agents at that time. The sheriff’s office reports that the Iowa State Patrol, the Sheldon Police Department’s K9, and Lyon County Emergency Management’s drone were all utilized in the search, which was unsuccessful at that time.

However, they tell us Lopez Lopez was located and was arrested at 9:40 a.m. the next day by multiple Lyon County deputies in the 1000 block of 110th Street near Gitchie Manitou State Preserve. He was charged with possession of a false license or ID card, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with official acts.

Herrerh was charged with interference with official acts, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a license.

Both men remain in the Lyon County Jail in Rock Rapids without bond.

August 2, 2022 - 4:02 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A Larchwood man was taken to a hospital after an accident on Monday, August 1st, 2022 near that community.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, deputies believe 19-year-old Isaac Koch of Larchwood was driving three miles north of Larchwood and was allegedly following too closely when he ran into a semi-truck owned by Idlenot Farms, which was driven by 58-year-old Guy Klosterbuer of Hills, MN.

The sheriff’s office says the Lyon County Ambulance took Koch to Sanford Hospital and University Medical Center in Sioux Falls. His injuries were described as “minor.”

Koch was cited on charges of Following Too Closely and Failure To Use Seatbelt, according to the report.

Boyden, Iowa — One man from Alton and one from Larchwood were taken to the hospital after an accident near Boyden on Monday, August 1

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:15 p.m., 52-year-old Richard Roemen of Larchwood was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Express G2500 westbound on Highway 18, two miles west of Boyden. They tell us 21-year-old Elliot Dykstra of Alton was driving a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup westbound on Highway 18 behind Roemen. Roemen slowed for road construction and Dykstra struck the Chevrolet.

The Boyden Ambulance took both drivers to Sanford Sheldon Medical Center.

The Chevrolet sustained an estimated $3,500 in damage. The Ford sustained about $5,000 in damage.

Dykstra was cited for following too closely.

The sheriff’s Office reports that the Boyden Ambulance Squad, Boyden Fire Department, and Iowa State Patrol assisted them with the response to the accident.

Washington, D.C. — Republican U.S. Senator Joni Ernst has joined fellow Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley in introducing the bipartisan and bicameral Next Generation Fuels Act, a proposal that aims to leverage higher-octane fuels to improve engine efficiency and performance. Allowing the sale of fuels with greater octane levels would increase the amount of ethanol that can be utilized in the fuel supply, in turn lowering prices at the pump for consumers.

 Ernst called the proposal a “No brainer.” She says Iowans are getting crushed under sky-high prices at the pump, and America continues to depend on foreign countries for our energy, she says we should be turning to our own abundant domestic production right here in the U.S., including clean, homegrown biofuel. Ernst says this bipartisan legislation will move America closer to energy independence and away from relying on our adversaries, all while lowering costs for consumers and supporting our hardworking farmers and biofuel producers.

Senator Chuck Grassley says the Next Generation Fuels Act would gradually ramp up the use of homegrown ethanol at gas stations across the country, making Americans less reliant on foreign oil and less vulnerable to the anti-competitive tactics of OPEC. He says as we look to the future of liquid fuels, this legislation can play a critical role in restoring energy independence, saving consumers money, lowering carbon emissions and expanding the market for farmers and ethanol producers. 

Joining Grassley and Ernst in introducing the Next Generation Fuels Act are Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and is cosponsored by all members of the Iowa congressional delegation, including Reps. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).

Locally, ethanol is produced at facilities in Ashton, Hartley and Sioux Center.

 The full text of the bill is available HERE.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — According to stats from the State of Iowa, we could be in a slow rise in number of positive COVID tests. But actual numbers remain low.

Health Services of Lyon County has recently sent out updated illness and exposure guidelines for COVID. We asked Health Services of Lyon County Public Health Administrator Melissa Stillson if we are in a COVID spike. She says we are not.

She gives us some reasons the numbers remain low.

But, Stillson says she wants people to remember how to prevent disease — especially COVID, but many of the COVID precautions work to prevent other diseases as well.

For more information, see the information below, provided by Health Services of Lyon County.

The Isolation document is guidance for people who are ill with COVID-19. It is a nice flow chart that gives guidance on how to handle persons with a positive COVID-19 test. Reminder that first day of symptoms is Day 0- first day of isolation starts the next day.

Second, the quarantine part 2 document provides the flow chart for those persons that are exposed and meet the following :

1. Have not had any covid vaccines
2. Have had two doses but no boosters
3. Have had covid in the past 90 days
4. Have had two doses and a booster

Isolation Guidance

Quarantine Guidance


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