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As reported by KIWA News Director and Rock Rapids resident Scott Van Aartsen

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October 5, 2015 - 9:46 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman was distracted and struck a parked vehicle in Rock Rapids on Sunday, October 4th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:45 am on Sunday, 58-year-old Kim Vander Plaats of Little Rock was driving a 2009 Buick Enclave southbound on Carroll Street. According to the report, Vander Plaats had looked down to adjust the radio and upon looking up, struck a parked 1991 Chevy pickup owned by forty-eight-year-old Daniel Durrence of Rock Rapids.

The Buick received $5000 damage. The Chevy received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

October 4, 2015 - 8:02 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Valley man is no longer charged with harassment.
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Lyon County Magistrate Jenny Winterfield has dismissed a charge of harassment of public officers and employees against 53-year-old Michael Kats.

Deputies say the arrest stems from a three-hour search for Kats in April after he allegedly made a 911 call to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and sent multiple text messages to Lyon County Deputies. Court records indicate the texts were threats to harm his ex-wife.

Kats was charged with Harassment of a Public Officer, a Simple Misdemeanor, and was also originally charged with Threats of Terrorism, a Class C Felony.

Lyon County Attorney Shayne Mayer moved to dismiss the terrorism charge because of insufficient evidence in April. She moved to dismiss the harassment charge, saying it was “in the furtherance of justice.”

September 30, 2015 - 9:47 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderRock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated an accident near Rock Rapids on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:20 pm on Tuesday, 24-year-old Bradley Lupkes of Rock Rapids was driving a 2004 Chevy Impala south of Rock Rapids on Hickory Avenue. Fifty-eight-year-old Eldon Sneller of Doon was driving a 2004 Kenworth in front of Lupkes. According to the report, Lupkes was attempting to pass Sneller as Sneller was making a left turn at the residence of 1909 Hickory Avenue and struck the left rear of Lupkes’ Impala.

The Impala received $3000 damage, while the Kenworth received minimal damage.

No injuries were reported.

Lupkes was cited for improper passing and Sneller was cited for failure to wear safety belt.

September 28, 2015 - 9:52 am - Posted in News
Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, Iowa — A Doon woman was arrested after an accident near Inwood on Sunday, September 27th.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 4:50 am on Sunday, Deanna Fluit of Doon was driving a 2010 Dodge Ram pickup on 240th street, 2 1/2 miles east of Inwood. According to the report, she swerved to miss a deer, lost control of the vehicle and entered the south ditch where it traveled until until it struck the east bank of a creek.
The report continues that upon further investigation, Fluit was under the influence of alcohol and placed under arrest and charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 1st Offense, a serious misdemeanor, and Failure to Maintain Control, a simple misdemeanor. Fluit was transported and booked into Lyon County Jail.
September 28, 2015 - 7:45 am - Posted in News

Alvord, Iowa — One person has been charged and arrested after an investigation into a tractor that had been reported stolen in Lyon County.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday night, September 26th, their office received a call about 10:50 PM. The caller told the dispatcher that a John Deere 6410 tractor had been taken from a farm site in the 2500 block of 190th Street, two miles northeast of Alvord. The owner had allegedly found the tractor about two miles away with heavy damage to the front loader and bucket attached to the tractor.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe that Tyler Goodchild had taken the tractor without permission of the owner and drove it to another location.

Goodchild was placed under arrest and was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent; an Aggravated Misdemeanor.

He was booked into the Lyon County Jail.

Deputies say the case is still under investigation.

September 25, 2015 - 10:50 am - Posted in News

money cash bills dollarsNorthwest Iowa — Owners of real estate in Iowa, residential, agricultural and business, have less than a week to pay their fall property taxes without penalty.

Real estate taxes were actually due September 1st, but the State of Iowa allows until the end of September for taxes to be paid without penalty.  Taxes may be paid in one of three ways:  You can take your payment to your County Treasurer’s Office, mail it to the Treasurer’s Office, or you can pay them online at  If you mail or take your payment to the Treasurer’s Office, please remember to include the proper payment stub.  County Treasurer’s Offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Remember, if you mail your tax payment it MUST be postmarked on or before September 30th to avoid late payment tax penalties.

September 25, 2015 - 6:28 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — A gunshot incident that injured a rural Larchwood resident earlier this week near Larchwood appears to have been an accident, but authorities have not made a final determination.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 5 PM on Monday, September 21, 2015, they received a 911 call from someone at the home located at 1231 Beech Avenue in rural Larchwood. The caller advised that there was an accidental discharge from his shotgun and he had been shot in the lower part of his leg.

Larchwood Emergency Medical Service, Lyon County Ambulance, sheriff’s deputies and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the call.

At last report, the incident was believed to have been an accident, but deputies say it is still under investigation.

September 25, 2015 - 6:03 am - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Information has been distributed to the public and the public’s comments have been collected at two meetings this week in regard to a possible new state park in western Lyon County. Iowa DNR State Parks Bureau Chief Todd Coffelt says now the master plan has to be created before public comment is received on it.

He says two years ago, the legislature set aside $2 million for the purpose of a state park in Lyon County.

He says that the meetings on Wednesday night and Thursday were a chance for planners to engage with the public, and hear their comments, concerns, and priorities.

He says he has heard similar opinions for the most part.

He says the area is a multi-use area, but their main purpose in the area they hope to make a state park is to preserve the native American features. He says that at its peak, over 10,000 people are thought to have lived in the area.

Coffelt says a big part of their effort is in speaking with the native American tribes who were once part of the Oneota group that lived in the Blood Run area, and make sure that the area is treated with the respect it deserves.

But he tells us that they need to make sure they know what everyone would like to happen, so that the best decisions can be made for all concerned.

If you’d like more information on the Blood Run project, go to

September 25, 2015 - 3:12 am - Posted in News

Grand Falls Casino sign at nightRock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County Schools, Cities, and County government continue to win big with grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.

The foundation is the non-profit license holder for the Grand Falls Casino near Larchwood. State law mandates a certain percentage of the casino’s gaming take has to go back to the community.  The agreement between the casino and the non-profit stipulates that for the first $20 million the casino collects in gambling winnings in a year, they will give the foundation 4.5 percent. When they get up to $20 million, the percentage goes up to 4.75 percent; and when they get up to $30 million, it goes to 5 percent.

The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation is set up to give half of the money in grants to county government subdivisions and schools, and half in a competitive grant process to non-profit projects.

The third quarter 2015 non-competitive grants have just been announced. Lyon County public schools — Central Lyon, George/Little Rock, and West Lyon were each granted over $43,000. That brings up their total to over $128,000 per school so far this year, and since the Riverboat Foundation started giving grants in 2011, each school has received over $700,000.

Lyon County cities are given grants on factors that include their population. They ranged from about $13,300 for Lyon County’s smallest incorporated community of Alvord to almost $16,000 for Rock Rapids this time around. That brings the total for the year so far to a low of over $39,000 for Alvord to a high of nearly $47,000 for Rock Rapids. Since the grants started in 2011, the total ranges from over $222,000 for Alvord to over $266,000 for Rock Rapids.

Lyon County was given just over $18,400 this time, bringing the yearly total so far to over $54,000, and the grand total to-date to over $308,000.

The grand total given away to the government subdivisions by the foundation so far is over $4.3 million. Another $4.3 million has been given to non-profit projects in the competitive grant process.

For the specific amounts, Click here.

September 24, 2015 - 9:41 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids teen struck parked car on Monday, September 21st in Rock Rapids.

The Lyon County Sheriff reports that on Monday, 15-year-old Reese Borman was driving a 2002 Volkswagon eastbound on 7th Avenue in Rock Rapids. According to the report, the sun was blinding her, so Borman was slowing down and pulling over to the side of the road when she struck a 1987 Ford Ranger owned by John Pap of Rock Rapids, which was parked alongside of the road.

Both Vehicle received $2500 damage.

No injuries were reported.