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

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June 29, 2015 - 9:59 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Rock Rapids Farmer’s Market today (6/29/15) from 4-7 pm.
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Strawberries, fresh brown eggs, broccoli, cabbage, beets, green onions and kale.
Baked goods including applesauce spice bars.

June 29, 2015 - 9:58 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8George, IA — A George man was arrested on Thursday, June 25th at his home in George.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports at about 7:00 pm on Thursday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received information that 46-year-old Bobby Sprock of George had a valid warrant for his arrest. According to the report, a warrant had been issued charging Sprock with Harassment in the 3rd Degree, a simple misdemeanor. Sprock was located at his home, and subsequently arrested.

June 29, 2015 - 9:54 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, IA — A rural Rock Rapids man was arrested on Sunday, June 28th in Rock Rapids.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 1:25 am, deputies observed a male subject walking on South Second Avenue near South Story Street in Rock Rapids carrying a drink. According to the report, 32-year-old Justin Fastert of Rock Rapids was approached by the deputies and showed signs of intoxication.

Fastert was arrested and charged with Public Intoxication and Open Container in a Public Place, both are simple misdemeanors.

June 29, 2015 - 9:49 am - Posted in News

Boyden, IA — A George woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Friday, June 26th, near Boyden.

sioux county sheriff emblemThe Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 2:29 pm on the 26th, 62-year-old Linda Groen of George, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Kennedy Avenue. According to the report, Groen lost control of her vehicle, struck a mailbox, and entered the east ditch.

The Impala received $3000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 27, 2015 - 11:07 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has a new officer. A K9 officer that is.
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The new canine team member, Missy, is handled by Deputy Kyle Munneke. He gives us a little information about the dog and what they’ve been doing.

Missy is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas, according to Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep.

Deputy Munneke says the money to purchase Missy came from Lyon County drug forfeiture funds.

Munneke says she is trained and certified as a single purpose K9. But she excels in both drug detection and human tracking. He says you’ll have a chance to meet Missy later this summer.

He says Lyon County’s other dog is a German Shepherd, handled by Deputy Rob Ver Meer.

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June 25, 2015 - 5:58 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he’s “deeply disappointed” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that “ObamaCare” subsidies are legal. Carson is urging ObamaCare opponents not to “waste time and energy mourning” the decision, but to instead “redouble” the effort to get Congress to repeal the law.
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(as said) “We have to come out with something that is really appealing,” Carson says. “…That’s going to require some legislative changes, which means we’ve got to get brave people in there in leadership positions.”

Carson, who made stops in Rock Rapids and Sioux Center on Thursday, June 25th, says it’s important to “get rid of things” in ObamaCare that are “killing the economy” and that means ending the “employer mandate” which requires businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health insurance or pay a fine.

(as said) “It used to be as your company was growing, you were really happy. You got 40 and then you got 50 and then you got 100 employees. That doesn’t happen anymore. Now you get to 40 and you start backing off,” Carson says. “That antithetical to growth in our society.”

Iowa Congressman Steve King, a leading critic of ObamaCare, issued a video statement on Thursday on the ruling.

(as said) “This is a frustrating day when you’re in the business of writing laws and watching the Supreme Court amend them at their will,” King said, “by using their own judgment on what public policy should be in the United States.”

King says when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, the court has decided to “make it up” as it goes along.

(as said) “And they have ruled, essentially, that the law doesn’t mean what it says,” King says.

This decision on “ObamaCare” was the first of two big rulings expected from the court before it recesses for the summer.

(as said) “I’m really concerned about what can happen with the decision on marriage,” King says. “They’ll likely conclude that the Constitution doesn’t mean what it says either.”

Senator Chuck Grassley, the senior member of Iowa’s Congressional delegation, issued a written statement. Grassley says he respects the court, but Grassley says ObamaCare “remains a terrible law” and he remains “committed to repealing and replacing it with effective reforms driven by the marketplace, not the heavy hand of government.” Congressman Dave Loebsack, the only Democrat in Iowa’s Congressional delegation, calls today’s decision “a big relief for the thousands of Iowa families who would have faced large, unforeseen, out of pocket increases in their health care costs.” Loebsack says it’s time to “move forward and work to strengthen this law, not continue to try and dismantle it.”

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June 25, 2015 - 3:28 pm - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull resident was taken to a Sioux Center hospital after a pickup versus bicycle accident between George and Hull.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that it happened on Sunday, June 23, 2015, six miles north and two miles east of Hull at A52 and K60. They say 31-year-old Travis Techen of George was driving a 1999 Dodge Pickup eastbound on A52 when he collided with a bicycle being ridden by Tricia Heynen of Hull.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Heynen to Sioux Center Health.

Techen’s vehicle sustained approximately $1,000 in damages.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says the Lyon County Ambulance crew, George Fire Department, and George EMS assisted on the scene.

June 25, 2015 - 10:05 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, IA — A Semi with a wide load struck a light pole in Rock Rapids on Tuesday, June 23rd.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports, that at about 8:09 am, 42-year-old Jason Wolff of Merrill, Wisconsin was driving a 2015 Freightliner with a wide load. According to the report, Wolff struck a pole at Tama Street and IA 9.

June 24, 2015 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, IA — A Rock Rapids woman backed into a vehicle on Tuesday, June 23rd in Inwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:19 am, 63-year-old Lois Kuehl of Rock Rapids was backing out of a parking spot in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, owned by New Century Press of Rock Rapids. Seventy-nine-year-old Clarene Burgers of Inwood was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu, owned by Inwood Body Shop of Inwood, southbound on Main Street near Jefferson Street. According to the report, Kuehl was backing out of a parking spot onto Main Street and struck Burgers.

The Impala received $600 damage; the Malibu received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

June 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — One of the presidential hopefuls from the huge field of Republicans is going to be in northwest Iowa on Thursday. Dr. Ben Carson is an American author and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon.
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His trip to this area will start out with a fundraising event in Sioux Falls, SD on Wednesday night, June 24th. Then Dr. Carson will be doing a Western Iowa tour on Thursday, June 25th starting in Rock Rapids.

He’ll be at Rock Rapids’ Frontier Bank at 8:00 AM at 301 First Avenue (That’s Highway 9). The event is open to the public and there will be a short question and answer time.

Then it’s on to Sioux Center. Dr. Carson will be at The Fruited Plain, starting at 9:30 AM. The Fruited Plain is at 172 North Main Avenue (that’s Highway 75) in Sioux Center. Again it’s open to the public and there will be a question and answer time.

Both of the appearances are open to the public. Dr. Carson will also make a private stop in Orange City. Then it’s on to Sioux City, Missouri Valley and Council Bluffs to end the day with another fundraiser.

Campaign officials say Dr. Carson is planning another trip to the area at some point too.