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

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June 28, 2016 - 5:02 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Environmental specialists from the DNR’s Spencer field office were called to an accident scene after a semi flatbed trailer rolled into the ditch near Highway 9 about six miles west of Rock Rapids Tuesday morning, June 28th.
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The DNR inspected the site to determine if herbicide from a Countryside Ag Service truck out of Hawarden had reached waters of the state.

DNR officials report that two containers of herbicide were intact. But an unknown amount of a soybean herbicide, and parts of 150 gallons of soybean oil and 5,000 gallons of water reached the ditch and ran into an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek and the Rock River. They say the spilled materials caused a milky white color in the tributary for about 150 feet.

DNR staff say they did not see any stressed fish or other aquatic life.

The ditch has been dammed and will be cleaned up. Spilled materials will be land applied on farm ground.

The DNR says they collected water samples which will be sent to a lab for analysis. They will continue to monitor the cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement action.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was first on the scene.

June 28, 2016 - 7:40 am - Posted in News

George, Iowa– Another accident in Lyon County has claimed a life — this one of a Sibley man.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 3:00 PM on Monday, June 27, 2016, 63-year-old Merle Broesder of Sibley was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile SUV northbound on Larch Avenue, two miles north and three miles east of George.

The report says that the SUV entered the ditch, where it ramped 190th Street and rolled coming to rest in a field. The trooper says the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The trooper says another trooper, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, and the George Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted at the scene.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session on Monday night, June 27th at the Forster Community Center.
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The council opened bids for asbestos abatement on the next set of flood-damaged properties, six of which were determined to contain asbestos. The council accepted the low bid of$ 11,290 from Site Services, pending approval from the Department of Homeland Security.

The council voted to vacate an easement located at Klein’s Corner. The easement ran through the property, and has now been relocated to the north end ofthe property, according to city administrator Jordan Kordahl.

The council also accepted contracts for bridge inspection and Dinner Date. The bridges on North Union, North Boone, and East Street and the park entrance bridge on North 2nd Avenue will be inspected, and the engineer’s inspection will cost $1200. Elderbridge Dinner Date will pay the city $161.50 per month to continue to provide meals at the Forster Community Center. A contract with RIDES to provide transit services for the city was on the agenda, but was not ready by the time of the meeting.

The city council also set city depositories for the next fiscal year. The funds in each institution are not to exceed $3 million. The three banks in the city — Frontier Bank, Premier Bank, and US Bank — were set as official depositories.

They made some inter-fund and reserve transfers, and then entered closed session to discuss performance and pay rate reviews.

The next regular meeting of the Rock Rapids City Council will be at 5:30 PM on Monday, July 11th.

June 27, 2016 - 1:54 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County Attorney Shane Meyer says that there have been reports that someone pretending to be from the IRS is calling Lyon County residents in regard to a lawsuit.

She says residents are advised not to give any personal information, including banking information, over the phone.

She says if you are questioning the call, you should call the IRS Field Office or local law enforcement.

Again, do not give any personal information over the phone.

June 26, 2016 - 7:20 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa– An Inwood man has died as the result of an accident near Rock Rapids on Saturday, June 25, 2016.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 4:23 PM, 14-year-old Ryan Schneidermann of Inwood was driving a 1992 Ford pickup westbound on Highway 9, two miles east of Rock Rapids, or about a quarter of a mile east of Ibex Avenue.

According to the report, Schneidermann said he was tired from working outside all day. He said he briefly fell asleep. The pickup crossed left of center, entered the south ditch, struck a field drive, and rolled. The report says it then came to rest upside down in the south ditch.

A passenger in the pickup, 46-year-old Brad Schneidermann of Inwood died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Lyon County Ambulance took Ryan Schneidermann to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department, Lyon County Ambulance crew, and deputies from both the Lyon and Osceola County Sheriffs’ offices assisted at the scene.

June 26, 2016 - 7:19 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to the Metzger family from Lyon County on Friday, June 24th.
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The ceremony was held at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says that the Metzgers are a multi-generation farm family that showcases how the values of livestock farmers are passed on from one generation to the next. He says that they do an outstanding job caring for their animals and protecting the environment while also serving their neighbors and being leaders in their community. Northey says it was his honor to help recognize the Metzger family with this award.

Marv and Joleen Metzger, Dana and Kary Metzger, Reed Metzger, Brett and Melissa Metzger and Evan and Kristi Metzger, and their families, operate Multi-Rose Jerseys dairy farm. The farm was established in the 1940s by Jacob Metzger, Marv’s father. On the farm they milk approximately 1350 cows and raise dairy calves and heifers. The family also raise hogs from wean to finish and raise crops on approximately 1,800 acres.

Northey says that conservation is priority for the family and they have built terraces and use contour planting. They have also adopted precision farming tools to increase productivity while better protecting the land for future generations. They also designed and built dairy barns to most effectively manage manure so that it can be stored and the nutrients used as fertilizer for crop production. Slatted floor freestall barns for the dairy allow all manure to be captured in 12-foot pits and then applied as fertilizer to field.

The Metzgers have also been active in a number of community and agricultural organizations over the years. The family hosts many tours at the dairy, including the annual June Dairy Month open house for Western Iowa Dairy Alliance in 2013. About 1500 people visited the farm to learn about modern dairy farming as part of that event. In addition, Evan Metzger is on the board of directors of Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, currently serving as Vice President. Marv has also served on the local Lyon County Dairy Association for 10+ years and continues to promote Dairy by leasing out ice cream machines throughout the Tri-State Area each year.

The family was nominated Matt Schelling, who is president of the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, saying: “They are a great example of a farm family that tries to do a lot of ‘little things’ right, and over time, all those ‘little things’ add up to making a big difference for their farm, their community and their environment.”

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award, made possible through the financial support of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes Iowa livestock farmers who take pride in doing things right. This includes caring for the environment and their livestock and being good neighbors. It is named in memory of Gary Wergin, a long-time farm broadcaster who helped create the award.

Anyone interested in nominating their neighbor for the award should write a letter or e-mail explaining why their neighbor should receive this designation. Applications may be submitted to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Attn: Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Henry A. Wallace Building, Des Moines, IA 50319 or emailed to Communications@iowaAgriculture.gov.

June 23, 2016 - 7:23 pm - Posted in News
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John Hulshof speaks while Governor Branstad looks on

Rock Rapids, Iowa — At the Rock Rapids Kids Club open house on Wednesday, June 22nd, Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof had a few words to say.

He told those gathered there that he was grateful for the state’s generosity toward the $2.2 million Kids Club project. He says they received a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $600,000 toward the facility, in addition to $750,000 from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation — the non-profit that distributes money from Grand Falls Casino, and monetary support from the Forster Trust.

Hulshof said that a few years ago, the community came up with priorities on which they would need to focus to keep the town growing. He says those priorities included daycare, housing, schools, medical, and recreation. Hulshof says they are well on their way on a number of those. The new daycare facility makes daycare available to more Rock Rapids residents. He says that compared to having numbers of new homes in the community in single digits just a short time ago, last year people built over fifty new homes in the community. Hulshof also brought up the hospital being designed at this time in southwest Rock Rapids.

Branstad at Kids Club with Kopp

Kids Club Director Des Kopp gives Governor Branstad a tour of the new facility

He says that Rock Rapids is doing well because, QUOTE “We are starting to believe in ourselves.” He also said that the new Kids Club facility was near to his heart because of something his daughter used to say — “I may be at work but my heart is at Kids Club.”

In Governor Branstad’s speech, he made several connections to northwest Iowa. He said that the last time he was in Rock Rapids was when the community was dealing with the flood of 2014. He mentioned that Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten made a connection while they were visiting with Donna Inderwisch of Rock Rapids, whose home was one of the many devastated by flood waters. He says Schouten discovered that she had been his Kindergarten teacher. Branstad mentioned that he was glad that Kids Club could get a grant from the Riverboat Foundation. He said he was the one who signed the law that said that casinos in the state should give a portion of their take to nonprofit organizations. Branstad also mentioned the progress toward creating a new bi-state park with the State of South Dakota at Blood Run. He says the project is near to his heart.

Branstad welcome poster created by Kids Club school-age kids

Branstad welcome poster created by Kids Club school-age kids

June 23, 2016 - 2:01 pm - Posted in News

Osceola County, Iowa — The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a crime that took place sometime Tuesday morning, June 21st.

Osceola County Sheriff Doug Weber says the residential burglary happened sometime between 6:15 and 10:20 Tuesday morning at a rural residence in Osceola County.  Weber says 23 miscellaneous firearms were taken in the burglary, as well as a black 2001 Dodge pickup truck.  Sheriff Weber says the truck was discovered abandoned at the intersection of 170th Street and Jefferson Avenue (Ellsworth blacktop) in Lyon County on Wednesday, June 22nd.

Authorities have offered a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for this crime.  You may submit information to Text-A-Tip at www.sheriffosceolacounty.org or by calling 712-754-2556.

June 23, 2016 - 10:10 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — On Saturday morning, people in began finding items vandalized with spray paint in Lyon County. Now Lyon County Sheriff’s officials are advising that they have apprehended three people thought to have been involved.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has charged three individuals with Criminal Mischief in the third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor after investigating the rash of vandalism reports that occurred between the night of Friday June 17, 2016 and the morning of Saturday June 18, 2016. The first of four reports came on the morning of Saturday June 18, 2016. Spray paint damage was done to the Central Lyon High School’s lion statue, a street in Rock Rapids, the George Swimming Pool, and a parking sign at the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that 18-year-old Jordan Groen of Little Rock was arrested on Sunday, June 19. That same day a juvenile male was cited into Juvenile Court. They report that 18-year-old Dylan Van Gorp of George was arrested on Tuesday, June 21.

The total damage was estimated to be $700.00

June 23, 2016 - 8:29 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is in northwest Iowa today (Thursday, June 23rd).
Chase Branstad Kopp Hulshof at Kids Club
Last night (Wednesday, June 22nd) he spoke at the new Rock Rapids Kids Club community daycare building. The daycare moved from their old building into the new one three weeks ago. Branstad says new daycare facilities are economic development tools.

Branstad is in Sibley and Sheldon today. We asked the governor what he had to say about his apperances at Sterler Solar Park in Sibley and White Wolf Web in Sheldon today.

The governor is on his 99-county tour of Iowa. We asked him what issues he’s been hearing about that are important to Iowans.

The governor wraps up this swing through northwest Iowa this afternoon (Thursday, June 23rd).

Photo Caption: (L-R) Rock Rapids Mayor Jason Chase, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Rock Rapids Kids Club Director Des Meyers-Kopp, and Rock Rapids Economic Development Director John Hulshof hold a welcome sign made by Kids Club 3-year-olds