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May 24, 2016 - 10:01 am - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — Parts of northwest Iowa experienced severe weather on Monday night.
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According to the National Weather Service, the storms entered our area from the south, with the first report being a tornado that was spotted by law enforcement two miles north of Granville at 4:41 PM.

Tornado sirens were sounded in Hospers at about 4:44 PM.

Hail estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter three miles south-southeast of Matlock at 5:42 PM. That spotter also reported winds estimated at 45 miles per hour.

At 5:58 PM, hail that was estimated at an inch in diameter was reported by a spotter five miles west of Ashton, into Lyon County. That report was followed by another report of inch-sized hail in the same area about seven minutes later. That report came from five miles west-northwest of Ashton. Just a few minutes later, another spotter report came in of inch-sized hail five miles south of Little Rock. About 6:20 PM, that same size of hail was repoted six miles north-northeast of Sibley. The report notes that most of the hail in that area was pea to dime sized, with a few quarter size.

About 6:55 PM, the Weather Service received a spotter report of hail estimated at 0.88 inches in diameter from five miles south-southwest of Paullina.

Along with the severe weather came the threat of flooding in some communities. Sioux County Emergency Management Director Nate Huizenga says Orange City received two inches of rain on top of 0.8″ received earlier in the day.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Philip Schumacher reported that stations in Sheldon and Ocheyedan also reported receiving upwards of two inches of rain. A flash flood warning was issued for Sioux, O’Brien and Plymouth counties until 9:30 PM. The rain was quite spotty, however, as Rock Rapids, while they received 0.4″ overnight Sunday into Monday received no rain on Monday evening.

May 22, 2016 - 7:37 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A car was destroyed in a fire on Thursday, May 19, 2016 near Rock Rapids.
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According to Rock Rapids Fire Chief Ed Reck, about 8:40 PM, the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of car fire in the 1100 block of US 75, north of Rock Rapids almost five miles, or a little less than a mile south of the state line.

The chief says the fire department saw that the car was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says the family and dog safely exited the car and were waiting in the ditch when they arrived.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be mechanical or electrical in nature.

Chief Reck reports that the older red GM passenger car was a total loss.

He says they used 500 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for a half hour to 45 minutes.

May 20, 2016 - 9:11 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderInwood, Iowa — An Inwood man struck a parked vehicle in Inwood on Thursday, May 19th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 46-year-old Marcus Trickey of Inwood was backing a 2015 Hyundai Sonata in a private drive onto South Cherry Avenue. According to the report, Trickey backed into an unoccupied 2013 Chevrolet Impala.

The Hyundai and Impala each received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported

May 16, 2016 - 3:49 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The new community day care facility in Rock Rapids is almost finished.

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The city is facing an expanding preschool population, according to Rock Rapids Development Director John Hulshof. He says the new facility was projected to cost roughly $2 million, and will double the space of the current facility.

Rock Rapids Kids Club Director Desiree Kopp says construction is on schedule.

She says everything is pointing toward their target date of around the first of June.

Kopp says an open house is being planned next month.

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The new Kids Club facility is being completed in east Rock Rapids on the same property as Mid Sioux Opportunity’s office and Head Start. Economic Development Director Hulshof says in order to get Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $600,000, the new day care needed to be co-located with the Head Start facility in Rock Rapids. Hulshof says that in addition to the block grant, they are also receiving funds from the USDA in the form of a loan, The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and the Forster Trust.

May 15, 2016 - 8:47 am - Posted in News

Lyon Sheriff Facebook HeaderLarchwood, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged after a collision at a Larchwood intersection on Thursday, May 12th in Larchwood.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 29-year-old Miranda Myrlie of Lester was driving a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country northbound on Highway 9, in Larchwood. Thirty-four-year-old Andrea Snyders of Larchwood was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima on South Street. According to the report, Snyders turned left and struck Myrlie.

The Chrysler received $2500 damage. The Nissan received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

May 15, 2016 - 8:41 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Inwood, Iowa — Two vehicles were damaged in an accident in Inwood on Thursday, May 12th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 75-year-old Celia Ten Napel of Sioux Center was stopped along the side of the street in a 2010 Mercury Mariner near US 18 and Main Street in Inwood. Sixty-nine-year-old George Caswell was driving a 2002 Ford F-150 past Ten Napel. According to the report, Ten Napel started to pull out and struck Caswell.

The Mercury received $2000 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Lyon County Deputies were assisted by Inwood Fire and Inwood Rescue.

May 13, 2016 - 5:58 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is behind bars, facing four counts of felony sex abuse.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 22-year-old Melvin Geovany Aguilar Lopez on Thursday, May 12th, 2016.

They say the case started as a missing person report of a 14-year-old female in December, 2015. They say it resurfaced when the teen was again reported missing recently. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the investigation uncovered the events which led to charging Lopez with four counts of Third Degree Sexual Abuse, which is a Class C Felony, and one count of Enticing a Minor, which in this case is a Class D Felony.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the arrest stems from an extensive investigation, which is still ongoing.

May 10, 2016 - 3:28 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — As the old Meridith Wilson song goes, Iowans will “give you our shirt and a back to go with it.” Apparently it’s true. According to the web site, not only do Iowans give more money to charity than people in Illinois, Wisconsin, or Minnesota on average, people in northwest Iowa are among the most philanthropic.
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According to data compiled by, residents of Sioux, O’Brien and Lyon counties are among the 10 counties in Iowa giving the highest percentage of their income to charity. They define “giving ratio” as the percentage of adjusted gross income that residents give to charity according to charitable contributions listed on income tax forms. These numbers are based on data from 2012, the most recent year for which information is available.

Topping the list is Sioux County, where they say people give, on average — 6.54% of their income to charity. The median annual contribution is $6,007.

Residents of O’Brien County made a median contribution of $4,720 per household in 2012, which was good for sixth place. The giving ratio was 4.62%

Coming in at number ten was Lyon County, where the data reports a giving ratio of 4.09%.

Osceola County was a little further down the list with a giving ratio of 3.5%.

While Iowa does beat some of its surrounding states, residents of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Missouri give more on average. As a whole, South Dakotans give 3.45% of their income. Nebraskans give 3.67%, and Missourians give 3.38%. Iowans on average give 3.03% of their income to charity.

For more information including a clickable map of the data, click here.

May 9, 2016 - 1:51 pm - Posted in News

Little Rock, Iowa — Some round hay bales and cut hay was destroyed in a fire on Friday, May 6, 2016 near Little Rock.
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According to Little Rock First Assistant Fire Chief Tom Ver Steeg, about 4:50 PM, the Little Rock Fire Department was called to the report of hay on fire at a cattle setup at 4523 170th Street, two miles south of Little Rock and a mile west.

The chief says the fire department saw about twelve round bales and a significant amount of chopped hay on fire in bunkers as they approached the scene. He says skid loaders were used to pull the hay apart. The fire department kept the equipment cool as they went in to take out the burning hay, and then they spread they hay apart and doused it with water and foam.

There were no injuries reported, according to First Assistant Chief Ver Steeg.

The fire department was assisted by the Sibley Fire Department. Ver Steeg says they provided water.

He says at this time the cause of the fire remains undetermined.

First Assistant Chief Ver Steeg says about 75 percent of the hay burned, but some was salvageable.

He says they used 10,000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for four hours. The Little Rock Ambulance Crew assisted on the scene.

May 6, 2016 - 1:31 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids woman’s SUV and a Sioux Falls woman’s car were damaged in a crash on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Rock Rapids.
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The Iowa State Patrol reports that about 1:40 PM, 49-year-old Diane Sieperda of Rock Rapids was driving a 2013 Ford SUV westbound on Highway 9, at the intersection with South Bradley Street in the west part of town. Thirty-five year-old Jamie Hult of Sioux Falls was also westbound on 9 in a 2007 Kia when the vehicles collided. The report says that Sieperda improperly changed lanes or failed to signal her intentions.

Sieperda’s Ford SUV sustained $5000 in damages, and Hult’s 2007 Kia sustained $7000 in damages.

Sieperda was charged with a turning at intersection violation. Hult was charged with operation without registration card or plate.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department and Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted at the scene.