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July 30, 2015 - 11:10 am - Posted in News

Cherokee, Iowa — A group of Iowa landowners is suing the Iowa Utilities Board, saying it’s an effort to protect their property from the Dakota Access pipeline, which aims to carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields, through South Dakota, Iowa and into south-central Illinois. They claim that agents from the proposed Dakota Access pipeline have told them if they don’t agree to easements that allow the pipeline onto their property, they will have their land seized by the state of Iowa. Attorney Bill Hanigan says the state’s utilities board has no authority to grant eminent domain to Dakota Access, because the pipeline doesn’t provide services in the state.

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“Dakota Access however delivers nothing to Iowans and it receives nothing from Iowans. Furthermore crude oil is not even consumable by anyone until further refined. And Iowa has not crude oil refineries,” Hanigan says. Landowners also say the pipeline will harm agricultural production because it will cause excessive heat and water. Boone County farm owner, Dick Lamb, says he does not want to allow the Dakota Access pipeline onto his property, and says he’s being threatened by agents of the company.

“The buyers have said if you don’t settle with us, you’re going to have to face eminent domain. And that is going to be a terrible situation that you don’t want to go through,” Lamb says. “So yes, I would say I feel threatened.” Texas-based Energy Transfer — the parent company behind Dakota Access — and the Iowa Utilities Board both say they do not comment on pending litigation. The pipeline company says it has obtained easement agreements on more than 61 percent of the tracts along the proposed route in Iowa.

The lawsuit was filed this week in Cherokee County District Court.

July 28, 2015 - 8:07 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case in George.
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The Sheriff’s Department reports that their deputies are investigating a recent burglary at the Last Call Saloon in George. The burglary is believed to have happened between 1:30 AM and 9:45 AM on Saturday July 25, 2015. Burglars are alleged to have caused a lot of damage to the bar and contents inside.

The Sheriff’s Department also says an undisclosed amount of cash and liquor was taken.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking if anyone saw or heard anything in the area of the Last Call Saloon between those times. If you did, they’d like you to call them at 712-472-8300.

July 27, 2015 - 11:11 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Emergency responders were called for an unresponsive man in Rock Rapids on Saturday, July 25.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says they were called about 7:00 about an unresponsive man lying on the ground in Island Park in Rock Rapids.

When emergency responders got there, the man, identified as 50-year-old Jeffrey Howard Curry, then woke up and began walking away from the park. A Rock Rapids Firefighter followed Curry out of he park west bound on North Second Avenue, where deputies located him. Curry was showing signs of intoxication and subsequently arrested and charged with public intoxication, a simple misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says the Lyon County Ambulance crew and the Rock Rapids Fire Department assisted on the scene.

July 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Thousands of people in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota were without power for a time early on Thursday.

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Troy Metzger, dispatcher with L & O Power Coop in Rock Rapids says that the outage affected eastern Lyon County, Iowa and southern rock County Minnesota.

He says the outage happened due to an equipment failure as a sub station near Lake Pahoja about four miles northeast of Inwood. He says that sub station and the lines running to it are owned by Basin Electric Power Coop. But the substation is the point of demarcation between Basin and L & O and the lines running away from it are L & O’s. He says L & O buys power from Basin Electric.

Metzger says the systems affected were Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities, Luverne Municipal Electric, Lyon Rural Electric Coop and Sioux Valley Energy.

He says the outage included the entire cities of Rock Rapids, Iowa and Luverne, Minnesota.

Metzger says the outage started shortly before 1 AM and only lasted about 20 minutes or so because power was rerouted. He says repairs will be made as parts and labor are available

L & O is a power coop that serves rural and municipal electric systems in Rock County, Minnesota, and Lyon and Osceola Counties in Iowa.

July 23, 2015 - 7:38 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Four people were taken to the hospital, two of them via ambulance after an accident in Rock Rapids.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Tuesday July 21, 2015 at about 1:00 PM, 43-year-old Anita Soodsma, from rural Doon was driving a 2002 Ford Expedition westbound on South Fifth Avenue. They report that 33-year-old Amy Hildring of Larchwood was driving a 2013 Ford Fusion southbound on South Greene Street. The Hildring Fusion struck the rear passenger side of the Soodsma Expedition within the intersection. The Expedition then spun and tipped onto its driver’s side.

The Lyon County Ambulance crew transported Soodsma and a passenger in her vehicle, Jack Soodsma to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

Two passengers of the Fusion were transported to Sanford Rock Rapids via personal vehicle.

The 2002 Ford Expedition received about $5,000 in damages and the 2013 Ford Fusion received about $7,000 in damages.

Soodsma was cited on a charge of failure to yield to vehicle on the right at an uncontrolled intersection, a simple misdemeanor.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department says the Rock Rapids Fire Department and the Lyon County Ambulance crew assisted them on the scene.

July 22, 2015 - 5:43 pm - Posted in News

Larchwood, Iowa — Fifty projects in and around northwest Iowa have received a shot in the arm, thanks to mini grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation.
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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 to non-profit projects. In the past, that second half has been given away in a competitive grant process. This year, the foundation decided to also give away up to a total of $100,000 in grants of up to $2000.

Foundation president Jeff Gallagher explains:

He says unlike with the competitive grant process, essentially, there were no criteria for the mini grant applications, and no vetting process by the foundation.

Of the fifty randomly-selected winners, the foundation gave out two grants to South Dakota entities, one to a Minnesota entity, and the remaining forty-seven to Iowa entities.

Just to give you an idea of some of the projects, some went towards park equipment like benches and bleachers, some toward emergency equipment, and some toward safety and security equipment.

Northwest Iowa Community College was lucky enough to receive five grants — for a trailer, a TV, software, and more. The City of Sibley got over $1000 to repair their clock, as well as money toward a pool vacuum and seating replacement. The Rapids Theatre Preservation Society in Rock Rapids got $2000 toward media materials. The Rock Valley Chamber got $2000 toward a daycare expansion project. Sanford Medical Center in Rock Rapids got $2000 toward ALICE active shooter training.

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July 21, 2015 - 9:13 am - Posted in News
Miss Lyon County and Miss Litte Rock Ashley DeBoer

Miss Lyon County and Miss Litte Rock Ashley DeBoer

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The 2015 Lyon County Fair Queen is Ashley De Boer from Little Rock. First runner-up is Katelin Scholten from Inwood. Katelin was also Miss Congeniality.

Friend of the fair awards were given to Reta Janssen, Leora Van Midderdorp, Emmajean Peterson, Virginia Campbell, Clara George and Bonnie Netjes.

July 20, 2015 - 10:08 am - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8George, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was arrested after an accident on Sunday, July 19th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 10:30 pm, 52-year-old Hiram Meadows was driving a motorcycle on County Road A-34, two miles west of George. According to the report, Meadows swerved to miss a raccoon, lost control of the motorcycle and tipped it over on the roadway. After the Sheriff’s Office arrived, meadows refused any medical treatment, and was subsequently arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated- 1st offense, and failure to have a Valid License (Meadows did not have a motorcycle endorsement on his license).

The motorcycle received very minor damage.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s department was assisted by the George Emergency Medical Services, the George Fire Department, and the Lyon County Ambulance.

July 20, 2015 - 9:14 am - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Billed as the “best four days of summer,” the Greater Lyon County Fair continues in Rock Rapids through Thursday.
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There’s a pet show at 1 today. The Bucket Calf show is at 3, with the Rabbit Show at 5.

Historical demonstrations such as Making Ole Bollen, Spec ‘n Dicken, and Lefse, Churning Butter, and Shearing Sheep will be at the round barn from 1 to 8 PM every day.

The Commercial Building is open to the public from Noon- 10 PM every day.

Tonight from 5 to 7 PM it’s the Community Picnic. Music will be provided by Angie Johnson’s band, Country Revisited. That will start at 6:30. The Queen Contest will be in the Entertainment Building at 7 PM tonight, followed by the Friend of the Fair Presentation.

Then at 7:30 it’s time for the annual Tractor Pull.

Find more information at lyoncountyfair.org.

July 17, 2015 - 3:46 pm - Posted in News

Granite, Iowa — It’s the 31st annual Granite Threshing Bee this weekend in tiny Granite, Iowa.
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People come from near and far for the annual spectacle of harvesting with the equipment from nearly a hundred years ago. Besides the bee, there are several other things to take in, including a Kids Tractor Drive, Open Stage Music, a tour of the Blood Run area that is hoped will be a state park someday, a vintage parade featuring vintage tractors, cars, garden and pedal tractors, and much more. On Sunday, the Master’s Voice Quartet will sing at 10:30 before the demonstrations get underway.

The Antique Tractor Pull is on Friday, July 17th.

The Threshing Bee features will be Cockshutt Tractors and Implements and Massey-Harris gas engines.

Granite is seven and a half miles west of Larchwood on A18, then go a mile and a half north on Arizona Avenue.