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Resilience FlyerRock Rapids, Iowa — A movie explaining what researchers think is a link between adverse childhood experiences and destructive behavior and disease in adulthood is going to be shown in Rock Rapids next week. And local health and child development experts say everyone should see it.

Shannon Klarenbeek, a registered nurse and Public Health Nurse at Health Services of Lyon County says that the impetus for the movie was when two researchers in California were dealing with a couple of topics and found that their cause may be related. She says one researcher was researching why a group of overweight people lost a lot of weight and then gained it all back. Another was researching how childhood trauma can affect people’s adult lives.

We also talked to Lori Hayungs, a Family Life Educator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She says their target audience for the movie, called Resilience, The Biology of Stress and The Science Of Hope is quite broad.


Hayungs says adverse childhood experiences are actually more common than you might think.


The movie will be shown and discussed on Friday, May 5th from 11:30 until 1 at the Frontier Bank basement in Rock Rapids. A lunch will be provided. You can register at tinyurl.com/resiliencerockrapids.com. You can also call your local extension office for more information.

April 27, 2017 - 7:44 am - Posted in News

LIHEAPPrimghar, Iowa — The deadline to apply for winter heating assistance for northwest Iowa residents through the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP is this Friday, April 28th.

LIHEAP was established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season.  Val Moermond of Upper Des Moines Opportunity in Primghar says the program is based on income.

Moermond says applications will only be accepted until Friday, April 28, 2017.  The deadline is actually the end of April, but since the 30th falls on a Sunday, the deadline is effectively Friday.

She tells us you need to have certain documents with you when you apply for LIHEAP assistance.

She says the program is not designed to pay your household’s total energy costs, but will provide supplemental assistance based upon several factors, including household income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Moermond says if you live in O’Brien County and want more information, or wish to apply, contact her office in Primghar.

In case you missed it the Primghar phone number is 712-957-1023. Upper Des Moines Opportunity also serves Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hamilton, Humboldt, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright counties. Their Sibley number is (712) 754-2573.

Other parts of our coverage area are served by Mid Sioux Opportunity. They serve Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Plymouth, and Sioux Counties. Their Sioux Center number is (712) 722-3611. They also have an office in Rock Rapids, but it’s only staffed on Wednesdays.

Resilience FlyerRock Rapids, Iowa — A movie explaining what researchers think is a link between adverse childhood experiences and destructive behavior and disease in adulthood is going to be shown in Rock Rapids next week. And local health and child development experts say everyone should see it.

Shannon Klarenbeek, a registered nurse and Public Health Nurse at Health Services of Lyon County says that the impetus for the movie was when two researchers in California were dealing with a couple of topics and found that their cause may be related. She says one researcher was researching why a group of overweight people lost a lot of weight and then gained it all back. Another was researching how childhood trauma can affect people’s adult lives.

We also talked to Lori Hayungs, a Family Life Educator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She says their target audience for the movie, called Resilience, The Biology of Stress and The Science Of Hope is quite broad.


Hayungs says adverse childhood experiences are actually more common than you might think.


The movie will be shown and discussed on Friday, May 5th from 11:30 until 1 at the Frontier Bank basement in Rock Rapids. A lunch will be provided. You can register at tinyurl.com/resiliencerockrapids.com. You can also call your local extension office for more information.

April 26, 2017 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

National Weather Service NWS logoNorthwest Iowa — The calendar says spring, but winter may not quite be done with us yet here in northwest Iowa.  The National Weather Service Forecast Center in Sioux Falls says there is a chance of frost Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and again Thursday night into Friday morning.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp says that’s because of the cooler temperatures following our recent rains.

In addition to the frost in the short-term forecast, Heitkamp says there’s also a chance of snow from Saturday night through Sunday night.

He says that snow this time of year is not unheard of here in northwest Iowa.

We have seen snowfall accumulations as late as May here in our area.  In fact, just 4 years ago, there was a major storm that dropped between 3 and 5 inches of snow on May 1st throught 3rd, 2013.

April 24, 2017 - 6:24 pm - Posted in News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The Rock Rapids City Council met in regular session at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids on Monday, April 24th at 5:30 PM.

There was some discussion on the South Greene Street realignment idea. The discussion was that the current Greene Street right-of-way was to have been sold to the school so that the street aligns to the new Greene Street south of South Twelveth Avenue. However, according to the Public Works committee, Central Lyon is only willing to offer $40,000 for the property, and council member Steve Wells says the committee didn’t feel that that was enough. Council members Cody Hoefert and Tami Murray felt that if the city didn’t sell the property to the school now, they may not be able to sell it.

Wells moved that the Greene Street project go out for bids for the area south of Twelfth Avenue with an alternate to re-align the street north of Twelfth. The motion passed.

A public hearing was set for May 22 for proposed plans and specifications for Forster Court — a street in the new industrial area on the east edge of town.

The council continues to discuss the details of a new affordable housing project called Sunset Court, which is to be south of Borman Forster Soccer Fields. A public hearing for a development agreement and one for the transfer of property were set for Tuesday, May 30th.

A second batting cage was proposed for Borman Forster Fields by Bruce Eckenrod of Central Lyon. A motion to do this was approved. It will cost the city and the school $4075 each.

The next Rock Rapids City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 5:30 PM at the Forster Community Center.

April 24, 2017 - 1:58 pm - Posted in News

lightbar with hand cuffsRock Rapids, Iowa — A man living in Rock Rapids may be on the way back to California after he was arrested recently on a California felony warrant.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, April 22nd, about 4:30 in the afternoon, one of their deputies responded to a neighbor dispute in Rock Rapids. While investigating the situation, they say the deputy discovered one of the men involved in the dispute had an active felony warrant out of California.

The Sheriff’s Office says that 45-year-old Robert Charles Smith, formerly of San Diego, California, but currently residing in Rock Rapids, was arrested on the outstanding warrant and was taken to the Lyon County Jail.

Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says that as of Monday afternoon, Smith was still in their custody and was awaiting possible extradition to California. Vander Stoep says it appears that Smith originally committed a serious assault and then did not follow his probation requirements. The Sheriff says at last report it appeared that he would be extradited to California.

April 24, 2017 - 12:02 pm - Posted in News

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Little Rock, Iowa — A Missouri man’s vehicle was damaged after he lost control of it and it ended up in a creek south of Little Rock on Thursday, April 20th.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that just after 8 pm on Thursday, 25-year-old Eldrid Smith of Poplar Bluff, Missouri was driving a Ford Explorer on L-26, south of Little Rock. According to the report, Smith reached to the back seat of the vehicle, lost control of his Ford, went into the east ditch and ended up coming to a stop in the waterway.

No injuries were reported.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Little Rock Fire Department and Little Rock EMS

April 24, 2017 - 7:51 am - Posted in News

Lyon County AmbulanceRock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man was taken to a hospital after a crash north of Rock Rapids on Saturday morning, April 22, 2017,

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that shortly before 10 a.m., 47-year-old David DeNoble of Rock Rapids, was southbound on K52, about three miles north of Rock Rapids in a 2008 Toyota Corolla when he fell asleep and drifted onto the west shoulder of the roadway, woke up, and over-corrected back onto the roadway. The report says the Toyota then skidded across the roadway before entering the east ditch where it rolled two times before coming to rest on its top.

DeNoble was trapped in the vehicle and was extricated by non-mechanical means. The Lyon County Ambulance took him to Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital.

He was cited on a charge of failure to maintain control.

Deputies report that the Rock Rapids Fire Department and Rescue Squad and the Lyon County Ambulance Squad assisted them on the scene.

April 24, 2017 - 7:36 am - Posted in News

Little Rock AmbulanceLittle Rock, Iowa — A Little Rock man is recovering from an accidental gunshot wound after an incident early on Sunday morning, April 23, 2017.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says their deputies and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are currently investigating the report of an accidental discharge of a firearm at 308 Clothier Street in Little Rock. It apparently happened at about 1:35 a.m.

They report that 36-year-old Joseph Michael Pedersen suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley by the Little Rock Ambulance. They say he was then flown to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls where at last report he was recovering.

April 23, 2017 - 9:07 am - Posted in News

Police lightbar chaseDoon, Iowa — A Doon man was arrested Friday night, April 21st after a pursuit through southern Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 10:40 p.m., one of their deputies saw a vehicle passing in a prohibited area at Highway 75 and 12th Street in southern Rock Rapids. The deputy continued to follow the vehicle into the county and reported that “numerous times” the driver failed to drive on the right side of the roadway. At about 10:55 p.m. they report that the deputy activated his emergency lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle on K42.

According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle failed to yield and continued driving. They say it turned westbound on A42 and reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The vehicle turned around about three miles south of Alvord and quickly accelerated, squealing its tires, and nearly struck both patrol cars that were then in pursuit. The vehicle went eastbound until Eagle Avenue and then turned southbound. When turning onto Eagle Avenue, the report says the vehicle again quickly accelerated, spinning its tires, sliding, and nearly losing control. The vehicle continued for six more miles on gravel at high rates of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign.

The report says the driver pulled into a driveway at 2595 Eagle Avenue and exited the vehicle. It says he failed to comply with the deputies which resulted in the deputies deploying their tasers. He was then taken into custody and was identified as 23-year-old Julian Barrientos of Doon. The report says Barrientos was taken to the sheriff’s office where it says he performed a field sobriety test and failed.

The report says Barrientos was charged with Eluding, a class D felony; Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, an Aggravated Misdemeanor; and simple misdemeanor counts of:

  • Driving while license suspended
  • Passing too near an intersection
  • Driving on the wrong side of a two-way highway
  • Speeding (90 mph in a 55 mph zone)
  • Reckless driving
  • Careless driving
  • Failure to obey a traffic control device
  • Interference with official acts

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that the Rock Valley Police Department, Sioux County Conservation officers, Trackside Towing, and the Doon Fire Department and Rescue Squad assisted them.