Lyon County: Glenn Anderson Is Back — And He’s Running For County Auditor

Remember the man who spearheaded the idea of a casino in Lyon County? The year was 2008, and the man was Rock Rapids native and former Lyon County Economic Development Director Glenn Anderson. Anderson said he got the idea while talking to a man from Washington County, Iowa, where Riverside Casino is located.

While the effort was started and eventually did culminate in a multi-million dollar casino on the state line near Larchwood, a little over a year after Anderson got the ball rolling — without much explanation — the county board decided to terminate the county’s contract with Anderson.

Well, Anderson is back. This time he’s running for the position of Lyon County Auditor.

Anderson announced his intentions at a press conference on Monday morning in Rock Rapids. Read more

Milford Man Faces 5 Years In Prison And A $5 Million Fine

A Milford man must serve at least 5 years in prison and pay a $5 million fine after he pled guilty to distributing methamphetamine.

The Justice Department reports that 32-year-old Terry Lowry of Milford was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on Tuesday.

At the plea hearing, Lowry admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that from 2010 through February 2011 distributed more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Spencer area.

Lowry faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and 4 years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Sheldon Man Arrested for Assault

A Sheldon man has been arrested on an assault charge.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated a domestic disturbance Monday night that occurred at a home 3 miles west of Sioux Center. Upon further investigation it is alleged that 22-year-old Ralph Donovan Jr. of Sheldon had assaulted his girlfriend. Donovan was arrested for Domestic Assault, a serious misdemeanor, and Driving While Suspended, a simple misdemeanor.

The Sioux Center Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Republicans Draft $154 million Budget For Courts; Hull Rep. Alons Singled Out For Conservative Views

Republicans in the Iowa House have drafted a 154-million dollar budget plan for the state’s court system, and Representative Dwayne Alons from Hull is being singled out for his conservative views. Representative Gary Worthan, a Republican from Storm Lake, says the G-O-P plan for the courts provides the same amount of money next year that the courts have been operating with this year.

Representative Todd Taylor, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, says the G-O-P plan is too austere.

The state’s chief justice has asked legislators to provide 10-million more dollars to the court system in the coming year. While most Republicans in the House voted to provide the courts a “status quo” budget, a handful of House Republicans voted against providing the court any money at all. Representative Dwayne Alons, a Republican from Hull, objects to the court’s 2009 ruling on gay marriage.

The Iowa Supreme Court has seven justices. Three justices who joined the court’s unanimous gay marriage ruling were voted off the court in 2010. Four others who signed off on the ruling, including the justice who authored the opinion, are still on the court.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

Voter Postcards Confuse Some

You may have received a card in your mail recently about the redrawing of district lines and your voting precinct. We talked to O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer about the cards.
Rohwer says at that point they decided they had two options.

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Nebraska Man Sentenced In Sioux County After He Was Found To Be A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a suspended prison term, probation, and several other sentence stipulations after he was found to be a felon in possession of a firearm in Sioux County.

Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister reports that 51-year-old Dennis Dean Naig of Hubbard, Nebraska, was sentenced for the crime of Felon in Possession of Firearm, a Class D Felony.

On September 11, 2011, an Iowa State Trooper stopped a motor vehicle for speeding on Highway 60 . Naig was a passenger in the vehicle. At the time of the traffic stop, the trooper noticed that Naig was holding a bolt from a rifle. A search of the vehicle revealed a .22 caliber rifle that was missing its bolt, located in the trunk of the vehicle . Naig admitted it was his firearm and that he had bought it at an auction that day. A criminal records check by the trooper revealed that Naig was a convicted felon and therefore, under Iowa law, unable to lawfully possess a firearm. Naig was subsequently arrested and charged. Naig pled guilty on February 27, 2012.

Naig was sentenced to five years in prison, with all time suspended. He will serve two years’ probation. Also, he must pay a $750 fine, statutory surcharge, and court costs; abstain from all mood-altering chemicals; obtain and maintain full-time employment; and submit a DNA sample for profiling.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director