Rock Rapids Man Faces Two Felony Assault Charges After BB Gun Incident

Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man faces two felony counts after an incident in which an airsoft or bb gun was allegedly shot from a moving vehicle at people in Rock Rapids.

On Saturday, (9/7/13) at about 10:20 PM, two people stopped a Lyon County Deputy in front of Subway in Rock Rapids. The two stated that they had been shot by an airsoft gun.

A short time later the Deputy noticed the vehicle in question and stopped the vehicle. The driver, 30-year-old Joshua Michael Johnson of Rock Rapids and a juvenile passenger were questioned about the incident. After a short investigation with Johnson the deputy determined that Johnson was under the influence of alcohol. Johnson was arrested and charged with OWI and open container.

After a search of the vehicle the deputies found two BB guns in the vehicle. Johnson was also charged with two counts of Assault, simple misdemeanors, and two counts of Assault – willful injury causing bodily injury, class D felonies.

Johnson is being held at the Lyon County Jail, and the juvenile was released to his parents.

Northwest Iowa Voters To Go To The Polls Tuesday For School Election

vote voting ballotNorthwest Iowa — Tuesday (9/10) is school election day in Iowa.

All voters in our four-county area will be voting on the NCC levy renewal. College officials say this is not a bond issue. It is the basic levy for things like utilities, and it has to be re-approved every ten years.

In the Sheldon School District Steve Holles is challenging Randy Merley for the Director at Large position and Susan Rensink is running unopposed in District One.

At Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Lynn Younie is running unopposed for District Two, there are no candidates for District Three, so your winner will be a write-in or might be appointed.  There are three candidates vying for District Five — Daniel Duncan, Lindsay Rupp and Scott Vollink. Voters there will also decide the fate of a Revenue Purpose statement and a PPEL levy.

In the South O’Brien School District, Incumbents Darrell Rehder and Kevin Nelson are both running unopposed for their seats on the board, and a write-in candidate will be the winner or someone will be appointed for the District Six spot.

In the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District, Tasha Bos, Kyle Grimes, Susie Borman, and Tracy Van Diepen are running unopposed for Districts One through Four. For District Five, Incumbent Daniel Berkland is up against challenger Diane Langstraat. Sibley-Ocheyedan voters will also be asked to approve a revenue purpose statement.

In the Central Lyon School District, voters are going to the polls to elect two at-large school board members. Incumbent Chet De Jong is running unopposed for his seat.  Scott Postma is running for the other available seat.

In the George-Little Rock School District, Ryan Klingenberg and Wade Netten are running unopposed.

West Lyon voters will be selecting two board members. In the Larchwood area Troy Bauder is running unopposed. In the Inwood area, Incumbent Kyle Knobloch is running unopposed. In District Five, Incumbent Scott Lee is running unopposed.

At Boyden Hull, Mark Nilles is running unopposed for District One. Doug Reuvers and Lisa Te Slaa are running for District Three.

In the MOC/Floyd Valley district, incumbents Gerald Van Roekel and Christine Koerselman are running unopposed for their seats on the board.

In the Rock Valley School District, the incumbents for the at-large seats were Scott Kooima, Al Vermeer, and Terry Van Maanen. Van Maanen and Vermeer are running again, but also on the ballot will be Matt Mousel, Charles Hoogeveen, Steve Van Den Top, and Ben Van Der Brink. Voters are to select three from the field of six. Kooima is not running again.

Voters in the Sioux Center School District will be selecting three at-large school board members. There were three incumbents, two of which have decided to run again — Lori Zomermaand and Dale Kraayenbrink. Tim Dykshorn is not running again, but Jerod Work has thrown his hat into the ring. Since voters are to select three, chances are they will be Zomermaand, Kraayenbrink, and Work. Also, Sioux Center Community School District voters will decide the fate of a $9.7 million bond issue for an Early Childhood Center, an addition to Kinsey Elementary, and repair and remodeling of existing facilities. They’re also voting on a levy to pay the principal on bonded indebtedness.

At West Sioux, incumbents Jeff Eilts and Gary Witt are running unopposed for Districts One and Two, and Ken Koch is running unopposed for the at-large position.

Additionally, Cynthia Porter is running unopposed for NCC District One. Steve Loshman is running unopposed for NCC District Four. Larry Hoekstra is running unopposed for NCC District Seven. And Adam Besaw is running unopposed for District Five.

Hours at the polls on Tuesday will be from noon to 8 PM in Lyon and Osceola Counties, and from 7 AM to 8 PM in O’Brien and Sioux Counties. For more information, you can call NCC, your school district office, or your county auditor.

Sheldon Car Club Wants Better Law Enforcement During Car Show

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Classic Cars (file photo)

Sheldon, Iowa — This year over two hundred cars from as far away as 150 miles were in Sheldon for the Labor Day Weekend annual Cruise night.  The event was held in the parking lot at Langer’s where they drew a large crowd of viewers.  The event was hosted by the Sheldon Moonlite Crewzers Car Club.  Pete Hamill, representing the car club spoke to the Sheldon City Council at their recent meeting with some concerns.  He said the show was marred by excessive acceleration and burnouts being performed along the streets.  These vehicles were not a part of the car show and not only created excessive noise, but was also a danger to spectators and cruise participants.  He said that many people were commenting about the lack of law enforcement and they finally made a phone call asking for officers to stop this illegal activity.  Hamill says they have had a similar situation in previous years.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema tells KIWA that only one Sheldon officer was on duty , with others on call if needed.  There also was an O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputy on duty in Sheldon, and a Highway Patrol car was in the area.  Bolkema pointed out that a situation such as this is difficult for the officers because it was occurring at several different places around the community at the same time.

Hamill told the council that the club intends to continue having the cruise night and car show, but is respectfully asking for additional law enforcement for the cruise night as well as Labor Day between 4:30 and 5:00 pm when the cars are leaving the High School grounds.   He pointed out that the event brings hundreds of visitors to Sheldon and they want everyone to leave with a good impression of the community.

Sibley Chamber Report Features September Events

sibley chamberSibley, Iowa — It’s time for our monthly report from the Sibley Chamber. We talked to Sibley Chamber Director Sheryl Peters recently. We discussed among other topics.

Click the play button below to hear the chamber report.

Click the play button above or this link to listen.

You can get more information by going to or by calling the Chamber at 712-754-3212.

Extension Report Highlights "Your Money, Your Future" Seminar At Iowa Lakes CC

Jan BurkIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with ISU Educator ISU Extension Family Resource Specialist Jan Monahan about a seminar coming up at Iowa Lakes Community College in Spencer, called “Your Money, Your Future”.

To hear the report, click or tap this link or the play button (triangle) above.

Eight Lakes Area Fire Departments Help Extinguish Hay Fire Near Superior

fire_sxcSuperior, Iowa — Eight lakes area fire departments were called to help fight a large hay fire this past week near Superior.

The Superior Fire Department was paged just before 7:40 AM on Wednesday (9/4/13) to a report of several hay bales on fire at Highway 9 & 71, approximately 3 miles west of Superior.

Upon arriving on scene, the fire department requested the Spirit Lake and Terril Fire Departments for assistance. Help was later requested from Estherville, Lake Park, Arnolds Park/Okoboji, Jackson (Minnesota) and Milford Fire Departments. Help was also requested from Sam Wedeking Excavating to move the burning bales away from the nearby buildings and out into an open pasture east of the residence.

Highway 9 & 71 was closed between 290th Avenue and the Jackson ‘Y’ due to the proximity of the bales to the highway and rerouted onto local gravel roads. The highway was re-opened at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000. It’s believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were just put up approximately one month ago.

All fire units were clear from the scene at approximately 2:30 PM.

Authorities were warning people travelling in the area that there would be smoldering hay bales on the east side of the home for several days. They advised that drivers should be prepared to slow down in the event that the smoke affects the highway.