Riverboat Foundation Gives Over $385,000 In Grants To 18 Lyon County Projects

Larchwood, Iowa — Eighteen projects in Lyon County have received over $385,000 in grants from the non-profit license-holder of the Grand Falls Casino and Resort near Larchwood. The grants range from $789 for a projector up to a multi-cycle grant of over $75,000 for renovation of a City Hall.

The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, or LCRF announced 18 grants, totaling $385,235.93, in Fall 2012 awards through its Competitive Grant program on Thursday night. Applications were due September 20, 2012 for this third round of grants. The LCRF Board of Directors made the decision on grant awards at its September board meeting. LCRF also funded previous multi-cycle grants from the second round of grants held in March of 2012. There are 5 multi-cycle grants from this cycle totaling $100,794.16. This brings the third round of grants to a total of $486,030.09 and a total of 23 grants being funded this cycle. The recent cycle included one additional multi-cycle grant to Inwood Fire and Rescue and 4 partially-funded grants.

President of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Board of Directors Jeff Gallagher announced the Competitive grant funding at an awards ceremony held on Thursday (10/18) at Grand Falls Casino and Resort.

Some of the bigger grants included the $75,000 multi-cycle grant for renovation of the Little Rock Old City Hall, a multi-cycle grant to Inwood Fire and Rescue of $68,000 for the purchase of a new grass rig, a grant of just over $50,000 to replace a generator at the George Good Samaritan Center, and $50,000 to George/Little Rock Schools for a fire escape.

For the full list and a report on Gallagher’s speech Thursday night, visit this story’s page at kiwaradio.com.


Gallagher emphasized several areas of importance. These included

  • Real interest and importance to the community
  • How much work has your organization put into the project?
  • Use the application to sell your project.
  • Explain the project so that the board members understand the importance of the project.
  • Gallagher also reviewed how the grant agreement statement should be interpreted, using several examples to help explain how the monies are distributed according to the % of the grant that LCRF is funding. The next application deadline for the Competitive Grant program is set for January 22,2013. Letters of intent to apply for the January round of funding can be submitted at any time to the Foundation Office in Rock Rapids. An updated application form is available on The LCRF web site at (www.lyoncountyriverboatfoundation.org). The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation sets aside 50 % of its net receipts for the Competitive Grant Program. The remaining 50 % is divided into municipal, school, and county fund with half of those funds earmarked for the cities and county program and the other half distributed equally to the schools of Lyon County. The LCRF ls the nonprofit license holder for the Grand Falls Casino and Resort, which provides all of its funding. The casino is mandated by law to return a portion of its proceeds to the community.


    Entity Total Project Amount Purpose
    City of Little Rock $75,053 Old City Hall Renovation #1
    Inwood Fire and Rescue $68,119 Grass Rig — four cycles at $17,029
    Good Samaritain Center of George $50,110 Generator Replacement
    Lyon County Economic Development $50,000 Revolving Loans
    GLR Schools $30,000 Fire Escape
    Sioux Falls En Access $25,000 Rosewood Heights (Rock Rapids) Improvements
    Lyon County Fair Association $19,950 Electric Upgrade
    City of Rock Rapids $19,800 Island Park Playground Equipment
    Little Rock EMS $19,000 Power Load
    City of George $17,000 Renovation of Train Depot
    City of Alvord $14,202 Emergency Siren
    United Church of Christ $9,159 Food Pantry
    Doon FWC $8,595 Community Center Updates
    Rock Rapids Kids Club $8,000 Grant Writing
    Fellowship Village $7,920 Automatic Door Openers
    Little Rock Town & Country Club $6,390 Welcome Sign
    City of Alvord $4,433 Operal House Improvements
    American Legion Buss/Johnson Post
    316
    $2,825 Flag Poles
    Lyon County Conservation Board $769 Projector for Education

    Two Northwest Iowa Firms Receive Funds, Tax Benefits From State

    Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved financial help for six companies Friday. Among those six were two in northwest Iowa.

    The Sioux Center-based Interstate Companies plans to buy and remodel a building and move its operations there with 225-thousand dollars in direct assistance from the state and tax benefits. The project is expected to create 45 jobs.

    The Interstates Companies, based in Sioux Center since its inception in 1953, has grown into the electrical construction, engineering, instrumentation and factory automation and controls market on a national level for industrial clients. The move is an effort to accommodate growth and expand the services offered. The project is a $1.5 million capital investment.

    Iowa Drying and Processing in Sibley is getting 150-thousand dollars to start up its company.

    Iowa Drying and Processing is a start-up company based in Sibley that will be drying and processing ingredients for the food and feed industries. IDP will be serving a number of customers who produce and distribute food and animal feeds and the ingredients used to make them. The money is to lease and renovate a vacant facility and procure equipment. This $1.3 million capital investment is expected to create 30 jobs.


    Dr. Erik Hoekstra Inaugurated Fourth President Of Dordt College

    Sioux Center, Iowa — Dordt College in Sioux Center has inaugurated its fourth president.

    Dr. Erik Hoekstra’s inauguration was held in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College on Friday morning (10/19).

    Dr. Hoekstra presented the Inaugural Address “On the Edge of Our Seats.” Participants in the program included student musicians, faculty and staff representatives of Dordt College, along with audience participation in liturgy and song.

    Representatives from 36 colleges as well as the Dordt College Board of Trustees were in attendance.

    Dr. Hoekstra is the fourth president of Dordt College. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is no stranger to the role of president of a Christian college. His father served as president of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, when he was growing up, and his father-in-law was president of Trinity during his college years.

    Hoekstra received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity Christian College, his master’s degree from The Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University.


    Most recently, Hoekstra served as Dordt College provost, during which time programs in nursing, engineering, and agriculture had grown substantially, and new programs in worship arts, construction management, and actuarial science began. He reshaped the academic structure of the college, chaired the Enrollment Management Team, and worked closely with the advancement office and president on Dordt’s recently completed Beyond Jubilee: Vision 2020 Campaign.

    Dr. Hoekstra is married to Dr. Barb Hoekstra, an education professor at Dordt College. Their family is a blend of biological and adopted children and includes Arie, 17; Max, 16; Karl, 15; and Zoe, 13.

    Past presidents of Dordt College include Rev. B.J. Haan who served as Dordt’s first president until 1982, Dr. J.B. Hulst who served until 1996, and Dr. Carl E. Zylstra who served until the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.


    New “Shopko Hometown” Store In Sheldon Holds Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening

    Sheldon, Iowa — The former Pamida store in Sheldon has re-opened as a “Shopko Hometown” store.

    A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony was held on Thursday (10/18) at the store’s location on Highway 18 in Sheldon.

    City councilman Dave Popkes spoke on behalf of the City of Sheldon.

    Executive Director of Sheldon Chamber and Development Mark Gaul gave the remarks from the Sheldon Chamber.

    Skip Tanner presented a framed portion of the ribbon from the ribbon cutting and spoke on behalf of the Sheldon Ambassadors.

    Cookies and refreshments were available throughout the day on Thursday, and the first 100 people got a special door prize says store manager Lance Hunter.

    The switch-over from Pamida to Shopko Hometown began on September 6th. Various departments closed at different times to make the switchover and do some remodeling. Hunter says all the former Pamida workers are working for the new Shopko.


    Sheldon Police Cover Shoplifting, Make Arrest, Handle Fight At Sheldon High

    Sheldon, Iowa — In the latest from the Sheldon Police Department:

    Someone at Dollar General reported a shoplifter on Tuesday (10/16). The police were able to apprehend 31-year-old Daniel Van Horsen of Sheldon the next day, and charged him with Fifth Degree Theft.

    A Sioux Center man was arrested for driving when he wasn’t supposed to on Wednesday (10/17). The Police report 50-year-old Randy Nuzum was arrested on a charge of Driving While Revoked for OWI.

    Both Van Horsen and Nuzum were transported to jail in Primghar.

    On Thursday (10/18), someone at Sheldon High School reported a disturbance in the commons. The police were called and a 17-year-old boy was cited into juvenile court on a charge of simple assault.


    Up To Four People Facing Charges After Search Warrant Carried Out In Webb

    Webb, Iowa — Up to four people are facing charges after Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies collaborated with the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office as they carried out a search warrant.

    On Tuesday (10/16) at approximately 9 PM, the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress at a home on 240th Avenue, in rural Albert City. The owner of the property had returned home to find two subjects attempting to break into his home. They reported a burglary which had occurred a day or two prior to this report as well. The owner of the home was able to detain the two subjects at the residence until sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene.

    After an investigation, a third suspect was taken into custody. A search warrant was then executed at a residence southeast of Webb. Deputies found several stolen items from three separate previous burglaries in Buena Vista county as well as a previous burglary in Clay County.

    Forty-five-year-old Steven Lee Anderson of Webb was arrested by the Buena Vista County Deputies and charged with attempted burglary in the 2nd degree, a class D felony and one count of burglary in the 3rd degree also a class D felony. Thirty-seven-year-old Mary Jean Lawson of the same address was arrested and charged by Buena Vista County with attempted burglary in the 2nd degree, as well as 3rd degree burglary, both class D felonies.

    Both Lawson and Anderson are currently being housed in the Buena Vista County Jail on bond.

    Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow advised that his office has charges pending against Andersen, Lawson, and one juvenile male for burglary and theft. Possible charges on a fourth individual are also pending as the investigation continues. The juvenile male also faces felony drug charges after a large quantity of marijuana and paraphernalia were found.

    Further charges are also anticipated.