Man Faces Felony Charges After ATV Chase

Doon, Iowa — A Doon man faces several charges including two felonies after authorities say he wouldn’t stop his ATV when a deputy tried to make a traffic stop in Doon.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening, January 23, 2015, they received complaints of loud ATV’s driving around Doon. A deputy located two four wheelers on 5th Avenue near North 4th Street and activated the emergency lights in an attempt to stop them.

One four wheeler came to a stop and the second one continued south onto 6th Avenue. The Deputy then activated the sirens and the four wheeler continued, cutting through residential yards. The deputy then caught up to the four wheeler on 7th Avenue near North 4th Street where the four wheeler came to a stop. The deputy exited his car in an attempt to apprehend the subject. The four wheeler then started west on North 4th Street nearly striking the deputy. The eluding four wheeler came into sight again when it drove past the first four wheeler and a second deputy. The four wheeler came within feet of striking the second deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the first four wheeler, which stopped immediately was 40-year-old Travis Joe Caratachea of Buckeye, AZ . He was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, a Serious Misdemeanor, and cited for Operating an ATV on Roadways, a Simple Misdemeanor.

They report that the driver of the second ATV was 30-year-old Matthew James Johnson of Doon. Johnson was later located and arrested at his home on charges of Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense, a Class D Felony; Assault on a Peace Officer with a Dangerous Weapon, a Class D Felony; Eluding a Police Officer, a Serious Misdemeanor; Reckless Driving, a Simple Misdemeanor; and Disorderly Conduct, a Simple Misdemeanor. Johnson was also cited for Driving without a Valid Driver’s License and Operating a ATV on Roadways, both Simple Misdemeanors.

Woman Injured, Horse Put Down After Accident

Doon, Iowa — A Rock Valley woman was taken to the hospital, and a horse had to be destroyed following an accident near Doon on Friday night, January 23, 2015.
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The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:20 PM, 35-year-old Andrew Krogman of Doon was traveling east on county road A52, a half mile east of Highway 75; or five miles east of Doon, when he came upon a horse in the roadway. Krogman began to herd the horse to a yard using the 2013 Ford pickup he was driving. Thirty-seven-year-old Cassandra Cavin of Rock Valley was westbound on county road A52 in a 2001 Chevrolet Tracker when she struck the horse in the roadway. The horse landed on the hood of the Chevrolet, she then crossed the center line and struck the front end of the Ford.

The Lyon County Ambulance transported Cavin to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Chevrolet Tracker, owned by Cavin, was totaled with a $3,000 loss. The F-150 pickup received approximately $2,500 in damages. The horse, owned by Harlan Gorter of Doon, had to be disposed of and was a $4,000 loss.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Doon Fire and Rescue and the Lyon County Ambulance.

RAGBRAI To Start In Sioux City This Year

ragbraiDes Moines, Iowa — While they won’t come right through our area like last year, the RAGBRAI bike ride route this year will start in northwest Iowa.

The Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI kicks off July 19 in Sioux City and ends 462 miles later in Davenport. The starting and ending towns are the same as they were for the first RAGBRAI in 1973.

Along the way, riders will spend nights in Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, Cedar Falls, Hiwatha, and Iowa River Landing/Coralville.

The 100-mile Karras loop is between Fort Dodge and Eldora, and there’s a new 15-mile gravel loop this year between Storm Lake and Fort Dodge.

The ride is July 19 to 25.  Find more info at

ISU Students To Help With Lyon County Projects

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Lyon County is going to be getting some free help with several projects from college students at Iowa State University.
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Lyon County Economic Development Director Steve Simons tells us more.

He says 27 senior and graduate students from ISU are taking part. The first phase of the class is for them to travel to Lyon County and visit with residents, business people and tour the area, says Simons.

They will view several attractions in the county including Gitchie Manitou, Blood Run, Lake Pahoja, the Depot Museum, Island Park, Rapid Speedway, Murals, Rapids Theatre, Locker Park, and several more.

Simons says the next steps will be a video conference on February 27 with their ideas for stakeholders to view and give feedback. A video conference mid-design review will be held the week of March 30. The students will return April 27 for final presentations.

Simons says Lyon County will be the focus of their work Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons for the entire semester.

Simons says that he’s looking forward to working with the students.

Simons invites everyone to the stakeholder sessions, Sunday evening at 6:30 PM at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Monday morning at 10 AM at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, and Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM at the George Community Center.

Sunday, January 25

  • 1 PM                Arrive and check in at Grand Falls
  • 1:45 PM            Bus trip to Gitchie Manitou, Blood Run, Lake Pahoja Recreation Area, Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery, Inwood (downtown, pool and park), West Lyon and Larchwood (downtown, park, golf). Return to hotel at 5 p.m.
  • 5:30 PM       Dinner for students
  • 6:30-8:00            Stakeholder session 1 (LCED and others in meeting room/refreshments/cookies)

Monday, January 26

  • 7 PM                Check out and Breakfast at Grand Falls
  • 8-10:00 AM     Bus to Rock Rapids – drive through Lester (Gerber Strawberries) on the way and tour Rock Rapids (downtown, LCHS Museum, Island Park, Raceway and Fairgrounds, country club, Central Lyon, Courthouse, Murals, pool, Kids Club, Rapids Theater, etc.
  • 10:00-11:30   Stakeholder session 2 at Forster Community Center
  • 11:30-12:30   Lunch at Pizza Ranch Rock Rapids
  • 12:30 PM       Bus trip to George and tour George – Locker Park, downtown,trail, pool, campground, GLR School.
  • 1:30-3:30 PM   Stakeholder session 3 at George Community Center
  • 4:00 PM            Depart for ISU (box lunches Pizza Ranch)

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December Iowa Milk Production Numbers Are In

Washington, DC — Milk production in Iowa during December 2014 totaled 404 million pounds, up 5 percent from usda_logoDecember 2013 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Milk Production report.

The average number of milk cows during December, at 209,000 head, was up 2,000 from last month, and 3,000 more than a year ago. Monthly production per cow averaged 1,935 pounds in December 2014, up 65 pounds from last December. This is tied with 2012 for the highest December milk per cow for Iowa on record, and is the highest December milk production since 1967.

Milk production in the 23 major States during December totaled 16.2 billion pounds, up 3.2 percent from December 2013. November revised production at 15.5 billion pounds, was up 3.5 percent from November 2013. The November revision represented an increase of 12 million pounds or 0.1 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate.

Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,886 pounds for December, 35 pounds above December 2013. This is the highest production per cow for the month of December since the 23 State series began in 2003.

The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States for December, was 8.61 million head, 107,000 head more than December 2013, and 16,000 head more than November 2014.

Milk production in the United States during the October – December quarter totaled 50.9 billion pounds, up 3.4 percent from the October – December quarter last year.

The average number of milk cows in the United States during the quarter was 9.28 million head, 16,000 head more than the July – September quarter, and 83,000 head more than the same period last year.

The entire report can be viewed by clicking here.

UPDATE – AUDIO: Measles In Region

Orange City, Iowa – Measles. It’s a disease that hasn’t been on the radar for several decades in the developed world, thanks to immunizations. However it appears to be making a comeback in some areas.

The Nebraska Department of Public Health has announced that an individual with measles spent time while contagious in several public locations in Blair and Omaha, Nebraska between January 11 and January 15, 2015. The South Dakota Department of Public Health reports 13 confirmed cases of measles in the Mitchell, South Dakota area. Additionally, more than 50 people from six states are reported to have measles as part of an ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.

Community Health Partners in Orange City says that there is reasonable potential for measles to spread to Iowa. Nurse practitioner Robin Van Zandbergen suggests everyone check their immunization records.

Individuals who need vaccine can contact their usual health care or vaccine provider. Van Zandbergen says that if you were born after 1957 and had your two doses of MMR vaccine, even if it was decades ago, you should be safe.

Measles is a very serious, highly contagious viral disease transmitted from one person to another by airborne and droplet spread. It is characterized by high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes – followed by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. This serious illness causes permanent brain damage or death in 1-3 out of every 1,000 patients.

  • More than 95% of people who receive one dose of MMR will develop immunity.
  • The 2nd dose of MMR boosts immunity to 99% in the majority of people.

She says that somewhat counter-intuitively, if you think you have measles or have reason to believe that you’ve been exposed to the measles virus – they do NOT want you to see your doctor in a doctor’s office or clinic.

If you have questions or need additional information contact your local health department.

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