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A brand-new beginning

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor WITH EVERY ENDING THERE IS A BRAND-NEW BEGINNINGThe class motto of the Central Lyon Class of 2022 provided a fitting backdrop for commencement exercises Sunday, May 22. Pictured at left: Michaela Robbins wore the Army National Guard...

Child’s Play

New playground ready for action Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Nothing says fun in the summertime more than baseball and the sound of young kids shrieking in delight as they whirl down a playground slide.  Youngsters attending ball games at Borman Forster Field on Rock Rapids’ west side will now have the opportunity to enjoy […]

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Just tooling

Rock Rapids woman learns art of leather working Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor PATIENCE AND PRACTICE COMBINE TO CREATE CUSTOM LEATHER GOODSSarah Pourier of Rock Rapids, above, uses a series of special tools to create custom leather goods such as purses, wallets, keychains and even shoes. Her latest project, pictured below top, are custom-designed leather […]

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A Night in Paris for Prom 2022

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Seniors Cooper Spiess and Kaylee Davis pose for a final time at the grand march of the Central Lyon Junior/Senior prom Friday, April 22. It’s a rite of passage that includes fancy dresses, classy tuxedos, flowers, and more. For Central Lyon High School juniors and seniors, prom 2022 was “A […]

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Vaulting to the top

Local youth takes first place at state gymnastics contest Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor GYMNASTICS STAR IN THE MAKINGAt Valley Elite Gymnastics in Rock Valley, Mattie Engleman of Rock Rapids, practices a number of skills. The third grader spends six hours a week at the gym where her coach Kyle Hooyer says she is very […]

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Rhythms of soul work

Soul Strong spiritual direction aims to help people in all stages of life Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSONJoe and Meredith Vander Zee stand together in the space that houses Soul Strong, a ministry that aims to help care for individuals and couples through spiritual direction sessions rooted at a spiritual […]

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A look at life in Ukraine

George man shares stories from his son, a farmer now living in Ukraine Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor HELP IN UKRAINEABOVE: Care packages such as these are delivered by a pastor from Poland to Gordie Siebring, an Iowa farmer living in Ukraine, who helps deliver them to refugees trying to flee the country amid war […]

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Mammoth Find

DGR Engineering employee makes once-in-a-lifetime discovery BIG TOOTH FROM HISTORIC CREATUREJustin Blauwet with DGR Engineering in Rock Rapids made the discovery of a woolly mammoth tooth on a construction work site earlier this month. (Photos/Submitted)  Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Employee’s young sons excited to see and touch remains of an Ice Age creature  According […]

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Illustrating music

A FEW FAVORITESNick Van Berkum is pictured in a recent family photo. The graphic designer, a Central Lyon alum who now resides in Des Moines, has combined his passion for art and music to design posters, pictured at left, for a number of music artists. (Photos/Submitted) Poster artist combines appreciation for live music with love […]

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Lighting up Main Street holiday style

PARADE OF LIGHTS IS HIGHLIGHT The parade of lights was a highlight of the Rock Rapids holiday events Thursday, December 9. Businesses and organizations were creative in designing lighted floats such as this one by Denny’s Sanitation depicting the popular holiday movie “Christmas Vacation”. (Photo/Austin Thomas)  Austin Thomas | Staff Writer On Thursday, Dec. 9, […]

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