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Deep dive into the gospel leads to place behind the pulpit

Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern Immanuel Lutheran Church in George didn’t need their long-distance line when calling a new pastor this spring.  Jeremy Winter officially filled the role of pastor at the Lyon County church May 1. Winter grew up on a farm a few miles...

Contributions of Citizens of the Year are many and varied

Wayne and Geneva Grooters honored during Heritage Days events Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor ALWAYS WITH A SMILEThe 2022 Citizens of the Year, Geneva and Wayne Grooters, were also designated as Heritage Days parade marshals. The couple have been involved in a number of roles over the years and those who nominated them for the […]

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Open house to highlight business expansion, products

Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern SIMPLY SAID EXPANDSAn expansion at Simply Said in Rock Rapids includes a large production facility and a wholesale brand of gifts and decor. (Photo/Jay Waagmeester)Simply put, a local business grew to a point where expanding was necessary to fulfill its customers’ demands. Simply Said, owned by Brad and Michelle Leuthold, […]

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Friends of Blood Run work to preserve and teach history of Blood Run

Registration open for 5K walk/run event Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern Western Lyon County is home to Blood Run National Historic Landmark. It once was home to the Oneota people who were drawn to the area for the Big Sioux River, hunting, fertile soil and as a trading center. Today, people enjoy the area’s walking […]

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New face behind the scene at Avera clinic

Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern Danielle HamannThe Avera Medical Group clinic inside Avera Merrill Pioneer Hospital in Rock Rapids has a new manager. Danielle Hamann, who has worked for Avera since 1998, took over as clinic manager this year. Hamann started as an administrative assistant at Avera and has held different positions within the healthcare […]

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Heritage Days kicks off with passing of the crowns

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor 2022 ROCK RAPIDS ROYALTYA new Miss and Little Miss Rock Rapids were crowned Sunday, June 12. Olivia Lyman will take the reins as Miss Rock Rapids, and Lauryn Kock was named Little Miss Rock Rapids. Emerson Kelderman was named runner-up for Miss Rock Rapids. Pictured are all of the contestants. […]

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Haul it with a trailer from Rock Rapids’ newest business

Riverside Trailers hosting open house Friday Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor ONE-STOP SHOP FOR TRAILER NEEDSEric Borman, owner/operator of Riverside Trailers in Rock Rapids, inventories a shipment of parts. The new business will offer trailer sales, repairs, customization, parts, and warranty work. (Photo/Jessica Jensen)After a nearly 20-year career in the construction industry that’s taken a […]

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Rapids Chiropractic to offer DOT physicals

Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern Dr. Ross Reynolds of Rapids Chiropractic recently added to the office’s services by becoming a certified medical examiner. This capability allows him to give physicals required for interstate drivers with a commercial driver’s license.  The physicals are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation every two years, with the goal […]

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Gone with the wind

Windy spring blows into summer over Memorial Day weekend Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern BENT AND BROKENThe storm that blew through Lyon County in the early morning hours of May 30 left significant damage to this machine shed on the Dave and Amie Griesse farm northeast of Rock Rapids. (Photo/Submitted) Lyon […]

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A second look

Iowa Gallivant sees Lyon County again Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern TRAVEL BLOG SEES LYON COUNTYJayJay Goodvin and his daughter, Gigi, pose in Island Park on their trip to Lyon County on June 2. The two explored the county for The Iowa Gallivant, a travel blog.  (Photo/Jay Waagmeester)Road trips are often hundreds of miles long […]

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