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Lyon County veterans take one final tour with honor

 Don Fastert, seated, and his guardian and Lyon County Riverboat Foundation board member, Dennis Haselhoff, pose at the World War II Memorial. Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor A number of Lyon County veterans were among 82 veterans on Mission 14 of the Midwest Honor...

Faith, fashion and helping those in need

GIVING CLOTHES NEW LIFE AT RESALE BOUTIQUEJessica Drewes and Stephanie Roozenboom are opening a new upscale resale boutique in Rock Rapids called All Things Renewed. Their mission is to offer new life to previously-loved clothing at affordable prices while sharing their love of faith, fashion, and helping those in need. Their grand opening weekend will […]

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New opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

Lyon County Conservation purchases new wildlife area LILYLOG WILDLIFE AREAThe newest addition to the Lyon County Conservation’s public land is Lilylog Wildlife Area, located one and one-half miles west of Little Rock on Highway 9 between Lily and Log Avenue. This 42-acre area features a 16-acre pond and is available for the public to hunt, […]

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Farewell to Central Lyon

Members of the Central Lyon Class of 2023 react with smiles and laughs to the salutatorian’s address during commencement ceremonies. ABOVE, FAR LEFT: Anna Warntjes celebrates her high school graduation from Central Lyon with the Class of 2023. RIGHT: Lane Henrichs gets a congratulatory hug following commencement exercises at Central Lyon High School Sunday, May […]

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Collecting for a cause

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO SERVEDDuring the American Legion Auxiliary Junior members’ donation drive benefitting veterans that ran May 8-12, Heather Grafing’s class donated the most items. Her students gathered 205 items to send to veterans in need. Pictured are Maisie Oedekoven, Kinley Weiler and Joanna Lewis with their donations, as well as Jackson Groen packing more […]

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Honoring servicemembers’ sacrifices through annual workout

HONORING SERVICEMEMBERS THROUGH SWEATHillary and Brian Osterday are hosting the fourth annual Rock Rapids Memorial Day Murph Challenge Monday, May 29. The Memorial Day “Murph” is an annual, national workout to honor Lt. Michael P. Murphy. The Osterdays host this event to bring awareness to those who serve and to honor their sacrifice. (Photo/Dominique Kooiker)Rock […]

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Pop-up shop ‘til you drop

PREPPING FOR A POP-UP SHOPRIGHT: Denise Gacke, right, has been transforming her home into a pop-up shop for the Picky Pineapple Boutique’s grand opening May 24-27 with help from her sister-in-law, Colleen Atkins, left. Gacke curated a collection of name-brand clothing to feature in her boutique. The pop-up shop will feature children’s shorts, shirts, bathing […]

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Invested in daily interactions

CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL COACHING CAREERAfter 35 years of teaching and coaching in Central Lyon, Toby Lorenzen is retiring at the end of this school year. Throughout his time at the school, Lorenzen taught K-6 and high school PE, strength and conditioning and the K-8 at risk program. He also coached football and track, spending 22 […]

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A gallery of memories

UNFORGETTABLE TIME TEACHINGAfter working at Central Lyon 23 years, Amy Sieperda is retiring. During her time at the school, she taught middle school math and literature, fourth grade and elementary art. (Photo/Dominique Kooiker)Dominique Kooiker | Staff Writer The walls of the elementary art room at Central Lyon are covered in students’ artwork. The creation of […]

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Steady Pace

Spring field work underway in Lyon County Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor A familiar sight has returned across the state in the last few weeks – that of tractors and planters in the fields. With several dry days last week, farmers were able to start or resume planting and other fieldwork activities such as fertilizer […]

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