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...

Passing grade for master conservationists

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor LEARNING ALL ABOUT CONSERVATIONPictured are the participants in the Lyon County Master Conservationist program, which wrapped up seven sessions of learning opportunities recently. Front row, left to right: Carly Herum of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Lyon County, Jill Metzger, Martha Metzger and Lyon County naturalist Emily Ostrander. Second […]

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Keeping the doors open on can redemption centers

Jay Waagmeester | Staff Intern Since 1978, Iowans have participated in a program through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that encourages recycling cans and bottles. When Iowans purchase a canned or bottled beverage, they pay a 5-cent fee per item. They may return the empty cans and bottles to the store or a redemption […]

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Let the bags fly

New cornhole league aimed at fun Austin Thomas | Staff Writer Summer has arrived in full and, with it, a sense of freedom for more time for pastimes, fellowship and fun. A new activity in Rock Rapids is aimed at providing an opportunity for community members to try something new or simply enjoy the fun […]

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Finding treasure at Lake Pahoja

Sarah Mullinix | Staff Writer Comparing Their TreasuresMatthew Lloyd, Theo Hamilton and Emmett Johnson (from left) compare the rocks they found during their hunt. Campers learned how to identify the different kind of rocks. (Photo/Sarah Mullinix)The Treasure Hunters camp at Lake Pahoja on June 20 and 21 took kids on an adventure where they learned […]

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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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Supervisors get update on county annex building project

Mecinze Sittig | Staff Writer How much use do the office spaces in the Lyon County annex building located on First Avenue in Rock Rapids actually get? That was one of the points in a discussion regarding the future of some county offices during the regular meeting of the Lyon County board of supervisors Tuesday, […]

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