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Western and Wild

BRINGING TRENDY WESTERN APPAREL TO SMALL TOWN STOREFRONTPeyton Johnson, left, is set to open a new clothing and home decor boutique on Main Street in Larchwood. The store features apparel and accessories influenced by Johnson’s love of Western clothing, including...

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Off and running

WIGGLES AND GIGGLES TO CONTINUE TO GROWA group of kids at Wiggles and Giggles Childcare Center in Larchwood pose with the grant award check from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation. The center was the recipient of a competitive grant to use for start-up costs and a...

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Remembering their sacrifices

School programs host Veterans Day programs PATRIOTIC DISPLAYStudents at Inwood Christian School participated in a Veterans Day program on Friday, Nov. 11. Students sang a number of patriotic tunes and thanked the veterans in attendance for their service....

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Lest we forget

Local son of World War II veteran works to keep legacy alive DOCUMENTING VETERAN’S LEGACYLowell Knobloch is pictured with a number of items he has collected that are related to his father’s time in World War II. He hopes that through everything he has collected,...

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Harvest down the homestretch

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor It’s good and bad news for farmers in Lyon County as harvest season heads down the homestretch.  “Soybean harvest has essentially wrapped up and farmers are making big strides toward finishing corn harvest,” said Iowa Secretary of...

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All-State choir auditions

Three students from the West Lyon choir were selected to the All-State Choir this past Saturday. They were (left to right) Jana Ter Wee, Jackson Doorneweerd and Landon Pottebaum.  Ella Leuthold | Student Contributor On Saturday, Oct. 22, eight West Lyon High School...

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Natural caregiver 

New provider at Avera in Rock Rapids NEW FACE AT AVERARebecca Schipper, certified nurse practitioner, started working at Avera in September. She provides care for all ages in the hospital and clinic. (Photo/Dominique Kooiker) Dominique Kooiker | Staff Writer Avera...

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Harvesting the past

DAYS GONE BYA vintage corn picker gathers up whole ears of corn as the machinery passes over each stalk of corn during the annual corn harvest by members of the Granite Threshermen’s Association. (Photo/Submitted)  Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer It’s the time of year...

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Future is brighter with Brailler

READY TO WRITERIGHT: Aria Murray anxiously awaits while her mom and others work to unbox her new Perkins Brailler typewriter, a device used to write in Braille. (Photo/Tristan Taylor)  Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer The ability to learn can be something often taken for...

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Water to flow through new system in Inwood

NEW FIXTUREA new water tower on the south side of Inwood will be put into service soon. Artwork on the tower represents Inwood's notable July 4th celebration. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer Improvements to the City of Inwood, proposed in March...

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Feel-good show, ‘Godspell,’ to hit West Lyon stage

MUSICAL STORYTELLINGJackson Doorneweerd, who plays the role of John the Baptist/Judas in the upcoming musical production of “Godspell”, rehearses a scene. The West Lyon High School production will take the stage Thursday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 24. (Photo/Submitted)...

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Fish from every angle

A 360-DEGREE VIEW A new aquarium in the Lake Pahoja Education Center offers a unique look at some of the fish that can also be found in the nearby lake. (Photo/Tristan Taylor)  Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer A new addition has recently been added at the Lake Pahoja...

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Learning by the lake

Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer What do you think of when asked to picture what a place of learning looks like? For most people, it’s fairly straightforward – a school classroom, filled with desks and chairs for students, surrounded by books, posters writing utensils,...

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Pick a pumpkin

This group of students, above, and this second-grader, at right, were excited to show off the pumpkins they selected. (Photos/Jessica Jensen and Tristan Taylor)  Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor A perfect fall day on Thursday, September 29 made for a great afternoon...

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Homecoming 2022 is Rustic Retreat 

HOMECOMING ROYALTY Members of the 2022 homecoming court at West Lyon High School are pictured. Front row, left to right: Camden Kruse, king Bradley Balster, queen Madeline Johnson, Keatyn Lorenzen. Back row, left to right: Ryer Crichton, Evan Faber, Gunner Grems,...

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Growth and change 

CHANGES AND GROWTH AHEADThe facilities at Dutchland Foods in Lester have continued to change and evolve over the past three decades, just as the business and the products they produce have. A recent addition will include a production floor, offices and more....

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Adventure awaits 

Lyon County Conservation provides opportunities to enjoy nature HOME BASE FOR ALL THINGS CONSERVATIONThe Lyon County Conservation Nature and Education Center located at Lake Pahoja Recreation Area in western Lyon County houses the offices of conservation staff as well...

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Reducing mental health symptoms in school

MICHAEL HENNINGTherapist Michael Henning provides mental health care in the Central Lyon, George and West Lyon schools. Henning is a therapist with Creative Living Center, which is based out of Rock Valley and is the designated regional mental health provider for Lyon...

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