Features

A night in the Enchanted Gardens

Johannah Boote and her prom date Javier Padilla flex for the crowd as they make their way through the grand march ceremony last weekend. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor On the evening of Saturday, April 13, West Lyon Community School had its annual prom...

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Signing for the Future

Securing a Career West Lyon student Cole Balster, center, signed to work with Richarz Repair in Larchwood after graduation. Michael Moe, left, and Lee Richarz, right, explained they gave Balster the nickname “Pockets” after seeing him with his hands in his pockets...

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One month of serving our area

More than a food pantry Manna Market Food & More Pantry has been open for over a month now and has been serving guests from Inwood and surrounding area. These pieces of art that welcome guests in to the building were created by volunteer and Dream Team member...

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A look at the Grand March

Continued from featured story Olivia Feucht escorted by Ryker Metzger Keira Stensland escorted by Lawrence Hillman Sophia Niemeyer escorted by Jacob Morgan Jenna Bullerman escorted by Jackson Ver Meer Malison Rentschler escorted by Jorge Padilla Jana TerWee escorted...

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Three-time champions

Record Breakers The WL Jazz Band gathered around their first-place trophy from the Iowa Jazz Championships. They competed in Ames for their third consecutive victory. Front row: Evan Klarenbeek, Carson DeSmet, Landon Pottebaum, Jo Boote, Ethan Feikema, Miguel...

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Celebrating one year in business

First Birthday Kellie Stark, owner of Chuds Pub and Grub in Larchwood, is celebrating one year in business. She and her husband, Dan, plan to celebrate with the community with different events all month long. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor A local...

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Focusing on ministry

Dustin Rodger, director of ATLAS of Lyon County ATLAS director discusses changes, programming Dominique Kooiker | Editor Spring has sprung at ATLAS of Lyon County, based in Rock Rapids, and with this season of rebirth comes several new ideas and programs. Dustin...

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Jazz choir celebrates successful season

Landon Pottebaum. (Photo/ Laura Hinspeter) Jana TerWee. (Photo/ Laura Hinspeter) Jackson Doorneweerd. (Photo/ Laura Hinspeter) Holding their trophy with pride The West Lyon Wildcat Jazz Choir holds up its trophy from State Championships. In front are seniors Anthony...

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Taking care of your lawn with a new local business

Local lawncare service Alyssa Van Beek, owner and operator of the new business Just Add Water, is bringing comprehensive lawn care to her home area of northwest Iowa. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor With spring officially here, it won’t be long until...

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Embracing the challenges

WOUND CARE GRADUATION Kari Jurrens celebrates her “graduation” from the Avera Wound Care Clinic in Rock Rapids with a cake and a hug from her provider, Megan Klapperich, PA-C, on Monday, Mar. 25. Jurrens underwent an amputation in May 2023 which became infected,...

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Creating your own heroes

Eric Boote as Star Guy, a charismatic yet egotistical superhero with the power to make people fawn over him. Kiersten Knueven as Dr. Shock Clock, an evil villain with the power to stop time. Nick Middlen as Triple Time, a superhero with super speed. A Super Cast The...

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Inwood hosts meeting concerning community center

Community Center Rebuilding Project Architect Eric Oleson of Oleson and Hobbie Architects discusses the many new plans for the Inwood Community Center during a public meeting on Monday, March 18. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor On Monday, March 18, the...

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Improving conservation efforts through tracking

Wildlife Specialist Riggs Wilson, wildlife research specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, was the featured speaker at this month’s Coffee with Conservation. Wilson discussed the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, which had recently been installed at...

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A triumphant season of Jazz

On the road to the championships Members of West Lyon’s WL Jazz hold up their first place trophy from the NWIBA Jazz District competition. After an astounding season, they will be competing at the Iowa Jazz Championships on April 2 in hopes of a third straight state...

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Learning to make smart decisions

Risk and Consequences Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep teaching the DARE program to one of the sixth-grade classes at West Lyon. With a curriculum based around good decision making, this week’s lesson was about taking risks and the consequences of our...

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Flavors of El Salvador come to Rock Rapids

PUPUSAS CITY OPENS IN ROCK RAPIDS Joel, Josue and Esmeralda Santos of Lester opened their new restaurant, Pupusas City, in Rock Rapids Friday, March 15. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from El Salvador, including the national dish, pupusas, the restaurant’s...

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Community rallying around Ky

Community SupportKy Lynott sports a Larchwood Diamonds shirt sent in by the team to show their support as he undergoes chemotherapy treatments. (Photo/Submitted Mindi Skiles) Together as a family Ky Lynott with his parents Shayna Skiles and Kade Lynott. The three are...

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Fun with farm animals

Building a Farm Marilyn Lopez and Emery Bruggeman build with Legos during this month’s Clover Kids meeting. They worked with everyone else to make one large farm scene. (Photo/Submitted Laura Beyenhof) Learning about all about animals Levi Twedt shows off his...

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Legendary quest gone wrong

The Magic Words Landon Pottebaum plays the old wizard Merlin in West Lyon’s spring play “Camelot and Camelittle.” After some help from the heroes, he shows off his magical powers and casts a spell. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Myths Made Real Tessa Boysen playing a...

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SkillsUSA to host annual banquet

Night of food and fun Pictured is last year’s SkillsUSA Banquet. Approximately 400 people came to the banquet last year, and the SkillsUSA members are hoping for an even larger turnout this year. (Photo/Submitted Shane Peterson) Tristan Taylor | Editor Following the...

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