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Love and loss at the state fair

A TRIP TO THE MOON Amy Lyon as fair singer Emily Arden and Blake Lyon as Wayne Frake share an embrace during River Valley Players’ production of “State Fair.” (Photo/Dominique Kooiker) BOYS AND GIRLS LIKE YOU AND ME Allison Van Aartsen as Melissa Frake and Terry Van...

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Best in Show

Class Dog Show West Lyon’s Small Animal Care class hosted a dog show to demonstrate the students’ knowledge on various breeds. The students pose with their “dogs.” Front row - Ricardo Avila-Castelan, Hayden Mulder, Madilyn Cornell, Ashley Roemen. Back row - Isaiah...

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Learning skills to last a lifetime

Leaders in CTE The officers for West Lyon’s SkillsUSA chapter have been spreading awareness for Career and Technical Education throughout the month of February. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Back Row Left to Right - Cole Balster, Jana Ter Wee, Sydnee Kammrad, Cadence...

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Coffee with Conservation

Learning from the earth Blood Run expert and geologist George Shurr giving a presentation on the area. He was the main speaker during Coffee with Conservation at the nature center Tuesday, Feb. 20. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor Lyon County...

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Celebrating National FFA Week

The West Lyon Wildlife and Fisheries class participated in “Christmas with Conservation,” at the Lyon County Nature Center. They sponsored a tree that was decorated with the theme “Merry Fishmas.” FFA members Hayven Hollingshead, Emma Evans, Ellen Roemen, Luca...

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Trevor Paul Ciesielski

By Evy Knoblock Trevor Paul Ciesielski, famously known as Trev, Trev Jel, Trev Jelly, and TC Island, was born on August 23, 2005. His parents Kyle and Leanne were blessed with Trevor as their firstborn son. Later on Trevor became an older brother and welcomed home...

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Kasen Alexander Hopp

By Tobias Stensland In the morning of October 20th, 2006 Kasen Alexander Hopp was brought into this world by his parents Angela Reckert (43) and Jacob Hopp (39). You can often hear Kason be called Hoppinator, and Hopp. He has 3 half siblings Jack (8), Ben (6), his...

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Shaylyn Nicole Van Veldhuizen

By Breanna Faber Shaylyn Nicole Van Veldhuizen, better known as Shay, was brought into the world August 26, 2005 to her family which consists of her parents Jeffrey and Stacia Van Veldhuizen. Her parents are her biggest role models because she has always looked up to...

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Johannah Lyn Boote

By Andrea Kampmann On the peaceful spring night of May 18, 2006, Johannah Lyn Boote was welcomed home by her parents, Lance and Leah. She was also welcomed by her older siblings Paige (26), Tanner (23), and Chloe (20). A few years later she gained two more brothers,...

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How to Prep the Night Before the SAT or ACT Exam

(StatePoint) Taking the SAT or ACT exam is the culmination of months of test-specific preparation, and in truth, years of schooling. While knowing that can feel like a lot of pressure, there are steps you can take the night before the exam to calm your nerves and...

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The West Lyon Jazz Band is Off to State Jazz!

By Mattie Eliason In the past week, the West Lyon Jazz Band participated in NWIBA Jazz Districts in LeMars. Out of 300 points, the Wildcats scored a 267! As a 2A band, they took first in their class and beat all the other 1A and 4A bands, along with most of the 3A...

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West Lyon Jazz Competed at The University of Northern Iowa

By Patrick Halma On Thursday, February 15th the West Lyon Jazz Band performed at UNI for the UNI Jazz Festival.Over the past few years the West Lyon Jazz Band has begun to be seen as top contender at all band competitions, and at UNI they did not come up short by any...

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The West Lyon Jazz Choir Shakes The Lakes!

By Paige Thiessen The West Lyon Jazz Choir competed at the Shake The Lakes jazz choir competition on Friday, February 16. This show and jazz choir competition has been going on for 6 years and is hosted by Spirit Lake High School.The West Lyon Jazz Choir includes...

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Consumer Connection: Cryptocurrency ATM Scams

Cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency not regulated by a bank or financial institution and may be used for purchases or investments. Cryptocurrency automatic teller machines (ATMs) work like a bank or credit union ATM and convert traditional currency into...

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West Lyon hosts Annual Speech Showcase

Let’s Improvise Evalyn Gana-Niemeyer performs a solo improv routine during West Lyon’s Speech Showcase Tuesday, Feb. 13. The prompt she was given was “A lacrosse goalie and a football announcer at a hairdresser.” (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Kitchen Chaos Landon Pottebaum...

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Celebrating half a century of community theatre

REVISITING “STATE FAIR” River Valley Players presented “State Fair” in 1999. This was the first production presented on the new stage in the Forster Auditorium. As 2024 marks the 50th year of River Valley Players and the 25th year since moving onto the new stage, the...

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Wildbots at State

Working to Success Evelyn Johnson and Natasha Mejia work together on their team’s robot during a robot match. They and their fellow Wildbots won first place for their robot’s design at FIRST Lego League Competition. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Award WinnersWest Lyon’s...

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Open House at Manna Market

OPENING A NEW FOOD PANTRY Manna Market Food & More Pantry in Inwood hosted an open house on Saturday, Feb. 17. The pantry will open for guests on Monday, Feb. 26. Pictured left to right are Manna Market volunteers Gene and Connie Lamp, Ashley and Nathan Kruse,...

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FFA Day at the capitol

West Lyon FFA president Ellen Roemen talking with McKenzie Snow, director of the Iowa Department of Education. (Photo/Submitted Luca Knoblock) Luca Knoblock | FFA Reporter On Feb. 6, five of the West Lyon FFA officers went to the capitol to represent West Lyon...

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Country Kids 4-H Club Meeting

Veterinarian Heath Heyden speaks about his job and animal health to Country Kids 4-H members at their monthly meeting. (Photo/Submitted) Kenzie Koedam | Country Kids Reporter Pro-Tem The Country Kids 4-H Club met Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Inwood Community Center. The...

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