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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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Shining a light on the community 

ILLUMINATION TO COMEThe Granite Implement building will host the Granite Christmas Drive Dec. 17, with baked goods, hot chocolate and coffee for those wanting to stop in and socialize. The Granite Christmas Drive is hosted by SHINE, a women’s group formed in Granite,...

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West Lyon students ‘buzzing in’ to competition

KNOWLEDGE COMPETITION FIRST FOR WEST LYON CHAPTERMembers of the West Lyon chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America who competed in the Knowledge Bowl are pictured. Left to right: Meg Lapka, Jacob Morgan, Emersyn Rentschler, Savannah Van Beek and...

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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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A new loyal partner

New K9 unit at Lyon County Sheriff’s Department LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAMDeputy Kyle Munneke poses with his new K9 unit, Versa, at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department in Rock Rapids. The pair became an officially-certified team Sept. 22. Versa’s main job will be drug...

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New train cars rolling into Granite

TRACKS FIT FOR A CABOOSEMembers of the Granite Threshermen's Association work to complete work on a set of train tracks put in around the depot at Granite. A donated caboose will soon be brought to Granite to display on the tracks. (Photo/Submitted)  Tristan Taylor |...

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Walking down the right path

School liaison officer offers support to students Katie Olson, West Lyon’s full-time liaison officer Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer Sometimes a push in the right direction is necessary to stay on the right path in life. Other times, it takes someone walking alongside...

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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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Making sports history one takedown at a time

Sky is the limit for high school girls’ wrestling in Iowa  IN THE HISTORY BOOKSWest Lyon High School girls’ wrestling participants practice the basics during the first week of official practice for Iowa high school girls’ wrestling on Thursday, November 3. The...

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Freshman Cooper Carolan selected for Iowa Opus Choir

Cooper Carolan was selected to represent West Lyon in the Opus Choir. Ella Leuthold | Student Contributor West Lyon ninth grader Cooper Carolan has earned an impressive honor for the second time. On Nov. 17, Carolan will travel to the Iowa State University campus to...

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West Lyon band students make All-State

Six band students from West Lyon auditioned for All-State Band this past Saturday. They were: (bottom row, left to right) Blake Van Roukel, Ethan Feikema, Amelia Ageson, (top row, left to right) Ella Leuthold, Sam Meester, Brad Balster and Miguel Hernandez. Riley...

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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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Power through positivity 

A PATH FOR POSITIVITY“The Energy Bus”, written by Jon Gordon, is the basis for reflection, activities and learning aimed at promoting positivity for West Lyon students throughout the 2022-2023 school year. (Photo/Tristan Taylor)  Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer Keeping...

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Annual fall bazaar supports local daycare

SUPPORT FOR PROJECTSA new room for 3-year-olds at Kingdom Kids Daycare in Inwood is just one of the many projects completed recently with the support of funds raised during annual fundraisers. The Daycare will host the annual fall bazaar on November 5....

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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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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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New addition to Granite

A home built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historical Places, left, was moved from the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls to Granite recently. AT RIGHT: The house included a number of period pieces of furniture and artifacts, including a...

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More than a vendor fair

Church Full of Goodies planned for Oct. 29 Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor With more than 25 vendors – some first timers and several returning – the Church Full of Goodies on Saturday, October 29 is sure to have something for everyone. Now in its 16th year, the free...

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Book sale on at Larchwood Public Library

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Throughout the month of October — or whenever items are gone — staff at the Larchwood Public Library is hosting a book sale with something for everyone.  “We have items for all ages,” said Sylvia Van’t Hul, director. Items include...

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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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