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Celebrating the Fourth of July

Miss Inwood, Opal Niemeyer, riding with her Little Miss Inwoods, Elle Baumeister, Tayvia Williams and Jurnee Faber. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Inwood hosts its annual July 4 celebration Tristan Taylor | Editor On Thursday, July 4, families and individuals from all around...

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There since the beginning

Leading the way John and Nancy Suhreptz are this year’s Straw Bosses for the Granite Threshing Bee. The two have been with the Threshing Bee since it began 40 years ago. (Photo/Submitted) Couple honored as Straw Bosses for Granite Threshing Bee Tristan Taylor | Editor...

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Helping his community

Mason Langenhorst Tristan Taylor | Editor Starting off as a part-time dispatcher, Mason Langenhorst is no stranger to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. And now he has traded the dispatch seat for the patrol car seat as he has started his job as a...

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Finding his place in the sheriff’s department

DEVIN MILLER Tristan Taylor | Editor For many of us, finding that one thing we are truly passionate about can take some time. This was the case for Deputy Devin Miller, who has now found his place in the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department.Miller was raised for a...

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Helping our community after tragedy

All hands on deck In the wake of the floodings faced by Lyon County and surrounding areas, Inwood Christian School opened up its gym for use by Manna Market Food & More Pantry. Pictured are some of the volunteers sorting through and packing donated clothes....

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Larchwood Family Days are almost here

Tristan Taylor | Editor The residents of Larchwood is busy preparing for the annual Larchwood Family Days celebration, which is only a little over a week away! This year’s festivities will be from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday July 14.Family Days festivities kick...

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‘Different … but OK’

MEETING WITH THE FAIR BOARD Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig shakes hands with Jerry Rens, Lyon County Fair board member from Larchwood, at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Rock Rapids Tuesday, June 25. Naig visited Lyon County and the fairgrounds to assess the...

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The storm of the decade

Derailment near Alvord Early in the morning Friday, June 21, a BNSF train derailed south of Alvord. No injuries were reported and, while no official cause has been given, it is suspected by be caused by the flood waters. (Photo/Submitted) Under Water The fishing pier...

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A calling across the seas

OVER A DECADE OF SERVICE Lisa Yunker has spent the last 12 years living in Cambodia, working with disabled children to help keep them with their families. She is currently back home on furlough for the next few months, and hopes to share were story with the community....

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A passion for helping others

NEW PROVIDER AT AVERA KaraLynn Kuhn, PA-C, is the newest provider at Avera Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital in Rock Rapids. Kuhn works in primary care in the clinic. She sees a vast range of conditions, ranging from chronic medical conditions to preventative care,...

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A life in Inwood

Proud of their community Ron and Donna Bos will serve as parade marshals in this year’s Inwood Fourth of July parade. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor After almost 50 years together in Inwood, Ron and Donna Bos are nothing but proud of the community they...

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Riding into the nature center

The Siouxland Trikers Members of the Siouxland Trikers, a three-wheeled motorcycle group based out of Sioux City, made a stop at the Lyon County Nature Center while on a tour of the county. From left to right: Matt Moore, Laura Budzinski, Marge Van Voorst and Don Van...

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‘Moana Jr.’ cast shows community how far they’ll go

THEY KNOW THE WAY Gracia Poppinga as Sina, Ashlee Koedam as Pua, Maisie Oedekoven as Moana and Hudson Hinrichs as Chief Tui learn wayfinding during the River Valley Players Junior production of “Moana Jr.” The River Valley Players Junior company presented this show...

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Adventures in Alaska

Mountains of vegetables During their trip to Alaska, West Lyon students visited VanderWeele Farms, one of the largest farms in the state. The students pose with farmer Roger VanderWeele (right) in front of a large pile of potatoes. (Photo/Submitted) Picking some...

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On to the next adventure

LEAVING RAPID NUTRITION IN GOOD HANDS Aimee Koedam of Inwood started Rapid Nutrition in Rock Rapids in November 2021. After over two years of operation, Koedam has sold the business to Kaleb Lindsey-Stevens of Sioux Falls. Koedam plans to move to Florida with her...

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Primary Election Results

Stewart Vander Stoep and Brian Hilt Tristan Taylor | Editor Dominique Kooiker | Editor On Tuesday, June 4, residents throughout Iowa went to the polls to vote in this year’s primary election, deciding on which candidates will be on the ballot for the general election...

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Fishing with the family

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Troy Puterbaugh, Cameron Lucas and Amanda Lucas celebrate Cameron’s birthday at Lake Pahoja during the annual Kiwanis Kids’ Fishing Day Saturday, June 8. (Photo/Madalynn Van Der Weerd) FISHING FOR FUN At the Kiwanis Kids’ Fishing Day, Emmet Schar...

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Alvord Day 2024

FACE PAINTING FUN Emery Snyders gets a butterfly painted on her cheek at Alvord’s city park. West Lyon students came out to do face paintings during Alvord Day this last weekend. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Jumping for it As part of this year’s Alvord Day, a sand...

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Lyon County kart racers seek fast-paced fun

WAVING THE CHECKERS Bronson Bruns waves the checkered flag after winning a feature at Plessis Motor Speedway. Bronson and his brother Davian enjoy going fast. The drive to win keeps pushing them to improve each race. (Photo/Submitted) Isaac Yeager | Staff Intern...

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Summer camps begin at Lake Pahoja

Lincoln Ostrander, Owen Lems and Eli Bloemendaal show off their catch from their handmade fishing pole. They took part in this and other fun events during the Native Ways summer camp. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Editor The first of many summer camps hosted...

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