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Claiming a national football title

Northwestern coach Matt McCarty watches from the sidelines during one of the Red Raiders’ football games this past season. McCarty, also a West Lyon graduate, coached in his second National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National title game Saturday, Dec. 17...

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Granite lights up the Christmas spirit

Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer All of Granite was strung in lights in celebration of Christmas for the annual Christmas Drive-Through Saturday, Dec. 17. The event also raised donations for Call to Freedom. SHINE, Granite’s women’s group, collected donations while...

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Winter Wonderland

Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor The Merriam-Webster dictionary terms the meaning of wonderland as an imaginary place of delicate beauty or magical charm. Last Friday, western Lyon County was not just an imaginary place of beauty as winter weather created a...

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Get on the art bus

SPREADING ART PASSIONMercedes Maltese and Marlo Arp stand outside of the 605 Magic Art Bus in Inwood. The pair takes the all-encompassing art classroom on the road for parties and community events. (Photo/Tristan Taylor) Tristan Taylor | Staff Writer In September...

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A calling to serve her community

AVERA’S NEWEST PROVIDERMegan Klapperich, PA-C, began working at Avera Medical Group in Rock Rapids in November. She is originally from Minnesota and works in family medicine and the emergency room. (Photo/Dominique Kooiker) Dominique Kooiker | Staff Writer Working in...

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Santa makes a stop in Alvord

HOLIDAY CHEER IN ALVORDYoungsters in Alvord came to the Alvord Fire and Rescue station on Saturday, December 10 for crafts and visits with Santa. (Photos/Jessica Jensen)  Jessica Jensen | Managing Editor Kids in the Alvord area had the opportunity to give Santa their...

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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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