Rock Rapids, Iowa — One of the major downtown streets in Rock Rapids is going to be reconstructed yet this summer, making it a little more difficult to do business on that stretch of street.

But the City of Rock Rapids says contingency plans are in place so that business shouldn’t be affected too much. Rock Rapids officials tell us that the Story Street Reconstruction Project (just south of Highway 9) is scheduled to start during the week of August 13th, 2018. City Administrator Jordan Kordahl tells us more.


He says it also will include new, more decorative street lighting.

Kordahl says work will begin with the removal of street and sidewalk in the first block, from First Avenue (Main Street) to South Second Avenue. That’s the area from Rexall to US Bank. Work on the second block, from Second to Third Avenue (past Dollar General and the courthouse), will start about two to three weeks later. Paving is tentatively scheduled to start in mid‐September.

All sidewalks in the project area will be replaced except for the one along Courthouse property. Kordahl says that in order to minimize the amount of time during which storefronts will be not accessible, the contractor will remove the sidewalks in two parts.


Kordahl says most businesses will also allow for access through the rear or side of their buildings.

He says that because the project includes replacement of water mains, each property will incur a temporary disruption of water service during disconnect from old service and reconnect to new. In order to minimize the inconvenience to affected water customers, the contractor will try to schedule the change of service to occur during periods of low water usage.

Vander Pol Excavating of Orange City is the general contractor for the entire project. The work schedule runs from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. five days per week. They hope to be done with the work by October 15, 2018.

Kordahl says the total price tag including infrastructure is estimated to be about $730,000. He says roughly 30 percent of that total will be paid by the property owners. The rest will be paid by the City of Rock Rapids and Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities.

July 31, 2018 - 6:02 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Rock Rapids, Iowa — Repairs and improvements have been made and several Rock Rapids streets are set to get a coating of oil tack and rock chips — commonly known as seal coating.

The City of Rock Rapids tells us they have contracted for seal coating of certain streets in town. They say work is expected to start and finish on Friday, Aug 24, 2018, weather permitting.

The contractor, Pearson Bros of Hanover, MN will set up “No Parking” signs the night before, Thursday, Aug 23rd.

Four avenues in the middle of town will get the treatment. Second, Third and Fourth Avenues from Highway 75 to South Greene Street will get seal coated, as well as South Sixth Street from 75 to South Story Street. South Fifth Avenue is a concrete street in that part of town so will not be seal coated. Greene Street will also be seal coated from First Avenue to South Seventh Avenue near the Activity Center.

Other streets being seal coated are further east, including Tama Street from First Avenue to South Fifth Avenue as well as the entire length of Mill Street. That’s the street north of the county shop and the fairgrounds, along the river.

July 27, 2018 - 5:16 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Health Services of Lyon County (the county health department) will be providing free blood pressure screening clinics in August.

  • Keith’s Corner in Lester – Friday, 8/10 from 8:00 – 8:30 am
  • Alvord Community Center – Friday, 8/10 from 9:00 – 9:30 am
  • Inwood Community Center – Tuesday, 8/14 from 9:00 – 9:30 am

Please note that the blood pressure clinics only run for a half hour, so you’ll probably want to be on time.

The Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Fair – or Fall Festival – which has been held for many years in October – has been replaced by an event coming up in August.

The MPCH Auxiliary Family Fun Night will feature hamburgers & hot dogs, chips, cookies, and bottled water, as well as inflatables, a bean bag toss, ladder ball, etc.

Plus, there will be a “General Store” with home-grown produce and yummy home-baked items.

It’ll be on Tuesday night, August 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Island Park near the swimming pool.

They say, “Come and support the MPCH Auxiliary which supports your local hospital in Lyon County!”

June 26, 2018 - 5:06 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Health Services of Lyon County has distributed Red Cross clean-up kits to the following communities to assist Lyon County, Iowa residents with water and sewer cleanup:

Lester – Pick up at DGR Mechanical
George- Pick up at the George City Office
Little Rock – Pick up at the Little Rock City Office
Doon – Pick up at the Doon Fire Department
Alvord- Pick up at the Alvord City Office
Inwood – Pick up at Inwood City Office
Larchwood – Pick up at the Larchwood City Office
Rock Rapids – Pick up at Health Services of Lyon County – Public Health Office

The cleaning kits include mold prevention and cleaning tips as well as all of the materials needed to clean the contaminated areas.
Call Health Services with any questions at 712-472-8200.

June 4, 2018 - 12:21 pm - Posted in Community Calendar
The George Recreational Trail Committee would like to announce that they will be hosting their annual 5k Fun Run & Walk during the 2018 Freedom Days festivities in George.
The race will be held on Saturday, June 30 with check-in beginning at 7:00 a.m. and the race beginning at 8:00. All proceeds benefit the George Recreational Trail. Medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in each of the age & gender categories. All participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Check-in occurs at the Train Depot in Locker Park on the north side of George.
The cost is $20 per participant if registered before June 13. For more information or to register, contact Fred or Kristi Landis at 712-348-0778, or register online at http://runsignup.com (search for George Freedom Days Run).

There’s going to be a Central Lyon Spanish Club fundraiser car wash on Saturday (May 12). The Spanish students are raising money for their trip to Europe in 2019.

The car wash is this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rock Rapids car wash. They’ll wash cars for a free will offering.

Rock Rapids, Iowa — The US Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD is changing the way the homeless are served. There is now going to be a “coordinated entry system,” which will match the homeless with available housing and services. If your organization provides services to homeless and other vulnerable people, it will need to be included in the system and you are invited to a meeting explaining it in more detail. This particular meeting is aimed at community action agencies, law enforcement, churches, service organizations, veterans organizations, and more in Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Ida, and Cherokee counties. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids (across the street from Subway on Highway 9). If you have any questions, call Julie De Ruyter at 712-472-3896.