Community Blood Bank and West Lyon High School partner up to bring a lifesaving event to the Inwood community on Wednesday, December 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. at West Lyon High School.  Your donation is in immediate need to keep the holiday blood supply strong for the community.

 “Donating blood during the holidays is a special gift that cannot be duplicated and demonstrates the foundation for the spirit of the holidays,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “With you one donation, three lives within the community are saved and given the gift of hope.  You can provide an opportunity for patients to experience another birthday, holiday or a bright sunny day.  Please join us to give blood at West Lyon High School on December 18th.

 Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood.  Please bring an ID with you at the time of donation.  For more information log onto, call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070.

 Community Blood Bank is the only local blood supply for Sanford Canton Inwood Medical center, Avera McKennan Hospital, Sanford Medical Center, Sanford Children’s Hospital and the V.A. Medical Center of Sioux Falls, as well as 32 other local hospitals.  Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.

Mark your calendar for October 6th. That’ll be the night for a Rock Rapids Mural Society fundraiser called “Ladies Just Want To Have Fun.” It’ll be from 1 to 5 pm. On the schedule are: prizes every half hour, snacks, wine tasting, and learning to care for and plant succulents to take home. Board games and cards will also be played, Plus there will be vendors and shopping. If you have questions, contact Sandy Wynia.

July 31, 2019 - 10:12 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Auxiliary will have the 2nd annual Family Fun Night on Tuesday, August 13th from 4 to 7 at Island Park, west of the swimming pool. This is the fundraising event that is replacing the annual hospital fair. There will be inflatables, lawn games, a meal, ice cream, a silent auction, and a general store where they’ll have baked goods, fresh vegetables and other donated items. Call Carol Oliver if you have any questions.

July 31, 2019 - 10:05 am - Posted in Community Calendar

If you were born after January 1st, 1972 and you plan to hunt in Iowa, you need to have taken a hunter education course and participate in a field day. There is a field day coming up, but you have to have taken the course online first. The field day is August 24th, but you have to have completed the online course by August 23rd. It can be found at You have to be at least 11 years old. Call Jeff Schram if you have questions at 712-472-3127.

July 31, 2019 - 10:03 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Rock Rapids Crazy Days will be August 15-17, with a downtown vendor fair on Thursday the 15th.

July 31, 2019 - 10:02 am - Posted in Community Calendar

On August 6th at 10:30 AM, there will be an ATLAS Introductory Team Meeting for anyone interested in discovering where you could serve or be served within the ATLAS ministry. Opportunities include the thrift store, Office, Ministry Center, and area community partnerships. Call ATLAS for more information at 472-9016.

July 31, 2019 - 9:59 am - Posted in Community Calendar

ATLAS is doing their school supply drive. A list of needs will be posted on the ATLAS Facebook page, or it’s also available at the office at 112 First Avenue in Rock Rapids or by emailing No gift is too great or too small.

Monetary donations are needed to purchase shoes specific to individual child needs and to keep miscellaneous school supply inventory stocked. They tell us they are in great need of earbuds, headphones, flash drives, and scientific calculators for students in need. Please deliver (or mail) all donations to ATLAS by Friday, August 2nd.

See the Back-to-School Ministry event page for more details on how the ministry operates. You can call 472-9016 for more information. If your family is in need, call and make your appointment for your student or students to receive their supplies. It’s on a first-come, first-served appointment basis.

July 18, 2019 - 11:16 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

From Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities:

Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities has issued a peak alert for Thursday and Friday, July 18-19, 2019. Please reduce your electric usage between the hours of 12:00 – 8:00 PM. Refrain from running your washer, dryer, and dishwashers between these hours. If you have any questions, please call our office at 712-472-2511.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Browns are coming to Tabernacle Baptist Church in George. Here’s what they had to say:

“It’s truly a family affair when The Browns hit the stage with their gospel music. The musical stylings of Shelly, Michaela, Adam and Andrew exude excitement on the stage and offer a life-changing experience to all who hear them. The Browns deliver the powerful message of the gospel through word and song that engage audiences of all ages.

The Browns have been touring across the United States since the group began its full-time ministry nineteen years ago. The heralded group began on the local and state level and has expanded and grown into a national touring group.

You’re invited to hear their concert at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 206 E. Indiana Ave., George on Sunday evening, May 5 beginning at 6:30 PM. You will not be disappointed. There will be a free-will offering taken with coffee & soft serve ice cream served after the concert.”