July 8, 2020 - 9:06 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

The Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities have issued a peak alert for June 29th and 30th. They tell us they may need to issue peak alerts for the rest of the week too, but they will let us know.

Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities residents are asked to postpone or reduce the use of electrical devices (such as electric clothes dryers, electric ovens, etc.) during peak times (between 12 noon – 8 PM).

Peak electricity is more expensive and the demand may increase electric bills for all residents. By reducing or postponing electrical usage during peak times, you’ll help keep down your utility costs.

A peak alert has been issued by the Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities. Thank you for your cooperation.

Rock Rapids, IA – Sanford Health is now accepting homemade cloth face masks, materials for homemade cloth face masks, as well as N95 masks, following a recent change in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now all health care personnel, regardless of their role, are encouraged to wear face masks. For Sanford Health workers who are in contact with other people but not providing direct care to patients or residents, cloth masks may be used to help limit transmission of the coronavirus by asymptomatic people.

Acceptable cloth face masks must be made from: quilting cotton, t-shirts, denim, duck cloth, canvas or twill. The CDC has published step-by-step instructions to make a face covering.

Instructions for sewing an adult face mask in standard and extra large sizes:

 Cotton fabric: First cut 6” (width of fabric, or WOF), then sub-cut 9” or 10” depending on the size you are making. You will get enough to make 2 masks out of each WOF cut. If you have scraps of fabric, you can just cut to the measurements. Try to make sure the fabric design runs horizontally. For the adult size, you will need 2 pieces 9” x 6” each; for the extra-large size, you will need 2 pieces 10” x 6” each.
 Rope elastic, or beading cord elastic will work; you may also use 1/8” flat elastic. Each mask needs 2 pieces of elastic. If you are using corded or round elastic, tie a knot at each end so it does not slip out of the seams. If you are using flat, no need to knot. You’ll need 2 pieces of 7” for standard mask, or 2 pieces of 9” for the extra-large mask.
 Thread
 Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
 Ruler
 Cutting mat (if available)
 Sewing machine
 Bread tie

1. Take one of the pieces of fabric, and on the wrong side in the center of the very top of the long side, zigzag a bread tie. That way when you sew the two together, the bread tie will be in place.
2. Start with right sides of fabric together.
3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner and stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this. The elastic will be on the inside of the fabric pieces.
4. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
5. Now sew across the top of the mask to the next corner. Make sure the bread tie is between the seam and outside edge so it will stay in place. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
6. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
7. Sew across the bottom, leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, and cut the thread. Turn inside out. Now you will have 2 loops on the outside with the elastic. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
8. Top stitch all the way around the mask to secure the tucks.

There is no need to prewash the fabric before or after creating the mask. Sanford will wash them before using. In Rock Rapids, donations can made by contacting Clinical Supervisor Tracy Schultz at 712-472-6181 or emailing her at tracy.schultz@sanfordhealth.org.

“There is a true outpouring of generosity across our communities during these very difficult times,” said Schultz. “We are thankful for the help we’ve received with mask donations so far as Sanford’s staff works to offer the best care for all of our patients.”

These alternative face masks will be made available to Sanford employees who do not perform direct care to patients. Shultz said, “If supplies become available, we will offer masks to patients to keep and use as well.”

April 9, 2020 - 1:19 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Rock Rapids Sunshine Foods is busy helping their customers in the store & stocking shelves so they are unable to perform their delivery duties at this time.

Therefore, they are in need of volunteers to help deliver groceries to the elderly & immune-compromised.

Also, if you know of individuals needing groceries please work with them to get a list put together.

DO NOT go into or call Sunshine, but CALL THE CHAMBER 472-3456 if you are willing to help or know of someone in need.

The annual Missoula Children’s Theatre production at Central Lyon High School, which is normally the week after the River Valley Players’ musical, has been rescheduled to a week in April.

Rehearsals will be April 13-17 with auditions being the 13th, and the performance on April 17th.

January 17, 2020 - 10:46 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News, Podcasts, Sports

There are a number of closures and delays for today and this weekend. Please visit the Closures and Delays page on our main website, kiwaradio.com for that information.

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 iowadnr.gov/HunterEd. You have to be at least 11 years old. Call Jeff Schram if you have questions at 712-472-3127.