Community Blood Bank’s bloodmobile will be at Sunshine Foods in Rock Rapids, IA on Wednesday, July 12 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am and 12:00 pm to  3:00 pm.  All who donate will receive a commemorative ALL AMERICAN BLOOD DONOR t-shirt.

Community Blood Bank supplies over 550 units of blood each week to people in the region.  Among those who benefit from donated blood are trauma and burn victims, cancer patients and persons undergoing surgery.  Donating blood is a simple way to save patients lives in the community.  Without volunteer blood donors donating blood throughout the summer, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain an adequate supply of blood for community hospitals.

“As we enter the summer months, it becomes extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for our community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank.  “With many summer activities and vacations occurring, people forget to give blood throughout the summer.  Summer is traditionally a time when there is a higher occurrence of accidents and injury as people travel on roadways and water ways, thus increasing the need for blood.”

For more information or to make an appointment please call 712-899-7305.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent), be in good general health and weigh at least 110 pounds.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating.  Donating blood on the Community Blood Bank bloodmobile takes just 30-35 minutes.

Community Blood Bank is a joint cooperative of Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital, servicing 34 local hospitals including Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center.  Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with any other blood bank organization and is proud to be a self sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local donors.

Time to hitch up the horse & buggy & head out to the train station to pick up the mail & take it to the post office.

If you have any questions, call the Rock Rapids Chamber office at 712-472-3456.

UPDATE: Friday’s medallion has been found! Congratulations to Rick Long who found the medallion by the Lyon County Annex building (former DGR building, north of Rapids Theatre and west of Frontier Bank.)

This was the clue:

On Main Street there was a small building that held the telephone switchboard. Later it became a dentist office.

If you have any questions, call the Rock Rapids Chamber office at 712-472-3456.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Leona Harmsen who found the Thursday medallion at the new De Noble office, commonly called “The Worthmore Building,” on the corner of Story Street and South Second Avenue. She wins a $25 Chamber gift certificate.

The clue was:

Many years ago I had large windows in front to watch what was going on inside as well as picking up a dish of ice cream. Today the windows are there but you can’t see inside.

If you have any questions, call the Rock Rapids Chamber office at 712-472-3456.

The George Recreational Trail Committee will be hosting their 10th Annual 5k Fun Run & Walk during the 2017 Freedom Days festivities in George. The race will be held on Saturday, July 1 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.  The race will be chipped time.  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 20.  For more information or to register, contact Fred or Kristi Landis at 712-348-0778, e-mail or register online at (search for George Freedom Days Run).

From the Lyon County Historical Society (Jan Spyksma – 712-472-3452):

Win a $500 cash prize! Join us for some fun! Buy a square in our “Cow Pie Bingo” for just $10. A square can be purchased locally until this event takes place at 1:30 pm near the Depot Museum on Saturday, June 17th during Heritage Days in Rock Rapids. Squares can also be purchased by anyone who lives too far away to attend — you do not need to be present to win. Just send your $10/square donation to Jan Spyksma, 501 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, Iowa 51246. All squares will be picked randomly from a hat for you.

1. All squares will be sold for $10 each.
2. Squares will be sold until pm on June 17th or until all squares have been sold.
3. Line judges will keep an eye on the animal and the spectators during the contest.
4. Line judges will determine the winner and if the prize needs to be split due to a cow pie landing on a line between two or more squares.
5. If the cow has not deposited a pie on a square within 3 hours, a drawing from all square owners will be held to determine the winner.
6. The winner does not need to be present to win.
7. A $500 cash prize, will be awarded to the winner.

More information from the Lyon County Historical Society:

Our purpose is to share and carry on the history and heritage of Lyon County

The Museum buildings are open from 2 – 5 pm every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This includes all four of the buildings in Rock Rapids and the One Room School House and Teachers Residence at Lake Pajoha. We do not charge a fee but request a $1.00 donation. Everyone is welcome whether they donate or not.

In addition to having the museum’s open for regular viewing, we —

  • Host school children at the one room school each year.
  • Give special tours when requested.
  • Host the spelling bee at the Lyon County Fair.
  • Open the round barn at the fair each year. This includes:

    Spinning, pottery, butter churning, rope making, old time games, quilting, sheep shearing, milking a cow, taffy pulling and making Lefsa, Spec’n Decken and Ole Bollen. We also have volunteers who share their musical talent during the fair.

    Memberships are $15/year and include 4 newsletters. Life Memberships are also available for $200.

June 12, 2017 - 9:26 am - Posted in Community Calendar