George,  Iowa – Parents of children ages five and under are invited to join “Family Storyteller” for three sessions at the George Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 5Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Books, home activity kits, snacks and crafts are all a part of these free fun-filled, enjoyable evenings with your children.

The “Family Storyteller” program helps parents prepare their children to succeed in school and watch them grow in independence. Parents learn reading techniques and practice reading books to their children. Additionally, fun language and craft activities complement the books and extend the learning.

According to Laura Beyenhof, Lyon County K-12 Program Assistant with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, the “Family Storyteller” program has proven success, because the program recognizes that literacy is a child’s number one indicator of academic success. The program encourages parents to spend special time with their children all while having fun and enjoying books.

”One of the secrets to the Family Storyteller’s success is that parents and children participate in literacy activities together,” Beyenhof said. “When parents and children arrive home from the [‘Family Storyteller’] workshops, with a book and activities in hand, the children can hardly wait to get started.”

Beyenhof continues that parents who work with youth on their literacy skills now will see them flourish because of it later in their academic lives.

“A child between ages 1 and 6 who shares a book with an adult for 15 minutes a day will have experienced 455 hours of reading before entering school,” Beyenhof said. “These foundations for literacy should be laid in early childhood, and ISU Extension and Outreach and the George Public Library are here to help by providing this free program to all interested families.”

As mentioned by Beyenhof, ISU Extension and Outreach – Lyon County is offering the “Family Storyteller” program free for parents and children ages 3 to 5. The library will also be providing free childcare for younger siblings during the program.

To register for the program, sign up at the George Public Library, call the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Lyon County at 712-472-2576, or register online at

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Rock Rapids, Iowa – “What About Me? My Wellbeing,” a four-session educational workshop focused on individual wellbeing, will be offered in Rock Rapids this fall.

“What About Me? My Wellbeing” is an introductory, research-based program offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. It focuses on relationships, finances, emotional and physical health and the importance of taking time for oneself.

“Wellbeing isn’t something to achieve and check off a bucket list,” said Mackenzie DeJong, human sciences program coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “It is an ongoing journey that is different for every person and every stage of life. This program is for any adult wanting to learn more about wellbeing. We encourage employers to give their employees the opportunity to attend also.”

Each “What About Me? My Wellbeing” workshop is 45 minutes and will be held at the Frontier Bank Meeting Room from noon to 1:00 p.m. The program, including lunch, is free to participate in thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lyon County Extension Council and community partners.

Dates and topics for each session are as follows:

  • September 27: Time for Me – Understanding Wellbeing
  • October 4: Social/Emotional Wellbeing – Building Strong Relationships
  • October 11: Financial Wellbeing – Managing Your Money
  • October 18: Physical Wellbeing – Enjoying Good Health and Energy

DeJong stresses that the program encourages participants to take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their own lifestyle choices, goals, relationships, finances and overall health.

“This program is not about us telling participants what they should be doing,” DeJong said. “It is about each individual figuring out what he or she should be doing based on their own individual goals. We will provide helpful information, but the important part is that individuals will be provided with the time and environment to focus on themselves and their goals.”

For more information and/or to register for this program, contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County office at 712-472-2576 or or visit to register online. Pre-registration is requested to plan accordingly for meals, materials, and supplies.

September 6, 2017 - 9:21 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Little Rock EMS will have their annual fundraiser on Sunday, September 24th from 11 until 1.

A pulled pork sandwich meal will be served for a freewill donation. The meal will be at the Little Rock Town & Country Building. All proceeds will go toward training and operation costs, as well as to their new ambulance fund.

September 6, 2017 - 9:09 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Lyon County Historical Society will have their annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017. The meeting will be in the social hall of Peace Lutheran Church at 902 S. Carroll Street in Rock Rapids. There will be a dinner, a short business meeting, and entertainment by Gary Siebring and Joan Johnson playing their concertinas. The meal will be provided by Tony’s Catering. Bring your friends (they do not have to be members of the Historical Society to attend). The event will start at 6:30 p.m.

Send your reservations today to:

Jan Spyksma
501 S. Greene St.
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

To only renew your membership, send the renewal ($20) to:

Lyon County Historical Society
Box 322
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

September 6, 2017 - 8:58 am - Posted in Community Calendar

The Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Auxiliary (The auxiliary that serves the Rock Rapids hospital) will meet Tuesday, September 12, at 7 p.m. in the hospital/clinic lower level conference room.

To access this meeting room, use the northeast door entrance at 801 S. Greene Street in Rock Rapids. Directions will be posted on the door. Your attendance and input will be appreciated.

There will be the election of officers and an update on the auxiliary’s Fall Festival (Hospital Fair) which will be held in the Rock Rapids Forster Community Center on Saturday, October 7th, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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.