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.


The Special Olympics of Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Sioux Center Athletic Field.

If there is inclement weather, we will go indoors to Dordt’s Gym and Rec Center. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:45 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. There are 400 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old. Our counties for athletes are Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O’Brien, Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, Monona, and Crawford as our Special Olympic NW District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team.

There are over 160 volunteers who help to make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17 19 at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.

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Plan on attending the 2018 Sheldon Home & Design Show on Saturday, April 14th. at the Life Long Learning Center located on the campus of Northwest Iowa Community College from 9 to 3 pm.

Door Prize drawings every hour on the hour.  Prizes must be claimed within 15 minutes of being announced. Enjoy Free Admission, prizes, concessions and  much more when you attend the Sheldon Home and Design Expo this Saturday at the Life Long Learning Center from 9 to 3 pm.

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The American Reformed Church in Luverne, Minnesota is sponsoring a Southern Gospel Concert on Sunday April 15th starting at 3:00 pm. Enjoy the music from the Triumphant South Quartet from 3-5 pm, with refreshments to follow. This is a free concert all are welcome to enjoy.

(Note the change in sign-up for Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten.)

Preschool sign-up will begin Wednesday, April 4, at 8:00 A.M.  Call the Elementary/Middle School office at 472-2664 and select Elementary/Middle School option. Your Child must be 4 on or before September 15, 2018 to attend preschool.

 Sign-up for Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year will begin April 11. Your child must be five on or before September 15, 2018.  If your child currently attends Central Lyon Preschool, Central Lyon TK, Rock Rapids Head Start, Doon Preschool or you are thinking about sending your child to Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten, you will need to fill out the form that will be coming home with the youngest and will also be available on the Central Lyon Web Site. This form will be the only way to sign-up this year.

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Is offering all new mom’s a

Free in-home nursing visit.

Call Health Services of Lyon County to

Schedule a visit (712)472-8200

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The Rock Rapids Christian Reformed Church will be holding a Soup & Pie Supper on Wednesday, February 7th at the Forster Community Center. They will be serving chili, vegetable beef, chicken noodle, and pea soups, as well as cream of chicken and BBQ sandwiches, with pie for dessert. Serving will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Lyon & Sioux Rural Water System is reminding their rural customers it is the customer’s responsibility to cover their meter pits to keep them from freezing. With the colder temperatures and lack of snow cover, it is important to have the meter pits covered. Customers that have cement pits on their own systems are reminded to cover those as well to prevent freeze-ups.

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.