The Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Fair – or Fall Festival – which has been held for many years in October – has been replaced by an event coming up in August.

The MPCH Auxiliary Family Fun Night will feature hamburgers & hot dogs, chips, cookies, and bottled water, as well as inflatables, a bean bag toss, ladder ball, etc.

Plus, there will be a “General Store” with home-grown produce and yummy home-baked items.

It’ll be on Tuesday night, August 14th, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Island Park near the swimming pool.

They say, “Come and support the MPCH Auxiliary which supports your local hospital in Lyon County!”

June 26, 2018 - 5:06 pm - Posted in Community Calendar, News

Health Services of Lyon County has distributed Red Cross clean-up kits to the following communities to assist Lyon County, Iowa residents with water and sewer cleanup:

Lester – Pick up at DGR Mechanical
George- Pick up at the George City Office
Little Rock – Pick up at the Little Rock City Office
Doon – Pick up at the Doon Fire Department
Alvord- Pick up at the Alvord City Office
Inwood – Pick up at Inwood City Office
Larchwood – Pick up at the Larchwood City Office
Rock Rapids – Pick up at Health Services of Lyon County – Public Health Office

The cleaning kits include mold prevention and cleaning tips as well as all of the materials needed to clean the contaminated areas.
Call Health Services with any questions at 712-472-8200.

June 4, 2018 - 12:21 pm - Posted in Community Calendar
The George Recreational Trail Committee would like to announce that they will be hosting their annual 5k Fun Run & Walk during the 2018 Freedom Days festivities in George.
The race will be held on Saturday, June 30 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. 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 13. For more information or to register, contact Fred or Kristi Landis at 712-348-0778, or register online at (search for George Freedom Days Run).

There’s going to be a Central Lyon Spanish Club fundraiser car wash on Saturday (May 12). The Spanish students are raising money for their trip to Europe in 2019.

The car wash is this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rock Rapids car wash. They’ll wash cars for a free will offering.

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.

April 2, 2018 - 3:05 pm - Posted in Community Calendar


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.

April 2, 2018 - 1:48 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

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.