on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM.
Welcome the joyous season of Advent by attending
this live music event featuring local musicians.
Hosted by the Rock Rapids United Methodist Church
at 302 S. Carroll Street in Rock Rapids
Bring your friends and family!
Free-Will Donations will be accepted from those who are moved to give.
Enjoy hot apple cider and hot chocolate during the show!
Again, it’s Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM.
Please join us for lunch at:
Rock Rapids Pizza Ranch on
Monday, November 25, 2013
George Pizza Ranch on
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
From 11:00— 1:30 pm
We will have representatives from DeKalb
Asgrow Seed Companies
to answer all your questions.
Just a reminder that seed pre-orders have been
entered. If you’ve already ordered your seed,
you are still invited to attend this meeting!
We appreciate your business and look
forward to serving YOU!!!
EDNA ELEVATOR COMPANY
Myron Krull, Manager
Bob Vande Kop, Seed Sales
Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator
The holiday season is quickly approaching bringing with it family gatherings and gift giving. So, if you are in need of some gift ideas for gardeners, maybe I can help with a few suggestions.
For gardeners who are already missing their garden, give them a kit for starting an indoor herb garden. During the cold months ahead the herbs can provide fresh flavors for savory dishes plus will fill the kitchen with wonderful scents. You can also make your own kit to give. Include containers that are at least four inches in diameter and have drainage holes. Decorate the pots to make them more special. Supply a potting mix and the herbs. There are a number of herbs that do fine indoors such as basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley and oregano.
Staying on the herb theme, while shopping, I recently came across a hanging rack for drying herbs. Many gardeners like to dry freshly cut garden herbs and store them for future use. Traditionally, the cut stems are gathered into small bunches and hung upside down in a well-ventilated area. If you know of a gardener who enjoys drying herbs in this fashion, then a hanging rack may be just the ticket. Hanging racks come in a range of styles and designs. They can be as simple as an old, wall-mounted coat rack that needs a new purpose. With a fresh coat of paint, it would make a nice refurbished gift for a gardener or cook. One popular design that I „P„P„P
have seen on several shopping sites for gardeners is a metal, circular hanging rack (available for under $20). The circular rack usually includes six hooks but more can be added. An additional idea is to include a set of small, glass jars with air tight lids for storing the dried herbs.
Looking forward to the next growing season, what gardener wouldn¡¦t benefit from a well organized and fully stocked tool caddy? Caddies can be made from baskets, wooden boxes, buckets or canvass totes. They easily accommodate being personalized for each individual gardener. Fill the caddy with the basics such as a garden trowel, clippers, hand cultivator, weeding tool and gloves. Make sure there is a place to store a water bottle as gardening is often hot and sweaty work. Plus, throw in a tube of sunscreen. Lastly, add items that you know will be particularly appreciated by your gardener friend.
Another item that would fit nicely into a tool caddy is a garden journal. Garden journals offer a great way to keep track of so many things such as timetables for starting seeds, plant profiles, weather, pest control and the numerous tasks to be done throughout the growing season. Gardeners can also record their observations, new things they learn or great ideas they want to employ in the future. Garden journals can be purchased or easily made. Like so many homemade gifts, journals too can be readily personalized for the individual gardener. If you make one to give as a gift consider including a section for sketching. A quick sketch of how the vegetable garden is laid out will make it easier to remember where to rotate certain crops for next year. If giving a journal to a child, include interactive opportunities like recipes to try using the vegetables they grow, or challenge them to see how many garden insects they can record and identify. If you are not sure where to start when it comes to creating a garden journal, many ideas and free templates are available online.
Lastly, if you know a gardener who enjoys a little garden whimsy, give the gift of garden art. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to decorative accents.
For an additional surprise, include with your gift a card embedded with seeds that can be planted indoors for a winter garden or outdoors next spring. A number of companies now offer plantable greeting cards that are available with flower, herb or vegetable seeds.
For any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (712) 472-2576 or through your local county Extension office. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator
710 North 2nd Avenue East, Suite 103
Rock Rapids, Iowa 51246 Email: email@example.com
November 22, 2013 - 8:02 am - Posted in News
On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident on Highway 9, two miles west of Rock Rapids.
Donna Shelly, age 73, of Rock Rapids, Iowa was driving a 2014 Honda CRV eastbound on Highway 9 when she struck a black angus calf that was on the roadway.
Shelly reported having possible minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene.
The Honda sustained disabling damage estimated at $10,000. The calf was found deceased off the roadway and was valued at $1,050.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department investigated a vehicle versus deer accident which occurred on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at approximately 8:47 PM.
Heather Serck, age 38, from Inwood, Iowa was operating a 2004 Pontiac Montana van westbound on County Road A-42 near Dove Avenue, five miles east of Inwood when she struck a deer in the roadway.
The Pontiac, owned by Serck, received approximately $2,000 in damages.
No injuries were reported.
Sheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon Fire Company asked for bids on a new fire truck, they received only two responses. The bid proposal they brought to the Sheldon city council on Wednesday was not only considerably lower than the other bid, but it was from a northwest Iowa area company.
Sheldon City Council member Brad Hindt reported that the new truck will be built in Rock Rapids by Maintainer Custom Bodies. The truck, which will cost a little over three hundred thousand dollars will be used mainly for rural fires around Sheldon, replacing the old 1976 model Engine ‘Number One’.
Sheldon city officials will be in touch with the townships involved to see if they could allocate some funds to this purchase. $150,000 will come out of this fiscal year’s budget, with the remaining amount from the 2014-15 budget. According to the contract with Maintainer, the new unit will be delivered by June 1st 2014.
November 20, 2013 - 3:28 pm - Posted in News
On Wednesday November 20, 2013 at about 9:10 AM, 28-year-old Larae VanderBrink of Rock Rapids was driving a 2004 Ford Expedition eastbound on Third Avenue. Eighty-two-year-old John Anderson, also of Rock Rapids was operating a 2010 Chevy Malibu southbound on South Carroll Street.
VanderBrink had stopped at the intersection on South Carroll Street, but failed to see Anderson and pulled away from the stop sign and struck the side of the Anderson vehicle.
Anderson was taken to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids. VanderBrink was not injured.
VanderBrink’s Ford sustained about $2,300 in damages. The Anderson Chevy sustained about $5,500 in damages.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance and the Rock Rapids Fire Department.
November 20, 2013 - 9:15 am - Posted in News
Kaye Strohbehn, Agriculture Producer and Consumer Education Specialist
Northwest Iowa - The United States Department of Agriculture Census of 2007 shows the number and size of farms in Iowa has continued to decrease, while the average age of farmers continues to increase. Additionally, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations indicates the world population will reach a record breaking nine billion people by the year 2050 – an increase of close to two billion people worldwide.
With our world population set to reach this record-breaking number, it brings to light the need for our agriculture community to have more individuals engaged in telling the story of agriculture in Iowa. Who better to tell the story of Iowa agriculture than the many agriculturalists who work to provide a safe, wholesome, economical and desirable food product?
To help you prepare your agriculture story and message, I recommend trying the following research-based best practices:
Identify your audience. Ask yourself the following question: Who am I trying to reach with my message? By defining as much as you can about your target audience, you will be better equipped to tailor your message to the needs of your audience.
Determine your purpose and goals. Ask yourself: What impact do I want to make on my targeted audience? For example, is your intent for the audience to increase their awareness and knowledge about your product?
Describe specifically what you want the audience to know about the agriculture industry or the product you represent.
Tailor your message to the audience. Stick to the facts! Use trusted and unbiased research-based information from universities, commodity organizations or governmental agencies. Incorporate consumer preferred language as much as possible into your message. For example, instead of using the word “producer” to describe those that raise our food use the word “farmer” instead.
Listen and learn from consumers and neighbors. By listening to consumers and neighbors in earnest, your message will be received showing the value you bring not only to the agriculture community, but to the product you represent.
Remember to keep your message clear, concise and purposeful. Convey to your audience first the value they gain from your message or from consuming your product. For more information on programs, resources or guidance on educating and communicating your agriculture story to consumers and neighbors, contact me at 712-737-4230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 20, 2013 - 7:31 am - Posted in News
From the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office:
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation on South Third Avenue and South Carroll Street in Rock Rapids. An investigation led to the driver, Melissa Clarke, age 19, of Rock Rapids, being arrested for driving while revoked, a serious misdemeanor. It was also found that Clarke had a valid arrest warrant for domestic abuse. Clarke was transported to the Lyon County Jail.
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