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Lyon County Students learn about Local Career Opportunities  (January 30, 2017)  Freshman and sophomore students spend time with Lyon County business professionals at Career Exploration Day. County Career Exploration Day provided 316 freshman and sophomore students with an opportunity to learn about career opportunities and education needs from Lyon County business professionals. The event for students from Central Lyon, George-Little Rock ...

Community Foundation of Lyon County Awards Grants  (September 18, 2016)  The Community Foundation of Lyon County (CFLC), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded two grants totaling $22,000 to nonprofit organizations in support of projects and programs throughout Lyon County. The dollars granted and distributed are made possible from the annual distribution from the Community Foundation of Lyon ...

Lyon County Economic Development Recognizes County Businesses  (June 29, 2016)  Elanco Animal Health was one of seven businesses and one community event recognized by the Lyon County Economic Development Advisory Board (LCED) at a luncheon Tuesday, June 28, at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. “Lyon County is blessed with great businesses and events and this allows us to showcase ...

Rock Rapids Hospital/Clinic To Switch To Avera In 2019  (February 2, 2016)  Changes are on the horizon for health care in Rock Rapids in the coming years. The owner of the current facility, the Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital Association and Avera Health have jointly announced that they have reached an agreement for Avera to lease to operations of the Rock Rapids ...

Blood Run Master Planning Vision Takes Shape at Workshop in Rock Rapids  (January 20, 2016)  Work continued on the Blood Run Master Plan during a workshop and open house at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids on Thursday and Friday, January 7-8. The significance of the Blood Run National Historic Landmark is it being the largest recorded and most complex site of the ...

Pipe dream could become reality  (January 20, 2016)  Larchwood, Lester explore natural gas utility. Natural gas runs through three-quarters of Lyon County, heating homes and businesses in six of its eight cities. Now the two most northwesterly towns are taking a hard look at following suit and hooking up. For Larchwood mayor Dean Snyders and Lester mayor ...

Dream Big Grow Here Now Accepting Submissions  (December 21, 2015)  The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa are once again teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest to our region. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. ...

Lyon County Receives Home Base Iowa Community Status from Governor Branstad at Designation Event  (November 4, 2015)  Lyon County is the 23rd Iowa county to earn Home Base Iowa designation. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad designated Lyon County a Home Base Iowa Community at a designation event with 65 veterans, business people, county officials and state representatives in attendance. The designation event was held in Rock Rapids on ...

Lester and Larchwood Natural Gas Opportunity  (October 28, 2015)  Letter to the Editor Larchwood and Lester Natural Gas Opportunity Voters in Larchwood and Lester elections on November 3, 2015 will have a ballot question about establishing natural gas utilities in the two communities. Larchwood and Lester are the only communities in Lyon County without natural gas service at this time. ...

Diversified Technologies Receives Iowa Global Excellence in Exporting Award  (September 15, 2015)  Diversified Technologies Incorporated of George received the Iowa Global Export Award at the Fifth Annual Northwest Iowa Development (NWID) Partner Meeting at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon on September 15. More than 140 community and regional leaders from the six-county NWID region representing economic development, business , city councils and boards ...

Public Input Requested by DNR in Blood Run Master Planning Process  (September 10, 2015)  Local people will have the opportunity to participate in planning for the future of the Iowa Blood Run National Historic Landmark site at a public open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 at the Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort northwest of Larchwood. “The public ...

Lyon County Economic Development Recognizes County Businesses  (July 14, 2015)  Farmers Elevator Cooperative, with six locations in Lyon County, was one of nine businesses and one community event recognized by the Lyon County Economic Development Advisory Board (LCED) at a luncheon Tuesday, July 14, at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. “The Business Recognition program is our way to begin ...

Iowa State University Students Present Lyon County Projects during Open House in Rock Rapids  (April 27, 2015)  ISU students receive real-world experience focused on Lyon County. Students in the Iowa State University (ISU) Retail Scapes course shared their classroom projects with Lyon County residents during an open house Monday, April 27, at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. Student projects ranging from canoeing and trails along the ...

Dur-A-Lift Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting attended by Iowa Governor and Lieutenant Governor  (April 22, 2015)  George, IA, 5/12/2015 — Dur-A-Lift, Inc., a fast growing aerial lift manufacturer based in George, IA celebrated the opening of its newly completed factory expansion with a ribbon cutting on the 22nd of April, 2015. Dur-A-Lift hosted representatives from its worldwide distributor network at the event and noted the achievement along with ...

Iowa State University Students Share their Concepts and Thoughts on Lyon County during Video Conference  (March 6, 2015)  ISU students receive real-world experience focused on Lyon County. Students in the Iowa State University (ISU) Retail Scapes course shared their findings and observations of Lyon County from their January 25-26 site visit and research during a video conference at Frontier Bank in Rock Rapids on Friday, February 27. “This ...

ISU Students visit Lyon County to Prepare for Classroom Projects  (February 4, 2015)  Iowa State University senior and graduate students will work on projects focused on Lyon County. A group of 26 Iowa State University students and instructors Lisa Bates and Tom Neppl traveled from their Ames campus to Lyon County to seek input and ideas from Lyon County residents and business people ...

Lyon County Students learn about Career Opportunities during Career Exploration Day  (February 2, 2015)  Freshman and sophomore students spend time with Lyon County business professionals. Lyon County Career Exploration Day provided 280 freshman and sophomore students from Central Lyon, George-Little Rock and West Lyon Community Schools with an opportunity to learn about careers and education needs from Lyon County business professionals. The event was ...

Lyon County and School Districts Partner in Career Exploration Day  (January 19, 2015)  Parent’s program on education and careers is Thursday, January 29, to be held at Forster Community Center. In an effort to better prepare our Lyon County students for a successful future, while addressing the needs of the 21st Century workforce, a Career Exploration Day is being held Friday, January 30 ...

Where in the World is Blood Run National Historic Landmark?  (January 16, 2015)  One of the most significant places of beauty and history in our state is located along the Big Sioux River in the northwest corner of Iowa. The nearly 3,000 acre site straddles the river in both Iowa and South Dakota. Its significance comes, not simply from its pastoral beauty, but ...

Northwest Iowa to debut Dream Big Grow Here Contest  (January 9, 2015)  The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa are teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest to our region for the first time. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their ...

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey Speaks at Northwest Iowa Development Partners Meeting  (October 14, 2014)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey was featured speaker at the Fourth Annual Northwest Iowa Development (NWID) Partners Meeting at Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) in Sheldon on October 13. More than 100 community and regional leaders from the six-county NWID region representing economic development, business , city councils and boards of ...

Rock Rapids plant planning expansion  (October 11, 2014)  Maintainer also will increase jobs ROCK RAPIDS - Maintainer Custom Bodies has announced plans to expand the production capacity at its Rock Rapids manufacturing plant. MCB leaders recently announced to its employees that it plans to break ground this month on a plant addition that will increase factory space ...

Lyon County Economic Development Recognizes County Businesses  (October 7, 2014)  DGR Engineering of Rock Rapids was one of nine businesses and one community event recognized by the Lyon County Economic Development Advisory Board at a luncheon on Tuesday, October 7, at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. “Lyon County is blessed with a large number of great companies of different ...

Area businesses urged to think globally  (May 24, 2014)  Niew Foreign-Trade Zone to aid locally With so much of N'West Iowa's economy build on agricultural production, it's easy to forget about area entities doing business internationally. The region's recent distinction as a foreign-trade zone should position some businesses in the extreme northwest corner of the state for cost ...

Lester hosts League of Cities meeting  (April 30, 2014)  On Thursday, April 24, the League of Cities had the second of three meetings scheduled for 2014. The City of Lester hosted the event, with Little Rock serving as chairperson. The evening's program was presented by Jeff Gallagher of the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, Steve Simons of Lyon County Economic Development ...

Dur-A-Lift constructing new factory and offices near George  (April 26, 2014)  GEORGE - A major business based near George is planning to expand. Diversified Technologies Inc., the parent company of Dur-A-Lift Inc. and Sudenga Industries Inc., has committed to constructing a new 26,000 square-foot facility on its 28-acre campus located northeast of the Lyon County community of about 1,080 people. Diversified Technologies ...

Region designated foreign-trade zone  (December 28, 2013)  Classification could benefit businesses REGIONAL - The country's newest foreign-trade zone has been established in northwest Iowa. Economic developers in the region learned earlier this month that the six-county region of Cherokee, Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth and Sioux had received a grant of authority from the U.S. Foreign-Trade ...

Improving the chances for economic success in Lyon County  (November 5, 2013)  What needs to be done to improve the chances for economic success for Lyon County residents and businesses? The answers are complex and sometimes hard to wrap our arms around. This is the type of question that is addressed in the Lyon County Economic Development (LCED) Strategic Plan, developed ...

Governor Branstad Talks Economic Development at Northwest Iowa Development Partners Meeting  (October 9, 2013)  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Director Debi Durham were featured speakers at the Third Annual Northwest Iowa Development (NWID) Partners Meeting at Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) in Sheldon on October 9. One hundred forty people from the six-county NWID region representing economic development, business ...

Audit released on Lyon County  (July 24, 2013)  De Noble & Company PC released an audit report on Lyon County last month. The County had local tax revenue of $18,213,060 for the year ending June 30, 2012, which included $694,304 in tax credits from the state. The County forwarded $12,346,794 of the local tax revenues to the townships, school districts, cities and other ...

Dedication of Good Earth State Park major step in preserving Blood Run Historical Landmark  (July 24, 2013)  Iowa Governor Branstad supports collaborative effort A portion of the Blood Run Historical Landmark located in Lincoln County, S.D., was the site of the Good Earth State Park dedication Friday, July 19. Blood Run covers 3,000 acres on both sides of the Big Sioux River separating South Dakota and Iowa, ...

Lyon County Economic Development recognizes county businesses at luncheon  (July 3, 2013)  The Lyon County Economic Development advisory board recognized six county businesses and one community event during a luncheon Tuesday, June 25 at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. Recipients and the recognition categories were: Sudenga Industries of George, Business of the Year; Grand Falls Casino Resort of Larchwood, Tourism and ...

Governor compliments Lyon County on statistics  (April 10, 2013)  Governor Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds came to Lyon County Tuesday, with three topics on their agenda: Job creation, improving education and improving the health of all Iowa citizens. "Obviously, you're doing a lot of things right up here," Branstad said after looking over some of Lyon County's statistics ...

County rankings show success to build upon  (March 27, 2013)  Rankings recognize successes and opportunities A new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute ranks Lyon County second out of Iowa's 99 counties in Health Outcomes and 9th out of 99 counties in Health Factors. The County Health Rankings were developed through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson ...

Population mixed bag  (March 23, 2013)  Two counties see growth; two experience decline Trends in N'West Iowa population are beginning to turn around for one county but are getting worse for another. The estimated numbers were released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. The new numbers are especially encouraging for Lyon County, which ...

Vision 2021: Making Rock Rapids a better place to live  (March 13, 2013)  A community-wide strategic planning session was held Monday, March 4, to discuss and give an update on Rock Rapids' Vision 2021 plan. After opening comments from chairman Randy Waagmeester, John Hulshof gave a presentation of Rock Rapids statistics - where the city's been, where it is now, and where it has ...

Grandest Stage: Lions garner first ever basketball title  (March 6, 2013)  There are many moments that will leave lasting lifetime impressions on people, but arguably none quite as memorable as one in particular. Friday, the Central Lyon girls basketball team did something no other team before it had accomplished: Capture a state basketball title. No one said it was going ...

Clean Line ready for next step in building wind power line  (February 27, 2013)  Clean Line Energy, which has proposed a 500-mile high-voltage power line to carry wind energy from northwest Iowa to the Chicago area, plans to apply for permits from Iowa's utility authorities in 2013 and hopes to begin construction on the $2 billion project by 2015 or 2016, a representative for the company said ...

LCRF distributes $610,923.91 in competitive grant awards  (February 20, 2013)  The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation awarded grants totalling $610,923.91 for spring 2013 through its competitive grant program. Of the total amount, $117,823.91 went toward previous committed multi-cycle grants to the City of Inwood, $37,500 toward the aquatic center; George Fire Department, $15,170.50 toward a grass rig; LEMS, $25,000 toward an ambulance; Lester Fire Department, $16,666.66 toward ...

Sudenga Industries to celebrate their 125th during Freedom Days in George  (February 20, 2013)  The George Chamber of Commerce has set the dates for the Annual 4th of July Celebration in George as July 5-7, 2013. Moving forward the celebration will be called Freedom Days. To help bring attention to the Freedom Rock project the parade theme this year will be "Let Freedom Rock!" ...

Sievers hired to fill Lyon County engineer post  (January 5, 2013)  Laura Sievers is aware of the uncommon demographic that follows her into the Lyon County engineer's role, but she will not dwell on it long. Sievers signed her contract with the county Wednesday morning, and when she starts the position on Jan. 22, she will become only the fourth female ...

Vander Stoep ready to assume Lyon County sheriff post  (December 29, 2012)  He had longtime interest in role Stewart Vander Stoep knew he wanted to be a county sheriff some day. Apparently, so did the 1983 graduating class of Western Christian High School in Hull. In the high school yearbook that year, the students predicted Vander Stoep would find a career as ...

60-year-old engineering firm to be known as DGR Engineering  (December 26, 2012)  DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates announces new name and new logo Along with celebrating 60 years of helping plan, build and develop infrastructure across the Midwest, today DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company announces its new name, DGR Engineering, along with an updated logo and soon-to-be launched website. "While we ...

Kehl Management, Inc. Honored with Iowa Venture Award  (December 5, 2012)  the Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa's rural electric cooperatives and member municipal electric systems has honored nine distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award. The Iowa Venture Award business recognition program began in 1988 and over the past 25 years has honored over 200 of Iowa's most ...

Inwood breaks ground on new outdoor swimming pool facility  (November 24, 2012)  Opening targeted for late summer. Construction - or aptly, deconstruction - has begun on the new Inwood Community Aquatic Center. The city held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the facility on Nov. 10, with the real work beginning on Nov. 12, as the city seeks to have the $2.2 million facility completed by ...

Mayer hired as new county attorney  (November 21, 2012)  Lyon County has a new attorney. Shayne Mayer began working as county attorney Friday, Nov. 9, replacing Carl Petersen who was appointed a district court judge. Mayer grew up in the Melvin/May City area, where much of her family still resides today. She went to Briar Cliff University for ...

Iowa State Preserves Advisory Board Tours Gitchie Manitou  (October 24, 2012)  Members of the Lyon County Historical Society national parks committee met with members of the Iowa State Preserves Advisory Board October 17 and 18 to discuss the state of Gitchie Manitou State Preserve in the northwest corner of Lyon County. On Wednesday, Occtober 17, the State Preserves Advisory Board toured the Gitchie ...

LCRF announces $385,235 in Competitive Grant Awards  (October 24, 2012)  The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation awarded 19 grants totalling $385,235 for the fall 2012 awards through its competitive grant program. Checks were handed out Thursday, Oct. 18, at Grand Falls Casino Resort. The LCRF Board of Directors made the decision on grant awards at its September board meeting. LCRF also funded previous multi-cycle ...

Blood Run settlement was bustling trade center 500 years ago  (September 22, 2012)  Students get facts about site's history N'West Iowa already was a progressive cultural and trade center more than 500 years ago. That wouldn't seem to add up given that most of the area wasn't settled until the late 1800s. However, more than 200 years before that, a settlement in extreme northwest ...

Diversified Technologies/Sudenga Industries receives Thank You at Governor's Reception  (September 14, 2012)  Diversified Technologies/Sudenga Industries of George was among the Iowa companies recognized by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad at an Operation Thank You reception at King's Point in Storm Lake on Tuesday, September 11. Larry Kruse, President of Diversified Technologies and Chuck Sjogren, Human Resources Manager, accepted the recognition. Sudenga Industries, ...

American Idol coming to Rock Rapids  (August 1, 2012)  "American Idol," the reality television singing competition, is coming to Rock Rapids. The show is expanding audition opportunities with an audition bus tour beginning this month. According to the show's website, "The series will leave no stone unturned in its quest for talent, and for the first time ever, ...

Local winery brings home 10 medals from Mid-American wine competition  (July 25, 2012)  Calico Skies Vineyard & Winery, Inwood, recently received three gold medals, three silver medals and four bronze medals in the sixth annual Mid-American Wine Competition in Des Moines. This included a sweepstakes nomination for their American Brianna wine. "These wines were top notch," said Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American ...

Unveiling Lady Justice  (July 25, 2012)  The Lyon County Attorney's office is proud to announce the unveiling of the Lady of Justice courtroom mural. The rotunda on the third floor of the Lyon County Courthouse contains four murals painted many decades ago; however, the courtroom itself does not have any form of mural associated with ...

Come to the Corner Cup and enjoy a cup of coffee  (July 19, 2012)  Looking for a place to relax and enjoy a Latte, an Espresso, a Smoothie, a Frappe' or just a regular cup of coffee? Come to the Corner Cup at 149 North Main Street (north end of Main Street), in George to satisfy your craving! The Corner Cup opened for business ...

Lyon County Riverboat Foundation distributes grant funds  (July 18, 2012)  The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation has made its 2nd Quarter non-competitive grant distribution for 2012. Amounts received were as follows: Public Schools - Central Lyon, George-Little Rock and West Lyon each received $43,368.98. Cities - Alvord, $13,230.90; Doon, $13,658.94; George, $14,224.03; Inwood, $13,925.19; Larchwood, $13,983.61; Lester, $13,341.00; Little Rock, $13,526.37; and Rock Rapids, $15,526.37. County - Lyon County received $18,342.60. ...

Sanford Rock Rapids named 14th cleanest hospital in U.S.  (July 18, 2012)  Recently, Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center was named the 14th cleanest hospital in the United States. Compiling survey results, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems named the top 40 cleanest hospitals based on the continual cleanliness of patients' rooms and bathrooms from April 2010 to March 2011. Patients were ...

Northwest Iowans Invited to Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar June 26 at Northwest Iowa Community College  (June 6, 2012)  Iowa entrepreneurs with merely an idea for their own business, as well as those with years of business experience, will find something they can use at the Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar June 26 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. Renew Rural Iowa seminars bring together seasoned business ...

State archaeologist presents first program on importance of Blood Run  (May 16, 2012)  In December 2011, the Lyon County Historical Society received a $20,000 grant from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation to develop a program to educate the public about the importance of Blood Run. Part of the plan included open forums during which a state archaeologist would provide information about the history of ...

Group distributes grants from casino resort receipts  (May 5, 2012)  More than half a million goes out to county entities ROCK RAPIDS - The Lyon County Riverboat Foundation distributed $557,700 in the form of 39 grants in the county Tuesday. The foundation is in its first year of dispersing funds through its Competitive Grant Program, which allows the group's board of ...