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Big tales, little fishermen

Posted June 7, 2018 at 6:35 pm

jjensen@ncppub.com

Each year the Kiwanis Clubs of Lyon County sponsor a fishing derby at Lake Pahoja during free fishing weekend in Iowa. During this year’s contest Saturday, June 2, 42 youth registered to participate.

The Kiwanis Clubs give away prizes for the longest fish, most fish caught and to casting contest winners. This year, Jackson Blankespoor caught the biggest fish, coming in at 12-1/2 inches. Blankespoor received a fishing pole for his efforts. Two youngsters tied for the most fish caught at six each: Kailee Pourier and Ariea Floyd. The casting contest is broken into age divisions and the first- and second-place winners in each category

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    From unpredictable days to relaxing

    kalani@ncppub.com

    After 20 years of working in the dispatch room at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Barbara Sprock is set to enjoy her retirement years.

    Before Sprock worked at the sheriff’s office, she worked at a factory in Rock Rapids that left her craving a bit more mental stimulation. “I worked at a brain-dead job

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    Flying forward

    sarahm@ncppub.com

    Veterans from different war eras have the unique opportunity to go back in time by partaking in the Honor Flight Program. The program gives veterans from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as terminally-ill veterans from all war times, the opportunity and honor to fly to Washington, D.C., free of charge. Eight-two veterans from the tri-state area took the Midwest Honor Flight

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    Memorial Day at Walnut Grove

    tmerchant@ncppub.com

    Memorial Day this year was somewhat unusual with temperatures reaching near the ninety-degree mark. In many past years, attendees donned coats and jackets and faced cold, windy and rainy weather, but not this year. Dress for the day was shorts, t-shirts or sleeveless tops.

    The program in the Walnut

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    Speech and Robotics teams give demonstrations

    tmerchant@ncppub.com

    Speech and Robotics are alive and well at Westbrook Walnut Grove. Students from the First Robotics team and the speech team gave demonstrations of their respective skills.

    Speech Coach Lynn Cagle talked about the speech team that is combined with students from Red Rock Central and WWG. Two of her competitors gave speeches they had given before.

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    Bank Midwest replaces ATM with ITM

    cvanloh@ncppub.com

    Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 & 24, were “Cash Grab” days at Bank Midwest in Westbrook. One of the bank tellers was on hand to introduce customers to the new banking machine. The first step in the learning process during open house was to “grab for cash” from a box holding a number of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills. The money was

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    WWG Class of 2018 to graduate

    cvanloh@ncppub.com

    Sunday, June 3 is an important day for the Westbrook Walnut Grove senior class and their families. The commencement program begins at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium in Westbrook.

    The graduates’ class motto is thought provoking. “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine,” by Alan

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    EMS Week at WWG School

     On Tuesday, May 22, there were special guests at the WWG Elementary School.  They were local Walnut Grove EMTs Buddy Baumann, the EMT director,  Beth Bjorklund and Amy Koblegard who arrived in their chariot, an ambulance.  They were greeted by Dasha Mumm, the school nurse and the students and teachers of the 4th Grade class, ready for an interesting and informative hour.
    Upon entering the gym, the students, teachers and EMTs were greeted by a somewhat unnerving sight.  There were all kinds of

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    Start of something big

    jjensen@ncppub.com

    A group of about 12 volunteers worked Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25 to construct the first section of the Inwood recreational trail on the city’s northwest side. Several cement trucks lined up on Jefferson Street, ready to empty into a Tri-State Pumping belted rig which filled a paving machine with cement. “Normally you think of pumping cement but we couldn’t use the pumper because of the electric lines

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    First through the doors

    jjensen@ncppub.com

    Visible progress has been made to the exterior of the new Merrill Pioneer Medical Center being constructed in Rock Rapids in the last few months. A group of volunteers, who have been working on the capital campaign since it kicked off in November, and their spouses were invited on a tour to see the progress being made inside the facility Tuesday, May 22.
    Journey Construction site

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