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Rock Rapids, Iowa — The annual citywide rummage sales and cleanup day have been scheduled.  The Citywide Rummages have been scheduled for Thursday, May 1st through Saturday, May 3rd.  As usual, the City of Rock Rapids has scheduled clean-up day shortly thereafter.  This time it will be Thursday, May 8th.

The following information is directly from the City of Rock Rapids:

CLEAN-UP DAY

On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, the City of Rock Rapids will be conducting Clean-Up Day. Residents are requested to have their items placed on the CURB by 7:00 AM on Thursday morning, May 8th, as Clean-Up Day is a one-day event.

 

Because various types of materials will be picked up separately, it is necessary that the junk be separated into three piles.

 

One pile is to include wood scraps and furniture made of wood only. Metal items (except appliances) are to be placed in the 2nd pile. Other non-hazardous waste, such as furniture and carpeting, can be placed in the 3rd pile.

 

Disposal of certain items require stickers, available from the City Office for an additional charge. Each of the following items requires a $25 sticker: washers, dryers, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, dishwashers, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and stoves. Each item of computer equipment, including towers, monitors, hard drives and keyboards, requires a $5 sticker. Each TV will require a $15 sticker.

 

Certain other items will also not be picked up as part of Clean-Up Day activities. These items include trees, yard waste, recyclable materials, remodeling scraps and debris, demolition debris, and hazardous waste, such as tires and lead-acid batteries.

 

Clean-Up Day is for City residents only. The City will not accept items or materials that come from outside the City. Allowing non-residents to get rid of their junk on your property increases the cost for everyone else. If you’re caught doing this, your entire pile will be left and Law Enforcement will be notified.

 

Residents are urged to clean up the community in other ways, as well. This includes tidying up of yards, removal of old or abandoned vehicles or equipment, and proper care and maintenance of buildings.

 

It will be greatly appreciated if everyone will use this event to make a noticeable improvement in the attractiveness, cleanliness and betterment of our community. Please feel welcome to call the City Office at 472-2553 for more information.

Rock Rapids, Iowa was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective community forestry management. This is the 17th year Rock Rapids has received this national recognition.

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The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Rock Rapids has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Communities that receive Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet these four standards, they recognize that:

  • Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Trees reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
  • Properly placed trees can increase property values.

“A community that provides needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Cities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest.”

More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

April 23, 2014 - 10:29 am - Posted in News

Lost dog, 2 miles west of Rock Rapids.  Miniature pincher, black with brown markings wearing blue collar answers to “Ziggy” .

Hudson, SD — A Rock Rapids woman was taken to the hospital and the semi she was driving was extensively damaged after an accident on the Iowa side of the Big Sioux River near Hudson, SD on Monday, April 21.red ambulance_sxc

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:45 PM, 48-year-old Phyllis Kelly of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Freightliner semi‐tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales southbound on Cherry Avenue, eight miles west of Rock Valley.

She drove toward the right when she met a northbound farm tractor. The semi trailer entered the west ditch and the semi and trailer rolled onto its side.

Kelly was transported by the Hudson Ambulance to Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley.

The Freightliner sustained approximately $30,000 in damages.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Ambulance, Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa State Patrol.

The accident remains under investigation.

April 19, 2014 - 7:00 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

easter eggs1. Yee Haw – Lets round up some Easter eggs!

2. Well done! You look great! Your almost there! You will find me hiding in a place where no slip, no slide, no headache time. I am in a place to hold your hair.

There will be one egg in 2 different businesses on Saturday.

Person who finds the most eggs has to bring them to the Chamber office Monday, April 21 to claim a prize.

April 18, 2014 - 10:24 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

easter eggs1.
Every woman loves to receive them. They come in every color of the rainbow & these don’t smell.

2.
Follow the clues to a gift for you. You can find me resting in a NEW shoe.

3.

Stop & Smell the Flowers.

There will be one egg in 3 different businesses on Friday.

Person who finds the most eggs has to bring them to the Chamber office Monday, April 21 to claim a prize.

Inwood, Iowa — A Rock Rapids teen was taken to the hospital after an accident on Thursday, April 17, 2014 near the West Lyon School, north of Inwood.lyon co ambulance side

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 19-year-old Jody Vanden Hoek of Rock Rapids was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am eastbound on A26. Fifty-six-year-old Sherry Koch of Larchwood was driving a 2001 Ford F150 pickup southbound on Highway 182. Vanden Hoek attempted to cross Highway 182 and was struck by Koch. Both vehicles became disabled in the roadway.

Vanden Hoek was transported by the Lyon County Ambulance.

Vanden Hoek’s vehicle sustained approximately $4,000 in damages and Koch’s vehicle sustained approximately $9,000 in damages.

Vanden Hoek was cited for failure to yield upon entering a highway.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Larchwood Fire Department, Larchwood EMS, and the Lyon County Ambulance.

Larchwood, Iowa — A Brandon, South Dakota man has been arrested on a felony charge in connection with the theft of construction equipment in Larchwood.Lyon County Sheriff Car Door 60-8

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 55-year-old Kevin Dean Miller of Brandon, SD on Wednesday, April 16th.

He was charged with First Degree Theft, a Class C Felony in connection with the theft of a Caterpillar Telescopic Handler, bucket and pallet forks. That’s one of those machines that looks like a forklift on a long boom that can be raised and extended.

The machine and its attachments were stolen from Security Savings Bank in Larchwood on October 18th, 2013.

At the time of his arrest, Miller was found to be in possession of everything reported stolen.

The stolen items were valued at about $35,000.

April 17, 2014 - 7:00 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

easter eggs1.
It’s on your mind at night, and each day before you leave. You cannot leave the house without me. Following my path from old to NEW you will find me hiding in a “basic” place.

2.
Remember the cross as the true meaning of Easter!

 

There will be one egg in 2 different businesses on Thursday.

Person who finds the most eggs has to bring them to the Chamber office Monday, April 21 to claim a prize.

April 16, 2014 - 9:24 am - Posted in Community Calendar, News

easter eggs1.
Everyone needs one of these in their Easter Basket! I am hiding among them.

2.
Fuzzy or Hard. Shiny or Dull. We have it all.

There will be one egg in 2 different businesses on Wednesday.