Mackenzie JohnsonIowa State University Extension and Outreach helps carry Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. With Iowa State University, Extension embraces the land-grant philosophy of:

  • access to high-quality education
  • research applied to the needs of Iowa, the nation, and world
  • extending knowledge to strengthen Iowa’s economy and citizens’ quality of life

Iowa State University Extension does that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans, needs we know firsthand. Extension educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 99 Iowa counties.

We recently spoke with Family Program Assistant Mackenzie Johnson about a family literacy fun night.

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golf picThe 25th annual golf tournament for the Sibley Kiwanis is happening September 6th with the tee off set for noon! Call Kyle Grimes at 754-2503 or 462-2257 to enter or email kgrimes@keithmerrick.com. Your entry fee of $125 per couple gets you in on all 4 hole-in-one chances, pin prizes, t-shirts, 18 holes of golfing fun and a steak dinner at the end of the day. All your fees go to support local activities, events, and causes in the Sibley Community

The O’Brien County American Legion and Auxiliary meeting will be held in Primghar at the County Courthouse meeting room on Thursday September 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM

prairie Heritage Center 2Women, are you interested in learning new outdoor activities in a supportive environment?  A full slate of activities is on tap for this year’s Women in the Outdoors Event sponsored by the National Turkey Federation and the Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Sioux County Conservation Boards.

Make a feast in a Dutch oven!  Hone your survival skills. Learn about bicycle maintenance and repair.  You can even bring your own bicycle along to have experience with insuring a proper fit.  Take part in cattle tank races and make a craft to take home.

The Women in the Outdoors Event will be held on Saturday, September 13 at Oak Grove Park near Hawarden, Iowa.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the day will conclude at 4:30 p.m.  There is an optional canoe float on the Big Sioux River on Friday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The $45 registration fee includes a National Turkey Federation membership, subscription to the Women in the Outdoors magazine, the activities for the day and the noon meal.  Advance registration is appreciated.  For more information, contact the O’Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.

Prairie Heritage CenterAll summer a random monarch has been floating past.  Soon those single butterflies will gather in MASS.  Millions of monarchs will be on the  move.

The O’Brien County Conservation Board is hosting their annual monarch tagging event at Mill Creek Park on Thursday, September 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Bring your butterfly net or borrow one of ours!  Meet at the lodge for a short program on monarchs, their life story and amazing migratory pathway.  Then hit the trail for a citizen science project.  Participants will be placing small tags on the butterflies’ wings which will allow data to be returned to scientists studying the monarch migration.

Come and be part of this event!  Call the Prairie Heritage Center – 712-295-7200 for more information.

western logoOn Friday, September 5, the Western Christian High School Booster Club is hosting a tailgate sponsored by American State Bank prior to the Lemars-Western Christian football game. Serving will begin at 5:30 pm.

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Northwest Iowa Community College will be holding their 3rd annual NCC Thunder Road Race on October 25, 2014 at 9 am. Brought to you by Northwest Iowa Community College’s Foundation.

Proceeds from this event will go towards creating and sustaining NCC student scholarships.

The event will include a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk, 5k Run/Walk, and a 10k Run. All races will start at 9:00 AM.

All participants are welcome and encouraged to join us at 8:30 AM at the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center for a free pre-race warm-up with our personal trainers.

The route will take you through NCC’s campus onto the Sheldon trail system. The route will also include Thunder Road running right through NCC’s campus!

Runners, walkers, strollers, and wheelchairs welcome! (Please no bikes or motorized vehicles).

Refreshments available post-race for participants.

All participants will receive an event t-shirt. The event t-shirts will be long-sleeved and “dry-fit” material. The t-shirts will be the same brand as our t-shirts last year – so please select your size accordingly. Registrations taken after Oct. 15 will not be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day. To register Click Here

Partake in some Halloween fun and wear a costume while you race! They will be judging costumes and our favorites will win a prize. The more creative, the better!

Packet pickup will be in the Lifelong Learning and Recreation Center on the campus of NCC from 4-7 PM on Friday, Oct. 24th or 7:45-8:45 AM on Saturday, Oct. 25th. NCC strongly encourages Friday night packet pickup as things can get quite busy on the morning of the race, but understand that in many cases that just isn’t feasible.

Online registration will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, Oct. 24th. Paper registrations will be taken at the LLRC until 8:45 AM on Saturday, Oct. 25th. Registrations taken on race day will not be eligible for timing.

Please note that at the end of October it can be quite cold and in Iowa the threat of inclement weather is ever present. They plan to run rain or shine, and we have taken precautions for snow and ice. If there are severe weather conditions that prohibit us from having our race, an announcement will be posted on the KIWA website and on the radio on KIWA 105.3. A decision regarding a severe weather cancellation will be made by 1:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 24th.

For more information you can visit The Thunder Road Race Facebook Page

silage choppingDo you need assistance with covering your silage piles this fall? Immanuel CRC is willing to help you in order to raise funds for their Christian Education Society! Please call Roz @ 712-324-4569 to schedule and details.

Several job openings currently exist with various employers around the KIWA listening area.  For a complete listing, click the image below.

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