Primghar, Iowa — It’s Cobblestone Days in Primghar this weekend.
The festivities start Friday with coffee and rolls at South O’Brien Elementary, and from 11 to 1 they’ll serve taverns, chips, pie, and a drink. She says the Primghar Community Playhouse has acquired a costume shop and they’ll host an open house at 135 First Street Northwest. Clara Black on the committee tells us about the Friday evening activities.
She tells us there’s lots of stuff going on Saturday as well for Cobblestone Days.
She says they’ll have a Kiddy and Pet Parade this year, Mechanical Bull Riding, Train Rides, The Jaycees will run the blow-ups. There will be a sand volleyball fundraiser for the Pool. That will be at the City Park. Free watermelon will be served at 2:30, with a burnout contest at 4.
Black says amateur chefs will get their chance to compete too.
She tells us there is a new item for families Saturday night as well.
The band “Jukebox Zeros” will round out the evening at Legends Pub.
Then on Sunday there’s an Ecumenical Church Service at the community building and the Sixth Annual Big D’s Cobblestone Ride.
Sheldon, Iowa — On Saturday, (6/16) the Northwest Iowa Community College Carpentry Program’s “House Project” will be up for auction at 9:30 AM. NCC Carpentry instructor Ryan Cannoy tells us more.
This year, they went with a two-bedroom home, says Cannoy.
Cannoy says each year NCC students complete a two to three bedroom energy efficient house. The construction of the house gives students the hands-on knowledge they will need to become employees in an industry with an increasing need for skilled carpenters.
Cannoy says the home is almost complete, but tells us there are some things that are the homeowners’ responsibility and therefore can be customized.
Anyone interested in further information can go to nwicc.edu and look in the “Welcome” box for more information including pictures of the house, a copy of the floor plan, and other items potential buyers should consider.
Sibley, Iowa — It’s almost time for Sibley’s Good Ole Summertime celebration. The celebration was kicked off earlier this week with a medallion hunt, that was over almost as quickly as it started. Barb VanderVeen & Kelcey VanLoh found the medallion and won $500 in Sibley Bucks.
Amy Smith, Director of the Sibley Chamber tells us all about Good Ole Summertime, which starts Saturday (6/16).
Smith tells us about other things going on.
She says most of the events take place right on Main Street.
They’ll also have a Classic Car Cruise-In with a DJ. On Sunday, the Fire Department will have a pancake breakfast for Fathers Day. After that it’s time for a time of music and Christian Fellowship at Central Park.
For more info and the schedule, be sure to visit sibleyiowa.net.
Northwest Iowa — Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds came to northwest Iowa on Thursday for town meetings with the area residents.
The executive pair made stops in Sheldon, Sibley, and Rock Rapids for town halls on Thursday. Then they went to Sioux Center, where they toured Exemplar Genetics.
Branstad says their focus today was on economic development.
Branstad says this was a valuable trip from a listening standpoint as well, as they always learn about good things happening and issues that need to be addressed from their constituents.
In her speech, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds promoted the Science Technology Engineering and Math — or STEM changes that are being developed for school children of all ages. She says this dovetails nicely with economic development — giving students the skills they need to fill the jobs available in Iowa in areas such as bio-science.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — The City if Rock Rapids is in line to receive over $100,000 in state funding in the form of a RISE grant to build a street extension.
The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by the city of Rock Rapids. Up to $123,895 will be made available to assist in construction of about 350 feet of Pearl Street north of Iowa Highway 9, which is located on the northeast side of Rock Rapids. This project is anticipated to be completed by December 2012.
This improvement is necessary to provide access to the site of the old Pamida building, which is being purchased by Simply Said for their vinyl wall decor manufacturing and distribution facility. The grant funds are contingent upon the finalization of the purchase agreement for the building.
The project will support creation of 25 new jobs at this facility and $950,000 in associated capital investment.
Funding for the grant comes from the city share of the RISE Fund.
Sheldon, Iowa – Risefest is almost here. The Christian music festival to be held at Sheldon Crossing will be this Saturday, June 16 in Sheldon.
Rob Roozeboom, founder and president of Rise Ministries, which developed Risefest, tells us what to tell our out-of-town guests when they ask, “How do I get to Risefest?”
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Those attending Risefest should keep in mind that there will be no parking on Country Club Road from Highway 18 south to Ninth Street. Events get underway at 11 AM Saturday morning.
Also free parking for Risefest will be available in the field to the south of Taco John’s. This is a very large area which can accommodate a large number of vehicles.
Risefest 2012 will feature Christian music artists including Tenth Avenue North, Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, Matt Maher, and Remedy Drive. There are several more activities as well, ranging from a pedal/paddle/run adventure race to extreme skateboarding to a kids zone.
For more information about Risefest, be sure to visit riseministries.com.