altHead up, look forward, the past is the past, you can’t change it, but you can change your future. This is a phrase I say daily and wish we all could live by. It means so much to me.

This brings up all the changes in store for the City of Sully. One of the major things will be the finishing of central park. We will be putting stone around the pillars and rooms of the stage area, park benches will be added, and also more to the stage so we can hopefully have movies in the park, band concerts, and more.

All this is possible because people donate money to The Sully Foundation for park expenses. Also if you haven’t heard, the Sully

Hometown Pride Committee is selling t T-shirts the help pay for the park as well. Another thing happening this summer is Jasper County is resurfacing First Street (the main road). The City of Sully and Jasper County are working together to get this project done.

Many of these things would not be possible if it weren’t for the volunteers and the people who donate money to these projects.

With that said, I would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who helps or has helped accomplish these great things for our community.

Head up, look forward, the future of Sully is looking bright. -- Brent Vander Molen

Northridge Estates Enterance PhotoThinking about building a new home? There are residential lots for sale in Northridge Estates for $1 DOLLAR! The $1 Northridge Estates Lot Program will end December 31, 2016. The residential lots are located west of Lynnville-Sully Community Schools. This makes it easy for your children to walk each day to and from school. Think of the gas and time that will save you. So, if you’re considering the of a new home, don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a quality building lot. Do you know a friend or acquaintance, who is dreaming of building a new home? Let them know about the availability of the $1 residential building lots.

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Contact Teryl Ver Ploeg at (641) 831-2983 or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for information.

Christmas 2015 Open HouseSeveral Sully businesses hope to attract area residents, young and old, to take part in Christmas festivities and spread holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Businesses normally open on Saturdays will hold their regular hours.

Open houses, sweet treats, a visit with Santa, and a freewill donation soup dinner and bake sale are all part of the holiday event. Organizers brought back the Saturday open house event after a successful first year in 2014 when a multitude of area residents gathered for a morning of mingling with others in the Christmas spirit.

A main attraction among the younger crowd is the chance to sit on the lap of Santa Claus. Jolly Old St. Nick will be in the old restored hardware store next to the Sully Post Office where he will listen to youngsters of all ages share their Christmas wish lists. A bag full of tasty treats will be given to each child, courtesy of the Sully Lions Club.

The following businesses are participating in the Christmas event:
  • 1st State Bank
  • Allycuts
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Coffee Cup Cafe
  • Fikse Chiropractic (where you can order Fikse Fudge for Sully Library fundraiser)
  • Hometown Press
  • Key Cooperative Lumber Dept.
  • Key Cooperative NAPA/Service Station
  • Synergy (where Sully Christian School will have free cookie decorating for kids)
  • Sully Community Locker
  • Sully Post Office
  • Sully Telephone Association
  • Van Wijk Winery

To cap off the fun morning, the Faithwalkers church youth group will hold its annual soup dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Gathering Place new addition at Sully First Reformed Church. Chili, chicken, and potato soups, grilled cheese sandwiches, pie, coffee, and juice will be served for freewill donation. The Impact junior high youth group will also be holding a bake sale.

Everyone is invited to any and all the activities. Invite your friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Townhome Plat

Plans have been approved by the Sully City Council and the P&Z Committee to allow Farrell Properties to construct a two unit townhome on Lots 3 & 4 (see plat) in Northridge Estates. Robert Farrell (owner, developer) lives in Newton, but has done several single family and multi-family housing projects within Jasper County. Robert is excited about doing his first project within the Sully Community. RM Construction from Baxter will be the contractor, who will be building the units. Robert’s plans are to sell the two units and then start construction of a second two unit townhome.

The recent change in weather has prevented the start of the townhome’s construction, but plans are to start in the spring. Each unit will be 1722 square feet with stone front, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, open floor plan, vaulted ceiling, oversized 2 car garage, and built on one level with no steps. Click on the “Townhome” image below to download additional details, floorplan, and elevation views of the unit.

Townhome Elevation View

If you’re interested in finding out more information about the townhome units or about possible modifications, contact Robert (641-521-2746), Rob Meyer (641-521-2682), or Krista Clark (641-521-7442).

  • The Sully Christian School students will present a Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the school gym.
  • The Diamond Trail Children’s Center in Lynnville will have its winter program at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at Lynnville Friends Church.
  • The music department of Pella Christian High School invites you to join them for an evening of music focused on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the PCHS Vermeer Auditorium. Please plan to attend an evening filled with the musical joy recognized as part of the Christmas season.
  • Inspirations Childcare and Preschool winter program will be Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Sully First Reformed Church main auditorium.
  • The Lynnville-Sully Elementary School winter program will be at the high school gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.
  • The Lynnville-Sully Middle School and High School winter program will be in the high school gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17. Everyone is welcome to attend all the programs this holiday season.

On City Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, only nine percent of the city’s 629 registered voters went to the polls, casting 59 ballots. Incumbent Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen received 48 votes against nine write-ins. Incumbent councilmember Jeff Brummel was unopposed for reelection and got 52 votes. Incumbents Brad Rozendaal and Chad Fiske were the top write-ins for the remaining two council seats. Rozendaal got nine of 35 write-ins for a full term, while Fikse collected nine of 32 write-ins to fill a currently vacant seat for two years.

Those elected by write-in have 10 days after the Nov. 10 canvass to resign the position elected to in writing, which will be by 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.


Senior Canyon Kuhlmann’s high school cross-country career culminated with a third trip to the state meet and a placement of 31st – his best finish at state – on Saturday, Oct. 31 , 2015 . Not only that, Kuhlmann ran the race in 17:41, his fastest time at state by 11 seconds. It was an impressive finish for the only boy in Lynnville-Sully cross-country history to run at the state meet more than twice.  Competing at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, runners were greeted with cool temperatures, breezy conditions, and a soggy course , not exactly ideal conditions for running a 5K.

I've been privileged to see all of Canyon's races throughout his career, but in my opinion he saved his best for last,”  L-S Cross-Country Coach Arkema said. “That's saying quite a bit considering the number of fantastic races he has had, even just this season. He was smart and patient at the start, running within himself and not out crazy fast.”

By the mile mark, Kuhlmann was in the top 50, positioned well in the pack to be ready to move during the middle mile, where the course has more rolling terrain. Hills are a strength for Kuhlmann. At the two-mile mark, Kuhlmann had gained about a dozen places or so and looked relaxed yet determined to finish hard the last mile. He made some strong passes with a half mile to go, and around the last turn into the final 200 meters, changed gears a few more times, fighting all the way to the finish line. He was the 31st of 152 runners to cross the line – his highest finish at the state meet by 18 places.

I can't say enough about the commitment he has made and the impact he has had on our program,” Arkema shared. “I know his running days are far from over, and already has talked about goals for the track season. He certainly has reason to be proud of his accomplishments from Saturday, this season, and his career in cross-country and I've been honored to coach him.”