The Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted by Lynnville Heart of Worship will take place Saturday, Apr. 4. The event will take place at Old Settlers Grounds in Lynnville, rain or shine. There will be lots of candy, prizees, and fun. All kids age 10 and under are welcome.

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Lynnville-Sully High School's Josh Dunsbergen, freshman at 106 pounds, qualified for ths 2015 Class 1A State Wrestling Tournament. The first-time state qualifier was the only one among five L-S grapplers to advance from the Class 1A District 4 event in Pleasantville on Feb. 14. He qualifed at 106 ounds after placing second in his division. He beat North Mahaska's Tyler Strasser by a 4-2 decision and then fell to West Marshall's Hunter Pfantz by a 16-9 decision. 

In the opening round of Class 1A state wrestling on Feb. 19, Dunsbergen drew the fourth-ranked wresler at 106 pounds, Blake Bauer of Southeast Warren (shown in accompanying Randy Taylor Photo with Dunsbergen). Dunsbergen wrestled hard but fell 15-1 in the opening round. In the wrestleback, Dunsbergen faced Cody Fisher of South Winneshiek, losing 14-2. 

The young wrestler has three more seasons to  reach the state meet, and hopefully, on the podium.

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A new playset and swingset has been selected for Sully's Central Park. The goal is to complete its installation this spring. To make that possible, the Sully Central Park Playground Committee is taking donations and asking for your help. The project's financial commitment is $50,000. This will offset the costs associated with site preparation and the purchase of a new ADA-approved playset and swingset appropriate for 85-95 children ages 2-12. Donations can be made for specific playground equipment. Please see the contact information below to request this list of items. Non-cash help will be needed to help with the installation this spring. The project will need manpower and various types of equipment. If you are interested, please contact the Sully Central Park Playground Committee by calling 641-831-2983 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jasper County Emergency Management announced recently the switch of the county wide alert system from CodeRED to the Wireless Emergency Notification Systems or WENS. WENS/Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system which enables city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to public citizens in targeted areas or an entire city/county. The WENS platform enables officials to instantly communicate directly with landlines, cell phones, text-messaging, and email. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for WENS to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and weather alerts when issued.

Due to privacy restrictions, we were unable to transfer cell phone numbers from the CodeRED system to WENS. The new system’s database will include listings for landlines only. If you signed up your cell phone number with CodeRED and would like to continue receiving emergency notifications, you must register with WENS. You can do this by visiting the Jasper County Emergency Management website at www.jasperema-hls.org. If you need assistance, please call 641-841-1181.

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As of Jan. 2, 2015, the Sully Central Park playground fund drive has reached $12,850 of the $50,000 needed for the project. To donate any amount or to a specific playground item, forms are at both banks in Sully, Hometown Press in Sully, and at www.sullyia.com. Checks need to be made payable to The Sully Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The early donations were used to make the downpayment needed before 2015 to guarantee no price increase for the equipment purchase.

playground_graph11st State Bank donated $1,250 to the Sully playground. From left, Lejon Ladwig of 1st State Bank presents the check to park committee members Amy Harthoorn and Jessica Winegar.

The Sully Foundation presented $1,000 to Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen (left). According to Margaret
Vander Weerdt (right), president of The Sully Foundation, funds over expenses and future upkeep of the Jasper County Freedom Rock have been designated for the playground project, and this was the first donation by the foundation to the playground.

The first $10,000 for the playground was received early in December 2014. Teryl Ver Ploeg (left) of the Sully Central Park Playground Committee receives a check for $7,500 from Jim Magnuson. Magnuson is a director of CoBank, one of four funding banks of the farm credit system. Each year, CoBank makes charitable donations of each director's choice, and Magnuson chose the new Sully playground. "The town square is the centerpiece of the community, and this is a great opportunity to make it even more vital for many eyars," Magnuson said. "And every time the grandkids come, they have to go to the playground now and play on the swings, so the new one will be great." Marilyn Magnuson (right) presents a check for $2,500 from the Magnusons to Stephanie Rozendaal of the Sully Central Park Committee to complete the first $10,000 donation jumpstarting the playground fund raising.

altIt's that time of the year to look back on what 2014 was like for the City of Sully. Several things have been done in town with help from a lot of people, which if it wasn't for those people, most things wouldn't get done. Acknowledging that, I would like to say thank you to all.  The Jasper County Freedom Rock was completed with amazing success. The city basketball court has been replaced; the alley between Coffee Cup Cafe and the professional building has been upgraded.  Two new businesses have been built in the business park.  As many of you know, the central park will be under a lot of reconstruction to help not only looks but use of the park.  The Sully Foundation is accepting donations for new playground equipment.  The community library has been helped as well through this foundation and all donations are used to help improve things in our community.

Goals for year 2015:  Replace playground equipment, set up a stage/shelter in the central park, and replace 1st Avenue.  

Again, I would like to say THANKS to all who have helped financially and in person, without great people that care for this great town, none of this would be possible.

A new playset and swingset has been selected for Sully's Central Park. The goal is to complete its installation in Spring 2015. To make that possible, the Sully Central Park Playground committee is taking donations and asking for your help. The project's financial commitment is $50,000. This will offset the costs associated with site preparation and the purchase of a new ADA-approved playset and swingset appropriate for 85-95 children, ages two (2) to twelve (12). Donation breakouts of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze have been established. In addition, persons that wish to associate their donation with a specific playset component, a list has been identified.

Non-cash help will be needed to help with the installation in the spring. The project will need manpower and various types of equipment. If you're interested, please contact the Sully Central Park Playground committee.

For additional playset information and the donor form click here. For an overview of the park design click here. If you have questions, call 641-831-2983 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reach the committee.

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