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October 18, 2016

Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Lyon County Council at the Nov. 8 general election. ISU Extension and Outreach educational programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the United States Department of Agriculture.

October 11, 2016

We regret to inform you that we had to closed the registration early due to reaching our maximum capicity for the day.  Please watch for information on the Dordt STEM Fest coming in February of 2017!

Registration is CLOSED for Fall STEM Fest 2016’ hosted by Northwest Iowa Community College (NCC) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Programs. Fall STEM Fest 2016 is free to attend, and will be held Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at NCC in Sheldon. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in Building A on the NCC campus, with sessions starting at 9:00 a.m. Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day, and a public showcase will be held at 2:30 p.m.

October 1, 2016

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

August 22, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host a Money Talk series at the Frontier Bank basement meeting room (301 First Ave., Rock Rapids) for five consecutive Mondays beginning September 26. The primary goal of the program is to help men and women understand financial management and create a better financial standing for retirement. A meal will be provided from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participation in the program is open to the public. 

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
January 28, 2016

Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, six week program beginning Feb. 25.

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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