Welcome to Ruthven, IA
Small town living at its finest!!!
Located on Highway 18 in northwest Iowa, in Palo Alto County, Ruthven is a small town of approximately 770 residents. We are considered the ‘Hub of the Wetlands’ as 5 lakes are located within 10 miles of the community. Even though it is a smaller community, Ruthven does have its own community school housing grades pre-kindergarten through 12th; a public park and swimming pool; a public library; its own fire department; a community care facility complete with assisted and independent living units; and 5 churches. The area experiences all 4 seasons and Lost Island Lake is located 4 miles to the north giving residents and visitors ample opportunity to enjoy all seasons. Lost Island Lake adds another 200 year round residents along with 200 additional seasonal residents. The lake has a swimming beach, campground, cafe, resorts, public boat launches, and hiking trails. The Lost Island Nature Center is also located on the lake; plus a recreational trail is in the works to connect Lost Island and Ruthven. The community also has an active betterment association-LIRBA (Lost Island Ruthven Betterment Association).
News noteworthy events...
Ruthven Public Library has digitized newspapers!! This has been an ongoing endeavor since receiving Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation grant monies in both 2007 and 2012. Click on the link to access the login page for the digitized newspapers. http://www.ruthven.lib.ia.us/do-research/digitizednewspapers
2012 Bully Bullhead Weekend
BBW was held July 6-8. If you have photos you would like to submit, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 LIRBA Membership & Informational Brochure
Want more information on LIRBA events? Would you like to become a member and support LIRBA? Click on the 2012 Membership Brochure to view all of the details. Membership is only $25 a year and helps fund several activities–such as Cabin Fever Weekend, Bully Bullhead Weekend, Santa’s visit. Show your support today!
Ruthven was awarded several grants this year through the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation which awards grants through funding from Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg, Iowa. In addition to grant awards, the towns in Palo Alto County also receive a per capita award. Ruthven’s per capita grant for 2011 was $34,154.76
Grants are awarded based on a scoring system of grant applications. Due to the efforts of dedicated individuals and community organizations, Ruthven and Lost Island received over $210,000!! Click here to view a complete list of the PACGDC grant awards.
As grant projects are started, more information will be posted. Go to the Ruthven Grant Activity page to view the new snow plow the City of Ruthven was able to purchase with the help of grant funds.