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Live Weather and
Webcam at Lost Island Lake courtesy of Don Peaslee
Map of Ruthven
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
Curious about Ruthven, Lost Island, or the Nature Center? Check out the
link at 'Our
Story'! You can also watch the video about the Lost Island Nature
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
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.
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).
here to view
the Quasquicentennial page celebrating Ruthven's 125 years!!
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