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Current Job Openings

The City of Ruthven is looking for Cemetery Maintenance Contractor and Lifeguards.

City of Ruthven – Contracted Cemetery Maintenance Wanted

The City of Ruthven is seeking bids for Contracted Maintenance of Crown Hill and Calvary cemeteries.  Individual will be considered a contractor and will be paid monthly for 7 months from April 1 to October 31 for proper care, maintenance and upkeep of said cemeteries pursuant to the “Maintenance Requirements Document”. If Contractor wishes, the City will provide all tools, equipment, fuel and supplies necessary or Contractor may provide all above mentioned as set out in bid. Proof of insurance required. Please contact City Clerk if interested, by phone, 712-837-5355, by fax, 712-837-3314 or send letter of application with bid to P.O. Box 160 Ruthven, IA  51358 by February 11, 2015. E.O.E.

Cemetery Maintenance Requirements 2015

Pool Head Lifeguard and Lifeguards

The City of Ruthven is currently seeking a pool head lifeguard and lifeguards for the 2015 pool season. Interviews will be held prior to any lifeguard certification classes. If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, applications can be picked up at Ruthven City Hall.

Applications due by February 27, 2015

Lifeguard Application Form


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 4 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

Our Story

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 Center–video link.

2014 Bully Bullhead Weekend

Bully Bullhead Weekend is held the weekend following July 4th. The 2015 BBW is scheduled for July 10, 11 & 12 If you have photos of past and present years that you would like to submit, please send them to cityofruthven@ruthventel.com.

2014 LIRBA Membership & Informational Brochure

Want more information on LIRBA events?  Would you like to become a member and support LIRBA? Click on the 2014 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!

Grant Activity

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. The towns in Palo Alto County receive a per capita award and a city award.  Ruthven’s per capita grant for 2013 is $34,346.28 and the city award for 2013 is $47,000.00.

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 $49,000.00!!  Click here to view a complete list of the PACGDC grant awards.

Community Photos

Bully Bullhead Photos

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