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ROCCS Help with Little River Playground Build

Jun 11, 2024

ROCCS members Ambrose Savage, Karlee Hamaker, and Cal Martin are shown among the many boxes of equipment shipped in to build the Little River Lookout Community Playground. This huge project is being built June 10th through June 15th, with over 240 volunteer shifts filled to-date! The Grand Opening of the playground will be Sunday, June 30th, at 5:00pm. Families and attendees may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the Grand Opening. The Little River Lookout Community Playground is the first inclusive playground in . . .

Tony Crandell - Citizen of the Year

May 30, 2024

(Pictured: Tami Shaw, Dana Massie, Frank Finks, Judy Harris, Tony Crandell, Doug Foster, Wendy Mathis, and Alysha Van Laar) Tony Crandell was selected as Citizen of the Year as a result of an anonymous nomination that reads:  “I’d like to nominate Tony Crandell for Citizen of the Year. Tony has volunteered his time to the citizens of Lamoni for decades. He has served in a number of capacities, is currently on the City Council (in his 18th year) and serves as the liaison to the Airport Commission. Tony . . .

Laura Jeanes - Making a Difference in Lamoni

May 23, 2024

(Pictured:  Laura Jeanes shows off Lamoni Making a Difference Award and commemorative city hall silk screen presented by Community Center / Recreation Director Tim Brunner at the 2024 Lamoni Community School Spring Sports Banquet.) Although she is often at the center of attention, identifying her can be challenging. As an umpire, everyone notices her, but her mask conceals her identity. However, at the Lamoni Community School Spring Sports Banquet last week, Laura Jeanes' mask was off, and she was honored with the . . .

Student Volunteers Make a Difference

May 16, 2024

Around Lamoni (Pictured:  Back row (L-R): Ambrose Savage, Landon Lindgren, Tate McDole, Taylor Henson, Meredith Howell, Kaitlyn O’Neal; Front: Lilly O’Neal, Karlee Hamaker, and Hosah Neiubauer in front of the tree trunk monument for Albert Dancer, the first Rose Hill Cemetery burial.) Over 300 unmarked graves, many of which are infants, rest silently at Rose Hill Cemetery. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers from the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC), 51 of these graves were recently identified, along . . .

Anthony Cray Graduates the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

May 9, 2024

The City of Lamoni would like to congratulate newly certified Police Officer – Anthony Cray. A Lamoni native and 2021 graduate of Lamoni High School, Cray is also a volunteer with the Lamoni Fire Department and a very busy Criminal Justice major at Graceland University.  The 313th class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge began in January and graduated April 19th. The 16-week course includes many fitness, driving, weapons, search/seizure, and self-defense trainings as well as Iowa law coursework.  . . .

The 12th Annual Bethany's Race

May 9, 2024

Sixty-nine people registered for the 12th Annual Bethany’s Race/Walk – 5K. Most participants turned out in spite of the early morning rain and questionable forecast the morning of May 4th. There was a lot of purple taking over the community center parking lot; the location of the start of the race (tie-dyed purple - this year’s t-shirt color). Bethany Gruich was a beloved member of the community who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (a rare brain cancer) in October of 2012 just shy of her 16th birthday. The . . .

Glass Shack Studio Mural Comes to Life!

Apr 25, 2024

Around Lamoni (Pictured:  Student artists – Rian Bevan, Grace Moores, Justin Severson, and GU art teacher Karen Gergely apply the finishing touches to the mural.) Teri Foster’s The Glass Shack Studio at 114 East Main Street in Lamoni has been the site of a new community mural which is nearing completion.   It is a vibrant tapestry of colors and shapes, depicting prairie scenes with native flowers that resonate with the local community showcasing the talent and dedication of the Graceland students . . .

Local Teen to Pursue Aviation

Apr 25, 2024

Decatur County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce Kelly Lloyd as a recipient of the 2024 Decatur County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Farm Bureau awards 2- $1000 scholarships annually to deserving high school students of Farm Bureau members in Decatur County. Kelly is the daughter of Elizabeth and Kevin Lloyd of Lamoni. She will graduate from Lamoni High School in May and plans to attend Future Flyers of Iowa Flight School, majoring in Aviation and a minor in Agriculture. She is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, 4-H and Student . . .

Help Park Trees Bounce Back from Insect Destruction

Mar 25, 2024

(Pictured:  Lamoni Parks and Recreation Director Tim Brunner stands next to a pin oak – the first tree donated and planted in the Park’s Adopt a Tree Drive initiative.) Lamoni faces a difficult challenge as many shade trees in both Central and North Parks have been destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  With over 40 ash trees in North Park alone lost to this invasive pest, the community has taken action to restore the beauty and vitality of its parks. The impact has . . .

LVFD Gets New "Jaws of Life" Hurst Tools

Mar 25, 2024

The Lamoni Volunteer Fire Department - Chief, Curt Shields coordinated the annual inspection of the department’s extrication tools. They were serviced, inspected, and were certified for continued use. However, the next time they were used, the hydraulic pump wouldn’t stay running. Come to find out the service tech forgot to reset something that caused the pump to disengage. Upon further review, it was noted that the equipment was 20 years old. Chief Shields began researching an upgrade. In that search, a . . .

Surviving a Small Town Blizzard

Jan 18, 2024

What’s it like to live in a small town when a blizzard hits? Let me tell you… The Public Works department has been short handed for over a month now. The now 3-man department has been running trash and trying to keep the streets clear. How do we do that? We have help from the LMU crew.  When the snow comes ‘round the clock… our crews run very long days. They have been running from before dawn to dusk for days. While we’re all home toasty warm, they’re doing their best to keep . . .

Industrial Hardfacing to Expand Lamoni Operations

Jan 9, 2024

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Industrial Hardfacing, Inc. Celebrates 60 Years of Success and Announces New Headquarters in Lamoni Lamoni, Iowa – January 4, 2024 – Industrial Hardfacing, Inc., a global leader in equipment repair and manufacturing for the Rendering and Oil Seed Industries, proudly enters its 60th year of operations. From its origins as a small welding shop, the company has grown into a reputable force, setting industry standards and earning accolades for excellence. As we embrace the New Year, . . .

SCICF Grant Awards

Dec 22, 2023

Lamoni Freedom Fund Grant Recipients On December 6, 2023,  grant recipients of the Lamoni Freedom Fund, a SCICF endowment, were recognized and awarded their funds.   The Lamoni Freedom Fund was created by a generous donation years ago from a family that loved the Lamoni community.  Lamoni benefits from the interest made from that donation every year.  Approximately $30,000 goes back to the Lamoni community for projects, repairs and services needed.   Pictured in the back row left to right are . . .

Liberty Hall Host Annual Christmas Tea

Dec 7, 2023

(Pictured:  Graceland University student Hannah Marshall and Director of Intercultural Office Dianna Jones hosting Christmas teas for youngsters at last year’s tea.) Liberty Hall's annual Christmas tea brings its special sparkle to the Lamoni community's 2023 holiday season on Sunday, December 10th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  The tea is free and open to the public.   Liberty Hall volunteers have decorated the historic site with festive garlands and adornments of the season for the occasion . . .

Lamoni Airport Expands Services

Oct 23, 2023

Around Lamoni Lamoni Airport Expands Services (Pictured:  TK Concrete of Pella, Iowa employees work to complete the taxiway project at the Lamoni Municipal Airport .) The completion of the new Lamoni Municipal Airport taxiway is a significant improvement for airport services in the Southern Iowa-Northern Missouri region. With the new taxiway access to larger hangar space, the airport is now a more attractive option for regional companies with corporate aircraft and creates additional economic . . .

Resting Paws Dog Park

Oct 23, 2023

Resting Paws Dog Park is being added at the Amish Country Store / Maid-Rite site. Work has nearly completed on the fence and trees have been planted. The park is free to the community and has two pens; 1 large pen for large dogs (20 lbs.+) and another pen for small dogs. What a great new addition to this amazing stop on Exit 4! 

Lamoni Trail-East Opens to Trailhead

Sep 28, 2023

(Pictured:  With the Stables Event Center and pond in the background, Jim Schwab enjoys a ride on the improved Recreational Trail – East. Paving the Lamoni Recreational Trail – East has been completed to Birch Street connecting it to the Amish Country Store / Iowa Welcome Center Trailhead.   The Stables Event Center offered to straighten out the trail and fix pavement issues that had occurred when a semitruck drove on it.  Because the pond was silted in and a bit overgrown, the center cleared it and made . . .

Community Center Gets New Flooring

Aug 31, 2023

The Community Center was built in 1980.  Since then, the carpeting has been replaced.  Over the past couple of weeks, the center has been closed through September 1st as the flooring throughout the entire building underwent a complete makeover along with improvements to storage areas.   The upgrades were funded with grants from the South Central Iowa Community Foundation, Lamoni Hammer Fund, and ROCCS (Restoring Our County, Community, and Schools) totaling $18,582.  “The city is so fortunate to have the . . .

Lloyd with Plane

Lloyd Aspires to Get Pilot's License

Aug 30, 2023

(Lamoni High School student Kelly Lloyd seen here with local pilot/mentor Roy Havens) With the help of two local pilots, a Lamoni student aspires to become a pilot herself. Kelly Lloyd, after working as a member of the ground crew for Jordan Omstead, local pilot who operates Stardust Ag Crop Dusting, got the bug to want to learn to fly. She plans on attending Indian Hills College to attain her pilot's license. "This is wonderful news," stated Roy Havens, local pilot. "With older pilots retiring, there . . .

Lamoni Welcomes McBee Meat Company

Aug 18, 2023

(Pictured: Company CEO Steven McBee is shown here showing off the new signage.) McBee Meat Company took over the former Red Barn Meat Market facility in Lamoni on June 19th. According to owner / operator Steven McBee's Instagram account - They weren't necessarily looking to purchase a new site, but the opportunity came up and was "too good to pass up". "This was great news for Lamoni because the facility would continue to operate and will even expand operations in the near future", Lamoni Mayor . . .

New Addition to the West Trailhead

Aug 7, 2023

If you have been out to the Lamoni Recreational Trail's West trailhead (Liberty Hall) in lately you may have noticed a new addition: a Dero bike repair station! This is situated on the right-hand side of the trail, next to the bench and trail map. The Lamoni Trails Commission wrote a R.O.C.C.S. (Restoring Our County, Community and Schools) grant this past spring to purchase a bike repair station and we were delighted to receive $1,636 to help cover a significant portion of the cost. In conjunction with this grant, the City . . .

Trail-East Takes Shape

Jul 25, 2023

The renovation of the Lamoni Recreational Trail nears completion as earth movers work to level off and fill in sections of the east trail in preparation to pour concrete. Walkers, joggers, and bikers found the trail blocked just short of Birch Street at the small pond on their way to the Amish Country Store / Iowa Welcome Center Trailhead this spring. To turn the Stables Event Center site into a destination site for special events like weddings and graduations, it offered the city to also straighten out part of the trail and take care . . .

A Volunteer Fireman's 4th of July

Jul 13, 2023

On the heels of another fun-filled Lamoni 4th of July, it occurred to me that most may not have any idea what commitment to the Lamoni Volunteer Fire Department looks like. Just for fun, we thought we'd give you the rundown. The day starts around 8 a.m. making sure all of the equipment is ready to go and power washed to shine. As soon as that is done, its' time to head to Pleasanton for the 10:00 a.m. parade. Once that concludes, its time to get back to Lamoni to get in a quick lunch. Then it's time to get ready . . .

Officer Cray Sworn In

May 30, 2023

Mayor Douglas Foster is seen here swearing in new Lamoni Police Officer - Anthony Cray into office on Monday, May 22nd. Cray is no stranger to the City as he was a 2021 graduate of Lamoni High School, has been on the Lamoni Volunteer Fire Department since October, and is currently enrolled as a Criminal Justice major at Graceland University. Cray joins the force under the direction of Chief of Police - Jonathan Mullock. After some on the job training, he will attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Camp Dodge in . . .

11th Annual Bethany's Race

May 18, 2023

The 11th annual Bethany's Race was held on May 6th. 49 participants turned out in spite of the rain and hail that came about an hour before the race. Bethany Gruich was a beloved member of the community who was diagnosed with glioblastoma (a rare brain cancer) in October of 2012, just shy of her 16th birthday. The community surrounded the Gruich family with love, to raise funds for her support and the race was born. Gruich succumbed to this awful disease shortly after her 18th birthday. The race continues to raise funds to . . .

Diana Jones - Chamber's 2023 Citizen of the Year

May 9, 2023

The Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce presented their annual Citizen of the Year award to Diana Jones. This surprise announcement was made during an award ceremony at Graceland University where Diana is the Director of the Intercultural Office. The recommendation came as an anonymous submission. The narrative provided noted Jones' great smile and friendly demeanor as will as the fact that Diana is most frequently seen at not just events on Graceland's campus, but also at most community events. Most of which are chronicled on . . .

Family Dollar / Dollar Tree - Grand Opening Set

May 9, 2023

Tanya McLain is the Manager of the recently opened Family Dollar / Dollar Tree located at 217 East Main in downtown Lamoni. McLain is from Kellerton, where she's lived most of her life. She is a 2000 graduate from Lamoni High School, now married, and has 3 girls. The 10,000 square foot retail space opened to a lot of traffic on April 27th and has an official grand opening scheduled for May 20th! If you haven't already... stop in sometime soon. Hours are 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

Obscure Ink to Open

Mar 23, 2023

The Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Obscure Ink at 12:30 p.m. on April 1st. Owner Bailey Coleman will hold an Open House then from 1-5 p.m. at (the former Southern Comfort space) 124 East Main Street. Tattoo Artist, Bailey vows to provide a clean and friendly shop and is planning to host many items from friends' local small businesses. These include photography, signs, candles, and art. "I am a first-generation graduate and Graceland Alumni. I was raised in Eagleville, MO where I attended . . .

Down South Creative

Mar 13, 2023

Down South Creative  is a space where adults and kids can embrace their inner child and get creative! They will offer a variety of classes and events, some are skill based like hand knitting or acrylic pour painting and others are just for fun like BINGO and holiday themed crafts. They hope to bring in more events this year like trivia nights and STEAM summer camps for kids. Owner Sarah Burke says, "We really love teaming up with other small businesses and teachers to offer unique options to our community. Our space is also . . .

Lamoni Welcomes Whiskey Bella Boutique

Mar 7, 2023

Samantha Durrow recently held the Grand Opening of Whiskey Bella Boutique at 138 North Linden Street here in Lamoni. Samantha is seen here with her husband Bryson and daughters Brinsley and Bristol. Durrow's recently purchased the former Clip Joint salon from longtime owner Joyce Shields. The new shop will initially feature some house signs, and Easter creations and will be open by appointment only. Durrow will work part-time until the school year ends as she is currently working full-time as a . . .

City Recognizes Special Edition

Nov 15, 2022

(Pictured: Mayor Doug Foster presents a framed copy of the "Special Edition" of the Lamoni Chronicle to Gary Rees.) It has just been a couple of months since a Special Issue of The Lamoni Chronicle was published, and it has already had a second printing. The Special Issue has six pages of the best of Lamoni and Decatur County and is intended for guests, visitors, and prospective businesses. It leads off with an overview of Lamoni. Other articles feature Graceland University and Lamoni Community Schools , history, . . .

MYC Work Day at the Lamoni Municipal Airport

Nov 15, 2022

Mayor's Youth Council participated in Make a Difference Day by painting posts and benches at the Lamoni Municipal Airport on Tuesday, November 8th. "Many hands made light work", said sophomore Ambrose Savage. 

Lamoni Chronicle - Special Edition

Sep 1, 2022

The city has worked with freelance editor Gary Rees for many years on what is commonly tabbed "Around Lamoni". Rees came to the city months ago with the idea of another publication. The idea was run by the Lamoni City Council, who so generously voted to fund the project with Hotel/Motel tax dollars. For several weeks, preparations were made on a "Special Edition" of the Lamoni Chronicle. The purpose of the publication is to inform new students, faculty, and residents to the community as well as visitors what the . . .

Central Park Recieves Donation

Aug 8, 2022

The Joann Bjorland family donated a bench and picnic table in her honor. Memorial donation funds were used to purchase these items. The fixtures were ordered through Bohlmann Quality Products out of Denison, Iowa and were delivered to Central Park on July 25th. (Pictured: Receiving the donation on behalf of the City are Public Works Director - Curt Shields and Parks & Recreation Director - Tim Brunner from Bob Bjorland) Joann married Bob Bjorland in 1981 and made Lamoni her home for the next 38 years. She was a beloved . . .

Decatur County Development Welcomes New Director

Jul 7, 2022

The Decatur County Development Corporation is excited to welcome its new Executive Director, Cierra Fountain. Fountain graduated in 2019 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Fountain originally Clark, was born and raised in Decatur County where her childhood years were spent on the family feedlot east of Davis City, later relocating to a farm south of Leon. Cierra graduated from Central Decatur High School. After college, she returned to the area and currently resides in . . .

Chamber Billboard Focuses on Lamoni

Jul 1, 2022

(pictured: Billboard that encourages motorists traveling north on I-35 to stop and enjoy our community - the Doorway to Iowa!) Motorists traveling north on I-35 will notice a new Lamoni billboard located 18 miles south of the Iowa / Missouri border in Harrison County, Missouri for travelers from north-central Missouri into south-central Iowa. The billboard was erected in late June and is the result of a project spearheaded by the Lamoni Area Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Alysha Van Laar and Chamber and Chamber member and . . .

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Lamoni City Council

Jun 22, 2022

The Lamoni City Council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays each month in the Community Center located at 108 South Chestnut Street. Elected Official: Title: Email Address: Term of Office: Douglas L. Foster Mayor dfostermayor@gmail.com 12/31/2025 Anthony Crandell Mayor Pro-Tem ais@grm.net 12/31/2025 Jordan Omstead Council . . .

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Business Listing

Jun 16, 2022

  Business Listing 615 Graphics 610 East Main Street (641) 784-6150 American State Bank 801 East Main Street (641) 784-3120 Amish Country Store 109 South Spruce Drive (641) 784-4800 Backyard Buildings 721 East Main Street (641) 442-6642 Bank of the West 108 East Main Street (641) 784-6926 Big Creek Farms 30608 South Spruce Street . . .

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Landlord & Realty Listings

Jun 16, 2022

Landlords Linda Boswell  (515) 782-9848 Terry Boswell  (641) 344-6160 Klaire Cross  (402) 206-4589 Daily Rentals  (641) 223-0130 Benna Easter  (641) 442-5245 David Ashton Hall  (816) 294-7051 Carol Hough  (641) 784-3442 Bill & Carita Juhnke  (641) 784-6261 J & S Real Property  (816) 699-2243 Deni Loving  (816) 423-3930 Main Street Apartments  (888) 510-9306 Stew . . .

Contact Us

Jun 10, 2022

City Hall is located at 190 South Chestnut Street. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to Noon and 1-4:30 p.m. phone: (641) 784-6311 email:  lamonicityhall@grm.net  

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