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RippeyPlease send your news item to Jean Borgeson at jeanb [at] iowatelecom [dot] net

Feb. 1, 2016

Rippey ready to welcome BRR riders: Rippey organizations and their volunteers are busy this week as they ready themselves for BRR (Bike Ride to Rippey) this Saturday, Feb. 6.

The Rippey fire department will be hosting a beer “tent” at the fire station. They will serve walking tacos, bars and cookies.

At the community center, roast beef sundaes, relishes, chili, bars and beverages, all delicious, will be served by the roaring Rippey Lions Club. “We are a fun group, but no plans for a song and dance routine or any other entertainment,” a spokesman said.

True Heroes Under God (THUG) will be serving a potato bar, chili, nachos, pie, bars, and drinks at the Rippey United Methodist Church.

Remember, you don’t have to ride to enjoy eating and people watching!  Some very interesting people ride and are fun to visit with.Rippey 1992

The Rippey “sky-line” has changed since the BRR ride in 1992.  Jean Borgeson was able to snap several pictures from the top of the co-op that year.  Much has changed, but the riders still enjoy the food and friendliness of our little corner of the world.

Rippey Lions Club: The Rippey Lions Club will hold its regular meeting on Feb. 4 with a potluck meal at 7 pm preceding the business meeting. Plans for the BRR Ride on Feb. 6 will be shared. Maralynn and Myron Rinker are charge of the program.

Rippey public library: Librarian Andrea Williams. Phone: 515.436.7714; Website:; E-mail: rippeyli [at] windstream [dot] net

HOURS: Monday 1-6 pm; Tuesday 1:40-5:30 pm; Wednesday 3 to 8 pm; Thursday 12-6 pm.

REMINDER: When Greene County Schools close because of the weather, so does the Rippey public library.

February programs:

  • February 1 – Coloring contest begins
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Decorating Valentine’s cookies at 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Valentine’s Day craft at 4 pm
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 – Coffee ‘N Bingo at 11 am sponsored by Rippey Lions Club
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 – Leap Year Craft at 4:15 pm
  • Monday, Feb. 29 – Beginners’ genealogy class presented by Iowa Genealogical Society at 1 pm

Rippey United Methodist Church:  PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235. Pastor: Paul Burrow. Phone: 515-436-7731

Adult Sunday school at 9:45 am. Worship service at 11 am. Every Tuesday: quilters 9 am, coffee and fellowship 10 am – everyone welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 4 – Ladies Aid at 2 pm.

Reminder:  Sunday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 27 – Pastor Paul will be on vacation. Pastor Julie Poulsen of the Jefferson UMC will be on call for pastoral emergencies. Her contact information is as follows:  office – 515-386-4411; cellular 319-461-3146; email juliaefpoulsen [at] gmail [dot] com

News in and around Rippey: Gary and Mary Weaver have traveled to Sioux City the last two weekends to see their grandchildren, Nathan, 10, and Lauryn, 8, play basketball on Saturday mornings.  They are part of the Sioux City recreation department that has multiple basketball teams playing games throughout Sioux City. The last few weekends, the games were held in South Sioux City, NE. Lauryn actually made her first basket of the season so everyone was excited for her. Gary and Mary took them to lunch following the game and returned to Rippey.

Carver Medal ceremony at Simpson College: Nancy Hanaman attended the George Washington Carver Medal ceremony and lecture at the Smith Chapel at Simpson College on Jan. 27. Bishop Melvin Talbert received the medal and shared his address, “Intersection of Oppression and Privilege.” Former Rippey resident the Rev. Mark Young was also at this event.

Death notice: Word was received by Virgene Morse of Rippey that her sister-in-law Shirley Rasmussen of Lone Rock, WI, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.  She was the daughter of A. W. (Harvey) and Della (McClatchey) Morse of Rippey. Shirley graduated from Rippey with the class of 1949.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard, of Lone Rock; six children, Charles (Mary) Rasmussen of Lancaster, Craig (Judy) Rasmussen of Lone Rock, Carol Lawless of California, Carmen (Bob) Rasmussen-Mertz of Richland Center, Cathy Rooney of Richland Center, and Cynthia (Dale Mortimer) Rasmussen of Lone Rock; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters Lyle (Harriett) Morse, Margaret Steele, and Evelyn Leidig; sister-in-law Virgene Morse; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother Bertha Morse; son-in-law Tom Rooney; brother Dale Morse; and sister Eleanor Whiton. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Pratt Memorial Chapel in Richland Center. Burial was in Button Cemetery.

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