On City Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, only nine percent of the city’s 629 registered voters went to the polls, casting 59 ballots. Incumbent Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen received 48 votes against nine write-ins. Incumbent councilmember Jeff Brummel was unopposed for reelection and got 52 votes. Incumbents Brad Rozendaal and Chad Fiske were the top write-ins for the remaining two council seats. Rozendaal got nine of 35 write-ins for a full term, while Fikse collected nine of 32 write-ins to fill a currently vacant seat for two years.

Those elected by write-in have 10 days after the Nov. 10 canvass to resign the position elected to in writing, which will be by 5 p.m. on Nov. 20.


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Senior Canyon Kuhlmann’s high school cross-country career culminated with a third trip to the state meet and a placement of 31st – his best finish at state – on Saturday, Oct. 31 , 2015 . Not only that, Kuhlmann ran the race in 17:41, his fastest time at state by 11 seconds. It was an impressive finish for the only boy in Lynnville-Sully cross-country history to run at the state meet more than twice.  Competing at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge, runners were greeted with cool temperatures, breezy conditions, and a soggy course , not exactly ideal conditions for running a 5K.

I've been privileged to see all of Canyon's races throughout his career, but in my opinion he saved his best for last,”  L-S Cross-Country Coach Arkema said. “That's saying quite a bit considering the number of fantastic races he has had, even just this season. He was smart and patient at the start, running within himself and not out crazy fast.”

By the mile mark, Kuhlmann was in the top 50, positioned well in the pack to be ready to move during the middle mile, where the course has more rolling terrain. Hills are a strength for Kuhlmann. At the two-mile mark, Kuhlmann had gained about a dozen places or so and looked relaxed yet determined to finish hard the last mile. He made some strong passes with a half mile to go, and around the last turn into the final 200 meters, changed gears a few more times, fighting all the way to the finish line. He was the 31st of 152 runners to cross the line – his highest finish at the state meet by 18 places.

I can't say enough about the commitment he has made and the impact he has had on our program,” Arkema shared. “I know his running days are far from over, and already has talked about goals for the track season. He certainly has reason to be proud of his accomplishments from Saturday, this season, and his career in cross-country and I've been honored to coach him.”

                Mark your calendar for the next Sully Night Out, bingo, soup supper, and prizes on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 5-8 p.m. at Sully Community Center.  The Lynnville-Sully After Prom Committee will serve chili, chicken noodle, and potato soups and cinnamon rolls for a freewill donation. Delicious baked goods will also be available at a bake sale for after prom.

                The whole family is invited to play bingo for free and win great prizes. Everyone who attends receives a ticket at the door for the chance to win two $50 Cenex gas cards donated by Key Cooperative and an iPad Mini donated by Fast Trax Sorts.

                Enjoy a night of food, fun, and fellowship with the community!

altIt is that time again for an update of what's going on in and around Sully.

1stAvenue is almost complete. There is still some ditch work and grass seeding to do to finalize that project.

As many have seen, and some have even had the chance already to see a concert there, the stage/shelter is nearly complete in central park. Phase one is almost complete. When completely finished, it will have stone on the bottom and around the poles to the north.

With this being constructed, we have noticed a few things I would like to address if I could. With the stage. we are seeing several bikes riding up the handicap ramp and jumping them off the steps. With the Jasper County Freedom Rock, I would like to remind everyone that this is a memorial to all soldiers both active and retired. So I ask as a favor from them, please don't climb on the Freedom Rock or ride bikes on the stage. We as the city understand things happen, but out of respect, we appreciate help from everyone on this matter.

If you haven't noticed yet, please take a walk through the Sully Lion's Club Courtyard beside the Coffee Cup Cafe and see what a wonderful job those men and women have done.

This community makes me be proud to say I'm from Sully.

One more thing I should mention is due to farm machinery coming into our community, please give them some space. Also, I would like to remind the farmers that are coming to town and others as well this time of the year, there are several children playing (sometimes on the street). Please slow down and watch for them so we can make this a safe season for all involved.

Thanks for the time and hope you all have a blessed fall season. -- Brent Vander Molen

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The Sully Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) has about $50,000 available for financing your business start-up or expansion project. The Sully RLF was established to improve the Sully economy by providing “gap” financing for small and emerging private business enterprise projects that may or may not increase property valuations or employment opportunities.

Any business located in the Jasper County portion of the Lynnville-Sully School District is eligible to apply. Refinancing, residential construction, specialized equipment not essential to the operation, and routine maintenance generally cannot be financed. Some possible uses of the Sully RLF are:
 • Acquisition of land, buildings, and equipment;
 • Building renovation, rehabilitation, or equipment installation;
 • Working capital for inventory and direct labor; and
 • Technical assistance for private business enterprises.

Loan amounts are subject to the availability of funds. The minimum loan is $2,000. Interest rates will vary with the prime rate and are set by the Sully RLF Loan Committee. Rates will range from 2-5 percent and typically will not exceed prime rate by more than 2 percent. The Sully RLF Loan Committee will determine the loan term, which will depend upon the project being financed.

If you are interested, contact the City of Sully (641-594-3493). Click here for additional information.

October 15 is the deadline for those desiring to honor veterans with a personalized paver at the Jasper County Freedom Rock by Nov. 11, 2015.

In front of the Jasper County Freedom Rock in the Sully Central Park is a 12’ x 14’ area for 663 pavers to be set.

These pavers are being sold to families to place in honor of anyone that has served in the military service. The person does not need to live in Jasper County Iowa. This is a memorial for service personnel and recognition of their service to our country. The pavers will be engraved with their name and service branch and whatever else will fit on the paver, such as years in the service and rank.

The price for a 4” x 8” paver is $75 and for an 8” x 8” paver is $125. Click here for a paver order form.

Order forms are also available at the Hometown Press in Sully.

altAfter months of planning and changed plans due to a fire on Jan. 30, 2014, Janco Industires, Inc., including Handy Industries purchased in 2010, held an open house for the public on Sept. 25 and a private ribbon cutting on Sept. 28. Over 175 people attended the open house and refreshments on the afternoon of Sept. 25.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad attended the ribbon cutting ceremony the afternoon of Sept. 28 in front of th newly completed building at 600 West 2nd Avenue in the business park on the west side of Sully. Also on Sept. 28, a meal was served to over 120 invited guests including Janco's vendors and employees, people from local businesses, Sully Development and Betterment Committees, Sully City Council, and as a thank you, the Sully Fire Department crew members.

altBranstad was running a little late, but was able to speak for about 10 minutes and take a short tour of the new 75,000-square foot Janco building.

Top photo, the ribbon curls in the wind as Janco Industries' co-owner Joel Jansen cuts the symbolic red tape representing the culmination of hard work and perserverance, and the completion of the new facility in the Sully Business Park, from left, Chase Jansen, Kayla Kelly, Verle Jansen, Governor Terry Branstad, Joel and his wife and co-owner Deann Jansen, Tyler Jansen, and Norma and Carroll Harthoorn. The ribbon is held by Sully Development President Teryl Ver Ploeg (left) and at right, current Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen and former Sully Mayor Gordon Yarrington.

Bottom photo, Joel Jansen gives Iowa Governor Terry Branstad a short tour of the Janco facility.