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Street Closed - February 20, 2019

Effective Immediately the Ruthven Railroad Tracks on Gowrie St (from Main St to Railroad St.) are... [more...]

Snow Event/Emergency Parking - January 24, 2019

SNOW EVENT/EMERGENCY PARKING.  During the period from November 1 through April 1, a “... [more...]

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City of Ruthven... Come for a Visit, Stay for a Lifetime

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1607 Rolling St
Ruthven, IA 51358
712-837-5522
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"Small-town living at its finest!" Located in Palo Alto County in northwest Iowa on Highway 18, Ruthven is a quaint town with about 770 residents. Founded in 1884, Ruthven has been called the "Hub of the Wetlands" since five lakes are located within 10 miles of the community. Four miles north of town, Lost Island Lake offers visitors and residents a swimming beach, campground, cafe, resorts, public boat launches and beautiful hiking trails.

Ruthven residents are proud of their K-12 public school, a well-kept public park and swimming pool, a public library, fire department, five churches, and a community care facility that has assisted- and independent-living units. Ruthven celebrates "Bully Bullhead Weekend" annually on the weekend following July 4th. The event includes a parade, a tractor ride, a kid's carnival, athletic tournaments, and of course, the bullhead fishing tournament. 

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Pool Family Passes with Grant

(3/15/2019) If your family received an eligibility letter for the reduced prices family season pool pass, get into city hall soon! Passes are flying out the door.  :) You must bring in the eligibility letter and the $20.00 fee to get signed up. Summer is right ...

Snow Event/Emergency Parking

(1/24/2019) SNOW EVENT/EMERGENCY PARKING.  1.         During the period from November 1 through April 1, a “Snow Event” shall be deemed to exist when the National Weather Service predicts a snow accumulation of ...