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Garbage Day Change - November 18, 2019

Due to Thanksgiving, Ruthven Garbage will be picked up Wed-Nov 27th instead. [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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Thanksgiving Holiday Closed

11/18/2019

Ruthven City Hall will be closed Thursday-Nov 28th and Friday-Nov 29th to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Garbage Pickup Date Change

11/18/2019

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, Ruthven Garbage will be picked up on WEDNESDAY Nov 27th instead of Thursday.