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Friday, March 7
Manchester’s Cricket Hollow Zoo Threatened with Lawsuit
Iowa Joins Lawsuit Opposing a California Law that Discriminates against Iowa Egg Producers
Propane Sees Significant Drop, Natural Gas Remains Volatile
Iowa Snow Plow Locations
DOT Snow Plow Cameras
Thursday, March 6
Prolonged Crisis in Ukraine Could Roil Grain Markets
Registration Now Open for April 8 Iowa Local Food Conference
Wednesday, March 5
All Open Enrollment for Individual Health Insurance Ends March 31
Site Selection Magazine Honors Showing Iowa is Working
Tuesday, March 4
Dyersville Man Dies in Train vs. Vehicle Crash
School Districts Selected for First Teacher Leadership Systems
Science of Parenting: Did Someone Die?
Monday, March 3
Iowa DOT Plow Cams Now Online for All to See
DNR to Hold Listening Session on Fall Hunting and Trapping Regulations
Friday, February 28
Ag Census: Iowa 2nd in Total Value Of Agriculture Sales
With New Farm Bill, Additional Winter Pheasant Habitat Available
Thursday, February 27
Judge Delays Sentencing of Sweet until March
Iowa Gas Prices on the Rise, Propane Costs Continue to Fall
Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Going Quickly
Wednesday, February 26
Upper Iowa University Names University Provost and Vice President for Academic Extension
Governor Branstad Establishes Council to Guide Expansion of National Service
Tuesday, February 25
Iowa Economic Development Board Approves Awards to 3 Companies
Iowa Health Information Network Joins Mid-States Consortium
Monday, February 24
Preliminary 2012 Census Results Provide a Snapshot Of Iowa Agriculture
DNR Facebook Q&A Session of Hunting Moved to Febuary 26
Friday, February 21
Natural Gas and Propane Prices Retreat
Get Up and Move: Workplace Workouts Can Lead to Better Health
Thursday, February 20
Upper Iowa Earns "Best Buy" Ranking for Online MPA Program
Latest Iowa Travel Guide Now Available
Wednesday, February 19
Iowa's Deer Harvest Declined for Eighth Straight Year
Inaugural Water Quality Initiative Leader Awards
Tuesday, February 18
Major Increase In Natural Gas Prices, Motor Fuels Up Slightly
Iowa Tourism: Travelers Spending More Money in Iowa
Monday, February 17
Is Your Valentine Healthy for You?
Water Summary Update - 2013 in Review
Friday, February 14
Iowa Transportation Commission Schedules Public Input Meetings
Ice Shelter Removal Deadline Extended North of Hwy 20
Thursday, February 13
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Takes Action on Propane Shortage
Hunter Ed Classes Available Ahead of Spring Turkey Season
Wednesday, February 12
Upper Iowa University to Offer Dual Enrollment Courses in Fall 2014
2014 Morel Mushroom Certification Workshops Planned for March and April
Tuesday, February 11
Science of Parenting: Children’s Views on Aging
Nominations Sought for 2014 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards
Monday, February 10
UNI Lifelong University Announces Spring 2014 Courses
A Heart-healthy Diet Keeps Your Brain Healthy, Too
Friday, February 7
Dubuque Woman Gets 7-year term in Craigslist Murder Scheme
Iowa State Helps to Educate Iowans about Health Insurance
Iowa Communities Selected for Expansion of RSVP Programs
Thursday, February 6
Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Black Hawk County
New Lake Maps Available, Clear Lake Map Now Online
Wednesday, February 5
I-Smile Promotes National Children’s Dental Health Month
Open Water Areas Showing Up On Some Iowa Lakes
Tuesday, February 4
Century And Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged To Apply
Iowa DOT Expanding Use of Cameras to Show Road Conditions
Monday, February 3
Propane Prices Remain High But Have Declined; Natural Gas Prices Top $5.00
Five Iowans Charged with Illegally Harvesting Fish
Friday, January 31
Fayette County Fire Victims Identified
Iowa Learning Farms Marks 10 Years in 2014
DNR Trout Hatchery: Trout Spawning Outside of Manchester
Thursday, January 30
Lake Delhi Officials Receive Federal Permit
Iowa Business Council Announces Goal of Hiring 2,500 Veterans
ISU Releases New Feedlot Monitoring Software
Wednesday, January 29
Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent
REAP Grants Available for Land Acquisition
Tuesday, January 28
Beef Feedlot Roundtable Sessions Offered at Five Iowa Location
UNI Selected as Military Friendly by Military Advanced Education Magazine
Monday, January 27
IWD Apprenticeship Report Shows Higher Wages
Unprecedented Spike in Propane Costs
Friday, January 24
New Iowa DOT Blog gives the Inside Scoop on the Agency
Dates Set for Canoe and Kayak Schools
Thursday, January 23
January 30 Deadline for CDL Holders to Comply with FMCSA Regulations
Hosts Needed for 10 State Park Campgrounds
Wednesday, January 22
Upper Iowa University earns "Best Buy" Ranking for Online Degrees
Iowa Taxpayers Increase Donations to Wildlife for Third Year Running
Tuesday, January 21
Economic Development Board Approves Awards to 8 Companies
UNI Awarded $500,000 Grant to Pilot Yearlong Student Teaching Program
Monday, January 20
Where are the Iowa DOT Snowplows? Find out Now Online
Live Healthy Iowa's 10 Week Challenge
Friday, January 17
Manchester Man Charged With Stealing From Walmart
Annual Iowa Farmers Market Workshop February 8
Iowa Transportation Commission Approves Transportation Alternatives Funding
Thursday, January 16
Two Waterloo Residents Charged in Manchester Drug Bust
Iowa Department of Public Health: Influenza Deaths Reported in Iowa
Iowa Citizens Help Track Imperiled Wildlife
Wednesday, January 15
Iowa MarketReady Offered for Local Food Producers to Reach Beyond Local Consumers
Iowa Attorney General Urges Free Credit Monitoring for Target Customers
Tuesday, January 14
UIU Undergraduate Majors and MBA Program Ranked Among Top 100 Online Programs
UNI Goes Mobile with Custom Designed MyUNI App
Monday, January 13
Arrest for Homicide by Vehicle in Delaware County
Iowa Bicycle Summit to be held January 24-25
Top 2013 Consumer Complaint: Home Mortgages
Friday, January 10
Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ Resigns as Director of Iowa Department of Public Health
Derelict Building Grant Applications Due Febuary 28
Thursday, January 9
Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced
State of Iowa Expands Government Payment Partnership with Dwolla
Wednesday, January 8
New Year’s Resolution: Eat More Kale
Applications Now Being Accepted for the Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards
Tuesday, January 7
Federal Officials Finalize Iowa Health and Wellness Plan Waiver
Pheasant Hunting Better Than Expected in Some Parts of the State
Monday, January 6
Inaugural Global Insurance Symposium to be held in Iowa in Spring 2014
Iowa Learning Farms Launches New Cover Crop Calculator Tool
Friday, December 27
Program Teaches Farm Women to be Better Business Partners
2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Posted on DNR Website
Thursday, December 26
Website Launched to Match Military Veterans with Jobs in Iowa
Iowa Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open
Tuesday, December 24
Changes to Iowa Law Allows for Eight-year Driver’s License
IDPH Dental Sealant Program Expands
Monday, December 23
One Person Killed in Crash Near Earlville
Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.4 Percent
The 'Gift' That Keeps on Giving: Norovirus
Friday, December 20
State Fire Marshal Wants You to Go Green for Christmas Tree Safety
Department of Public Health: Does Holiday Drinking “Change You?”
Thursday, December 19
No Decision in Dyersville Election Dispute
Iowa Department of Public Health: Keep the Holidays Healthy
Signs for Optimism are Returning to the Cattle Market
Wednesday, December 18
River Museum in Dubuque Seeks Donations after Fire
Extension Workshops Help Iowans Answer Health Insurance Questions
UNI Named Top 100 'Best Values in Public Colleges' by Kiplinger's
Tuesday, December 17
Manchester Police Arrest 2 on Shoplifting and Drug Charges
Funds Available for Water Quality Projects
Upper Iowa University Named Top Military-Friendly University for 6th Consecutive Year
Monday, December 16
Clinton Woman Sentenced in Dubuque Payroll Scheme
Natural Gas Prices Top $4.00, Other Fuels Mixed
Licenses for the January Antlerless Deer Season on Sale December 15
of the Day
elderly couples were enjoying a friendly conversation when one of the
men asked the other, "Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last
"Outstanding," Fred replied. "They taught us all the latest
psychological techniques: visualization, association, etc. It was
"That's great! And what was the name of the clinic?"
Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn't remember. Then a
smile broke across his face and he asked, "What do you call that flower
with the long stem and thorns?"
"You mean a rose?"
"Yes, that's it!"
He turned to his wife, "Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?"
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Chris Cagle - 2014 Buchanan County Fair - July 19
self-proclaimed version of "redneck rock 'n roll," has been firing
people up for over a decade, and this time around, Chris is chomping at
the bit for an energetic reintroduction to the country music community
that's been a long time coming. Fans will still see flashes of the
Chris they know but they'll also see the joy and confidence that home
life provides him. "I'm happy. You're gonna hear the smile through the
Chris says of his new record. "For the first time since April 2001, I
am truly happy to do it; I have a new lease on all of it." Chris is
back with all the energy of a newcomer and the wisdom of a veteran and
the renewed passion is contagious. "I'm at a place in my life where I
think about everyone I'm working with, especially the fans. I thank God
that I'm in a place in my heart where I am grateful and aware. I am
very, very, very lucky."
Tickets will be available online at buchanancountyfair.org.
Easton Corbin - 2014 Delaware County Fair - July 10
of country music’s up and coming stars is headed for Manchester to
headline country night for the 2014 Delaware County Fair.
Headlining the Thursday, July 10 show with his voice that was
made for country music is Easton Corbin.
When Easton broke on the scene in 2009 with not one, but two, No. 1
singles, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It,” and a
Top 15 hit, “I Can’t Love You Back,” the country music world was put on
notice. He became the first country male artist in 17 years to have his
first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. Billboard named Easton the
Top New Country Artist of 2010 and named "Roll With It" the No. 6 Hot
Country Song of the Year. He was ranked No. 9 on Billboard’s list of
Top Country Artists-Male, listed between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.
Corbin will be in Manchester on Thursday, July 10th. Seating for this
concert will include track seating at $35 with premium seating of the
first 8 rows in the center at $50. The premium seats will come with
three complimentary drink tickets to be used during the show.
Tickets for Easton Corbin will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on March 15th.
Tickets will be available at the Fair office, by calling 563.927-6449
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - July 11 - Delaware County Fair
Thorogood and the Destroyers will headline this regionally famous
headline event. A rocker debuting in the late 70’s and rising to fame
in the early 80’s, Thorogood promises to fill the grandstands with some
great traditional rock and roll. Known for penning some great classic
hits, this band is celebrating its 40th anniversary of performing for
audiences and laying down a phenomenal live show.
George Thorogood will perform in Manchester on Friday, July 11. Tickets
for this event go on sale to the general public in March and will once
again include all you care to eat and drink during the show. For more
information on this concert, please visit here.
Delaware County Fair’s Newest Event Boasts Award Winning Act!
Delaware County Fair announces the addition of a new event. Traditionally a festival stage has been
erected for a Christian concert on the North end of the grounds for a
Wednesday evening performance. This year the fair will construct the
stage a day early and host award winning a capella band, Home Free, as
a duel event on Tuesday evening of the week long fair. This talented
group of vocalists has most recently won the top spot on NBC’s
television show The Sing-off.
Five guys from Minnesota with five microphones and no instruments, Home
Free has sung all over the world. They
have also brought their love of a cappella music into public schools,
raising music awareness and thousands of dollars for local high school
music programs. With a musical style they call “an eclectic mix of
everything” they have taken a cappella in a direction that caters to
every generation. You can find more information about this
act and other events at the Fair here.
Elkader Opera House
beautifully renovated 1903 Elkader Opera House is nestled in the scenic
Turkey River valley in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to being on the
National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House is best known as
Northeast Iowa’s entertainment leader. With its rich cultural heritage
the Elkader Opera House provides a charming and unique setting for any
See more details here.
Clayton County Fair
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Turkey River Corridor
an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its
geographic size and potential. It truly is a regional great place. The
communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton
Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River
corridor. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich
rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational
opportunities. The corridor communities are linked in a common mission
to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey
River Corridor through the creation of land and water trails
See more details here.
Area Attractions, Festivals & Fairs
Grant Wood Festival
Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa on February 13, 1891. He displayed
early evidence of his artistic ability and upon graduation from Grant
High School in Cedar Rapids, enrolled at the Handicraft Guild in
Minneapolis. His subsequently taught school, attended night classes at
the Art Institute of Chicago, served in the Army, and later was
appointed an art instructor at the University of Iowa.
the 1920s, he traveled to Europe several times. On his last journey,
his contact with Flemish and German primitive art forms resulted in his
decision to return to the Midwest, settle in Iowa, and paint scenes he
knew best in the style for which he would become famous.
Grant Wood died on February 12, 1942 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa.
annual Grant Wood Art Festival honors the heritage of Grant Wood and
the legacy of the early Irish immigrants who settled in Stone City.
Attracted to the natural beauty of the terrain, Grant Wood chose this
area for his art colony during the summers of 1932-33. The aim of
the original art colony, as outlined in the school’s brochure, was “…to
join in working together toward the development of an indigenous
expression. To this end we do not strive for any particular
formula or technique. We rather seek for a stimulating exchange
of ideas, a cooperation of a variety of points of view.”
journey back in time to view architectural landmarks of the mid 19th
century is promised to those who visit the area. The legend is
that early immigrants came to Stone City in the 1800s and carved a
legacy of stone in the bluffs of the Wapsipinicon River Valley. See more details here.
Great Jones County Fair July 16-20, 2014
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by the Iowa legislature in 1993, for great family fun at the annual
Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off! The event is scheduled for the 1st
Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including
the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin
carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games
and much more!
The Iowa record for a big pumpkin was broken
several years in a row in the pumpkin capital of Iowa, Anamosa.
In 2007, Anamosa received national recognition by weighing in the
second largest pumpkin in the world at 1662 pounds from Don Young of
Des Moines, IA.
Downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be closed
to showcase Food and Craft Vendors. Pumpkinfest activities include
Pumpkin Carving Exhibitions, Pumpkin Recipe Contest, Kids Games and
Rides, Parade, Scarecrow Contest, Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament,
Hay Bail Toss, Live Music and 5K Run. The annual Chili Cook-Off
benefits the free medical clinic. See more details here.
National Farm Toy Museum
amongst the patch worked fields of green and gold, the National Farm
Toy Museum, has been home to thousands of farm toys and collectibles
since 1986. The idea of a farm toy museum came from the growing
awareness of the farm toy hobby through passionate and enthusiastic
collectors, and the demand for additional space to house the National
Farm Toy Show. Taking note of these two elements Dave Bell, then of the
ERTL Company, and Claire Scheibe, founder and past president of the Toy
Farmer Ltd. met with the Dyersville Industries, Inc. (DII) Board of
Directors to propose the National Farm Toy Museum.
expected, the DII Board did not immediately accept the idea of building
a museum. One major concern the Directors focused on was the expense to
construct the facility. To help defray the costs a fund raising
campaign was put together that included introducing and selling a
series of collector tractors. The first series was a line of vintage
Cockshutt tractors. The series consisted of a three-tractor set that
was produced from 1986 thru 1990. Those who purchased the first set are
still acknowledged in the museum today. The result of the fund raising
campaign and the sales of the Cockshutt series tractor sales was the
National Farm Toy Museum. Every year the National Farm Toy Museum
selects an exclusive collector's series tractor to produce for the
benefit of the Museum. See more details here.
Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie Site
see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays, July 6 & 20 August
3, 17, 31 at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The ghosts will appear at
1 pm and perform their "Greatest Show on Dirt." Come play some
ball and have some fun! Free admission. See more details here.
Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic parish for the residents
of Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of 70 basilicas in the United States.
The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church was named
in honor of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.
features Gothic architecture. This includes columns and vaulted
ceilings. The church has a seating capacity of about 1200 people. There
are about 5000 people total in the parish. It has 64 large
stained glass windows. There are two notable windows in the
church. See more details here.
Acres Agribition Center is located off Highway 20 Exit 252, in
Independence, Iowa. Dedicated to exhibiting the past, present and
future of agriculture in the National Heritage Area, Heartland Acres
has something fun and educational for people of all ages. Heartland
Acres has seasonal livestock, new and antique farm equipment, a classic
car museum, events center and a one-room schoolhouse. See more details here.
Buchanan County Fair
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your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood
smoke. New vendors for 2014 will bring a delicious new flavor to the
menu selection. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing
tickets at the event.
Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft
brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone
are available in advance or at the gate.
Bring your lawn chair, music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m. See more detailshere.
Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
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Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! See more details here.
Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014
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Delaware County Fair July 7 - 13, 2014
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Williams Center for the Performing Arts
in the Fall of 2003. The construction of the center was part of a
project which included a wellness center and other festures. The
williams center for the arts includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a
multi-funtional, sound/light booth, a spacious work area, several
spacious dressing rooms and multi-level storage. See more details here.
Fayette County Fair
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Oelwein Heritage Days
Annually held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August 17-18, 2013.
great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our
past. Railroad History - Large Flea Market - Beautiful Quilts - 5K Race
- Vintage Cars - Arts & Crafts - Street Dance - Musical
Entertainment - Games - Window Displays - Sidewalk Sales - Lunch
Stands. Out-of-town guests can make Oelwein their weekend destination
and area residents can renew their local heritage. Fun for the entire
family! See more details here.
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