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Friday, April 24

Gasoline Prices Trending Up for the Week

lakrWater Summary Update: Rainfall Improves Conditions

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


Thursday, April 23

Crop Report:  7% of Corn Planted, 74% of Oats

lakrIowa DNR Offers Guidance for Turkey Hunters in Areas Near Avian Flu

Wednesday, April 22

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.0 Percen

Iowa DNR: Increased CWD Surveillance in Northeast Iowa

Tuesday, April 21

WeatherUSDA Confirms Case Of H5N2 Avian Influenza In Iowa

yayRetired Trooper Awarded Congressional Badge of Bravery

Monday, April 20

Crude Oil Prices Up 11% Since Last Report

lakrIowa DNR: Leave Wildlife Babies in the Wild

Friday, April 17

MoneyUK-Based Psychic Scheme Pays $7,000 for Refunds to Iowa Victims

lakrWhite-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Iowa; More Than Half of all States Now Affected

Thursday, April 16

Iowa Crop Report: Wet Conditions Slowing Things Down

lakrMaquoketa Caves to Host its 4th Annual Pancakes in the Park Event

Wednesday, April 15

Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

Iowa DNR: State Park Campgrounds in Need of Hosts

Tuesday, April 14

WeatherApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

MoneyMore than $630,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Danville, Mills County

Monday, April 13

MoneyGrants Available to Enhance Swine Industry

lakr6 Tips for Catch and Release Fishing

Friday, April 10

yayJones Regional Medical Center Named A Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Ethanol Prices On The Rise, Up $.12 this Week

lakrWater Summary Update: Dry Conditions Remain, Flood Outlook Normal

Thursday, April 9

lakrIowa DNR: Lack of Snowfall Benefits Pheasants

IowaWORKS Services Offered to Offenders Before Release

Wednesday, April 8

Weather4 Charged in Jones County Bank Robbery

Allamakee CWD Surveillance Complete - No New Cases Found

Tuesday, April 7

What is Public Health? National Public Health Week April 6 - 12

MoneyIEDA Awards $20 Million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

Monday, April 6

Reminder: Grants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Governor Branstad Declares April Minority Health Month in Iowa

Friday, April 3

Natural Gas and Other Heating Fuels Prices Fall

WeatherEmerald Ash Borer Treatment Options Recently Revised

Thursday, April 2

lakrSpring Trout Stocking Season Begins with Limited Stockings

MoneyNine Urban Water Quality Projects to Receive Funds

Wednesday, April 1

yayVeterans Find Success in UNI's Business School

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Awards to Support Almost $75 million in Capital Investments

Tuesday, March 31

Crude Oil, Wholesale Ethanol Prices Rise

WeatherEmerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Clinton County

Monday, March 30

How IDPH is Getting Iowans Talking about Colorectal Cancer

lakrWhere Does Water Go After it Goes Down the Drain?

Friday, March 27

yayIowa State University Extension and Outreach Week Is March 22-28

MoneyUpper Iowa University Receives Carver Trust Grant

Thursday, March 26

WeatherWhen Gambling Becomes More than a Game, No One Wins

lakrIowa DNR: Spring Turkey Hunting Safety Tips

Wednesday, March 25

WeatherState Fire Marshal Forms B-SAFE Team to Aid in Disasters

lakrIowa's Spring Turkey Seasons Begin April 13

Tuesday, March 24

yayBranstad Appoints UNI Student to Board of Regents

Texas Business Agrees to Cease Misleading Solicitations

Monday, March 23

WeatherAdditional Arrest Made in Hot Lotto Ticket Investigation

MoneyNearly $400,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Sutherland, Nora Springs

Friday, March 20

MoneyMoney Smart Week Is April 18-25

yayUNI Selected as a 'Best Graduate School' by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, March 19

Iowa DOT Releases Evaluation of Automated Traffic Enforcement

lakrFunds Available For Conservation Research And Demonstration Projects

Wednesday, March 18

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.2 Percent

Natural Gas, Heating Oil Prices Fall: Motor Fuels Steady

Tuesday, March 17

WeatherAG Miller Warns about Pervasive Telephone Scams

yayDigital Photo Archive of Iowa's History Launches at UNI

Monday, March 16

Judge Orders Deed Documents Solicitor to Refund Iowans, Cease Solicitations and Pay $25,000

Latest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Abuse Stabilizing, Bullying Decreasing

Friday, March 13

WeatherSpecial Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) March 13 - 17

lakrAlliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Thursday, March 12

Sharp Rise In Retail Fuel Prices: 22 Cent Jump

lakrCold Water and Above Normal Temps Greet Spring Paddlers

Wednesday, March 11

WeatherIowa DPS: Be Safe This St. Patrick's Day

"Fund Recovery" Agrees to Stop Mailing Deceptive Unclaimed Property “Credit Memos” to Iowans

Tuesday, March 10

Science of Parenting: Does Parenting Style Matter?

MoneyIowa Financial Literacy Summit May 5 in Des Moines

Monday, March 9

Collection, Testing for Chronic Wasting Disease Enters Third Week

lakrThree Watershed Projects To Receive Water Quality Funding

Friday, March 6

ISU Extension Offers Farm Financial Planning Support

lakrAcres Remain for Landowners Wanting to Improve Pheasant Habitat

Thursday, March 5

yayManchester Named “River Town of the Year”

Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Going Quickly

Attention Baby Boomers: Get a Colorectal Cancer Screening!

Wednesday, March 4

lakrIowa Water Quality Initiative Funds Available For Innovative Practices

March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 3

yayIowa Tourism Office Looking for State’s Best Pie

Money‘Honey, We Need to Talk -- about Money’

Monday, March 2

Minnesota Fundraiser Agrees to Reform Telephone Solicitation Practices

lakrApplications Now Being Accepted for the Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards

Friday, February 27

Iowa State Professor Working to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shows Slight Increases for 2015

Thursday, February 26

MoneyIowa Governor Terry Branstad Signs Fuel Tax Increase into Law

lakrTurkey Federation Recognizes Southern Iowa Conservation Effort

Wednesday, February 25

Cold, But Successful Start to CWD Deer Sampling in Allamakee County

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Awards to Companies in 7 Cities

Tuesday, February 24

Iowa State Helps Develop App for Recording Pesticide Applications

lakrCourt Ruling Lists Gray Wolf as Endangered in Iowa

Monday, February 23

Hunters and Landowners will Collect Deer Samples for CWD in Allamakee

Birth Defects Program Leads Study Focusing on Muscular Dystrophy

Friday, February 20

WeatherConcerned about Gambling? Have the Conversation

lakrWaterman Prairie to Become Official Bird Conservation Area

Thursday, February 19

WeatherIce Fishing Shelters Must Be Removed by February 20

Memorial Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservation

Wednesday, February 18

Water Quality Initiative Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

Actions Taken by the Iowa Transportation Commission at its February 10 Meeting

Tuesday, February 17

Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against New York-Based “International Astrology Foundation”

yayUNI's Rod Library to Receive Four Donated Paintings

Monday, February 16

Sharp Rise In Heating Oil Prices, Motor Fuels Also Rise

85 Enterprises Connecting Iowans to Local Food

Friday, February 13

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Incentives for Rembrandt Enterprises

lakr2015 National Pheasant Fest Returns to Des Moines February 20-22

Thursday, February 12

WeatherWater Monitoring Continues on Mississippi Following Train Derailment

lakrSpring Outdoors Woman Workshop Ready for Registrations

Wednesday, February 11

S&P to Pay Iowa $21.5 Million in Ratings Settlement

Local Food Producers Use Iowa MarketReady Training to Reach Local Wholesale Markets

Tuesday, February 10

MoneyIEDA Board Approves Reinvestment District Funding for Waterloo

DNR to Discuss Chronic Wasting Disease February 17 in Allamakee County

Monday, February 9

Century And Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged To Apply

WeatherRecovery and Assessment Process Begins Following Train Derailment Near Dubuque

Friday, February 6

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Receives $1.04 Million Unemployment Insurance Grant

IDPH Public-Private Partnership Targets Infant Safety

Thursday, February 5

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

lakrDNR to Discontinue Fish Production for Farm Pond Program

Wednesday, February 4

MoneySeven Watersheds Split $1 Million in Grants

lakrCold Weather Welcome Change for Ice Anglers, But Use Caution

Tuesday, February 3

Iowa Diesel Prices Continue Downward Trend

Frozen Ground Manure Application Rules Kick in February 1

Monday, February 2

lakrWhat's the Difference Between a Groundhog and a Woodchuck?

WeatherNational Slavery and Human Traffic Prevention Month

Friday, January 30

The HPV Vaccine is the Key to Cancer Prevention

lakrGet Lost in Backbone State Park This Winter

Thursday, January 29

WeatherState Fire Marshal Distributes Smoke Alarms

lakrIce Conditions Deteriorating Across Southern Iowa

Wednesday, January 28

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.1 Percent

Application for Medical Cannabidiol Card Now Available

Tuesday, January 27

Heating Oil Prices Fall for Tenth Consecutive Week

Judge Bars DM Convenience Store Owners from Selling Synthetic Drugs, Orders $50,000 Penalty

Monday, January 26

yayUpper Iowa University Ranked 13th in Online MBA Programs

MoneyUNI Receives Grant to Provide Development for Iowa Science Teachers

Friday, January 23

2015 Crop Cost Estimates Released - Drop is Expected

Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Allamakee County

Thursday, January 22

yayUSDA Selects Two Water Quality Focused Projects for Conservation Program

lakrAcres Remain for Landowners Wanting to Improve Pheasant Habitat

Wednesday, January 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support Capital Investment

lakrThe Chickadee Check-off Continues its Modest Rise on State Tax Form

Tuesday, January 20

MoneyU.S. Treasury Awards $4.4 Million to Iowa to Aid Small Businesses

lakrEnter Your Best Trail Cam Shots in Iowa DNR's Facebook Photo Contest

Monday, January 19

MoneyIEDA Awards $52 Million in CDBG Funds to Cities in Iowa

Grants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Friday, January 16

Iowa Retail Gasoline Falls Below $2

lakrDuck Hunters in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan Find Success in Experimental Season

Thursday, January 15

Healthcare Marketplace No Longer Offering CoOportunity Health

WeatherNew Year’s Resolutions Broken Already?

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000

Wednesday, January 14

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Awards Registered Apprenticeship Training Funds

lakrTips for Spotting Bald Eagles this Winter

Tuesday, January 13

WeatherPresident Obama to Visit Cedar Falls this Week

MoneyStatewide Business Grant Contest Accepting Entries

Monday, January 12

Iowa Department of Public Health: January is Radon Action Month

WeatherIowa DNR: Make Your Own Winter Survival Kit

Friday, January 9

MoneyVITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Preparation in Rural Counties

yayUpper Iowa University Online Bachelor's and MBA Only Iowa  Program Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, January 8

Keeping Your Child Safe from Influenza

lakrTrees for Kids Grant Applications Now Available

Wednesday, January 7

Science of Parenting: All about Baby Talk

lakrFeeling Sleepy? Learn About Iowa's True Hibernators

Tuesday, January 6

yayFor 3rd Consecutive Year, UNI is a Top 100 'Best Value in Public Colleges'

Iowa State University Researchers Make Fish Food from Iowa Agricultural Commodities

Monday, January 5

MoneyFarmland Values Fall from Historic High: Down to $7,943 per Acre

yayUNI Named to Presidential Honor Roll

Friday, January 2

MoneyBattelle Report: A New Economic Development Roadmap for Iowa

lakrDepartment of Natural Resources: Midwinter Bald Eagle Counts

Wednesday, December 31

Department of Public Health: Influenza Spreads Across Iowa

MoneyGrant Awarded to Dubuque to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Tuesday, December 30

Natural Gas Prices Drop Below $3.00, Motor Fuels Also Drop

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Similar to 2013

Monday, December 29

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Foundation Receives Walmart Foundation Grant

lakrMore than 100,000 Trout Spawning Indoors in Manchester





Groan of the Day

A woman was waiting in the checkout line at a shopping center. Her arms were laden with a mop and broom and other cleaning supplies. By her hard glances and deep sighs, it was obvious she was in hurry and not a happy camper about the slowness of the line.

When the cashier called for a price check on a box of soap, the woman remarked indignantly, "Well, I'll be lucky to get out of here and home before Christmas!"

"Don't worry, ma'am," replied the clerk. "With a good tail wind and that brand new broom you have there, you'll be home in no time."



From A Joke A Day.com



Elkader Opera House

The 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 event.
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Clayton County Fair

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Turkey River Corridor

As 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 infrastructure.
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Area Attractions, Festivals & Fairs

Grant Wood Festival

Grant 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.

During 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.

The 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.”

A 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.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015


Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 3, 2015

Named 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.

National Farm Toy Museum

Hidden 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.

As was 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

Come 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

The 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.

The basilica 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.  
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Heartland Acres

Heartland 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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Brew BQ

Overwhelm 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.   
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Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest 
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets) 
♪ ♫ MUSIC ♪ ♫ 
☺ “Free Activities for 
the Kids” the Kids” 
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons!  
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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

Opened 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. 

A 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!  
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