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Friday, April 29

Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Prices Nudge Higher

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Seven Startups

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


Thursday, April 28

WeatherDPS Officials Remind Iowans to be Vigilant of Child Abductions

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Wednesday, April 27

Crop Report:  Rain Slows Planting Progress

lakrIncreasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

Tuesday, April 26

lakrWater Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

June 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Monday, April 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent in March

yayRedesigned State of Iowa Website Unveiled

Friday, April 22

Slight Increase in Iowa Unleaded Gasoline Prices

yayFull Participation in Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

Thursday, April 21

WeatherPreparations For Avian Influenza That Have Taken Place In The Last Year

lakrRecord Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season


Wednesday, April 20

Crop Report: Corn Planting has Begun in Earnest

Resources Available to Farmers Using No-till And Strip-till

Tuesday, April 19

yayUNI JPEC Receives International Award for Student Entrepreneurship

Iowa Farm to School Program Celebrates New Growing Season

Monday, April 18

Timing Key in Maximizing Profit of Land, Market Investments

Iowa City Pediatrician Named Immunization Champion

Friday, April 15

MoneyMidAmerican Energy Announces 3.6 Billion Investment in Additional Wind Generation Capacity

lakr520 Firearms, Bows, Gun Barrels, Ccopes, Tree Stands Available at DNR Spring Sale

Thursday, April 14

Money$800,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Crude Oil and Heating Fuel Prices Increase

Wednesday, April 13

WeatherApril is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month

Iowa Crop Report: Getting Equipment Ready

Tuesday, April 12

Money2016 Money Smart Week Is April 23-30

yayNearly 700 Students Compete at 59th Annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Monday, April 11

New Jersey Seller of Purported Lottery Winning Systems Will Pay Refunds

Nominations Sought for 2016 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Friday, April 8

lakrDNR Boater Reminder, Pull the Drain Plugs

Motor Fuels Lower, Crude Mixed, Natural Gas Higher

Thursday, April 7

Crop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Mostly Adequate

lakrDNR: Iowa Boat Registrations Due April 30

Wednesday, April 6

Science of Parenting: Children Learn from Chores

WeatherMany Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

Tuesday, April 5

yayShow Support for Military Kids: Wear Purple April 15

Value-Added Services for Iowa Medicaid Patients

Monday, April 4

lakrIowa DNR Announces Spring Turkey Seasons

Settlement Dissolves Two Sham Cancer Charities

Friday, April 1

Slight Rise in National Retail Gasoline Prices

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

Thursday, March 31

lakrOnline Hunting Atlas Offers Hunters Places to Go

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

Wednesday, March 30

Farm Poll Shows Farmers Increasing Use of Nutrient Loss Reduction Practices

yayUNI to Honor Student Activists from 1970 Campus Protest

Tuesday, March 29

yayUI Health Care Again Recognized as a Leading Employer

lakrPlant.Grow.Fly. and Mayor Cownie Encourage Iowa’s Mayors to Sign Monarch Pledge

Monday, March 28

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.7 Percent in February

ISU Extension: What Is a Bull Worth?

Friday, March 25

While Crude Oil Rises, Motor Fuels Relatively Stable

Fourth of July Campsite Reservations Open Soon

Thursday, March 24

State of Iowa to Hold Energy Plan Public Forums

Online Internet Marketing Training Seller to Refund Iowans

Wednesday, March 23

WeatherMarch 21-25 Severe Weather Awareness Week

yayIowa State Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News

Tuesday, March 22

MoneyISU Extension and Outreach Awarded $950,000 FDA Food Safety Grant

Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Due May 2

Monday, March 21

MoneyMore than $900,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Committee Awards Nearly $225,000 in Grants to Enhance Swine Industry

Friday, March 18

WeatherSippin' Green Beer This Year? Find a Safe Ride Home

lakrChoose Iowa's Top State Park and Earn a Chance to Win a Free Weekend of Camping

Thursday, March 17

Motor Fuels, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

lakrNortheast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Schedule

Wednesday, March 16

WeatherU.S. Marshals Apprehend Stabbing Suspect in Dubuque

lakrWater Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

Tuesday, March 15

Iowa's Unemployment Rate at 3.5% for January

lakrDNR Approves Construction Permit for Pipeline on Public Land

Monday, March 14

Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against New Jersey Man for Defrauding Elderly Iowans

lakrIowa DNR: Fire Helps Manage Iowa's Grasslands

Friday, March 11

Crude Oil and Motor Fuels Trend Upward

lakrFree Seedlings for Iowa Schools and Communities From Trees for Kids

Thursday, March 10

New Farm Poll Examines Farmers’ Perspective on Their Land

lakr10,000 Boat Owners Still Need to Verify Hull ID by April 30

Wednesday, March 9

WeatherIWD Customers Targeted in Unemployment Insurance Scam

yayIowa Secretary of Agriculture Leader Awards Presented

Tuesday, March 8

yayUNI Recognized as National Leader in Applied Ecological Research

Branstad, Reynolds Announce Creation of Mental Health Residency Programs

Monday, March 7

WeatherTwo Large Canines Shot in Iowa Test Positive as Wolves

Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Provides Guidance for Hiring

Friday, March 4

yayIowa Tourism Office Launches Multi-Faceted Marketing Campaign

MoneyUntraditional Start-A-Thon Boosts Minority Entrepreneurship In Iowa

Thursday, March 3

Refiners Add $.56 Cents to Wholesale Gasoline Prices

lakrPartnership Provides Hands-On Experience for College Students, Helps DNR Data Collection

Wednesday, March 2

Traumatic Brain Injury: Battling a Silent Epidemic

lakrRecycled Salt Brine Protects Roads - and Iowa's Streams

Tuesday, March 1

yayOver 31 Percent of Iowa Electricity Now Supplied By Wind

WeatherConcerned about Gambling? Have the Conversation

Monday, February 29

IDPH: Iowans Encouraged to Get the Blues

lakrDNR Releases Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Friday, February 26

yayGovernor Branstad Receives 2016 America’s Fuel Award

MoneyFunds Available for Conservation Research and Demonstration Projects

Thursday, February 25

Iowa Part of $56 Million Multistate Bid Rigging Settlement

Refined Fuels Reverse Downward Trend

Wednesday, February 24

Travel Recom-
mendations from the Department of Health


lakrIowa State Parks Featured in America's Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots

Tuesday, February 23

WeatherMaytag Dairy Farms Expands Voluntary Recall

Natural Gas, Other Fuel Prices Fall This Week

Monday, February 22

WeatherIowa Resident Tests Positive for Zika Virus

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Friday, February 19

University of Iowa Computer Simulations to Mitigate Military Injuries

yayRenewable Fuels Association Honors Governor Branstad with 2016 Industry Award

Thursday, February 18

'Words on Wellness' Helps to Keep Iowans Healthy

lakrAlliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Wednesday, February 17

WeatherHomelessness in Iowa Impacts Young Children

Memorial Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservations

Tuesday, February 16

Iowa Ag Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

yayNominate Candidates for Dwight Ink Public Service Award

Monday, February 15

Iowa Retail Gasoline Prices Continue to Decline

lakr$9.5 Million for Midwest Agriculture Water Quality Partnership

Friday, February 12

Iowa Joins 49 State Settlement with MoneyGram

Financial Solutions Available to Help Farmers Increase Profit Margins

Thursday, February 11

Governor Brandstad: Managed Care Means Better Care for Medicaid Patients

MoneyMore than $500,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Wednesday, February 10

2016 Gross Crop Margins Negative Despite Lower Costs

MoneyWalmart Foundation Grant to Introduce Low-Income Iowa Women to Construction Jobs

Tuesday, February 9

Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC Over Mortgage Loan Abuses

yayGovernor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit

Monday, February 8

National Effort to Raise Awareness of Prediabetes

Science of Parenting: How Much Is Too Much?

Friday, February 5

WeatherTop Three Consumer Protection Division Complaints for 2015

lakrTwo Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Thursday, February 4

Natural Gas, Motor Fuels Prices Lower in Iowa

Century and Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged to Apply

Wednesday, February 3

yayVITA Provides Free Tax Help for Iowans

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to Six Startups

Tuesday, February 2

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Florida Magazine Seller to Cease Iowa Sales and Refund Iowans

Monday, February 1

American Heart Month: Know Your Numbers

lakrIowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

Friday, January 29

lakrCoordinated Effort Targeted to River and Stream Restoration

Using Cover Crops Correctly Can Improve Field Health and Productivity

Thursday, January 28

Retail Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Wednesday, January 27

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.4 Percent

Iowa Farm to School Local Purchase Report Available

Tuesday, January 26

Kick-off for the 2016 Live Healthy Iowa Challenge

Visit The Interstate 80 Planning Study Website And Complete The Survey

Monday, January 25

MoneyIowa Awarded Flood Reduction and Water Quality Grant

Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Friday, January 22

General Conservation Reserve Program Signup Underway

IDPH Receives More Than $6 Million to Improve CPR

Thursday, January 21

Crude Oil Drops Below $30, Motor Fuels also Lower

lakrContributions to Chickadee Check-Off Continue to Rise

Wednesday, January 20

MoneyFirst Round of Funding for Fueling Our Future Initiative

WeatherUse Caution on the Ice at Iowa Great Lakes

Tuesday, January 19

MoneyStatewide Transportation Alternatives Program Funding

Money$750,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Seven Projects

Monday, January 18

lakr3 New Projects Focused On Water Quality Practices Receive Funding

WeatherWater Testing and Maintenance Resources Available for Private Well Owners

Friday, January 15

Crude Oil and Motor Fuels Continue Downward Trend

lakrWater Summary Update: 2015 in Review

Thursday, January 14

WeatherKlima Drainage Fined for One Call Violations

MoneyWorkplace Gambling Toolkit Available to Iowa Employers

Wednesday, January 13

lakrDNR to Plant 69,000+ Trees Thanks to Arbor Day Foundation

yayUNI MBA Students Take on Consulting Projects

Tuesday, January 12

Three Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

Growing Your Farm Business is Goal of New Educational Series

Monday, January 11

yayUIU Online Art Program Ranked Second Nationally

ISU Experts Help Making Exercise A Habit in 2016

Friday, January 8

Small Acreage Owners Learn Ways to Boost Benefits of Rural Lifestyle

Science of Parenting: Helping Kids Set Goals

Thursday, January 7

Crude Oil Lower, Entering Historic Territory

Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Wednesday, January 6

WeatherHeating Equipment Leading Cause of Home Fire Deaths

WeatherIce Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Tuesday, January 5

Iowa Agriculture: Record Production, Economic Challenges

lakrIowa Water Quality Initiative Expands

Monday, January 4

Natural Gas Prices Up $.33 This Week

Parents Have More Influence Than They Might Realize To Prevent Substance Use


Groan of the Day

There once was an old monk that lived up on top of a mountain. He walked 10 miles barefoot every day and had terrible breath due to his position on non-natural objects and foods.

He called himself The Truth-Carrier, but everyone in the small mountaineering town knew him as a super calloused fragile mystic with chronic halitosis.


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

Great Jones County Fair July 20-24, 2016


Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 1, 2016

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.   
See more detailshere.


Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
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!  
See more details here.

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 23 - 26, 2016

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Delaware County Fair July 11 - 17, 2016

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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. 

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!  
See more details here.




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