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Friday, September 22

lakeIowa Duck Hunters are Ready for Opening Day

HelloFalls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Thursday, September 21

Crop Report: A Week or Two Away from Widespread Harvest

yay!DNR: Fall Colors Beginning to Show in Iowa

Wednesday, September 20

Iowa AG Widens Investigation of Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Health Department Recovery Month Message: Treatment Works

Tuesday, September 19

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.3 Percent in August

Arizona-Based “At-Home Business Opportunity” Scheme Pay $235,000 in Refunds to Iowans

Monday, September 18

HelloIDPH Warns of Pain Relief Marketing Scheme

Crude Oil Prices Fall, Motor Fuels Mixed

Friday, September 15

yay!U.S. News & World Report Ranks UNI No. 2 Among Midwest Public Universities

lakeDiscount Trees Available for Alliant Energy Customers

Thursday, September 14

HelloIowans Should Act Now Following Massive Equifax Security Breach

Iowa Hunters Encouraged to Keep Food Safety in Mind this Hunting Season

Wednesday, September 13

$$$$1.3 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Crop Report: Farmers Gearing Up for Harvest

Tuesday, September 12

HelloIowa National Guard Sends Support to Florida

Iowa Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Federal Rescinding of DACA Program

Monday, September 11

Sharp Increase in Gasoline and Diesel Prices

yay!Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week Debuts September 15-24

Friday, September 8

HelloIowa to Hold First-of-its-Kind Digital Literacy Conference

yay!Century and Heritage Farms Recognized During Iowa State Fair

Thursday, September 7

yay!USA Today: Congratulations Maquoketa Caves State Park

Crop Report: Crops Continue to Move Towards Maturity

Wednesday, September 6

lakePheasant Hunters Should Expect a Repeat of 2016

yay!Environmental Leaders Recognized at the Iowa State Fair

Tuesday, September 5

HelloPrevalence Falls Slightly, but Iowa Adults Still Struggling with Obesity

Retail Gasoline Prices on the Rise

Friday, September 1

Idaho Business Agrees to Cease Misleading Solicitations

yay!DNR: Campers Ready for Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, August 31

lakeA Busy Labor Day Weekend Expected on Iowa Waterways

$$$Iowa Employer Unemployment Insurance Taxes to Decrease in 2018

Wednesday, August 30

Crop Report: Both Corn and Soy Beans a Little Behind Average

$$$Grant Opportunity to Help Small Iowa Communities with Abandoned Commercial Properties

Tuesday, August 29

yay!President Trump Issues Disaster Declaration for 7 Iowa Counties

lakeWater Summary Update Shows Improvement in Conditions Across Much of Iowa

Monday, August 28

$$$Iowa Welcomes Significant Data Center Investment from Apple

Downward Trend for Ethanol Prices: Motor Fuels Mixed

Friday, August 25

$$$Proposed Workers’ Comp Rates to Decrease in 2018

lakeNatural Resources: Squirrel Season Begins September 2

Thursday, August 24

Crude Oil Prices Fall; Other Fuel Prices Mixed

yay!State Forest Nursery Launches New Online Store

Wednesday, August 23

Crop Report: Soil Moisture Remains a Concern Despite Recent Rains

$$$Three Entrepreneurial Assistance Providers Awarded Grants

Tuesday, August 22

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.2 Percent in July

2,600 Farmers Commit $8.7 Million to Water Quality Practices

Monday, August 21

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Five Companies

HelloState Attorneys General Ask Congress to Affirm State and Local Authority to Fight Online Sex Trafficking

Friday, August 18

HelloNatural Resources: Iowa will be Touched by the Total Eclipse

yay!UNI Honored with Second AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award

Thursday, August 17

Future Ready Iowa Alliance Releases "Metrics That Matter" Report

Iowa DNR: Deer Licenses on Sale August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Iowa Cash Rental Rates Stabilizing after Four Years of Declines

$$$President Allen Outlines Five-Year Iowa State University Tuition Plan

Tuesday, August 15

lakeNew Emerald Ash Borer Resources Available from ISU Extension

yay!High-Risk Drinking at its Lowest Point in 25 Years at the UI

Monday, August 14

HelloIowa Requests Disaster Declaration for 7 Iowa Counties

yay!Northey Recognizes Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Friday, August 11

$$$Nationwide Pays Iowa Nearly $322,000 over 2012 Data Breach

lakeAlliant Energy and Iowa DNR Team Up to Offer Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Thursday, August 10

yay!Iowa Named Second Best State for Health Care

lakeNatural Resources: Hot Weather Taking its Toll on Fish

Wednesday, August 9

HelloFish kill in Fayette County Traced to Empty Hog Confinement Building

Crop Report: Drought Conditions Remain for Many Parts of Iowa

Tuesday, August 8

$$$SBA Disaster Assistance for Seven Storm-Damaged Counties

lakeWater Summary Update Shows Dry Areas Expanding Across Two-Thirds of Iowa

Monday, August 7

Slight Increase in Gas And Diesel Prices

National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12

Friday, August 4

HelloFort Dodge Man Charged in Theft of Lottery Tickets

$$$The Importance of Business Succession for Rural Communities

Thursday, August 3

lakeIowa’s Annual Pheasant Population Survey Begins August 1

Share Time, Words and Intention to Help Children Learn

Wednesday, August 2

Crop Report: The State Remains Very Dry

yay!Iowa Governor Announces Cyber Training Partnership for Students

Tuesday, August 1

HelloIowa Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Regional Speed Enforcement Results

Blue Eye Mold Threatens Stored Grain

Monday, July 31

IDPH Promotes New Concussion Management Guidelines

Crude Oil and Retail Motor Fuels See Price Increases

Friday, July 28

$$$Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

yay!Volunteers Muscle 28 Tons of Trash from the Upper Cedar River

Thursday, July 27

$$$Development Board Makes Awards to Seven Companies

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture Levels Getting Short

Wednesday, July 26

HelloISP Finding Creative Ways to Enforce New Distracted Driving Law

lakeWhy You Should Wash Your Car on the Lawn

Monday, July 24

HelloFirst Human West Nile Virus Case of Season

Unemployment Rate Increased to 3.2 Percent

Friday, July 21

HelloIowa to Participate in New Nationwide First Responder Network

$$$Iowa State External Funding Breaks Half-Billion Dollars

Thursday, July 20

Crop Report: Weather Causing Stress to Crops and Livestock

HelloWildland Fire Suppression Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, July 19

HelloDangerous Counterfeit Pain Pills Found in Iowa

lakeWatering Lawns During Hot, Dry Summer Weather

Tuesday, July 18

HelloWater Summary Update Shows Expanding Dry Areas in Iowa

$$$More than $400,000 Awarded in CAT Grants to Two Projects

Monday, July 17

$85,000 in Refund Checks Sent to Elderly Iowa Victims

Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices Show Upward Trend

Friday, July 14

yay!UIU Receives Great Lakes Funds for Student Emergency Grants

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Ranks in Six Specialties

Thursday, July 13

HelloDNR Completes Operation Dry Water Campaign

$$$Paid Rideshare – What Is It and How Can You Use It?

Wednesday, July 12

Crop Report:  77% of Corn and 67% of Beans Good to Excellent

lakeEasy Access to Wildlife Experts Available with Online Tool

Tuesday, July 11

yay!Iowa DOT Releases 2017-2018 Iowa Transportation Map

Income Scheme Based on Playing Florida Lottery Barred from Marketing to Iowans

Monday, July 10

Motor Fuels Prices Continue Downward Trend

18 Attorneys General Sue U.S. Education Secretary for Halting Predatory For-Profit School Loan Protections

Friday, July 7

Crop Report: 78% of Corn, 72% of Beans Good to Excellent

$$$‘A Place of Your Own’ Homebuyer Education Prepares Consumers

Thursday, July 6

Tipton Brothers Plead Guilty in Iowa to Lottery Rigging Scheme

yay!Gallagher Bluedorn Reaches 500,000 Students with Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

Wednesday, July 5

Retail Fuels Downward Trend Continues

Traditional Forms of Communication Preferred by Iowa Farmers

Groan of the Day

"Mom says that drinking a buffalo's milk makes us smarter."

"She's lying. If it did make one smarter, then the buffalo's calves would be scientists."

From A Joke A

Visit ‘’ for End of Summer Adventures!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out the website GO LIMESTONE TRAILS.ORG! Limestone Bluffs RC&D is pleased to announce the creation of four new cultural arts trails and webpage at The new tourism-oriented online resource highlights arts, music, cultural and historical sites that are considered ‘hidden gems’ in a six-county area of Eastern Iowa. The website features cultural venues in Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties in Iowa.

The project, funded through an Iowa Arts Council Partnership Grant and supported by Limestone Bluffs Resource Conservation & Development, has been under construction for the past year by the volunteer members of the Limestone Bluffs Regional Cultural Council, a grassroots regional leadership team dedicated to enhancing preservation, protection, interpretation and promotion of Eastern Iowa’s art, culture and history.

A visit to the new website, will reveal a collection of interesting cultural points of interest in each of the six-member counties PLUS four thematic trails visitors can visit all within a day’s drive.  Perfect for late summer adventures, the ‘trails’ showcase venues focused on the promotion of fine arts, history, local museums and points of particular interest in the more rural areas of Eastern Iowa. These places are considered hidden treasures in their respective communities, maybe not so well known, and yet are full of interesting surprises for visitors. 

Maps of the trails are available to download from the website, and soon will be available at each featured trail location and at local tourism/chamber/welcome centers as well. Visitors should double check hours of availability and costs for each venue, but many opportunities are free and ALL are family-friendly. 

Watch for updates and future trail announcements on the GO LIMESTONE TRAILS website and find GO LIMESTONE TRAILS on Facebook, too.

For more information visit or contact Lori Scovel, Executive Director, Limestone Bluffs RC&D at 563-221-1930 /

Great Jones County Fair July 19-23, 2017

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 7, 2017

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.

Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

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.  
See more details here.

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.
See more details here.

Clayton County Fair

See more details here.

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.
See more details here.

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
See more details here.

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

Saturday, June 3 at 8 AM - 9 PM
Come and join the fun as we celebrate the joining of the Rhubarbfest with Riverfest - to form Rhubarb on the River. Watch for more details as we grow nearer to the event!

8:00 AM- Rhubarb Run, Fishing (free fishing weekend), White Water Clinic with local athlete, Hannah Ray J (space is limited!)
9:00 AM-Rhubarb Bike Ride
10:00 AM-Vendors Open, Rhubarb Brats, pies, white water demonstrations, face painting, kids’ activities and more!
2:00 PM-Manchester’s Got Talent
4:00 PM-Live local music
6:00-9:00 PM-Live Music (Manchester Area Chamber’s Music on Main)

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 22 - 25, 2017

See more details here.

Delaware County Fair July 10 - 16, 2017

See more details here.

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

See more details here.

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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