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Monday, December 11

Moderate Decline In Retail Gasoline Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Hello2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Posted on DNR Website

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Friday, December 8

2017 Harvest Outlook Shows Record Production

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens December 18

Thursday, December 7

DNR Looking for Deer Tissue Samples as it Monitors for Chronic Wasting Disease

A Different Idea: Gifts of Experience Benefit Relationships

Wednesday, December 6

ISU Extension - Yard and Garden: Bugs in Holiday Plants

lakeDepartment of Natural Resources: Winter Bird Feeding Basics

Tuesday, December 5

yay!Upper Iowa University Named Military Times 'Best College'

lakeWinter-time Land Management Tips for Wildlife Diversity

Monday, December 4

HelloMan Charged with Murder in Henry County Cold Case

Crude Prices Continue to Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, December 1

Deer Hunting: Why Doesn’t Blaze Orange Give Me Away?

Crop Report: Harvest Season Drawing to a Close

Thursday, November 30

Iowans Encouraged To Consider An Iowa Grown Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

HelloExtension: Call Iowa Concern for Help with Farm Stress

Wednesday, November 29

Natural Resources: Iowa’s 2017 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

Health Department: Iowa Water Systems Honored by CDC

Tuesday, November 28

Modest Rise in Crude Oil Prices: Other Fuels Mixed

$$$Development Board Makes Awards to Eight Startups

Monday, November 27

yay!Steve Lukan Named as Iowa Veteran's Administration Executive Director

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to in Five Companies

Wednesday, November 22

Crop Report: 15 Percent of Corn is Still in the Field

yay!$19.7 Million in Credits Awarded to Iowa Historic Preservation Projects

Tuesday, November 21

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.0 Percent

HelloFCC Clearing Way to Stop Rampant Illegal Robocalling and Call Spoofing

Monday, November 20

HelloTraffic Safety Bureau: Seat Belts Save Lives - Fasten Yours!

lakeDNR: 7 Ways Iowans Can "Take It Outside" this Holiday Season

Friday, November 17

$$$Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced for 14 Community Projects

lakeNatural Resources: Fall Trout Spawn in Full Swing

Thursday, November 16

Crop Report: Harvest Nearing Completion as Grains are Combined

yay!Two Companies Announce New Registered Apprenticeship Programs

Wednesday, November 15

HelloIowans Who Lost Money to Scams through Western Union Should Apply for National Victim Fund

yay!IDPH Partnership to Benefit Expecting and Parenting Community College Students

Tuesday, November 14

HelloConsumers May Not Recognize Costs, Consequences of Demand for ‘Clean’ Food

ISU Extension: Harvesting and Storing Root Crops

Monday, November 13

Led by Retail Gasoline, All Fuels Show Price Increase

HelloLet's Talk Turkey! Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

Friday, November 10

$$$More than $1.3 Million Awarded in CAT grants to Two Projects

State Leaders Highlight National Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week

Thursday, November 9

Crop Report: Good Week for Harvest, but Remain Behind 5 Year Averages

Hello$1 Million Cooperative Agreement will help ISU Veterinarians Strengthen Avian Influenza Response

Wednesday, November 8

Deceptive Veterans Charity Dissolves through Agreement with 24 States, Including Iowa

$$$Extension: Take Control of Holiday Stress, Time and Money

Tuesday, November 7

lakeFourth Wettest October on Record Improves Groundwater, Drought Conditions in Iowa

yay!IEDA: Dubuque Site Recognized as an Iowa Certified Site

Monday, November 6

Motor and Heating Fuel Prices Rising Accross the Board

Public Health Department: Launches Website

Friday, November 3

HelloIDPH: “Fall Back” by Checking Home Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Governor Announces New Statewide Childhood Health Campaign

Thursday, November 2

Crop Report: Corn 44% Complete, Beans 83% Complete

Attorneys General Seek to Expand Federal Generic Drug Antitrust Lawsuit

Wednesday, November 1

HelloIowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season

HelloAttorneys General Group Urging Congress Close “Bump Stock” Loophole

Tuesday, October 31

$$$IEDA Launches Pilot Project in Partnership with the Larta Institute

“Drinkable Sunscreen” Seller to Change Marketing Practices Following Consumer Fraud Lawsuit

Monday, October 30

Iowa Part of $220 Million Multistate Settlement with Deutsche Bank

Crude, Motor Fuels & Heating Fuels on the Rise

Friday, October 27

lakeIowa’s Pheasant Hunting Season Opens October 28

yay!Governor Reynolds Receives National Stand Up for STEM Award

Thursday, October 26

Crop Report: Harvest Remains Significantly Behind the 5-Year Average

IDPH Receives Funding to Fight Prescription Drug Misuse

Wednesday, October 25

yay!Wintersteen Named Iowa State University President

HelloAttorneys General Urge Companies to Adopt Policies in line with CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline

Tuesday, October 24

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 3.2 Percent

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Five Companies

Monday, October 23

Retail Gasoline Holds Steady, Most Other Fuels Rise

yay!Upper Iowa University Named Best Online College in Iowa

Friday, October 20

$$$Eleven Iowa Projects to Receive Grants to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Iowa Joins Multistate Lawsuit against U.S. Department of Education

Thursday, October 19

Crop Report: Continued Wet Weather Slowed Harvest

HelloImportant Part in Iowa’s Ecosystem, Bats in Iowa Facing Serious Challenges

Wednesday, October 18

Natural Resources Launches “Let’s Go Hunting” Campaign

yay!Governor Announces Future Ready Iowa Alliance Recommendations

Tuesday, October 17

yay!Iowa Workforce Development Congratulates Iowa Job Honor Award Honorees

Analysis of Farm Business Available Through FINPACK

Monday, October 16

HelloYou and Your Family are Fast Asleep When the Smoke Alarm Sounds: Do You Know What to Do?

$$$Enhance Iowa Board Awards Two CAT Grants

Friday, October 13

Retail Gasoline Prices Fall, Heating Fuels Mixed

$$$State Attorneys General Call on Credit Reporting Agencies to Waive Credit Freeze Fees

Thursday, October 12

lakeDNR: Fall Urban Trout Stocking Begins October 14

Crop Report: Very Little Harvest Progress Last Week

Wednesday, October 11

lakeDrought Conditions Improve Following Fall Rains in Iowa

yay!State of Iowa Deploying Employees to Assist with Hurricane Response

Tuesday, October 10

Extension: Help Children Cope with Frightening News

yay!Andrew Morse named Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations at UNI

Monday, October 9

Natural Gas Prices Decline, Crude Also Down, Motor Fuels Mixed

lakeFY 2017 Iowa State Revolving Fund Annual Report Now Available

Friday, October 6

lakeNatural Resources: Zebra Mussel Found in Big Spirit Lake

Disease Intervention Specialist Importance Grows as STD Cases Rise

Thursday, October 5

yay!Iowa Stroke Death Rates Continue to Decline, Depart from National Trend

HelloIowa Reaches Deal to Cut Public Agency Price for Life-Saving Opioid Antidote

Wednesday, October 4

Crop Report: Harvest Picked up Speed Last Week

yay!Governor Reynolds Releases Annual Iowa STEM Evaluation

Tuesday, October 3

HelloHealth Department: Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2017

Yard and Garden: Properly Harvesting and Storing Fall Garden Produce

Monday, October 2

Crude Oil Prices Rise, Motor Fuels Mixed, Natural Gas Up

yay!UNI Named to Wall Street Journal's College Rankings 2018

Friday, September 29

HelloFollow Fire Prevention and Management Tips During Harvest

$$$Grant Assistance Offered By Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Thursday, September 28

Iowa Settles with Mylan for Overcharging Taxpayers by Underpaying EpiPen Government Rebates

Iowa’s Archery Deer Hunting Season Opens October 1

Wednesday, September 27

$$$Development Board makes Awards to Nine Startups

Crop Report: Combines Getting Rolling - Think Safety

Tuesday, September 26

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards for Five Companies

Drop the Most Deadly Industry Title by Improving Tractor Safety

Monday, September 25

HelloInfluenza Cases Reported in Iowa: Time to Get Ready for Flu

Another Year Yields Another Message About Grain Safety

Friday, September 22

lakeIowa Duck Hunters are Ready for Opening Day

HelloFalls Prevention Awareness Day is September 22

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

Groan of the Day

As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, he asked her the usual question, "And what would you like for Christmas?"

The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped, "Didn't you get my text?"

From A Joke A

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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