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Headlines

Wednesday, September 28

Crop Report: Corn Harvest Slowed Due to Wet Conditions

yay!UNI Honored with AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


Tuesday, September 27

yay!UNI Named to 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

lakeFlooding in Northern Iowa Impacts Some Public Areas and Raises Baiting Questions

Monday, September 26

HelloGov. Branstad Signs Formal Disaster Proclamation for 13 Counties Affected by Flooding in Iowa

Lawsuits Allege Two Mass Mailing Operations Targeting Iowans are Predatory

Friday, September 23

HelloLaw Enforcement in Iowa to Participate in First NHTSA Regional Speed Enforcement

Natural Gas Continues Increases, Second Week above $3

Thursday, September 22

Iowa State University Enrollment: 36,660 Strong

Iowa’s Regular Duck Hunting Seasons to Start Soon

Wednesday, September 21

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Trends Up to 4.2 Percent in August

Iowa Crop Report: Rain and Storms Hindering Fieldwork

Tuesday, September 20

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Awards to Five Startups

HelloDNR Supports Septic Awareness Week September 19 to 23

Monday, September 19

Following Summer of Increases Natural Gas Above $3.00

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Three Companies

Friday, September 16

yay!ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Program Ranked Country’s Best

$$$Iowa Business Council Achieves Home Base Iowa Hiring Objective Early

Thursday, September 15

yay!UNI Ranks No. 2 Among Midwest Public Universities

Dietary Supplement Sellers Barred from Iowa

Wednesday, September 14

Crop Report: Few Weeks Away from the Start of Harvest Statewide

HelloFarm Safety Week Observed September 18-24

Tuesday, September 13

UNI Announces Fall 2016 Enrollment Numbers

yay!Century and Heritage Farms Recognized During Iowa State Fair

Monday, September 12

HelloThree Central Iowa Men Charged in Ginseng Theft Case

Science of Parenting: Teens and Jobs

Friday, September 9

Crop Report: Moving Quickly to Maturity

Wholesale Ethanol Prices Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Thursday, September 8

Iowa's Youth Deer Season Begins September 17

IDPH: Suicide Prevention Week Set for September 5-11

Tuesday, September 6

Iowa DNR: Find Public Hunting on Private Land with IHAP

lakeWater Summary Update: July and August Wettest Months in 2016

Friday, September 2

yay!Iowa DNR: State Parks Ready for Labor Day Weekend

Natural Gas and Motor Fuels Prices Trending Higher

Thursday, September 1

lakeIowa Pheasant Population Similar to 2015, Quail Highest in 27 Years

$$$Tourism in Iowa: $8 Billion in Expenditures for Second Consecutive Year

Wednesday, August 31

yay!UNI Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Award

Crop Report: Corn and Soybeans Still Good to Excellent

Tuesday, August 30

$$$U.S. Department of Education Awards $450,384 Grant to UNI

More Traveling Doctors Make for Healthier Rural Hearts

Monday, August 29

yay!Five Records Set at 2016 Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions

HelloWorking Group to Review Alcohol Policy in Iowa Set, First Meeting Scheduled

Friday, August 26

HelloCelebrate the Unofficial End of Summer by Saving Lives

Crop Report: Corn 83, Soybeans 82 Percent Good to Excellent

Thursday, August 25

HelloBody of Boat Passenger Missing since Sunday has been Recovered

Iowa Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices Trending Higher

Wednesday, August 24

yay!Youth Earn $243,400 in Scholarships & Awards at Iowa State Fair

lakeIowa DNR: Online Hunting Atlas Offers Places to Go

Tuesday, August 23

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly to 4.1 Percent in July

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards Six Entrepreneurial Assistance Providers

Monday, August 22

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Two Companies

lakeHeavy August Rains Increase Streamflow, Continue to Reduce Areas of Drought

Friday, August 19

Contractor Agrees to Changes Following “Storm Chaser” Roofing Dispute

Crude Oil Prices Strengthen Across the Board

Thursday, August 18

IDPH Announces First Human West Nile Virus Cases of Season

lakeHeavy Boat Traffic Expected for Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, August 17

$$$UNI Makes Faculty Salary Adjustments after Salary Equity Study

Crop Report: Corn 5 Days Ahead of 5 Year Average

Tuesday, August 16

lakeAdministration Highlights Water Quality Efforts Underway Statewide

yay!Buchanan County’s Amanda Riniker Crowned 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen

Monday, August 15

“Repeat Violator” Buying Club Operation to Pay $300,000 to State, Refund Iowans, and Reform Conduct

lakeWater Summary Update: Iowa Rainfall About Normal for this Time of Year

Friday, August 12

Slight Increase in Iowa Retail Gasoline Prices

New Apprentice Hunting License Allows Experienced Hunters to Share

Thursday, August 11

HelloBranstad, Reynolds Order Review of Iowa’s Alcohol Laws

Iowa DNR: More Than 25,000 Acres of Private Land Open to Hunting This Fall

Wednesday, August 10

Crop Report: 98% of Corn to Silking Stage

Barclays to Pay $100 Million to Affected Government & Not-for-Profit Entities

Tuesday, August 9

HelloBranstad, Reynolds and State Leaders Announce Iowa Cybersecurity Strategy

Department of Public Health: School-Based Oral Health Services Available

Monday, August 8

Farm Progress Show Visitors Will Experience University Research

After a Week Off, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

Friday, August 5

yay!UI Hospitals and Clinics Ranked Among the Best in the Country

$$$Main Street Iowa Hosts Open 4 Business State Contest

Thursday, August 4

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

Farmers Encouraged to Apply Now for Cost-share For Cover Crops

Wednesday, August 3

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture 82 Percent Adequate or Better

$$$Program Helps Iowa Caregivers Plan for Long-term Financial Security

Tuesday, August 2

Iowans Encouraged to File Unemployment Claims Online; Phone Option Phasing Out

$$$$220,000 Gift Supports Service Learning and Research at UNI

Monday, August 1

yay!2016 Iowa State Fair to Debut in Two Weeks

Klein Named Iowa State Medical Examiner

Friday, July 29

$$$UNI Received $38.7 Million in Grants, Awards for FY16

Crude, Motor Fuels and Heating Fuels All Lower

Thursday, July 28

Crop Report: Corn and Soy Beans Mostly Good to Excellent

Wednesday, July 27

lakeStatewide Average Rainfall Almost Twice the Normal Average

yay!Iowa DOT Releases State’s First Freight Plan

Tuesday, July 26

HelloBuchanan County Couple to Pay $15,000 Penalty Following Hog Manure Discharges

$$$Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

Monday, July 25

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Eight Companies

Friday, July 22

HelloHealth Department: New HIV Diagnoses up 27 Percent in Iowa

After a Week Off, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

Thursday, July 21

Walmart Foundation Grant Gives Iowa Women Chance to try Construction

$$$Wildland Fire Suppression Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, July 20

lakeIowa DNR: Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

yay!Health Department: Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

Tuesday, July 19

Crop Report: Corn 81%, Soybens 80% Good to Excellent

yay!President Obama Reappoints Gov. Branstad Co-Chair of Council of Governors

Monday, July 18

lakeResearch Supports Adding Monarch Breeding Habitat to Iowa’s Landscape

yay!New ISU Extension and Outreach Collaborative Provides Sustainability Resource for Iowans

Friday, July 15

HelloThree Child Drowning Deaths Prompt Reminder

After 6 Weeks Natural Gas Retreats in Price

Thursday, July 14

HelloDysart Man Dies After Falling Into Mississippi River

$$$UNI Center for Violence Prevention Receives $46,464 Grant from Raliance

Wednesday, July 13

HelloGovernor Branstad Releases Streamlined Application for Restoration of Firearm Rights and Pardon

yay!ISU Extension and Outreach Plan Addresses Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, July 12

HelloThree Arrested in Connection with Casino Investigation

$$$Iowa Awarded More than $25 million for Intermodal Transportation Facility in Cedar Rapids

Monday, July 11

HelloUnusually Warm June Leads to Drought in Parts of Iowa

State Environmental Lawsuit Filed Against Fort Madison Metals Recycler

Friday, July 8

Natural Gas Up Again, 35% in 6 Weeks

lakeDNR: Help Us Count Wild Turkeys in July and August

Thursday, July 7

Public Health: Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture Levels have Declined

Wednesday, July 6

HelloIowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase this Month

$$$Earn a Homebuyer Education Certificate Online for ‘A Place of Your Own’

Tuesday, July 5

La’ James International College to Forgive $2.1M in Student Debts, Change Business Practices

Natural Gas Price Increases for 5th Straight Week

Friday, July 1

HelloIncreased Enforcement During Fourth of July Weekend

IDPH Urges Iowans to be Mindful of West Nile Virus

Thursday, June 30

HelloDNR: Avoid Areas of Heavy Smoke Near Fireworks Displays

Volkswagen to Buy Back or Fix VW & Audi Cars, Compensate Iowa Owners $18.7 Million

Wednesday, June 29

yay!Iowa is Leading Initiative to Stop Drowsy Driving

yay!Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Sub-State Winners Announced

Tuesday, June 28

HelloDNR: Black Bear Killed on Allamakee County Highway

Crop Report: Corn Beginning to Reach Silking Stage

Monday, June 27

lakeWater Summary Update Notes High Temps, Good Groundwater Levels

Five Iowa Health Systems Launch Statewide Alert Notification System

Friday, June 24

HelloOperation Dry Water Starts June 24: Don't Drink and Boat

Natural Gas Prices Climb for Forth Straight Week

Thursday, June 23

Iowa E-book Buyers to Receive Additional $5.5M from Apple Price-Fixing Case

HelloCaution Advised as Peak Boating Season Approaches

Wednesday, June 22

May Unemployment Rate Remains Stable at 3.9 Percent

Crop Report: Soybean Emergence at 97 Percent

Tuesday, June 21

HelloSee Something, Say Something in Wake of Recent Tragedies

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Awards to 4 Startups

Monday, June 20

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to 4 Companies

HelloISU Researchers Looking to Step Up Mosquito Surveillance



Groan of the Day

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Son: My PC says it can't see my printer.

Mom: I'm not surprised. Look how messy your room is.


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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.


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

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

See more details here.

Delaware County Fair July 11 - 17, 2016

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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