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Monday, January 15

DNR to Discuss Chronic Wasting Disease January 18, Ahead of Deer Tissue Collection Effort

Iowa Fuels Prices on the Rise Across the Board

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa Snow Plow Locations

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Friday, January 12

$$$Nearly $350,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Iowa Health Department: 14 Weeks to a Healthier You

Thursday, January 11

yay!New Iowa Wine and Beer Directory, Updated App Available

HelloMillennials will soon Dethrone Boomers as Largest Voting Bloc

Wednesday, January 10

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Electronic Waste Recycler

yay!New App for Commercial Driver’s License Testing Prep Unveiled

Tuesday, January 9

HelloHealth Department: Gonorrhea Increasing Rapidly in Iowa

yay!Iowa STEM Council Executive Director to Serve One-Year National STEM Assignment

Monday, January 8

Natural Gas, Propane and Home Heating Oil Prices Trend Upward

lakeWater Summary Update: Dry End to 2017 Offsets Wet Start to Year

Friday, January 5

States Reach $45 Million Settlement with PHH Mortgage Corp.

$$$Start New Year with New Goals for Saving and Spending

Thursday, January 4

lakeWinter Urban Trout Stocking Begins January 13

yay!The DCI is Accepting Applications for Summer 2018 Internships

Wednesday, January 3

Heating Oil and Crude Oil Prices on the Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Seller of Intellux Barred from Iowa for False Claims

Tuesday, January 2

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops Below 3.0 Percent for 1st Time in 17 Years

HelloNatural Resources: Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Friday, December 22

States Reach $13.5 Million Settlement Over Off-Label Promotion of Four Prescription Drugs

yay!Record Number Of Beekeeping Schools Scheduled For 2018

Thursday, December 21

Public Health Department: Reduced-Cost Naloxone Availability Expands

$$$Governor Reynolds Releases Economic Development Roadmap for Bioscience in Iowa

Wednesday, December 20

HelloAbnormally Dry Conditions Return to Iowa Following Little Rain in November

$$$Nearly $1.5 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to Three Projects

Tuesday, December 19

$$$What Are the Odds on Naughty or Nice? Lottery Tickets Not Right for Children

HelloStatewide Waste Characterization Study; Food Waste and Plastics Top the List

Monday, December 18

Iowa Farmland Values Increase After Three Years of Decline

Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Downward Trend

Friday, December 15

HelloAttorneys General Ask FCC to Delay Net Neutrality Vote Following Evidence of Corrupt Public Comment Process

lakeAnnual Winter Bird Survey Opens December 14

Thursday, December 14

$$$Attorneys General Urge President to “Preserve and Protect” Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Independence

lakeAs Other Seasons Close, Hunters Turn Attention to Coyotes

Wednesday, December 13

yay!Iowa is 3rd Best-Run State in Nation, According to New Study

lakeIowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Available

Tuesday, December 12

$$$$2.6 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

lake2018 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale December 15

Monday, December 11

Moderate Decline In Retail Gasoline Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Hello2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Posted on DNR Website

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
Groan of the Day

One day in basic training the drill sergeant came out and said, "I need two volunteers for garbage duty."

When no one spoke up the drill sergeant pointed to two privates and said, "Okay, you and you!"

One of the privates said, "But I didn't volunteer?"

"Were you drafted?" the drill sergeant asked.

"No," said the private.

The drill sergeant smiled and said, "That's right, you volunteered."

From A Joke A

Great Jones County Fair July 18-22, 2018

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - October 6-7, 2018

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

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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.
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
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Brew BQ

Overwhelm your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood smoke. 

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 details here.

Rhubarb Festival

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 21 - 24, 2018

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Delaware County Fair July 9 - 15, 2018

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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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