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Thursday, February 22

Memorial Day Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservation

Extension: Help Children Cope When the News Is Scary

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa Snow Plow Locations

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Wednesday, February 21

HelloState Fire Marshal Advises of New Rule Concerning Carbon Monoxide Alarms

$$$Mason City Reinvestment District Receives Final Approval

Tuesday, February 20

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Two Companies

yay!Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

Monday, February 19

Propane, Home Heating Oil and Natural Gas Prices All Falling

New Soybean Disease Identification Resource for 2018

Friday, February 16

HelloDepartment of Criminal Investigation Warns of Scam

Attorney General Files Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against Seller of Government Benefits Advice

Thursday, February 15

HelloConsumer Advisory Issued for Chicken Salad Purchased at Fareway

Now is a Good Time to Join a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA)

Wednesday, February 14

Growing Together Mini-Grants Awarded to 26 Iowa Counties

yay!UIU Named a 'Top School' in Military and Veteran Education

Tuesday, February 13

Iowa Schools Invited To Serve Locally Grown Foods On October 11

$$$Extension: Drop in Land and Some Input Costs Expected in 2018

Monday, February 12

HelloFirst Case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wild Deer Outside Northeast Iowa

Significant Drop in Natural Gas Prices, Other Prices Mixed

Friday, February 9

$$$Free Tax Filing Helps Lower-Income Iowans Keep More of Their Refunds

yay!UNI Professor Named National Geographic Education Fellow

Thursday, February 8

Century and Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged to Apply

lakeDNR: Iowa Citizens Playing Key Role in Tracking Imperiled Wildlife

Wednesday, February 7

Health Department: February is Children’s Dental Health Month

HelloTool Shows the Costs To Clear Iowa's Roads Of Snow And Ice

Tuesday, February 6

$$$Feds Extend Western Union Settlement Claims Deadline

Relationship Education Helps Parents be Better Parents – Together

Monday, February 5

Increases in Retail Gasoline and Home Heating Fuels Prices Continue

lakeWatershed Work Leads to Stream Segments Coming off Impaired Waters List

Friday, February 2

South Carolina Businesses Agree to Halt Deceptive Iowa Mailings

Health Department Seeks Public Input on Newborn Disorders

Thursday, February 1

Marketing Seminar for Small-Scale Food Entrepreneurs Is February 12

$$$UNI Students Offer Free Tax Return Preparation and E-Filing

Wednesday, January 31

HelloPublic Health Department Says Norovirus Behind Several Outbreaks

yay!UNI’s Construction Management Program Recognized in Recent Rankings

Tuesday, January 30

Unemployment Rate and High Demand Jobs by Legislative Districts

Workshop Offers Agritourism Safety and Best Practices Information

Monday, January 29

Slight Increase In Price Of Retail Gasoline; Home Heating Fuels Up Across the Board

New Site Gives Midwest Farmers Easy Access to Crop Management Resources

Friday, January 26

lakeOfficials Hope Chickadee Check-off that Benefits Conservation Continues Upward Trend

yay!New Cyber Training Partnership for Young Women Announced

Thursday, January 25

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.8 Percent in December

Effort Underway to Sample for Fatal Deer Disease in Allamakee, Clayton Counties

Wednesday, January 24

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

HelloDNR: Study Shows New Recovery Rate of Containers in Iowa

Tuesday, January 23

HelloDeadline Approaches for Iowans to Seek Money Owed through Federal Western Union Settlement

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

Monday, January 22

Fuel Prices Moving Upward Across the Board

$$$State to Invest in Skills Building and Making Iowa Future Ready

Friday, January 19

Department of Public Health Launches Online Quiz to Help Older Iowans "Save Your Brain"

HelloJanuary Proclaimed as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month

Thursday, January 18

Attorneys General Challenge FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

Natural Resources: 2017 Iowa Deer Harvest Surpasses 2016 Totals

Wednesday, January 17

HelloPublic Health Department: Flu Deaths Continue to Increase

yay!UIU Online Undergraduate Programs Highly Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Tuesday, January 16

yay!Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards Presented to Kwik Trip, Inc and Iowa 80 Truckstop

HelloAG’s Office and DPS to Conduct Joint Iowa Human Trafficking Summit

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

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

Groan of the Day

The old definition of a split second is the time between the light turning green and when the driver behind you honks their horn.

The new definition of a split second is the time between when the commercial starts and your spouse says, "You have the remote!"

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.  
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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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