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Friday, April 21

YayIowa Fertilizer Company Opening World-Class Fertilizer Plant

New Law Changes Iowa Workforce Development Board Structure

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Thursday, April 20

Crop Report: Rain Continues as an Issue, Corn Five Days Behind

fishDepartment of Natural Resources: Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 19

MoneyUpper Iowa University Reaches Ideal Agreement

YayRegistrations Open for Popular Outdoor Workshop for Girls

Tuesday, April 18

fishIowa DNR: Public Comment Sought for Impaired Waters List

HelloGovernor Branstad Signs 2 Bills into Law Addressing Texting while Driving

Monday, April 17

Retail Gasoline Prices Up Again This Week

YayUIU to Launch New Brand Identity and Logos April 20

Friday, April 14

MoneyMore Than 1.2 Million Awarded in Cat Grants to Four Projects

YayISU Extension and Outreach Honors Land Grant Legacy

Thursday, April 13

Crop Report: 17 Percent of Oat Crop Planted

Department of Natural Resources: Let the Camping Season Begin

Wednesday, April 12

YayCelebrating the 49th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Iowa Introduces Online Tool

Iowa Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

Tuesday, April 11

HelloIowa DNR: April is Invasive Species Awareness Month

YayMain Street Iowa Awards Celebration Honors Outstanding Achievements

Monday, April 10

Retail Gasoline Prices Trend Upward, Natural Gas Also Rising

fishWater Summary Update Notes Increased Precipitation in March

Friday, April 7

MoneyUNI Students Offer Free Tax Return Preparation and E-filing

fishUpdated clean Showcases Water Quality Activities Underway

Thursday, April 6

Department of Public Health Recognizes STD Awareness Month

fishIowa DNR: Annual Spring Wildlife Survey Underway

Wednesday, April 5

Crop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Levels Good

MoneySupporting Immigrant Owned Businesses Is Important for Iowa Growth

Tuesday, April 4

YayUIU Rated Third Best College Risk-Reward Indicator in Iowa

Teach Children Strategies to Cope with Bullying

Monday, April 3

Natural Gas Prices Fall Below $3, Motor Fuels Also Lower

Iowa Health Information Network Moves Out of IDPH

Friday, March 31

Farm and Rural Life Poll Examines Conservation Practice Use

HelloInclude Safety as Part of the Spring Turkey Hunting Preparation

Thursday, March 30

fishNatural Resource Announces Spring Turkey Seasons

Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shares Custom and Machinery Rental Rates

Wednesday, March 29

YayNew Navigant Report Demonstrates Iowa’s Leadership in Wind Energy

fishIowans Celebrate Water Quality Successes in Annual Review

Tuesday, March 28

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.2 Percent in February

Modest Adjustment in Fuel Prices, Most Fuels Lower

Monday, March 27

Money$5.6 million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

HelloPrepare Now for Sometimes Contrary Spring Weather

Friday, March 24

4th of July Weekend Campsite Reservations Open Soon

Health Department: Do I Have Prediabetes? Take the Test

Thursday, March 23

YayIowa STEM School Partners will Pilot New Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Model

Natural Gas Prices Up $.46, Other Fuels Mixed

Wednesday, March 22

Five-Year Plan Identifies Key Health Issues for Iowans

HelloOpportunities for Iowans to Help Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

Tuesday, March 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Three Startups

YayUNI Dance Marathon Raises Over $453,000

Monday, March 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

fishNortheast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Begins April 3

Friday, March 17

HelloTow To Go Program Available Friday and Saturday Night Across Iowa

fishIowa Spring Turkey Season is Right Around the Corner

Thursday, March 16

Hello12 Iowa Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease from 2016-17 Hunting Seasons

Consumer Fraud by Drinkable Sunscreen & Mosquito Repellent Marketer is Alleged

Wednesday, March 15

HelloDakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline

fish12 Urban Water Quality Demonstration Projects Selected to Receive Funding

Tuesday, March 14

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.3 Percent in January

HelloAvian Influenza Preparations Following Confirmation of the Disease in the U.S.

Monday, March 13

HelloAdditional Firefighters Affected by Improper Scoring

Yay1,500 Archers Compete at Iowa State Tournament

Friday, March 10

Ethanol Prices Down, Other Fuels Mixed

Natural Resources: State Park Campgrounds in Need of Hosts

Thursday, March 9

HelloLaw Enforcement Survey Finds 4,265 Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

fishNatural Resources: Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Wednesday, March 8

HelloBranstad Administration Seeking Input Related to $21 million Volkswagen Settlement

Grants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Tuesday, March 7

Sunrise Farms to Pay $46,000 Penalty for Violations

YayGroup Mapping Out Way to Save the Monarch Butterfly

Monday, March 6

Iowa DNR: 2016 Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 100,000

Timber Buyers Barred from “Abusive and Deceptive” Conduct in Iowa Tree Harvests

Friday, March 3

Natural Gas Prices Continue Slide, Other Fuels Mixed

Public Health: Problem Gambling – Start the Conversation

Thursday, March 2

YaySawyer Brown to Headline Country Night at the Delaware County Fair July 13

YayU.S. News & World Report Names Iowa #6 Best State

Wednesday, March 1

HelloRegional Medical Center CEO, Lon Butikofer, Resigns

Public Health: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Tuesday, February 28

YayHelping Parents Understand BMI May Lead to Positive Changes in Childhood Obesity

Cover Crop Acres Grow Despite Tightening Crop Budgets

Monday, February 27

HelloOfficials Still Searching for Party Responsible for Dead Eagle

Natural Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend
Groan of the Day

The math teacher saw that Daphne wasn't paying attention in class.

She called on her and said, "Daphne! What are 2 and 4, and 28 and 44?"

Daphne quickly replied, "ABC, CBS, HBO and the Cartoon Network!"

From A Joke A

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.

Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

Come see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays 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.

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.

Area Festivals, Fairs & Destinations

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.

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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