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Friday, March 24

4th of July Weekend Campsite Reservations Open Soon

Health Department: Do I Have Prediabetes? Take the Test

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Snow Plow Locations

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

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

Friday, February 24

Nominations Sought for 2017 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Miller to Recuse in AFSCME Lawsuit over Collective Bargaining Law

Thursday, February 23

YayMemorial Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservation

HelloIowa Birth Certificate Exchange Offered for Small Certificates Issued from 1993-2009

Wednesday, February 22

Governor Branstad and Others Highlight PRIMECARRE Program

HelloYard and Garden: Dealing with Premature Flowering Spring Bulbs

Tuesday, February 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

IDPH: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, February 20

YaySecretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

HelloUsed Auto Sales Complaints Top 2016 Consumer Complaint List

Friday, February 17

HelloFull House on Hand for Elkader Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease

Natural Gas and Propane Prices Fall, Motor Fuels Mixed

Thursday, February 16

HelloEmerald Ash Borer Discovered in Jackson and Clayton Counties

Cooperatives Provide Necessary Market for Iowa Producers

Wednesday, February 15

IDPH Releases Report on Hepatitis C Infection in Iowa

fishDNR: Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

Tuesday, February 14

MoneyIowa Public Schools Benefit From SAVE, May Not be Enough for Future Needs

Between Now and Summer Is Mud for Cattle Producers

Monday, February 13

HelloExtension: Stay Safe When Out on the Ice

Humid Fall Will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring

Friday, February 10

Propane, Natural Gas Prices Higher, Other Fuels Mixed

Installing Solar Arrays Becomes More Attractive for Farmers

Thursday, February 9

fishAlliant Energy and Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau Offer Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

New Jersey List Broker Barred from Selling Names of Defrauded Elderly Iowans

Wednesday, February 8

YayUpper Iowa University: Online Degrees Ranked by U.S. News

MoneyExtension: Set, Reach Financial Goals with ‘Your Money, Your Future’

Tuesday, February 7

Workforce Development Board Subcommittee to Address Minority Unemployment

Livestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

Monday, February 6

HelloHealth Department: Flu Deaths Rise in Iowa

Western Union to Enhance Anti-Wire Fraud Program and Pay $5 Million

Friday, February 3

HelloClayton County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Natural Gas Down to $3.00, Motor Fuels Also Lower

Thursday, February 2

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

HelloIowa Pest Resistance Management Plan Unveiled

Wednesday, February 1

YayNational Plan for Vacation Day Encourages Americans to Travel in 2017

Now is a Good Time to Consider Joining a Community Supported Agriculture Program

Tuesday, January 31

HelloCelebrating the ‘Big Game’? Play it Safe When Gambling

Iowa Wrongful Conviction Division Awarded Federal Grant Funding

Monday, January 30

YayMini-grant Recipients Make Impact in Local Communities

HelloVolunteers step forward to help DNR to Collect Additional Deer Samples

Friday, January 27

Slight Drop in Retail Gasoline Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

HelloReport Released on Fire Services Training Bureau

Thursday, January 26

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent in December

fishIowa Water Quality Initiative 2017 Legislative Report

Wednesday, January 25

YayGrain Production in Iowa Sets Records for Corn and Soybeans in 2016

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Startups

Tuesday, January 24

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Northey Announces Updated Sensitive Crop Directory

Monday, January 23

Natural Gas Price Rises for the Week, Other Fuels Mixed

fishIowa DNR Releases New Five-Year Strategy for Ambient Water Monitoring

Friday, January 20

MoneyVolunteer Income Tax Assistance Can Help Families Claim Tax Credits

HelloDon’t Be Fooled by Family Emergency Grandparent Scam

Thursday, January 19

HelloAdministration Releases Iowa Postsecondary Readiness Report

Three Men Plead Guilty in 2015 Deer Poaching Case

Wednesday, January 18

YayUIU Recognized at White House for Completing Healthy Campus Challenge

HelloTreat Trees in Early Spring to Prevent Emerald Ash Borer

Tuesday, January 17

Moody’s Pays Iowa $9 Million for Inflating Investment Ratings

Science of Parenting: Punishing vs. Disciplining Children

Monday, January 16

HelloUpdate on Sumner Home Invasion Investigation

fishIowa DNR: Water Summary Update - 2016 in Review

Friday, January 13

Decline in Natural Gas Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Thursday, January 12

HelloIowa State University 2016 Surveillance: No Zika-Associated Mosquitoes Found in State

fishIowa DNR: Hunters Turning Attention to the Wily Coyote

Wednesday, January 11

Video Explains Mediation for Farmers Facing Financial Difficulties

YayTree Planting Brings Added Value to Communities

Tuesday, January 10

HelloIowa DCI Investigating Home Invasion, Death

HelloJanuary “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” in Iowa

Monday, January 9

California-Based Pension Advance Company Banned in Iowa

YayFuture Ready Iowa Alliance Continues to Address Iowa’s Skills Gap

Friday, January 6

Iowa Awarded 115,000 Acres in Conservation Reserve Program

Diesel, Regular Unleaded  Gasoline Prices Show Increase

Thursday, January 5

HelloSecond Influenza-Related Death Confirmed in Iowa

fishDepartment of Natural Resources: Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Wednesday, January 4

HelloIWD Customers Targeted in Unemployment Insurance Scam

YayISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist: Live with Purpose

Friday, December 30

Rise in Iowa Retail Gasoline, Natural Gas Remains Volatile

YayUpper Iowa Faculty Member Nominated for Literary Honor

Thursday, December 29

fishWinter Urban Trout Stocking Begins January 4

YayISU Extension: Communicate Respectfully in a Diverse World

Wednesday, December 28

YayIowa State University Marching Band Awarded Prestigious Sudler Trophy

YayUNI Professor’s Documentary Wins Best Feature Documentary

Tuesday, December 27

Livestock Prices Stabilizing after Rollercoaster Rise and Fall

Off-Highway Vehicle and Snowmobile Registration Renewals Due December 31

Monday, December 26

Iowa Agriculture 2016: Record Production, Economic Challenges

fishReport Highlights Progress and Long-term Challenges of Iowa Stream Nutrient Monitoring

Friday, December 23

HelloIce Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Natural Gas Prices Fall for Second Straight Week

Thursday, December 22

HelloChronic Wasting Disease Found at a Deer Farm in Buchanan County

YayLt. Governor Kim Reynolds Unveils Statewide Iowa Energy Plan

Wednesday, December 21

HelloIowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season

YayIowa Economic Developement: Five Sites Recognized as Iowa Certified Sites

Tuesday, December 20

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8 Percent in November

Iowa Joins 20-State Antitrust Lawsuit Against Generic Drug Companies

Monday, December 19

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Three Companies

Nevada Seller of “Beat the Lottery” and “Beat the House” Schemes to Stop Targeting Iowans, Pay $5,000

Groan of the Day

Feeling listless, I bought some expensive "brain-stimulating" pills at the health food store. But it wasn’t until I got home that I read the label.

"This is just rosemary extract," I complained to my husband. "I can’t believe I spent all that money for something that I have growing wild in the yard!"

"See?" he said. "You’re smarter already."

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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