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Friday, August 18

HelloNatural Resources: Iowa will be Touched by the Total Eclipse

YayUNI Honored with Second AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Thursday, August 17

Future Ready Iowa Alliance Releases "Metrics That Matter" Report

Iowa DNR: Deer Licenses on Sale August 15

Wednesday, August 16

Iowa Cash Rental Rates Stabilizing after Four Years of Declines

MoneyPresident Allen Outlines Five-Year Iowa State University Tuition Plan

Tuesday, August 15

fishNew Emerald Ash Borer Resources Available from ISU Extension

YayHigh-Risk Drinking at its Lowest Point in 25 Years at the UI

Monday, August 14

HelloIowa Requests Disaster Declaration for 7 Iowa Counties

YayNorthey Recognizes Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Friday, August 11

MoneyNationwide Pays Iowa Nearly $322,000 over 2012 Data Breach

fishAlliant Energy and Iowa DNR Team Up to Offer Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

Thursday, August 10

YayIowa Named Second Best State for Health Care

fishNatural Resources: Hot Weather Taking its Toll on Fish

Wednesday, August 9

HelloFish kill in Fayette County Traced to Empty Hog Confinement Building

Crop Report: Drought Conditions Remain for Many Parts of Iowa

Tuesday, August 8

MoneySBA Disaster Assistance for Seven Storm-Damaged Counties

fishWater Summary Update Shows Dry Areas Expanding Across Two-Thirds of Iowa

Monday, August 7

Slight Increase in Gas And Diesel Prices

National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12

Friday, August 4

HelloFort Dodge Man Charged in Theft of Lottery Tickets

MoneyThe Importance of Business Succession for Rural Communities

Thursday, August 3

fishIowa’s Annual Pheasant Population Survey Begins August 1

Share Time, Words and Intention to Help Children Learn

Wednesday, August 2

Crop Report: The State Remains Very Dry

YayIowa Governor Announces Cyber Training Partnership for Students

Tuesday, August 1

HelloIowa Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Regional Speed Enforcement Results

Blue Eye Mold Threatens Stored Grain

Monday, July 31

IDPH Promotes New Concussion Management Guidelines

Crude Oil and Retail Motor Fuels See Price Increases

Friday, July 28

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

YayVolunteers Muscle 28 Tons of Trash from the Upper Cedar River

Thursday, July 27

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Seven Companies

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture Levels Getting Short

Wednesday, July 26

HelloISP Finding Creative Ways to Enforce New Distracted Driving Law

fishWhy You Should Wash Your Car on the Lawn

Monday, July 24

HelloFirst Human West Nile Virus Case of Season

Unemployment Rate Increased to 3.2 Percent

Friday, July 21

HelloIowa to Participate in New Nationwide First Responder Network

MoneyIowa State External Funding Breaks Half-Billion Dollars

Thursday, July 20

Crop Report: Weather Causing Stress to Crops and Livestock

HelloWildland Fire Suppression Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, July 19

HelloDangerous Counterfeit Pain Pills Found in Iowa

fishWatering Lawns During Hot, Dry Summer Weather

Tuesday, July 18

HelloWater Summary Update Shows Expanding Dry Areas in Iowa

MoneyMore than $400,000 Awarded in CAT Grants to Two Projects

Monday, July 17

$85,000 in Refund Checks Sent to Elderly Iowa Victims

Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices Show Upward Trend

Friday, July 14

YayUIU Receives Great Lakes Funds for Student Emergency Grants

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Ranks in Six Specialties

Thursday, July 13

HelloDNR Completes Operation Dry Water Campaign

MoneyPaid Rideshare – What Is It and How Can You Use It?

Wednesday, July 12

Crop Report:  77% of Corn and 67% of Beans Good to Excellent

fishEasy Access to Wildlife Experts Available with Online Tool

Tuesday, July 11

YayIowa DOT Releases 2017-2018 Iowa Transportation Map

Income Scheme Based on Playing Florida Lottery Barred from Marketing to Iowans

Monday, July 10

Motor Fuels Prices Continue Downward Trend

18 Attorneys General Sue U.S. Education Secretary for Halting Predatory For-Profit School Loan Protections

Friday, July 7

Crop Report: 78% of Corn, 72% of Beans Good to Excellent

Money‘A Place of Your Own’ Homebuyer Education Prepares Consumers

Thursday, July 6

Tipton Brothers Plead Guilty in Iowa to Lottery Rigging Scheme

YayGallagher Bluedorn Reaches 500,000 Students with Kaleidoscope Series for Youth

Wednesday, July 5

Retail Fuels Downward Trend Continues

Traditional Forms of Communication Preferred by Iowa Farmers

Friday, June 30

HelloDNR Advises Caution for Paddlers, Boaters on Iowa’s Rivers this Weekend

Money$7.4 Million Awarded To Iowa Communities For Projects

Thursday, June 29

HelloDNR: Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers this Fourth of July

Crop Report: 79% of Corn and 74% of Beans Rated Good or Excellent

Wednesday, June 28

HelloAAA and the Iowa State Patrol Partner to End Distracted Driving

HelloDNR Encourages Safe Storage, Disposal of Fireworks at Home

Tuesday, June 27

MoneyNew Closing Cost Assistance Program for Iowa Home Buyers

MoneyIWD: Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

Monday, June 26

HelloAvoid Areas of Heavy Smoke Near Fireworks Activities and Displays

Iowa Diesel and Other Motor Fuels Prices Fall

Friday, June 23

Iowa Unemployment
Rate Remains 3.1%, Adds 5,500 Jobs

Iowa’s State Parks have Campsites, Lodges and Shelters Available for Fourth of July Weekend

Thursday, June 22

Crop Reprt: 78% of Corn and 74% of Beans Rated Good or Excellent

MoneyGovernor Kim Reynolds to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to Israel

Wednesday, June 21

MoneyMore than $950,000 Awarded in CAT Grants to Four Projects

Plant.Grow.Fly. to Plant
YayButterfly Garden on Iowa Capitol Complex Friday

Tuesday, June 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Swards to Four Companies

Iowa Part of Ongoing Multistate Investigation into Sales of Opioids

Monday, June 19

International Group of Farmers and Ag Industry Leaders Visiting Iowa June 16-22

Crude Oil and Retail Fuel Prices Falling

Friday, June 16

YayNatural Resources: Take Dad Fishing this Father’s Day

UNI Receives More Than $300,000 Suicide Prevention Grant

Thursday, June 15

HelloNumber of Licensed Fireworks Sales Sites Expanding

IDPH to Begin Accepting Applications for Expanded Medical Cannabidiol Program

Wednesday, June 14

fishWater Summary Update Shows Normal Conditions Continue into June

Crop Report: Dry and Hot Conditions Helped Crop Development

Tuesday, June 13

HelloIDPH Recognizes Drowning Prevention Week June 18-24

MoneyFarmers Market Coupons Available for Older Iowans, Eligible WIC Recipients

Monday, June 12

HelloWarmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

Crude Oil, Other Fuels Prices Continue to Drop

Friday, June 9

fishNatural Resources: I Found this “Abandoned” Fawn

YayPenumbra, ISU Solar Car, Comes to Dyersville

Thursday, June 8

HelloDrive with Caution – Does are on the Move

Money$2.7 Million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, June 7

Crop Report: Ninety Percent of Corn Crop has Emerged

MoneyFinancial Wellbeing Involves More Than Managing Money

Tuesday, June 6

HelloDPS: Brisk Business for Fireworks Licensing

IDPH: Healthy Homes are Smoke Free Homes

Monday, June 5

Retail Gasoline Continues to Increase in Price

Judge Bars Osmosis Defendants from Selling Products in Iowa during Pending Consumer Fraud Lawsuit

Friday, June 2

Crop Report: Corn Emergence at 82 Percent

fishNatural Resources: June is Great Outdoors Month

Thursday, June 1

fishHunters Harvest Nearly 11,800 Turkeys During 2017 Spring Season

Moderate Increase in Retail Gasoline Prices

Wednesday, May 31

YayIowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

Organic Agriculture Grows in Iowa, Ranking 10th in Organic Sales

Tuesday, May 30

YayIDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark

fishIowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 2-4

Friday, May 26

YayCabins, Campsites Still Available for the Memorial Day Weekend

HelloDNR Advises Boaters to Use Caution on Swollen Rivers, Reservoirs

Thursday, May 25

Target Settles with Iowa and 46 States Over Massive 2013 Data Breach

Money$24.1 Million in Credits Awarded to Iowa Historic Preservation Projects

Wednesday, May 24

HelloPublic Health Department: Tick Season Underway in Iowa

Crop Report: Ninety-Two Percent of Corn Crop Planted

Tuesday, May 23

Iowa’s Un-
employment Rate Remains at 3.1 Percent

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Startups

Monday, May 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Eight Companies

Natural Gas Prices Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, May 19

HelloExpect Heavy Boat Traffic for Memorial Day Weekend

fishDNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Thursday, May 18

HelloDepartment of Public Safety: Seat Belt Myth Busting

fishDepartment of Natural Resources: Help Atop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Wednesday, May 17

MoneyEligible Iowans Urged to Submit Provigil Settlement Claims

Corn Planting Ahead of 5-Year Average for First Time This Year

Tuesday, May 16

MoneyNew App Helps Iowans ‘Spend Smart. Eat Smart.’

Farmers Surveyed on Efforts to Stop Monarch Butterfly Decline

Monday, May 15

HelloIowa HIV Disease Diagnoses Increase; Increased Testing Credited

Retail Gasoline and Natural Gas Prices Down in Iowa

Friday, May 12

HelloPopular Northeast and Central Iowa Paddling Destinations Closed

Cost-share Available to Farmers for Water Quality Practices

Thursday, May 11

YayCelebrate Agritourism During National Travel and Tourism Week

fishIncentives Offered to Help Increase Pollinator Breeding Habitat

Wednesday, May 10

Crop Report: 52% of Corn Crop Planted, 9% of Beans

fishDNR: 9 Ways to Save $$$, Improve the Air and Breathe Easier

Tuesday, May 9

HelloManchester Man Dies After Being Taken Into Custody at Dubuque Bar

fishWater Summary Update Shows No drought in Iowa Thanks to Cool, Wet April

Monday, May 8

Wholesale Ethanol Prices Down, Other Motor Fuels also Down

HelloIowa Summit Focuses on Hunger among Older Iowans
Groan of the Day

Dad was angry when he saw that his son scored a zero in math.

"Son, can you explain this to me?"

"Well dad, the teacher didn't have any stars left to give me, so she gave me a moon!"

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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