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Thursday, February 11

Governor Brandstad: Managed Care Means Better Care for Medicaid Patients

$$$More than $500,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Cameras

Iowa Snow Plow Locations

Today's Obituaries

Wednesday, February 10

2016 Gross Crop Margins Negative Despite Lower Costs

$$$Walmart Foundation Grant to Introduce Low-Income Iowa Women to Construction Jobs

Tuesday, February 9

Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC Over Mortgage Loan Abuses

yayGovernor’s 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit

Monday, February 8

National Effort to Raise Awareness of Prediabetes

Science of Parenting: How Much Is Too Much?

Friday, February 5

!!Top Three Consumer Protection Division Complaints for 2015

Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Thursday, February 4

Natural Gas, Motor Fuels Prices Lower in Iowa

Century and Heritage Farm Owners Encouraged to Apply

Wednesday, February 3

yayVITA Provides Free Tax Help for Iowans

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Awards to Six Startups

Tuesday, February 2

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards

Florida Magazine Seller to Cease Iowa Sales and Refund Iowans

Monday, February 1

American Heart Month: Know Your Numbers

Iowans Create Water Quality Successes in 2015

Friday, January 29

Coordinated Effort Targeted to River and Stream Restoration

Using Cover Crops Correctly Can Improve Field Health and Productivity

Thursday, January 28

Retail Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Wednesday, January 27

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.4 Percent

Iowa Farm to School Local Purchase Report Available

Tuesday, January 26

Kick-off for the 2016 Live Healthy Iowa Challenge

Visit The Interstate 80 Planning Study Website And Complete The Survey

Monday, January 25

$$$Iowa Awarded Flood Reduction and Water Quality Grant

Grants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Friday, January 22

General Conservation Reserve Program Signup Underway

IDPH Receives More Than $6 Million to Improve CPR

Thursday, January 21

Crude Oil Drops Below $30, Motor Fuels also Lower

Contributions to Chickadee Check-Off Continue to Rise

Wednesday, January 20

$$$First Round of Funding for Fueling Our Future Initiative

!!Use Caution on the Ice at Iowa Great Lakes

Tuesday, January 19

$$$Statewide Transportation Alternatives Program Funding

$$$$750,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Seven Projects

Monday, January 18

3 New Projects Focused On Water Quality Practices Receive Funding

!!Water Testing and Maintenance Resources Available for Private Well Owners

Friday, January 15

Crude Oil and Motor Fuels Continue Downward Trend

Water Summary Update: 2015 in Review

Thursday, January 14

!!Klima Drainage Fined for One Call Violations

$$$Workplace Gambling Toolkit Available to Iowa Employers

Wednesday, January 13

DNR to Plant 69,000+ Trees Thanks to Arbor Day Foundation

yayUNI MBA Students Take on Consulting Projects

Tuesday, January 12

Three Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

Growing Your Farm Business is Goal of New Educational Series

Monday, January 11

yayUIU Online Art Program Ranked Second Nationally

ISU Experts Help Making Exercise A Habit in 2016

Friday, January 8

Small Acreage Owners Learn Ways to Boost Benefits of Rural Lifestyle

Science of Parenting: Helping Kids Set Goals

Thursday, January 7

Crude Oil Lower, Entering Historic Territory

Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Wednesday, January 6

!!Heating Equipment Leading Cause of Home Fire Deaths

!!Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Tuesday, January 5

Iowa Agriculture: Record Production, Economic Challenges

Iowa Water Quality Initiative Expands

Monday, January 4

Natural Gas Prices Up $.33 This Week

Parents Have More Influence Than They Might Realize To Prevent Substance Use

Thursday, December 31

Department of Health: January is Radon Action Month

yayUpper Iowa's Online Psychology and Accounting Programs Ranked

Wednesday, December 30

yayIowa Lifts Ban on Poultry Exhibitions

Remaining Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Tuesday, December 29

yayFor Fourth Year, UNI is a Top 100 'Best Value in Public Colleges'

yayUpper Iowa Receives 'Top School' Designation

Monday, December 28

Diesel Prices in Iowa Trending Downward, Dropped $.09 This Week

Late Muzzleloader Deer Season Open Through January 10, 2016

Tuesday, December 22

Iowa Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.4 Percent

!!Governor Branstad Signs Executive Order Addressing Cybersecurity

Monday, December 21

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

yayUNI Eenergy Reduction Project Receives International Distinction

Friday, December 18

Iowans Invited to Help Shape State Health Plan

Texas Lead Generation Business Agrees to Cease Deceptive Mailings to Iowans

Thursday, December 17

!!Attorney General: Waterloo Officer's Actions Justified

Benefits Must Outweigh Risks for Planting Cover Crops

Wednesday, December 16

Tennessee Buying Club Agrees to Halt Illegal Enrollment of Iowans

Waterfowl Refuges Begin Opening to Other Hunting

Tuesday, December 15

Farmland Values Fall for Second Consecutive Year

Inaugural Data on Iowa Mothers Released

Monday, December 14

yayIowa Climbs Two Spots in National Health Rankings

$$$Record Number of Beekeeping Schools Scheduled for 2016

Friday, December 11

Department of Public Helath: Keep Your Holidays Healthy

2016 Hunting, Fishing Licenses on Sale December 15

Thursday, December 10

Natural Gas Prices Dip Below Two Dollars

Iowa Boat Registration Renewal Begins January 1

Wednesday, December 9

What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?

Don't Wait Till the Last Minute to Purchase Second Shotgun Deer Season Licenses

Tuesday, December 8

!!Two Injured in Separate Hunting Incidents on Sunday

$$$Take Control of Your Money During Holidays and All Year

Monday, December 7

Judge Halts Deceptive Fundraising of Newspaper Archive Company

Major Expansion of Providers for Medicaid Modernization

Friday, December 4

Heating Oil, Motor Fuels Trend Downward

$$$$10 Million for Water Quality, $500,000 for Avian Influenza Response Efforts

Thursday, December 3

$325 Million Invested In Iowa Water Quality Last Year

yayUNI Energy Reduction Project Receives International Distinction

Wednesday, December 2

Iowans Encouraged To Consider An Iowa Grown Christmas Tree

yay2015 DNR Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded to Rural Fire Departments

Tuesday, December 1

Iowa Retail Gasoline Prices Continue to Drop

Door-to-Door Satellite TV Seller to Honor Cancellations

Monday, November 30

Crop Report: Harvest Wrapping Up in Iowa

Don't Wait Till the Last Minute to Purchase Shotgun Deer Season Licenses

Wednesday, November 25

Deer Harvest Running Ahead of Previous Years

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Award to 5 Startups

Tuesday, November 24

$$$Economic Development Board Aapproves Awards

Annual Report Shows Pause in Obesity Rate Climb

Monday, November 23

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent in October

yayHunters Use Popular Program to Donate Deer Meat to Food Bank of Iowa

Friday, November 20

!!Thanksgiving sTEP Begins Next Week

DNR To Continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

Thursday, November 19

Iowa Retail Gasoline Prices Fall

U.S. 20 – On the Road to the Final 40 Celebrates Milestone

Wednesday, November 18

Natural Gas, Propane and Heating Oil All Higher

Iowa's 2015 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

Tuesday, November 17

!!Influenza Continues to Spread; Two Deaths Reported

EDMC to Change Practices, Forgive Loans

Monday, November 16

$$$Startup Weekend Returns to Cedar Valley

yayHorse Lovers Across the Nation Benefit from Iowa’s Online Training

Friday, November 13

Quitline Iowa a Resource for the Great American Smokeout

Iowa Organic Conference to Feature One-on-One Mentoring

Thursday, November 12

Iowa’s Phase-In Approach to Medicaid Modernization

yayUpper Iowa Recognized for Service to Veterans

Wednesday, November 11

yay2015 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor Ceremony to be Held

yay40 Schools Participate in “A Is For Apple” Initiative this Fall

Tuesday, November 10

Crop Report: Harvest in Final Stages

Science of Parenting: Balancing Life and Parenting

Monday, November 9

!!Avian Influenza Update: Quaranties Lifted On All 72 Commercial Sites

yayOnline Nutrition and Food Safety Lessons Address Needs of Older Iowans

Groan of the Day

A woman visited a modern-art gallery. One painting was bright blue with vivid orange swirls and the one hanging next to it was black with lime-green splotches.

The artist stood nearby, so as politely as she could, the woman said to him, "I'm sorry, but I just don't understand you paintings."

"I paint what I feel inside me," the artist replied.

"I see," the woman replied. "Have you tried Alka-Seltzer?"

From A Joke A

Great Jones County Fair July 20-24, 2016

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 1, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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. 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

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets) 
♪ ♫ MUSIC ♪ ♫ 
☺ “Free Activities for 
the Kids” the Kids” 
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons!  
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Edgewood Rodeo Days June 23 - 26, 2016

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Delaware County Fair July 11 - 17, 2016

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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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