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Tuesday, May 31

Collaboration to Enhance Pollinator Habitat along New Monarch Highway

!!DNR Program Helps Iowa Communities Monitor Drinking Water for Microcystin

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries

Friday, May 27

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.9 Percent in April

DNR Campaign to Promote Family Fishing in Iowa

Thursday, May 26

DNR: Boaters Urged to Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

!!Beneficial Insect Released to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer

Wednesday, May 25

!!Department of Public Health: Picnic Food Safety

Iowa Crop Report: Wet and Cold Conditions Slowed Progress

Tuesday, May 24

!!Be Safe, Be Buckled! May 23 – June 6, 2016 Click It or Ticket

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to 6 Startups

Monday, May 23

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to 7 Companies

USDA Encourages Farmers To Participate In Usda Surveys On 2016 Crop, Current Grain Supply Levels

Friday, May 20

Significant Increase in Heating Oil Prices

Thursday, May 19

!!Department of Public Health: Ticks Are Out – Keep Them Off

$$$$19.6 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, May 18

Crop Report: 88 Percent of Corn, 43 Percent of Soybeans Planted

Iowa DNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Tuesday, May 17

!!It’s Up to All of Us to Prevent Underage Drinking in Iowa

Farmers Willing to Assist in Monarch Conservation Efforts

Monday, May 16

yayCelebrate June Dairy Month in Iowa Visit an Open House

Cost-Share Available for Water Quality Practices Statewide

Friday, May 13

Natural Gas, Crude Oil Prices Trending Upward

$$$More than $1.8 million in CAT Grants Awarded to Four Projects

Thursday, May 12

$$$Understand Spending Patterns to Reach Financial Goals

yay$2.47 Million Gift to Create Presidential Scholarship Fund at UNI

Wednesday, May 11

Farmland Cash Rent Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Year

!!Anamosa Bottled Water Advisory Lifted; Chemical is Not a Risk to Residents

Tuesday, May 10

$$$Iowa Homeownership Month Campaign: “2,500 Bucks”

!!Iowa GTSB Forms Impaired Driving Coalition

Monday, May 9

Judge Orders $100,000 Consumer Fraud Default Judgment against New Jersey Man

yayIowa DNR: Celebrate Iowa's Air Quality Improvements

Friday, May 6

Retail Fuels and Hetaing Fuels on the Rise

Leave Wildlife Babies Where They Belong - In the Wild

Thursday, May 5

Pressure to Maintain Profit Margins a Barrier to Soil and Water Conservation

Walleye Season Opens May 7 on Iowa's Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 4

$$$Iowa Celebrates $8 Billion Tourism Industry During National Travel and Tourism Week

Crop Report:  Progress Continues on Planting

Tuesday, May 3

yayMain Street Iowa Celebrates 30 Years of Outstanding Achievements

Department of Natural Resources Asks Iowans to be Air Aware

Monday, May 2

!!New Iowa Study Released On Hauling Of Crude Oil And Biofuels By Rail

Iowa to Celebrate Its First Source Water Protection Week

Friday, April 29

Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Prices Nudge Higher

$$$Development Board Makes Awards to Seven Startups

Thursday, April 28

!!DPS Officials Remind Iowans to be Vigilant of Child Abductions

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards

Wednesday, April 27

Crop Report:  Rain Slows Planting Progress

Increasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

Tuesday, April 26

Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

June 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Monday, April 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent in March

yayRedesigned State of Iowa Website Unveiled

Friday, April 22

Slight Increase in Iowa Unleaded Gasoline Prices

yayFull Participation in Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

Thursday, April 21

!!Preparations For Avian Influenza That Have Taken Place In The Last Year

Record Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

Wednesday, April 20

Crop Report: Corn Planting has Begun in Earnest

Resources Available to Farmers Using No-till And Strip-till

Tuesday, April 19

yayUNI JPEC Receives International Award for Student Entrepreneurship

Iowa Farm to School Program Celebrates New Growing Season

Monday, April 18

Timing Key in Maximizing Profit of Land, Market Investments

Iowa City Pediatrician Named Immunization Champion

Friday, April 15

$$$MidAmerican Energy Announces 3.6 Billion Investment in Additional Wind Generation Capacity

520 Firearms, Bows, Gun Barrels, Ccopes, Tree Stands Available at DNR Spring Sale

Thursday, April 14

$$$$800,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Crude Oil and Heating Fuel Prices Increase

Wednesday, April 13

!!April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month

Iowa Crop Report: Getting Equipment Ready

Tuesday, April 12

$$$2016 Money Smart Week Is April 23-30

yayNearly 700 Students Compete at 59th Annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Monday, April 11

New Jersey Seller of Purported Lottery Winning Systems Will Pay Refunds

Nominations Sought for 2016 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Friday, April 8

DNR Boater Reminder, Pull the Drain Plugs

Motor Fuels Lower, Crude Mixed, Natural Gas Higher

Thursday, April 7

Crop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Mostly Adequate

DNR: Iowa Boat Registrations Due April 30

Wednesday, April 6

Science of Parenting: Children Learn from Chores

!!Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

Tuesday, April 5

yayShow Support for Military Kids: Wear Purple April 15

Value-Added Services for Iowa Medicaid Patients

Monday, April 4

Iowa DNR Announces Spring Turkey Seasons

Settlement Dissolves Two Sham Cancer Charities

Friday, April 1

Slight Rise in National Retail Gasoline Prices

$$$Economic Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

Thursday, March 31

Online Hunting Atlas Offers Hunters Places to Go

$$$Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

Wednesday, March 30

Farm Poll Shows Farmers Increasing Use of Nutrient Loss Reduction Practices

yayUNI to Honor Student Activists from 1970 Campus Protest

Tuesday, March 29

yayUI Health Care Again Recognized as a Leading Employer

Plant.Grow.Fly. and Mayor Cownie Encourage Iowa’s Mayors to Sign Monarch Pledge

Monday, March 28

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.7 Percent in February

ISU Extension: What Is a Bull Worth?

Friday, March 25

While Crude Oil Rises, Motor Fuels Relatively Stable

Fourth of July Campsite Reservations Open Soon

Thursday, March 24

State of Iowa to Hold Energy Plan Public Forums

Online Internet Marketing Training Seller to Refund Iowans

Wednesday, March 23

!!March 21-25 Severe Weather Awareness Week

yayIowa State Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News

Tuesday, March 22

$$$ISU Extension and Outreach Awarded $950,000 FDA Food Safety Grant

Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications Due May 2

Monday, March 21

$$$More than $900,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Committee Awards Nearly $225,000 in Grants to Enhance Swine Industry

Friday, March 18

!!Sippin' Green Beer This Year? Find a Safe Ride Home

Choose Iowa's Top State Park and Earn a Chance to Win a Free Weekend of Camping

Thursday, March 17

Motor Fuels, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

Northeast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Schedule

Wednesday, March 16

!!U.S. Marshals Apprehend Stabbing Suspect in Dubuque

Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

Tuesday, March 15

Iowa's Unemployment Rate at 3.5% for January

DNR Approves Construction Permit for Pipeline on Public Land

Monday, March 14

Consumer Fraud Lawsuit against New Jersey Man for Defrauding Elderly Iowans

Iowa DNR: Fire Helps Manage Iowa's Grasslands

Groan of the Day

As a kid, parent-teacher conferences were embarrassing and awkward for me and my parents. My teacher made my parents write on the blackboard one hundred times, "We will not have any more children."

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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