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Tuesday, November 24

MoneyEconomic Development Board Aapproves Awards

helathAnnual Report Shows Pause in Obesity Rate Climb

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Today's Obituaries

Monday, November 23

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.5 Percent in October

celebrationHunters 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

downIowa 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

MoneyStartup Weekend Returns to Cedar Valley

celebrationHorse 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

helathIowa’s Phase-In Approach to Medicaid Modernization

celebrationUpper Iowa Recognized for Service to Veterans

Wednesday, November 11

celebration2015 Sullivan Brothers' Award of Valor Ceremony to be Held

celebration40 Schools Participate in “A Is For Apple” Initiative this Fall

Tuesday, November 10

farmCrop 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

celebrationOnline Nutrition and Food Safety Lessons Address Needs of Older Iowans

Friday, November 6

MoneyDevelopment Board Approves Assistance for Kraft Heinz Project in Davenport

celebrationWabash Trace Nature Trail photo Wins Iowa Travel Guide Cover Contest

Thursday, November 5

downNatural Gas Prices Fall Below Two Dollars

DNRIowa DNR Works to Restore Rare, But Historically Important Habitat

Wednesday, November 4

DNRIowa's Popular Furbearer Season Opens November 7

celebrationOpening Weekend of Pheasant Season - Hunter Numbers Up, Harvest Up

Tuesday, November 3

MoneyNew Toolkit Helps Iowans Better Manage Their Finances

farmCrop Report: 85% of Corn and 96% of Beans Harvested

Monday, November 2

helathDepartment of Public Health: Flu Circulating in Iowa

celebrationChoose the Cover of the Next Iowa Travel Guide

Friday, October 30

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Seven Startups

helathPublic Health Department Seeks to Battle Opioid Abuse

Thursday, October 29

downNatural Gas and Motor Fuels Prices Tumble

Youth Pheasant Hunters See More Birds

Wednesday, October 28

farmCrop Report: 73% of Corn and 92% of Beans Harvested

!!Iowa Landowner Sentenced for Leasing Land Used in Illegal Guided Deer Hunts

Tuesday, October 27

celebrationIowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2015 Conference

MoneyBrownfield Grayfield Tax Credit Awards for 13 Projects

Monday, October 26

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

!!DNR Investigation into Three Swans Being Shot Results in Charges

Friday, October 23

celebrationIowa Departmentof Agriculture Receives $227,400 Grant to Establish Monarch Habitat

helathIDPH Releases Suicide Prevention Plan

Thursday, October 22

downPrice Of Mid-grade Blend Down In Iowa

Hunter Interest Growing Ahead of Iowa's Pheasant Season

Wednesday, October 21

downIowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent in September

farmIowa Crop Report: 83% of Soybeans and 52% of Corn Harvested

Tuesday, October 20

!!Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Linn County

Financial Aid Resource Company Required to Stop Iowa Marketing

Monday, October 19

!!National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 18-24

farmCover Crop Planting Deadline Extended

Friday, October 16

MoneyTwelve Grants Awarded To Help Promote Specialty Crops In Iowa

!!Producer Acted Quickly In Allamakee County Fish Kill

Thursday, October 15

Retail Diesel Fuel Prices Trend Upward

Early Muzzleloader Deer Season Begins October 17

Wednesday, October 14

farmCrop Report: Mostly Ahead of Last Year

DNROnline Hunting Atlas Offers Pheasant Hunters Places To Go

Tuesday, October 13

MoneyMain Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced

celebrationIowa Water Systems Honored by CDC

Monday, October 12

!!Additional Charges Filed in Ongoing Lottery Investigation

DNRWater Summary Update: Conditions Favorable In September

Friday, October 9

DNR7 Stunning Iowa State Park Views for Fall

helathIowa Hospitals Increase Breastfeeding Support Practices

Thursday, October 8

!!State Attorneys General Urge Phusion LLC to Lower Four Loko Alcohol Content

celebrationUIU is Ready to 'Rock' with Donated Collection

Wednesday, October 7

celebrationIPEP Kicks Off the Iowa Energy Plan

DNRAdding Habitat Important to Grow Pheasant Numbers

Tuesday, October 6

farmCrop Report: Corn 90% Mature - 8 Days Ahead of Last Year

!!Two Charged After Allegedly Shooting Swans

Monday, October 5

celebrationIowa Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches Offer Delicious Choices, Great Family Activities

celebrationIowa State landscape Architecture Students Win National Award for Women's Prison Project

Friday, October 2

!!Iowa Launches New Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

!!Iowa DOT Driver’s License Stations Closed October 8 for Training

Thursday, October 1

downRetail Unleaded and Natural Gas Lower this Week

!!Fish Kill Along Buchanan County Creek

Wednesday, September 30

MoneyMobile Apps and Online Reviews Influence Consumer Behavior

DNRTrout Fishing Under a Canopy of Fall Colors

Tuesday, September 29

farmIowa State Survey Shows Farmers Using Information Technology for Decision-making

farmCrop Report: Corn 80% Good to Excellent

Monday, September 28

MoneyFunds Available For Innovative Water Quality Practices

helathIDPH Joins National DPS Recognition Day

Friday, September 25

Consumer Fraud Lawsuit Against New York Psychic Mailing Operation

!!Septic Maintenance Vital To Protect People And Water

Thursday, September 24

downNatural Gas Prices Trending Downward

!!Increase In Zebra Mussels Evident In Iowa Great Lakes

Wednesday, September 23

Iowa’s Archery Deer Season Begins October 1

MoneyIowa Development Board Makes Awards to Six Startups

Tuesday, September 22

farmIowa Crop Report: Corn Harvest Wrapping Up

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Monday, September 21

downIowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent in August

celebrationSchools to Participate in “A is for Apple” Initiative and Midwest Great Apple Crunch

Friday, September 18

downPrice Drop in Unleaded Retail Gasoline

farmWebinar Addresses Zoning When Ag Comes to the City

Thursday, September 17

!!Dogs Test Positive for Banned Substance at Iowa Racing Track

helathAdverse Childhood Experiences Impact Adult Health

Wednesday, September 16

farmTake Precautions Now for Safe Fall Harvest

DNRCelebrate Iowa's Hunting and Fishing Heritage at Outdoor Expo

Tuesday, September 15

farmCrop Report: Continued Reports of Disease Pressure on Corn

helathU.S. Surgeon General Gives Marching Orders to Walk

Monday, September 14

MoneyMain Street Iowa Announces Open 4 Business Winners

celebrationUNI Releases Fall 2015 Enrollment Numbers

Friday, September 11

downWeekly Fuel Price Report: Motor Fuels Lower

MoneyNew Biofuels Initiative: “Fueling Our Future 100”

Thursday, September 10

celebrationU.S. News Ranks UNI Among Top Midwest Public Universities

farmCrop Report: Some Pressure on Corn from Disease

Wednesday, September 9

!!Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Dubuque County

DNRPopular Outdoor Expo Set for September 26-27

Tuesday, September 8

!!I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border Safety Initiative Concludes

Door-to-Door Meat Seller Agrees to Change Practices, Pay State $30,000

Friday, September 4

helathIt’s Time for Your Annual Flu Vaccination

Crude Oil Fluctuates – On The Rise This Week

Thursday, September 3

farmCrop Report: 81% of Corn and 76% of Soybeans Good to Excellent

Keep Labor Day Celebrations Food-Safe

Wednesday, September 2

DNRIowa's Pheasant Population Jumps 37 Percent

helathSuicide Prevention Week Set for September 7-13

Tuesday, September 1

farm1,800 Farmers Commit $3.5 Million to Water Quality Practices

helathSeptember is Substance Abuse Recovery Month

Monday, August 31

farmCentury and Heritage Farms Recognized During Iowa State Fair

celebrationNew Main Street Communities Announced

Groan of the Day

Q: Where do pencils go for vacation?

A: Pencil-vania.

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Regional Medical Center’s Phase I Expansion Project Nears Completion

Manchester and surrounding community residents will soon have improved access to healthcare as Phase I of the expansion project at Regional Medical Center (RMC) nears completion. RMC’s 40,000+ square foot expansion project broke ground July 15, 2014, and is expected to be complete in December 2015.

River Ridge Pavilion will include an entirely new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit, as well as a large Specialty Clinic which will hopefully add more medical specialties to our already expansive service offerings which include allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, general surgery, laser, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, OB/GYN, oncology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, podiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.  Also included is a covered carport, HILLTOP Gift Shop, welcome desk, Jerry’s Place (public dining), family lounges/waiting areas, Harriet Seedorff Solarium, and GNB Bank outdoor patio. 

The new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit will be located on Level II of the new addition.  Inpatient rooms will boast an amazing view overlooking the Maquoketa River and be nearly double in size from current rooms to better accommodate for patients, visitors, staff, and advanced technology.

There will be an open house for the River Ridge Pavilion Sunday, November 22, from 1-4 PM.

“Throughout the planning process of this state-of-the-art facility, focus was planned on priority issues such as access to care, an increase in the quantity of medical specialty services, and an enhanced patient/family experience.  At RMC we strive to make each patient feel special and believe it is the little things that make a big difference.  My sincere appreciation goes out to each and every one of our loyal patients that choose our healthcare system for their care, support, and healthcare education.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our open house for River Ridge Pavilion,” shares Lon Butikofer, RN, PhD, Chief Executive Officer.

Visit to learn more about the expansion project.

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Ambassadors Visits

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors made three visits in October.

KMCH Mix 94.7/Coloff Digital Weston Lowery
Coloff Digital is a full service digital marketing agency that provides website development, social media marketing, search engine marketing and email marketing solutions for small to medium sized businesses throughout Iowa and the Midwest. They are headquartered in Forest City, Iowa with additional locations in Mason City, Charles City, Cedar Falls and Manchester, Iowa. The team has helped countless organizations thrive online and has provided many small business owners with the knowledge and tools to stay ahead the game in today's digital world.

Black Hills Energy
The second visit was to the Manchester Black Hills Energy Office to meet and greet new Operations Supervisor Allan “Chip” Wical.  Wical, who moved here from Nebraska, has been in the natural gas business for 32 years and was pleased to have the opportunity to transfer back into “home territory” as he grew up in Grundy Center.  Wical, a Supervisor II and his assistant  Andy Westhoff,  a Supervisor I, oversee 12 employees who perform the upkeep and maintenance of the Black Hills distribution system in 23 area communities, while providing appliance repair and inspection services to these same communities.  Chip and his wife Cathy have 2 grown children and  are in the process of  purchasing a home near Manchester.
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative’s (MVEC) “Prairie” substation
The last visit was to Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative’s (MVEC) newly rebuilt “Prairie” substation west of Manchester off old Highway 20.  MVEC’s Distribution Engineering Supervisor, Mark Scheibe, explained the sub was designed and rebuilt internally by the Cooperative’s engineering and operations employees.  It was energized in late June and will continue supplying service to 650 members in the area.  The original substation was built in the 1970’s and had an enclosed structure that created unsafe working conditions for our employees.  The new design allows us to make repairs more safely from the ground and will help decrease the length of power outages that might originate from this sub.  In addition to improving safety, this $300,000 upgrade will more reliably serve members in the area long into the future.

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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Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

Grant Wood Festival

Grant Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa on February 13, 1891. He displayed early evidence of his artistic ability and upon graduation from Grant High School in Cedar Rapids, enrolled at the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis. His subsequently taught school, attended night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, served in the Army, and later was appointed an art instructor at the University of Iowa.

During the 1920s, he traveled to Europe several times. On his last journey, his contact with Flemish and German primitive art forms resulted in his decision to return to the Midwest, settle in Iowa, and paint scenes he knew best in the style for which he would become famous.

Grant Wood died on February 12, 1942 and is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Anamosa.

The annual Grant Wood Art Festival honors the heritage of Grant Wood and the legacy of the early Irish immigrants who settled in Stone City. Attracted to the natural beauty of the terrain, Grant Wood chose this area for his art colony during the summers of 1932-33.  The aim of the original art colony, as outlined in the school’s brochure, was “…to join in working together toward the development of an indigenous expression.  To this end we do not strive for any particular formula or technique.  We rather seek for a stimulating exchange of ideas, a cooperation of a variety of points of view.”

A journey back in time to view architectural landmarks of the mid 19th century is promised to those who visit the area.  The legend is that early immigrants came to Stone City in the 1800s and carved a legacy of stone in the bluffs of the Wapsipinicon River Valley.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 3, 2015

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.

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.
See more details here.

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.  See more details here.

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. 
See more details here.

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.

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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