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Monday, December 22

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent

T-Mobile to Refund Iowans under $90 Million Nationwide Cramming Settlement

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Today's Obituaries

Friday, December 19

MoneyIowa Land Value Survey: Farmland Values Fall from Historic High

farmIowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: Farmers Are Concerned about Pesticide Resistance

Thursday, December 18

farmTips Help Small Farm Owners Prepare for Winter

celebrationREAP Supports Nationally Recognized Young Investigators Early Childhood Development Program

Wednesday, December 17

MoneyCommunity Promotion Board Accepting Grant Applications

Smokers: Make 2015 the Year You Quit

farmWinter Manure Application Rules Kick in December 21

Tuesday, December 16

helathRMC Auxiliary Project Linus Blanket Workshop

helathIowa Hospitals, EMS, and Lab Partner as Ebola Response Precaution

!!Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Counties in Southern Iowa

Monday, December 15

celebrationIowa Travel Guide Cover to Feature Dunning’s Springs Waterfall in Decorah

helathIDPH Urges Iowans to Get Influenza Vaccine

Friday, December 12

celebrationUpper Iowa University Earns Presidential Honor for Community Service

celebrationFacebook Fans to Decide Next Iowa Travel Guide Cover

Thursday, December 11

Deer Harvest up 19 Percent over 2013; Better Weather Likely the Reason

Iowa MarketReady Program Helps Food Producers Reach Beyond Local Consumers

Wednesday, December 10

SiriusXM to Refund Eligible Iowans over Misleading Advertising and Billing

Science of Parenting: Families Need Traditions

Tuesday, December 9

Iowa Judge Bars Las Vegas Telemarketer

DNRWater Conditions Remain Above Normal for Most of Iowa for November

Monday, December 8

helathThree Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

DNRDNR Works to Restore Rare, but Historically Important Habitat

Friday, December 5

celebrationHospice of Comfort Honors Dundee Volunteer

celebrationIowa Board of Regents Approve Third Consecutive Tuition Freeze

Thursday, December 4

helathNew Chief Nursing Officer at Regional Medical Center in Manchester

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support the Creation of Jobs

DNREasy to Catch Trout Too Tempting for Some

Wednesday, December 3

What Gift Are You Giving Your Child?

Basic Firearm Rules Are Important for a Safe Hunt

Tuesday, December 2

celebrationMREP Center in Manchester to Hold Open House December 17

downMotor Fuels Fall Again: Unleaded to $2.88 per Gallon

Consider Giving Deer Meat to Food Bank of Iowa

Monday, December 1

Consider an Iowa Grown Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

MoneyDNR 2014 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Awarded to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, November 26

MoneyMilwaukee Based Company to Purchase Henderson Products

farmCrop Report: 96 Percent of Corn, 99 Percent of Soybeans Harvested

DNRTutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

Tuesday, November 25

!!Emerald Ash Borer Is in Iowa - Now What?

celebrationIASourceLink Marks Beginning of Third Year

Monday, November 24

!!Guttenberg Man Facing Multiple Charges in Manchester

downIowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent

DNRIt’s a Good Year to Revive Thanksgiving Pheasant Hunting Tradition

Friday, November 21

celebrationHargrafen Joins Delaware County Extension as County Youth Coordinator

celebrationUpper Iowa University Online Program ranked by College Choice

!!Make Tighter Pants Your Only Thanksgiving Meal Regret

Thursday, November 20

Iowa DNR: Deer Harvest on Similar Pace as 2013

farmDelayed Harvest Impacting Fall Manure Application

Wednesday, November 19

celebrationUNI Named to Military Times 'Best for Vets: Colleges 2015'

farmFarmers Offered Guidance on Upcoming Farm Bill Decisions

Tuesday, November 18

!!Heating Equipment Leading Cause of Home Fire Deaths

DNRFour Animals You Didn’t Know Lived In Iowa

Monday, November 17

celebrationFive Elected to Delaware County Extension Council

farmFarmers Donating Food Eligible for Tax Credit

Quitline Iowa Offers Support for Great American Smokeout Participants

Friday, November 14

upSharp Rise in Iowa Heating Oil, Natural Gas and Diesel Prices

Science of Parenting: Help Kids Understand Health Threats

Thursday, November 13

MoneyManchester Community Promotion Board Awards Grants

farm82 Percent of the Corn and 96 Percent of Soybeans Harvested

celebrationArchery Participation Benefits from Popular Movie Franchise

Wednesday, November 12

helathIowa Joins National Rural Health Day Recognition

DNRDuck Migration Powers Up, Season Continues til December

Tuesday, November 11

helathIDPH Seeks Public Input on Funding Priorities

DNRTrout Streams Provide Quality Fishing Through the Winter

Monday, November 10

!!Ebola in Iowa: Precautionary Measures Taken to Assure Health and Safety of Iowans

downNational Average Price of Unleaded Gasoline Drops Below $3.00

Friday, November 7

helathIDPH Releases Annual Health Survey

Take Note: Changes in Deer Hunting Regulations for the 2014-2015 Seasons

Thursday, November 6

farmIowa Crop Report: Corn 61% Harvested

DNROutdoor Notes: Trout Are on the Way

Wednesday, November 5

celebrationUNI Ranks in Top Five Affordable, Eco-friendly Colleges

!!Iowa Seatbelt Usage Up According to New Survey

Tuesday, November 4

MoneyBuild Financial Skills with Free Online Classes from ISU Extension

celebrationHome Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner Program

Monday, November 3

celebrationISU Extension and Outreach Receives Public Outreach Award

helathIDPH Honors Radiation Protection Professionals

Friday, October 31

upRetail Heating Oil in Iowa Rises for the Second Week

!!Drivers: Stay Alert for Deer Movement Over the Coming Weeks

Thursday, October 30

MoneyMain Street Challenge Grants Announced

DNRPheasant Opener, Warm, Dry ... Even a Few Birds

Wednesday, October 29

helathInfluenza Activity Low in Iowa, but Two Strains Circulating

farmDeadline to Seed Winter Hardy Cover Crops Extended to November 15

Tuesday, October 28

farmHelping Farmers Cope with Stress During Harvest Season

celebrationUNI's RBC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

Monday, October 27

celebrationIowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2014 Conference

!!DCI Offers Cyber Security Awareness Resources

Friday, October 24

helathEarly Detection is KEY to More Successful Breast Cancer Treatment

MoneyAmazon Agrees to Refund 1,100 Iowa Amazon Prime Customers

DNRIowa DNR: Fall Is a Busy Time Outdoors

Thursday, October 23

!!Manchester Man Arrested on 3 Counts After Stand-Off on Wednesday

farmCorn Harvest 19 Percent Complete, 18 Days Behind

helathNo Ebola Cases in Iowa; Preparation Continues

Wednesday, October 22

!!Delhi Man Faces 9 Charges Following Monday Chase

upIowa’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.6 Percent

DNRFive Decades of Iowa Aerial Photography Now Available on DNR Website

Tuesday, October 21

downMajor Drop in Crude Oil Prices, Motor Fuels Continue to Fall

DNRExpanded Cool Weather Stocking Means Fall Trout Fishing Excitement

Monday, October 20

helathIDPH, Partners Take Part in Red Ribbon Week October 23 - 31

DNRLooking for Places to Hunt? Start Online

Friday, October 17

helathOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Why Should You Get a Mammogram

DNRIowa Pheasant Youth Season October 18-19

DNRPrograms Available to Add More Pheasant Habitat

Thursday, October 16

!!First Influenza Cases of the Season Identified in Iowa

DNROctober 25 Pheasant Opener Prospects are Good

Wednesday, October 15

farmCover Crop Planting Deadline Extended To November 1

DNRTips and Tricks for Making the Most of Fall Fishing in Iowa

Tuesday, October 14

MoneyState Revokes Lender’s License, Orders $1.5 Million Restitution for Iowa Borrowers

downCrude Oil, Motor Fuels Continue to Fall

Monday, October 13

celebrationMidAmerican Energy Plans to Invest Additional $280 Million in Wind Generation

MoneyStates and Federal Regulators Reach $105 Million “Mobile Cramming” Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Groan of the Day

A businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted.

His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word. "My, you look tired," she said. "You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?"

"It was terrible," her husband said. "The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking."

From A Joke A

Chamber Ambassador Visits

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors made 2 visits in December.

Cork ‘n’ Bottle

The Ambassadors first visit was to Cork ‘n’ Bottle to meet new owner Rick Brunsmann.  Rick, who recently purchased the business from Roger & Frieda McDowell, told the Ambassadors that, after more then 30 years in the food preparation and service  business, he decided it was time for a change.  Brunsmann, with McDowell’s help, shared the ins and outs of the liquor business and we found it interesting to hear that all Iowa liquor comes through the state liquor warehouse in Ankeny, Iowa and that the local best sellers are Captain Morgan Rum and Black Velvet Whiskey.  A few of us were surprised to learn that the Cork ‘n’ Bottle will handle special orders for cases, or even bottles, of unusual liquor products upon request.

Las Flores Mexican Restaurant

The second visit was to Las Flores Mexican Restaurant to meet and greet new manager Laura Villagrana. Laura, who also manages the Oelwein restaurant, brings some valuable experience to the position and told the Ambassadors her goals are “good service with good food”.  She shared the challenge of getting high quality food out to the customer in a short time and how she has brought in experienced cooks as that will help provide quick service.  She also stressed how it will help if, when pressed for time, customers would call ahead or order the simpler meals.  We were surprised to find that shrimp was one of those items that takes the longest time to prepare.  Villagrana also told us that she liked to have feedback from her customers and told us she welcomes all comments.

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Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 6, 2015
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! 
See more details here.

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014

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Delaware County Fair July 13 - 18, 2015

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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. 
See more details here.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015

See more details here.

Anamosa Pumpkinfest

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. 
See more details here.

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 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

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Oelwein Heritage Days

Annually held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August 17-18, 2013. 

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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