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Friday, February 17

!!Full House on Hand for Elkader Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease

Natural Gas and Propane Prices Fall, Motor Fuels Mixed

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Today's Obituaries

Thursday, February 16

!!Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Jackson and Clayton Counties

farmCooperatives Provide Necessary Market for Iowa Producers

Wednesday, February 15

helathIDPH Releases Report on Hepatitis C Infection in Iowa

DNRDNR: Trees For Kids Grant Applications Due March 1

Tuesday, February 14

MoneyIowa Public Schools Benefit From SAVE, May Not be Enough for Future Needs

farmBetween Now and Summer Is Mud for Cattle Producers

Monday, February 13

!!Extension: Stay Safe When Out on the Ice

farmHumid Fall Will Cause Moldy Corn Sightings this Spring

Friday, February 10

Propane, Natural Gas Prices Higher, Other Fuels Mixed

farmInstalling Solar Arrays Becomes More Attractive for Farmers

Thursday, February 9

farmManchester Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Ag Luncheon

DNRAlliant Energy and Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau Offer Eight Operation ReLeaf Events

New Jersey List Broker Barred from Selling Names of Defrauded Elderly Iowans

Wednesday, February 8

celebrationUpper Iowa University: Online Degrees Ranked by U.S. News

MoneyExtension: Set, Reach Financial Goals with ‘Your Money, Your Future’

Tuesday, February 7

Workforce Development Board Subcommittee to Address Minority Unemployment

farmLivestock Master Matrix Adopted in 88 Counties

Monday, February 6

!!Health Department: Flu Deaths Rise in Iowa

Western Union to Enhance Anti-Wire Fraud Program and Pay $5 Million

Friday, February 3

!!Clayton County Deer Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Natural Gas Down to $3.00, Motor Fuels Also Lower

Thursday, February 2

helathFebruary is Children’s Dental Health Month

!!Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan Unveiled

Wednesday, February 1

celebrationNational Plan for Vacation Day Encourages Americans to Travel in 2017

farmNow is a Good Time to Consider Joining a Community Supported Agriculture Program

Tuesday, January 31

!!Celebrating the ‘Big Game’? Play it Safe When Gambling

Iowa Wrongful Conviction Division Awarded Federal Grant Funding

Monday, January 30

celebrationMini-grant Recipients Make Impact in Local Communities

!!Volunteers step forward to help DNR to Collect Additional Deer Samples

Friday, January 27

Slight Drop in Retail Gasoline Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

!!Report Released on Fire Services Training Bureau

Thursday, January 26

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.6 Percent in December

DNRIowa Water Quality Initiative 2017 Legislative Report

Wednesday, January 25

celebrationGrain Production in Iowa Sets Records for Corn and Soybeans in 2016

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Startups

Tuesday, January 24

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

farmNorthey Announces Updated Sensitive Crop Directory

Monday, January 23

Natural Gas Price Rises for the Week, Other Fuels Mixed

DNRIowa DNR Releases New Five-Year Strategy for Ambient Water Monitoring

Friday, January 20

MoneyVolunteer Income Tax Assistance Can Help Families Claim Tax Credits

!!Don’t Be Fooled by Family Emergency Grandparent Scam

Thursday, January 19

!!Administration Releases Iowa Postsecondary Readiness Report

Three Men Plead Guilty in 2015 Deer Poaching Case

Wednesday, January 18

celebrationUIU Recognized at White House for Completing Healthy Campus Challenge

!!Treat Trees in Early Spring to Prevent Emerald Ash Borer

Tuesday, January 17

Moody’s Pays Iowa $9 Million for Inflating Investment Ratings

Science of Parenting: Punishing vs. Disciplining Children

Monday, January 16

!!Update on Sumner Home Invasion Investigation

DNRIowa DNR: Water Summary Update - 2016 in Review

Friday, January 13

Decline in Natural Gas Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

farmGrants Available to Help Promote Specialty Crops

Thursday, January 12

!!Iowa State University 2016 Surveillance: No Zika-Associated Mosquitoes Found in State

DNRIowa DNR: Hunters Turning Attention to the Wily Coyote

Wednesday, January 11

farmVideo Explains Mediation for Farmers Facing Financial Difficulties

celebrationTree Planting Brings Added Value to Communities

Tuesday, January 10

!!Manchester Man Charged with Felony Burglary

!!Iowa DCI Investigating Home Invasion, Death

!!January “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month” in Iowa

Monday, January 9

California-Based Pension Advance Company Banned in Iowa

celebrationFuture Ready Iowa Alliance Continues to Address Iowa’s Skills Gap

Friday, January 6

farmIowa Awarded 115,000 Acres in Conservation Reserve Program

Diesel, Regular Unleaded  Gasoline Prices Show Increase

Thursday, January 5

!!Second Influenza-Related Death Confirmed in Iowa

DNRDepartment of Natural Resources: Hunting Seasons Starting to Close

Wednesday, January 4

!!IWD Customers Targeted in Unemployment Insurance Scam

celebrationISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist: Live with Purpose

Friday, December 30

Rise in Iowa Retail Gasoline, Natural Gas Remains Volatile

celebrationUpper Iowa Faculty Member Nominated for Literary Honor

Thursday, December 29

DNRWinter Urban Trout Stocking Begins January 4

celebrationISU Extension: Communicate Respectfully in a Diverse World

Wednesday, December 28

celebrationIowa State University Marching Band Awarded Prestigious Sudler Trophy

celebrationUNI Professor’s Documentary Wins Best Feature Documentary

Tuesday, December 27

farmLivestock Prices Stabilizing after Rollercoaster Rise and Fall

Off-Highway Vehicle and Snowmobile Registration Renewals Due December 31

Monday, December 26

farmIowa Agriculture 2016: Record Production, Economic Challenges

DNRReport Highlights Progress and Long-term Challenges of Iowa Stream Nutrient Monitoring

Friday, December 23

!!Ice Safety Reminder as Iowa Lakes Freeze Over

Natural Gas Prices Fall for Second Straight Week

Thursday, December 22

!!Chronic Wasting Disease Found at a Deer Farm in Buchanan County

celebrationLt. Governor Kim Reynolds Unveils Statewide Iowa Energy Plan

Wednesday, December 21

!!Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season

celebrationIowa Economic Developement: Five Sites Recognized as Iowa Certified Sites

Tuesday, December 20

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.8 Percent in November

Iowa Joins 20-State Antitrust Lawsuit Against Generic Drug Companies

Monday, December 19

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Three Companies

Nevada Seller of “Beat the Lottery” and “Beat the House” Schemes to Stop Targeting Iowans, Pay $5,000

Friday, December 16

Natural Gas Prices Register Modest Decline

MoneyMore than $2.2 Million Awarded in CAT Grants to Five Projects

Thursday, December 15

Farmland Values Show Historic Third Year of Decline

“Predatory” Mass Mail Operation Permanently Barred from Targeting Iowans

Wednesday, December 14

celebrationUIU Repeats as a 'Top School' in Military and Veteran Education

farmResults Available for Iowa’s Official Variety Trials

Tuesday, December 13

celebrationIowa Board of Regents Names Mark Nook as 11th President of UNI

farm2017 Iowa Small Farms Conference to be Held in February

Monday, December 12

!!Man Charged with Murder in Tama County Cold Case

Bristol-Myers Squibb Pays State Nearly $300,000 to Resolve Improper Marketing

Friday, December 9

farmReferendum to Reinstate the Iowa Beef Checkoff Passes

Natural Gas Prices Spike Again, Up More than 18 Percent

Thursday, December 8

Nearly 54,000 Deer Harvested in Iowa Through First Weekend of Shotgun Season

!!Gambling on Santa’s Surprises? Stop Giving Kids Scratch Tickets

Wednesday, December 7

MoneyContact Iowa Concern for Help with Financial Stress

Consider Giving Kids Less Stuff, More Time during Holidays

Tuesday, December 6

!!Chronic Absenteeism Advisory Council Releases Final Report

Department of Natural Resources: Register Your Harvest

Monday, December 5

Oxford RV & Camping Park to Pay Penalty, Comply with Environmental Laws

MoneyNorthey Requests $500,000 for Animal Disease Emergency Preparation

Groan of the Day

A robber was found wounded in an electronics store...

He tried breaking in from the roof but unfortunately for him, he fell on a 'Sharp' TV.

 A Joke A

Ambassadors Visits for February

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited three businesses on February 18, 2017.

The first stop was at NAPA Auto Parts located at 104 W. Butler Street. Dennis Thompson is the new owner of NAPA Auto Parts. They provide delivery of auto parts and starting March 1st, will be open until 7 PM.

The second stop was at the First Presbyterian Church located at 312 E. Butler Street to welcome Maxwell Muska, the new Pastor. Services are held Sundays at 10 AM.

The final stop was at Aunt Emmy’s located at 114 N. Franklin. Emily Kelchen is
the new owner of Aunt Emmy’s (formerly Coffee Den). This is your stop for everything from coffee, breakfast, lunch, cookies, cupcakes, special orders, and even delivery!

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Compression stockings or support stockings today are nothing like those that grandma wore.  Gone are the tan, thick, and hard-to-put-on stockings of years ago.  Now you can enjoy compression stockings that are comfortable, stylish and made from a variety of fibers!

Understanding the benefits of, and differences in, the various types of compression stockings is important. Compression stockings are made in various strengths and each strength-range is prescribed for a specific reason.  For example, the white stockings known as TEDS are often prescribed to help prevent blood clot formation associated with surgery and bed-rest.  On the other hand, graduated compression stockings are used to treat varicose veins, ankle swelling, skin changes or ulcerations caused by Chronic Venous Insufficiency and come in a variety of strengths including 15-20 mm Hg, 20-30 mm Hg, 30-40 mm Hg and even 50-60 mm Hg.  Chronic Venous Insufficiency is the condition that arises when the valves within the veins function poorly allowing blood to flow backwards with gravity, and most importantly, away from the heart where it becomes oxygenated.  This causes leg symptoms which include tired, aching, burning, itching, swelling, and a heavy sensation, as well as varicosities that range from spider veins to ropey-bulging veins.  More pronounced signs of venous insufficiency include brown-stain discoloration, spontaneous bleeding, and ulcerations.

Compression stockings and other medical treatment interventions can greatly improve your quality of life! Dr. Jenkins, a board certified general surgeon has spent the last several years of his busy Dubuque, Iowa practice specializing in the treatment of varicose veins and has just recently received the distinction of being Iowa’s first accredited vein center as announced by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.  Dr. Jenkins is also a Registered Vascular Technician, a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, a Registered Phlebology Sonographer, and an active diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.  If you have concerns about your leg symptoms, call us today at 563-583-8346!  Free screening dates are available.  Come see Iowa’s leader in varicose vein treatment—because experience does matter!

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

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Delaware County Fair July 10 - 16, 2017

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Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

Great Jones County Fair July 19-23, 2017

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.

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.   
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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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