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Tuesday, January 17

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

Science of Parenting: Punishing vs. Disciplining Children

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Today's Obituaries

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

Friday, December 2

Natural Gass Prices Top $3.00, Up 10 Percent in 1 Week

!!DNR: Basic Firearm Rules are Important for a Safe Hunt

Thursday, December 1

DNR: Iowa’s 2016 Shotgun Deer Season Preview

MoneyMain Street Iowa Challenge Grants Announced

Wednesday, November 30

!!Iowa Announces Naloxone Access to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

helathSurgeon General’s Report on Addiction Mirrors IDPH Concerns

Tuesday, November 29

helathSmart Choice Health Insurance Education Program Is November 30

DNR to Continue Surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease

Monday, November 28

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

Consider an Iowa Grown Christmas Tree this Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 23

!!Department of Public Health: Thanksgiving Food Safety

farmCrop Report: Harvest Activities Virtually Completed

Tuesday, November 22

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 4.1 Percent in October

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Nine Startups

Monday, November 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Six Companies

farmReferendum to Reinstate the Iowa Beef Checkoff to be Held November 30

Friday, November 18

celebrationIowa GTSB Receives International Awards

Iowa Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices Drop

Thursday, November 17

!!Misleading Overdue Tax Notices from National Tax Experts Designed Scare Recipients

Hunter Compliance Slipping on Reporting Deer Harvest Requirement

Wednesday, November 16

celebrationISU Researchers use Big Data to Save Big Dollars for DOT

farmCrop Report: Producers Make Progress Towards Harvest Completion

Tuesday, November 15

celebrationUpper Iowa Designated Among Top Military Friendly Schools

MoneyNow It’s Easier for Iowans to ‘Spend Smart. Eat Smart.’

Monday, November 14

MoneyEnhance Iowa Board Makes First CAT Grant Awards

celebrationIowa Small Town Poll will Evaluate Quality of Life in Rural Iowa; Now Every 2 Years

Friday, November 11

Heating Oil, Natural Gas Prices Trending Downward

!!Iowa DNR: Drivers Should Stay Alert as Deer Activity Increases

Thursday, November 10

celebrationUNI Ranked No. 41 in the Princeton Review's 'Guide to 361 Green Colleges'

Iowa DNR: Hunter Education Classes Filling Quickly

Wednesday, November 9

!!Governor Branstad Extends Disaster Proclamation for 25 Counties

DNRIowa DNR: Why Don’t We have Earthquakes in Iowa?

Tuesday, November 8

helathHealth Department: November is Diabetes Awareness Month

DNRLate Spring Frost Having Impact on Animals this Fall

Monday, November 7

Money$1.6 Million Saved by Iowa Companies through Pollution Prevention Intern Program

DNRStream Flows Remain High, Ground Water Conditions Good Heading into Iowa’s Driest Season

Friday, November 4

Crude Oil Prices Fall for the Week, Motor Fuels also Lower

celebrationIowa’s Living Roadways Celebrates 20 Years of Sustainable Community Enhancement

Thursday, November 3

MoneyIowa Near the Top of U.S. Rural Income Growth

helathIowa is a Top-10 State for Mental Health Care

Wednesday, November 2

helathNow is the Perfect Time for Your Flu Vaccination

farmCrop Report: 71% of Corn, 89% of Soybeans Harvested

Tuesday, November 1

celebration2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year Announced

Large Drop in Natural Gas Prices, Other Fuels also Lower

Monday, October 31

Kia and Hyundai to Pay Iowa $1.4 Million for Overstated Fuel Economy Claims

helathDepartment of Health: Keep Your Cider Safe

Friday, October 28

farmFarm to School Month a Great Time to Teach Kids About Healthy Food

celebrationIowa GTSB Wins National Law Enforcement Award

Thursday, October 27

DNRDNR: Iowa Furbearer Season Begins November 5

Company Selling Envelope Stuffing Scheme to Cease Marketing to Iowans

Wednesday, October 26

!!IDPH Announces First West Nile Virus Death Since 2010

farmCrop Report: 52% of Corn, 77% of Soybeans Harvested

Tuesday, October 25

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Six Companies

farmAvoid Fall Plowing – Leave Food and Cover for Wildlife

Monday, October 24

MoneyIowa Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Registered Apprenticeship Opportunities

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.2 Percent in September

Friday, October 21

Most Fuel Prices Higher, Home Heating Fuels Lead the Way

MoneyISU Awarded $1.1 Million Grant For Food Safety Education

Thursday, October 20

DNRDNR: Iowa’s Pheasant Season Begins October 29

farm10 Iowa Projects to Receive Grants to Promote Specialty Crops

Wednesday, October 19

!!National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16 - 22

farmCrop Report: Corn 33 Percent, Soybeans 62 Percent Harvested

Tuesday, October 18

!!New Food Poisoning Detection and Response Initiative

celebrationUNI to Release First Centralized STEM Information Portal

Monday, October 17

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Receives $1.1 Million Grant to Integrate Workforce Systems

DNRIowa DNR: 2016 Iowa Trout Angler Survey

Friday, October 14

Davenport Mobile Home Park Operator to Pay State $20,000

Natural Gas, Diesel Prices Trend Upward

Thursday, October 13

Judgment Bars California “Toner Pirates” From Targeting Iowa Offices

farmCrop Report: 19% of Corn, 43% of Soybeans Harvested

Wednesday, October 12

!!3 Arrested in Manchester Burglary Investigation

Master Gardeners Provide Fresh Vegetables for Food Pantries

DNRWater Summary Update: 2016 Much Wetter than Normal

Tuesday, October 11

celebrationManchester Area Chamber of Commerce Seeking Nominations for Annual Awards

helathHealth Department: Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal Enhanced

celebrationIowa Tourism: Choose the Cover of the Next Iowa Travel Guide

Monday, October 10

Crude Oil, Natural Gas Prises on the Rise

Science of Parenting: Make Technology Family Friendly

Friday, October 7

Iowa Workforce Development Unveils Mobile Option

celebrationIowa Avian Influenza Incident Management Team Recognized

Thursday, October 6

!!Automated Phone Option Phased Out October 1; File Unemployment Insurance Claims Online

helathHealth Department: STD Prevention Efforts Recognized

Wednesday, October 5

MoneyGovernor Branstad to Lead Trade Mission to China and Japan

farmIowa Farm Financial Conditions Shown in New Report

Tuesday, October 4

USA Discounters Agrees to Forgive Debt to Iowa Service Members and Veterans

farmCrop Report: 21 Percent of Beans, 10 Percent of Corn Harvested

Monday, October 3

DNRIowa DNR: State Parks Peak Season Winding Down

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

Groan of the Day

I have decided to RETIRE and live off my savings...

Though I'm not sure what I will use the second week...

 A Joke A

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Ambassadors Visits for December

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited 3 businesses and organizations on Thursday, December 15th.

The first stop was at Helping Services for Youth & Families at 301 N Franklin Street. Due to a grant they received, they were able to add additional staff and services centered around drug and alcohol prevention which meant they needed to hire and move into a larger space.

The next stop was Brides & Weddings located at 1224 W Marion Street to meet and welcome Caitlyn Scherbring is the new co-owner along with Jill Carpenter. Prom season is coming up so they are gearing up to be very busy.

Finally, the Ambassadors met Kevin Smith, Executive Director at NAMSDL (National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws) whose office is located at 100 E Main Street, Suite C. The National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL) is the successor to the President’s Commission on Model State Drug Laws. Created as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation in 1993, and funded by Congressional appropriations since 1995, it provides non-partisan legislative and policy services to local, state, and federal stakeholders.

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

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

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.

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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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!  
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