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Friday, October 9

DNR7 Stunning Iowa State Park Views for Fall

helathIowa Hospitals Increase Breastfeeding Support Practices

Iowa Road

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries

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

Friday, August 28

helathLate Summer Mosquitoes Still Carry West Nile Threat

downCrude Oil Falls Below $40 a Barrel, Motor Fuels also Lower

Thursday, August 27

MoneyIowa Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Nine Companies

DNRIowa's Rabbit and Squirrel Seasons Open September 5 Statewide

Wednesday, August 26

MoneyIowa Innovation Acceleration Fund Makes Awards to Three Startups

!!Iowa to Participate in National Avian Influenza Surveillance Effort

Tuesday, August 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent

farmCrop Report: 82% of Corn, 77% of Soybeans Good to Excellent

Monday, August 24

downCrude Oil Prices Drop: Just over $40 per Barrel

Iowa DOT to Give Motorists in More Real-Time Information

Friday, August 21

celebrationUltimate Bacon Brisket Bomb Wins 2015 New Food Contest

DNR9 Hidden Surprises at Backbone State Park

Thursday, August 20

!!People Advised to Avoid Water with Blue-Green Algae

MoneyAmgen to Pay State $972,000 in Nationwide Agreement to Stop Off-Label Drug Marketing

Wednesday, August 19

helathGive Your College Student a Healthy Start

DNRDNR: Iowa's Dove Season Begins September 1

Tuesday, August 18

farmIowa Crop Report: Some Stress Due to Dry Conditions

celebrationIowa Culture App: Visit More Than 3500 Destinations

Monday, August 17

celebrationAudio Tours Offer a New Path for Fairgoers at the 2015 Iowa State Fair

MoneyDOT Commission: RISE Grant Applications Approved

Friday, August 14

downRetail Gasoline Prices In Iowa Drop by $.08

MoneyIowa Transportation Commission Approves 2016 State Aviation Program

Thursday, August 13

celebrationCentury Farms and Environmental Leaders Honored at the Iowa State Fair

!!DPS at the Iowa State Fair: Safety Begins with Knowledge

Wednesday, August 12

farmIowans Invited to “get Your Ag On” at The State Fair

DNRHunter Education Classes Beginning to Fill

Tuesday, August 11

farmCrop Report: Seed Corn Detasseling Nearing Completion

DNRA Mix of Old and New at the DNR State Fair Exhibit

Monday, August 10

helathIowa Records First West Nile Virus Case of 2015

celebrationNew Ruan Plaza to Improve Pedestrian Traffic at the Iowa State Fair

Friday, August 7

!!Stream Conditions Ripe for Fish Kills, Be Careful Out There

helathState Funding Available for Child Burial Costs

Thursday, August 6

farmGrants Available to Enhance Swine Industry

celebrationUIU Criminal Justice Degree Ranked Among Top 50

Wednesday, August 5

!!Avian Influenza Update: Restocking of First Site Underway

celebrationIowa DOT Launches Statewide Park and Ride System Website

Tuesday, August 4

farmIowa Crop Report: Heat and Humidity Aid in Crop Development

MoneyTurn Teens’ Financial Knowledge into Action

Monday, August 3

!!DCI Warns of Active Arrest Warrant Scam

National Farmers Market Week Is August 2-8

Friday, July 31

celebrationLivestock Sale Totals $302,855 at Delaware County Fair

downNational Retail Gas Prices Fall Again

farmNew Tools Available to Calculate Projected Payments Granted by 2014 Farm Bill

Thursday, July 30

!!Oil Sheen Near Guttenberg on Mississippi Under Investigation

helathIDPH Joins Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday, July 29

celebrationVolunteers Muscle 30 Tons of Trash from Wapsipinicon River

celebrationIowa State Fair Grandstand Tickets Still Available

Tuesday, July 28

farmCrop Report: Most Crops Good to Excellent

helathIowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

Monday, July 27

celebration$3.655 Million Gift Expands Teacher Education at UNI

celebrationProblem Gambling Treatment Shows Success

Friday, July 24

!!Branstad Takes Action to Strengthen Security at National Guard Facilities

celebrationUNI Real Estate Program Among the Top 30 in the Nation

Thursday, July 23

downPropane Prices Dip Below One Dollar

helathState Public Health Staff Climb Everest; You Can, Too!

Wednesday, July 22

downIowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent

DNRTree Management Grants Available to Iowa Communities

Tuesday, July 21

farmCrop Report: 83% of Corn and 77% of Beans Rated Good to Excellent

helathSchool-Based Oral Health Services Available

Monday, July 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to Seven Companies

farmFarmers Encouraged To Apply Now For Cost-share For Cover Crops

Friday, July 17

Natural Gas Prices on the Rise, up $.22

Iowa Workforce Development Launches New Website

Thursday, July 16

farmCrop Report: Most Crops Good to Excellent

Former Iowa Ashford Online Education Students Now Receiving Payments

Wednesday, July 15

DNRIowa’s Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

MoneyOfficials Announce the Launch of Green Certification

Tuesday, July 14

MoneyIowa Certifies Six More Industrial Sites as “Development-Ready”

helathIDPH Mobile App Provides Substance Use Information, Resources

Monday, July 13

DNRWater Summary Update: Drought Free Conditions Statewide

MoneyMain Street Iowa Open 4 Business Regional Winners Announced

Groan of the Day

“Look, Charlie,” the coach said, “you know the principles of good sportsmanship. You know the Little League doesn’t allow temper tantrums, shouting at the umpire, or abusive language.”

“Yes sir, I understand.”

“Good, Charlie. Now, would you explain that to your father?”

 A Joke A

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Ambassadors Visits

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors may three visits in August.

Tirrill Park
The first visit was to Manchester’s Tirrill Park to meet with Manchester Park and Rec Director Doug Foley to see and discuss the latest addition to the city’s bike paths.  Doug shared that the city now has 3.6 miles of bike paths and how this summer’s two additions of 2,100 feet (Corcoran Furniture to Walmart) and 2,200 feet (Main Street bridge to Tirrill Park)  were paid for with 80% federal funds and 20% local funds.  The ambassadors shared in a discussion of how the bike paths, which are also used for walking and jogging, are appreciated and used by both city residents, and members of the surrounding area and how they make Manchester a more desirable place to live and work.

Speakeasy Spa
The second visit was to visit Speakeasy Spa and owner Sarah Kraft. Sarah explained the wide variety of hand and foot services she provides in a quiet relaxing environment including pedicures for 1 or 2, shellac, acrylic nails, gel nails, manicures, nail trims, and polish changes. Speakeasy Spa offers on line scheduling for your convenience at  The most challenging part of the visit was getting Jack to climb out of the message chair he was testing out as he didn’t want to leave.

Murdoch Funeral Home
The third visit was to Manchester's Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service to meet and greet Funeral Directors Lindsey Sherman and Ryan Morford who serve the Manchester and Earlville locations.  Lindsey has been a licensed funeral director since 2005, and Ryan has been a licensed funeral director since 2012.  Ryan told us that he became interested in funeral service after realizing that it was not only caring for the deceased, but also caring for the families and helping them begin the grieving process.  Lindsey echoed his statements and added that serving the communities of Manchester and Earlville is very rewarding.  The visit ended with a tour of the facilities.  Ryan and Lindsey answered our many questions especially pertaining to cremation and burial options.

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! 
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Edgewood Rodeo Days June 25 - 28, 2015

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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.

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. 
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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!  
See more details here.

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