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Thursday, April 27

DNRPartnership Promotes Iowa Grown Natives for Wildlife Habitat

!!EAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

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Today's Obituaries

Wednesday, April 26

celebrationYear of Manufacturing Initiative to Encourage Growth of Manufacturing in Iowa

farmCrop Report: Wet Conditions Have Hampered Corn Planting

Tuesday, April 25

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Seven Companies

!!Workers' Memorial Day Honors Iowans Who Lost Their Lives in the Workplace

Monday, April 24

Iowa's Jobless Rate Decreases Slightly to 3.1 Percent in March

Rise In Retail Heating Oil Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, April 21

celebrationIowa Fertilizer Company Opening World-Class Fertilizer Plant

New Law Changes Iowa Workforce Development Board Structure

Thursday, April 20

farmCrop Report: Rain Continues as an Issue, Corn Five Days Behind

DNRDepartment of Natural Resources: Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 19

MoneyUpper Iowa University Reaches Ideal Agreement

celebrationRegistrations Open for Popular Outdoor Workshop for Girls

Tuesday, April 18

DNRIowa DNR: Public Comment Sought for Impaired Waters List

!!Governor Branstad Signs 2 Bills into Law Addressing Texting while Driving

Monday, April 17

Retail Gasoline Prices Up Again This Week

celebrationUIU to Launch New Brand Identity and Logos April 20

Friday, April 14

MoneyMore Than 1.2 Million Awarded in Cat Grants to Four Projects

celebrationISU Extension and Outreach Honors Land Grant Legacy

Thursday, April 13

farmCrop Report: 17 Percent of Oat Crop Planted

Department of Natural Resoiurces: Let the Camping Season Begin

Wednesday, April 12

celebrationCelebrating the 49th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Iowa Introduces Online Tool

helathIowa Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

Tuesday, April 11

!!Iowa DNR: April is Invasive Species Awareness Month

celebrationMain Street Iowa Awards Celebration Honors Outstanding Achievements

Monday, April 10

Retail Gasoline Prices Trend Upward, Natural Gas Also Rising

DNRWater Summary Update Notes Increased Precipitation in March

Friday, April 7

MoneyUNI Students Offer Free Tax Return Preparation and E-filing

DNRUpdated clean Showcases Water Quality Activities Underway

Thursday, April 6

helathDepartment of Public Health Recognizes STD Awareness Month

DNRIowa DNR: Annual Spring Wildlife Survey Underway

Wednesday, April 5

farmCrop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Levels Good

MoneySupporting Immigrant Owned Businesses Is Important for Iowa Growth

Tuesday, April 4

celebrationUIU Rated Third Best College Risk-Reward Indicator in Iowa

Teach Children Strategies to Cope with Bullying

Monday, April 3

Natural Gas Prices Fall Below $3, Motor Fuels Also Lower

helathIowa Health Information Network Moves Out of IDPH

Friday, March 31

farmFarm and Rural Life Poll Examines Conservation Practice Use

!!Include Safety as Part of the Spring Turkey Hunting Preparation

Thursday, March 30

DNRNatural Resource Announces Spring Turkey Seasons

farmIowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shares Custom and Machinery Rental Rates

Wednesday, March 29

celebrationNew Navigant Report Demonstrates Iowa’s Leadership in Wind Energy

DNRIowans Celebrate Water Quality Successes in Annual Review

Tuesday, March 28

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.2 Percent in February

Modest Adjustment in Fuel Prices, Most Fuels Lower

Monday, March 27

Money$5.6 million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

!!Prepare Now for Sometimes Contrary Spring Weather

Friday, March 24

4th of July Weekend Campsite Reservations Open Soon

helathHealth Department: Do I Have Prediabetes? Take the Test

Thursday, March 23

celebrationIowa STEM School Partners will Pilot New Quality Pre-Apprenticeship Model

Natural Gas Prices Up $.46, Other Fuels Mixed

Wednesday, March 22

helathFive-Year Plan Identifies Key Health Issues for Iowans

!!Opportunities for Iowans to Help Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

Tuesday, March 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Three Startups

celebrationUNI Dance Marathon Raises Over $453,000

Monday, March 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

DNRNortheast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Begins April 3

Friday, March 17

!!Tow To Go Program Available Friday and Saturday Night Across Iowa

DNRIowa Spring Turkey Season is Right Around the Corner

Thursday, March 16

!!12 Iowa Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease from 2016-17 Hunting Seasons

Consumer Fraud by Drinkable Sunscreen & Mosquito Repellent Marketer is Alleged

Wednesday, March 15

!!Dakota Access Funds Iowa State University Research of Pipeline

DNR12 Urban Water Quality Demonstration Projects Selected to Receive Funding

Tuesday, March 14

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.3 Percent in January

!!Avian Influenza Preparations Following Confirmation of the Disease in the U.S.

Monday, March 13

!!Additional Firefighters Affected by Improper Scoring

celebration1,500 Archers Compete at Iowa State Tournament

Friday, March 10

Ethanol Prices Down, Other Fuels Mixed

Natural Resources: State Park Campgrounds in Need of Hosts

Thursday, March 9

!!Law Enforcement Survey Finds 4,265 Untested Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

DNRNatural Resources: Spring Urban Trout Stocking Schedule

Wednesday, March 8

Money Branstad Administration Seeking Input Related to $21 million Volkswagen Settlement

farmGrants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Tuesday, March 7

Sunrise Farms to Pay $46,000 Penalty for Violations

celebrationGroup Mapping Out Way to Save the Monarch Butterfly

Monday, March 6

Iowa DNR: 2016 Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 100,000

Timber Buyers Barred from “Abusive and Deceptive” Conduct in Iowa Tree Harvests

Friday, March 3

Natural Gas Prices Continue Slide, Other Fuels Mixed

helathPublic Health: Problem Gambling – Start the Conversation

Thursday, March 2

celebrationSawyer Brown to Headline Country Night at the Delaware County Fair July 13

celebrationU.S. News & World Report Names Iowa #6 Best State

Wednesday, March 1

!!Regional Medical Center CEO, Lon Butikofer, Resigns

helathPublic Health: March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Tuesday, February 28

celebrationHelping Parents Understand BMI May Lead to Positive Changes in Childhood Obesity

farmCover Crop Acres Grow Despite Tightening Crop Budgets

Monday, February 27

!!Officials Still Searching for Party Responsible for Dead Eagle

Natural Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

Friday, February 24

farmNominations Sought for 2017 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Miller to Recuse in AFSCME Lawsuit over Collective Bargaining Law

Thursday, February 23

celebrationMemorial Weekend Campsites Soon Available for Reservation

!!Iowa Birth Certificate Exchange Offered for Small Certificates Issued from 1993-2009

Wednesday, February 22

helathGovernor Branstad and Others Highlight PRIMECARRE Program

!!Yard and Garden: Dealing with Premature Flowering Spring Bulbs

Tuesday, February 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

helathIDPH: March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, February 20

celebrationSecretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Awards Presented at Agribusiness Showcase

!!Used Auto Sales Complaints Top 2016 Consumer Complaint List

Friday, February 17

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

Natural Gas and Propane Prices Fall, Motor Fuels Mixed

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

Groan of the Day

When I was in elementary school, I learned about exaggeration.

I had like ten thousand tests on it and my teacher would kill me if I didn't spell it right.

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Tucker, KMCH Honored with IBNA Awards

KMCH Radio in Manchester and KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker were recently honored with seven Iowa Broadcast News Association awards.

The honors came during the IBNA's Annual Convention in Des Moines on Saturday night, April 22nd.

KMCH was named as one of the best small market radio news departments in the state of Iowa, receiving 2nd Place in the top contest category of Overall Excellence.

For the second year in a row, the station was named the best small market radio station in the state for weather coverage, receiving 1st Place in Overall Excellence in Weather Coverage. The award was specifically for KMCH’s news coverage of the flooding in Manchester and Delaware County last September.

Tucker was also awarded 1st Place in the General Reporting category for her story last June on Lake Delhi’s gate-closing ceremony and the return of the lake. She also received 1st Place in the Feature category for her story last July on Petersburg 4-H/FFA member Jamie Nefzger's emotional steer sale at the Delaware County Fair.

Tucker also received 2nd Place in the state in the categories of Overall Excellence in Anchoring, Overall Excellence in Reporting and Best Newscast.

She is wrapping up her third year on the Iowa Broadcast News Association Board of Directors and has been re-elected by fellow radio and TV broadcasters to serve a fourth term.

Tucker, a Dyersville resident, is a 1997 graduate of Beckman High School and a 2002 graduate of Iowa State University. She has served as News Director at Mix 94.7 KMCH since 2004.

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Beach Boys will Return for VIP Night at the 2017 Fair

The Delaware County Fair is excited to announce iconic band The Beach Boys will return as their headlining act for VIP Night at the 2017 Fair. With dozens of chart topping singles and a timeless sound that transcends the decades, the Beach Boys will take the stage on Friday, July 14th.

The Beach Boys have been making hits every decade since the 1950’s with great songs like “Fun Fun Fun”, “I Get Around”, “Surfin’ Safari” and “Good Vibrations”. The music stylings of Mike Love and the gang are timeless classics that have spanned the decades and continue to be relevant, fun music yet today.

The 2017 edition of VIP Night at the Delaware County Fair will once again have reserved seating and a standing room only area. Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Fair said, “The Beach Boys were a sell out show for us in the past and everyone who attended that show loved it! We’re excited to bring this band back and have no doubt the show will be awesome again!” Tickets will be $70 if bought in advance and will include all you care to eat and drink during the show. They can be purchased starting on April 1st, at the Fair website. Domeyer concluded, “Mike Love and the Beach Boys are some of the best showmen in the industry. Couple their awesome songs with our classic VIP set up and this concert will be one you won’t want to miss!”

For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Sawyer Brown to Headline Coutry Night at the Delaware County Fair July 13

Sawyer Brown and opening act Little Texas are the acts for this year’s Country Night at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester. Headlining the evening, Sawyer Brown is best known for their classic country hits such as “Some Girls Do,” “The Race is On,” “Six Days on the Road,” and “The Dirt Road”. The band has published twenty-three albums, more than 50 chart singles, and touts multiple CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf.

The band’s live shows are legendary. Having been described as “the Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band bounds onto the stage night after night, delivering its own unique brand of high-energy entertainment. It would certainly be an understatement to say that Sawyer Brown has “played shows.” The band has earned its place as one of the premier live acts in music. The band began by playing 275-300 nights a year for the first decade or more of its career—and has never come off the road. Tireless road warriors, the band thrives on playing live.

Opening for Sawyer Brown is renowned band, Little Texas. Their album, Big Time, which has sold more than three million copies to date, spawned three No. 1 singles -“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love” - and captured the group's first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and their first Grammy nomination. Other chart-topping hits include “Kick a Little,” “Some Guys Have All the Love,” and “First Time for Everything.”

Tickets for the Sawyer Brown, Little Texas show go on sale Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 a.m. You can purchase tickets online at the Fair’s website. For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Ambassadors Visits for February

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited three businesses on February 16, 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!

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 7, 2017

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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