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Wednesday, January 28

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.1 Percent

Application for Medical Cannabidiol Card Now Available

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa Snow Plow Locations

Iowa DOT Snow Plow Cameras

Today's Obituaries

Tuesday, January 27

Heating Oil Prices Fall for Tenth Consecutive Week

Judge Bars DM Convenience Store Owners from Selling Synthetic Drugs, Orders $50,000 Penalty

Monday, January 26

yayUpper Iowa University Ranked 13th in Online MBA Programs

MoneyUNI Receives Grant to Provide Development for Iowa Science Teachers

Friday, January 23

2015 Crop Cost Estimates Released - Drop is Expected

Two Wild Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Allamakee County

Thursday, January 22

yayUSDA Selects Two Water Quality Focused Projects for Conservation Program

lakeAcres Remain for Landowners Wanting to Improve Pheasant Habitat

Wednesday, January 21

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support Capital Investment

lakeThe Chickadee Check-off Continues its Modest Rise on State Tax Form

Tuesday, January 20

MoneyU.S. Treasury Awards $4.4 Million to Iowa to Aid Small Businesses

lakeEnter Your Best Trail Cam Shots in Iowa DNR's Facebook Photo Contest

Monday, January 19

MoneyIEDA Awards $52 Million in CDBG Funds to Cities in Iowa

Grants Available To Help Promote Specialty Crops

Friday, January 16

Iowa Retail Gasoline Falls Below $2

lakeDuck Hunters in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan Find Success in Experimental Season

Thursday, January 15

Healthcare Marketplace No Longer Offering CoOportunity Health

New Year’s Resolutions Broken Already?

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Tops 101,000

Wednesday, January 14

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Awards Registered Apprenticeship Training Funds

lakeTips for Spotting Bald Eagles this Winter

Tuesday, January 13

President Obama to Visit Cedar Falls this Week

MoneyStatewide Business Grant Contest Accepting Entries

Monday, January 12

Iowa Department of Public Health: January is Radon Action Month

Iowa DNR: Make Your Own Winter Survival Kit

Friday, January 9

MoneyVITA Volunteers Provide Free Tax Preparation in Rural Counties

yayUpper Iowa University Online Bachelor's and MBA Only Iowa  Program Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, January 8

Keeping Your Child Safe from Influenza

lakeTrees for Kids Grant Applications Now Available

Wednesday, January 7

Science of Parenting: All about Baby Talk

lakeFeeling Sleepy? Learn About Iowa's True Hibernators

Tuesday, January 6

yayFor 3rd Consecutive Year, UNI is a Top 100 'Best Value in Public Colleges'

Iowa State University Researchers Make Fish Food from Iowa Agricultural Commodities

Monday, January 5

MoneyFarmland Values Fall from Historic High: Down to $7,943 per Acre

yayUNI Named to Presidential Honor Roll

Friday, January 2

MoneyBattelle Report: A New Economic Development Roadmap for Iowa

lakeDepartment of Natural Resources: Midwinter Bald Eagle Counts

Wednesday, December 31

Department of Public Health: Influenza Spreads Across Iowa

MoneyGrant Awarded to Dubuque to Reduce Diesel Emissions

Tuesday, December 30

LaPorte City Man Faces Buchanan County Charges

Natural Gas Prices Drop Below $3.00, Motor Fuels Also Drop

DNR: Iowa Deer Harvest Similar to 2013

Monday, December 29

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Foundation Receives Walmart Foundation Grant

lakeMore than 100,000 Trout Spawning Indoors in Manchester

Friday, December 26

Dubuque Man Sentenced Again to 30 years for Heroin Death

lakeMush Your Way through Iowa with Dogsledding this Winter

Wednesday, December 24

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Assistance with More than $200 Million in Investments

New Tool Evaluates Options for Reducing Odors In Livestock Operations

Tuesday, December 23

Consumer Alert: Iowans Report Surge of Government Imposter Scams

yayGovernor Branstad Appoints Sherry Bates to the Iowa Board of Regents

Monday, December 22

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3 Percent

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

Friday, December 19

MoneyIowa Land Value Survey: Farmland Values Fall from Historic High

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

Thursday, December 18

Tips Help Small Farm Owners Prepare for Winter

yayREAP Supports Nationally Recognized Young Investigators Early Childhood Development Program

Wednesday, December 17

Smokers: Make 2015 the Year You Quit

Winter Manure Application Rules Kick in December 21

Tuesday, December 16

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

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Five Counties in Southern Iowa

Monday, December 15

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

IDPH Urges Iowans to Get Influenza Vaccine

Friday, December 12

yayUpper Iowa University Earns Presidential Honor for Community Service

yayFacebook 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

lakeWater Conditions Remain Above Normal for Most of Iowa for November

Monday, December 8

Three Strains of Influenza Currently Circulating in Iowa

lakeDNR Works to Restore Rare, but Historically Important Habitat

Friday, December 5

yayIowa Board of Regents Approve Third Consecutive Tuition Freeze

Iowa DNR: Deer Hunters Waiting to Purchase Licenses

Thursday, December 4

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support the Creation of Jobs

lakeEasy 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

Motor 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

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

lakeTutorial: Learn How to Compost at Home

Tuesday, November 25

Emerald Ash Borer Is in Iowa - Now What?

yayIASourceLink Marks Beginning of Third Year

Monday, November 24

Guttenberg Man Facing Multiple Charges in Manchester

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.5 Percent

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

Friday, November 21

yayUpper 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

Delayed Harvest Impacting Fall Manure Application

Wednesday, November 19

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

Farmers Offered Guidance on Upcoming Farm Bill Decisions

Tuesday, November 18

Heating Equipment Leading Cause of Home Fire Deaths

lakeFour Animals You Didn’t Know Lived In Iowa

Monday, November 17

Farmers 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

82 Percent of the Corn and 96 Percent of Soybeans Harvested

yayArchery Participation Benefits from Popular Movie Franchise

Wednesday, November 12

Iowa Joins National Rural Health Day Recognition

lakeDuck Migration Powers Up, Season Continues til December

Tuesday, November 11

IDPH Seeks Public Input on Funding Priorities

lakeTrout Streams Provide Quality Fishing Through the Winter

Monday, November 10

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

National Average Price of Unleaded Gasoline Drops Below $3.00

Friday, November 7

IDPH Releases Annual Health Survey

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

Thursday, November 6

Iowa Crop Report: Corn 61% Harvested

lakeOutdoor Notes: Trout Are on the Way

Wednesday, November 5

yayUNI 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

yayHome Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner Program

Monday, November 3

yayISU Extension and Outreach Receives Public Outreach Award

IDPH Honors Radiation Protection Professionals

Groan of the Day

It was dinner time on a British Airways flight from London to New York.

As the flight attendant moved down the plane, she asked one of the passengers: “Would you like dinner?”

“What are my choices?” asked the passenger.

“Yes or No,” replied the attendant

From A Joke A

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.

Area Attractions, Festivals & Fairs

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 16-20, 2014

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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.
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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.
See more details here.

Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest 
Saturday, June 7, 2014
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 7 - 13, 2014

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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. 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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