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Friday, November 21

yayUpper Iowa University Online Program ranked by College Choice

Make Tighter Pants Your Only Thanksgiving Meal Regret

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa Snow Plow Locations

Iowa DOT Snow Plow Cameras

Today's Obituaries


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

Friday, October 31

upRetail Heating Oil in Iowa Rises for the Second Week

Drivers: Stay Alert for Deer Movement Over the Coming Weeks

Thursday, October 30

MoneyMain Street Challenge Grants Announced

lakePheasant Opener, Warm, Dry ... Even a Few Birds

Wednesday, October 29

Influenza Activity Low in Iowa, but Two Strains Circulating

Deadline to Seed Winter Hardy Cover Crops Extended to November 15

Tuesday, October 28

Helping Farmers Cope with Stress During Harvest Season

yayUNI's RBC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

Monday, October 27

yayIowa Tourism Organizations, Individuals Receive Awards at 2014 Conference

DCI Offers Cyber Security Awareness Resources

Friday, October 24

MoneyAmazon Agrees to Refund 1,100 Iowa Amazon Prime Customers

lakeIowa DNR: Fall Is a Busy Time Outdoors

Thursday, October 23

Corn Harvest 19 Percent Complete, 18 Days Behind

No Ebola Cases in Iowa; Preparation Continues

Wednesday, October 22

Delhi Man Faces 9 Charges Following Monday Chase

upIowa’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.6 Percent

lakeFive Decades of Iowa Aerial Photography Now Available on DNR Website

Tuesday, October 21

Major Drop in Crude Oil Prices, Motor Fuels Continue to Fall

lakeExpanded Cool Weather Stocking Means Fall Trout Fishing Excitement

Monday, October 20

IDPH, Partners Take Part in Red Ribbon Week October 23 - 31

lakeLooking for Places to Hunt? Start Online

Friday, October 17

lakeIowa Pheasant Youth Season October 18-19

lakePrograms Available to Add More Pheasant Habitat

Thursday, October 16

First Influenza Cases of the Season Identified in Iowa

lakeOctober 25 Pheasant Opener Prospects are Good

Wednesday, October 15

Cover Crop Planting Deadline Extended To November 1

lakeTips and Tricks for Making the Most of Fall Fishing in Iowa

Tuesday, October 14

MoneyState Revokes Lender’s License, Orders $1.5 Million Restitution for Iowa Borrowers

Crude Oil, Motor Fuels Continue to Fall

Monday, October 13

yayMidAmerican Energy Plans to Invest Additional $280 Million in Wind Generation

MoneyStates and Federal Regulators Reach $105 Million “Mobile Cramming” Settlement with AT&T Mobility

Friday, October 10

yayFor Ninth Consecutive Year, UNI Selected as a 'Best Business School' by Princeton Review

Science of Parenting: Music and the Brain

Thursday, October 9

Governor Branstad Signs Harvest Weight Proclamation

As Deer Activity Increases, Drivers Urged to Use Caution

Wednesday, October 8

MoneyIowa DOT Auction to be held October 18

lakeEarly Muzzleloader Deer Season Begins October 11

Tuesday, October 7

lakeTest Results from Captive Deer Herd: 79.8% Tested Positive for Chronic Wasting

Iowa State Fire Marshal: Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Monday, October 6

Ten Iowa Organizations to Receive Grants to Help Promote Specialty Crops

lake7 Things You Need to Know Before Hunting Public Land

Friday, October 3

Crude Oil Falls Substantially , Motor Fuels Also Down

IDPH Statement on Texas Ebola Case

Thursday, October 2

yayHealthiest State Walk Slated for October 8

lakeState Parks Peak Season Coming to an End

Wednesday, October 1

$501,500 Available to Iowa Farmers Through New Organic Program

lakeIowa DNR: When Leaves Turn Colors, Fish Turn On

Tuesday, September 30

lakeIowa Parks Foundation Announce Pilot Project in Dubuque, Jackson and Jones Counties

Iowa Health Information Network Links with Nebraska

Monday, September 29

MoneyIowans Receiving Buying Club Refunds

IDPH Public Health Expert Visits China

Friday, September 26

MoneyIowa Workforce Development Receives $1.78 Million Grant

Ethanol, Crude Oil, Motor Fuels Prices Fall

Thursday, September 25

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards That Will Assist in the Creation of 94 Jobs

lakeArchery Deer Hunting Season Opens October 1

Wednesday, September 24

Crop Report: 76% of Corn, 74% of Soybeans in Good to Excellent Condition

lakeDNR: Five Hot Fall Fishing Spots in Iowa

Tuesday, September 23

National Farm Safety and Health Week Is September 21 To 27

lakeIowa DNR: Plant Some Shade Events Planned for Fall

Monday, September 22

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Remains at 4.5 Percent

That Makes Me Sick: 2013 Iowa Surveillance of Notifiable and Other Diseases Report

Friday, September 19

New Study Finds Nearly 1.8 Million Iowans Gambled Last Year

lakeDNR: Fall Trout Stocking Begins October 3

Thursday, September 18

IDPH Epidemiologist Returns from Sierra Leone, Fighting Ebola

lakeIowa’s Youth and Disabled Hunter Deer Season Begins Saturday

Wednesday, September 17

September 23 Designated as Falls Prevention Day

lakeDNR: Treestand Safety as Deer Seasons Approach

Tuesday, September 16

yayBig Day for UIU: Largest Enrollment in 45 years on Fayette Campus; University Included in U.S. News Rankings

Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover

Monday, September 15

Connolly Charged in Connection with August Crash

National Preparedness Month: Take Time to Plan, Prepare

Price of Crude Oil & Motor Fuels Drop

Friday, September 12

Iowa Crop Report: Crops Continue to Mature

lakeIowa DNR Submits Livestock Work Plan Report to EPA

Thursday, September 11

Iowa’s Demand for Smoke-free Housing Grows

lakeIowa’s Dove Season Increases in Popularity

Wednesday, September 10

Late Summer Virus Causing Illness in Iowa

lakeIowa DNR: 6 Tips for Geocaching Newbies

Tuesday, September 9

lakeIowa DNR: Water Trails to Explore this Fall

Science of Parenting: ‘I Can’t Decide’

Monday, September 8

Suicide Prevention Week – Prevention is Everyone’s Business

DNR Investigates Fish Kills in Clayton and Dubuque Counties

Friday, September 5

Prepare for Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

Crop Report: 76% of Corn and 73% of Beans in Good to Excellent Condition

Thursday, September 4

IDPH Reports First Case of Chikungunya

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Support the Creation of Nearly 200 Jobs

Wednesday, September 3

Crude Oil Mixed, Motor Fuels Down

lakeIowa’s Pheasant Population Highest Since 2008

Tuesday, September 2

Cases of West Nile Virus Continue to Increase

lakeThey Gotta Have Cover, Pheasants That is…

Friday, August 29

New National “truth” Ads Target Teen Tobacco Use

lakeIowa Receives $3 Million for Habitat and Hunter Access Program

Thursday, August 28

Crude Oil and Motor Fuels Continue to Fall

lakeAlliant Energy to Sponsor Eight Operation Releaf Events

Wednesday, August 27

More Details Released in Fayette County Reserve Deputy Shooting

Labor Day May Signal the End of Summer, but Not the End of Road Construction

Tuesday, August 26

MoneyIowa’s Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Lowest Since 2002

lakeSpecial September Teal Season Bonus Opportunity for Iowa Hunters

Monday, August 25

Century and Heritage Farms Recognized During Iowa State Fair

lakeDNR: How to Identify Iowa’s Poisonous Plants

Groan of the Day

The doorbell rang, and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front door.

“Lady,” he announced, “I’m the piano tuner.”

The lady exclaimed, “Why, I didn’t send for a piano tuner.”

The man replied, “No, but your neighbors did.”



From A Joke A Day.com


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

See more details here.

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.
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.

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

See more details here.

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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