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Friday, August 26

WeatherCelebrate the Unofficial End of Summer by Saving Lives

Crop Report: Corn 83, Soybeans 82 Percent Good to Excellent

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


Thursday, August 25

WeatherBody of Boat Passenger Missing since Sunday has been Recovered

Iowa Retail Gasoline and Diesel Prices Trending Higher

Wednesday, August 24

Youth Earn $243,400 in Scholarships & Awards at Iowa State Fair

lake Iowa DNR: Online Hunting Atlas Offers Places to Go

Tuesday, August 23

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly to 4.1 Percent in July

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards Six Entrepreneurial Assistance Providers

Monday, August 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Two Companies

lake Heavy August Rains Increase Streamflow, Continue to Reduce Areas of Drought

Friday, August 19

Contractor Agrees to Changes Following “Storm Chaser” Roofing Dispute

Crude Oil Prices Strengthen Across the Board

Thursday, August 18

IDPH Announces First Human West Nile Virus Cases of Season

lake Heavy Boat Traffic Expected for Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, August 17

MoneyUNI Makes Faculty Salary Adjustments after Salary Equity Study

Crop Report: Corn 5 Days Ahead of 5 Year Average

Tuesday, August 16

lake Administration Highlights Water Quality Efforts Underway Statewide

Buchanan County’s Amanda Riniker Crowned 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen

Monday, August 15

“Repeat Violator” Buying Club Operation to Pay $300,000 to State, Refund Iowans, and Reform Conduct

lake Water Summary Update: Iowa Rainfall About Normal for this Time of Year

Friday, August 12

Slight Increase in Iowa Retail Gasoline Prices

New Apprentice Hunting License Allows Experienced Hunters to Share

Thursday, August 11

WeatherBranstad, Reynolds Order Review of Iowa’s Alcohol Laws

Iowa DNR: More Than 25,000 Acres of Private Land Open to Hunting This Fall

Wednesday, August 10

Crop Report: 98% of Corn to Silking Stage

Barclays to Pay $100 Million to Affected Government & Not-for-Profit Entities

Tuesday, August 9

WeatherBranstad, Reynolds and State Leaders Announce Iowa Cybersecurity Strategy

Department of Public Health: School-Based Oral Health Services Available

Monday, August 8

Farm Progress Show Visitors Will Experience University Research

After a Week Off, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

Friday, August 5

UI Hospitals and Clinics Ranked Among the Best in the Country

MoneyMain Street Iowa Hosts Open 4 Business State Contest

Thursday, August 4

MoneyNew Grant Opportunity to Help Small Iowa Communities with Abandoned Commercial Properties

Farmers Encouraged to Apply Now for Cost-share For Cover Crops

Wednesday, August 3

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture 82 Percent Adequate or Better

MoneyProgram Helps Iowa Caregivers Plan for Long-term Financial Security

Tuesday, August 2

Iowans Encouraged to File Unemployment Claims Online; Phone Option Phasing Out

Money$220,000 Gift Supports Service Learning and Research at UNI

Monday, August 1

2016 Iowa State Fair to Debut in Two Weeks

Klein Named Iowa State Medical Examiner

Friday, July 29

MoneyUNI Received $38.7 Million in Grants, Awards for FY16

Crude, Motor Fuels and Heating Fuels All Lower

Thursday, July 28

MoneyIowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday August 5-6

Crop Report: Corn and Soy Beans Mostly Good to Excellent

Wednesday, July 27

lake Statewide Average Rainfall Almost Twice the Normal Average

Iowa DOT Releases State’s First Freight Plan

Tuesday, July 26

WeatherBuchanan County Couple to Pay $15,000 Penalty Following Hog Manure Discharges

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

Monday, July 25

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Eight Companies

Friday, July 22

WeatherHealth Department: New HIV Diagnoses up 27 Percent in Iowa

After a Week Off, Natural Gas Prices on the Rise

Thursday, July 21

Walmart Foundation Grant Gives Iowa Women Chance to try Construction

MoneyWildland Fire Suppression Grants Available to Rural Fire Departments

Wednesday, July 20

lake Iowa DNR: Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

Health Department: Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

Tuesday, July 19

Crop Report: Corn 81%, Soybens 80% Good to Excellent

President Obama Reappoints Gov. Branstad Co-Chair of Council of Governors

Monday, July 18

lake Research Supports Adding Monarch Breeding Habitat to Iowa’s Landscape

New ISU Extension and Outreach Collaborative Provides Sustainability Resource for Iowans

Friday, July 15

WeatherThree Child Drowning Deaths Prompt Reminder

After 6 Weeks Natural Gas Retreats in Price

Thursday, July 14

WeatherDysart Man Dies After Falling Into Mississippi River

MoneyUNI Center for Violence Prevention Receives $46,464 Grant from Raliance

Wednesday, July 13

WeatherGovernor Branstad Releases Streamlined Application for Restoration of Firearm Rights and Pardon

ISU Extension and Outreach Plan Addresses Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, July 12

WeatherThree Arrested in Connection with Casino Investigation

MoneyIowa Awarded More than $25 million for Intermodal Transportation Facility in Cedar Rapids

Monday, July 11

WeatherUnusually Warm June Leads to Drought in Parts of Iowa

State Environmental Lawsuit Filed Against Fort Madison Metals Recycler

Friday, July 8

Natural Gas Up Again, 35% in 6 Weeks

lake DNR: Help Us Count Wild Turkeys in July and August

Thursday, July 7

Public Health: Quitting is Hard – Quitline Can Help

Crop Report: Topsoil Moisture Levels have Declined

Wednesday, July 6

WeatherIowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase this Month

MoneyEarn a Homebuyer Education Certificate Online for ‘A Place of Your Own’

Tuesday, July 5

La’ James International College to Forgive $2.1M in Student Debts, Change Business Practices

Natural Gas Price Increases for 5th Straight Week

Friday, July 1

WeatherIncreased Enforcement During Fourth of July Weekend

IDPH Urges Iowans to be Mindful of West Nile Virus

Thursday, June 30

WeatherDNR: Avoid Areas of Heavy Smoke Near Fireworks Displays

Volkswagen to Buy Back or Fix VW & Audi Cars, Compensate Iowa Owners $18.7 Million

Wednesday, June 29

Iowa is Leading Initiative to Stop Drowsy Driving

Main Street Iowa Open 4 Business Sub-State Winners Announced

Tuesday, June 28

WeatherDNR: Black Bear Killed on Allamakee County Highway

Crop Report: Corn Beginning to Reach Silking Stage

Monday, June 27

lake Water Summary Update Notes High Temps, Good Groundwater Levels

Five Iowa Health Systems Launch Statewide Alert Notification System

Friday, June 24

WeatherOperation Dry Water Starts June 24: Don't Drink and Boat

Natural Gas Prices Climb for Forth Straight Week

Thursday, June 23

Iowa E-book Buyers to Receive Additional $5.5M from Apple Price-Fixing Case

WeatherCaution Advised as Peak Boating Season Approaches

Wednesday, June 22

May Unemployment Rate Remains Stable at 3.9 Percent

Crop Report: Soybean Emergence at 97 Percent

Tuesday, June 21

WeatherSee Something, Say Something in Wake of Recent Tragedies

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to 4 Startups

Monday, June 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 4 Companies

WeatherISU Researchers Looking to Step Up Mosquito Surveillance



Groan of the Day

I can always tell when my wife goes on a diet...

I find Hostess Twinkies in her underwear drawer.


From A Joke A Day.com



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.


Area Attractions, Festivals & Fairs

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.  
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

See more details here.

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.

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
See more details here.

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 detailshere.


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!  
See more details here.

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 23 - 26, 2016

See more details here.

Delaware County Fair July 11 - 17, 2016

See more details here.





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