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Thursday, July 28

MoneyIowa’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday August 5-6

Crop Report: Corn and Soy Beans Mostly Good to Excellent

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


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

Friday, June 17

Natural Gas Prices Continue Upward Trend, Home Heating Oil Climbs

New Jersey “Winning” Betting Systems Seller Barred from Iowa

Thursday, June 16

Crop Report: Soybean Planting 98% Complete

MoneyIowa Certifies Site on the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant Campus

Wednesday, June 15

MoneyNearly $1.5 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to Five Projects

Farmers Market Coupons Available for Eligible Older Iowans, WIC Recipients

Tuesday, June 14

WeatherWarmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

lake DNR: June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

Monday, June 13

Texas Chiropractors to Cease Future Iowa “Natural Diabetes Program” Seminars

lake Water Summary Update Notes Dry Areas in South Central Iowa, Above Normal Streamflows

Friday, June 10

Iowa DNR: June is Great Outdoors Month

Second Week Of Higher Natural Gas Prices

Thursday, June 9

lake Iowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

Health Department: State Report Focuses on Complete Streets

Wednesday, June 8

WeatherHealth Department: Iowa Zika Transmission Threat is Low

Crop Report: 80% of Corn Crop Rated Good to Excellent

Tuesday, June 7

MoneyIowa Receives $200,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Science of Parenting: Dealing with Picky Eaters

Monday, June 6

WeatherNew Study Finds Fewer Iowans are Gambling

Natural Gas, Motor Fuels Prices Trend Upward

Friday, June 3

Jim Wohlpart to be Named UNI's Interim President

Judgment Bars New York-Based Mailing Operation from Iowa

Thursday, June 2

lake Iowa DNR: 2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tips 12,000

Crop Report: All Corn is Planted, Soybeans 88% Planted

Wednesday, June 1

lake Iowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 3-5

Unleaded Gasoline, Diesel Fuel Prices Drift Higher

Tuesday, May 31

lake Collaboration to Enhance Pollinator Habitat along New Monarch Highway

WeatherDNR Program Helps Iowa Communities Monitor Drinking Water for Microcystin

Friday, May 27

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.9 Percent in April

lake DNR Campaign to Promote Family Fishing in Iowa

Thursday, May 26

lake DNR: Boaters Urged to Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

WeatherBeneficial Insect Released to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer

Wednesday, May 25

WeatherDepartment of Public Health: Picnic Food Safety

Iowa Crop Report: Wet and Cold Conditions Slowed Progress

Tuesday, May 24

WeatherBe Safe, Be Buckled! May 23 – June 6, 2016 Click It or Ticket

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 6 Startups

Monday, May 23

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 7 Companies

USDA Encourages Farmers To Participate In Usda Surveys On 2016 Crop, Current Grain Supply Levels

Friday, May 20

Iowa Farm to School Program Partnering with Farmers Markets Across The State

Significant Increase in Heating Oil Prices

Thursday, May 19

WeatherDepartment of Public Health: Ticks Are Out – Keep Them Off

Money$19.6 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, May 18

Crop Report: 88 Percent of Corn, 43 Percent of Soybeans Planted

lake Iowa DNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Tuesday, May 17

WeatherIt’s Up to All of Us to Prevent Underage Drinking in Iowa

Farmers Willing to Assist in Monarch Conservation Efforts

Monday, May 16

Celebrate June Dairy Month in Iowa Visit an Open House

lake Cost-Share Available for Water Quality Practices Statewide

Friday, May 13

Natural Gas, Crude Oil Prices Trending Upward

MoneyMore than $1.8 million in CAT Grants Awarded to Four Projects

Thursday, May 12

MoneyUnderstand Spending Patterns to Reach Financial Goals

$2.47 Million Gift to Create Presidential Scholarship Fund at UNI

Wednesday, May 11

Farmland Cash Rent Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Year

WeatherAnamosa Bottled Water Advisory Lifted; Chemical is Not a Risk to Residents

Tuesday, May 10

MoneyIowa Homeownership Month Campaign: “2,500 Bucks”

WeatherIowa GTSB Forms Impaired Driving Coalition

Monday, May 9

Judge Orders $100,000 Consumer Fraud Default Judgment against New Jersey Man

Iowa DNR: Celebrate Iowa's Air Quality Improvements

Friday, May 6

Retail Fuels and Hetaing Fuels on the Rise

lake Leave Wildlife Babies Where They Belong - In the Wild

Thursday, May 5

Pressure to Maintain Profit Margins a Barrier to Soil and Water Conservation

lake Walleye Season Opens May 7 on Iowa's Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 4

MoneyIowa Celebrates $8 Billion Tourism Industry During National Travel and Tourism Week

Crop Report:  Progress Continues on Planting

Tuesday, May 3

Main Street Iowa Celebrates 30 Years of Outstanding Achievements

lake Department of Natural Resources Asks Iowans to be Air Aware

Monday, May 2

WeatherNew Iowa Study Released On Hauling Of Crude Oil And Biofuels By Rail

lake Iowa to Celebrate Its First Source Water Protection Week

Friday, April 29

Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Prices Nudge Higher

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Seven Startups

Thursday, April 28

WeatherDPS Officials Remind Iowans to be Vigilant of Child Abductions

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Wednesday, April 27

Crop Report:  Rain Slows Planting Progress

lake Increasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

Tuesday, April 26

lake Water Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

June 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Monday, April 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent in March

Redesigned State of Iowa Website Unveiled

Friday, April 22

Slight Increase in Iowa Unleaded Gasoline Prices

Full Participation in Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

Thursday, April 21

WeatherPreparations For Avian Influenza That Have Taken Place In The Last Year

lake Record Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

Wednesday, April 20

Crop Report: Corn Planting has Begun in Earnest

Resources Available to Farmers Using No-till And Strip-till

Tuesday, April 19

UNI JPEC Receives International Award for Student Entrepreneurship

Iowa Farm to School Program Celebrates New Growing Season

Monday, April 18

Timing Key in Maximizing Profit of Land, Market Investments

Iowa City Pediatrician Named Immunization Champion


Groan of the Day

At the supermarket, a woman shopped with her four boys and a baby. Her patience was wearing thin as the boys called out, "Mommy! Mommy!" while she tried to shop.

Finally, she blurted out, "I don’t want to hear the word mommy for at least ten minutes!"

The boys fell silent for a few seconds. Then one tugged on his mother’s dress and said softly, "Excuse me, miss."


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

See more details here.

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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