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Wednesday, September 2

lake Iowa's Pheasant Population Jumps 37 Percent

Suicide Prevention Week Set for September 7-13

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Today's Obituaries


Tuesday, September 1

1,800 Farmers Commit $3.5 Million to Water Quality Practices

September is Substance Abuse Recovery Month

Monday, August 31

Century and Heritage Farms Recognized During Iowa State Fair

New Main Street Communities Announced

Friday, August 28

Late Summer Mosquitoes Still Carry West Nile Threat

Crude Oil Falls Below $40 a Barrel, Motor Fuels also Lower

Thursday, August 27

MoneyIowa Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Nine Companies

lake Iowa's Rabbit and Squirrel Seasons Open September 5 Statewide

Wednesday, August 26

MoneyIowa Innovation Acceleration Fund Makes Awards to Three Startups

WeatherIowa to Participate in National Avian Influenza Surveillance Effort

Tuesday, August 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent

Crop Report: 82% of Corn, 77% of Soybeans Good to Excellent

Monday, August 24

Crude Oil Prices Drop: Just over $40 per Barrel

Iowa DOT to Give Motorists in More Real-Time Information

Friday, August 21

Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb Wins 2015 New Food Contest

lake 9 Hidden Surprises at Backbone State Park

Thursday, August 20

WeatherPeople Advised to Avoid Water with Blue-Green Algae

MoneyAmgen to Pay State $972,000 in Nationwide Agreement to Stop Off-Label Drug Marketing

Wednesday, August 19

Give Your College Student a Healthy Start

lake DNR: Iowa's Dove Season Begins September 1

Tuesday, August 18

Iowa Crop Report: Some Stress Due to Dry Conditions

Iowa Culture App: Visit More Than 3500 Destinations

Monday, August 17

Audio Tours Offer a New Path for Fairgoers at the 2015 Iowa State Fair

MoneyDOT Commission: RISE Grant Applications Approved

Friday, August 14

Retail Gasoline Prices In Iowa Drop by $.08

Iowa Transportation Commission Approves 2016 State Aviation Program

Thursday, August 13

Century Farms and Environmental Leaders Honored at the Iowa State Fair

WeatherDPS at the Iowa State Fair: Safety Begins with Knowledge

Wednesday, August 12

Iowans Invited to “get Your Ag On” at The State Fair

lake Hunter Education Classes Beginning to Fill

Tuesday, August 11

Crop Report: Seed Corn Detasseling Nearing Completion

lake A Mix of Old and New at the DNR State Fair Exhibit

Monday, August 10

Iowa Records First West Nile Virus Case of 2015

New Ruan Plaza to Improve Pedestrian Traffic at the Iowa State Fair

Friday, August 7

WeatherStream Conditions Ripe for Fish Kills, Be Careful Out There

State Funding Available for Child Burial Costs

Thursday, August 6

Grants Available to Enhance Swine Industry

UIU Criminal Justice Degree Ranked Among Top 50

Wednesday, August 5

WeatherAvian Influenza Update: Restocking of First Site Underway

Iowa DOT Launches Statewide Park and Ride System Website

Tuesday, August 4

Iowa Crop Report: Heat and Humidity Aid in Crop Development

MoneyTurn Teens’ Financial Knowledge into Action

Monday, August 3

WeatherDCI Warns of Active Arrest Warrant Scam

National Farmers Market Week Is August 2-8

Friday, July 31

National Retail Gas Prices Fall Again

New Tools Available to Calculate Projected Payments Granted by 2014 Farm Bill

Thursday, July 30

WeatherOil Sheen Near Guttenberg on Mississippi Under Investigation

IDPH Joins Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday, July 29

Volunteers Muscle 30 Tons of Trash from Wapsipinicon River

Iowa State Fair Grandstand Tickets Still Available

Tuesday, July 28

Crop Report: Most Crops Good to Excellent

Iowa Communities Recognized for Fluoridation

Monday, July 27

$3.655 Million Gift Expands Teacher Education at UNI

Problem Gambling Treatment Shows Success

Friday, July 24

WeatherBranstad Takes Action to Strengthen Security at National Guard Facilities

UNI Real Estate Program Among the Top 30 in the Nation

Thursday, July 23

Propane Prices Dip Below One Dollar

State Public Health Staff Climb Everest; You Can, Too!

Wednesday, July 22

Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7 Percent

lake Tree Management Grants Available to Iowa Communities

Tuesday, July 21

Crop Report: 83% of Corn and 77% of Beans Rated Good to Excellent

School-Based Oral Health Services Available

Monday, July 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to Seven Companies

Farmers Encouraged To Apply Now For Cost-share For Cover Crops

Friday, July 17

Natural Gas Prices on the Rise, up $.22

Iowa Workforce Development Launches New Website

Thursday, July 16

Crop Report: Most Crops Good to Excellent

Former Iowa Ashford Online Education Students Now Receiving Payments

Wednesday, July 15

lake Iowa’s Annual Pheasant Survey Begins August 1

MoneyOfficials Announce the Launch of Green Certification

Tuesday, July 14

MoneyIowa Certifies Six More Industrial Sites as “Development-Ready”

IDPH Mobile App Provides Substance Use Information, Resources

Monday, July 13

lake Water Summary Update: Drought Free Conditions Statewide

MoneyMain Street Iowa Open 4 Business Regional Winners Announced

Thursday, July 9

Chase to Change Unlawful Credit Card Debt Collection Practices

lake 2014 Iowa Pheasant Harvest Increases 30 Percent

Wednesday, July 8

Crop Report: 82 Percent of Corn, 78 Percent of Beans Good to Excellent

WeatherSmoke From Canadian Wildfires Causes Haze Across Iowa

Tuesday, July 7

Governor Signs $9.6 Million Water Quality Initiative

$1 Million Gift Benefits Fine Arts at UNI

Monday, July 6

Moderate Increase In Ethanol Prices

WeatherDrugged Driving A Growing Problem in Iowa

Thursday, July 2

Iowa Court Bars New York Man’s Psychic Scheme

Crop Report: Excessive Moisture Stressing Some Crops

Wednesday, July 1

Weather10 Boat Operators Cited for BWI During Operation Dry Water

MoneyFunding Available for Iowa Companies Interested in ESOP

Tuesday, June 30

Crude Oil Up; Retail Gasoline Prices Remain Steady

MoneyEconomic Impact of Craft Beer Tops 100 Million in Iowa

Monday, June 29

MoneyIowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits to Increase

lake Water Summary Update: Groundwater Conditions are Near Normal

Friday, June 26

Iowa Crop Report: 83% of Corn is Good to Excellent

lake Iowa DNR: Where Do Your Recyclables Go?

Thursday, June 25

WeatherIowa DNR: Operation Dry Water Starts June 26

MoneyTwo Awards made through Strategic Infrastructure Fund

Wednesday, June 24

MoneyFive Reinvestment District Projects Receive Provisional Approvals

WeatherCaution Advised as Peak Boating Season Approaches

Tuesday, June 23

MoneyIowa Demonstration Fund Assists Five Start-ups

Iowa DOT Honors Public Transit Systems

Monday, June 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Assistance for 6 Companies

Iowa Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.8 Percent

Friday, June 19

MoneyWorkforce Development Receives $5.2 Million Grant

Weather`Most Fatal-Crash Holiday Approaching

Thursday, June 18

Slight Increase In Unleaded Gasoline Prices

Youth Summit Focuses on Tobacco Use Prevention

Wednesday, June 17

Manchester Whitewater Park Grand Opening June 20 During "Let it Flow" Riverfest

UNI is a 'Best College You Can Still Get Into for the Fall'

Tuesday, June 16

Crop Report: 84% of Corn Crop Good to Excellent

Florida “Sweepstakes Report” Company Agrees to Refunds

Monday, June 15

WeatherOfficials Report Breach in Temporary Dam at Lake Delhi

lake Update on Iowa Avian Influenza Response

FY 2016-2020 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved

Friday, June 12

MoneyNational Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Receives $468,000 CAT Grant

lake Wapsipinicon River Expedition Set to Launch in July

Thursday, June 11

Natural Gas Prices Rebound, Crude Oil Also Up

HIV, STD and Hepatitis Conference Expected to Draw Hundreds

Wednesday, June 10

Crop Report: 96% of Corn has Emerged

Science of Parenting: Help Kids Learn This Summer

Tuesday, June 9

Quick and Easy Driver’s License Renewal Options at Several Locations Around Iowa

Iowa Students Encouraged to Participate in Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Monday, June 8

WeatherPhone Scam Targeting MidAmerican Energy Customers

Iowa DOT Releases 2015-2016 Iowa Transportation Map

Friday, June 5

UIU Ranked 37th Best Online College in the Nation

Farmers Market Coupons Available for Older Iowans, Eligible WIC Recipients

Thursday, June 4

Natural Gas Prices Continue Downward Trend

State Trails Crew Receives National 2015 Youth Conservation Award

Wednesday, June 3

Crop Report: 97% of Corn, 78% of Beans Planted

WeatherNo Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Tuesday, June 2

Supreme Court Approves Grants to Support Civil Legal Services for Low-Income Iowans

lake June is Invasive Species Awareness Month in Iowa

Monday, June 1

Celebrate Iowa's Dairy Industry this June

lake Landowners Encouraged to Get Multiple Bids Before Selling Trees

Friday, May 29

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

lake Iowa DNR: June is Great Outdoors Month

Thursday, May 28

Iowa Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.8 Percent

After a Sharp Increase, Natural Gas Prices Retreat

Wednesday, May 27

Crop Report: Corn 96% Planted, Beans 70% Planted

lake Iowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 5-7

Tuesday, May 26

MoneyCredit Reporting Agencies to Add New Consumer Credit Report Protections

IDPH Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition

Friday, May 22

WeatherExhibitions of Birds in Iowa Cancelled for 2015 Due to Avian Influenza

lake Boaters Urged to Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Thursday, May 21

Sharp Increase In Natural Gas Prices: Motor Fuels also Rise

lake Iowa Naturalist Recognized for Fishing Education Efforts

Wednesday, May 20

All 50 States, FTC Allege in Lawsuit that Four “Sham” Cancer Charities Bilked $187 Million from Consumers

lake DNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Tuesday, May 19

Crop Report: 92 Percent of Corn, 51 Percent of Beans Planted

lake Iowa DNR: Draft List of Impaired Waters Available

Monday, May 18

WeatherIowa DPS Forms Multidisciplinary Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

EMS Week in Iowa: May 17 - May 23

Friday, May 15

Science of Parenting: Life with Easy Kids

Strawberry Season Starting Early This Year

Thursday, May 14

Regular Unleaded Gasoline Continues Upward Trend

WeatherClick It or Ticket This Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, May 13

MoneyIowans to Receive Refunds through $158 Million "Mobile Cramming" Settlement with Sprint & Verizon

lake Iowa DNR: Peregrine Falcon Recovery Takes a Big Step

Tuesday, May 12

Crop Report: Wet Weather Hindered Fieldwork Last Week

WeatherCounty Profiles Examine Poverty and Food Needs

Monday, May 11

Four Added to Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

June 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Groan of the Day

A Sunday school teacher asked the children in her class, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would I get into Heaven?"

"No!" the children all answered.

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would I get into Heaven?"

Again the answer was "No!"

"Well", she continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?"

A five-year-old boy shouted out, "You gotta be dead!"


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

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.

Great Jones County Fair July 22-26, 2015


Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 3, 2015

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

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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.

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 detailshere.


Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest 
Saturday, June 6, 2015
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 25 - 28, 2014

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Delaware County Fair July 13 - 18, 2015

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