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Friday, May 26

yayCabins, Campsites Still Available for the Memorial Day Weekend

WeatherDNR Advises Boaters to Use Caution on Swollen Rivers, Reservoirs

Iowa Road Conditions

Iowa DOT Construction Web Site

Iowa DOT Cameras

Today's Obituaries


Thursday, May 25

Target Settles with Iowa and 46 States Over Massive 2013 Data Breach

Money$24.1 Million in Credits Awarded to Iowa Historic Preservation Projects

Wednesday, May 24

WeatherPublic Health Department: Tick Season Underway in Iowa

Crop Report: Ninety-Two Percent of Corn Crop Planted

Tuesday, May 23

Iowa’s Un-
employment Rate Remains at 3.1 Percent


MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Startups

Monday, May 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Eight Companies

Natural Gas Prices Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, May 19

WeatherExpect Heavy Boat Traffic for Memorial Day Weekend

lakrDNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Thursday, May 18

WeatherDepartment of Public Safety: Seat Belt Myth Busting

lakrDepartment of Natural Resources: Help Atop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Wednesday, May 17

MoneyEligible Iowans Urged to Submit Provigil Settlement Claims

Corn Planting Ahead of 5-Year Average for First Time This Year

Tuesday, May 16

MoneyNew App Helps Iowans ‘Spend Smart. Eat Smart.’

Farmers Surveyed on Efforts to Stop Monarch Butterfly Decline

Monday, May 15

WeatherIowa HIV Disease Diagnoses Increase; Increased Testing Credited

Retail Gasoline and Natural Gas Prices Down in Iowa

Friday, May 12

WeatherPopular Northeast and Central Iowa Paddling Destinations Closed

Cost-share Available to Farmers for Water Quality Practices

Thursday, May 11

yayCelebrate Agritourism During National Travel and Tourism Week

lakrIncentives Offered to Help Increase Pollinator Breeding Habitat

Wednesday, May 10

Crop Report: 52% of Corn Crop Planted, 9% of Beans

lakrDNR: 9 Ways to Save $$$, Improve the Air and Breathe Easier

Tuesday, May 9

WeatherManchester Man Dies After Being Taken Into Custody at Dubuque Bar

lakrWater Summary Update Shows No drought in Iowa Thanks to Cool, Wet April

Monday, May 8

Wholesale Ethanol Prices Down, Other Motor Fuels also Down

WeatherIowa Summit Focuses on Hunger among Older Iowans

Friday, May 5

WeatherIDPH Receives $5.45 Million for Opioid Treatment Program

June 1 Deadline for Century And Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Thursday, May 4

yayLatest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Use Continues to Decline

State Parks Camping Kickoff is this Weekend

Wednesday, May 3

WeatherLieutenant Governor to Serve as Governor, But Lacks Authority to Appoint Lieutenant

Crop Report: Corn Planting Remains Behind Historical Averages

Tuesday, May 2

yayNatural Resources Law Enforcement Chief Retires

lakrSoil And Water Conservation Week April 30 To May 7

Monday, May 1

MoneyIowa Receives $65.8 Million Annual Tobacco Payment

Moderate Drop In Crude Oil, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, April 28

lakrWalleye Season Opens May 6 on Iowa’s Great Lakes

WeatherLeave Wildlife Babies Where They Belong --- In The Wild

Thursday, April 27

lakrPartnership Promotes Iowa Grown Natives for Wildlife Habitat

WeatherEAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

Wednesday, April 26

yayYear of Manufacturing Initiative to Encourage Growth of Manufacturing in Iowa

Crop Report: Wet Conditions Have Hampered Corn Planting

Tuesday, April 25

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Seven Companies

WeatherWorkers' Memorial Day Honors Iowans Who Lost Their Lives in the Workplace

Monday, April 24

Iowa's Jobless Rate Decreases Slightly to 3.1 Percent in March

Rise In Retail Heating Oil Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, April 21

yayIowa Fertilizer Company Opening World-Class Fertilizer Plant

New Law Changes Iowa Workforce Development Board Structure

Thursday, April 20

Crop Report: Rain Continues as an Issue, Corn Five Days Behind

lakrDepartment of Natural Resources: Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 19

MoneyUpper Iowa University Reaches Ideal Agreement

yayRegistrations Open for Popular Outdoor Workshop for Girls

Tuesday, April 18

lakrIowa DNR: Public Comment Sought for Impaired Waters List

WeatherGovernor Branstad Signs 2 Bills into Law Addressing Texting while Driving

Monday, April 17

Retail Gasoline Prices Up Again This Week

yayUIU to Launch New Brand Identity and Logos April 20

Friday, April 14

MoneyMore Than 1.2 Million Awarded in Cat Grants to Four Projects

yayISU Extension and Outreach Honors Land Grant Legacy

Thursday, April 13

Crop Report: 17 Percent of Oat Crop Planted

Department of Natural Resources: Let the Camping Season Begin

Wednesday, April 12

yayCelebrating the 49th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Iowa Introduces Online Tool

Iowa Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

Tuesday, April 11

WeatherIowa DNR: April is Invasive Species Awareness Month

yayMain Street Iowa Awards Celebration Honors Outstanding Achievements

Monday, April 10

Retail Gasoline Prices Trend Upward, Natural Gas Also Rising

lakrWater Summary Update Notes Increased Precipitation in March

Friday, April 7

MoneyUNI Students Offer Free Tax Return Preparation and E-filing

lakrUpdated clean wateriowa.org Showcases Water Quality Activities Underway

Thursday, April 6

Department of Public Health Recognizes STD Awareness Month

lakrIowa DNR: Annual Spring Wildlife Survey Underway

Wednesday, April 5

Crop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Levels Good

MoneySupporting Immigrant Owned Businesses Is Important for Iowa Growth

Tuesday, April 4

yayUIU Rated Third Best College Risk-Reward Indicator in Iowa

Teach Children Strategies to Cope with Bullying

Monday, April 3

Natural Gas Prices Fall Below $3, Motor Fuels Also Lower

Iowa Health Information Network Moves Out of IDPH

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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.
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Area Attractions, Festivals & Fairs

Great Jones County Fair July 19-23, 2017


Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 7, 2017

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.  
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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.  
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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

Saturday, June 3 at 8 AM - 9 PM
Come and join the fun as we celebrate the joining of the Rhubarbfest with Riverfest - to form Rhubarb on the River. Watch for more details as we grow nearer to the event!

8:00 AM- Rhubarb Run, Fishing (free fishing weekend), White Water Clinic with local athlete, Hannah Ray J (space is limited!)
9:00 AM-Rhubarb Bike Ride
10:00 AM-Vendors Open, Rhubarb Brats, pies, white water demonstrations, face painting, kids’ activities and more!
2:00 PM-Manchester’s Got Talent
4:00 PM-Live local music
6:00-9:00 PM-Live Music (Manchester Area Chamber’s Music on Main)




Edgewood Rodeo Days June 22 - 25, 2017

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Delaware County Fair July 10 - 16, 2017

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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. 

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!  
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