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  • RATE HIKE: Johnston City Council Approves Storm Water Utility Increase

    For the first time since the beginning of the utility, the city of Johnston will see an increase in the city’s storm water utility rate. The Johnston city council approved the utility rate increase at the city council meeting on Jan. 6. The reason behind the rate increase was due to an aging system, rising construction costs and the drastic weather effects on the storm water system, according to the city. The city will increase the storm water utility rate […]

  • IOWA’S BEST: Waukee Named The Best Place In The State

    Real Estate Blog Movoto recently named Waukee the best place in the state. Waukee was ranked number one based on its A+ ranking in education both for being the fastest growing school district in the state and the area’s high school diploma attainment rate of 95 percent, according to Movoto. Coming in at number two was North Liberty while Johnston and Grimes tied for the number three spot.  The second and third ranked cities were chosen by Movoto for the […]

  • GALLERY TALK: Drake Hosts Civil War Cartoonist

    Drake University is hoping one new set of cartoons helps to cast a fresh perspective on the American Civil War. Drake University will be holding one of its gallery talks with editorial cartoonist and illustrator, Brian Duffy.  Duffy is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist for Harper’s Weekly, where he has drawn many civil war era cartoons for the magazine. Drake’s Anderson Gallery will also feature some of Duffy’s civil war cartoons in its American Civil War exhibit. The gallery talk […]

  • BROTHERS FIGHT: Argument Over Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwiches

    A Des Moines man was arrested Friday after a fight with his brother over food, according to a police report. The Des Moines Register reported that two brothers in their 50s got in an argument over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.   One brother told police that his brother Jerome Davis made and ate three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then made another three to eat. The sandwiches sparked a fight about overeating between the brothers, according to police. When […]

  • HOUSE FIRE: Eight-Alarm Fire In Granger

    An eight-alarm fire called firefighters in the metro to a house in Granger that was engulfed in flames. Crews were called to 190th Street in the Manning Heights neighborhood of Granger around 10 p.m. on Saturday night. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said the homeowner made it out of the home in plenty of time and no one was injured in the fire.  Crews were able to get the flames under control quickly, according to firefighters on the scene. Firefighters […]

  • January 3, 2014

    Learn when LiveServe Blood Center is holding blood drives here. For more information on the Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Association, visit the Facebook page here.

  • WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA: Annual Fort Dodge Bridal Show

    The annual Fort Dodge Regional Wedding Extravaganza will be held this Sunday. The event will showcase everything from florists to formal wear and even salon services.  The show will again have merchant gift certificate drawings in addition to the vendors in attendance. The wedding extravaganza will be held at the Webster County Fairgrounds from 12 until 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission to the bridal show event is free. For more information, visit the Fort Dodge Bridal Show website here.

  • January 2, 2014

    For questions, problems or help with an application with the healthcare insurance marketplace, visit the website here.

  • BABYSITTER CHARGED: Baby Alive After Falling Out Of Car

    A babysitter was charged with child endangerment after a one-year-old fell out of her car on Sunday afternoon. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office said the baby was found sitting along Highway 141 near Perry and was taken to the emergency room at the Dallas County Hospital just before 4 p.m. The babysitter, 31-year-old Catalina Ortiz-Ortega, was at the hospital and said when she turned onto I Court from the highway she heard the rear door open and close but did […]

  • WATER WORKS: Turbidity Levels In Drinking Water Unusually High

    The Des Moines Water Works – Fleur Drive Treatment Plant said it recently violated a drinking water standard. Officials from the treatment plant said it did not meet treatment requirements for drinking water recently by allowing water turbidity to be far higher than normal. Turbidity measures the degree of water clarity and transparency due to the presence of other particles in the water.  The more there is suspended in the water, the murkier it looks and the higher the turbidity […]

  • December 19, 2013

    If you would like to learn more about dozens of exotic birds the ARL is caring for now and will be up for adoption soon, click here. If you are a Target customer and notice irregular activity on your accounts you should call the toll free hotline: 1-866-852-8680. For more information on the 39-vehicles that earned 2014 safety awards by meeting tougher criteria, visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website here.

  • FIRE SAFETY: Volunteers Install Smoke Detectors

    The Ankeny Fire Department teamed up with the Ankeny Jaycees to help install fire detectors. The group installed dozens of First Alert 10, ten-year smoke detectors, for families at high risk for fires in their homes in Autumn Ridge Mobile Home Park. The smoke detectors were provided from the U.S. Fire Administration and Vision 20/20.  They were requested by the fire department to be distributed and installed in homes free of charge for families with small children and senior citizens. […]