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    RAYGUN Ready to Open New Store

    DES MOINES, Iowa- A brand new RAYGUN store will open in Des Moines’ East Village on Friday. Owner Mike Draper said he has spent 18 months working on the new space.  The old store  was 2800 square feet, the new store is 7000 total square feet.  Two other businesses  are also at the 505 East Grand location, Thelma’s Treats and Mars Hill Cafe. Owner Mike Draper said the new store will enable RAYGUN to display more of their original t-shirt […]

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    Storm Spotter Training Underway As Severe Weather Season Nears

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Severe weather season is almost here and training is underway to help meteorologists track storms. The National Weather Service is conducting dozens of spotter training seminars across Central Iowa. The National Weather Service and Emergency Management Coordinators depend on spotter to provide real-time observations that may not be observed by Doppler Radar. Brad Small with the Des Moines National Weather Service said there are times when good information can prevent a warning from even being issued […]


    Oskaloosa Students Form ‘Walking School Bus’ for Healthier Life

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa — As a part of the Iowa Blue Zones Project, school students in Oskaloosa are being encouraged to form “Walking School Buses.” That means instead of riding the bus, one day a week students will walk together to school. The program began last fall for elementary students and middle school students. It ended in the bitter cold winter, but resumed again for the spring on Wednesday morning. The chilly weather, and the first day back walking, only drew […]

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    Ed Fallon Walking to Oppose Pipeline in Iowa

    CAMBRIDGE, Iowa- Ed Fallon of Des Moines is walking across the State of Iowa to highlight his opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners are proposing the underground pipeline to cross Iowa diagonally from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast corner of Iowa, 18 counties total. The line would move crude oil from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to a pipeline terminal in Illinois, eventually connecting to refineries. Fallon is a former state […]

  • Ames Firefighters investigate a blaze at 1322 Illinois Street early Monday (Roger riley WHO-HD)

    One Person Killed in Ames House Fire

    AMES, Iowa-  One person died following a house fire in Ames late Sunday night. Emergency crews responded to the home at 1322 Illinois Street at about 11 p.m. Sunday. When crews arrived on the scene the house was fully engulfed in flames. Two people were able to escape from the home by jumping from a second story window. Carl Boese, 27, and Lin Yang, 26, were taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames for treatment. A third person was in […]

  • Firefighters on scene of early monring apartment fire in Des Moines (Travis Jungling WHO_HD)

    Des Moines Apartments Evacuated in Overnight Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Fire at Gray’s Lake Apartments at 2700 block of Fleur Drive caused residents to be evacuated early Monday morning. The fire was called in approximately at 12:30 a.m. Firefighters said there was a fire in the ceiling of at least one of the apartments. MidAmerican Energy was called to shut off power and gas to the complex.  Some residents say they did not hear any smoke alarms prior to being evacuated.

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    Dixie Cornell Gebhardt Week Proclaimed in Iowa

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa- Governor Terry Branstad has proclaimed March 23-29, as Dixie Cornell Gebhardt Week in Iowa. That week  leads up to March 29th, which is Iowa Flag Day. Gebhardt is the designer of the Iowa State Flag. On March 28th, the community of Knoxville will observe Iowa Flag day at the childhood home of its creator. “It took several years to design the flag,” said Roslin Thompson, who is the Knoxville Public Librarian.  The Library in Knoxville is partnering with […]

  • Model Garden Railroad at the Iowa Flower, Lawn, and Garden Show (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Model Railroad Draws People to Garden Show

    DES MOINES, Iowa- A big draw for the Iowa Flower, Lawn and Garden Show is a garden surrounded by model railroad tracks. The Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society gets an invite every year to bring their model rail setup into the Varied Industries Building. The show is held each year at the Iowa State Fairground. “I think it brings people into the show and creates a lot of interest,” said Mike Kidman, of the Central Iowa Garden Railroad Society.  “The […]

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    Knoxville Businesses Closed Due To Falling Bricks

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa -Bricks falling from a building in downtown Knoxville has closed four nearby businesses. Bricks from the vacant building, located at 113 3rd Street, fell into an alley Saturday. Marion County, which owns the building, is moving forward to demolish the structure. Engineers are attempting to determine if there is asbestos in the building. “The County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution approving demolition of the building,” said Cal Stephens, who is the Marion County Facilities Director.  In an email […]

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    New Sharon Among Most Affordable Small Towns in America

    NEW SHARON, Iowa – The Business Insider has named New Sharon the most affordable small town in Iowa. The Mahaska County community of 1293 people was on a list put together by Business Insider of the most affordable small town in each of the 50 states. To find the most affordable town, Business Insider took census bureau data and 2013 population estimates for towns between 1000 and 10,000 population. The study used housing costs as the measuring stick.Housing, which eats up […]

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    Iowa DNR Considers Closing State Nursery

    AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is considering the possibility of closing the State Conservation Seedling Nursery.  The facility, which has been open since the 1930’s has seen falling demand for seedling trees over the past decade.  The DNR is planning to make a decision on the future of the facility in two weeks.  That would allow time to plant trees for another season, should the Nursery stay open. A public meeting on the future of the forestry […]

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    DNR Reveals “Park Madness” Brackets

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa DNR is staging its own version of March Madness, with a competition to find Iowa’s most favorite park. The competition begins today for Iowans to vote from among eight parks, two from each quadrant of the state. The DNR asks fans to watch their Facebook Page to vote, Northeast Regional Voting goes live at 8pm on March 18th Bracket Schedule: March 18 Northeast Regional:  Lake McBride vs Volga River March 21 Southeast Regional: Lake Darling […]


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