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    Urbandale Machine Shed Temporarily Closing for Remodeling

    URBANDALE, Iowa- Popular Iowa eatery The Machine Shed will close down temporarily starting Monday October 27th for remodeling.  The construction is expected to wrap up sometime in early November according to a Heart of America company news release. “We are excited to thank our customers for their patronage since opening in 1991 by giving them a new look,” said the release.  The release also said the restaurant plans to remain dedicated to the American Farmer. During the closure the company […]

  • Gerd Clabaugh Director of Iowa Dept of Public Health speaks to the Westside Conservative Club on preparations to deal with Ebola

    Iowa Health Professionals Prepare for Ebola

    URBANDALE, Iowa — Even though Iowa has no Ebola cases, heath professionals have received  the message: be prepared. Iowa’s Department of Public Health Director spoke before the Westside Conservative Club to give an update on what is happening in Iowa with Ebola. Gerd Clabaugh told the group that he gets daily briefings on the latest information.  “In Iowa we feel very confident in our capabilities to deal with this particular challenge,” said Clabaugh. “We’re also in preparations to make sure […]

  • Story City Pool stil

    Story City to Vote on New $2.65M Pool

    STORY CITY, Iowa-The date was August 3 of 1973. That was the year Story City’s new pool opened. As you might expect the outdoor pool has seen some wear and tear over the years. That’s why Story City leaders are asking residents to vote on building a new pool November 4. “Damage from chemicals added to the water have taken their toll and the edges of the deck are crumbling,” according to a City news release.   “Every year more and […]

  • Conference looks at meeting needs of disabled on Iowa college campuses.

    Regents Conference:Disabled Students Need Inclusion and Access

    AMES, Iowa – When it comes to higher education at Iowa’s Regent Institutions, it’s not enough just to meet the American’s with Disabilities Act.  According to one study, half of all students who attend college reported they never participated in any clubs, activities or sports. The Iowa Regents Disability Awareness Summit was held on the Iowa State University Campus. Keynote Speaker Dr. Nancy Evans shared that study on how when students with disabilities are not able to participate in activities […]

  • A line to get to Banner Lakes with trout being stocked there on Friday.

    Trout Stock Comes to Banner Lakes

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – They were lining up at 8 a.m., though the fish wouldn’t arrive until after noon.  The location was Banner Lakes just south of the Des Moines metro. The line caused by the anticipation of the arrival of 1,400 rainbow trout and brook trout.  According to Fisheries Technician of the DNR, Andy Otting the fish were raised this summer at the Big Spring Trout Hatchery near Elkader. Otting said there is not much to letting the fish out, […]

  • Ames Water plant groundbreak still

    Ames Breaks Ground on New $75 Million Water Plant

    AMES, Iowa — Leaders in Ames broke ground for a new water treatment plant to replace the current 90 year old plant, Thursday. The $75 million plant will be built on a former USDA site at 1800 East 13th Street near Interstate 35. The plant will have a capacity of 15 million gallons per day.  The plant is being designed to meet LEED certified to be energy efficient.  The LEED certification will  result in better environmental performance, and will also […]

  • ISU Voting Still

    Iowa State University Early Voting This Week

    AMES, Iowa- Students at Iowa State University have been voting early this week. This is prior to the election deciding who our next Governor, U.S. Senator, and Congressman will be. Story County Auditor Lucy Martin said conversations began last January of 2013 with Iowa State as to the possibility of a satellite voting station at the Memorial Union.  “We’ve always done this on campus, traditionally,” said Martin. “With the ’12 cycle we had so that were new registrants and we […]

  • ames train track downtown

    Ames Rail Crossings Close Downtown

    AMES, Iowa — Two downtown rail crossings are closed Thursday affecting traffic in downtown Ames. The closings mean vehicles can’t head south from downtown using Union Pacific crossings at Kellogg and Clark avenues, Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff confirmed. It appears work is being done on those crossings. Motorists can take alternate routes using Grand or Duff.

  • Fall is in full swing at Pine Lake State Park. Thousands of trees were replanted here.

    Eldora Area Trees on the Comeback

      ELDORA, Iowa- In 2009 a hailstorm came through Hardin County damaging windows, buildings, and trees. Property damage has been repaired for the most part, but the trees will take longer to fix. At Pine Lake State Park crews have had to cut down and remove 500 trees which were damaged by the storm. In 2012, a new effort was announced  to save the park. “For the most part the park has fared well since Iowa Parks Foundation we put […]

  • This is one building of the Urban Assault Training Course opened Wednesday.

    Urban Assault Training Course Opens at Camp Dodge

    JOHNSTON, Iowa- Around eight years back leaders of the Iowa National Guard base in Johnston realized there was a shortage in the training they were giving soldiers. When in countries like Iraq, soldiers would find themselves going door to door in cities in combat.  State Quarter Master Ben Correll told  a group gathered at Camp Dodge Wednesday, “there was a time when we looked at urban operations in the military, and we kind of gave it a hand wave, and […]

  • Congressional Candidate David Young listens as Iowa Secretary of Aggriculture Bill Northey speaks on a farm in Dallas County

    Bill Northey Campaigns for Congressional Candidate Young

    VAN METER, Iowa-Republican David Young brought his campaign to the Golightly Farm in rural Dallas County. Young told a small group of supporters  that he worked on the farm as a young man, baling hay, and walking beans.  “My first jobs on the farm,gave me an appreciation for agriculture and appreciation for hard work,” said Young.  Young is running for the open seat of retiring Congressman Tom Latham. He is running against Democrat Staci Appel. The former staffer for Senator […]

  • Chaos at the Fire Department

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa – It was a rainy early morning for four students from Grandview School. They were welcomed as guests of the Delaware Township Fire Department for winning a fire prevention coloring contest last week. The students were there to get a ride to school in a big fire truck. Lieutenant Evan Kellis took the students and their parents from truck to truck in the building explaining how each vehicle was used and the type of equipment the trucks carry. […]


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