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  • The Oskaloosa Band Stand. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Oskaloosa is Talking About the Band Stand

      OSKALOOSA, Iowa- A discussion about the Band Stand has been going on around Oskaloosa City Square, and the Mahaska County Courthouse. For just over 100 years this community has enjoyed band concerts around the town square. Discussion about the future of the square, and the band stand began after a consultant came to Oskaloosa to help the city focus on its image, or brand. In some of the discussion, moving or changing the Band Stand came up.  There is […]

  • Artist rendering of Beck's Seed Facility to be built in Colfax

    Seed Company Will Employ 50 Workers at Colfax Facility

    COLFAX, Iowa — An Indiana seed company will build a new facility in Colfax, which will employ 50 workers. Beck’s Hybrids is the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States. The proposed business would be built on 80 acres, next to the Microtel, just north of Interstate 80. The company plans a $14.2 million investment in new center. It would include seed distribution, and some research on ground north of the building. Currently, Beck’s has two facilities in […]

  • Construction on West Street in Ames gets underway Tuesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Construction Season Getting Underway in Ames

    AMES, Iowa — Construction season ready to get underway Tuesday in Ames. Contractors will begin working on Ridgewood Avenue, from 13th Street to South 9th Street, as well as several blocks of 9th street. Ridgewood is expected to remain open to traffic. Drivers may encounter construction equipment and delays. Work will also start Tuesday on West Street from Hyland to Sheldon Avenue. West Street will be closed, but the intersection with West and Hyland, and West and Sheldon will be […]

  • Visitors inspect military vehicles outside the Gold Star Museum (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Camp Dodge Event Helps Pass On Stories of Those Who Served

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — Hundreds of people packed into the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge for what is becoming a Memorial Day tradition. WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie, hosted the event for the ninth year in a row. Visitors were asked to bring a photo ID to gain entry onto the military base. Families with young children came to check out the displays of military vehicles outside and helicopters hung above the displays inside. Van Hardin said on the broadcast […]

  • University of Iowa Lends a Hand with Boone Buildings

    BOONE, Iowa — A delegation from the University of Iowa paid a visit to Boone this week, part of a new outreach by the school to help Iowa communities. The 40 member tour consisted of faculty and staff with expertise to try to assist Iowa towns. The group offered help in such areas as healthcare issues, business development, and infrastructure. “We’re trying to find out how we can be more helpful to towns like Boone,” said Linda Snetselaar, who is […]

  • Sunday Memorial Day Services in Pella (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Congressman Loebsack Speaks at Sunday Memorial Day Observance

    PELLA, Iowa — Members of the Pella Community gathered on Sunday to honor those who have served in the U.S. Military and passed on. A list of names was read of those who had served this country from the Pella area and had passed on during the last 12 months. The service also recognized those who served in Iraq-Afghanistan, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, and those who may have had family in World War I and even […]

  • Campers in place at Ledges State Park (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Campers Begin Arrival for Memorial Day Weekend

      BOONE, Iowa- Camping sites at DNR campgrounds are filling up for the Memorial Day Weekend. The Camp Hosts at Ledges State Park south of Boone report as of today the campground there is full. Robert and Lisa Siders of Boone have served as the Ledges Campground hosts for the past 5 years. They have been on-site camping since late March. They say this weekend will be busy. “Electrical sites have been full since Monday,” said Robert Siders.  “Non-electric is […]

  • New John Wayne Birthplace Museum Opens Saturday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    New John Wayne Birthplace Museum Set to Open Saturday

    WINTERSET, Iowa- The new $2.5 million John Wayne Birthplace opens to the public amid ceremony and dignitaries on Saturday.  The new 6500 square foot building sits opposite the block of the house where John Wayne was born.  The little house now no longer has to house offices and John Wayne memorabilia, so it has reverted to 1910 era furnishings. “I can only imagine he would be exceedingly embarrassed, and somewhat proud,” said Brian Downes,  speaking of what the Duke might […]

  • The USS Iowa at Berth 87 in the Port of Los Angeles

    Aboard the Battleship USS Iowa Preservation Continues

    LOS ANGELES, California – The Battleship USS Iowa was saved from the scrapheap, but not without some help from her namesake — the State of Iowa. In 2011, an effort began to rescue the Iowa from mothballs, it was parked in a harbor north of San Francisco. The State of Iowa contributed $3 million to the effort to restore the ship. Volunteers boarded the vessel in Suisun Bay, California, to prepare the ship for tow. From there, it was towed […]

  • A model of the USS Des Moines located in City Hall (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    USS Des Moines Memories Kept Alive by Veterans Group

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The USS Des Moines has not been in service for the United States Navy since the year 1961. Those who served for years aboard the ship tried to save the vessel, but it was cut up for scrap metal in 2007. “Des Moines’ job was to protect the fleet carrier attack group,” said Jim Chapman, a U.S. Marine who was stationed aboard the USS Des Moines in the late 50’s. “We provided large-caliber gun fire if […]

  • Fort Dodge Eighth Graders Use Music Video to Stop Bullying

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- Two Fort Dodge 8th graders decided they had enough of bullies in their school, so they decided to do something about it.  Fort Dodge Middle School had an incident in January where bullying was caught on video.  Though they were not involved in that incident, the girls said they felt compelled to act. Amanda Nava, and Tatyana Mosley spent time watching a music video called “Never Ever,” by  youth motivational speaker Keenan West, of Cincinnati OH. They […]

  • Fort dodge Plant still

    New Zealand Company Agrees to Purchase Fort Dodge Plant

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — A veterinary medicine production facility, which was set to close at the end of the year, is now pending sale to a company from New Zealand. The Fort Dodge City Council has agreed to a financial assistance package, which is up for approval by the Iowa Economic Development Authority on Friday. The new company would create 30 jobs in the plant. The Boehringer Ingleheim Riverside Production facility had been doing contract production work for another company. […]

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