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  • Reike Plecas of the Friends of Palmyra Church seeking funds for restoration of the 1870 church.

    Volunteers Seeking to Restore Historic Palmyra Church

    PALMYRA, Iowa- A volunteer group is seeking to repair the historic Palmyra Church in Warren County.  The last congregation to meet here, left in 1979.  The church has a roof in need of repair.  The structure is on the National Register of Historic places, so restoration must be done according to standards. $20,000 is needed for a new roof, another $10,000 for other repairs. “This structure is really in dire straits,” said Reike Plecas, Chair of the Friends of Palmyra […]

  • Ames Residents mark "Platting Day" in the City.

    Ames Wrapping Up 150 Year Celebration

    AMES, Iowa- Ames Mayor Ann Campbell hosted a ceremony outside the Ames History Center to mark the final chapter in Ames’ 150th Birthday Celebration.  The City will create a time capsule that will mark life in Ames in the year 2014. Included in the capsule will be newspapers, pictures of the Cyclones on Parade Statues, and a program from the last VEISHEA ever. ” A number of calendars of events for things that happened this year, grocery ads, the things […]

  • Chris Martin in front of the smal walk-in cooler which now serves Food at First in Ames. (Roger Riley photo)

    Walmart Prize Means More Cooler Space for Ames Food Program

    AMES, Iowa- For Food At First in Ames, the $20,000 Wal-Mart grant will mean the addition of more cooler space.  Food at First serves with a free grocery program three times a week, and serves meals daily at the First United Methodist Church. “Food that would be thrown away, but that is still usable, and we turn that food into a daily meal,” said Chris Martin who is the volunteer director of Food at First.  “The food that we don’t […]

  • Sylvester the Elf watching the town of Ackley to see who is naughty and nice. (Roger Riley photo)

    Elf Gets Kids Attention on Behalf of Santa

    ACKLEY, Iowa- Residents in the north central Iowa town of Ackley are all thinking about who is naughty, and who is nice, due to a special visitor there.  Santa Claus has sent a scout elf named Sylvester to check on the town. Sylvester the Elf will perch at a certain location each day, and then fly back to the North Pole at night, to report who is naughty and nice.  The next morning the elf is back in a new […]

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    Pipeline Meetings Concluding, Regulatory Hearings Months Away

    NEVADA, Iowa — A series of informational hearings on the proposed crude oil pipeline across Iowa are continuing this week. Meetings Monday were scheduled in the towns of Nevada, Boone, Sac City, and Rockwell City. Prior to Monday’s pipeline informational meetings, members of the Laborers International Union Local 353 of Des Moines held a news conference at Nevada to tout the positive benefits of the pipeline.  Projections call for 4000 jobs as the 300 mile pipeline cuts across Iowa from […]

  • A wreath was laid by a statue of Glenn Miller to mark the 70th Anniversary of his disappearance.

    Clarinda Native Son Glenn Miller Remembered

    CLARINDA, Iowa — At the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum there was a wreath-laying ceremony  Sunday to mark 70 years since the Clarinda native disappeared.  Glenn Miller was a popular band leader in the 40’s who volunteered to serve his country in the Army-Air Force Band. Miller’s plane was lost on December 15th of 1944.  His memory is kept alive in Clarinda. The house where he was born has been restored, and there is a museum to house his memorabilia, which […]

  • The Holiday Wishing Tree at the Ft. Dodge Public Library

    Fort Dodge Library Tree Attracting Holiday Wishes

    FORT DODGE, Iowa – The library is a good place to find  a book or something to check out but, the library in Fort Dodge is asking people to leave something. On December 2, the library put up their Holiday Wishing Tree. Patrons can grab a blank ornament shaped like a tree, or snowflake, or a train and write their wish. They hang the ornament on the tree. “Its given people a chance to stop and think, and just really think […]

  • A lawsuit out of Hollywood has been filed over a Des Moines restaurant's name (WHO-HD)

    Hollywood Actor Files Lawsuit Over Jethro’s Restaurant

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Popular Des Moines restaurant group Jethro’s made headline news in Los Angles and Beverly Hills Tuesday after the website TMZ published a story about the 60’s TV show character Jethro Bodine. The actor who played Jethro, Max Baer, apparently had an exclusive deal with CBS to launch a series of restaurants, hotels and casinos themed around the show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” in which he appeared. TMZ reported it had a copy of the lawsuit Baer filed […]

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    Iowa Cattle Producers Discuss Sustainability

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Cattle Industry is holding it’s annual meeting to talk about many issues producers are facing.  One issue is a growing buzzword: sustainability. At a round table discussion the topic was examined, and one thing became clear: sustainability means different things, to different people. A panel of four looked at different takes for different groups. Sara Place of Oklahoma State University is an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems. “It’s a balance between economics, social […]

  • St. Anthony Principal Joe Codaro gets his mustache painted at a school assembly on Monday.

    St. Anthony School Gives Charitable Twist to No-Shave November

    DES MOINES, Iowa- No-Shave November brought on an idea for the male staff at St. Anthony’s school in Des Moines.  They launched a mustache contest. The male teachers decided the contest would be one to help one of the school’s students.  Jesus Acosta is battling leukemia, so the money would go to help his family as he has been getting treatment. “We got to thinking why don’t we change this into something that can help Jesus,” said Joe Cordaro, Principal […]

  • City Council Delays Action on Uber Ordinance

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council will delay action on a new transportation ordinance.  The city statutes are under review due to a new service called Uber which delivers rides to customers via  a smart phone app. City of Des Moines Traffic Engineer, Jennifer McCoy, presented a proposed new city ordinance to allow for Transportation Company Network operations in  Des Moines.   The transportation company network are new firms which dispatch on a digital platform. The new ordinance […]

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    “No Room at the Inn” Fills Up West Des Moines Church

      WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- This weekend the Valley United Methodist Church hosted “No Room at the Inn.”  Over 400 nativity scenes were on display.

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