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    Study: Arts Impact Central Iowa Economy

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Arts in Central Iowa has a $121 million dollar impact on the region, according to a new study by BRAVO, an organization dedicated to helping the arts and culture in central Iowa. The study shows 2336 people are employed in arts related work in central Iowa, and the various programs draw 3,700,365 people. Of the arts patrons over 750,000 were from out of the region, so the arts draws people to the area. “It’s a significant economic […]

  • Lights are shining at the Dayton Festival of Lights. Vandals wrecked the lights on 11.15.15, but volunteers stepped in. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Lights Shine in Dayton After Vandal Strike

    DAYTON, Iowa- Christmas lights were shining Thanksgiving evening in Dayton, as planned. This after vandals struck the park on November 14th in the overnight hours, damaging dozens of decorations. The community pulled together with donations, and volunteers to help put up a new light display. The Webster County Crimestoppers has offered a $1000 reward leading to the conviction of whomever did this.  People may call 515-573-1410, or Dayton Police at 515-547-2624.  You can call Crimestopers anonymously 515-573-1444 or  this link […]

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    Cyclone Community Marks 30 Years Since Tragic Plane Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Members of the Cyclone & running communities gathered to mark the 30th year since seven members of the Iowa State University Women’s Cross Country Team were killed in a plane crash in a Des Moines neighborhood. The team was returning from Wisconsin where it had just finished second in the NCAA Tournament. Two planeloads of the team landed successfully, the third did not. On board the plane which went down, runners Sue Baxter, Sheryl Maahs,and Julie Rose. […]

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    What Ever Happened to Iowa’s 100th County?

    ALGONA, Iowa- You’ve heard a number of politicians do a “99 County Tour of Iowa.” But many may not realize, Iowa once had 100 counties. After Iowa had already formed as a state in 1846, Iowa formed 51 counties, which covered the entire state, in the year 1851. One of those counties was named Bancroft County, it was located north of Kossuth County, to the Minnesota State line. “The western part of the state, the counties were established by the […]

  • Volunteers work on Thursday's Parks Community Thanksgiving meal (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Still Spaces Available at Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner

      DES MOINES, Iowa — Requests for meals at the Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner are down a little, so there is still time for people to sign up. The dinner is prepared and served in Chuck’s on 6th.  Most of the meals are delivered to the central Des Moines area. This year 3,400 people have signed up, last year they served around 3,850 people.  Around 300 or so will actually dine at Chuck’s.  The rest will have meals delivered to them. […]

  • David Hunter works on his School House Rock 50's diner getting ready for a grand opening. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Afton’s Old School Takes New Life as Diner

    AFTON, Iowa- David Hunter was looking for a place to open a 50’s diner, he drew a circle on the map between Kansas City, and Minnesota.  He began looking for properties, and found the old Afton School. “We have other ventures, and I need to be somewhere in the middle of there, so I drew a circle on the map, hey we need to be in here,” said Hunter. Afton East Union Schools has a new campus on the east […]

  • "The Living WIndows" will take place Thursday evening in Knoxville. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Knoxville Living Windows & Parade Usher in Holidays

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa — A holiday tradition takes place in Knoxville Thursday with the annual “Living Windows.” The event gets underway around the square from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be followed by the Lighted Parade at 7:30 p.m. This will be the public’s first chance to get a look at the newly renovated Grand Theater, which will be hosting Santa Claus during the “Living Windows.” The event will feature carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, kiddie rides, kettle korn, and a petting zoo, […]

  • Portrait on old barn east of Dayton. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Artist Explains Who the Man is on the Old Barn

    DAYTON, Iowa — For the past year or so a man’s face has adorned an old barn east of Dayton. Some think it’s Abraham Lincoln, others maybe Ringo Starr. “It’s a print of an artist named Henri Toulouse-Lautrec that was made by a pop artist named Peter Max, just noticed it once, liked it, remembered it,” said Des Moines artist, and graphic designer Curt Peterson. Peterson was visiting the farm where his mother spent part of her childhood. They noticed […]

  • Kids on the "Gyroid" part of the Geometry Playground at the Science Center of Iowa (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Geometric Playground Looks At Learning From a New Angle

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A new exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa lets kids experience angles and shapes, and how they work. The Geometry Playground’s featured piece is a 10 foot tall green climbing structure called the Gyroid. It shows how spaces and arc designs can make for interesting exploration. “Kids are sometimes playing, and they’ll have an aha! moment, where they realize something that they didn’t understand before,” said Emilee Richardson, of the Science Center of Iowa. “It’s […]

  • Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, and DOT Diredtor Paul Trombino place the last piece of the Highway 20 4 lane on a map. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Final Piece of US 20 Four-Lane Highway To Be Finished by 2018

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- Tuesday the Iowa Department of Transportation, along with Governor Terry Branstand, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds kicked off the “Final Forty” project to pave a four lane road over the last 40 miles of Highway 20, which is still two lane. The stretch runs from west of Early, to Moville. “The project was made possible by the Iowa Legislature voting to increase the gas tax during last session,” said Governor Terry Branstad. “It took effect March 1, […]

  • Damage to Dayton's Christmas decorations early Sunday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Dayton Rallying After Vandals Damage Christmas Display

    DAYTON, Iowa- Vandals damaged dozens of Christmas decorations in the Dayton City Park sometime early Sunday morning.  Plastic candy canes, wooden Christmas figures, and many lights were smashed or knocked over by vandals. Vandalism also spread to the nearby Dayton Rodeo Arena, where two buildings were vandalized. The town of Dayton is planning a meeting for 7 pm Monday in the Community Building to try to come up with a plan to repair or replace the damage in time for […]

  • Fans watch Iowa defeat Minnesota in a big day in Iowa City for the Hawkeyes. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    PHOTO GALLERY: Memorable Day for Hawkeye Fans

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Hawkeyes experienced history on Saturday when they won the largest ever attended wrestling match, beating Oklahoma State 18-16. Then, also in Kinnick Stadium when they defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 40-35. The Hawkeyes are now 10-0 for the first time in school history.


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