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  • Water Rescue Near Ames Due to Squaw Creek Flooding

    STORY COUNTY, Iowa- Gilbert Fire Department was called out to rescue a young driver whose car had washed off the road northwest of Ames.  Due to Friday’s heavy rainfall in Hamilton and Webster Counties the Squaw Creek went out of its banks and over 190th street. “We ‘re not specifically equipped for swift water rescue, so we paged out the Story County Dive Team,” said Ben Smith, Gilbert Fire Chief.  “We found their boat was a little too large for […]

  • Battling Cancer with Art and Design in Grinnell

    GRINNELL, Iowa- Grinnell Regional Medical Center has added a new Chemo-therapy Infusion Suite, which incorporates art and design to help patients battling cancer. The suite which cost $400,000 was built to meet the hospital’s expanding need for chemotherapy treatments, and at the same time to increase healing opportunities using art, and design. Todd Linden, CEO and President of the Hospital said the idea was driven by the Hospital Auxiliary, which raised $150,000 toward the project. The goal was to construct […]

  • ISU's Bio-Polymer Plant dedicated near Boone (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU Dedicates Pilot Plant Using Soybeans to Make Roads

    BOONE, Iowa- A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday for a new $5.3 million bio-polymer pilot plant at Iowa State University. The project is designed to show that soybean material can be refined to polymers, a substance used in asphalt, and in plastics. The plant is located at the Bio-Century Research Farm, which is west of Ames in Boone County. Seneca Petroleum, along with Argo Genesis Chemical helped sponsor construction of the new plant to show this type of work could […]

  • Railroad Crossing in Boone (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Coordinating For Rail Safety in Iowa

    ANKENY, Iowa- A number of law enforcement, emergency management, and federal agencies gathered for a day-long symposium on rail safety.  The group is working with the Federal Rail Administration to make sure Iowa agencies are on the same page when it comes to responding to any possible incidents along rail lines. “With the shipment of hazardous cargo on the rise, it is more important than ever to work with stake holders,” said Mark Schouten, of the Iowa Department of Homeland […]

  • Reiman Gardens' new model railroad installed by Applied Imagination  (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    New Model Railroad Blends in With Reiman Gardens

    AMES, Iowa — Work has been completed on a new $80,000 model railroad at Reiman Gardens on the campus of Iowa State. Workers from Applied Imagination spent three days installing a series of rails, trestles and local landmarks on the garden railroad. The exhibit includes local landmarks, including the ISU Campanile, Beardshear Hall, Morrill Hall, and back to Ames’ history with the old Dinkey Rail line which ran between campus and Ames. “What I love about it, it doesn’t matter […]

  • Iowa State University Poultry Farm is off limits to ISU students due to bird flu. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Avian Influenza Making Live Poultry Off-Limits to Iowa State Ag Students

    AMES, Iowa — The unprecedented avian influenza in Iowa this year has caused Iowa State to make the poultry farm there off-limits to students. Due to the 77 sites in Iowa struck by the disease, with the loss of millions of birds, ISU is keeping access to live poultry limited. Students will be learning through videos, textbooks, and working with companies in the industry to learn about the industry. The bird flu is also being used as a learning tool, […]

  • Toy Salesman Deane Suni, speaks to two boys at the Iowa State Fair with some advice to listen to their parents. (Jennifer Dockter-Lago photo)

    From the 2015 Iowa State Fair: Life Lesson From Toy Salesman

    DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Iowa State Fair, a Waukee mother and her boys got some wisdom from a very unexpected source. Jennifer Dockter-Lago and her two boys were passing by a toy stand, when her two boys said they wanted a toy. Dockter-Lago told them no, and they began to give their mother a hard time about that decision. Finally, mom decided it was time for the boys to have a time out. She sat them down on […]

  • Missy Seivert (L) with daughter Katie (R) won the Iowa State Fair Mother Daughter Look Alike Contest (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Last Day of State Fair With STEM, Mothers and Daughters

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The final day of the 2015 Iowa State Fair wrapped up under blue skies and cool breezes. Sunday was a day for STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).  Students had displays featuring robot games. Oscar the Robot, who has been wandering the State Fair, also joined in to guide young students to check out the STEM tent. “It’s a lot of us coming together to build this robot and play a game, its just a lot […]

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    New Students Welcomed at ‘Destination Iowa State’ Photo Gallery

    AMES, Iowa- Iowa State University welcomed the new class of incoming freshmen with an event called Destination Iowa State.  Some 600 staffers turned out to throw an outdoor welcoming party in the Iowa State Center complex next to Hilton Coliseum. The event featured a loud cheering welcome by rows of students clad in bright colors giving high fives to each new student. The event also had some games, and food.  “A little nervous leaving the parents and everything for the […]

  • Pie Eating Contest

    Sun Shines on the Iowa State Fair: Photo Gallery

    DES MOINES, Iowa- After some hot days, and some rainy days, Thursday was a beautiful day to be at the Iowa State Fair. Thursday is Iowa Parks and Recreation Day, and many contests for kids were featured, including the Big Wheel Races, and Pie Eating Contest.

  • Packing Meals for Outreach at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Packing Meals at the State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The meal packing organization Outreach has brought its meal packing effort to the Iowa State Fair.  This is the first year the organization has enlisted fair goers to pack meals. Each hour volunteers are asked to help pack around 250 meals in around 10 minutes. The food which is packaged is given to the Food Bank of Iowa to help meet the hunger needs of local families. Outreach is located inside the Varied Industries Building along the […]

  • Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey at the Turkey Stand at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    State Ag Groups Ready For Comeback After Avian Influenza

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Governor Branstad Wednesday stopped at the Turkey Leg stand at the Iowa State Fair to voice support Iowa farmers and families dealing with the aftermath of avian influenza. The Governor was joined by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, State Agriculture Secretary, Bill Northey, and Egg and Turkey industry officials to talk about how bird flu has affected the state. “We appreciated the perseverance of both the Turkey Federation, and the egg producers in our state,” said Branstad.  “Iowa […]


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