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  • James Andrew, farmer from Greene County receives the award at an assembly in the Penningroth Center at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Governor Recognizes Iowa Farm Environmental Leaders at State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Over 90 farmers were recognized at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday for their efforts to improve and protect the environment in the state. The award was a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the Department of Natural Resources. Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Ag Secretary  Bill Northey, and Chuck Gipp, Director of the DNR were all on hand to congratulate the winners. The competition […]

  • Gary Keenan of Des Moines carved this likeness of Donald Trump as a bear at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Man Carves Donald Trump Bear-Like Figure

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Visitors to the Iowa State Fair have been stopping at the wood carver area to see a carving in the likeness of Donald Trump. Gary Keenan said he was having dinner with friends right before Trump came to the Fair. One of his friends challenged him to carve Trump’s likeness. “There wasn’t time for that,” said Keenan. “But I could do a bear.” Keenan spent three hours with a chainsaw and a piece of wood to […]

  • State Fair Board President Alan Brown presents Joni Bell with the Best New Food Award at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb Named Best New Food at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Ultimate Bacon Brisket Bomb has been named the best new food at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. The Brisket Bomb is the creation of Joni Bell, of the Rib Shack. The Brisket Bomb was one of 12 entries. The other two finalists were Corn in a Cup and the Coconut Carmel Cluster. “We worked over the winter and played with some different recipes,” said Bell. “I have a great team over there that helps me […]

  • Jerick Miller of Leon accepts the State Champion Auctioneer Trophy, and $1000 check for winning Tuesday morning. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Leon Man Named State Champion Auctioneer

    Jerick Miller of Leon accepts the State Champion Auctioneer Trophy, and $1000 check for winning Tuesday morning. (Roger Riley WHO-HD) DES MOINES, Iowa — Jerick Miller of Leon was named the State Champion Auctioneer at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday morning.  A group of 20 auctioneers sold dozens of items in the rain as bidders huddle under shelters. “To come here and be able to control your nerves and have a good run, is really an honor for me,” […]

  • Sand Sculpture at Varied Industries Building

    PHOTO GALLERY: Iowa State Fair Varied Industries

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The William Knapp Varied Industries Building can offer fair goers many things, including air conditioning and shelter from the rain. Also, there is such a wide variety of exhibitors offering all kinds of products and services. “I think Thursday and Friday were far more busy than what they were last year, there were just a lot of people here just to speak to the candidates to see them hear them speak,” said Nancy Vetter of Iowa […]

  • Keeping Cool at the Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The hot weather did not keep people away from the Iowa State Fair Sunday. Temps in the upper 80’s and high humidity had people looking for cool. The splash pad fountain by the grandstand had a lot of kids braving the water streams to seek cool. “There’s plenty of lemonade, and there’s shade to be found,” said Mary Thomas of Ankeny. She was watching her grandson play in the splashpad outside the Grandstand. “Just let him […]

  • Pipes along 13 Street in Ames will bring water from the new treatment plant into the city. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Wet Weather Not Slowing Ames Water Plant Construction

    AMES, Iowa — Heavy rains this summer have not slowed the construction of a new $72 million water plant for the City of Ames. The City’s Director of Water and Pollution Control, John Dunn said this week the work has gone amazingly well. “The contractor despite all the rain we’ve had, as kept pretty close to their original schedule,” said Dunn. The new plant started being talked about in 2008, when the city looked at updated the current water treatment […]

  • Empty cages this year due to poultry ban because of avian influenza. On right, Iowa Poultry Queen, Kambria Davies, of Clarinda (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Poultry Queen Promotes Industry Amid State Fair Poultry Ban

    DES MOINES, Iowa- One building at the Iowa State Fair is more quiet than normal this year. The poultry building has no birds to display due to a ban on poultry showing because of avian influenza. The poultry barn has rows of empty cages, but on each cage is a species of bird which could be displayed at the fair. 4H students are also making education presentations to judges on things like safe making of an omelet. Because there is […]

  • Early Birds Arrive at the Fair at 3:30 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The first fair goers to the 2015 Iowa State Fair began arriving at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The reason for the early hour was to be in line for a free breakfast.  In the past some early risers got free admission, but not this year. The Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters offered up free breakfast to the first 50 people in line.  At 5 a.m, when the doors opened, there were not 50 people there, so some wished they could […]

  • Okoboji Classic Car Display in recreation of Spencer IA circa 1964 (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Northwest Iowa Man Restores Classic Cars, Hometown

    WEST OKOBOJI, Iowa — Okoboji Classic Cars brings customers cars of the past, but also some towns from back in the 1960’s. Toby Shine began building the classic car dealership in 2012. Not only does he bring old cars back to life, he also re-created his hometown of Spencer, circa 1964. He also built a replica of the iconic Arnolds Park Roof Garden, and Fun House, also from the 1960’s. Shine commissioned contractors of the building to create facades of […]

  • Banner promoting America's Best Communities in Fort Dodge (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fort Dodge Competing for $3 Million Prize to Improve Neighborhood

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — Residents in a Northwest River District of Fort Dodge are in the running for a $3 million prize to help improve their neighborhood. The question city leaders have, is what would residents like to see to improve this area? “We are reaching out to the public to understand the needs that they see in the northwest river district,” said Carissa Harvey, Senior Planner with the City of Fort Dodge. A meeting will be held Thursday August 13 […]

  • Marston Water Tower at Iowa State University on left, Scranton Water Tower, on right. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Historic Water Towers Still Have A Role in Central Iowa

    SCRANTON, Iowa — Two steel water towers built in 1897 are still serving a purpose in central Iowa towns. In Scranton, the water tower constructed 118 years ago is the oldest working water tower in Iowa. It is the town’s only water tower. It has been inspected every year of late, but now consultants say every other year would be enough to assure this tower is still sound. At Iowa State University in Ames, the Marston water tower stands empty, […]


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