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  • Manning Touts High Speed Broadband, Seeks Telecommuters

    MANNING, Iowa — This past week rural Iowa has been under the spotlight, not just from President Obama, but also Governor Branstad.  Obama visited Cedar Falls to highlight that town’s rural high-speed connectivity.  Branstad continues to recognize Iowa Certified Connected Communities.  That means towns have taken inventory of their broadband and have at least a 10 megabit per second download. Manning was one of those towns recognized, but the rural Carroll County town is now taking its internet speed to […]

  • Bacon cooked for the BlueRibbon Baconfest at DMACC Culinary Institure

    DMACC Students Learn with ‘Bacon Explosion’

    ANKENY, Iowa —  What do you get when you put together 475 pounds of bacon, hundreds of pounds of sausage, along with 16 culinary students and their chef instructors? The answer: A “Bacon Explosion.” Chris Palar, Executive Chef  Instructor at DMACC’s Culinary Institute is coordinating the effort by his group to produce the meat specialty.  Each Explosion consists of 2 pounds of sausage stuffed with bacon bits, and wrapped in bacon.  It is then cooked off-site and smoked by Smoky […]

  • Cars line up for a car wash Sunday afternoon in Ankney (Roger Riley photo)

    Great Day to Wash The Car-Or Truck

      ANKENY, Iowa- A bright warm sun splashed across Central Iowa Sunday, causing many to stop to wash to car, or truck. At Sudzee’s Laser Wash in Ankeny, vehicles were lining up over the lunch hour.  Business owner Tony George had to direct traffic to get the vehicles to the shortest line. “It’s been so cold for so long,” said George. “The break in the weather,all that salt on the vehicles, it’s nice to get it off.” “The roads started […]

  • Middle School Students Leading the Way in STEM Education

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Seventh and Eighth grade students at Cowles Montessori  in Des Moines held an open house to demonstrate their robotic project.  There was just one problem, it wasn’t working. For Chloe O’Connor and Louise Bequeaith that was no problem.  They improvised. The two used allen wrenches and other parts to put into operation a sort of robotic assembly line. “My favorite thing is that it comes together at the last-minute, once it works it feels like, so good,” […]

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    Governor Certifies Story County as Connected Community

    NEVADA, Iowa- Governor Branstad came to Nevada to recognize Story County as a Certified Connected Community.   The Governor said Story County is only the second county to get the county-wide recognition.  The other county is Black Hawk. “Today we’re pleased to announced that Story County is being recognized as the 12th Certified Connected Community in Iowa,” said Branstad. “We remain committed  to bring high-speed broadband to every corner of the state.”  This past Tuesday the Governor revised his proposal […]

  • Ames Historic Main Street earlier this week (Roger Riley photo)

    City of Ames Seeking Historic Preservation Nominations

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames is seeking nominations for Historic Preservation Awards.  This would include buildings, which are at least 50 years old. The awards recognize historic preservation activities, including exterior and site work. According to a news release issued by Ray Anderson of the City Planning Department, any nominated property must be located within Ames’ city limits. Also, “have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, historic preservation, or adaptive reuse,” according to the release. The release also said, “the structural work […]

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    Coon Rapids Building Pipe Break Drains Water Tower

    COON RAPIDS, Iowa- A water pipe broke inside a vacant building in Coon Rapids emptying the town’s water tower.  Sometime Sunday night or Monday the pipe broke causing water to flood inside the building and out into the main street. An estimated 300,000  gallons of water spilled in a vacant former seed company office building.  The town’s water tower was drained of 250,000 gallons of water. The tower has since been refilled with pumps. The 25,000 square foot building is […]

  • Jeff Blum, Operations Manager at Puck Custom Enterprises shows manure handling systems operated from a tablet by broadband cell service.

    Broadband Powers Manning Company’s Service on Remote Farms

      MANNING, Iowa- Last week Governor Terry Branstad recognized the Carroll County town of Manning as the first town in Iowa under 5,000 population as a Certified Connected Community. That mean’s the town provides for residents and businesses high speed internet access of 10 megabits per second download. “Like the rest of Iowa, and the nation, the internet is a major portion of doing business anymore,” said Ron Reischl, who serves as President of the Main Street Manning Board of […]

  • Joyce Berger and Ruth Stephenson work the Lohrville Food Pantry (Roger Riley photo)

    Lohrville Out to Prove Something

    LOHRVILLE, Iowa- Ruth Stephenson of Lohrville has a passion to help her community. She and a group of women are out to help improve food and shelter in Lohrville.  They started with the Lohrville Food Pantry, they’ve also done some community gardens. But for one issue, they are seeking a helping hand. They are looking to show Habitat for Humanity that Calhoun County would be a good place for them to have a presence. At the  Lohrville Food Bank Stephenson […]

  • Gypsum City Off Highway Vehicle Park in Fort Dodge

    Iowa DOT Approves Funding for More Recreation Trails

    AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved $1.3 million dollars in funding for recreational trails in Iowa.  The Recreational Trail Program will be funding six projects in Iowa, according to a DOT news release. The largest amount is for the Mitchellville to Prairie City Rails to Trails acquisition in Jasper County for $450,599. $195,559 will go for Phase 3 of Trail Construction with the Iowa DNR at the Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The Iowa DNR AmeriCorps Trail Crew […]

  • State Senator Bill Anderson, Sen. Dist. 3 Pierson shows phone to kids Joseph and Eva (Roger Riley photo)

    Being a Lawmaker Can Be a Family Affair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The first day of the Iowa General Assembly can be a sort of open-house for lawmakers’ families.  In the Senate Chamber Monday morning Senators were sworn in, seats were assigned, and rules for the session were reviewed. For State Senator Bill Anderson (R) Pierson, that meant his kids Joseph and Eva had to keep really quiet during all the proceedings.  “My Dad always says that they are church babies, they’re very good we take them to church, […]

  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal offers an opening day gift of chocolate (Roger Riley photo)

    Senate Majority Leader Calls For Focus on Iowa’s Middle Class

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Senator Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs was re-elected as Iowa Senate Majority Leader.  In his speech to the upper chamber he called on Iowa Senators to focus on the middle class in this session of the legislature. “While some Iowans have benefited during the recovery from the great recession  Iowa’s middle class has been largely left out,” said Gronstal.  “So many Iowans are struggling financially that it hurts Iowa’s economy.” Gronstal praised Governor Branstad for […]

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