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    Salisbury House Holiday Tour of Homes

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This weekend Salisbury House, along with several homes in that neighborhood opened their doors for the annual Holly and Ivy Tour. The event serves as a fund-raiser for the house, which has been a museum since the year 1998. The house was built from 1923 to 1928 by Carl Weeks as a home for his family.  In 1954 the home was sold to the Iowa State Education Association.  When that organization moved out, it became the […]

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    Winterset Airport’s Future Taking Off

    An aircraft takes off from the Winterset Airport (Roger Riley photo) WINTERSET, Iowa — The Winterset Airport may soon be getting an upgrade. The community is working with the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Des Moines International Airport to create a new regional airport, according to Winterset Mayor, Jim Olson. “Things are getting filled up and they need another regional airport,” said Mayor Olson.  “They want Winterset to be the Southwest Iowa Region airport.” According to the Mayor, the airport […]

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    Proposed Oil Meeting Draws Large Crowd in Newton

    NEWTON, Iowa — DMACC Auditorium in Newton was jammed with people wanting to hear more about a proposed oil pipeline across Iowa, Thursday morning. The proposed pipeline will carry 320,000 barrels of crude oil across the state daily. Nearly 350 miles of this pipeline would run through 18 of Iowa’s counties. The Iowa Utilities Board hosted the meeting to explain the process for deciding if the project should move forward. The series of meetings are not legal hearings, and do […]

  • Ground Broken on New Motel in Winterset

    WINTERSET, Iowa — A new 39 bedroom Cobblestone Inn Motel will be built in Winterset on the town’s northwest edge by the Highway 92 bypass.  City leaders have been working with a builder’s group for a year to land the project. Winterset has also seen development by Iowa’s larger chains including Caseys, Kum and Go, and for the first time Hy-Vee is building a store. Mayor Jim Olson says  tourism is a factor. “We aim to capture some of the […]

  • Voting in the Maxwell Community Building on the Collins Maxwell Bond Issue. (Roger Riley photo)

    Collins-Maxwell Voters Decide $7.9 Million Bond Issue

      MAXWELL, Iowa- Voters are going to the polls in Collins and Maxwell Tuesday to decide on a  $7,950,000 bond vote to make improvements to the High School-Middle School Building in Maxwell. The money would be used to install a security entrance, two new science classrooms, an addition to the cafeteria, and updates to the heating and cooling, including the installation of a geothermal system. “We’re trying to focus on all corners of the building,” said Jason Ellingson, who is […]

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    Story City Christmas Tree: A Century Long Tradition

    STORY CITY, Iowa- Story City is marking 100 years this Christmas having a lighted Christmas tree in downtown. It was in 1914, Story City first erected a lighted Christmas tree in the middle of Broad and Pennsylvania Streets.  One hundred years ago electricity was new, and not common, so it was unusual to have an electrically lit tree, according to the  Museums of Story City website. “The first municipal tree in 1914 drew many visitors to Story City from miles […]

  • Cyber Monday Popular at West Des Moines Business

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- West Des Moines chocolate retailer Chocolate Storybook has participated in Cyber Monday now for three years, and so far results have been great. The store blasts out an email on Thanksgiving night to catch the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday shoppers.  For Chocolate Storybook, the clear winner is Cyber Monday. “We had a local company place an order for 25 chocolate gift bundles and it was over $2500,” Said Steve Shearer, owner of […]

  • Iowa Sends Four to Wrangler National Final Rodeo

    AMES, Iowa — Four Iowa natives have made it to the finals of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s the equivalent of making it to the  World Series or the NBA Finals for rodeo. The four include Cole Edge from Humboldt in steer wrestling, Kolin Van Ahn from Sac City in team roping, Wade Sundell of Boxholm in saddle bronc, and Tim O’Connell of Zwingle in bareback riding. Cole Edge’s Mom, Melanie Edge, says she’s very proud of her son […]

  • Betsy Hemping of Mitchellville displays Native American art at the Small Business Sunday in Des Moines. (Roger Riley photo)

    Small Business Sunday Comes to Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Shannon Stimple went to Small Business Saturday last year in the town of Stuart.  That left a big impression on her. “Thought that was really neat, the whole town turned out,” said Stimple. “So I kind of wished something like that happened in Des Moines,” said Stimple.  She created “Small Business Sunday.”  Small Business Saturday is conducted in the metro in Valley Junction and the East Village. The Small Business Sunday event featured around 20 or so […]

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    Webster City Lights Up Briggs Woods Campground

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa- The Webster City Chamber of Commerce has brought back “Lighted Drive at Briggs Woods Park,” for a second year.  Businesses and clubs set up Christmas displays in camping spots at the park.  The displays include a huge nativity scene, and a snowman who is shivering in the cold. There is no admission charge, however, donations are being taken for a local charity.  The Lighted Drive launched this weekend in conjunction with small business Saturday. The display runs […]

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    Badger Digging Out After Wednesday Snow

      BADGER, Iowa- Angela Marcocig had a busy day at her home in Badger getting her walk and vehicles shoveled out.  Northern Webster County got several inches of the white stuff.  All over town people were locating their shovels, and seeing if snow blowers would start. “My neighbor’s snowblower is broken,” said Marcocig.  “He was out here shoveling with me.” Marcocig said she plans to stay in town, but one family member had to change plans. “My Grandma was supposed […]

  • Passengers stand in line at Des Moines International for a flight out of town. (Roger Riley/WHO-HD)

    Snow Doesn’t Affect Des Moines Flights Departing for Thanksgiving

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Flights at Des Moines International Airport departed during the snowstorm Wednesday with little problem.  The airport did not appear to be at all crowded around the 7 a.m hour, as the snow was ending.  Travelers we talked to said the roads were a little slippery coming in from places like  Grinnell, and Tama.  One flier said he missed a flight to Denver, but was able to catch another one. “It wouldn’t have been so bad, but […]


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