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    Iowa Camp Devastated by Tornado Gets New Storm Shelters

    LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa – A death at a camp in Maryland Tuesday evening will have some Iowans thinking back to a similar tragedy here. More than 100 kids were attending a Christian summer camp near Baltimore, when severe weather moved in. Camp counselors tried to get the children to a secure building but not all of them made it in time. One child died and eight others where hurt. Officials haven’t released the names or ages of those injured. In […]

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    Tornado Direct Hit on Two Grundy County Homes

    REINBECK, Iowa -  After 8 p.m. Sunday night several tornadoes roared across Grundy County. One touched down two miles west of Reinbeck. Chieft Deputy Tim Wolthoff said, “we were fortunate the twister did not hit the town of Reinbeck.” Wolthoff said damage in the county was confined to two homes.  One had some structural damage and huge trees blown over with the tops ripped off, which is a typical tornado signature. Wally Stensland was in the first house hit. He […]

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    Slater Hosts Old-Fashioned 4th of July

    SLATER, Iowa – Each 4th of July between 10,000 and 20,000 people come to the small Story County town of Slater on July 4. The town has hosted a July 4th Celebration for over 100 years. For a number of years the celebration was alternated between nearby Sheldahl, and Slater.  Over the last 10 years, it has only been in Slater. What brings so many people here? Bob Krause is the emcee for the day, he says for many it […]

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    Going Bananas at the Urbandale July 4th Parade

    URBANDALE, Iowa – The Urbandale July 4th Parade is one of the biggest in the area.  This year 125 entries stretched out over two miles.  One entry decided this was the year to literally “go bananas.” Dave Wells of the Aldersgate Church said they noticed each year at the parade, most people give out candy, no one was giving out fruit.  So this year the group got a trailer load of bananas to hand out to the thousands of people […]

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    Ash Tree Future May Depend on ISU Seed Bank

    AMES, Iowa – For a number of months we’ve been learning more and more about the Emerald Ash Borer.  This insect is in Iowa, and boring into ash trees around the state.  It is expected this little pest will spread to most of Iowa’s ash trees, which will mean the loss of many of the trees. Tivon Feeley is in charge of forest health for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He says that an “unlikely scenario would be that […]

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    Ames Police Add Extra Enforcement for Holiday Weekend

    AMES, Iowa – This is a big weekend in Ames celebrating it’s 150th Birthday. Ames Police want to caution drivers to be careful with drinking and driving. Extra officers will be on patrol this weekend under a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff said, “we’ll have some extra staffing out, part of the ‘Drive Sober Don’t get Pulled Over,’ we’ll be out looking for impaired drivers.” Officers will be on the streets from Thursday […]

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    Ames Celebrates 150 Years this Weekend

    AMES, Iowa- The year was 1863 when John Insley Blair found himself traveling along with Congressman Oakes Ames. The two selected a plot of land near Squaw Creek and the Skunk River for a railroad depot. That depot later grew into the town of Ames. Though Massachussetts Congressman Oakes Ames never set foot in the town bearing his name, he donated a bell to the town’s first church. This weekend the City of Ames will look back in celebration during […]

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    Braley Tour Focusing on Social Security

    AMES, Iowa – Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley continued his campaign for the Iowa U.S. Senate seat opened up by the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin (D). His opponent is Republican State Senator Joni Earnst of Red Oak. Braley made stops in Ottumwa, Ames and Mason City to discuss protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for seniors. In Ames, Rep. Braley met in a small group setting with seven Democrats to affirm his position that social security benefits should not be […]

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    Governor Launches Zero Road Fatalities Goal

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Branstad has launched a new effort to reduce the number of deaths on the roads. The program is called “Zero Fatalities” and is supported by the departments of transportation, health and public safety. “Having no traffic fatalities on Iowa roads may sound like an unattainable goal but when you think about the goal you have for your family it’s always going to be zero fatalities,” Governor Branstad said. The program encourages Iowans to slow down, […]

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    Chicken Art at Des Moines Art Festival

      DES MOINES, Iowa –  Sally Linville of Lyons, Kansas took a college lab project at Kansas State University, and turned it into a line of art. “Chicken Footstools” is as the words suggest footstools to rest your tired feet, they just look like big chickens.  Linville developed the first two, Henny and Penny with cloth sewn together on top of brass feet. Linville along with her mother are at the Des Moines Art Festival for the first time this […]

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    Lightning Strike Sparks Ankeny House Fire

    ANKENY, Iowa – Quick action by the owner of a north Ankeny home is credited with keeping fire damage from being much worse. A lightning bolt struck the owner’s home at 416 NE 24th Court at about 3 p.m. Thursday. She was home and when she smelled smoke she called the Ankeny Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Rob Chiappano said the firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack and were able to knock the flames down. The very tip of the […]

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    Oskaloosa Tries Out New Bus Service

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa — A new bus service has begun in Oskaloosa. A group of community leaders met to discuss transportation needs in the city. It is estimated currently 6% of the people and Mahaska County do not have access to vehicle transportation. As a result of those meetings a new two year pilot program was formed. The service runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It runs on an hourly loop throughout the community. It stops at places like Penn Central […]