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    Fall Colors Arrive in Kossuth County

    ALGONA, Iowa — Fall colors arrived this week in Kossuth County. One source in the County conservation office said some trees are past peak in the fall color show, as they have enjoyed brilliant colors most of this week. Share your Fall pictures on our Facebook page.

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    Hwy. 5 Proposed Interstate Designation Would Ban Farm Equipment

      ALTOONA, Iowa- The City of Altoona is looking at another way to promote the town’s economic development efforts.   One idea getting favor here is to change the Highway 5 Bypass from Altoona to the southwest metro into an interstate designation. A similar designation is carried by I-235  through downtown Des Moines. “For Altoona it’s about economic development,” said Mayor Skip Conkling. “It enhances the commercial development along that simply because it’s designated interstate highway,” said Conkling. The idea […]

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    Mowrer Holds Early Voting Rally

    BOONE, Iowa — Democrat Congressional Candidate Jim Mowrer of Boone kicked off the first day of absentee voting in Iowa for the mid-term Congressional elections Thursday. Mowrer hosted a rally across the street from the Boone County Courthouse, before leading the group to go vote. “Voting is important,” said Mowrer. “Voting early is an easy way to get it done 40 days out, it’s Election Day today and every day between now and November 4,” he added. Regarding Mowrer’s opponent, […]

  • Abby Lee of Ames tells Ames Public Library Director, Lynne Carey, how she likes the new study areas where she can plug in her computer on the table.

    Patrons Give Thumbs Up to Ames’ New Library

    AMES, Iowa- For the past year and a half the Ames Public Library has been a store-front operation in a strip mall across from DOT Headquarters.  As of September, the Library books and staff have relocated back to it’s original location at 515 Douglas Avenue. The Library used an $18 million bond issue, $1 million in library bequest gifts, and $1 million in private donations to fund the $20 million project. “We took the original 1904 building, 1940 building, and […]

  • Glamour Camping Comes to Iowa

    CHARITON, Iowa- It’s a term that has emerged in recent years, Glamour Camping, or for short “Glamping.” The website Glamping.com describes it as ” It’s a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can’t live without.” Nick Cattell of Chariton was not aware of glamping either- until one day he did a Google search. His question was, “what to do with a big building?”  His building was a former restaurant turned motel, which […]

  • Paula Brown stands by her Jeep Wranler as she talks about this weekend's Jeep show in Nevada.

    Nevada Jeep Show- Fun with All Things Jeep

    NEVADA, Iowa- Paula Brown of Story City commutes in her jeep from Story City to an Ames bank, where she works.  Her shiny red Jeep Wrangler was bought last November. “Mine’s a daily driver, we have a toy that we play with off-roading,” says Brown. She says she likes to take their other jeep off beaten path. “We’ve traveled to several different states and done off-roading,” said Brown There will be a meeting of kindred spirits this weekend in Nevada […]

  • Fort Dodge- Iowa’s Destination for Off Highway Vehicles

    FORT DODGE, What to do with an abandoned Gypsum Mine near Ft . Dodge? Some local off road enthusiasts had an idea, take the old surface mine, and using it for off highway vehicles. That would be motorcycles, ATVs, and side by sides.  The idea evoked a meeting of some attorney’s over the main concern, liability in a often times a dangerous sport. Dennis Plautz, CEO of the Greater Ft Dodge Growth Alliance said an initial meeting was held with […]

  • Tiny Circus, Big Production at Ames School

    AMES, Iowa — It’s not every day students get to make a movie, using camera, and paper and scissors. That is the story this week as Lisa Teske’s art students at  St. Cecilia school are making a stop action movie.  The group Tiny Circus from Grinnell is in town to help students learn two skills, how to collaborate with one another, and make a stop action movie.The action started on Wednesday when the students were asked to lay down on the […]

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    Fantasy Coffin Construction at Iowa State University

    AMES, Iowa- Students at ISU’s Integrated Studio Arts Department got an international lesson from Eric Adjetey Anang, who is a builder of elaborate coffins in the country of Ghana. One lesson students learned is that some hand tools are getting harder to find, due to more and more power tools being sold. The hand tools are important to Anang who learned the woodworking skills in a shop started by his grandfather. “What I am doing is building pieces of coffins […]

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    Lucas County’s Hay Bale Art Contest

    CHARITON, Iowa- Lyle Assell’s cousins sent him a picture of something called hay bale art, with the caption “what farmers do when they are bored.” A challenge was issued for Assell to tackle something like this where he lived. Next thing you know Assell is heading a committee to launch a hay bale art contest.  These are the giant round bales. When the idea was announced in Lucas county, organizers got some strange looks.  Once some of the artwork started […]

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    Valley West Mall Job Fair Saturday

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- Valley West Mall is hiring. So many stores are needing extra help, the Mall is holding a job faith Saturday Noon to 4 pm.  Two dozen stores are participating in the fair. “It will be a great time for somebody looking for a full-time, part-time, or holiday jobs,” said Trisha Barton of Valley West Mall Office.  “Some of them will have on-the-spot interviews,” she added. Barton said the need for more employees is being driven by […]

  • ISU President Outlines Steps to Deal with Record Enrollment

    AMES, Iowa-President Steven Leath Friday unveiled a long list of projects he is leading the administration to help Iowa State University deal with a record enrollment this fall. 34,732 Students are enrolled at ISU, it was announced this week at the Iowa Board of Regents meeting. The number one thing on Leath’s List is to hire more faculty.  When Mr. Leath came to ISU he pledged to hire 200 more faculty.  And since that time there has been 245 hired […]


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