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    Marshalltown Students Start 2016 in New Building

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Students at Marshalltown Christian School started 2016 classes in a brand new building. The school had been operating in two locations in town, which were housed by churches. Now all the students are under one roof after a three-year, $1.6 million dollar fundraising campaign. “Every week we had to pick up for evening events, at churches, they can now have their own space,” said Dr. Joan Gerbo, who serves as co-director of the school. “They can have […]

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    Winterset Adds Commercial District to National Register of Historic Places

    WINTERSET, Iowa –The town of Winterset is already known nationwide as the home of John Wayne’s birthplace and the Bridges of Madison County. Now, the town is recognized for another reason. The city was notified that the downtown commercial district has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a national program that works to identify, evaluate and protect the nation’s historic and archeological resources. Numerous volunteers spent over 3,000 hours to survey 104 buildings in and around downtown Winterset. […]

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    Rubio: President Has More Agents Regulating Guns Than Fighting ISIS

    MASON CITY, Iowa — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was in Iowa on Tuesday when he accused President Barack Obama of putting more agents into gun control than into fighting ISIS. Rubio’s comments came after Obama issued an executive order to increase background checks on gun sales. “Outrage of outrage. They’ve assigned over 400 agents now to enforce this executive order,” said Rubio. “That’s more people than they’ve put in that special force that’s designed to go after ISIS.” Rubio spoke on […]

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    Cruz Kicks Off Week-Long Campaign Across Iowa

    BOONE, Iowa- Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a week of campaigning across Iowa.  Cruz began a 30-stop campaign week at King’s Christian Bookstore in Boone. The small store was packed with Cruz supporters and media. “I am thrilled to be back here in Iowa, and thrilled to be here in Boone. I’m thrilled to be here at this Christian Bookstore,” said Cruz. “I was looking up and seeing Joshua 24:15 on the wall, Choose this say who […]

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    Iowans Challenged to Take A Hike

    BOONE, Iowa — It’s a New Year, and what better way to start 2016 than exercising with a walk in the woods. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources hosted a series of walks again this year at state parks across Iowa. At Ledges State Park, near Boone, this was the first year to participate in the walk. “This is part of a national effort with the National Association of State Park Directors,” said Andy Bartlett, Ledges State Park manager. Hikers […]

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    Christmas: A Time to Be Together, But Some Are Away From Home

    MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — As a journalist working over the Christmas holiday, Channel 13’s Roger Riley has met some interesting people with some touching stories. He wanted to take a minute to share his stories: Truck driver Joshua Fernandez is spending his first Christmas away from his family. He is a truck driver hauling mail from Chicago to Oregon.  He will eventually make his way back home after New Year’s Day. I talked to Joshua while interviewing motorists for a story on […]

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    White Christmas Comes to Iowa

    CARROLL, Iowa- It’s a white Christmas for parts of Iowa.  Snow began falling in west-central Iowa around 9, spreading to Central Iowa in the morning. “It really gets everybody in the Christmas spirit, everybody’s getting on the road,” said Nancy Turner of the Glidden Country Store. “Beautiful this makes Christmas, this is putting everybody in a great mood.” Travelers had to deal with some slick roads. We’re gonna have a white Christmas we didn’t think so a week ago, said […]

  • Brad and Mary Mannatt made a $5 million dollar gift to the Newton YMCA (contributed photo)

    Newton YMCA Receives $5 Million Dollar Gift

      NEWTON, Iowa- The Newton YMCA has received a gift of $5 Million dollars as a capital endowment for maintaining the Newton facility. Brad and Mary Mannatt made the gift as a way to help help support the Newton Community. “We have been blessed by this wonderful gift from Brad and Mary and will be forever grateful to them for their years of volunteerism and financial support,” Newton YMCA CEO Frank Buckley said. “A gift of this size helps ensure […]

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    USS Iowa to Fire Guns For Hawkeye Pep Rally

    SAN PEDRO, California- The Battleship USS Iowa will welcome the University of Iowa Hawkeye fans to the Rose Bowl, by firing its 5-inch guns in celebration. These are the small guns on the side of the ship. A pep rally will be held on the dock in front of the USS Iowa on Thursday, December 31, from 12 to 5 p.m. The guns may be fired around 4 p.m. All Iowa fans are invited to the free rally. Food and […]

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    Clear Lake Finally Gets Iced Over

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa- Clear Lake was declared iced over on Saturday. With no ice or open water, no one is fishing there. “Just over the weekend Clear Lake iced over for the first time, but the ice wouldn’t be safe enough yet,” said Kevin Baskins of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Certainly there’s a lot of communities that rely on ice, and ice fishermen.” The Clear Lake City Water Department has kept track of the Clear Lake ice coming […]

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    Father and Son Rescued from Icy Marsh Sunday

    HASTINGS, Iowa- A father and son were rescued from some icy water on Sunday. The two were deer hunting in the Willow Slough area northwest of Red Oak in Mills County, breaking up the thin ice as they walked in the marsh waters. “Rather than going around the slough they decided to walk across it,” said Kevin Baskins of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “The water was relatively shallow as they first left the shore, as they got out […]

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    Santa Has One Elf Hard at Work In Jefferson

    JEFFERSON, Iowa — While Santa’s elves may be busy at the North Pole, he has at least one elf working very hard in Jefferson. Robbie Pedersen of the RVP Historical Furniture Shop has a list of projects to get done by Christmas. The goal is to deliver on the 24th of December. Pedersen tells the story of someone coming into his shop in December to place an order. “They ask me, can I get this done by Christmas?” said Pedersen. […]

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