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  • Total Eclipse Narrowly Misses Iowa- in 2017

    AMES, Iowa- It is over two years away, but sky watchers are already laying plans to view a total solar eclipse across the middle of the United States.  The celestial event will take place on Monday August 21of 2017.  The Total Eclipse zone will clip just a few acres on the far southwest corner of Iowa.  One online map shows around 3 square miles or so southwest of Hamburg as the only spot in the state in total eclipse. No […]

  • Visitors check Pella's tulips in bloom this week (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Pella Tulips in Bloom A Week Before Tulip Time

    PELLA, Iowa — The entire city of Pella is awash in color.  Tulips have blossomed out a full week before the annual Tulip Time Celebration begins. Festival organizers are optimistic that there will be tulips to see next week. There are a number of beds with many green tulips, yet to show their color. Also, those who run the annual flower fest say there are many more things to see besides the flowers. This year the Tulip Time Parades will […]

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    Ames City Hall Marks 25th Anniversary

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames is celebrating the 25th anniversary of 515 Clark as City Hall. The building at one time served as Ames High School, and was also once Central Junior High School. In 1988, residents of Ames approved a $6.85 million bond issue for the purchase a rehabilitation of the building, which was left empty for a number of years. As part of the Tuesday ceremony, a new plaque was unveiled which marks the building’s history […]

  • Mural at Tom Evans Plaza in Ames to be removed. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Saying Goodbye to Downtown Mural

    AMES, Iowa- A celebration will be held on Saturday in downtown Ames to mark the removal of a mural at Tom Evans Plaza. The mural was painted by two artists in the year 2003. The commercial downtown building is in need of some surface repair, meaning the mural has to be removed. The mural is large, covering two stories of the building. It depicts the founders of the City of Ames, John Blair, and Cynthia Duff, and scenes from the […]

  • Story County Conducts Mock Child Abduction Drill

    STORY COUNTY, Iowa — A group of Story County Sheriff’s deputies and community volunteers came together Monday to train for an event they hope does not happen. The Sheriff’s Office is staging a mock child abduction at a rural location in northern Story County. Officers will be talking to a family which has a missing child. Volunteers will stage a phone bank to field calls from the public. “Today is the last of 3 mock drills,” said Capt. Barry Thomas […]

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    Governor, Fix Our Post Office! Comments on a 99 County Tour

    SIBLEY, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad, and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds talk to many people about many subjects while on their 99 county tour. Last week in Sibley, Iowa was no exception. The Governor addressed the hot topic of avian influenza, which hit a farm in Osceola County. He told them he and his staff are monitoring the situation to do everything possible to stop the spread of that. A number of topics came up, including one that had nothing […]

  • Major Fire in McCallsburg for Training

    MCCALLSBURG, Iowa — A fire has destroyed a grain elevator in McCallsburg, but this one was for training purposes. Fire departments from 18 communities, are on hand to do a controlled burn of the Key Cooperative structure.  That company had suffered the loss to fire of one of their structures this week due to a fire at its Gilbert facility. The McCallsburg fire was planned long in advance.  Firefighters gathered around 8 a.m. to map the strategy of how to […]

  • Sara Merritt of Reiman Gardens by tree house display (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Down to Earth Treehouses Debut at Reiman Gardens

    AMES, Iowa-Reiman Gardens is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  Part of the celebration will include eight treehouses scattered around the grounds.  The tree house concept was born as it is something young people appreciate, and it’s often their first experience of being out in nature. The tree houses are being designed by local people, around some type of cultural observance. One is a giant jack-o-lantern, which encourages kids to climb around inside, and up the to top, where they […]

  • Fire is out at the KEY Cooperative in Gilbert (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Co-op Planning Removal of Fire-Damaged Grain Elevator in Gilbert

    GILBERT, Iowa – Fire destroyed a grain bin at the Gilbert Key Cooperative on Wednesday. On Thursday, officials are meeting with insurance and other contractors to determine how to safely remove the damaged structure. Firefighters responded to the scene in the 200 block of Main Street at about 4 p.m. Sunday after a neighbor spotted the fire and notified co-op employees. More than 10 area fire departments responded to the fire. The fire was mostly extinguished Wednesday evening but crews remained on […]

  • A worker disinfects a vehicle leaving the chicken farm in Oseola County (Roger Riley WHO-HD

    Governor Branstad: State Government Working Together to Stop Avian Flu Spread

    SIBLEY, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad made a stop Osceola County Wednesday, some 14 miles away from the farm hard hit by avian flu. The Governor, along with Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds had a prior schedule to speak to the Sibley Rotary Club. The Governor said he is getting full briefings from a member of his staff who attends meetings and conference calls on the handling of the incident. The farm will need to destroy 3.8 million egg-laying birds on […]

  • What One Dollar Bought in Perry

    PERRY, Iowa — The former Perry US Post Office, and later School Administration office has now been turned into an events center. Two women learned the old post office was up for sale, with not much for funds, they bid $1 to the building owner, the Perry School District. The women, Jenny Eklund, and Mary Rose Nichols also shared a dream of turning the vacant building into an event center. The Perry School Board accepted their bid unanimously. “Every single […]

  • Parking Ramp at 5th and Court in Des Moines

    Des Moines to Consider Increase in Parking Rates

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The City Council will meet Monday to discuss possible rate increases for downtown parking in the city of Des Moines. The City Traffic Engineer Jennifer McCoy will report to the City Council Workshop, stating that revenue from downtown parking has been declining since 2010 and is not sufficient enough to sustain needed improvements to downtown parking structures. Des Moines has seven downtown parking structures, four of those are over 30 years old.  Each ramp is expected […]

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