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  • Marston Water Tower at Iowa State University on left, Scranton Water Tower, on right. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Historic Water Towers Still Have A Role in Central Iowa

    SCRANTON, Iowa — Two steel water towers built in 1897 are still serving a purpose in central Iowa towns. In Scranton, the water tower constructed 118 years ago is the oldest working water tower in Iowa. It is the town’s only water tower. It has been inspected every year of late, but now consultants say every other year would be enough to assure this tower is still sound. At Iowa State University in Ames, the Marston water tower stands empty, […]

  • The Ames water tower along North Dakota Street is being removed this week. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Water Tower Coming Down

    AMES, Iowa — A water tower over 50 years old is being removed by the City of Ames this week. Crews began work at 7 a.m. Tuesday to dismantle the water tower located just of North Dakota Street in northwest Ames. The water tower has not been used in 10 years. The City of Ames decided in 2003 to divide the community into two water zones, and the North Dakota tower could not be used due to its elevation. It […]

  • Iowa Turkey Farm Reopens After Avian Influenza

    MANSON, Iowa — An Iowa turkey farm has reopened after Avian influenza. The Brad Moline family farm near Manson was restocked with turkeys on July 31. The six barns have 28,800 brooder poults, which are up to five weeks old, and 14,400 finisher turkeys, which are 5 to 20 weeks of age. “On May 29 our world changed,” said Brad Moline.  “We discovered the fact there were 90 dead turkeys in one of the barns.”  Moline said he swabbed samples […]

  • Webster County Residents Cleaning Basements after Seven Inches of Rain

    OTHO, Iowa — The National Weather Service reported seven inches of rain fell in Otho overnight. People in nearby Kalo, and the town of Otho, said they had never seen that amount of rain fall in their communities. “This is the worst it’s ever seen, I’ve lived here for 50 some years it’s the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said Norma Birnbaum of Otho. “You walked out and it was like in a lake.” In Otho, basements were flooded and […]

  • Flash Flood Warnings After Seven Inches of Rain in Webster County

    AMES, Iowa –The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Webster County after seven inches of rain fell on the town of Otho overnight.  In Ringgold and Taylor Counties, three inches of rain has fallen prompting a Flash Flood Warning for those counties. The National Weather Service has also issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southwest Story County and Southeast Boone County until 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The area has already received over two inches of rain. Ames […]

  • National Balloon Classic Pilots Hit the Mark

    INDIANOLA, Iowa- The National Balloon Classic is known for its night glows, and mass ascensions, but in the morning, pilots are all business.  Pilots Thursday morning met to learn of the competition for the morning.  Due to wind from the west balloons were launched from west of Indianola.  The pilots had a task, to put markers on three targets in the area. One target was in northwest Indianola, another was at the Balloon Field, a third was east of the […]

  • Walgreens Pharmacist Nicole O'Tool hugs Walgreens customer Jennifer Scott who collapsed in the store on July 11 (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cardiac Arrest Patient Thanks Walgreens Employees for Saving Her Life

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Walgreens employees were recognized Wednesday morning for their efforts to save the life of a customer in cardiac arrest. On Saturday, July 11 Jennifer Scott entered the store. “Miss Scott came to the counter and stated she didn’t feel well and then went down,” said Pharmacist Nicole O’Toole. O’ Toole called 9-1-1 then determined Scott did not have a pulse and was not breathing, she began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR. Another Walgreens employee, Jackie […]

  • Boone Man Donates a Rain-Proof Piano

    BOONE, Iowa — Chuck Behm had a piano he was planning to throw away. The piano tuner and technician works on lots of pianos, but disposing of a working piano did not seem right. Behm had read about communities in Iowa having outdoor pianos. He noticed in each account, it was mentioned the piano came with a weather cover. “I’ve always thought this was an idea that didn’t seem very feasible here in Iowa.” said Behm. “The weather can change […]

  • House Fire at 321 M Avenue in Nevada (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Nevada Fire Department Battles Fires in Ames and Nevada Monday Night

    NEVADA, Iowa — Fire crews from Nevada answered house fire calls in Ames and Nevada Monday night. The Ames Fire before 7 pm damaged a house at 114 8th Street. As crews were preparing to leave that scene, Nevada was called back to town to assist with another house fire at 321 M Avenue. Upon arrival fire crews found flames engulfing the back of the home. No one was injured and no pets were injured. According to Nevada Public Safety […]

  • Six year old Oliver Moehlis in red held a Lemonade Stand to raise money for DMARC (contributed photo)

    Oliver’s Lemonade Stand Challenge

    DES MOINES, Iowa — When 6-year-old Oliver Moehlis heard the Des Moines Area Religious Council was cutting back on food provisions for the needy, he wanted to do something. Oliver heard on the news that DMARC was cutting back food supplies to those in need by 25 percent. Saturday he launched Oliver’s Lemonade Stand. He raised over $100. Oliver told his Mom that he would like to raise enough money to provide a million meals, so he is challenging other […]

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    RAGBRAI Takes Detour to Visit Sutliff Bridge

      SUTLIFF, Iowa- While many of the RAGBRAI throng of riders kept on the main route, some took the time to visit Sutliff.  This historic bridge was built in 1898 for $12,000. In 2008 floods on the Cedar River washed out a span of the Sutliff Bridge. “The bridge was built in 1898, and the village formed around the bridge,” said Sarah Brannaman, of the Sutliff Bridge Authority. RAGBRAI’s 2015 ride concluded Saturday in Davenport. Johnson County Conservation Board worked […]

  • RAGBRAI Video Highlights 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The RAGBRAI 2015 ride of 462 miles across Iowa is complete.  The riders enjoyed pleasant weather with temperatures in the 70’s and low humidity for the first part of the trip.  That was countered by the hills of northwest Iowa. The riders visited overnight hosts, like Storm Lake, Fort Dodge and Eldora.  They were also welcomed in Cedar Falls, Hiawatha, and Coralville. Some smaller towns got to participate as well, including Fonda, Williams, and Ackley. There were […]

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