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  • Oak Park First Grade Student Ayak Ring colors the Thanksgiving placemats. (Roger Riley photo)

    Oak Park Students Use Art to Express Thanks

      Des Moines, IOWA- First Grade Art students at Oak Park Elementary have been using their talents this week to say “thanks.”  Sarah Skidmore’s students have an assignment: to color in place mats, to be used at Chuck’s Restaurant annual Thanksgiving Dinner. “We are making place mats that will be in place at each seat for people,” said Sarah Skidmore.  “We just want to give back to the community that gives so much to us.” Each student is given a […]

  • Van Hardin and Bonnie Lucas doing a live radio interview as a part of the decoration give-away contest. (photo by Roger Riley)

    Free Christmas Decorations For Johnston Family

    JOHNSTON, Iowa- Prior to 5 am a Johnston Family welcomed the WHO Radio broadcast of Van&Bonnie into their home as winners of a contest. Rick and Lisa Pundt entered the contest, answering some questions. “I don’t know how they drew the name,” said Lisa Pundt. “It was not something I expected, it was a great surprise.” She said they had put up a few decorations in the past, as well as some lights outside, but not like what happened to […]

  • Sour Notes still

    Altoona ‘Sour Notes’ Bring Sweet Sound to Seniors

      ALTOONA, Iowa- Two men who had been battling depression had a chance meeting one day. Larry Crawford of Ankeny asked his wife to bring him his songbook.  Crawford one day started singing in his room. Before he knew it, he was involving his neighbor Jimmy Poe of Des Moines, in the music. “I started singing and across the way I hear an echo,” said Crawford. “Jimmy was mimicking my songs, and I didn’t even know him.”  The two got […]

  • Volunteers from Interstate Battery help organize Hope Ministries pantry prior to Thankgiving

    Volunteers Prepare Free Thanksgiving Meals

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It was a big job calling for all hands on deck to get Hope Ministries ready for the big Thanksgiving Day feed. Volunteers were called in as help was needed for “turkey picking” to remove the meat from the bones of about 270 birds. Some of the volunteers started on the job Saturday. WHO Radio called for volunteers to come Monday, but after a couple of hours, with a number of early-rising Iowa State Students, the […]

  • Aging Population in Iowa a ‘Crisis’

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa isn’t ready when it comes to a growing aging population. That is the assessment of Iowa State University’s  Jennifer Margrett, who is  Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies.  Margrett chairs the ISU Department of Gerontology. “Actually I think it is a crisis,” said Margrett. “We have a growing demographic of older adults in this state, we’re one of the oldest states, particularly when you look at the 75-85 plus age group,” said Margrett. “We […]

  • ISU Post-Game Trash Pickup Funds Mission Trip

    AMES, Iowa- The game against Texas Tech is long over, and the fans are all gone. After Sunday morning church service, teens from CrossRoad Baptist Church don their old clothes and head to Jack Trice Stadium. The teens pick up trash in grass lots around the stadium.  They are also charged with picking up and stacking trash barrels so they are at the ready for the next game.  The crews find all sorts of things. “Mysterious things like in toilet […]

  • Iowa Army Guard Unit Welcomed Home

    BOONE, Iowa- It was a Thanksgiving week celebration in Boone for families of the Iowa Army Guard of Company B of the 248th Support Battalion.  The Guard sent 40 soldiers to Kosovo to serve for a year in aviation support. Iowa Army National Guard Brigadier General Steven Altman praised the unit for their high achievement while in Kosovo.  The management was scored a 97% efficiency, and logged 31% more flying hours than the soldiers who served their before the Iowa […]

  • Mike and Holly Heim of Heim's Christmas Tree Farm south of Glidden, IA

    Christmas Tree Farmers Learn on the Job

    GLIDDEN, Iowa — Mike and Holly Heims started in the Christmas tree business one year ago.  They started after setting out to buy an acreage and the one they got happened to have a long-time area Christmas tree farm. Ten days before opening, the Heims were Christmas Tree Farmers. The history of the farm kept customers coming to the new owners. “We knew there were still interested people they’d been coming out here for generations, to buy trees,” said Mike […]

  • Ada Hayden fishing still

    Fishermen Line Up for Trout Fishing in Ames

    AMES, Iowa- Fishermen lined the north shore of Ada Hayden lake on Thursday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources came with a truck load of trout to stock the lake. “We stock the trout in some of our urban locations in the cool months of the year,” said Ben Dodd, Fisheries Biologist with the DNR.  “It provides a nice opportunity for our young anglers, and our less-experienced anglers.” Dodd said the Ada Hayden lake is divided in halves by a […]

  • Volunteers package food inside Dallas County Courthouse (Roger Riley/WHO-HD)

    Food Insecurity a Concern in Dallas County

    ADEL, Iowa — Representatives from human service agencies across Dallas County are meeting Wednesday to talk about food insecurity in one of the fastest growing counties in Iowa.A recent survey indicates over 6,000 people are food-insecure in the county.  Most of those are people who live in rural areas, often with only a convenience store nearby. “When you think Iowa you definitely think agriculture, plenty of food to go around,” said Jennifer Walters who is Community Health Coordinator for Dallas […]

  • Original Boots designed at Western Edge in Ames

    Ames Store Boots Up Sales with Original Designs

    AMES,  Iowa-  At the Western Edge Stores in Ames and Humboldt the owners of the company wanted to do something to help their business stand out.  So, Melanie Edge, along with her son Clay, and his wife Jessica have started designing their own lines of cowboy boots. Western Edge has 3,000 pairs of boots in it’s store. They say by designing their own boots it has generated new sales. Western Edge works with Ferrini Boots of Dallas to come up […]

  • A sign at Junk Jubilee in Des Moines this weekend

    Junk Jubilee Show to Move to Bigger Space

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Junk Jubilee had so many vendors and attendees at this year’s show, it was hard to move at times.  Now the twice a year show in Des Moines will be moving to a larger venue. The show has been located in the 4-H Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Next spring it will move to the Varied Industries Building, also at the Fairgrounds.  The show will be held April 24-26. “We’ve got a waiting list for […]


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