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  • Lynn Campbell shows off her prize giraffe she bought in Paris, it was just sold.

    Highway 141 Sale: A New Purpose for Old Stuff

    GRIMES, Iowa- The 12th Highway 141 Garage Sale is underway.  Thirteen communities along the central Iowa highway all come together with garage sales on the same two days, Friday and Saturday, in the first weekend in August. “I’m kind of a treasure hunter, a bit of an entrepreneur,” said Lynn Campbell of Grimes.  Her day job at Iowa State University promoting science, technology, Engineering and math education in Iowa.  “I really don’t like things going to the landfill,” said Campbell. […]

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    Walldogs Paint Walls in Centerville

    CENTERVILLE, Iowa — Downtown Centerville is the canvas, and the artists belong to a group called Walldogs.  Once a year a group of artists gathers in a community to literally paint the town.  In this case they are painting historic works of art tied to the history of Centerville. This group began it’s work in southern Iowa in the town of Allerton in 1993.  It has continued with artists from around the nation and world at various locations in the […]

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    Governor, Lt. Governor Highlight STEM Progress

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad, and Lieut. Gov. Kim Reynolds used their weekly news conference to focus on three years of the STEM initiative in Iowa. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The governor said there are were over 3,000 classrooms, involving more than 100,000 students taking part in the initiative in the previous school year. “Every one of the STEM programs rolled out to educators across Iowa this past year has met or exceeded its […]

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    Indianola Balloons Ready to Lift Off

    INDIANOLA, Iowa- The National Balloon Classic Grounds were kind of quiet on the first day of competition. The first ascension is not scheduled until 6:30 p.m. Friday. Bill Clemmons, the race director, said nearly a hundred balloonists are expected. It is his task to organize different types of competitions such as object drops on targets. Friday night an event is scheduled called “Tip The Outhouse.” The event is sponsored by Jim’s Johns. The event is designed to offer more entertainment […]

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    Homemade Ice Cream Crank-Off

    CLIVE, Iowa – It is the middle of July, and most people like a sweet way to beat the heat. WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie came up with the idea to make something which most people in Iowa love: homemade hand-cranked ice cream.  Van and Bonnie staged a “crank off” for several people from across Iowa to come and pit their ice cream recipe against others. Contestants cranked the ice cream in the first part of the radio broadcast, and […]

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    Plans for Regional Airport Near Oskaloosa Moving Forward Despite Opposition

    MAHASKA COUNTY,Iowa – Initial plans for the proposed South Central Regional Airport near Oskaloosa have been sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for review. The proposed $35 million project is to be built north of Oskaloosa next to Highway 163. The idea for an additional airport has been around for about ten years. It came about after several Pella-based companies realized the Pella Airport was too small for some aircraft they wanted to land there. The new facility would be paid […]

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    Newton Residents Help Build New Playground

    Residents of Newton have been talking about this for a long time. Now it is becoming reality. Last week old playground equipment was removed, this week the new equipment is being installed in Maytag Park. The Newton Park Board approved and the City Council said okay to spending $92,000 dollars on the project. Nathan Unsworth serves as the Newton Administrative Parks Supt. He put out a request for volunteers on the city’s website. The request asks for volunteers to work […]

  • Part of the United Airlines Flight 232 plane landed in an Iowa farmfield in 1989. (WHO-HD)

    Part of Historic Downed Flight Landed in Iowa Farm Field

    ALTA, Iowa —  Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa.  One-hundred and twelve people died in the crash, while many were saved.  The aircraft’s tail fin engine encountered an explosion over Buena Vista County, causing shrapnel from the engine to damage all three hydraulic systems controlling the plane. Many have heard of the heroics of the flight crew and ground rescuers in sparing so many lives at Sioux City.  Part […]

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    Minburn Train Depot Moves to New Stop

    MINBURN, Iowa – A 100-year old building is getting another chance of life. Crews in Minburn spent Thursday morning relocating the train depot from its original spot along the tracks to a new location on the Raccoon Valley bike trail. Workers will then renovate it with a new cafe and bathrooms for the riders. The last train went through the city a few years ago and organizers wanted to do something to remember it. “The depot is where we started. […]

  • Governor Kicks Off Sweet Corn Season

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Governor Terry Branstad officially ushered in the 2014 Sweet Corn season in Iowa during WHO Radio’s Big Show Wednesday.  Fresh picked sweet corn from Deardorff’s in Adel was cooked and served on the west steps of the State Capitol Building. The Governor said he has eaten sweet corn his whole life, saying he loves to promote Iowa sweet corn. “Of course we have a lot of great products in Iowa, but sweet corn this time of year […]

  • Employees of Barr Bike in Clive take a spin on the Terra Trike.

    More Cyclists Opting for Three Wheels

    CLIVE, Iowa — Two reasons why three wheels are becoming more popular can be found at one Des Moines-area bike shop. First, more and more people of retirement age are looking to stay active.  Second, central Iowa has developed a network of trails which lures more people off the sofa, and onto a bike. The owner of Barr Bikes, Dave Hoss, says he saw sales of the recumbent three wheelers start to take off about four years ago. He has […]

  • Wild Rose Casino representatives and other local dignitaries break ground for the new Casino in Jefferson. (Roger Riley/WHO-HD)

    Groundbreaking for New Jefferson Casino

    JEFFERSON, Iowa — Groundbreaking was held Thursday for a new $40 million casino on the north edge of town.  The 71,000 square foot facility will including gaming and entertainment space. The casino is the first to be approved by the Racing and Gaming Commission in several years.  Local residents voted over 75% to allow a casino in Greene County, and Wild Rose was selected as the vendor. The new venue is expected to add 275 jobs with a $7 million […]


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