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    Ash Tree Future May Depend on ISU Seed Bank

    AMES, Iowa – For a number of months we’ve been learning more and more about the Emerald Ash Borer.  This insect is in Iowa, and boring into ash trees around the state.  It is expected this little pest will spread to most of Iowa’s ash trees, which will mean the loss of many of the trees. Tivon Feeley is in charge of forest health for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. He says that an “unlikely scenario would be that […]

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    Ames Police Add Extra Enforcement for Holiday Weekend

    AMES, Iowa – This is a big weekend in Ames celebrating it’s 150th Birthday. Ames Police want to caution drivers to be careful with drinking and driving. Extra officers will be on patrol this weekend under a grant from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Ames Police Commander Geoff Huff said, “we’ll have some extra staffing out, part of the ‘Drive Sober Don’t get Pulled Over,’ we’ll be out looking for impaired drivers.” Officers will be on the streets from Thursday […]

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    Ames Celebrates 150 Years this Weekend

    AMES, Iowa- The year was 1863 when John Insley Blair found himself traveling along with Congressman Oakes Ames. The two selected a plot of land near Squaw Creek and the Skunk River for a railroad depot. That depot later grew into the town of Ames. Though Massachussetts Congressman Oakes Ames never set foot in the town bearing his name, he donated a bell to the town’s first church. This weekend the City of Ames will look back in celebration during […]

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    Braley Tour Focusing on Social Security

    AMES, Iowa – Democratic Congressman Bruce Braley continued his campaign for the Iowa U.S. Senate seat opened up by the retirement of Senator Tom Harkin (D). His opponent is Republican State Senator Joni Earnst of Red Oak. Braley made stops in Ottumwa, Ames and Mason City to discuss protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for seniors. In Ames, Rep. Braley met in a small group setting with seven Democrats to affirm his position that social security benefits should not be […]

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    Governor Launches Zero Road Fatalities Goal

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Branstad has launched a new effort to reduce the number of deaths on the roads. The program is called “Zero Fatalities” and is supported by the departments of transportation, health and public safety. “Having no traffic fatalities on Iowa roads may sound like an unattainable goal but when you think about the goal you have for your family it’s always going to be zero fatalities,” Governor Branstad said. The program encourages Iowans to slow down, […]

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    Chicken Art at Des Moines Art Festival

      DES MOINES, Iowa –  Sally Linville of Lyons, Kansas took a college lab project at Kansas State University, and turned it into a line of art. “Chicken Footstools” is as the words suggest footstools to rest your tired feet, they just look like big chickens.  Linville developed the first two, Henny and Penny with cloth sewn together on top of brass feet. Linville along with her mother are at the Des Moines Art Festival for the first time this […]

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    Lightning Strike Sparks Ankeny House Fire

    ANKENY, Iowa – Quick action by the owner of a north Ankeny home is credited with keeping fire damage from being much worse. A lightning bolt struck the owner’s home at 416 NE 24th Court at about 3 p.m. Thursday. She was home and when she smelled smoke she called the Ankeny Fire Department. Deputy Fire Chief Rob Chiappano said the firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack and were able to knock the flames down. The very tip of the […]

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    Oskaloosa Tries Out New Bus Service

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa — A new bus service has begun in Oskaloosa. A group of community leaders met to discuss transportation needs in the city. It is estimated currently 6% of the people and Mahaska County do not have access to vehicle transportation. As a result of those meetings a new two year pilot program was formed. The service runs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It runs on an hourly loop throughout the community. It stops at places like Penn Central […]

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    Gov. Branstad Gives Update on Iowa Flooding Situation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held their weekly news conference Monday to brief the media on flood relief efforts by state government. Joining the morning briefing was Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director, Mark Schouten. This past week the governor and Schouten toured flooded areas of northwest Iowa, including Rock Rapids and Rock Valley. The governor said he was “moved by the outpouring of support the communities are receiving.” He added that […]

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    Water Safety the Focus at World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

    ALTOONA, Iowa – Water safety is a big deal at the Altoona Campus Aquatic Park. On Friday, the pool joined thousands of others across the country in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. A busload of Southeast Polk students were in the water on a beautiful Friday morning. According to Director of Aquatics Mike Foote the purpose of the event is raise awareness for students and parents on the importance of knowing how to be safe around the water. “The idea […]

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    D-Day Celebration at the Iowa Veterans Home

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – It was a day of memories for two special veterans at the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown. Freddie Lindsey, 92, grew up in Des Moines and Sioux City. He remembers D-Day vividly. He and his unit were laying mine wires on Utah beach. The enemy “shot our boats to pieces,” said Lindsey. He found himself sinking to the bottom of the water with a 40 pound backpack strapped to him.  He was able to grab his knife […]

  • SHARK TANK: School Business Project Gives Back

    As the school year comes to a close, Iowa Falls students are learning how to give back while learning math. Eight grade math students in Laura Scott’s class at Riverbend Middle School started a project based on the business-themed show Shark Tank. Students created their own products and started their own business. Mrs. Scott says all the businesses were successful, earning more than $1,200. The students decided to give the money back to the community. One group bought supplies to […]

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