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  • Tiny Circus, Big Production at Ames School

    AMES, Iowa — It’s not every day students get to make a movie, using camera, and paper and scissors. That is the story this week as Lisa Teske’s art students at  St. Cecilia school are making a stop action movie.  The group Tiny Circus from Grinnell is in town to help students learn two skills, how to collaborate with one another, and make a stop action movie.The action started on Wednesday when the students were asked to lay down on the […]

  • Students at ISU's Design Center work to finish a coffin done in the design of an ear of corn during a special workshop this week.

    Fantasy Coffin Construction at Iowa State University

    AMES, Iowa- Students at ISU’s Integrated Studio Arts Department got an international lesson from Eric Adjetey Anang, who is a builder of elaborate coffins in the country of Ghana. One lesson students learned is that some hand tools are getting harder to find, due to more and more power tools being sold. The hand tools are important to Anang who learned the woodworking skills in a shop started by his grandfather. “What I am doing is building pieces of coffins […]

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    Lucas County’s Hay Bale Art Contest

    CHARITON, Iowa- Lyle Assell’s cousins sent him a picture of something called hay bale art, with the caption “what farmers do when they are bored.” A challenge was issued for Assell to tackle something like this where he lived. Next thing you know Assell is heading a committee to launch a hay bale art contest.  These are the giant round bales. When the idea was announced in Lucas county, organizers got some strange looks.  Once some of the artwork started […]

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    Valley West Mall Job Fair Saturday

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- Valley West Mall is hiring. So many stores are needing extra help, the Mall is holding a job faith Saturday Noon to 4 pm.  Two dozen stores are participating in the fair. “It will be a great time for somebody looking for a full-time, part-time, or holiday jobs,” said Trisha Barton of Valley West Mall Office.  “Some of them will have on-the-spot interviews,” she added. Barton said the need for more employees is being driven by […]

  • ISU President Outlines Steps to Deal with Record Enrollment

    AMES, Iowa-President Steven Leath Friday unveiled a long list of projects he is leading the administration to help Iowa State University deal with a record enrollment this fall. 34,732 Students are enrolled at ISU, it was announced this week at the Iowa Board of Regents meeting. The number one thing on Leath’s List is to hire more faculty.  When Mr. Leath came to ISU he pledged to hire 200 more faculty.  And since that time there has been 245 hired […]

  • Melons for Melon Mania marked with a red X,if they cannot be eaten. They are used for smashing.

    Melon Mania at Iowa State

    AMES, Iowa — While some ISU students may have headed for Welch Avenue or the dinning halls Thursday night, some came out for an event call Melon Mania. At Iowa State University there is plenty of research involving muskmelons. The university does not sell these melons, but this year they’ve found a purpose. Melon Mania is a fund raising event driven by members Beta Theta Pi. The fraternity is supporting an ISU based foundation called Establish and Grow in Uganda. “They […]

  • Members of the Ankeny Fire Department practice raising a semi trailer to free a trapped vehicle.

    Ankeny Fire Training: Lifting a Vehicle

    ANKENY, Iow — Members of the Ankeny Fire Department have been learning how to do a difficult task this week — lift a truck off another vehicle. Lt. Dan Schellhase said through a donation by TMC Trucking of Des Moines, the department was able to train on a high-risk, low frequency event involving a car which has run underneath a semi trailer. TMC provided a new flatbed trailer, the department obtained a wrecked car to be placed under the trailer. Schellhase […]

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    Ames Tribune Evacuated After Gas Line Explosion

      AMES, Iowa- The Ames Tribune was evacuated Thursday morning after a small explosion in front of the building. Around 10:30 a.m. workers heard what “sounded like a small explosion and noticed flames shooting up from the ground,” said Michael Crumb, editor of the Ames Tribune. He added the flames were near a piece of construction equipment, being used in the reconstruction of 5th Street in front of the Tribune offices. Crumb said newspaper employees called 911, and when police arrived […]

  • 9/11 victims remembered in Ankeny (Roger Riley/WHO-HD)

    Ankeny Remembers 9/11 Tragedy

    ANKENY, Iowa — The City of Ankeny hosted a 9/11 observance Thursday at the City’s Main Fire Station. Members of the public came to pay their respects not just to those who died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, but to those emergency personnel who serve Ankeny. Dennis Liberty serves as the Chaplin for the Ankeny Fire Department. He encouraged people to remember this day by trying to do all the good we can. He also said it is important that the […]

  • Governor Terry Branstad, along with ISU President Steven Leath break ground on the new  segment of ISU's Research Park

    ISU Expanding Research Park to Spur Economic Development

    AMES, Iowa- Iowa State University broke ground Wednesday on a brand new section of its Research Park on the southern edge of Ames. Governor Terry Branstad, ISU President Steven Leath joined a host of officials to break ground on a new building to bring economic development activity at ISU under one roof. The new ISU Economic Development Core Facility is a $12 million almost 50,000 square foot building which is billed as a “one stop shop” for business and industry […]

  • Southern Iowa: Rain by the Inch

    OSCEOLA, Iowa- Rain fell in buckets in Osceola Tuesday evening causing water to run over city streets.  One spotter near New Virginia reported 4.5 inches of rain, another report had Osceola at over two inches of rain. A street on the north side of Osceola had boiling caramel colored water running over it, coming from a nearby hill.  A manhole cover had jets of water shooting through holes in the cover. Several motorists were able to drive through the deep […]

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    Dinner Train Survival: Tale of Two Trains

    BOONE, Iowa — The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad (BSVRR) has been operating its Dinner Train since the mid-1990’s. The Dinner Train carried a portion of the 50,000 riders on the BSVRR last year.  While the Boone meal train has met with success that hasn’t been the case in other places. The Iowa Northwestern Dinner Train started in 2003 on a track which had been abandoned by Union Pacific.  The line served meals and gave rides out of the Spirit […]


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