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    West Side Road Project Complete: 1 More Year on East Side

    ANKENY, Iowa- Through this fall construction work has continued on two big road projects on both ends of the metro Des Moines area.  Workers are wrapping up a season of work on the expansion of lanes on I-35 in West Des Moines.  Also work has been going on for three years on I-80 and 330  at Altoona. “West Des Moines will be complete, we’ll have some landscaping and earthwork to do next year,” said Andy Loonan of the Iowa Department […]

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    Cyclone City: Auction of Creative Cyclone Statues

    AMES, Iowa- Cy has been all over town this fall. Now the five of the 31 total  Iowa State Mascot statues are going to be auctioned off. On December 4th  five of the statues will be auctioned at the Ames Chamber of Commerce Business after Hours.  The event will be held at the Iowa State University Alumni Center, the  bidding starting at 6:45 PM. CyclONE City was launched as a project of Leadership Ames, a group designed to help mold […]

  • Southbound Rest Area Building nearing completion along I-35 near Alleman.

    Interstate 35 Rest Areas Nearing Completion

    ALLEMAN, Iowa — A large project to build rest stops on Interstate 35 north of Ankeny is near completion after almost two years of construction. Steve McMenamin is the rest area administrator for the Iowa Department of Transportation. He says crews still have a few things to complete before the southbound rest stop can open. However, the northbound rest stop has a way to go before completion.  Southbound may open after Thanksgiving, while the northbound stop will welcome travelers after […]

  • Creston Panthers Making First Trip to the Dome

    CRESTON, Iowa- It’s the first-ever trip to the Dome for the State Football Championships for Creston/Orient-Macksburg.  The 10-2 Panthers are headed to Cedar Falls to face Sioux City Heelan on Thursday. The Panthers lost the district championship to Dallas Center-Grimes but in the playoffs last Friday they came out on top 50-49 to advance to State. Head Coach Brian Morrison said, “We had an outstanding season.”  Morrison credits his team for coming back against Dallas Center-Grimes.  The head coach has players on […]

  • Union County Freedom Rock in Creston

    Creston Freedom Rock Dedicated on Veteran’s Day

      CRESTON, Iowa- The painting on the Creston Freedom Rock has been completed by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson.  The Rock’s dedication had to be altered due to the bitter cold wind.  The dedication ceremony was  moved indoors to Creston High School. Soresen spent a week in October painting the rock, depicting scenes from various wars. A large POW MIA symbol adorns the front of the rock along with an American Flag draped down. Dennis Abel of the Creston VFW Post […]

  • Drivers Look to DOT for Road Condition Updates

    AMES, Iowa — With snow and cold in the forecast drivers are looking for ways to keep track of road conditions.  The DOT is working to get more information to residents via social media and websites. Real time information is also available from Channel 13 here. At the Iowa DOT Operations Center monitors and sensors gather information about Iowa’s roads 24/7.  “It monitors all traffic related info state wide,” said Bonnie Castillo of the Iowa DOT Operations Center. “That includes […]

  • The City Park in Macksburg

    Madison County Benefits From Windfarm

    MACKSBURG, Iowa- Since 2013 MidAmerican Energy has been constructing a wind farm east of Macksburg.  So far 48 of 51 wind turbines are ready to go for a wind farm that will supply 119 megawatts of power. The construction and operation of the wind farm has been a boost to the Madison County economy.  “It’s been wonderful for Madison County.  The rental housing market has been almost totally absorbed with workers,” said Tom Leners of Madison County Development Group.  “We’ve […]

  • Mike Clark operates his remote-controlled golf  bag at Otter Creek Golf Course

    Last Day of Golf at Otter Creek

      ANKENY, Iowa- Otter Creek Golf Course wound down it’s 2014 season this Sunday.  The course does not open any during the winter due to treatments to it’s greens during that time. “It’s nice out, 45 degrees, no wind, no problem today.” said Mark Hill of Clive. “As long as it’s not wet you’re fine.” Hill’s golfing partner Mike Clark of West Des Moines not only plays the game, but also operates his remote controlled golf bag. He carries a […]

  • Iowa Military Veterans Band plays in the Star-Spangled Salute at the Civic Center Sunday.

    Veterans Day Week Kicks Off with Star Spangled Salute

    DES MOINES, Iowa- They come from all across Iowa to play in the Iowa Military Veterans Band. Kicking off Veteran’s Day week the Band played a Star-Spangled Salute of music to honor Iowa’s military veterans. “It’s out desire to honor all the veterans that were from Iowa,” said James Goodwin of Runnells who conducts the Band. “We really want each one of them to feel their contribution to the country was worthwhile.” The group played at the Des Moines Civic […]

  • Byron Houlgrave of the Des Moines Register shooting atop a wind turbine in Madison County IA

    What’s it Like on Top of an Iowa Wind Turbine? Check out this Video

    MACKSBURG, Iowa- MidAmerican Energy Thursday held an event to mark the near-completion of it’s 119.6 megawatt wind farm in Madison County.  The farm is located just east of the town of Macksburg. So far 48 of the 51 Siemens wind turbines are up and running. MidAmerican says when this latest project is complete 40 per cent of the company’s generating capacity will be from wind. Members of the media were invited to climb a 263 foot tall wind turbine.  First […]

  • Construction on the Ft. Dodge Crosstown Connector

    Construction on Fort Dodge Downtown Gets Underway

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — A major construction project in Fort Dodge is underway. The Cross Town Connector Project will link the Carl King Bridge coming off Highway 169 to the downtown and shopping area. Construction on phase one of the $5.5 million project means some businesses have limited access, and getting around can be a bit of a challenge. Today we’re talking to Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich to find out how this is affecting the community. Check back for […]

  • Senator Tom Harkin with Congressman Bruce Braley at a rally on the Iowa State University Campus

    Braley Campaign Stop at ISU with Sen. Tom Harkin

    AMES, Iowa- The last campaign stop for Bruce Braley came on a sun-splashed Iowa State University Campus. Some 50 -75 students and a few ISU staff were on hand for the event at the ISU Campanille. The day was also a milestone for the man who introduced Braley. “This will be my last political rally as an elected official,”  said retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. He also recounted how ISU was where he got his political start, “Now we’ve come […]


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