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  • 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 […]

  • Train left to rust and vandals in Dickinson County.

    Photo Gallery: Abandoned Train in Northwest Iowa

    This once attraction has been left to rust on a siding in Dickinson County, Iowa. Other enterprises such as The Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad have been more successful in running a dinner train for visitors.

  • Boone's  JS8419 Steam engine takes on water after a run at Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad. (WHO-HD)

    Pufferbilly Days Homecoming for Boone Natives

    BOONE, Iowa- The 38th addition of the annual Pufferbilly Days is underway now in Boone. The celebration is named after Boone’s history with railroads.  A Pufferbilly was an Austrailian steam locomotive used in coal mines there. Locomotives were first called Billy Goats, then later Puffing Billys. This is a weekend for homecoming for those who grew up in Boone. Kurt Phillips the Executive Director of the Boone Chamber of Commerce said, “Pufferbilly days is just one big celebration of family […]

  • Members of the Boone American Legion at the Ceremony to Remember Our Fallen at Boone City Hall

    Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers in Boone

    BOONE, Iowa — It’s Pufferbilly Days in Boone, and many activities are planned for the weekend. But before most events occurred, citizens of Boone gathered on City Hall steps at noon Friday to remember Iowa’s fallen soldiers. The exhibit called “Remembering Our Fallen” features photos of Iowans who lost their lives serving in the recent middle east conflicts where our soldiers were deployed. The exhibit is located this weekend on the second floor of the Boone City Hall, during Pufferbilly Days. […]

  • Garage Sale along Highway 3 in Clarion. (WHO-HD)

    3 County Garage Sale on Highway 3 in 3rd Year

    CLARION, Iowa — Day One of the Highway Three Corridor Garage Sale got off to a blazing start Thursday.  Not only was the mercury climbing, the early-bird shoppers were so thick some sellers opened earlier than planned for the first day. In its third year, the sale runs along Highway 3 through Butler, Franklin, and Wright  Counties. Over 100 sales are listed on the master roster. In Clarion, 31 sales are listed. The Clarion Chamber has produced a map showing where […]

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    Two Languages, One Message: Shop Ames

    AMES-Iowa — Iowa State University student Ceci Du needed to find an internship project in her advertising major.  She looked at her own life to come up with an idea. She proposed creating an advertising guide of Ames businesses, done in English and in Mandarin Chinese. To her surprise, the idea was approved and produced. ISU has around 3,800 international students. As of last year’s stats almost 2,000 of those students come to Ames from the People’s Republic of China. […]


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