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  • David Sieck, of Glenwood (Roger Riley WHO-HD photo)

    Glenwood Farmer Wins Special Election for House District 23

    GLENWOOD, Iowa-In a Special Election held Tuesday, Glenwood Farmer David Sieck defeated Steve Adams of Red Oak to replace Rep. Mark Costello, who was elected to the Iowa Senate to replace Joni Ernst.  The total was 1082 votes for Sieck, and 404 votes for Adams, according to the Iowa Secretary of State. “I’ve been involved in economic development and rural issues over the last 20 years,” said Sieck. He said he wants to represent rural Iowa in Des Moines. “I’m […]

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    Ames Schools Seeking Waiver to Start School Early

    AMES, Iowa- The topic of school start dates has had the whole state talking, from the State Fair, to the Statehouse, to schools all across Iowa.  Educators are seeking early starts to allow more instruction, while some are seeking to start school after the State Fair has concluded. Monday night the Ames School Board got an update from Supt. Dr. Tim Taylor who is attempting to apply for a waiver from the State Dept. of Education, so Ames can start prior […]

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    Des Moines Proposes New Taxi Ordinance

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines is considering classifying all vehicles for hire under one code ordinance.  Jennifer McCoy, City Traffic  Engineer presented the proposed new code to a City Council workshop Monday morning. The new ordinance could make life easier for transportation service Uber after concerns were raised when they first launched in Des Moines last September. McCoy offered a new definition for vehicles for hire:  “A business entity that offers vehicle transportation services, including but […]

  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (file photo)

    Listen to Audio: WI Governor Scott Walker Hosts Iowa Telephone Town Hall Meeting

    MADISON, Wisconsin- The Governor of the State of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, spoke with Iowans last week  in a telephone conference call about a possible run for President. Speaking from Madison Wisconsin he shared how he had been elected, survived a recall, and was re-elected amid opposition on a national level. “They brought bodies and resources, threw everything they could,” said Walker. “Last year I was the number 1 target in America, they were afraid if I got elected again, it would […]

  • Iowa Beef Expo Kicks Off Week-Long Run in Des Moines

      DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Beef Expo started the first full day run in Des Moines Sunday.  The event, which can draw an estimated 17,000 people to the State Fairgrounds, began as a bull sale.  It is still a bull sale with some other events mixed in. Dennis Larson of Laurens serves at President of the Iowa Beef Breeds Council, the organization which runs the Expo.  “They buy their bulls for instance this time of year, because they want […]

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    ISU to Add Course on Iowa Caucuses

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The President of Iowa State University, Steven Leath, reported to the Iowa Board of Regents this week that ISU would be launching a course around the Iowa Caucuses.  Leath called it the first-ever  Massive Online Open Class (MOOC). Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt will teach the course, which will launch next fall. “It will cover topics on the history and future of the caucuses,” said Leath. “It will deal with the role of the news media, campaign […]

  • Iowa State University Forker Building (Roger Riley photo)

    ISU Building Projects Fueled by Increasing Enrollment

    AMES, Iowa– Enrollment at Iowa State University has kept the constant need for new and remodeled building space. Fall enrollment at ISU was 34,732 this past fall, an increase of 1,491 from last year. Senior Vice President Warren Madden told the Iowa Board of Regents this week how the enrollment remains a challenge at the school. “Some campus buildings have been constructed more than a century we have some very modern new buildings, and buildings more than 75 years old,” […]

  • Members of the Iowa Motor Truck Association line up by the State Capitol to give rides to lawmakers (Roger Riley photo)

    Truckers Give Rides to Iowa Lawmakers

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Outside the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday a line of 14 semi-trucks waited not for cargo, but to pick up riders.  The Iowa Motor Truck Association brought a line of 18 wheelers to give rides to lawmakers. “We’re doing this as a way to show folks how important the industry is,” said Brenda Neville, President of the IMTA.  “Everything we get on a daily basis comes from a truck.” Rides were scheduled between 10:30 and 2 pm.  Lawmakers […]

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    Family Leader Gives Bibles to Iowa Lawmakers

      DES MOINES, Iowa- The Family Leader today organized volunteer lobbyists to deliver Bibles to  Iowa legislators.  Each lawmaker was to receive a Bible embossed with their name, presented in person by their constituents. The group also planned to present Bibles to Judges as well. The money to purchase the Bibles was raised by donors. The organization held a rally at the State Historical Building prior to walking up to the Capitol. Founder of the Truth Project, Dr. Del Tackett […]

  • August Bergman House in Newton

    Newton Effort to Save The Bergman

    NEWTON, Iowa – A group called the Newton Historical Society is trying to stop the possible demolition of a historic Newton home. The Bergman House on First Avenue East has been regarded as a landmark building and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally it was home of August Bergman. Bergman helped start the company that eventually became Maytag.  Bergman died in 1932 after a successful business career and a stint in politics. He once considered running for governor. His home was regarded […]

  • ISU Coach Fred Hoiberg meets with media before practice Thursday

    Cyclones Aren’t Looking Past TCU

    AMES, Iowa-  Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn’t have to remind his players not to look past this weekend to Kansas. The Cyclone men take on TCU Saturday in the conference, the Horned Frogs are just 1-6.   Last weekend they played at Texas Tech, the worst team in the league and lost 78-73. Wednesday night TCU narrowly lost to Kansas 64-61. “I don’t think we’re gonna have to say anything the rest of the year,” said Hoiberg.  “If you don’t show up with […]

  • Former Spaulding Plant in Grinnell will be developed to loft apartments (ROGER RILEY/WHO-HD)

    Former Buggy Plant to be Developed into Loft Apartments

    GRINNELL, Iowa- A former horse-drawn buggy plant in Grinnell is being developed into approximately 80 loft-style apartments. Grinnell City Manager Russ Behrens said the city is working with Hubbell Development on the project. The city had been looking for someone to develop the property west of downtown Grinnell. “We are anxious to see the property improved,” said Behrens.  “It has largely been a nuisance property for more than 20 years.” The building has a colorful history. The Spaulding Company originally produced […]

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