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    PHOTO GALLERY: Baby Animals at the Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- There is nothing more appealing on a farm to a child than baby animals.  That is what drew families with young children to the Paul Knapp Center Thursday at the Iowa State Fair.  The floor of the indoor exhibit hall was filled with dozens of animals.  The idea was to let young children see newborn animals. On the floor were pens of baby ducks, baby chicks, newborn goats and their mothers, new born calf and mother, as […]

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    Former Congressman Neal Smith Talks Washington, Dam Projects

    MARION COUNTY, Iowa- The name Neal Smith has been a fixture in central Iowa since 1958.  It’s been almost 20 years since the Democratic congressman Neal Smith left office, but he is still leaving his mark on projects in Iowa. At a groundbreaking for the new Red Rock Hydroelectric Plant, Smith was recognized for passing appropriation monies in Washington in 1959 to construct the original Red Rock Dam. Smith also helped with federal funds to construct Saylorville Dam, and Rathbun […]

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    Ground Broken at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

    MARION COUNTY, Iowa- Lake Red Rock is known as a place for recreation on the water, now it will also be a source of energy. The Groundbreaking for the new Red Rock Hydroelectric project was held Wednesday morning near Pella. The project will be a retrofit of the current dam on Red Rock, which is owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project has been under discussion for a number of years in the Pella area. […]

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    Fair Auction Contest Showcasing Art of the Sale

    DES MOINES, Iowa — There was a lot of fast talking at the Iowa State Fair Tuesday morning and it wasn’t coming from any politician. Twenty two auctioneers from all over Iowa and the Midwest competed in the State Fair Auction Contest. Each auctioneer was given three items to auction off.  The money raised by the auction goes to support the Iowa Auctioneers Association. “The reason we have this is to showcase to the public what an auction is,” said […]


    Iowans Can Now Get Special License Plates Online

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Specialized license plates are hard to miss, especially as football season approaches. Plates can have a personalized message on a background with the Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Panthers, or a number of other schools. There are also causes like nature, education, fire fighters, ems, to name a few. People wanting to get one of these special plates will find it easier to obtain as the process is now online. Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino joined Governor Terry Branstad […]

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    Hatch Starts Early Debate with Branstad over Law Judges

      DES MOINES, Iowa- Democratic Senator Jack Hatch called on Governor Terry Branstad to reverse a decision regarding employment status of a state Administrative Law Judge. Hatch, who is running on the Democratic ticket for Governor said the decision to make an administrative law judge an at-will employee would mix politics into areas it should not be. This decision, said Hatch “is a continuous pattern of ignoring the rule of law.”  Hatch said making a law judge serve at the […]

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    Highway 141 Sale: A New Purpose for Old Stuff

    GRIMES, Iowa- The 12th Highway 141 Garage Sale is underway.  Thirteen communities along the central Iowa highway all come together with garage sales on the same two days, Friday and Saturday, in the first weekend in August. “I’m kind of a treasure hunter, a bit of an entrepreneur,” said Lynn Campbell of Grimes.  Her day job at Iowa State University promoting science, technology, Engineering and math education in Iowa.  “I really don’t like things going to the landfill,” said Campbell. […]

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    Walldogs Paint Walls in Centerville

    CENTERVILLE, Iowa — Downtown Centerville is the canvas, and the artists belong to a group called Walldogs.  Once a year a group of artists gathers in a community to literally paint the town.  In this case they are painting historic works of art tied to the history of Centerville. This group began it’s work in southern Iowa in the town of Allerton in 1993.  It has continued with artists from around the nation and world at various locations in the […]

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    Governor, Lt. Governor Highlight STEM Progress

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Gov. Terry Branstad, and Lieut. Gov. Kim Reynolds used their weekly news conference to focus on three years of the STEM initiative in Iowa. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The governor said there are were over 3,000 classrooms, involving more than 100,000 students taking part in the initiative in the previous school year. “Every one of the STEM programs rolled out to educators across Iowa this past year has met or exceeded its […]

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    Indianola Balloons Ready to Lift Off

    INDIANOLA, Iowa- The National Balloon Classic Grounds were kind of quiet on the first day of competition. The first ascension is not scheduled until 6:30 p.m. Friday. Bill Clemmons, the race director, said nearly a hundred balloonists are expected. It is his task to organize different types of competitions such as object drops on targets. Friday night an event is scheduled called “Tip The Outhouse.” The event is sponsored by Jim’s Johns. The event is designed to offer more entertainment […]

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    Homemade Ice Cream Crank-Off

    CLIVE, Iowa – It is the middle of July, and most people like a sweet way to beat the heat. WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie came up with the idea to make something which most people in Iowa love: homemade hand-cranked ice cream.  Van and Bonnie staged a “crank off” for several people from across Iowa to come and pit their ice cream recipe against others. Contestants cranked the ice cream in the first part of the radio broadcast, and […]

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    Plans for Regional Airport Near Oskaloosa Moving Forward Despite Opposition

    MAHASKA COUNTY,Iowa – Initial plans for the proposed South Central Regional Airport near Oskaloosa have been sent to the Federal Aviation Administration for review. The proposed $35 million project is to be built north of Oskaloosa next to Highway 163. The idea for an additional airport has been around for about ten years. It came about after several Pella-based companies realized the Pella Airport was too small for some aircraft they wanted to land there. The new facility would be paid […]


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