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    Cherokee to Receive State Help When Tyson Plant Closes

    CHEROKEE, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s sending resources to a northwest Iowa town that is losing a major employer. Tyson Foods is closing in Cherokee in late September and taking 450 jobs with it. Tyson is also closing plants in New Mexico and New York. Branstad says the effort to help the displaced workers in Iowa will resemble those following the closure of a beef plant in Waterloo last May. “I remember going up there, and meeting with […]

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    Hatch Wants More Debates, Branstad Calls Opponent’s Campaign ‘Desperate’

      DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch is calling on the governor to hold more debates. Hatch says Gov. Branstad decided the location of the three debates without his input. They are at the Iowa State Fair, at a TV station in Sioux City, and with a TV station in Burlington. Hatch’s campaign wants more debates in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids to allow more Iowans to hear the issues. “We are open to more debates, we […]

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    Police Need Help Identifying Body Found in Des Moines River

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are hoping the public can help them identify the body of a man found in the Des Moines River Sunday afternoon. The body was discovered by a boater in the area south of SE 36th Street and Vandalia Road. Because the body was tangled in some debris, police could not reach it. The Des Moines Fire Department Water Emergency Team launched a boat and was able to recover the body. The body is […]

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    Council to Discuss Design Standards for Kettlestone Development Businesses

    WAUKEE, Iowa — The Waukee City Council is meeting for a work session this evening. On the agenda is an update on the Kettlestone project. Monday night’s focus will be on economic development. The city will discuss architectural and design standards that will be put in place for all businesses wishing to develop in the area. Officials say no companies have committed to moving in just yet. The Kettlestone development is going in near the new Interstate 80 interchange. The […]

  • Landowners, Operators Need to Update, Elect and Enroll Land in New Farm Programs

    AMES, Iowa – In early August, USDA’s Farm Service Agency will send every landowner and operator a summary of their acreage history. Farm Management Specialist Steven Johnson with Iowa State University says to make sure it doesn’t get thrown away. Recipients will have a chance to update their base acres or leave them be, and optionally to update yields. It’s part of the new farm bill, which did away with direct and counter-cyclical payments, as well as the ACRE program. […]

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    Ernst Campaigning After National Guard Duty

    URBANDALE, Iowa – US Senate candidate Joni Ernst is back campaigning after two weeks off serving in the Iowa National Guard. The Republican from Red Oak is a lieutenant colonel in the Guard. Ernst met with more than 150 people, many of them veterans, Monday morning at the Machine Shed in Urbandale. She spent most of her time praising veterans’ service to the country. Ernst closed her speech with a call for supporters to join her efforts to get to […]

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    Ankeny Requests Special Census

    ANKENY, Iowa – The city of Ankeny wants a new census count so it can get more money for road work. It’s expected to show the city has grown beyond its official 2010 count of 45,580 to about 52,000. Federal law allows government bodies like cities and counties to request a special census once every decade. Ankeny has done so regularly since the 1970s. The city will pay an estimated $865,000 for the survey. It could bring in an extra […]

  • Kudus at the Blank Park Zoo

    We catch up with the kudus after they get introduced to giraffes at the Blank Park Zoo.

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    West Des Moines Drivers Face Detour

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Some drivers will be taking a detour to start the work week. South First Street in West Des Moines from Railroad to Lincoln closed at 6 a.m. Monday. A detour takes drivers along Railroad, South 11th Street and Lincoln Street. The road is scheduled to reopen in two weeks on August 11th. Crews are replacing a railroad crossing.

  • Connie Wimer Spends Three Minutes in the Chair

    Before it was the Des Moines Business Record, it was a tiny newspaper with about 700 readers. The woman who bought it grew the readership to 20,000 and launched other publications, including DSM Magazine. She has nearly 20 professional awards and achievements and too many opinions on business and politics to count. Connie Wimer spends Three Minutes in the Chair.

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    Undercover Cop Pulls Over ISU Solar Car

    LA CROSSE, Wisconsin – Iowa State University’s solar car team got quite a surprise as they raced across the border into Wisconsin. The solar car was pulled over by police Sunday during the American Solar Challenge. Team Prisum says it was on a rural highway going about 35 miles per hour in a 55. Cars started to line up behind the team. One of the drivers stuck behind them was an undercover police officer. The officer stopped the team to […]

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    Passenger Killed in Eastern Iowa Crash

    WASHINGTON, Iowa – An accident in eastern Iowa claimed a life over the weekend. The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck driven by Timothy Milligan, 21, was attempting to turn around on G38 just west of Washington when it collided with a Ford Mustang driven by Craig Bartholomew, 37. Authorities say the two vehicles crashed head-on and both ended up in the ditch at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A passenger in the car, Dennis Albright, 46, was killed. The […]