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    MLB Grant Allows for Upgrades to North High Baseball Field

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The North High School baseball team is getting a Major League Baseball grant to renovate its field. The $16,250 grant will pay for an irrigation system and the grading and re-sodding of the infield. The district says the upgrades are much needed as the program is still trying to make a comeback after 2008 flooding devastated the field. “On behalf of everyone who has contributed to our efforts to improve our baseball field, we are grateful […]

  • State Softball Highlights: Dowling vs. Pleasant Valley

    Channel 13′s Michael Admire is in Fort Dodge covering the State Softball Tournament. Checkout highlights from Dowling vs. Pleasant Valley. Take a look at scores from all the games here.

  • State Fair Butter Sculptor Hard at Work

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This week Sarah Pratt got to work sculpting butter for the Iowa State Fair. Pratt says she started a little earlier than normal this year. On Sunday she spent about three hours in the Ag Building coolers with her ten-year-old twins. The girls wanted to help put the butter on this year and they were away at camp during the week. Pratt says with their help she thinks she’ll finish the cow Tuesday, which is way […]

  • Iowa DNR are testing the fish to determine if it is a longear sunfish. (Iowa DNR)

    Fish Not Seen in Iowa Since 1932 Believed to Have Been Caught in Mississippi River

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a fish that hasn’t been seen in the state for decades, may have been caught in the Mississippi River. Staff with Iowa DNR fisheries caught what is believed to be a longear sunfish earlier this month. Officials say if it is the longear sunfish it will be the first time the species has been positively identified in Iowa since 1932. “How it got here and where it came from […]

  • Lawmakers, Industry Groups Search for Long-Term Highway Funding Fix

    Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term highway funding bill, which would inject about eleven billion dollars into the Highway Trust Fund. The fund is supported by the federal gas tax, but is on the road to insolvency in August. This week, the Senate will deliberate on its own solution to the problem. For rural America, the highway infrastructure is in essence a central nervous system, and the Soy Transportation Coalition, based in Ankeny, wants a longer-term […]

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    Free Meals for All Students at 35 Des Moines Public Schools

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools will offer meals at no cost to all students at 35 schools and three early learning centers for the upcoming school year. The program is called Community Eligibility Provision and is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It covers the costs of breakfast and lunch for all students at these schools, which have been identified as having a high number of students living in poverty. The school also won’t have […]

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    Ames City Council to Consider Campustown Bike Safety Issue

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames city council will discuss bike safety in the Campustown area at its Tuesday night meeting. The council first brought up the issue in May after businesses complained their guests were being hit by cyclists on the sidewalks. A series of suggestions were made including adding bike lanes and removing parking in some areas. However, businesses are pushing against that idea. Another idea is to add signs to prohibit bicycles in certain areas, sending them to […]

  • Teen Alerts Family of Fire That Destroys Home

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines firefighters say a teen helped save his family from a fire on the city’s southeast side Tuesday morning. Firefighters got the call to the mobile home park on Southeast 14th and East Virginia Avenue just after 7 a.m. Kenny Christian, 13, alerted his mother Shawna Frakes and two brothers aged four and seven of smoke and they were able to get out. “He did a pretty good job,” Shawna said. “I’m very proud of […]

  • Fire crews battle blaze north of downtown (WHO-HD)

    Cars Destroyed in Des Moines Building Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Crews were called to a fire north of downtown Tuesday morning. Flames were seen coming out from a contractor storage building on Keo and Carpenter at about 7:30 a.m. The surrounding block was closed as firefighters tackled the blaze. Officials say the building is a total loss and four cars in the building are destroyed. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.  

  • State Softball Highlights: Johnston, Waukee, Valley, Carlisle

    Check out highlights from the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge. Check scores from all the games here.

  • State Softball Highlights: DC-G, Norwalk, Clarke Community

    Channel 13′s John Sears has highlights from the first day of the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge. Check out scores from the tourney here.

  • State Softball Highlights: East Marshall, Bondurant-Farrar

    Channel 13′s John Sears has highlights from the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge. Check out scores from the tourney here.