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Norbert Francis Machacek

Norbert Francis Machacek, 80, of Forest City, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Florida. Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Forest City with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Monday



Paint and Party Workshop in Britt

Back by popular demand: painting workshop When: Monday, January 18th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Where: Britt Municipal Building Cost: $20 for 4-H members (including Clover Kids) $25 for non-4-H youth $35 for adults Registration: Extension Office, 923-2856   Use your painting for a gift and/or fair exhibit.  No age requirement. Parents and public are welcome

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  • Cyclones falter late and lose in OT February 11, 2016
    Iowa State could not finish off Texas Tech and it proved costly. The 14th ranked Cyclones squandered a six point lead in the final two and a half minutes of regulation and the Red Raiders claimed an 85-82 victory in overtime. A layup by Deonte Burton was the only field goal Iowa State could generate […]
    Todd Kimm
  • State Treasurer proposes a retirement program modeled after College Savings Iowa February 10, 2016
    Iowa’s treasurer is pitching a plan to provide private sector workers with a retirement account, if their employer doesn’t already offer such a savings plan. Michael Fitzgerald says “Retirement Savings Iowa” would be modeled after another program run by his office. “We had such great success 18 years ago when we started College Savings Iowa, […]
    Pat Curtis
  • ‘This Old House’ host visiting Iowa for home show (audio) February 10, 2016
    There are all sorts of home improvement shows on TV but the original program in the genre, “This Old House,” is still going strong on PBS and its host will be in central Iowa this week. Kevin O’Connor will be doing Q-and-A sessions with Iowa homeowners about their challenges as well as talking about television’s […]
    Matt Kelley
  • Iowa women eye strong finish February 10, 2016
    The Iowa Hawkeye women hope to finish the regular season strong and it begins with a game at home on Thursday night against seventh ranked Ohio State. The Hawkeyes are 5-7 in the Big Ten after Sunday’s home loss to Michigan State. “We are getting better and that is to be expected with a young […]
    Todd Kimm
  • Senator Ernst introduces bill to deal with military sexual assaults February 10, 2016
    Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, has introduced legislation to help members of the military that have been sexually assaulted. Ernst says he Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act or SAVE,  has several goals. “Including changing military culture and the overall prevention of sexual assault to stop this crime in the first place,” […]
    Dar Danielson

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  • Governor Branstad: Des Moines Water Works lawsuit is a war against Iowa farmers February 11, 2016
    by Ben Nuelle Governor Terry Branstad says the Des Moines Water Works lawsuit is a war against Iowa farmers. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spoke about water quality and the Des Moines WaterWorks lawsuit at the Agribusiness Showcase Wednesday in Des Moines. Branstad says he hates seeing the capital attacking farmers in rural Iowa. “We have some of
    Ben Nuelle
  • Ben Nuelle interviews Governor Terry Branstad February 11, 2016
    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad talks with Ben Nuelle about challenges for Iowa farmers, water quality issues, and Des Moines Water Works lawsuit. AIRED: World of Agriculture 2-11-16
    Ben Nuelle
  • Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Johnson County February 10, 2016
    DES MOINES – Emerald ash borer (EAB), a tree-killing pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Iowa City. The discovery was the result of University of Iowa – Facilities Management – Landscape Services personnel contacting the Iowa EAB Team after locating trees on campus appearing to be under attack by this invasive pest. Upon
    Ben Nuelle
  • Vilsack comments on Farm Income and Financial Forecast for 2015 & 2016 February 10, 2016
    WASHINGTON– Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement Tuesday on the Farm Income and Financial Forecasts for 2015 and 2016, released by USDA’s Economic Research Service. “Today’s farm income forecast anticipates continued growth in median farm household income to a record level of $81,666 in 2016, up 4.5 percent. This trend reflects the investments made by
    Ben Nuelle
  • Oil Price Continues to Fall February 10, 2016
    Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt Oil futures finished lower on Tuesday for a fourth-straight session, as lower price outlooks for this year and forecasts for a persistent global glut of supplies sent West Texas Intermediate crude back under $28 a barrel. March West Texas Intermediate crude lost $1.75, or 5.9%, to settle at $27.94 a

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