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WCCF grants $58,000 to 34 charities

During its Dec. 17 granting ceremony, Wright County Charitable Foundation presented a total of $58,000 in grant awards— the largest amount in its eight-year history — to 27 non-profit groups at Clarion Public Library. “We have a spring and fall cycle each year, and this was the 18th granting cycle dating back to 2006. I

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Helen M. Haupt

Helen M. Haupt, age 91, of Hampton passed away December 15, 2014 at the Rehabilitation Center of Hampton. Funeral services for Helen M. Haupt will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday December 22, 2014 at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Coulter. Pastor Stanley Peterson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Belmond Cemetery at


2014 36th Annual KIOW Festival of Christmas Concerts Alphabetical Order

Belmond Klemme HS Band-Vocal Mon 6:30 pm Clear Lake HS Vocal Thurs 7 pm Clear Lake HS Band  Weds 3 pm Corwith-Wesley-Luverne Elementary Concert Tues 4:45 pm Corwith-Wesley-Luverne HS B-V Tues 5:35 pm Forest City First Congregational Church Cantata Thurs 11 am Forest City Christian School Sun 7 pm Forest City HS Vocal Thurs 3

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  • Study shows gaming creates huge ripple in Iowa’s economic pond December 19, 2014
    Information from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission shows the gambling industry has a $1 billion direct impact on the state, and now a new survey shows the overall impact is more than double that amount. The president of the Iowa Gaming Association, Wes Ehrecke, says a study commissioned by the American Gaming Association looked […]
    Dar Danielson
  • Drop in gas prices puts pressure on ethanol December 19, 2014
    Not everyone is fully enjoying the decline in gas prices, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber. In Iowa, motorists are paying around $2.36 a gallon for regular unleaded fuel. That’s down from $3.05 a year ago. “That’s good news for everyone except ethanol producers,” Glauber says. Iowa is the country’s largest […]
    Pat Curtis
  • Latham sees ‘big appetite’ for ‘big deal’ in next congress December 19, 2014
    Retiring Congressman Tom Latham is offering this advice to those who’ll serve in the U.S. House and Senate next year: “do some big things.” “We’ve got to address our long term debt,” Latham says. “We’ve got to look at entitlements…They’re not sustainable as they are and so I’m hopeful that there will be some serious […]
    O. Kay Henderson
  • Unemployment rate drops again in November December 19, 2014
    The state labor market improved in the last month with a drop in unemployment. Iowa Workforce Development spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, talked about the latest numbers. “Our unemployment rate dropped down to 4.3 percent, which puts us pretty much in line with where we were last year at this time at 4.2. The U.S. rate is […]
    Dar Danielson
  • Supreme Court rules cable company serving Sioux City also a phone company December 19, 2014
    The Iowa Supreme Court says an Arizona company providing phone service via the internet to western Iowa can be taxed as a phone company. Cable One Incorporated provides cable TV services to Sioux City, and in 2006 it began offering what’s called Voice over the Internet Phone service. The Iowa Department of Revenue ruled the […]
    Dar Danielson

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  • Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls December 20, 2014
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach....
  • Things to know about Friday's baseball news December 20, 2014
    There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:...
  • Top 25 Capsules December 20, 2014
    EL PASO, Texas (AP) Stanley Johnson scored 15 points to help No. 3 Arizona survive a scare in its first true road game of the season, pulling away late for a victory against UTEP....
  • Portis elevating into leadership role for Arkansas December 20, 2014
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas' Bobby Portis looked around following a first-half dunk against Dayton, letting out an excited scream heard throughout Bud Walton Arena....
  • NHL Capsules December 20, 2014
    DETROIT (AP) Anders Lee knocked the puck over the goal line for a split-second in the second period, and the New York Islanders went on to a 2-1 victory over Detroit on Friday night....
  • North Dakota 78, Dickinson St. 48 December 20, 2014
    North Dakota bounced back from a 29-point loss to rival North Dakota State with a 78-48 victory over NAIA opponent Dickinson State on Friday night....
  • Lacy, others probable for Packers at Tampa Bay December 20, 2014
    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) With two games left, the Green Bay Packers are playing to win out. Green Bay (10-4) can lock up a sixth-straight postseason berth as early as Sunday, when it plays at Tampa Bay (2-12), the last-place team in the NFC South. "We are close to the playoffs, and ...
  • Rams Mason looks to rebound after losing first fumble December 20, 2014
    ST. LOUIS (AP) Tre Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per carry last week. A critical lost fumble hurt the most for the St. Louis Rams' rookie running back, and he is looking for a bounce-back game against the New York Giants....
  • Colts deciding who plays after reaching playoffs December 20, 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Colts have a problem many NFL teams wish they had: Who to play after clinching a playoff spot with two games left in the regular season....
  • Flames-Canucks Preview December 20, 2014
    Facing the Vancouver Canucks may not be a boon to the Calgary Flames, who are riding their longest losing streak since setting a team record nearly three decades ago....

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