Author Archives: AJ Taylor


Bicycle Riders to Endure Summer’s Hottest Days

The thousands of bicycle riders participating in this year’s RAGBRAI ride are facing the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are expected to reach into the 90s. The combination of heat and humidity will drive the heat index – a measure of how hot the air feels –

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Northey Says Weather Played Role in Iowa Crop Progress Report

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa crop progress and condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.   “The beautiful weather last week was great for farmers needing to make hay,” Northey said.  “The much warmer weather this week

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Muscatine County

A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)by a federal identifier.  A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was

Melvin M. “Pete” Petersen

Melvin M. “Pete” Petersen, 91, of Garner passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.   A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, July 23rd at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner.  Inurnment will be held at a


School bus worker fired, denied unemployment

A Des Moines public schools employee responsible for supervising children on a school bus has been denied unemployment benefits and was fired for swatting a child on the top of the head. Ahmed Karshe was fired April 2. He’s denied assaulting or threatening students. His job was to help supervise children riding the bus, some

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Governor Branstad Praises Veteran Support Program

Gov. Terry Branstad says military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa. Branstad said Monday that 23 veterans have gotten jobs through the Home Base Iowa program, which he signed into law this year. The program is designed to make it easier for veterans to transition into civilian jobs in the state. Under Home Base Iowa,

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Forest City Council Allows RAGBRAI Party Noise Until Midnight

Tonight, it may be a little noisier than usual and it definitely will go on longer than everyone is accustomed to. The Forest City Council back in April, approved a noise variance for the RAGBRAI celebration until 12:30am tonight. The hope is to accommodate such activities as fireworks, live bands, and street celebrations that coincide with