Animal Health Emergency Prepardness Exercise Yields Surprising Results

 Last week over 60 federal, state and local agency, academic and industry professionals met to participate in a mock animal disease emergency response exercise. The exercise was hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship with the support of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.   “Unfortunately, Iowa saw firsthand how devastating an […]

Grassley on the Hearing on “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses”

Senator Charles Grassley recently addressed his Senate Judiciary Committee on an issue regarding free speech on college campuses where disruption frequently occur when groups of students and occasionally faculty aim to hinder a guest speaker at a college function. Grassley made these remarks before the committee.

RSVP Volunteers Honored for Service in North Central Iowa

Volunteers throughout North Central Iowa were honored for their years of service to their communities during RSVP’s annual Volunteer Celebration on June 1. RSVP of North Central Iowa staff presented 35 Outstanding Volunteer Awards to individuals who volunteer in the four counties RSVP serves: Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Winnebago and Worth. The volunteers honored serve in […]

Crop Report Released for the Area

Warm and windy weather with spotty thunderstorms prevailed across Iowa during the week ending June 18, 2017, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Those isolated storms left some farmers assessing crop damage from strong winds and hail. Statewide there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included cutting hay, spraying […]

Lane Found in Contempt

Patrick Melvin Lane of Forest City, was found in contempt of court for a probation violation and was sentenced to serve 60 days in the Winnebago County Jail.  Lane’s probation was extended for an additional year and he was ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow through with all treatment recommendations. 

Smith Pleads Guilty to Possession

Morgan Mae Smith of Forest City, pled guilty to “Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance,” a serious misdemeanor, stemming from an investigation by the Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2016.  Smith was granted a deferred judgment and ordered to pay a $315.00 civil penalty, applicable surcharges and court […]