Author Archives: AJ Taylor


Iowa Considers New Computerized Tests for Students

Iowa Considers New Computerized Tests for Students

Iowa education officials are close to adopting new computerized exams for students in the area and all of the state’s 336 school districts, but critics question whether the new tests are worth the cost. The state Board of Education is likely to drop multiple choice tests with paper answer sheets in favor of Smarter Balanced’s


Kanawha, Iowa State University, Northern Iowa Research Farm Association Hold Sept. 3 Field Day

Cover crops, Sudden Death Syndrome of soybean, and fall fertilizer decisions will highlight the fall field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm. The field day will take place Sept. 3 at the south location of the research Farm, 1040 James Ave., Kanawha – which is about a mile south of

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Grassley Probes Record Lack of Confirmed Watchdog at State Department

Sen. Chuck Grassley today asked the State Department and a lead agency watchdog group to provide all records that would document how and why the State Department went more than five years without a permanent inspector general.  Grassley cited several examples in which a later, permanent inspector general found the lapse compromised agency oversight.  

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Muskellunge and Smallmouth Good in Saturday Morning Fishing Report

The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.   NORTHWEST Nelson Park Lake Channel Catfish – Fair: Successful anglers are using


NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Iowa to Participate in National Avian Influenza Surveillance Effort

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is participating in a national surveillance effort to test waterfowl for the presence of avian influenza. Testing began this summer as part of the DNR’s annual waterfowl banding work and will continue with hunter harvested ducks this fall and winter. The project is coordinated by the USDA Wildlife Services


North Iowa Choral Society Meet and Greet

North Iowa Choral Society will hold a “Meet & Greet” for vocalists interested in joining the vocal ensemble for the 2015-2016 season on Sunday, August 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  A schedule for auditions will be set at that time.  Adults who are college-aged or older are eligible to participate in the ensemble.  Refreshments will be