Author Archives: AJ Taylor


Crop Report Yields Wetter Than Normal Month

Crop Report Yields Wetter Than Normal Month

Heavy rains restricted fieldwork to only 2.6 days suitable across Iowa during the week ending September 14, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures for the week were below normal, slowing crop development. Frost was reported across much of the state but caused little damage. Activities for the week included chopping


Iowa Birth Rate Sluggish Despite Better Economy

Iowa’s economy is improving but the state’s birth rate isn’t keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state’s birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012. The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, before the economy slumped. There were 39,013

Evelyn Miller

Trial Delayed in 2005 Slaying of Five Year Old Iowa Girl

A hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005. The hearing is set Tuesday in Bremer County for Casey Frederiksen. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the June 2005 slaying of Evelyn Miller, whose body was found along the Cedar River. Frederiksen, 35, was charged in

Fire Training

Donated Iowa House Offers Space for Fire Training

A donated house in eastern Iowa provided the backdrop for a fire training exercise involving more than a dozen area firefighters, according to authorities overseeing the event. Multiple departments gathered Sunday in Dubuque to receive hands-on training. The house was later burned down to conclude the exercise. “This is really the best of the best

Rebekah Williams-McCarthy

Sioux City Woman Faces Charges in Son’s Death

A Sioux City woman faces child endangerment and neglect charges in connection to the April death of her infant son, according to authorities. Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, 24, was charged Friday in Woodbury County District Court with child endangerment resulting in the death of a child and neglect of a dependent person. She faces an additional two

Murphy USA to Celebrate New E15, E85 Product Offerings in Iowa

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced Iowa motorists will have greater access to cleaner-burning, lower-cost ethanol blends like registered E15 for 2001 and newer passenger vehicles and E85 for flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) at several Murphy USA locations starting September 16.   In celebration of its new, homegrown product offerings at seven locations throughout

ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Marks 50th Anniversary

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm Sept. 10. “The farm, located between Ames and Boone on Highway 30, has become a hub of Iowa State agricultural research activity since it opened in 1964,” said Mark Honeyman, coordinator of the Research and Demonstration Farms. “It was set up well to expand as research


Apparent Fish Kill in Maurice, IA

The Iowa Natural Resources Department is investigating a fish kill caused by manure spilled into a northwest Iowa creek. Officials say it appears the spill occurred after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian Roorda Dairy near Maurice. The switch turned on a pump that moves manure from one lagoon to another,