Hancock Courthouse

Hancock County Supervisors Talk Equipment and Drainage

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors met in adjourned session Monday with a lengthy agenda beginning with fiscal year 2017 equipment purchases.  Hancock County Supervisor Jerry Tlach tells what the county is planning to purchase for Secondary Roads. Other business included discussion of Drainage District #6 and Lateral 4, which involved annexing Tim Tusha into the […]

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NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Increasing Osprey Population Through Introduction at Clear Lake

The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers. Close to a half-dozen 40-day-old osprey chicks were introduced at sites in Clear Lake and Swan Lake last week.  They were collected from nests in northern Minnesota where the population is much more established. Pat Schlarbaum, a […]

Drainage District

New Clean Water Rule to Cost Local Farmers?

The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has unanimously approved changes to the state’s clean water standards. Before this decision, the Department of Natural Resources made sure any projects seeking permits to increase pollution to a waterway would have considered less-polluting alternatives. Susan Heathcote, Water Program director for the Iowa Environmental Council, says now, those alternatives can […]

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SUNDAY TALK: Senator Chuck Grassley Delivers The Weekly Republican Address

In the Weekly Republican Address, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) discusses his committee’s record of legislative success.  Sen. Grassley explains: “Our committee’s approach expanded access to justice, prioritized public safety, and demanded accountability from the bureaucracy. … collaborated to enact legislation to help communities heal the wounds of addiction,” and “worked to reduce […]