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RAGBRAI RIders Head Off to Breakfast and an Early Start (Audio)

RAGBRAI RIders Head Off to Breakfast and an Early Start (Audio)

Many of the riders are looking to get an early start to avoid the heat issues which have plagued the arrivals into Emmetsburg and Forest City. Yesterday, the riders took off early from Emmetsburg knowing that the heat indices were forecast to get into the upper 80′s to lower 90′s. Humidity also played a factor in

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RAGBRAI Volunteers Came Through (Audio)

Despite concerns that there would not be enough volunteers to handle the volume of people who came into Forest City, residents made the town proud and feel welcoming according to several participants in the area Kathy Rollofson, one of the organizers, told KIOW News, a lot of people started volunteering just before the event started:


RAGBRAI Celebrates With a Bang

For those of us in Forest City who were awakened to the explosions of fireworks in town, there was a  reason. Back in April, the city allowed for a noise variance until 12:30am this morning. The city officials said that this would be a one time thing and that residents would understand with it being

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WIT Rally a Success. New Theme Announced for 2015

Organizers say that he WIT Club’s 2014 Grand National Rally (GNR), “Out of This World” was a great success with about 1,000 motorhomes on-site. Attendees participated in supplier seminars, product seminars, competitions, games and entertainment, while enjoying nearly perfect weather throughout the week.  Many of the attendees said it was a great week with fun and

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Respected Author and Researcher Encourages More Dialogue About Food and Farming (Audio)

Jayson Lusk, one of the most cited food economists, encouraged farmers and grocers to be advocates for modern production agriculture this week during a visit to Iowa. Lusk, professor and the Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the agricultural economics department at Oklahoma State University and author of “The Food Police,” spoke to about 350 farmers,


Call for RAGBRAI Volunteers (Audio)

With RAGBRAI coming on July 22nd, there is a call out now for volunteers to help in a number of areas to make the event a success. One of the organizers, Betty Burress said that there really is no limit as to who can help. There are different stations and projects that involved in getting

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King Calls on Border Governors to Deploy National Guard to Secure Border (Audio)

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing a resolution calling upon the border state Governors to deploy their National Guard units immediately to seal the border: “There is nothing in President Obama’s $3.7 billion request that secures our border,” said King. “Even thought this President has the power to close the border, I

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Construction Begins Today on 70th Avenue in Thompson

Weather pending, beginning today, the Winnebago County Road Department will be closing 70th Avenue northwest of Thompson between 440th Street and 450th Street for bridge replacement.  The worksite will be closed to all traffic although access will be maintained to local residents.  The project is expected to be completed in 2 weeks.  County crews will