School Transportation Bill Introduced in a Senate Committee

The Senate Education Committee chair Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) introduced a bill this week that addresses transportation and district cost per pupil (DCPP) inequities within the school aid formula. The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) has worked collaboratively with legislators to resolve inequities in school funding, primarily focusing on high transportation costs and unequal district […]

Weather Spotter Training Dates and Locations are Set

North Iowans who have a keen interest in the actions of Mother Nature should consider becoming an official spotter. Kelsey Angle, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service, says spotter training classes start next week at locations all across the state. Over the years, more than 45-hundred weather spotters have been trained in central […]

Annual Forest City Chamber Awards

The annual awards banquet for the Forest  City Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development were held Tuesday night at Waldorf University. Receiving awards during the ceremony were: Best Business Practice to Forest City Ford, Business of the Year was Nu2U Consignments, New Business of the Year was Paddler’s Tap, a Merit Award was given to […]

North Iowa Public Employees Monitor Latest Lawsuit on Collective Bargaining

Many north Iowa public employees, teachers and officials are watching closely as Iowa’s largest state employees union filed a lawsuit challenging a new law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public workers. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 filed the lawsuit Monday in Polk County District Court. It […]

North Iowans Urge Sessions to Carefully Review Mega Chemical Merger

 Area farmers are paying very close attention to a proposed merger that could affect prices for chemicals used in the fields. Also nearly 325 organizations have signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job without political interference when it looks at a proposal to let Dow […]

Sorenson Pleads Guilty to Possession Charges

Faith Elizabeth Sorenson of Lake Mills, pled guilty to “Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (Marijuana),” a serious misdemeanor, stemming from an investigation by the Lake Mills Police Department on September 30, 2016. Sorenson was granted a deferred judgment and ordered to pay a $315.00 civil penalty, applicable surcharges and court costs. Sorenson was placed […]