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Private Pesticide Applicator Training to be April 9th

Private Pesticide Applicator Training to be April 9th

The Winnebago County Extension will hold a Private Pesticide Applicator’s Recertification Program at the Titonka Savings Bank April 9th at 7:00 pm Forest City.  This training is for all private pesticide applicators needing 2 hours of continuing education training to maintain their certification.  Paul Kassel, Extension Crops Field Specialist, will conduct the pesticide training. Participants

Charles City

UPDATE: Woman Struck in Crosswalk by Car Driven by Fire Chief in Charles City

An elderly woman was struck by a fire department vehicle this week in northeast Iowa. It happened last Tuesday afternoon in Charles City. Floyd County Sheriff Investigator Pat Shirley says the car was being driving by Charles City Fire Chief Eric Whipple. The pedestrian, 85-year-old Gladys Kellogg, remains in fair condition at a hospital in Rochester,

Amanda Ragan

Mason City Legislator and Others Seek More Oversight of Medicaid Program Shift

All 50 state senators are pushing for more legislative oversight of a shift that will turn over management of nearly all of the state’s more than four-billion dollar Medicaid program to private “managed care” companies. Senator Amanda Ragan, a Democrat from Mason City, says there’s “great uncertainty” about how this transition will impact the 560-thousand

Drainage District

Water Quality Issues Addressed with Iowa Senate Committee

A western Iowa farmer who Governor Branstad has appointed to the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission took questions about water quality from a state senate committee this past week. Ralph Lents is a farmer from Menlo in Guthrie County and senators asked Lents about the lawsuit filed against three northwest Iowa counties over nitrates from farm


North Iowa Community School Approves Contract with Education Association

The North Iowa Community School Board appointed Mark Ostermann as board member representing district one in a board meeting this week. Board Secretary Sara Meinders administered the oath of office to Ostermann who then assumed his role as board member. The board then approve the 2015-16 master contract with North Iowa Education Association. The agreement reflects