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Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting Slated

Emerald Ash Borer Informational Meeting Slated

A public informational meeting about the Emerald Ash Borer will be held on Tuesday, May 5th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Ventura Community Center, located at 4 North Weimer Street Avenue. Mark Shour, who is the ISU Extension and Outreach Entoologist, will discuss the current infestation, how to identify the bug and the infestation,

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Iowa Agriculture Prices Released

The average price received by farmers for corn during March in Iowa was $3.83 per bushel according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This is up $0.04 from the February price, but $0.72 lower than March 2014. The March 2015 average price received by farmers for soybeans, at $9.76

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Mason City Resident Receives Award from the Des Moines Area Community College Alumni

Dr. Shelly Schmit has been named a recipient of the DMACC Outstanding Alumni Association Award.  The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor given to DMACC alumni by the Alumni Association.  This award honors and recognizes alumni who provide service to their community, country and/or fellow citizen; have had great professional or personal achievement since


Tips for Northern Iowa College Grads as They Launch Job Searches

Many local north Iowans are about to graduate from college and they’ll be flooding the internet with their resumes over the next few weeks as they begin job hunts. Susan McBroom, a vocational rehabilitation specialist, says before you type the first letter on your resume, check Instagram and all other online accounts to make sure there’s

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Hy-Vee’s Edeker Elected Chairman of the Board for National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Edeker was elected chairman of the board for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) at the trade organization’s annual meeting in Florida earlier this week. As chairman of the board, Edeker will work with the NACDS board of directors, the organization’s officers and

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King Responds to Iowa State of Emergency Due to Avian Influenza H5N2 Outbreak

Congressman Steve King released the following statement after Governor Terry Branstad joined by Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten announced Iowa to be in a state of emergency due to the recent avian influenza H5N2 outbreak. “The avian bird flu has drastically affected the