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Forest City Council Allows RAGBRAI Party Noise Until Midnight

Tonight, it may be a little noisier than usual and it definitely will go on longer than everyone is accustomed to. The Forest City Council back in April, approved a noise variance for the RAGBRAI celebration until 12:30am tonight. The hope is to accommodate such activities as fireworks, live bands, and street celebrations that coincide with


Gabe Griffen to Join Ride4Gabe Team in RAGBRAI Event

On Friday, July 18, 9-year-old Gabe Griffin will walk with his mother, Traci, and brother, Cooper, aboard a plane bound for Sioux Falls, S.D. in order to join up with his father, Scott, and a team of cyclists who are riding their bikes across the country in Gabe’s name. Without any further advances in research concerning

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Winnebago County Fair Parade Winners Released

  The Thompson Community Development Group announced the winners of the 2014 Winnebago County Fair Parade entries.   The event was the 62nd annual parade sponsored by the Development group. The parade was a huge success consisting of 138 entries plus a number of horses. A huge crowd greeted the parade entries along the ten block

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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,


The RAGBRAI setup is getting its finishing touches throughout Forest City and volunteers are getting campgrounds, shower sites, and entertainment venues ready. The schedule will be the longest day for the RAGBRAI riders as they stay the night here in Forest City. Gary Ludwig told KIOW News:       Riders are expected in around

Music for RAGBRAI is Booked

During RAGBRAI, Forest City will be hearing great music all the way till midnight or a little later as the RAGBRAI stopover will take place. Officials estimate that thousands of people will be in town to shop, eat, dance, and cheer on the cyclists. The evenings festivities will include several bands from around the area including The Hepperly


Winnebago County Courthouse Will Close Tomorrow for RAGBRAI

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors discussed back in June the issue of RAGBRAI and the safety of Courthouse employees. The supervisors looked into how the issue should be handled. The concern is for the safety of the county employees and their ability to get to and from their cars while RAGBRAI  is occurring in