Some Residents Upset About Prestage Tax Incentives

 After hearing one hour of testimonies from Iowa taxpayers, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) voted Thursday afternoon to give an incentive package of over $11.4 million to Prestage Farms, an out-of-state corporation and the nation’s fifth largest hog producer. These state funds, along with Wright County’s local match of over $12.8 million, will go toward […]


Bullying Prevention Office in Iowa has No Direct Funds

Nearly one year after Gov. Terry Branstad announced the creation of a bullying prevention office, the program has no designated dollars and relies on inconsistent funding. Documents show the Governor’s Office for Bullying Prevention at the University of Northern Iowa has received no private grants since launching in September 2015. The office offers some programming, […]

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Ernst Statement on U.S. Payment of $400 Million to Iran Contingent upon Americans’ Release

The Associated Press reported that the “State Dept. says $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on American prisoners’ release.” U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued a statement following the news: “The confirmation from the State Department today that $400 million to Iran was […]

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Flash Flood Warning Issued

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for: Northern Hancock, Southeastern Winnebago, and east central Kossuth Counties until 10:30pm tonight. This includes cities such as Forest City, Leland, Britt, Eagle Lake, Wesley, Crystal Lake, Woden, Miller, Hayfield, and Hutchins. State Parks are also affected such as Pilot Knob and Eagle Lake. The […]

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Bag Checks, Extra Security on Tap at Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is boosting security screening this year. The Star Tribune reports that the security staff will search all bags, coolers and other items at all 11 entrances. The fair is also increasing security staffing, boosting video surveillance and restricting some vehicle access. Fair officials announced the planned security enhancements on Tuesday. The […]