NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Increasing Osprey Population Through Introduction at Clear Lake

The osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, was once common in Iowa, but populations dwindled with the arrival of European settlers. Close to a half-dozen 40-day-old osprey chicks were introduced at sites in Clear Lake and Swan Lake last week.  They were collected from nests in northern Minnesota where the population is much more established. Pat Schlarbaum, a […]


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 […]