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ISU Corn Stover Training Paying Off for Iowa Small Businesses and Startup Companies

In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to launch production this fall. The corn stover harvesters were trained by and have access to support from Iowa

Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 20 Years in North Iowa

This year marks the 20th Anniversary for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa (HFHNCI), and a family-focused celebration will be held this Saturday, October 18th.  The celebration is open to the public, and all are invited to participate from 10am to 2pm at the Habitat facility, 517 1st Street NW in Mason City. There


Think Safety Before Opening Day

Hunters heading to the field for the opening weekend of pheasant season are encouraged to review safe hunting practices before they head out. Megan Wisecup, hunter education administrator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said hunters should get reacquainted with the techniques used to hunt pheasants – be sure to walk in a straight


Pheasant Opener Prospects are Good

Iowa pheasant hunters should see more of what they came for, as they step into the field this fall. More pheasants. A strong rebound in August roadside counts of Iowa’s most popular game bird has buoyed expectations, heading toward the October 25 opener. “It’s not the ‘good old days,’ but hunters will see noticeable improvement,”

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Propane Prices Coming Down. Good News for Homeowners and Farmers

After last winter, government officials, propane and petroleum companies, and area truck drivers learned a valuable lesson in preparation for the upcoming winter. Have contingency plans ready. Already, propane prices have gone down throughout the area as homeowners and farmers lock in prices for winter. U. S. Energy Information Administration  Petroleum Analyst Hamilton Mason reviewed


Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Course Offered Oct. 23rd

Winnebago County will host a Mosquito/Public Health Pest Management Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment (PME) program. The local site for the Oct. 23 CIC is Winnebago

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Waldorf Endorses Statement by Leading Iowa Scientists: “Climate Change Hurting Iowans’ Health”

Iowans are experiencing real impacts from climate change, including heavier rains and increased flooding. Human health effects from climate change are just as real and are already being felt in Iowa, according to a statement released today by statewide group of 180 Iowa scientists. “Climate change is negatively impacting our water quality, increasing exposures to allergens

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Charles City Squad Cars to get Tech Updates

Charles City officials have approved the purchase of technology updates for three city police cars that will allow officers to enter paperwork and reports from their cruisers. The City Council on Monday approved the purchase of mobile data terminals for a total of nearly $21,000. Currently, officers must go back to the police station to