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Local School Districts Waiting on Start Date Word From the State

Local School Districts Waiting on Start Date Word From the State

Area school boards are now scrambling to realign their calendars to fit with a new regulation passed by the state board of education regarding start dates for the upcoming school year. A few have petitioned the state board to start early, but are expected to be rejected. This is due to the board saying that

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Grant Helps Communities Inventory Public Trees

This year, 10 Iowa communities will participate in a public inventory of their trees through a U.S. Forest Service grant called Sustainable Urban Forestry Training and Assistance (SUFTA). The grant will fund training to municipal staff, non-profits and interested citizens, so communities can complete a public tree inventory, prepare for emerald ash borer and create

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NORTH IOWA OUTDOORS: Wildlife Surviving Winter

A week of subzero cold early this month—and more yet to come—provide a quick jolt of Iowa reality.  It gets uncomfortable in the winter! Still, we humans can escape the elements when needed. We just go inside. Not so, with wildlife. Some take the easy way out. “Waterfowl are smarter than all those other critters.

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Evidence ruling delays former Forest City officer’s trial

A judge has ruled out a key piece of evidence against a former Forest City police officer, delaying his second trial. Judge Dedra Schroeder made the ruling Wednesday before the trial of Thaddeus Ellenbecker could begin. Schroeder ruled that there was no probable cause for a search that turned up a stolen rifle, so the


Legislators to Meet with Public February 6th

Residents of Hancock County and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to visit with the area state legislators  on February 6th. Senator Dennis Guth and Representative Terry Baxter will be holding legislative forums in Garner between 8:30am and 9:30am  at the Garner Library. They will travel to Kanawha for a forum at the city hall from 10am to


Forest City Council Takes Action on Several City Matters

The Forest City Council held their meeting this week and heard from Beth Bilyeu, Director of Forest City Economic Development who presented her monthly report for the Mayor and Council. The council then heard from Norma Hertzer, Director of Grow Forest City, who presented her monthly report for the Mayor and Council. The Mayor and Council

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Barred Driver Pleads Guilty to Charges

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on September 5, 2014. During the stop, they discovered the driver, Sarah Miller had a revoked license. She was subsequently charged with an aggravated misdemeanor of “Driving while Barred.” Miller went before the Iowa District Court for Winnebago County and pled guilty to the charges. She


Burglary Sentence Handed Down

Isaiah Ray Talamantes of Albert Lea, Minnesota appeared before the Iowa District Court in Winnebago County on charges stemming from an intrusion in an occupied structure in Winnebago County. Judge Rosenbladt sentenced Talamantes to serve an indeterminate prison sentences not to exceed ten years on a class C felony charge of Burglary in the Second