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RAGBRAI Volunteers Came Through (Audio)

RAGBRAI Volunteers Came Through (Audio)

Despite concerns that there would not be enough volunteers to handle the volume of people who came into Forest City, residents made the town proud and feel welcoming according to several participants in the area Kathy Rollofson, one of the organizers, told KIOW News, a lot of people started volunteering just before the event started:


RAGBRAI Riders Were Still Arriving Late

Riders were still arriving in Forest City as late as 11pm last night as some opted to avoid the hot temperatures and take a night ride through Crystal Lake and into town via west “I” Street or up through John Fitzgerald Road leading into the Winnebago Industries area. Riders were seen in Crystal Lake as


RAGBRAI Celebrates With a Bang

For those of us in Forest City who were awakened to the explosions of fireworks in town, there was a  reason. Back in April, the city allowed for a noise variance until 12:30am this morning. The city officials said that this would be a one time thing and that residents would understand with it being

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RAGBRAI Arrives in Forest City

Several bicyclists have begun to trickle into Forest City for the biggest and longest day of celebrations on the route. Residents lined along the route cheered the early arrivals as they made their way onto the staging point where they will camp for the night. Vendors and businesses have been readying the area for the

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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