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Storm Possibilities on the Increase in the Area

Storm Possibilities on the Increase in the Area

Thanks to daytime heating and subsequent convection of water on the ground into the atmosphere, the area could in for another round of severe thunderstorms tonight. Currently the weather service says that there is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms and that a severe weather outbreak including the potential for very large hail and damaging winds is

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Lifeguard Situation at Lake Mills Improves

The Lake Mills City Council has approved the wages and incentives for lifeguards at the Lake Mills Aquatic Center. Now those who work in the concession and admissions areas will receive anywhere between $7.25 to $7.40 an hour. Lifeguards will receive anywhere between $7.50 to $9 an hour. Also as an incentive to try and


Belmond Waiting on Bids for Water Mains

Even though the frost line has virtually disappeared, the amount of water still running through the lines in Belmond is dangerously high. Officials with the city are speculating that winter tap lines ahead of the meters are still running and they need to be shut off. According to officials, the city is still pumping nearly

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Sunday Conversation with Senator Charles Grassley (Video)

Q:        What should Iowans know about foster care? A:        Some of the most vulnerable children in our communities have no permanent place to call home.  Across the United States, about 400,000 children and youth currently are in the foster care system.  Every day, 691 new children enter the “system” due to abuse or neglect.  That


Moms: Don’t Be So Harsh on Yourselves (Audio)

As families across the state prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, a reminder for mothers to not judge themselves so harshly. Family therapist Karen Walant says while many strive for the ideal of the so-called “Super Mom” – perfect in every way – there is no such thing as “just right.” Walant says mothers


Braley Announces Osage High School Student is the 2014 Congressional Art Competition Runner Up

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today announced that Louise Castro De Jesus, a student at Osage High School, is the Iowa First Congressional District runner up of the annual Congressional Art Competition. The winner was Isabella Metcalf of Hempstead High. “Every year I find myself impressed with the artwork submitted by young Iowans across the First District,” Braley said.

Popular Campground Targets Mid June to Reopen from 2011 Flood

The campground at Wilson Island State Recreation Area remains a work in progress, but the end is in sight. The $2.5-$3 million cleanup and rebuild project enters the home stretch as workers are installing fire rings at campsites and the picnic/shelter areas, setting out about 200 picnic tables, reseeding the area and adding street and

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Smith Sounds Off on the Concluded Iowa Legislative Session

After a few days of overtime, the 2014 legislative session wrapped up work in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 1st. As I expressed on opening day, I had hoped that this legislative session would improve public schools and early childhood education, create a better environment for quality jobs, and reduce taxes for families

Forest City Library Goes Bilingual

The Forest City Public Library is having bilingual story time for elementary aged children. The program began last yesterday and will continue for the next Saturdays in May. Kathy Chen and Colleen Hovinga will read stories in Mandarin Chinese and in English. The program begins at 10am on Saturdays and will last for a half hour. Those who