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Clear Lake struggling to find spot for memorial

Clear Lake officials may form a task force after having difficulty deciding where to locate a proposed veterans memorial. Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Director Randy Miller told the City Council on Monday night that the parks and recreation advisory board thinks the council should form a task force. That recommendation follows a dispute about whether


RAGBRAI Riders Depart for Mason City and Beyond

On a busy and early Wednesday morning, RAGBRAI riders made their way out of Forest City, under a giant U. S. Flag held up by a Forest City Fire Department Hook and Ladder Fire Truck, and through side streets to their next destination, Mason City. While some riders waited out the crowd of early riders, some

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Chipolte Pickles Were on the Menu for RAGBRAI (Audio)

The thousands of bicycle riders who arrived in Forest City were treated to some interesting foods by several area vendors. Take for example Woody’s Pickle Shack who set up shop on the Courthouse lawn serving their specialty, the Chipolte Pickle Papa. Owner Eric Woodard explains.: And it tastes like…: Woody’s Pickle Shack was actually one

Report: Iowa 3rd among states in child well-being

A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year. The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa

Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond. A federal judge says the case against Mo Yun is weak and there are no reasons to hold her until the Dec. 1 trial as prosecutors had requested.

DCI Arrests Former Co-Director of Landfill

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Michael Dean Grell was arrested by the Division of Criminal Investigation for Theft by Misappropriation in the First Degree. Grell is the former co-director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency. It is alleged that from early spring through the winter of 2012, the period of time when

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RAGBRAI Riders Have Good Weather Ahead

The thousands of bicycle riders participating in this year’s RAGBRAI ride have faced the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday reached into the 90s. The combination of heat and humidity drove the heat index – a measure of how hot the air feels – to above 100 degrees.


RAGBRAI Took Months of Planning (Audio)

As “RV There Yet?” comes to a close in Forest City and moves on to Mason City, organizers look back at the months of preparation that took place to get the event off of the ground. The event was announced back on January 25th of this year and organizers have been very busy since that