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Students line The Wall to view names of the 58,000+ servicemen and women.

Operation LZ Releases Attendance Results

Operation LZ Releases Attendance Results

When the idea behind Operation LZ was first proposed, it was thought that maybe 10,000 people might come on both days to honor, thank, and welcome home veterans from the Vietnam War. That feeling continued for quite some time until registrations were taken, Facebook lit up, and then there were the phone calls. Organizers knew


August Was Cooler. September Starts Hotter

September has begun and Iowa’s chief climatologist says August was one of the colder, wetter Augusts the state has seen in several years. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says the just-concluded month was Iowa’s coolest August since 2009. That’s about one-and-a-quarter inches above normal during August. The south-central Iowa town of Albia recorded only about one-and-a-half inches of rain


Forest City Operation LZ Boasts Better Record Than the Detroit, Michigan Show

Forest City and surrounding communities can boast about the quality of life here, the friendly atmosphere, and when an event comes to town, we generally go all out.  Operation LZ not only exceeded expectations in attendance and participation, but also in another facet, crowd interaction. According to the Sky Soldiers who were responsible for piloting


Companies Get Grants to Expand Rural Broadband Internet

Gov. Terry Branstad says people living and working in rural Iowa will benefit from plans to expand broadband Internet service. Branstad discussed the expansion plans Monday. Four companies will expand Internet services to nearly 90,000 Iowa locations using grant funding provided by the Federal Communication Commission’s Connect America Fund. Providing high-speed internet throughout the state