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New Stink Bug Species Increasing in Minnesota

Experts say the brown marmorated stink bug appears to be increasing in Minnesota, but hasn’t caused any crop damage yet. The invasive pest was first detected in Minnesota in 2010. It’s been found throughout the Twin Cities area, as well as Duluth in the northeast and La Crescent in southeastern Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension

Commercial Air Flights Returning to Iowa Airport

Commercial air flights are resuming at many regional airports. Mason City now has service to Chicago and now Fort Dodge has service with Air Choice One offering trips to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Fort Dodge has been without air service since Great Lakes Airlines stopped flights in February, because of a lack of pilots. It’s not yet

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Piano Flipper Gets Deferred Judgement

A 22-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced for flipping over a public piano in Mason City. Coltin Schupbach on Monday was given a deferred judgment, two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $1,400 in restitution. Under the deferred judgment, the conviction will be removed from Schupbach’s record if he successfully completes probation.

Fire destroys furniture store in northeast Iowa

A fire has destroyed a longtime furniture store in northeast Iowa. Firefighters responded early Tuesday to Dungey’s Furniture and Floors in New Hampton. They remained on the scene several hours later. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported. New Hampton Fire Chief Steve Geerts says

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Public Safety Center Vote Looming

The Public Safety Center goes before a vote of the Winnebago County voters on November 4th. The center is a 22 bed facility, but don’t let that number fool you as Winnebago County Sheriff Dave Peterson explains: A new jail facility is needed because the current facility is not anywhere near state codes that are

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Blast Forces Closure of Iowa Fertilizer Plant

A northern Iowa dry fertilizer plant rocked by an explosion will be closed for a short time. Scott Janssen manages the Northern Country Co-op’s plant in Stacyville, and he says the cause of Monday’s blast is being investigated. Janssen says one employee was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was able to return


Women Land and Legacy Meeting November 5th

  The Winnebago and Worth County Women Land and Legacy Organizations will co-sponsor an educational program for their members on Wednesday, November 5th at the Country Inn and Suites, rural Northwood. The evening will begin at 5:15 P.M. with a light meal followed by the program at 6 P.M. The featured speaker will be Kelvin Leibold,

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1st Annual “Trunk or Treat” at First Reformed Church

Halloween is a wonderful tradition that adults and children enjoy as doorbells are rung, “Trick or Treat” is sung and everyone’s sweet tooth gets satisfied. Many folks living in the country don’t get many trick or treaters so First Reformed Church wants to share the fun.  Rural residents who want to be part of the

Deadline to Seed Winter Hardy Cover Crops Extended to Nov. 15

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and State Agronomist Barb Stewart with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced that farmers participating in state cost-share and most federal financial assistance programs now have until Nov. 15, 2014 to plant winter hardy cover crops and still qualify for assistance. The seeding date is extended following the announcement