News articles


It’s 4H Week in the Area. Get Ready to See Green

It’s 4H Week in the Area. Get Ready to See Green

Area residents are seeing plenty of young people sporting green “4-H” t-shirts as the youth organization is celebrating 4-H Week. Cheryl Entriken oversees a 4-H program, which has thrived for decades. There are more than six-million members in the 4-H program nationwide and nearly 24-thousand in Iowa. The biggest myth about 4-H is that it’s just for


Lichtsinn RV Names Brian Buffington Service Director

Lichtsinn RV of Forest City has promoted Brian Buffington to the position of Service Director, Fixed Operations. In this position, Brian will lead and oversee Lichtsinn RV service operations, including future expansion initiatives such as the immediate recruitment of an additional service consultant and service administrator to facilitate current and future growth. He will also

Iowa Soybean Association Builds on Environmental Services

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) welcomes three environmental professionals to directly assist farmers in improving natural resource management and environmental quality while also enhancing the competitiveness of soybean farmers. In September, Chris Hay, senior environmental scientist, along with Diane Ercse and Karl Gesch, watershed coordinators/resource management specialists, joined the Environmental Programs and Services team, expanding the


Diabetes Issue Growing Among Us

As state health officials strive to make Iowa the nation’s healthiest state, a new study finds more than half of all Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. Dr. ViJay Shivaswamy, an endocrinologist in Omaha-Council Bluffs, says 14-percent of study participants had the disease while another 38-percent were growing dangerously close. What does it mean to

Grassley 14

Senate Passes Grassley Resolution Designating National Character Counts Week

The Senate this week passed a bipartisan resolution from Sen. Chuck Grassley and five colleagues designating the week of Oct. 18, 2015, “National Character Counts Week.”  Character Counts! is an educational program available to help schools teach values and ethics to America’s youth. “Getting a well-rounded education involves more than learning to read, write and