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Dog Rescued in Oelwein

Authorities in northwest Iowa have rescued a dog that fell into an abandoned well. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owners of the brown dog that was pulled from the well yesterday. The animal is being cared for by the Oelwein Veterinarian Clinic.  


Prosecuter Wants Change of Venue

A prosecutor says it will be impossible to find an impartial jury in Hancock County for the trial of a former state lawmaker accused of sexual abuse. Assistant Attorney General Tyler Buller said Tuesday that former state Rep. Henry Rayhons, his lawyer and his family have provided commentary that’s led to slanted and misleading coverage


Iowa Soybean Association Recognizes Agricultural, Environmental Leaders

The state’s top agricultural chief, a high school senior preparing to study agricultural business at Iowa State University and a nationally respected leader in soil and water conservation were recognized by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) for their dedication to Iowa’s farmers and the soybean industry. Receiving ISA leadership awards during a banquet held in


Spencer Police Investigate Murder

Authorities in northwest Iowa are investigating after a 23-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment. Police say the woman was found Monday evening and declared dead at the scene. Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton says police received “numerous calls in reference to a male yelling for help” at the apartment.

Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City

Counterclaim Filed By Drug Treatment Center

A Mason City drug treatment center has filed a counterclaim against a former employee who was cleared of embezzlement from the facility. In October, Tracy Hassman filed a lawsuit against Prairie Ridge Addiction Treatment Services of Mason City and its executive director, accusing them of libel and slander. Hassman, of Nora Springs, had charges of

Lehigh, IA

Mayor Quits, City Clerk Fired, Council Leaderless in Lehigh

The small central Iowa city of Lehigh is now without a mayor and a city clerk. Mayor Mark Johnson resigned last week so he could spend more time with his family. The Lehigh City Council voted Monday to fire City Clerk Wanda Ganeff, citing poor performance. Councilman Troy Twito says Ganeff wasn’t following orders or

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Experienced Farmers Needed to Serve as Trainers

Farmers seeking a highly motivated farm employee are being asked to consider becoming a trainer in Practical Farmers of Iowa’s Labor4Learning program. The program, now entering its third year, is an effort to help beginning farmers receive paid, on-the-job training while helping experienced farmers attract high-quality, motivated farm employees. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31.

Hancock County Supervisors discuss drainage

The Hancock County Board of Supervisors met in adjourned session Monday with a brief agenda of drainage business.  First, the Supervisors held a conference call with the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors to tentatively approve the Engineer’s report on completion of work and set the completion hearing for Joint Drain #13-128.  Supervisor Jerry Tlach

Fine Arts

Arts Educators Seek to be Part of State Standards

Fine arts advocates in Iowa are renewing an effort to get music, drama and art included in state education standards. The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education will lobby lawmakers again next year to amend the Iowa Core to add the fine arts. Leon Kuehner, the group’s executive director, says a similar attempt failed in 2014,