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RAGBRAI RIders Head Off to Breakfast and an Early Start (Audio)

RAGBRAI RIders Head Off to Breakfast and an Early Start (Audio)

Many of the riders are looking to get an early start to avoid the heat issues which have plagued the arrivals into Emmetsburg and Forest City. Yesterday, the riders took off early from Emmetsburg knowing that the heat indices were forecast to get into the upper 80′s to lower 90′s. Humidity also played a factor in

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RAGBRAI Volunteers Came Through (Audio)

Despite concerns that there would not be enough volunteers to handle the volume of people who came into Forest City, residents made the town proud and feel welcoming according to several participants in the area Kathy Rollofson, one of the organizers, told KIOW News, a lot of people started volunteering just before the event started:


RAGBRAI Riders Were Still Arriving Late

Riders were still arriving in Forest City as late as 11pm last night as some opted to avoid the hot temperatures and take a night ride through Crystal Lake and into town via west “I” Street or up through John Fitzgerald Road leading into the Winnebago Industries area. Riders were seen in Crystal Lake as


RAGBRAI Celebrates With a Bang

For those of us in Forest City who were awakened to the explosions of fireworks in town, there was a  reason. Back in April, the city allowed for a noise variance until 12:30am this morning. The city officials said that this would be a one time thing and that residents would understand with it being

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RAGBRAI Arrives in Forest City

Several bicyclists have begun to trickle into Forest City for the biggest and longest day of celebrations on the route. Residents lined along the route cheered the early arrivals as they made their way onto the staging point where they will camp for the night. Vendors and businesses have been readying the area for the


Bicycle Riders to Endure Summer’s Hottest Days

The thousands of bicycle riders participating in this year’s RAGBRAI ride are facing the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are expected to reach into the 90s. The combination of heat and humidity will drive the heat index – a measure of how hot the air feels –

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Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Muscatine County

A larva collected by the Iowa EAB Team from a residential tree in Muscatine has been positively identified as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)by a federal identifier.  A statewide quarantine restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash logs, wood chips and ash tree nursery stock out of Iowa into non-quarantined areas of other states was


School bus worker fired, denied unemployment

A Des Moines public schools employee responsible for supervising children on a school bus has been denied unemployment benefits and was fired for swatting a child on the top of the head. Ahmed Karshe was fired April 2. He’s denied assaulting or threatening students. His job was to help supervise children riding the bus, some

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Governor Branstad Praises Veteran Support Program

Gov. Terry Branstad says military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa. Branstad said Monday that 23 veterans have gotten jobs through the Home Base Iowa program, which he signed into law this year. The program is designed to make it easier for veterans to transition into civilian jobs in the state. Under Home Base Iowa,