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Collector Sells Vintage Machines on Iowa Farm

An Amish collector’s sale of antique farming equipment has drawn prospective bidders from as far away as Canada to northeast Iowa. Bidders from several states, including Michigan, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, traveled to Rudy and Sara Gingerich’s farm on Wednesday to view their collection of vintage threshers, which separate grain from plants by beating them.

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Patriot Day Remembered in Des Moines

Volunteers have placed 3,213 American flags in the ground at Gray’s Lake Park in Des Moines in preparation for Patriot Day on Thursday. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department said the flags are the key part of the Tribute Trail at the park. Patriot Day honors the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist


Grassley and Others React to President’s ISIS Initiatives

Sen. Chuck Grassley tonight made the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s remarks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “The President has been operating from a leadership deficit on how to deal with this threat.  That’s left a lot of uncertainty among the American people, as they see the ruthless acts

Old Cedar Falls Post Office Could Become Wine Bar

The historic Cedar Falls post office that was saved from the wrecking ball by a local preservation group could soon become a wine bar. Thanks to efforts by Cedar Falls Development Group, the old post office is ready for a business to move in. The city council voted in 2012 to demolish the building, which

Cancer Patient Gets Probation for Using Marijuana

A judge gave probation rather than a prison sentence Tuesday to a dying Iowa man who was convicted of growing marijuana that he said he used to treat his terminal cancer. The sentence was a break for 48-year-old Benton Mackenzie, who could have faced three or more years in prison. Mackenzie was convicted on drug

Regents To Consider Proposed UNI Land Sale

An Iowa Board of Regents committee recommended Tuesday the sale of 50 acres of land on the western edge of the University of Northern Iowa campus to the Cedar Falls school district. The Property and Facilities Committee of the Board of Regents moved the issue to the full board, which meets Wednesday in Ames. The

Officials Monitor Severe Weather Around Iowa

Severe weather around Iowa on Tuesday could pack hail and tornadoes, according to officials. The large storm system moving throughout the state is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rainfall and potential flooding between the late afternoon and evening, said the National Weather Service in a hazardous weather briefing. Officials said the severe weather could