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Iowa's water quality in shambles: What is the cause and are there solutions

Iowa is the leading exporter of corn and pork within the United States, and is the second leading exporter of soybeans, behind Illinois. Iowa’s booming agricultural industry takes pride in … more

From roadhouse to greenhouse

KALONA Renae’s Roadhouse was a quaint bar situated 11 miles northwest of Kalona. But owner Renae Baur-McGuire closed operations in December 2023, promising something new was on the … more

Hobby Hens

KALONA You don’t need to be a farmer to keep your own flock of chickens. Urban chickens are becoming increasingly common as cities recognize the health benefits of access to fresh eggs while … more

Beloved Hawkeyes swarm Riverside Casino

RIVERSIDE On Friday, April 26, 11 members of the Iowa Women’s Basketball team visited the Riverside Casino, welcoming over 1,500 fans which lined up through the event center halls and out … more

Lone Tree native returns to offer area dogs a spa day

LONE TREE For people, a trip to the spa can be a full-day excursion to ease tensions and find relaxation.   Why not treat your furry best friend to the same level of care?   With … more

Lone Tree church starts mental health conversation

LONE TREE At a mental health and wellness workshop on Saturday, April 6, licensed mental health counselor Jennifer Brost described mental health in a small community like Lone Tree: everyone … more

Mid-Prairie's art show

Washington's wonder

WASHINGTON There is a stark difference between the silver screen and a flatscreen at home. There is an even further divide between an old movie theater and one newly built. The lights … more

North America’s smallest raptor: The American Kestrel

KALONA The itty-bitty American Kestrel might not intimidate at a glance, but this small raptor terrorizes many across the American continent. The kestrel’s ferocity is not it’s … more

Craftsman finds inspiration in Kalona church building – and its bats

KALONA Each nook and cranny of Kalona is chock-full of antique furniture that yearns for a time when it felt young, vibrant, alive. It takes a dedicated hand and a concentrated mind to craft and … more

Lone Tree poet inspired by walking, fasting

LONE TREE A crisp walk. An inward talk. File an idea. Scribble it down. Repeat. This has been Nancy Braun’s dedicated walking/writing hybrid system for over 20 … more

Shortage of psychiatrists leaves Iowans hurting

A constant lack of services and burdensome workloads plague the mental health landscape in Iowa. In 2012, Iowa had 236 professional psychiatrists. In 2021, the state was down to 212, in contrast … more

More Americans are seeking therapy, and that’s a good thing

“We can all use a non-judgmental person in our life to just talk through what we’re feeling and knowing that it’s safe. We have family [and] friends, but it doesn’t always … more

Iowan artist creates free comics for newspapers out of love for the medium

TOLEDO Flies and soup, a combination fit for a frog. Iowa artist and author Michael D. Davis specializes in the artistically strange and comically abstract, including his widespread … more

2024 Iowa Pork Congress reflects suffering industry

DES MOINES This year’s annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 24-25, brought together pork producers, related businesses, and industry experts in Des Moines for two days of educational seminars, … more

Pioneer Park offers many levels of senior care in Lone Tree

LONE TREE Lone Tree’s Pioneer Park is situated on East Pioneer Road at the east edge of town with county land at its backyard. The senior care facility may not be in downtown Lone … more

Local High Schooler extends his compassion for animals to area senior communities

KALONA & WELLMAN “I would say that human interaction is very important, but animals are unique in that they have absolutely no judgment,” Henry Yoder says. “The … more

Snowstorm beaches ocean predator in Iowa City

IOWA CITY If this were a sunny Florida beach, the red flags would wave, signaling danger. Powerful jaws lurk just below the waves; a dorsal fin could be the last thing a potential victim sees … more

Wooden Wheel Vineyards: hosting one-of-a-kind weddings in the heart of rural Iowa

Keota Weddings and wine make a perfect partnership. This combination sets apart Mike and Connie Vincent’s Wooden Wheel Vineyards in Keota. Their event center gives any soon-to-be-weds a … more

Fresh, unique wedding flowers dazzle from Wellman-based Flora

Wellman Planning a blue-themed wedding? Requesting an out-of-season flower? No worries, Wellman’s Farm Fresh Flora has the flowers needed to stay on theme. Melanie Schweitzer, owner of … more
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