• Update on non-resident user fee pilot program

    The Iowa DNR plans to roll out the non-resident user fee pilot program for Lake Manawa and Waubonsie state parks in mid-August.

    Senate File 306, passed by the Iowa Legislature this year, established the pilot program.

    DNR staff will use the month of July to finalize details and order all necessary equipment and signage to meet the mid-August deadline. More information will be announced to the public in late July or early August and will be posted publicly at the parks, available online and sent out in a news release.

  • Gov. Reynolds to stop in Clarinda, Bedford

    Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg release public schedules
    DES MOINES– Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg on Friday released their public schedules for Monday, July 1 – Sunday, July 7, 2019.
    The following events are open to credentialed members of the media:
    Monday, July 1st
    Gov. Reynolds visits Manning Marketplace
    321 Main St
    Manning, IA
    8:45 a.m.
    Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg tour North Central Correctional Facility
    313 Lanedale

  • Red Oak City Ordinance on fireworks

    Firework rules and regulations


    PROHIBITION OF FIREWORKS OR NOVELTIES USE. The City may prohibit use of fireworks when an increased fire danger is present, or for any other good cause-posing hazard to the City or property of its residents.


    First-Class Consumer Fireworks and Second-Class Consumer Fireworks may be used only on July 4 beginning at 1:00 P.M. and ending at 11:00 P.M.


    Fireworks shall be discharged a minimum of fifty (50) feet from any structure at the location where discharged.

  • Essex Community Club seeking nominations for Labor Day Grand Marshal

    The Essex Community Club is seeking nominations for 2019 Labor Day Grand Marshal. 2019 will be the 109th Annual Essex Community Celebration!

    The Grand Marshal tradition has taken place since the Essex Centennial in 1970.

    Presently, the Grand Marshal is featured in the Labor Day parade and special guest at all of the events of the weekend celebration.

  • Another wet week limits field work

    Another wet week as showers and thunderstorms moved through the State meant Iowa farmers had limited opportunities for fieldwork during the week ending June 23, 2019, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were just 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included planting, harvesting hay, spraying and applying nitrogen.

  • Reynolds announces Future Ready Iowa employer Innovation Fund is accepting applications

    Gov. Reynolds announces Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is now accepting applications


    DES MOINES –Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that the Future Ready Iowa (FRI) Employer Innovation Fund is now open for applications that help increase the number of Iowans earning non-credit and for-credit postsecondary credentials that lead to high-demand jobs. Applications can be prepared and submitted through IowaGrants.gov by Aug.1. Eligible applicants include employers, employer consortiums and community organizations.

  • Protect sensitive people from heavy fireworks smoke; dispose unused fireworks safely

    As much as we love fireworks displays, drifting smoke can cause breathing problems for some.

    “If your family or friends suffer from asthma or respiratory difficulties, it’s important for them to stay upwind, a safe distance from fireworks smoke,” says Brian Hutchins, DNR air quality supervisor. “The elderly and children are also vulnerable to higher levels of smoke.”

  • FEMA extends incident period for Iowa disaster

    Gov. Kim Reynolds today received word that additional damage caused by the severe weather and flooding that began March 12, 2019, will be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

  • June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

    June 27 is National HIV Testing Day and is an annual occasion to encourage  
    people to get tested for HIV.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  
    (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommend that everyone  
    between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of  
    their routine health care.  One in seven people living with HIV are unaware  
    of their status. Getting tested and learning your status is the best first  
    step that any person can take.

  • Iowa crops and weather report

    For the second week in a row, mostly dry weather conditions allowed Iowa farmers to get work done in their fields. Statewide there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 16, 2019, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included planting and re-planting of crops, harvesting hay, spraying and applying nitrogen.