• O'Rourke will speak in Red Oak May 5

    Beto O'Rourke will be in Red Oak for a town hall event on Sunday, May 5 under the Chautauqua. The event is being held from 10:45am-12:45pm He is scheduled to speak beginning at 11:15am.

    Stops in our area on Sunday include:
    8:30 am Shenandoah
    11:00 am Red Oak
    1:00 pm Atlantic
    4:00 pm Creston

  • Gov Reynolds releases statement on the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative passing the Legislature unanimously

    Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg released the following statements after the Iowa Legislature voted unanimously to pass HF 772, the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative:
    “If we are going to be successful as a state, there needs to be growth and prosperity in every single corner of Iowa. With the passage of today's legislation, we are one step closer to achieving that goal. This initiative serves as a connector to existing programs and resources which provide our communities with a roadmap for continued success.” -Gov. Kim Reynolds

  • Public meeting to discuss Windmill Lake fish renovation this fall

     The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Taylor County Conservation Board will host a public meeting at 4 p.m., May 8, at the at the Bedford Fire Station, 702 Dodge Street, in Bedford, to discuss the proposed fish renovation of Windmill Lake near New Market in Taylor County.

    Water quality and sportfish quality at Windmill Lake has declined since the early 2000s due to an increasing population of common carp.

  • Iowa launches '20 artists, 20 parks to commemorate state park centennial

     In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks in 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources; the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; and Iowa State University are bringing 20 artists to 20 state parks this summer.

  • State Awards $2.9 Million in Catalyst Funding to Rejuvenate Downtowns Across Iowa

    Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced today that $2.9 million in Catalyst Grant funding will be awarded to 29 communities across the state. The recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony tonight at the Rural Summit in Grinnell.

  • Most recent online auction invests $87 million into state

    State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced the results of his most recent Invest in Iowa online auction. Over $87 million will be deposited in 34 financial institutions across the state as a result of the April 9 auction. The state will receive an average rate of return of 2.51% on these six month certificates of deposit. “We continue to see significant interest in this program,” Fitzgerald said. “Every auction stands as a testament to how well this program supports local communities across the state.”

  • Fishing regulations relaxed at Windmill Lake in Taylor County

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has relaxed the fishing regulations at Windmill Lake, near New Market, to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate common carp.

    Anglers with a valid fishing license may harvest any size or number of largemouth bass, channel catfish, and all other fish species from Windmill Lake. Any number of fishing poles or jug fishing will be allowed, but anglers must stay in sight of these lines at all times, and follow all other fishing regulations and area rules.

  • Food plots for pheasants and quail provide needed shelter

    Each winter, food plots of corn, sorghum, or other grains are used by all kinds of wildlife for survival.

    A well designed food plot can provide additional shelter for pheasants, quail and other wildlife, and withstand heavy snow storms that often flatten grass habitats, like the late February blizzard that left eight foot snow drifts across portions of north Iowa closing Interstate 35 for more than 24 hours.

  • Southwest Iowa will be home to 14 new trumpeter swans on May 9 and 10

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release 14 trumpeter swans at three locations in southwest Iowa as part of the effort to create a self-sustaining population of swans south of Interstate 80. All releases will occur rain or shine.

    Six swans will be released on the north side of Lake Icaria at the east boat ramp on May 9 at 9:30 a.m., in partnership with the Adams County Conservation Board.
    Two swans will be released at Viking Lake near the restaurant/beach area on May 9 at 1 p.m.

  • Get ready for camping kickoff weekend, May 3-5

    As Iowans eagerly anticipate warmer temperatures, state park staff are preparing for the start of the 2019 camping season. The first weekend of May marks the official launch of the summer camping season with Iowa State Parks’ annual Camping Kickoff celebration.

    “Year of the Volunteer” is the focus of this year’s Camping Kickoff celebration as the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) anticipates its 100th anniversary in 2020.