Today's News

  • Iowa's youth turkey season April 5

    Iowa’s youth turkey season begins April 5
    Iowa’s youth only turkey hunting season begins April 5 for residents age 15 and younger at the time when they purchased their youth turkey license.

    This season is set aside to allow youths to hunt under direct guidance of an adult mentor, age 18 and older. Over the past four years, an average of 5,500 youth participated in the season.

    The focus of the youth season is to provide opportunities to teach skills necessary to become a confident turkey hunter.

  • Time to stop pruning oaks

    Time to stop pruning oaks
    It may be cool out, but it is time to finish pruning oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt.  The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to not prune any oak tree between the end of March and the start of October.  However, the warm weather conditions indicate that spring might be a bit early this year. For that reason, DNR suggest finishing your oak pruning this year by the end of the first week in March.

  • McDonalds hold all-day statewide fundraiser to benefit flood victims

    Local McDonald’s owner-operators from across Nebraska and western Iowa are coming together to rally behind #NebraskaStrong and #IowaStrong flood relief efforts in honor of #NebraskaStrongDay on Friday, March 22.

    McDonald’s restaurants in Nebraska and western Iowa participating in this fundraiser on Friday will be donating 10 percent of the day’s sales to local American Red Cross chapters and other organizations in need – including schools and local charities – to further support communities devastated by the flood.

  • Five counties eligible to apply for disaster unemployment insurance benefits

     Iowans in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, and Woodbury counties have until April 25, 2019 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

  • Iowa Master Conservationist program to begin in West Pott County

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Iowa Master Conservationist Program starting Spring 2019. The program will take place at the Hitchcock Nature Center, providing participants with hands-on interaction with the diversity of the state’s natural resources. The program teaches about Iowa’s natural ecosystems and the diversity of conservation challenges and opportunities that exist in the region. Graduates of the course learn to make informed choices for leading and educating others to improve conservation in Iowa.

  • DNR officers assist with rescue missions during flood

    DNR conservation officers and park rangers have responded in droves providing crucial equipment and fulfilling extraordinary public safety rescue missions.

    Since Thursday, March 14, more than 34 DNR conservation officers and two DNR park rangers from across the state have responded to western and southwestern Iowa, working collaboratively in two-officer teams per boat from dawn to dusk. Those officers have performed rescue missions via DNR boats saving 31 people, 17 dogs, 9 cats, and one iguana.

  • Unemployment assistance available to those in Mills, Fremont County due to flooding

    As a result of President Trump's Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for public and individual assistance for residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona and Woodbury counties in Iowa, disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) is now available in those counties. DUA expands eligibility for unemployment benefits and provides assistance to the self-employed including business owners and farmers.

  • USDA to aid those affected by flooding

    To help Iowan residents, farmers, and ranchers affected by the devastation caused by recent flooding, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to aid people in their recovery efforts. USDA staff in the regional, state, and county offices are responding and providing a variety of program flexibilities and other assistance to residents, agricultural producers, and impacted communities at large.

  • Office of the Governor releases information on applying for flood assistance

    Office of the Governor releases information on applying for flood assistance

    DES MOINES – Today the governor’s office released the below information to help Iowans impacted by the recent flood. Applying for assistance to recover from the recent flooding in Iowa is easy and can be done via phone or online.
    Call 1-800-621-3362. You can call between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., seven days a week. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a TTY, can call 800-462-7585.

  • Trump approves major disaster declaration for 56 Iowa counties

    President Trump approves major disaster declaration for 56 Iowa counties

    DES MOINES -  Gov. Kim Reynolds today received notification that President Trump has granted her request for an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 56 counties that have been severely impacted by recent flooding along the Missouri River and other parts of the state. The declaration makes assistance available to homeowners, renters, businesses, public entities, and select nonprofit organizations.