Time to renew hunting, fishing licenses

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources encouraged hunters and anglers to purchase their 2018 license before their 2017 license expires.

Annual Iowa hunting and fishing licenses expire Jan. 10. License holders who purchased the three-year option should check the date range printed on their license for expiration.

Leadership Iowa class donates to Early Learning Center

A thank you for the community’s hospitality

Leadership Iowa, the state’s premier issues awareness program, held its economic development and manufacturing session in Greene county in November. More than 40 current and emerging leaders were selected for the class which, over the course of three days, toured Greene County businesses and manufacturing facilities including John Deere-Paton, Bauer Built/Concrete Machinery, American Athletic, Power Lift, and Scranton Manufacturing/New Way Trucks. Continue reading Leadership Iowa class donates to Early Learning Center

IDALS recaps year in Iowa agriculture

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship on Dec. 26 highlighted some of the top ag issues in Iowa in 2017.

“While the challenging economic conditions on the farm continued in 2017, I was extremely encouraged to continue to see farmers experimenting and investing in water quality efforts on their farm. We continue to see Iowans on the farm and in our communities taking on the challenge of improving water quality. It is encouraging to see growth by farmers in both infield practices, such as cover crops and no-till, but also edge of field practices, like wetlands and bioreactors, as we work to address this important issue,” said Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Continue reading IDALS recaps year in Iowa agriculture

Human trafficking topic of Community Conversation

Human trafficking is the topic of a Community Conversation Thursday, Jan. 4.

Ruth I. E. Buckels, statewide coordinator for Youth and Shelter Services in Ames, will present and lead discussion. She will share Iowa trafficking stories to create awareness and increase safety. She advocates for all Iowa teens to learn about human trafficking and how it is thriving in Iowa. Continue reading Human trafficking topic of Community Conversation

DNR invites all to First Day Hikes on Jan. 1

Nearby Ledges state park in Boone County and Springbrook state park in Guthrie County are among the 27 Iowa state parks to host First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day. Hikers can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter and experience spectacular views, beautiful settings and the cultural treasures offered by Iowa’s state parks, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release. Continue reading DNR invites all to First Day Hikes on Jan. 1

Elks continuing Christmas dinner tradition

Jefferson Elks Lodge 2306 is taking reservations now for the annual Christmas Day dinner, to be served Dec. 25 at 4 pm at the lodge, 103 W. Harrison St.

The dinner is for all those who wish to attend, and particularly those who have no one to have dinner with on Christmas Day. The dinner will be followed by Bingo with prizes being awarded to Bingo winners. Continue reading Elks continuing Christmas dinner tradition