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Tuesday, June 27

MoneyNew Closing Cost Assistance Program for Iowa Home Buyers

MoneyIWD: Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

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Today's Obituaries

Monday, June 26

!!Avoid Areas of Heavy Smoke Near Fireworks Activities and Displays

Iowa Diesel and Other Motor Fuels Prices Fall

Friday, June 23

Unemployment Rate Remains 3.1%, Adds 5,500 Jobs

Iowa’s State Parks have Campsites, Lodges and Shelters Available for Fourth of July Weekend

Thursday, June 22

farmCrop Reprt: 78 % of Corn and 74 % of Beans Rated Good or Excellent

MoneyGovernor Kim Reynolds to Lead Trade and Investment Mission to Israel

Wednesday, June 21

MoneyMore than $950,000 Awarded in CAT Grants to Four Projects

Plant.Grow.Fly to Plant celebrationButterfly Garden on Iowa Capitol Complex Friday

Tuesday, June 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Swards to Four Companies

Iowa Part of Ongoing Multistate Investigation into Sales of Opioids

Monday, June 19

farmInternational Group of Farmers and Ag Industry Leaders Visiting Iowa June 16-22

Crude Oil and Retail Fuel Prices Falling

Friday, June 16

celebrationNatural Resources: Take Dad Fishing this Father’s Day

helathUNI Receives More Than $300,000 Suicide Prevention Grant

Thursday, June 15

!!Number of Licensed Fireworks Sales Sites Expanding

helathIDPH to Begin Accepting Applications for Expanded Medical Cannabidiol Program

Wednesday, June 14

DNRWater Summary Update Shows Normal Conditions Continue into June

farmCrop Report: Dry and Hot Conditions Helped Crop Development

Tuesday, June 13

!!IDPH Recognizes Drowning Prevention Week June 18-24

MoneyFarmers Market Coupons Available for Older Iowans, Eligible WIC Recipients

Monday, June 12

!!Warmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

Crude Oil, Other Fuels Prices Continue to Drop

Friday, June 9

DNRNatural Resources: I Found this “Abandoned” Fawn

celebrationPenumbra, ISU Solar Car, Comes to Dyersville

Thursday, June 8

!!Drive with Caution – Does are on the Move

Money$2.7 Million in Grants Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, June 7

farmCrop Report: Ninety Percent of Corn Crop has Emerged

MoneyFinancial Wellbeing Involves More Than Managing Money

Tuesday, June 6

!!DPS: Brisk Business for Fireworks Licensing

helathIDPH: Healthy Homes are Smoke Free Homes

Monday, June 5

Retail Gasoline Continues to Increase in Price

Judge Bars Osmosis Defendants from Selling Products in Iowa during Pending Consumer Fraud Lawsuit

Friday, June 2

farmCrop Report: Corn Emergence at 82 Percent

DNRNatural Resources: June is Great Outdoors Month

Thursday, June 1

DNRHunters Harvest Nearly 11,800 Turkeys During 2017 Spring Season

Moderate Increase in Retail Gasoline Prices

Wednesday, May 31

celebrationIowa’s Wine Industry Continues to Grow

farmOrganic Agriculture Grows in Iowa, Ranking 10th in Organic Sales

Tuesday, May 30

celebrationIDPH Smoke Free Homes Registry Reaches 1000 Mark

DNRIowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 2-4

Friday, May 26

celebrationCabins, Campsites Still Available for the Memorial Day Weekend

!!DNR Advises Boaters to Use Caution on Swollen Rivers, Reservoirs

Thursday, May 25

Target Settles with Iowa and 46 States Over Massive 2013 Data Breach

Money$24.1 Million in Credits Awarded to Iowa Historic Preservation Projects

Wednesday, May 24

!!Public Health Department: Tick Season Underway in Iowa

farmCrop Report: Ninety-Two Percent of Corn Crop Planted

Tuesday, May 23

Iowa’s Un-
employment Rate Remains at 3.1 Percent

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Startups

Monday, May 22

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Eight Companies

Natural Gas Prices Rise, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, May 19

!!Expect Heavy Boat Traffic for Memorial Day Weekend

DNRDNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Thursday, May 18

!!Dapertment of Public Safety: Seat Belt Myth Busting

DNRDapertment of Natural Resources: Help Atop Aquatic Hitchhikers

Wednesday, May 17

MoneyEligible Iowans Urged to Submit Provigil Settlement Claims

farmCorn Planting Ahead of 5-Year Average for First Time This Year

Tuesday, May 16

MoneyNew App Helps Iowans ‘Spend Smart. Eat Smart.’

farmFarmers Surveyed on Efforts to Stop Monarch Butterfly Decline

Monday, May 15

!!Iowa HIV Disease Diagnoses Increase; Increased Testing Credited

Retail Gasoline and Natural Gas Prices Down in Iowa

Friday, May 12

!!Popular Northeast and Central Iowa Paddling Destinations Closed

farmCost-share Available to Farmers for Water Quality Practices

Thursday, May 11

celebrationCelebrate Agritourism During National Travel and Tourism Week

DNRIncentives Offered to Help Increase Pollinator Breeding Habitat

Wednesday, May 10

farmCrop Report: 52% of Corn Crop Planted, 9% of Beans

DNRDNR: 9 Ways to Save $$$, Improve the Air and Breathe Easier

Tuesday, May 9

!!Manchester Man Dies After Being Taken Into Custody at Dubuque Bar

DNRWater Summary Update Shows No drought in Iowa Thanks to Cool, Wet April

Monday, May 8

Wholesale Ethanol Prices Down, Other Motor Fuels also Down

!!Iowa Summit Focuses on Hunger among Older Iowans

Friday, May 5

!!IDPH Receives $5.45 Million for Opioid Treatment Program

farmJune 1 Deadline for Century And Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Thursday, May 4

celebrationLatest Iowa Youth Survey Finds Alcohol Use Continues to Decline

State Parks Camping Kickoff is this Weekend

Wednesday, May 3

!!Lieutenant Governor to Serve as Governor, But Lacks Authority to Appoint Lieutenant

farmCrop Report: Corn Planting Remains Behind Historical Averages

Tuesday, May 2

celebrationNatural Resources Law Enforcement Chief Retires

DNRSoil And Water Conservation Week April 30 To May 7

Monday, May 1

MoneyIowa Receives $65.8 Million Annual Tobacco Payment

Moderate Drop In Crude Oil, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, April 28

DNRWalleye Season Opens May 6 on Iowa’s Great Lakes

!!Leave Wildlife Babies Where They Belong --- In The Wild

Thursday, April 27

DNRPartnership Promotes Iowa Grown Natives for Wildlife Habitat

!!EAB Treatment Windows Open for Protecting Healthy Ash Trees

Wednesday, April 26

celebrationYear of Manufacturing Initiative to Encourage Growth of Manufacturing in Iowa

farmCrop Report: Wet Conditions Have Hampered Corn Planting

Tuesday, April 25

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Seven Companies

!!Workers' Memorial Day Honors Iowans Who Lost Their Lives in the Workplace

Monday, April 24

Iowa's Jobless Rate Decreases Slightly to 3.1 Percent in March

Rise In Retail Heating Oil Prices, Other Fuels Mixed

Friday, April 21

celebrationIowa Fertilizer Company Opening World-Class Fertilizer Plant

New Law Changes Iowa Workforce Development Board Structure

Thursday, April 20

farmCrop Report: Rain Continues as an Issue, Corn Five Days Behind

DNRDepartment of Natural Resources: Bat Survey Looking for Volunteers

Wednesday, April 19

MoneyUpper Iowa University Reaches Ideal Agreement

celebrationRegistrations Open for Popular Outdoor Workshop for Girls

Tuesday, April 18

DNRIowa DNR: Public Comment Sought for Impaired Waters List

!!Governor Branstad Signs 2 Bills into Law Addressing Texting while Driving

Monday, April 17

Retail Gasoline Prices Up Again This Week

celebrationUIU to Launch New Brand Identity and Logos April 20

Groan of the Day

Interviewer: What drives you?

Candidate: The bus mostly.

Interviewer: I mean what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

Candidate: Missing the bus!

 A Joke A

Manchester Fire Works Prohibition Continues
The Iowa Legislators have recently adopted new legislation on the sale and use of fireworks within the state. The law permits sales and use of fireworks between the dates of June 1st to July 8th and December 10th to January 3rd. The law provides cities with the ability set regulations on theuse of fireworks within their communities.

The Manchester City Council has chosen to continue with the current ordinance that prohibits the discharge of any fireworks within Manchester's city limits. Residents can still use sparklers, snakes, and snaps, however fireworks classified as meeting DOT 1.4 classification is strictly prohibited, without obtaining a permit from the City Council.

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Beach Boys will Return for VIP Night at the 2017 Fair

The Delaware County Fair is excited to announce iconic band The Beach Boys will return as their headlining act for VIP Night at the 2017 Fair. With dozens of chart topping singles and a timeless sound that transcends the decades, the Beach Boys will take the stage on Friday, July 14th.

The Beach Boys have been making hits every decade since the 1950’s with great songs like “Fun Fun Fun”, “I Get Around”, “Surfin’ Safari” and “Good Vibrations”. The music stylings of Mike Love and the gang are timeless classics that have spanned the decades and continue to be relevant, fun music yet today.

The 2017 edition of VIP Night at the Delaware County Fair will once again have reserved seating and a standing room only area. Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Fair said, “The Beach Boys were a sell out show for us in the past and everyone who attended that show loved it! We’re excited to bring this band back and have no doubt the show will be awesome again!” Tickets will be $70 if bought in advance and will include all you care to eat and drink during the show. They can be purchased starting on April 1st, at the Fair website. Domeyer concluded, “Mike Love and the Beach Boys are some of the best showmen in the industry. Couple their awesome songs with our classic VIP set up and this concert will be one you won’t want to miss!”

For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Sawyer Brown to Headline Coutry Night at the Delaware County Fair July 13

Sawyer Brown and opening act Little Texas are the acts for this year’s Country Night at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester. Headlining the evening, Sawyer Brown is best known for their classic country hits such as “Some Girls Do,” “The Race is On,” “Six Days on the Road,” and “The Dirt Road”. The band has published twenty-three albums, more than 50 chart singles, and touts multiple CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf.

The band’s live shows are legendary. Having been described as “the Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band bounds onto the stage night after night, delivering its own unique brand of high-energy entertainment. It would certainly be an understatement to say that Sawyer Brown has “played shows.” The band has earned its place as one of the premier live acts in music. The band began by playing 275-300 nights a year for the first decade or more of its career—and has never come off the road. Tireless road warriors, the band thrives on playing live.

Opening for Sawyer Brown is renowned band, Little Texas. Their album, Big Time, which has sold more than three million copies to date, spawned three No. 1 singles -“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love” - and captured the group's first CMT Award, a Billboard award, a Radio & Records award and their first Grammy nomination. Other chart-topping hits include “Kick a Little,” “Some Guys Have All the Love,” and “First Time for Everything.”

Tickets for the Sawyer Brown, Little Texas show go on sale Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 a.m. You can purchase tickets online at the Fair’s website. For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Ambassadors Visits for February

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited three businesses on February 16, 2017.

The first stop was at NAPA Auto Parts located at 104 W. Butler Street. Dennis Thompson is the new owner of NAPA Auto Parts. They provide delivery of auto parts and starting March 1st, will be open until 7 PM.

The second stop was at the First Presbyterian Church located at 312 E. Butler Street to welcome Maxwell Muska, the new Pastor. Services are held Sundays at 10 AM.

The final stop was at Aunt Emmy’s located at 114 N. Franklin. Emily Kelchen is
the new owner of Aunt Emmy’s (formerly Coffee Den). This is your stop for everything from coffee, breakfast, lunch, cookies, cupcakes, special orders, and even delivery!

Rhubarb Festival

Edgewood Rodeo Days June 22 - 25, 2017

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Delaware County Fair July 10 - 16, 2017

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Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

Great Jones County Fair July 19-23, 2017

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 7, 2017

Named by the Iowa legislature in 1993, for great family fun at the annual Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off!  The event is scheduled for the 1st Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games and much more!

The Iowa record for a big pumpkin was broken several years in a row in the pumpkin capital of Iowa, Anamosa.  In 2007, Anamosa received national recognition by weighing in the second largest pumpkin in the world at 1662 pounds from Don Young of Des Moines, IA.

Downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be closed to showcase Food and Craft Vendors. Pumpkinfest activities include Pumpkin Carving Exhibitions, Pumpkin Recipe Contest, Kids Games and Rides, Parade, Scarecrow Contest, Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament, Hay Bail Toss, Live Music and 5K Run. The annual Chili Cook-Off benefits the free medical clinic.

National Farm Toy Museum

Hidden amongst the patch worked fields of green and gold, the National Farm Toy Museum, has been home to thousands of farm toys and collectibles since 1986. The idea of a farm toy museum came from the growing awareness of the farm toy hobby through passionate and enthusiastic collectors, and the demand for additional space to house the National Farm Toy Show. Taking note of these two elements Dave Bell, then of the ERTL Company, and Claire Scheibe, founder and past president of the Toy Farmer Ltd. met with the Dyersville Industries, Inc. (DII) Board of Directors to propose the National Farm Toy Museum.

As was expected, the DII Board did not immediately accept the idea of building a museum. One major concern the Directors focused on was the expense to construct the facility. To help defray the costs a fund raising campaign was put together that included introducing and selling a series of collector tractors. The first series was a line of vintage Cockshutt tractors. The series consisted of a three-tractor set that was produced from 1986 thru 1990. Those who purchased the first set are still acknowledged in the museum today. The result of the fund raising campaign and the sales of the Cockshutt series tractor sales was the National Farm Toy Museum. Every year the National Farm Toy Museum selects an exclusive collector's series tractor to produce for the benefit of the Museum.
See more details here.

Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie Site

Come see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays, July 6 & 20 August 3, 17, 31 at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The ghosts will appear at 1 pm and perform their "Greatest Show on Dirt."  Come play some ball and have some fun!  Free admission.  See more details here.

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier

The Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic parish for the residents of Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of 70 basilicas in the United States. The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church was named in honor of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.

The basilica features Gothic architecture. This includes columns and vaulted ceilings. The church has a seating capacity of about 1200 people. There are about 5000 people total in the parish.  It has 64 large stained glass windows. There are two notable windows in the church. 
See more details here.

Elkader Opera House

The beautifully renovated 1903 Elkader Opera House is nestled in the scenic Turkey River valley in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House is best known as Northeast Iowa’s entertainment leader. With its rich cultural heritage the Elkader Opera House provides a charming and unique setting for any event.
See more details here.

Clayton County Fair

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Turkey River Corridor

As an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its geographic size and potential. It truly is a regional great place. The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River corridor. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities. The corridor communities are linked in a common mission to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey River Corridor through the creation of land and water trails infrastructure.
See more details here.

Heartland Acres

Heartland Acres Agribition Center is located off Highway 20 Exit 252, in Independence, Iowa. Dedicated to exhibiting the past, present and future of agriculture in the National Heritage Area, Heartland Acres has something fun and educational for people of all ages. Heartland Acres has seasonal livestock, new and antique farm equipment, a classic car museum, events center and a one-room schoolhouse.  See more details here.

Buchanan County Fair
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Brew BQ

Overwhelm your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood smoke. New vendors for 2014 will bring a delicious new flavor to the menu selection. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing tickets at the event.

Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone are available in advance or at the gate.

Bring your lawn chair, music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m.   
See more detailshere.

Williams Center for the Performing Arts

Opened in the Fall of 2003.  The construction of the center was part of a project which included a wellness center and other festures.  The williams center for the arts includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a multi-funtional, sound/light booth, a spacious work area, several spacious dressing rooms and multi-level storage.  See more details here.

Fayette County Fair

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Oelwein Heritage Days

Annually held 3rd Weekend in August. 

A great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our past. Railroad History - Large Flea Market - Beautiful Quilts - 5K Race - Vintage Cars - Arts & Crafts - Street Dance - Musical Entertainment - Games - Window Displays - Sidewalk Sales - Lunch Stands. Out-of-town guests can make Oelwein their weekend destination and area residents can renew their local heritage. Fun for the entire family!  
See more details here.

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