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Friday, June 24

!!Operation Dry Water Starts June 24: Don't Drink and Boat

Natural Gas Prices Climb for Forth Straight Week

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Today's Obituaries

Thursday, June 23

Iowa E-book Buyers to Receive Additional $5.5M from Apple Price-Fixing Case

!!Caution Advised as Peak Boating Season Approaches

Wednesday, June 22

May Unemployment Rate Remains Stable at 3.9 Percent

farmCrop Report: Soybean Emergence at 97 Percent

Tuesday, June 21

!!See Something, Say Something in Wake of Recent Tragedies

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to 4 Startups

Monday, June 20

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 4 Companies

!!ISU Researchers Looking to Step Up Mosquito Surveillance

Friday, June 17

Natural Gas Prices Continue Upward Trend, Home Heating Oil Climbs

New Jersey “Winning” Betting Systems Seller Barred from Iowa

Thursday, June 16

farmCrop Report: Soybean Planting 98% 

MoneyIowa Certifies Site on the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant Campus

Wednesday, June 15

MoneyNearly $1.5 Million in CAT Grants Awarded to Five Projects

Farmers Market Coupons Available for Eligible Older Iowans, WIC Recipients

Tuesday, June 14

!!Warmer Weather Prompts Public Health Reminder

DNRDNR: June Is Invasive Species Awareness Month

Monday, June 13

Texas Chiropractors to Cease Future Iowa “Natural Diabetes Program” Seminars

DNRWater Summary Update Notes Dry Areas in South Central Iowa, Above Normal Streamflows

Friday, June 10

celebrationIowa DNR: June is Great Outdoors Month

Second Week Of Higher Natural Gas Prices

Thursday, June 9

DNRIowa Pheasant Harvest Highest Since 2009, Quail Highest Since 2007

helathHealth Department: State Report Focuses on Complete Streets

Wednesday, June 8

!!Health Department: Iowa Zika Transmission Threat is Low

farmCrop Report: 80% of Corn Crop Rated Good to Excellent

Tuesday, June 7

MoneyIowa Receives $200,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Science of Parenting: Dealing with Picky Eaters

Monday, June 6

!!New Study Finds Fewer Iowans are Gambling

Natural Gas, Motor Fuels Prices Trend Upward

Friday, June 3

celebrationJim Wohlpart to be Named UNI's Interim President

Judgment Bars New York-Based Mailing Operation from Iowa

Thursday, June 2

DNRIowa DNR: 2016 Spring Turkey Harvest Tips 12,000

farmCrop Report: All Corn is Planted, Soybeans 88% Planted

Wednesday, June 1

DNRIowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 3-5

Unleaded Gasoline, Diesel Fuel Prices Drift Higher

Tuesday, May 31

DNRCollaboration to Enhance Pollinator Habitat along New Monarch Highway

!!DNR Program Helps Iowa Communities Monitor Drinking Water for Microcystin

Friday, May 27

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.9 Percent in April

DNRDNR Campaign to Promote Family Fishing in Iowa

Thursday, May 26

DNRDNR: Boaters Urged to Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers

!!Beneficial Insect Released to Help Manage Emerald Ash Borer

Wednesday, May 25

!!Department of Public Health: Picnic Food Safety

farmIowa Crop Report: Wet and Cold Conditions Slowed Progress

Tuesday, May 24

!!Be Safe, Be Buckled! May 23 – June 6, 2016 Click It or Ticket

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 6 Startups

Monday, May 23

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to 7 Companies

farmUSDA Encourages Farmers To Participate In Usda Surveys On 2016 Crop, Current Grain Supply Levels

Friday, May 20

celebrationIowa Farm to School Program Partnering with Farmers Markets Across The State

Significant Increase in Heating Oil Prices

Thursday, May 19

!!Department of Public Health: Ticks Are Out – Keep Them Off

Money$19.6 Million Awarded to Iowa Communities for Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, May 18

farmCrop Report: 88 Percent of Corn, 43 Percent of Soybeans Planted

DNRIowa DNR: Spring Fishing in Full Swing Across Iowa

Tuesday, May 17

!!It’s Up to All of Us to Prevent Underage Drinking in Iowa

farmFarmers Willing to Assist in Monarch Conservation Efforts

Monday, May 16

celebrationCelebrate June Dairy Month in Iowa Visit an Open House

DNRCost-Share Available for Water Quality Practices Statewide

Friday, May 13

Natural Gas, Crude Oil Prices Trending Upward

MoneyMore than $1.8 million in CAT Grants Awarded to Four Projects

Thursday, May 12

MoneyUnderstand Spending Patterns to Reach Financial Goals

celebration$2.47 Million Gift to Create Presidential Scholarship Fund at UNI

Wednesday, May 11

farmFarmland Cash Rent Prices Decline for Third Consecutive Year

!!Anamosa Bottled Water Advisory Lifted; Chemical is Not a Risk to Residents

Tuesday, May 10

MoneyIowa Homeownership Month Campaign: “2,500 Bucks”

!!Iowa GTSB Forms Impaired Driving Coalition

Monday, May 9

Judge Orders $100,000 Consumer Fraud Default Judgment against New Jersey Man

celebrationIowa DNR: Celebrate Iowa's Air Quality Improvements

Friday, May 6

Retail Fuels and Hetaing Fuels on the Rise

DNRLeave Wildlife Babies Where They Belong - In the Wild

Thursday, May 5

farmPressure to Maintain Profit Margins a Barrier to Soil and Water Conservation

DNRWalleye Season Opens May 7 on Iowa's Great Lakes

Wednesday, May 4

MoneyIowa Celebrates $8 Billion Tourism Industry During National Travel and Tourism Week

farmCrop Report:  Progress Continues on Planting

Tuesday, May 3

celebrationMain Street Iowa Celebrates 30 Years of Outstanding Achievements

DNRDepartment of Natural Resources Asks Iowans to be Air Aware

Monday, May 2

!!New Iowa Study Released On Hauling Of Crude Oil And Biofuels By Rail

DNRIowa to Celebrate Its First Source Water Protection Week

Friday, April 29

Unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Prices Nudge Higher

MoneyDevelopment Board Makes Awards to Seven Startups

Thursday, April 28

helathRegional Medical Center Creates $30,932,225 Impact on Local Economy

!!DPS Officials Remind Iowans to be Vigilant of Child Abductions

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards

Wednesday, April 27

farmCrop Report:  Rain Slows Planting Progress

DNRIncreasing Foliage Reduces Visibility for Turkey Hunters

Tuesday, April 26

DNRWater Summary Update - Iowa Remains Drought-Free

farmJune 1 Deadline for Century and Heritage Farm Owners to Apply

Monday, April 25

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.8 Percent in March

celebrationRedesigned State of Iowa Website Unveiled

Friday, April 22

Slight Increase in Iowa Unleaded Gasoline Prices

celebrationFull Participation in Teacher Leadership and Compensation System

Thursday, April 21

!!Preparations For Avian Influenza That Have Taken Place In The Last Year

DNRRecord Setting Spring Walleye Netting Season

Wednesday, April 20

farmCrop Report: Corn Planting has Begun in Earnest

farmResources Available to Farmers Using No-till And Strip-till

Tuesday, April 19

RMC Parents As Teachers: Everyday Actions Create Great Childhoods

celebrationUNI JPEC Receives International Award for Student Entrepreneurship

farmIowa Farm to School Program Celebrates New Growing Season

Monday, April 18

MoneyDelaware County Community Chest Funding Applications Due

farmTiming Key in Maximizing Profit of Land, Market Investments

Friday, April 15

MoneyMidAmerican Energy Announces 3.6 Billion Investment in Additional Wind Generation Capacity

DNR520 Firearms, Bows, Gun Barrels, Ccopes, Tree Stands Available at DNR Spring Sale

Thursday, April 14

Money$800,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

Crude Oil and Heating Fuel Prices Increase

Wednesday, April 13

!!April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month

farmIowa Crop Report: Getting Equipment Ready

Tuesday, April 12

Money2016 Money Smart Week Is April 23-30

celebrationNearly 700 Students Compete at 59th Annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa

Monday, April 11

New Jersey Seller of Purported Lottery Winning Systems Will Pay Refunds

farmNominations Sought for 2016 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

Friday, April 8

DNRDNR Boater Reminder, Pull the Drain Plugs

Motor Fuels Lower, Crude Mixed, Natural Gas Higher

Thursday, April 7

farmCrop Report: Topsoil and Subsoil Moisture Mostly Adequate

DNRDNR: Iowa Boat Registrations Due April 30

Wednesday, April 6

Science of Parenting: Children Learn from Chores

!!Many Iowa Evergreens Showing Signs of Winter Burn

Tuesday, April 5

celebrationShow Support for Military Kids: Wear Purple April 15

helathValue-Added Services for Iowa Medicaid Patients

Monday, April 4

DNRIowa DNR Announces Spring Turkey Seasons

Settlement Dissolves Two Sham Cancer Charities

Friday, April 1

Slight Rise in National Retail Gasoline Prices

MoneyEconomic Development Board Makes Awards to Four Startups

Thursday, March 31

DNROnline Hunting Atlas Offers Hunters Places to Go

MoneyEconomic Development Board Approves Awards to Four Companies

Wednesday, March 30

farmFarm Poll Shows Farmers Increasing Use of Nutrient Loss Reduction Practices

celebrationUNI to Honor Student Activists from 1970 Campus Protest

Tuesday, March 29

celebrationUI Health Care Again Recognized as a Leading Employer

DNRPlant.Grow.Fly. and Mayor Cownie Encourage Iowa’s Mayors to Sign Monarch Pledge

Monday, March 28

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Increases to 3.7 Percent in February

farmISU Extension: What Is a Bull Worth?

Friday, March 25

While Crude Oil Rises, Motor Fuels Relatively Stable

Fourth of July Campsite Reservations Open Soon

Thursday, March 24

State of Iowa to Hold Energy Plan Public Forums

Online Internet Marketing Training Seller to Refund Iowans

Wednesday, March 23

!!March 21-25 Severe Weather Awareness Week

celebrationIowa State Graduate Programs Ranked Highly by U.S. News

Tuesday, March 22

MoneyISU Extension and Outreach Awarded $950,000 FDA Food Safety Grant

farmSpecialty Crop Block Grant Applications Due May 2

Monday, March 21

MoneyMore than $900,000 in CAT Grants Awarded to Two Projects

farmCommittee Awards Nearly $225,000 in Grants to Enhance Swine Industry

Groan of the Day

The topic for my third-grade class was genetics. Smiling broadly, I pointed to my dimples and asked, “What trait do you think I passed on to my children?”

One student called out, “Wrinkles!”

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Compression stockings or support stockings today are nothing like those that grandma wore.  Gone are the tan, thick, and hard-to-put-on stockings of years ago.  Now you can enjoy compression stockings that are comfortable, stylish and made from a variety of fibers!

Understanding the benefits of, and differences in, the various types of compression stockings is important. Compression stockings are made in various strengths and each strength-range is prescribed for a specific reason.  For example, the white stockings known as TEDS are often prescribed to help prevent blood clot formation associated with surgery and bed-rest.  On the other hand, graduated compression stockings are used to treat varicose veins, ankle swelling, skin changes or ulcerations caused by Chronic Venous Insufficiency and come in a variety of strengths including 15-20 mm Hg, 20-30 mm Hg, 30-40 mm Hg and even 50-60 mm Hg.  Chronic Venous Insufficiency is the condition that arises when the valves within the veins function poorly allowing blood to flow backwards with gravity, and most importantly, away from the heart where it becomes oxygenated.  This causes leg symptoms which include tired, aching, burning, itching, swelling, and a heavy sensation, as well as varicosities that range from spider veins to ropey-bulging veins.  More pronounced signs of venous insufficiency include brown-stain discoloration, spontaneous bleeding, and ulcerations.

Compression stockings and other medical treatment interventions can greatly improve your quality of life! Dr. Jenkins, a board certified general surgeon has spent the last several years of his busy Dubuque, Iowa practice specializing in the treatment of varicose veins and has just recently received the distinction of being Iowa’s first accredited vein center as announced by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.  Dr. Jenkins is also a Registered Vascular Technician, a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, a Registered Phlebology Sonographer, and an active diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.  If you have concerns about your leg symptoms, call us today at 563-583-8346!  Free screening dates are available.  Come see Iowa’s leader in varicose vein treatment—because experience does matter!

Building 429 to Headline Christian Concert for 2016 Delaware County Fair

Billboard’s 2012 Christian Songs Artist of the Year Building 429 will headline this year’s Wednesday evening concert at the Delaware County Fair. This Grammy nominated band has been touted throughout their 15-year career as “authentic and amazing – uplifting and unforgettable,” along with being “truly focused on bringing glory to God.

Since the release of their debut album in 2000, Jason Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Jesse Garcia (guitars), and Aaron Branch (bass) have tirelessly and passionately exhorted the faith community with popular battle cries such as “Where I Belong” and “We Won’t Be Shaken.” In fact, their songs have also reached the peak of the radio charts. Building 429 held the No. 1 spot with “We Won’t Be Shaken” on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR chart and AC Indicator for multiple weeks, eventually resulting in a nomination for the band at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards (Top Christian Song). Previous to that, “Where I Belong” (from 2011’s Listen To The Sound) became one of the longest No. 1 singles in Billboard history of Billboard’s Christian charts with a whopping 15 weeks at the top. “Where I Belong” went on to be named 2012 Christian Song of the Year and recognized as BMI’s 2013 Song of the Year. 

Building 429 will be in Manchester on Wednesday, July 13th. Seating for this concert is free with your admission to the Fair. Adult admission is $12 and kids are $3. You can find more information about the Building 429 concert and the upcoming Delaware County Fair by visiting

Chris Janson & Chase Bryant to Headline Country Night at 2016 Delaware County Fair

Chris Janson and Chase Bryant were recently announced as the headlining acts for this year’s Country Night at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester. Janson is best known for his upbeat summer anthem, “Buy Me A Boat”. Nominated as Single Record of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, this chart topper quickly hit #1 on the itunes Country Chart and climbed quickly to the top of the Country Billboard Charts. Janson co-wrote this hit along with penning songs for the likes of Justin Moore, Tim McGraw, Joe Nichols and many others. But make no mistake, not only can he write the number one songs he can sing them too as illustrated by his nod for New Male Vocalist of the Year at this year’s ACM awards.  Janson is following up last summer’s hit with a new song, “The Power of Positive Drinking.”

Opening for Janson is up and coming superstar Chase Bryant. Raised in the music business, Bryant’s grandfather played piano in Roy Orbison’s first two bands and later on for Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet, which had several hits in the ’90s. “From the time I was a kid, the only thing I wanted to do was play music,” he says. This musical background has helped create his hit “Bring It On Back” and his current song on the charts, “Little Bit of You.”

Jeannie Domeyer, Manager of the Delaware County Fair said, “This show is going to be the most high-energy show you’ve ever witnessed. These young stars have current hits and a desire to entertain their fans and create a lasting impression.”

Tickets for the Chris Janson, Chase Bryant show are $35 and go on sale Saturday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m. You can purchase tickets online at the Fair’s website or by calling 563.927-6449. For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit

Ambassadors Visits

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors made three visits in February.

24 Hour Total Fitness

Our first visit was to 24 Hour Total Fitness to meet new owners Lori Schulte Trenkamp and Jeremy Trenkamp. Jeremy and Lori purchased the business in December and have since been busy cleaning, adding and updating. Lori, a certified yoga teacher and health coach, is excited to embark on this new adventure in her life, helping people get healthier. They have added morning cardio/kickboxing, interval and yoga classes as well as partnering with Denise Jones to offer dance fitness classes at the gym. Their goal is to make everyBODY feel welcome at the gym. While the gym allows 24 hour access, staff time is during regular hours so people can come in and check it out for themselves. To learn more visit their website, like them on Facebook at 24 Hour Total Fitness, or call 563-920-3722.

Thede’s Computer Repair and Services

The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited Missi Coates Thede of Thede’s Computer Repair and Services. Thede has over 18 years of computer repair experience and specializes in virus removal, computer maintenance and data recovery. Thede also offers a 24/7 free drop-off for computer recycling at 101 Woodland Drive in Manchester. Missi told the Ambassadors her services are available Thursday evenings through Sundays by Facebook, phone or text appointment and that she prides herself on customer service and satisfaction. If she can’t fix it, you don’t pay for it!

Treasure Alley
"Dubbed the 'Crackerjack of consignment' by a long time client recently, Pat Young, owner of Treasure Alley in downtown Manchester, handed over the reins January 1st to her daughter, Marian Gassmann.  Treasure Alley has successfully operated since 1983, starting out as what would now be seen as "thrift shopping" and grew and evolved to the consignment boutique it is today.  Pat has always considered this to be a family business, so handing over ownership to her daughter was the obvious next step in taking Treasure Alley into the future.  Providing consignment services to Delaware County and eastern Iowa, while giving the residents and visitors to Manchester a top notch shopping experience has always been their main priority.  While Pat continues to provide Marian assistance with the keys to successful ownership, she is looking forward to seeing Treasure Alley grow under the direction of her daughter."

Foreigner to Headline VIP Night at 2016 Delaware County Fair

The Delaware County Fair is excited to announce classic rock band Foreigner as their headlining act for VIP Night at the 2016 Fair. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and albums sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of the rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than 35 years into the game.

The 2016 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, “We have noted over the years some of the fans love to stand up and sing and dance during the show, but others want that reserved seats. We think this will be a good mix of opportunity whether you want to sit and relax or be up front by the stage.” Tickets for the Friday, July 15th show will still be $60 if bought in advance and will include all you care to eat and drink during the show. They can be purchased starting on December 5th, just in time for Christmas. Domeyer concluded, “With 9 top 10 hits, and 16 top 30 hits this band is going to sing hit after hit all night. It’s going to be another great night of rock and roll.”
For more information on tickets or other Delaware County information, visit here.

Regional Medical Center’s Phase I Expansion Project Nears Completion

Manchester and surrounding community residents will soon have improved access to healthcare as Phase I of the expansion project at Regional Medical Center (RMC) nears completion. RMC’s 40,000+ square foot expansion project broke ground July 15, 2014, and is expected to be complete in December 2015.

River Ridge Pavilion will include an entirely new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit, as well as a large Specialty Clinic which will hopefully add more medical specialties to our already expansive service offerings which include allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, general surgery, laser, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, OB/GYN, oncology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, podiatry, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.  Also included is a covered carport, HILLTOP Gift Shop, welcome desk, Jerry’s Place (public dining), family lounges/waiting areas, Harriet Seedorff Solarium, and GNB Bank outdoor patio. 

The new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care Unit will be located on Level II of the new addition.  Inpatient rooms will boast an amazing view overlooking the Maquoketa River and be nearly double in size from current rooms to better accommodate for patients, visitors, staff, and advanced technology.

There will be an open house for the River Ridge Pavilion Sunday, November 22, from 1-4 PM.

“Throughout the planning process of this state-of-the-art facility, focus was planned on priority issues such as access to care, an increase in the quantity of medical specialty services, and an enhanced patient/family experience.  At RMC we strive to make each patient feel special and believe it is the little things that make a big difference.  My sincere appreciation goes out to each and every one of our loyal patients that choose our healthcare system for their care, support, and healthcare education.  We look forward to seeing everyone at our open house for River Ridge Pavilion,” shares Lon Butikofer, RN, PhD, Chief Executive Officer.

Visit to learn more about the expansion project.

Rhubarb Festival

Manchester’s Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
♪ ♫ MUSIC ♪ ♫
☺ “Free Activities for
the Kids” the Kids”
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! 
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Edgewood Rodeo Days June 23 - 26, 2016

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Delaware County Fair July 11 - 17, 2016

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Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals

Great Jones County Fair July 20-24, 2016

Anamosa Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 1, 2016

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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.   
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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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