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Officials: No injuries after Iowa train derailment

SHELL ROCK, Iowa (AP) — Officials say no one was injured following a freight train derailment in the northeast Iowa city of Shell Rock. Iowa Northern Railroad Company says the early Friday incident near a railroad crossing involved some train cars going off their tracks. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report

Iowa officials: Past winter 9th coldest on record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you think this was a brutal winter, there’s data to back it up: Iowa officials say it was the ninth coldest in the state since record-keeping began more than 140 years ago. Harry Hillaker, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, compiled data on the

FFA Sub District Event at N Hampton

FFA Students from around the area gathered at New Hampton  High School as they hosted the Northwest Subdistrict FFA Leadership Contest Thursday evening. Dan Doeing is the new Ag Instructor at Oelwein and was in charge of the ag broadcasting event. Doeing says  that through the FFA program, the kids learn valuable life skills that


Purple Prevails in Charles City Schools Facility Project

A large crowd gathered at the Charles City Middle School Thursday night during a special meeting held by the Charles City School Board.  The meeting was called to vote on a plan moving forward on the highly debated school facilities project.  The board began by allowing time for the public to voice their opinions.  Brad


Got Complaiants? – ISU Extension Weekly Update

By Brenda Schmitt, ISU Extension Family Finance Program Specialist 641-512-0650 Schmitt@iastate.edu Got Complaiants? I generally discourage people from considering Pay Day Loans as a possible solution for financial problems – it’s costly and can be part of a downward financial spiral. In November 2013, for the first time, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB –

Fayette Police Propose Unpaid Parking Ticket Crackdown

Fayette, IA – A police department here in north Iowa has proposed an initiative to enforce unpaid parking tickets. Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner proposed that the city draft a 28E agreement with the Fayette County Treasurer’s office for collection of unpaid city parking tickets. In February, Gardner mentioned that there were nearly two dozen

Mitchell Co Budget Hearings Are Set

Osage, IA – Mitchell County as well as the city of Osage and the Mitchell County Regional Health Center will hold their annual budget hearings next week. The city of Osage will hold it’s hearing at 5:30pm Monday March 10th at City Hall. The tax levy proposed will be $12.88 per $1,000 valuation which is

Charles City Middle School

Charles City Schools Voting On Plan Tonight

Charles City, IA – The Charles City School Board will vote on the facilities plan tonight in a special meeting at the Charles City Middle School beginning at 5:30pm. The Blue option would keep the high school and middle school on separate campuses and renovate both buildings. The Purple option calls for a new, single