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RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa

RAGBRAI rider dies in northern Iowa

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — A participant in an annual bicycle ride across Iowa has died due to a medical condition. Bob Libby, medical director for The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, told The Des Moines Register ( ) the 63-year-old man died Monday while riding near Graettinger, a small northern Iowa city in

Cows grazing on pasture

Farmers encouraged to watch cattle closely for heat stress

Ames, IA – High temperatures, high humidity, solar radiation, and low-speed winds create the perfect environment for heat stress in cattle. Based on the forecast outlook for this afternoon and Tuesday, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association is encouraging the state’s cattle producers to be prepared to make some changes that can make cattle more comfortable, especially

Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm

Returning Iowa Veterans: Getting Armed to Farm

Des Moines, IA – A big weekend is approaching for veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battle fields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with information and resources on everything from land

Heat Wave In The City And Hand Showing Thermometer For High Temp

Red Cross: Stay Safe When the Temperatures Soar

Des Moines, IA – Dangerously hot weather is predicted for a large portion of central and western Iowa for Monday and Tuesday, and the American Red Cross reminds every one of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise. The National Weather Service has already issued Heat Advisories for 74 of


Find the Iowa Corn Farmer along the RAGBRAI Route

Johnston, IA – Iowa is one of the top-producing corn states in the nation, growing more corn than many countries. This year, the theme for RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) features an ear of corn for the more than 10,000 bicyclists who will be riding across the state next week. To


Britt Couple Winners Of “When A House Becomes A Home” Contest

Britt, IA – The Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Association of Realtors® today announced the winners of the statewide summer When a House becomes a Home contest are Ben and Becca Kraus of Britt. The contest sought Iowans’ homeownership success stories and the Kraus’ entry was deemed the public’s favorite, garnering a grand prize of

Electric Infrastructure

Alliant Energy breaks ground on Marshalltown Generating Station project

Marshalltown, IA  – The construction of the Marshalltown Generating Station (MGS) will create long-term environmental benefits and economic opportunities for Iowa. MGS is an approximate 650 megawatt, combined-cycle, natural gas-fueled facility that is expected to power more than 500,000 homes. The MGS is expected to begin operations in the second quarter 2017. “The Marshalltown Generating


Stakeholder Advisors To Review Water Quality Standards

Des Moines, IA – Water quality stakeholder technical advisors will meet August 20 in Des Moines to help Iowa DNR prioritize issues and set water quality goals for Iowa’s streams and rivers. Every three years, Iowans have the opportunity to provide input to the Iowa DNR to help set goals and participate in ensuring water


Iowa Transportation Commission to hold public input meeting

AMES, Iowa – July 14, 2014 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting in Cedar Rapids Tuesday, August 12, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local government, interest groups, and individuals. Items that may be discussed at the meeting include the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway,