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08/27/2015 - 12:08pm
A famous war memorial received a warm Franklin County welcome Wednesday during a kickoff ceremony for a special four-day salute to Vietnam War veterans. The Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial passed through the area on I-35 escorted by a roaring convoy of motorcycles. The motorcade was headed to Forest City for Operation Landing Zone (LZ), which hopes to give area veterans the welcome home they...
08/18/2015 - 6:09pm
4 Democratic presidential candidates address crowd of 2,000 at Clear Lake’s Surf Ballroom         Buddy Holly’s voice crooned through a nearly empty Surf Ballroom Friday as organizers readied the building for the sold-out Iowa Democratic Wing Ding. In red pants, white Converses and a blue suit jacket...
08/18/2015 - 6:06pm
Under the open winged bald eagle that suspends from the ceiling of Maynes Grove Lodge near Hampton, Rafael Cruz talked about freedom.      He is father of presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and he says he and his son’s appreciation of freedom comes with a backstory. Guests filled the lodge to eat dinner and...
08/11/2015 - 9:20pm
The Franklin County Relay for Life has raised $80,871.85 and counting, making it the highest-grossing one yet.      Between a $10,000 grant, more than $50,000 of donations and sales at the event, $20,000 raised by the KLMJ Golf Challenge and $8,000 in pledges from Drew Hueberger’s free throw fundraiser, the Relay beat the...
08/11/2015 - 9:20pm
Thanks to dedicated volunteers and communitywide support, two Freedom Rocks were recently completed in Ackley and Dows.      The finished artworks marked an end to years of planning, fundraising and patience in the two nearby towns. Ackley’s Freedom Rock was completed in mid-July prior to RAGBRAI’s visit, while Dows...
08/11/2015 - 9:19pm
A $1.4 million makeover at North Side Elementary is nearing the finish line as the new school year approaches.      “Right now, we’re about a week ahead of schedule,” said Hampton-Dumont Superintendent Todd Lettow. “That’s a pretty good feeling.”      Extensive updates...
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