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05/26/2015 - 2:21pm
Rainy weather and cloudy skies didn’t stop local residents from observing Memorial Day during a special ceremony Monday morning in Hampton.      Veterans and other guests took shelter in the Church of the Living Word auditorium after rain moved the service from the cemetery. The ceremony featured multiple Memorial Day staples like “Taps” and a 21-gun salute...
05/05/2015 - 6:48pm
Bird flu has arrived in north central Iowa. The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday that a Wright County commercial laying operation with an estimated 2.8 million birds had experienced increased mortality. According to the release, initial testing came back positive for H5 avian influenza. The highly pathogenic avian influenza was...
05/05/2015 - 6:46pm
Family members came together last weekend to honor the last wishes of a former Hampton lawyer known for his conservationist spirit and progressive outlook. Children, in-laws and grandchildren planted more than 800 trees and shrubs Saturday at an organic farm owned by the late Lee Blum. The well-known attorney was born and raised in Franklin County...
04/28/2015 - 3:40pm
Music enthusiasts from across the Midwest will converge on Franklin County next week for the 2015 Hampton Bluegrass Festival. The event is returning under new leadership following a two-year hiatus. Bluegrass artists from Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri will perform concerts during the three-day event, which is sponsored by the Bluegrass Music...
04/28/2015 - 3:38pm
An outbreak of bird flu in northwest Iowa has poultry producers large and small taking extra measures to protect their flocks from the highly contagious virus. On April 14, the Iowa Department of Agriculture announced the first case of H5N2 Avian Influenza virus in Iowa at a commercial turkey farm in Buena Vista County. Two more cases were...
04/28/2015 - 3:37pm
He’s been on the job for less than a month, but new Beeds Lake park ranger Scott Doescher is already impressed with what he’s seen. “I can tell this park is incredibly important to the community. I have never encountered anything quite like it,” he said. “I really look forward to working with people and hearing what...
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