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01/16/2018 - 9:09pm
Franklin County and the Iowa State Snowmobile Association on Tuesday picked up a $200,000 grant to help purchase a new trail groomer. The money was part of $1.4 million in grants awarded by the Iowa Transportation Commission for the federal Recreational Trails Program project. The Iowa State Snowmobile Association will also match 20 percent, $40,000, of the grant fund. Gary McVicker, Franklin...
01/02/2018 - 5:49pm
The first significant snow flew in Hampton and Franklin County late last week, which gave emergency response professionals the opportunity to remind motorists to focus on the roads a little more than usual. Thomas Craighton, Franklin County EMA Coordinator, said the most important thing to remember when driving during a snow event is to plan a...
01/02/2018 - 5:47pm
A Cerro Gordo County Deputy chased a Ventura man across Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock and Wright counties at approximately 12:30 a.m., on Christmas morning. The pursuit began when Justin Glidden, operating a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, refused to pull over at the intersection of 237th St. and Balsam Ave., just south of Ventura, according to the...
01/02/2018 - 5:44pm
Sukup Manufacturing Co. needs a gigantic bow to top off their gift of brand new renovations to the West Fork FFA Chapter’s agricultural barn, which will expand the dated building’s lifetime significantly. This historic 19th century structure has many past lives, including being a church, a masonry and a horse barn, but it now houses...
01/02/2018 - 5:42pm
About 40 years ago, a visit by a guest artist sparked the idea to form the Franklin County Arts Council. Joyce Blum, a school board member at the time, said she had a conversation with a guest performer who visited the school in the 1970s about the importance of fine arts in the community. At that time, the Iowa Arts Council was sending various...
12/26/2017 - 6:12pm
The Iowa farmland value survey released by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development of Iowa State University defied expectations this year. Farmland values per acre were experiencing a three year (2014-2016) steady decline unsettlingly similar to that of the 1980s farming crisis. At the end of 2016, dollar value per acre of farmland fell...
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