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 • Squaw Creek Watershed project to receive water quality initiative funding.

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Thursday that three additional watershed demonstration projects have been selected to receive $1.4 million in funding through the Iowa water quality initiative over the next three years. In addition to the state funds, the three projects will provide an additional $1.4 million in matching funds to support water quality improvement efforts as well as other in kind contributions. One of the projects to receive funding will be the Squaw Creek Watershed Water Quality Improvement project for Boone, Hamilton and Story Counties. The grant award is for $609,164 with the total project amounting to $930,788. The Prairie Rivers of Iowa R C and D, in cooperation with the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority is leading the effort in the Squaw Creek Watershed. The project will take a collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders to address runoff in the watershed through practice implementation, outreach/education events and assessment. The Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority established a strategic plan in 2014 to help guide and target implementation efforts within the watershed. The plan includes an assessment of the watershed that will help assess and target locations for best management practices to protect and improve water quality. The partners in the project include the Squaw Creek Watershed Management,the Story and Boone County Supervisors, Hamilton Story and Boone County Soil and Water Conservation Districts,City of Ames, Story County Conservation Board, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association,Heartland Cooperative, Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, Technical Service Provider Network, Emmons and Oliver, Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute and Dupont Pioneer. The two other projects announced are in Sac, Carroll and Calhoun Counties with the Elk Run Watershed Water Quality Initiative and in Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties with the Headwaters North Raccoon River project.

 • More testimony in Case Frederiksen trial Thursday.

 Jurors in Hamilton County District Court yesterday heard more testimony in the third day of the trial of 35 year old Case Frederiksen. Wednesday's testimony came fron Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation special agent Jeff Seward,Jr.. Seward told the jury he stepped down from the investigation due to a tremendous emotional toll that he was facing. Others testifying included FBI agent Jennifer Sullivan who interviewed Frederiksen in an Illinois prison in 2007. Frederiksen was serving time for charges of child pornography. She told jury members Frederiksen told her he saw a man grab Evelyn Miller while holding a knife to her body on July 1,2005.Sullivan said Frederiksen told her he didn't bring up the man with the knife earlier because he didn't want the girl's mother to be mad at him for not stopping it. During cross examination, Sullivan said Frederiksen never admitted to killing Evelyn Miller during her questioning. Others testifying through the day were former Iowa DCI agent Mike Morris and Floyd County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jeff Crooks. The trial resumes at 9 Thursday morning. Frederiksen is charged with first degree murder and first degree sexual assault in the death of five year Evelyn Miller in July,2005. The trial is being held in Hamilton County instead of Floyd County due to a change in venue.

 • Webster City FFA receives a generous donation.

 The Webster City FFA has received a $2500 donation from Hamilton County farmer Kreg Kantak and America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization pay for their 65 members to attend leadership conferences which will help them gain leadership and agriculture experience. Webster City FFA advisor Kurt Veldhuizen said the local chapter is excited and grateful for the donation. The chapter wants to continue to market agriculture to the community through the agriculture career fair and the agriculture presentation that the chapter puts on for the elementary students. For five years, America's Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $16.5 million to over 7,300 community organizations across rural America. This year winning farmers will direct another $3.3 million to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources and more. America's Farmers Grow Communities is part of the America's Farmers initiative. Since 2010, the America's Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society's needs through agriculture and how food is grown. 

 • Testimony continues Wednesday in Casey Fredericksen trial.
 • Two people arrested after chase in a four county area.



Late This Afternoon...Sunny. South wind near 10 mph.
Tonight...Mostly clear through midnight then becoming mostly cloudy. Breezy. Not as cold. Low 5 to 10 above. South wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight.
Friday...Mostly sunny. Much warmer. High in the upper 30s. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

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