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    ‘We chose compromise over gridlock.’
    Negotiators have struck a tentative deal on a state budget “framework” and all 150 legislators are scheduled to return to Des Moines sometime next week as the details are finalized. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs is the top-ranking Democrat in the legislature. “In the end, we chose compromise over gridlock,” Gronstal said. […]
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    City of Newton asked to take over operation of Memorial Park Cemetery
    The Iowa Insurance Commission is asking the city of Newton to take over the Memorial Park Cemetery over concerns about its operation. The Iowa Insurance Division has filed a “petition for appointment of receivership” in Jasper County District Court requesting that the city temporarily assume management and operation of the cemetery. But city administrator, Bob […]
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    Corwith Wesley LuVerne students attend final day of classes
    Today is the final day for Corwith Wesley LuVerne Middle School and High School. The Corwith Wesley District will soon dissolve and LuVerne will begin a sharing agreement with Algona this fall. The past several weeks have been hard for CWL students and alumni, as the last senior class graduated May 17th. Esden Carroll was […]
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    Governor extends bird flu emergency declaration through June
    The governor has extended the statewide disaster emergency he issued following the outbreak of avian flu. Governor Terrry Branstad declared the emergency on May 1st and it was set to expire at the end of this month, but he has now extended the declaration through the month of June. The number of facilities hit by the […]
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    Iowa renewable fuels leaders disappointed in new EPA use proposal
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposals for upcoming years and while the levels of ethanol and biodiesel that would be blended into the nation’s fuel supply would increase, ag leaders in Iowa say they’re disappointed and concerned. Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, says the […]
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