DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill and Vice-President Joe Heinrich honored 485 Iowa farm families with Century or Heritage Farm designations at the Iowa State Fair, including two farms in Marion County.

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DES MOINES — The culinary and artistic worlds joined forces in the Beaverdale Confections Chocolate and Candy Sculptures competition at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

DES MOINES — Grapes and Small Fruits champions claimed their prizes in Fruit Crop Judging at the 2019 Iowa State Fair in the John Deere Agricultural Building sponsored by Alliant Energy.

The Marion County Board of Supervisors appointed two community representatives to the Boone, Jasper, Marion and Warren Counties Regional Housing Trust Fund at their regular meeting on Aug. 13.


Farmers are suffering the most debt since the farm crisis of the 1980s, and Coyote Run Farm co-owner Matt Russell is advocating for a solution with the help of local farmers.

The Pella Knights of Columbus hope to continue their efforts in raising money to support individuals living with intellectual disabilities through their 21st annual Tootsie Roll drive this month.

The Pella School Board held a work session to discuss a preliminary plan to tackle the lack of childcare services in Pella that involves the school district, local businesses and community members.

A new softball club named the Tulip City Storm has been established in Pella with the goal of providing area girls an opportunity to develop their skills and play club softball.

A Pella man police said had 68 marijuana plants in his home was given a deferred judgement on Thursday.

Leighton State Bank is excited to launch a new website that focuses on convenience for customers and an educational center to help the community grow financially strong.

G.I. Warehouse of Pella will be one of six recipients to receive a Small Business Award at the Seventh Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony from the Des Moines Area Community College.

ASHLAND, OH — Nathaniel Kleven, a recent graduate of Pella High School, has been selected to be an Ashbrook Scholar, according to an announcement made on Aug. 6 by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.

Central College once again saw tremendous support in its fundraising efforts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. More than 4,000 alumni and friends donated more than $4.6 million to support the college’s students and community.

The Des Moines Area Barn and Contra Dance will be hosting a barn dance at the Pella Memorial Building on Saturday, Aug. 10.

The Pella Dog Park Association will be hosting a fundraiser, Dog Days of Summer, to allocate funds for a potential dog park in Pella.


Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney addressed gun control, immigration and healthcare during a meet and greet with constituents at West Market Park in Pella.

Author and historian Michael Eckers visited the Pella Public Library to discuss how rocket technology developed during World War II led to the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union on July 23.

KNOXVILLE ― Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is conducting a farmland leasing meeting in Knoxville to discuss a fair 2020 cash rental rate and the importance of tenant/landlord communication.

Republican Senator Joni Ernst said the humanitarian crisis at the border is “real,” but that migrants are being well cared for in U.S. facilities despite prior media reports to the contrary.


Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg sat down with apprentices participating in the Future Ready Iowa Apprenticeship Program at Vermeer Corporation to hear about their thoughts and experiences.

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds recently announced 27 collaborative, public-private partnership events will be taking place to help Iowa build a skilled workforce for the future, including a Future Ready Iowa Employer Summit in Pella.

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