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A Texas company is moving its fish farming operation into a facility in Webster City. NaturalShrimp will operate out of the former VeroBlue fish farm that closed a few years ago. “We think we’ll raise about 9,000 pounds a week once it’s in full production,” Gerald Easterling, president and CEO of NaturalShrimp, said. “We’ll add […]

Experts say the approaching snowstorm has the potential to be the worst to hit Iowa in nearly a decade and forecasters say we need to prepare for very heavy snowfall. Meteorologist Rod Donavon, at the National Weather Service, says a Winter Storm Warning is posted for the southern two-thirds of the state today and into […]

The Iowa Pork Congress will be held this week but the pandemic is forcing a series of major changes from years past. Iowa Pork Producers Association spokeswoman Dal Grooms says the first event is at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning in Des Moines. “We are going to start the week off with our annual meeting but […]

Several people have reported seeing a wandering lost moose in Plymouth County. The moose is a female and is thought to have traveled to northwest Iowa from northern North Dakota. Iowa DNR Wildlife Biologist Doug Chafa says it is a rare sight here. He says the last moose sighting was back in the fall and […]

The Iowa Democratic Party has a new chairman. It’s Ross Wilburn, a former Iowa City mayor who currently lives in Ames and was just elected to a second term in the Iowa House. “I’m honored by the responsibility and I’ve got faith in our party,” Wilburn said. The party’s governing board elected Wilburn chairman this […]

A large cash injection from Uncle Sam will allow the Lewis & Clark Regional Water Project to restart construction this spring in northwest Iowa, including in the towns of Hull and Sioux Center. Project executive director Troy Larson says they’ve gotten official notification of federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. “For FY ’21, […]

The top Democrat in the Iowa House is calling for a GOP lawmaker to be removed from his committee assignments. The top House Republican calls it an attempt to stifle free speech. House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard said Republican Representative Dean Fisher of Montour has failed to publicly apologize for comments on Facebook about the […]

Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson says she wants “to find common ground” where she can with President Biden, but Hinson today said Biden is “taking a partisan approach” to immigration reform. “I think proposals that are too far on either side are not the right path for us,” Hinson said during her weekly conference call with […]

If it seems like there’s an inordinate amount of Canada geese flocking around Iowa right now, you’re not imagining things. While many of the distinctive black-and-white-necked birds live here year-round, others are in the midst of a migration from Canada to parts south. Orrin Jones, a waterfowl biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, […]

Legislative leaders from both parties say there’s no agreed-upon plan yet, but momentum is building for changes in Iowa’s bottle deposit law. House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City said “something needs to happen” with the so-called “Bottle Bill.” “Iowans like the Bottle Bill. They realize that it keeps litter out of the ditches […]

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