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“Nothing Compares” to the Iowa State Fair’s Free Stage Line-up

DES MOINES, IA (05/20/2015)(readMedia)– From rock legends to country up-and-comers, Fairgoers can enjoy more than a million dollars’ worth of free entertainment throughout the 11 days of the 2015 Iowa State Fair. “Nothing Compares” to this year’s entertainment, all free with gate admission. The Iowa State Fair runs August 13-23. This year’s line-up features southern…

Governor Branstad to Declare EMS Week in Iowa

Providers responded to more than 288,000 calls last year Governor Branstad will sign a proclamation next week declaring May 17 to 23, 2015 as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and the nearly 11,000 EMS providers in Iowa in recognizing…

A Message from State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald

DES MOINES, IA (05/12/2015)(readMedia)– With graduation season upon us, there is no better time than now to start planning for the future. Whether your children are graduating from grade school or high school, a contribution to their College Savings Iowa account is a great way to show how proud you are. While any form of…

Bike the Byway Coming to SE Iowa

The second annual Bike the Byway will be held on Saturday, June 20th here in southeast Iowa. The ride will begin in Bloomfield and take cyclist through Drakesville, Unionville, Blakesburg and finally Ottumwa. Information can be found on the Bike the Byway website at www.bikethebyway.com. This looks to be a leisurely and fun day for…

American Gothic House Center to host 5K, art contest

Eldon— Eldon will hold its annual celebration, American Gothic Days, June 12-14.  The weekend is full of food, fun and entertainment for all ages. As part of the festivities, the American Gothic House Center will host a 5K Run/Walk and art contest.   The 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday June 9 at 7:30 a.m. …

HIV Diagnoses in Iowa Fall to Lowest Level in 11 Years

Racial disparities decrease A new report by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) finds new diagnoses of HIV among Iowans decreased by 19 percent from 2013 to 2014. According to the 2014 End-of-Year HIV Disease Surveillance Report, 99 Iowans were diagnosed with HIV last year; the fewest diagnoses since 88 were recorded in 2003.…

Iowa State Fair Entries Available Online Beginning May 1st

DES MOINES, IA (04/29/2015)(readMedia)– Premium books and entry forms for competitive events at the 2015 Iowa State Fair will be available at iowastatefair.org beginning Friday, May 1. The Iowa State Fair “Fair Tour” will run August 13-23. Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at www.iowastatefair.org/competition/categories. Entrants in competitive events may enter online or…

Iowa DARE Day Honors Students Making Health Choices

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad proclaimed today Iowa DARE Day, and more than 100 middle school students, educators, law enforcement instructors and other officials marked the occasion by attending a ceremony at the Wallace State Office Building near the Iowa Capitol.   “Drug use, bullying and other harmful behaviors can pose serious risks,…

Ottumwa Receives $10,000 Planning Grant From Iowa College Aid

Grant funds local efforts in Iowa communities to increase college attainment. Des Moines, IA, April 14, 2015 – The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) today announced that United Way of Wapello County was awarded a $10,000 Planning Grant to support efforts to increase the college attainment rate in Ottumwa as part of…