Land in Fulton County, Ill., that was farmed for more than 80 years is being returned to its original wetland state – and the early results are promising for what is now the Emiquon Nature Preserve.
“People give us credit for the way this looks now but it’s really Mother Nature that makes it look the way it does,” said Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the environmental group the Nature Conservancy.
Most of the attention during this mid-term election season in Iowa has been on the races for U.S. Senate and Governor. However, further down the ballot, Iowa voters will determine who controls the Iowa Senate. Right now, Democrats hold a 26 to 24 majority. Democrats must hold all of their current seats, or pick up others to maintain control and are defending six seats in this mid-term election.
Democratic Senate majority leader Mike Gronstal said he’s cautiously optimistic and sees a handful of seats Democrats can pick up.
The Des Moines band Hazer brought their unique brand of guitar-driven rock to the Cedar Falls studios of Iowa Public Radio on September 17th. Originally from the Cedar Valley, the band recorded their first full-length album, Something Rational, last year and now performs regularly in Iowa. Listen to this high-energy set from Hazer right here!
He just could be the longest living animal in Iowa, not counting humans. His lifespan predates the end of World War Two and Iowa Public Radio’s Rick Fredericksen found him living a life of luxury in Des Moines.
A group of University of Northern Iowa students and their professor have been spending alot of time in the woods these days tracking an endangered species of turtle. Of the 14 kinds of turtles in Iowa, half of them are protected including the wood turtle. A grant from the U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Division is funding the research. Biology professor Jeff Tamplin heads the effort. He looked for the wood turtle along streams and in marshes in Black Hawk and Butler counties for two years before finding the shell of a deceased one in 2003.
The social activist group Nuns on the Bus got a boost today for their 36 city tour to encourage voter registration. They are launching the trip from Des Moines accompanied by Vice-President Joe Biden. Speaking from the terrace of the State Capitol, Biden calls for the raising of the minimum wage. “The middle class is in real trouble. It was devastated by this recession. It was already losing ground the previous ten years.” says Biden.
Li Zhao Mandelbaum comes from a nation of more than one-point-three-billion people. So the concept of small is relative.
“I often introduce myself, I’m from Nanning, a small city in China, and people will say OK tell me the population, and I will say well, we have about six million population,” she said.
Her hometown is about an hour’s flight west of Hong Kong near China’s border with Vietnam. It’s known for its lush greenery and hilly terrain. But despite its beauty, it wasn’t enough for the adventurous, young Li Zhao.
Former Secretary of State and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday for the first time since her 3rd place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008. She was the featured speaker at retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. Even Harkin admitted she stole the show.
Senator Harkin took the stage before some ten thousand activists and said this is a hell of a crowd:
“And to think you all came here just to see me,” Harkin joked with the crowd. “Who am I kidding? You've had some steak now it’s time for some sizzle.”
And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it). On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron. We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs. Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.
Iowa 3rd District Congressional candidates Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young discussed raising the federal minimum wage, last night (Thursday) in Council Bluffs. The two debated for the first time on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press.
Since both Appel and Young aren’t terribly well known, it was important for each candidate to define themselves during the broadcast, and not let the other control the narrative.
Members of the Meskwaki Nation near Tama have established a community-based farm operation.
The Red Earth Gardens spans 40 acres and boasts a wide variety of crops. In the short two seasons they've been in operation, they've managed to grow numerous varieties of fruits and vegetables. The tribe's extensive planning process includes a transition from row crop to certified organic by sometime next year.
Tribal members grow produce for the settlement but they also sell it to the nearby casino, at a roadside stand and at area farmer's markets.
Tonight, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider the question, “Do witnesses in criminal trials need to testify in person? Or is remote, two-way video testimony just as affective?
The state of Iowa claims two-way remote video testimony is just as effective as in-person testimony. Additionally, video testimony is less expensive and less time consuming, and therefore there is large incentive to use remote video testimony more extensively.