Author Archives: Janelle Tucker

Free Training for Farmers’ Market Managers

With the recent snowfall in Iowa it’s easy to forget that the summer farmers market season is only six weeks away. Farmers’ market managers are busy signing up their vendors and finalizing logistics for their markets. Many, if not most, of these market managers are volunteers, not paid staff, and finding time for professional development

House Fire in Monticello

Fire crews battled a house fire in Monticello Saturday night. Crews were called to 224 North Chestnut Street shortly before 9 pm. Authorities tell our coverage partner KCRG that they have not received any reports of injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.   (photo courtesy of Monticello Fire Department Facebook page/Monticello Express)

Senator Breitbach Questioned for Refusal to Hold Hearings

State Senator Mike Breitbach is being questioned over his refusal to hold hearings this year. The Republican from Strawberry Point serves as chairman of the State Senate Overnight Committee. Democratic Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines tells The Des Moines Register he has requested several hearings, but has been rebuffed by Senator Breitbach. Breitbach says,

Caterpillar’s Elkader Plant Will Close in 2017

Caterpillar has announced plans to close its Elkader plant by the end of the year. A total of 75 jobs will be impacted. Caterpillar says it is transferring the operations to a facility in Wamego, Kansas. Our coverage partner KCRG says the company notified employees and community leaders Thursday. The plant was closed Friday, but

Iowa Catholics Can Eat Meat on St. Patrick’s Day

Iowa Catholics can have meat today. This is the Lenten season and on Fridays, Catholics typically abstain from eating meat between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday – but the exception is St. Patrick’s Day. Bishop Richard Pates, the spiritual leader of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, says dispensation is being granted. Catholic bishops in

Donna Smock – Ryan

Donna Smock, 76, of Ryan, Iowa, died Monday, March 13, 2017.  Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester, and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Funeral Services: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Bohnenkamp – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester.