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China Signs Major Soybean Deal with U.S.

China Signs Major Soybean Deal with U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Chinese officials agreed at a ceremony in Des Moines to buy 13.18 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans. The officials signed 24 contracts Thursday that The Des Moines Register reports are valued at about $5.3 billion. Ray Gaesser, an Iowa farmer and chairman of the American Soybean Association, says the


Candidates for City Elections

City elections are coming up in November, and here’s a look at the candidates… In Manchester, there are no contested races. Dean Sherman, Dan Stelken and Connie Behnken are all running for re-election for the City Council. In Dyersville, there’s a contested race for the mayor’s seat. Incumbent Al Haas is being challenged by former

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Survey Finds Drop in Iowa Farmland Values

A new survey shows a drop in farmland values in Iowa. Kyle Hansen is a land consultant with the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute. “We saw a three-point-seven percent decrease for tillable land across the state of Iowa,” Hansen says. He says the group’s previous survey in March showed a seven-point-six percent decrease in

Area Mayors Participate in Climate Change Pledge

The mayors of Guttenberg and Dubuque are among fourteen Midwestern mayors along the Mississippi River who are making a commitment to take action to reduce climate risks – an act they say will protect the future of their communities. Guttenberg Mayor Russell Loven and Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol are among the Iowa leaders who signed

Delaware County Wraps Up 137th Street Bridge Project

Delaware County has wrapped up its bridge project on 137th Street. Crews replaced the old 63-foot by 20-foot steel beam bridge with an 80-foot by 30-and-a-half-foot concrete slab bridge. County Engineer Anthony Bardgett says it’s a much nicer bridge for the wide farm equipment that uses the bridge. Final grading and seeding work wrapped up

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Cardboard Boats to Race on the River in Manchester

Cardboard boats will fill the Maquoketa River in Manchester this Saturday. The Franklin Street Brewing Company is hosting the first annual River Runner Regatta and Cardboard Boat Race. Brewery co-owner Chad Sands says if you’ve never seen a cardboard boat race, you’ll be surprised to find out cardboard can actually float. Participants will ride in


Three Arrested for Stealing from Manchester Walmart

Three people, including two teenagers, have been arrested for stealing from the Manchester Walmart earlier this month. Manchester Police say on September 11th, the two teens had filled a tote with a number of items and tried leaving the store without going through the checkout. The adult with them, who was the mother of one

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Branstad Discusses Ag Trade at U.S. China Governors Forum

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was in Seattle Tuesday¬†attending the U-S China Governors Forum. The governors from California, Oregon, Washington and Michigan¬†were also at the forum to meet with leaders of China. Branstad says they talked about renewable energy. “Iowa has been a real leader as you know in ethanol, biodiesel and wind energy and we