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Last Saturday, the Tornadoes proved that they are sharpshots. Despite overcast conditions and a slight wind, the Tornadoes took down 185 targets in Cylinder. Overall the Tornadoes placed seventh in the event, which featured...
Storm Lake Choir Festival Finale
Grand Finale at Storm Lake Schools Parade of Bands
Chad Elliott at the Witter Gallery
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Credit union reform (04/23/15)
The impact of tax-exempt organizations on tax revenues needed to fund our schools, roads, national defense and other priorities has received some long overdue attention as of late. While most nonprofits can, and do, provide a valuable service to our communities, the few who abuse the system are hurting everyone else...
Farm to school lessons learned (04/23/15)
Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools recently transitioned from a "warm and serve" to a "made from scratch" school lunch. The change has been a hit with students and will likely have a positive impact on the school's budget. School nurse Judy Stewart, a driving force behind the change, believes when final financial statements for kitchen operations come in, labor and food costs will be the same as before the transition, if not less...
Estate tax repeal (04/23/15)
Republicans are protecting rich friends, NOT Iowa farmers! Senator Grassley was quoted today saying that the estate tax "sends more money to Washington, D.C., that would be better spent on keeping up the family farm or creating jobs at a business." Seriously, Senator Grassley? Tell us, how many estate tax dollars were sent to DC from Iowa couples whose farm was valued in excess of $10.86 million dollars?...
Water works suit (04/13/15)
As I travel the state, I meet family farmers who are disappointed with Des Moines Water Works' (DMWW) 'hair-trigger' litigious approach to water quality. It's also disappointing that so few consumers are hearing about the conservation progress that has been made, even in the DMWW's own watershed...
BBC News
Gallipoli marks Anzac centenary
Australia and New Zealand hold dawn ceremonies in Turkey in honour of soldiers who fought at Gallipoli 100 years ago.
'Concern' over Yarl's Wood incident
A recent incident at the Yarl's Wood detention centre has given HM Inspectorate of Prisons "considerable concern", the BBC learns.
Mango-thrower gets presidential flat
Venezuela's President Maduro allocates a woman a flat, after she hits him on the head with a mango.
Justice for historical crimes
The trial of Oskar Groening raises the question of whether it is always necessary and right to prosecute such crimes after so many years.
The migrants who took over a Sicilian palace
Many young Sicilians are poor and jobless, so they have something in common with migrants arriving from Africa - and sometimes even occupy empty homes together.
Iceland's Facebook war over sex education
Musician questions sex education in Iceland
'We print people': The world of 3D portraiture
An up-close encounter with the new mini you
Clegg: No SNP 'life support' deal
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says he would not join a government dependent on "life support" from the SNP after the general election.
Getting aid to a war zone in a swarm of drones
A swarm of tiny drones has been developed by a US Air Force pilot in the hope that they will deliver aid into war torn Syria - 1kg at a time.
Farage reveals hospital treatment
UKIP leader Nigel Farage admits to being "in a great deal of pain" at the start of the general election campaign.
State news
Court: Iowa casino doesn't have to pay $41M jackpot error
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- When an 87-year-old Illinois grandmother bet a quarter in an Iowa slot machine in 2011, she thought she'd hit it big. The screen said: "The reels have rolled your way! Bonus Award - $41797550.16."...
Iowa law tries to ensure adult children can see sick parents
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A year after the children of radio personality Casey Kasem had to seek court action to see their ailing father, a new law in Iowa aims to ensure that adult children can see their sick parents - granting them visitation rights unless the person's guardian goes to court to stop them....
Cross-country search turns up photo of fallen Iowa soldier
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Cross-country efforts to track down a photo of an Iowa soldier who was killed in the Vietnam War have turned up an image of the man when he was 14 years old....
14-year-old killed in Minnesota crash
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) -- A 14-year-old girl from Iowa has died and three others have been injured in a two-vehicle crash in southern Minnesota....
Burlington man convicted of killing bicyclist
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- A Des Moines County jury has convicted a 39-year-old man for fatally shooting a Burlington bicyclist last summer....
Technology News
Dev Aims to Light the Way for Apple Watch Gaming
Racking up more preorder sales in a couple weeks than the combined sales of all Android Wear units in 2014, the Apple Watch is in a position to redefine the nascent smartwatch market. It won't do that alone, however. The key ingredient is likely to be apps, apps and more apps. WayForward wants to be on the vanguard of the movement, claiming an early position with its Watch Quest game.
Take Your Apple Watch Face and Love It!
Apple is known for fantastic product design but not for customization. The first iPhone hit the world nearly eight years ago, and yet our "customizable" home screen options are limited to the organization of app icons and a few bland wallpaper choices. So all of us future Apple Watch owners likely will have to settle for a handful of Apple-developed watch faces.
YouTube Marks 10 Years of Nondisruptive Revolution
YouTube on Thursday celebrated its first full decade in business. It was 10 years ago to the day that cofounder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video. It was a humble beginning: a 19-second clip of elephants, with Karim declaring that the pachyderms have "really, really long trunks." In fairness, it may have been in keeping with other notable firsts in technology.
Google's Low-Fee Fi: Ho-Hum
Google carrier partners Sprint and T-Mobile with more than 1 million free, open WiFi hotspots Google has verified as fast and reliable. Users' devices will move automatically to the fastest connection -- 4G LTE being the standard in the United States, accessing 3G or 2G if only those speeds are available. The program will work in more than 120 countries.
Breach Outbreaks Fuel Encryption Adoption
As data breaches make headlines around the world, more companies are turning to encryption to protect their information jewels. That is one of the findings in a study released Monday, conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Thales E-Security. "Mega breaches and cyber attacks have increased companies' urgency to improve their security posture," says the report.
Ubuntu's Vivid Vervet Makes Snappy Entrance
Canonical on Tuesday announced the release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet," as in East African monkey. It will be available for download on Thursday. The new OS offers tools for cloud, device, client and Internet of Things development. The Ubuntu desktop release includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements.