Boone Welcome Train, Fantastic Creatures, Boys and Girls Club

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/29/2020
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Dave Cook, co-chair of the Boone Welcome Train Project, told us about the monumental project of moving a steam engine, a tender, and a passenger car to their new location on HWY 30 and Story Street to welcome visitors to Boone. Then, from Legacy Learning in Webster CityMadalyn Loring told us about her "Fantastic Creature" workshop -- an online sculpture workshop adapted to the restrictions of COVID-19.  And finally, Erica Peterson, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Story County, told us how they had kept their program open this summer with the social distancing needed during the pandemic. 

Taking the Lead: Policing and Justice (Finale)

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/24/2020
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The major focus of today's show was a presentation of segments from the fourth and final presentation of the series Taking the Lead: Policing and Justice jointly sponsored by the Ames Branch of the NAACP and the City of Ames.  Edna Clinton, president of the Ames Branch of the NAACP introduced tonight's speakers -- Moderator Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce; John Haila, Mayor of Ames; and Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University President.  They discussed ways that Ames and Iowa State University can increase their welcome to a diverse population. 

Going Back to School and What How Birds Can Brighten Our Lives

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Originally broadcast 07/22/2020
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Leanne Harter was with us again with the Story County Report.  What started as a non-controversial program about what steps schools in our area are taking to re-open this fall, turned into a discussion of the question marks raised by Gov. Reynolds' July 17 proclamation outlining the state Board of Education's directives-- which conflict with virtually all the plans the school districts have spent months developing.  After that the show went to the birds when Jay Wilson from the Story City Greater Chamber Connection telling us about National Carousel Day century celebrated in Story City on their century old carousel, where their animals include a rooster.  Other important birds in Story City are the rubber duckies that usually have a great race floating down the skunk river (to keep away the crowds in the era of COVID-19, they were only memories this year).  Keeping with that theme Pat Scholarbaum brought us a phenology on hummingbirds to close out our show. 

July 17, 2020

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/17/2020
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Local Talk for July 17, 2020 featured Doug Harr, President of Iowa Audubon discussing birding during Covid19 adaptations. Some legislation Doug mentioned to support were: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Great American Outdoor Act, Safe Buildings Act, Migratory Bird Protection Act, and Climate Change Solutions Act. Susan Gwiasda, City of Ames, invited Keith Abraham to talk about Parks and encouraged citizens to join the annual Parks celebration by camping out in your backyard July 25. Anna Bananna added a delightful Heart to Heart message to conclude the show. 

The Farm Crisis -- Past, Present and Future

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/15/2020
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Our program today started with Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist with ISU Extension, giving us a brief overview of the complex government programs and issues that today's farmers need to navigate to make decisions.  Our discussion centered around disturbing recently published research indicating how disproportionately large farmers were benefiting and small farmers were suffering from current prices and supports.  As our discussion compared the present to the  Farm Crisis of the '80s,  historian Pamela Riney-Kehrberg told us about her research into that time .  Turning to collective activism, Ava Auen-Ryan announced a series of community conversations taking place throughout the state

Dennis Hart and Paul Wierson discussed another issue that became a major story only in the age of Covid 19 -- Meat packing plants and alternatives. 

Story County Board of Health Warns ISU Against Sports Event Audiences, Courts Reopen with Social Distancing

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/13/2020
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of Iowa in the news, last week.

On June 22 the Story County Board of Health met and advised Iowa State University to hold sporting events without audiences present, in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. The university hasn't changed its plans for live fan attendance for games, but they are planning on limiting the audience to 50 percent capacity. Dennis Hart sat down with County Board of Health Chair Paschen, to talk over some the issues of health that we are looking at in Story County, as our community approaches a whole new phase, with the re-opening of Iowa State University.

Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Management Coordinator discussed the re-opening of schools in fall and the current re-oping of the courts system. 


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