Marshalltown Tornado

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Originally broadcast 07/19/2019
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Marshalltown Tornado - LennoxToday's program focused on the one-year anniversary of the tornado that caused extensive damage to Marshalltown on July 19, 2018. Emily Barske, the managing editor of the Marshalltown Times-Republican newspaper, and Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer appeared by telephone, describing what's happened in Marshalltown since that day. Barske talked about several people who had been affected, and Greer discussed on-going repairs to the Marshall County Courthouse, downtown businesses, and the many homes that were damaged.

In addition, Alex Fejfar of the Ames History Center discussed the center's ongoing exhibit of photos of major construction projects in the city's history and its upcoming new exhibit. Maggie Westvold's "Minutes with Maggie" featured another of her takes on life in and around Iowa.

Story County Youth Fair, Climate Justice, Dan Tedesco

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Originally broadcast 07/17/2019
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Story County Fair

We started our show today with host Paul Wierson and Eugenia Hartsook, executive director of Story County Extension, reminiscing about how the Story County Fair has changed over the years and what will be happening during this year's Iowa State fair, July 20-24.

Chris Anderson then came on to tell us about the Climate Justice project designed by Collegiate United Methodist Church so that Ames SunSmart Solar can provide cheap power to low-income Ecumenical Housing.

For a change of pace, reporter Greta Anderson brought Dan Tedesco in to preview songs from his new CD American Darkness that he'll be playing at the Pantorium Session tonight. Then artist Cameron Gray told how he developed the ideas and art celebrating Black Culture in at his exhibition "Immersion" at the Des Moines Social Club from 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM July 20.

Jefferson, Kate Shelley, Food for Thought

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Originally broadcast 07/10/2019
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Leanne Harterz, brought us her monthly Story County Report, with Latifah Faisal from the Story County Attorney’s Office telling us about the program to reinstate drivers licenses. Our first guest was Chris Deal, telling us about how Jefferson attracted the attention of Silicone Valley and built a Career Academy in conjunction with DMAAC and the citizens of Jefferson. History Boy Theatre in Jefferson will also be one of the locations for the production of Kate Shelley's Bridge, a new musical by Diana Star Helmer and Gershom Levi. Gershom and the director Mischelle Levi came to the studio to discuss the production as well as listing dates and locations for other performances in central Iowa.

Jean Kresse rounded off summer activities by providing the history and growth of "Food for Thought," which began as a summer feeding program for children under 18, and now includes learning and enrichment components as well as other fun activities. The list of cooperating organizations and churches is impressive.

Ames Independence Day Breakfast and Parade, Outrage Over Treatment of Migrants, Susan Gwiasda

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/05/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Brenda Brink, area resident, describes the events and meaning of a semi-spontaneous gathering of people in front of US Representative Steve King's office in Ames, delivering a letter expressing outrage regarding his defense of detention centers at the US - Mexico border and border enforcement. 

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke at an Ames residence last week, when he described inhumane conditions he witnessed, of people who were detained on the border. We hear an excerpt from his speech.

A compendium of voices and sounds of the Ames July Fourth festivities, ranging from the Mayor and City Council and other city staff hosting the pancake breakfast, to onlookers and marchers in the parade, to political parties and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. 

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer, gives a municipal update from the City of Ames.  

Slater 4th of July, Walk for Climate, Insects

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/03/2019
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Bob Kraus of the Slater Community Club started off our show by telling us what's planned for the annual legendary Slater 4th of July, which features 9 queen candidates sponsored by local organizations.  The Ames Parade has a different style and focus.  Lucas Bleyle came in to tell us about plans for a March for Climate sponsored by Ames Climate Action Team.  The show ended with Donald Lewis, ISU extension entomologist, coming in to tell us what we can do about unwanted insects -- mosquitoes and jumping worms.  

FUN DAYS, JUNK JAUNT, PLANETARIUM, AND DUCKS

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/26/2019
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Today's program started in Ogden whith Ben Hollingshead, co-chair of the Ogden Fun Days, telling us about that festival this weekend (June 27, 28, and 29).  Then we heard about a completely different kind of event in the rural parts of our area -- Central Iowa Junk Jaunt, with owners, Haleigh Eason and Brenda Schwager giving us a preview of their 21 locations.  Carrying on with the national topic for summer reading programs, "A Universe of Stories," Bertha Bartlett Library in Story City is hosting a one-day opportunity to view the night  the night sky in an inflatable planetarium (today, May 26) as described by Kolleen Taylor, executive director of BBL.  From the heavens to rubber ducks, Jay Wilson, executive director of Story City Greater Chamber Connection, told us how the community is overcoming the lack of the usual water route on the Skunk River since the iconic Swinging Bridge is under renovation.  

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