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Media Clips for the week of April 20, 2015

Radio Iowa: August 23 is now the earliest date school may start in Iowa

New Hampton Tribune: School year will start August 24
KIWA: Tulip Festival receives funding for new light pole banners
Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Later school start date could hurt education [article is about Sioux Falls schools, but mentions Iowa’s school start date bill]
Rock Island Dispatch Argus: Cultural tax considered in Davenport for Figge, other arts sites
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Iowa’s Mason City home to Frank Lloyd Wright legacy
KWWL: Grant Wood Studio open for the season
KGAN: Piecing together history
Des Moines Register: Organizers of gigantic family reunion aim to break world records
KTVO: Visitors get a look inside the American Gothic House
Ottumwa Courier: inside look of American Gothic House
KTIV: Iowa native gives thanks to those who have served with art
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Cedar Falls Veterans Park nearly doubles with expansion
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: Freedom Rock lands in Oakland

Media Clips for the week of April 13, 2015

KTVO: Ottumwa community members met some new faces in town
KWQC: Tourism outlook strong in the QCA
KCRG: Iowa DNR seeing another year of rebound for pheasant population
KNIA/KRLS: Tulip Time steering committee prepares new entertainment for 80th celebration
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune: Arnolds Park amusement park set to celebrate 125th year
Des Moines Register: Floppy back home in Ankeny museum
Ottumwa Courier:
American Gothic House opens to public
Iconic house spreads Easter fun
KGAN: School start bill to be signed
Ames Tribune: Branstad to sign start date bill
KELO: IA school start date compromise not perfect, but works
Estherville Daily News: Supervisors approve $5,000 in LOST funds for Freedom Rock
Spencer Daily Reporter: Artist’s work memorialize locals who served
KCAU: Iowa artist rocks patriotism with unique memorial

Media Clips for the week of April 6, 2015

Branstad says he would accept Iowa Legislature’s school start date compromise
Aug. 23 Iowa school start date bill heading to governor
Mason City Globe Gazette:
Branstad would accept Legislature’s school start date compromise
Iowa students pick learning over tourism (Editorial)
Quad City Times:
Branstad: School start date compromise acceptable
Branstad imposed on school issues (letter to editor)
Sioux City Journal:
Branstad says he would accept Legislature’s compromise on school start date
Siouxland school officials relieved start date compromise near
Des Moines Register:
Bill setting Aug. 23 school start date heads to Branstad
Like it or not, school start date set
Radio Iowa: School start date dilemma resolved for Iowa districts
WQAD: Iowa legislature sets start date for schools as August 23
Muscatine Journal: Iowa pencils in school start date
KMA: School officials rejoice over start date settlement
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Aug. 23 Iowa school start date bill heading to governor
Keokuk Daily Gate City:  Early school start bill heading for signature
Iowa Public Radio: Iowa Legislature reaches compromise on K-12 calendars
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: Compromise, but at what cost? (editorial)
KTIV: School start date bill’s effects on Iowa Great Lakes Tourism
Spencer Daily Reporter: Legislative update from Megan Jones
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Worthy compromise on Iowa’s school start dates (editorial)
Rock Island Dispatch/Argus: Quad Cities CVB launches new blog
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune: Iowa’s Raccoon River Valley Trail releases a new video
Vinton Today: Vinton area under consideration for Country Travel Discoveries tour
Huffington Post: A literary tour of small-town America
Ames Tribune: Frontier Shack to bring food, history to High Trestle Trail
San Antonio Express News: Iowa’s ‘River City’ a trove of Prairie School architecture
Decorah Newspapers: Iowa’s Dairy Center voted Silos & Smokestacks “People’s Choice Site of the Year”
KGAN: Digging for history in Amana
Travel Pulse: Baseball Classics: Iowa still boasts baseball heaven with Field of Dreams site
Oskaloosa Herald: Freedom Rock effort continues
Spencer Daily Reporter: ‘Bubba’ is ready to rock

Media Clips for the week of March 30, 2015

Communications Research Institute of William Penn University: Future Freedom Rock of Mahaska County
Oskaloosa News: Freedom Rock organization prepares to ramp up fundraising
Des Moines Register:
Foodstuffs (Pie Promotion)
House holds firm on Aug. 23 school start date
Iowa Senate OKs Aug. 23 school start date, but it’s not final
School funding deadlock stalls 2015 Iowa session
Quad City Times:
More company is coming (editorial)
Iowa school start date legislation hits roadblock
Which will improve Iowa education? (editorial)
Saux Valley: Iowa House votes for state control of schools start date
Iowa Public Radio: House passes bill for August 23 school start date
Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Iowa House votes to retain control over school start date
Sioux City Journal:
Iowa House votes for state control of school start date
Children’s Museum of Siouxland breaks ground, gets closer to completion
Okoboji amusement park celebrates 125 years
Radio Iowa: Another statehouse stalemate, this one over school start date
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil:
Goals, actions at odds in GOP (editorial)
Pottawattamie County Freedom Rock ready to roll
Cedar Rapids Gazette: School start date bill hits procedural roadblock in Senate
Muscatine Journal: School start date legislation hits procedural roadblock
Fodor’s Travel: 10 under-the-radar attractions in the U.S.
Huffington Post: 9 under-the-radar attractions in the U.S.
Spencer Daily Reporter: House, Senate pass Aug. 23 start date, but discussion continues
Mason City Globe Gazette:
School start date legislation hits procedural roadblock
The Music Man Square
Surf Ballroom & Museum
Top of Iowa Welcome Center & Rest Area
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds tours Amana Colonies businesses
Friends of Old Fort Madison set to purchase battlefield
Walker (MN) Pilot Independent: The Scandinavian Heritage: Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American Museum
Keokuk Daily Gate City: Friends of Old Fort Madison buy War of 1812 battlefield World’s most breathtaking cherry blossom and tulip festivals
The Guardian: The film that makes me cry: Field of Dreams
KCCI: Hotel Pattee adding new food option on High Trestle Trail
WQAD: Cruise line plans to dock in Davenport
KWQC: Iowa school districts deal with uncertain start dates
KCHA: Iowa House and Senate divided over school start dates
The Daily Iowan: Iowa House settles on Aug. 23 school start date
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette: FWCS joins trend to start earlier [this is about school start dates in Indiana]

Media Clips for the week of March 23, 2015

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
‘Selling Waterloo’ was Elmore’s specialty (Editorial)
Good crowd kicks off World’s Greatest Spring Break
Hospitality Net: Lee Belfield appointed to Critical Tourism Advisory Board
Decorah News: Tourism has $29 million impact on Winneshiek County
Chicago Tribune: Iowa’s ‘River City’ a trove of Prairie School architecture
KCAU: Arnold’s Park restaurant named in “Iowa’s Best Burger” contest
Radio Iowa: Newton sends out thousands of postcards to encourage city pride
Cedar Rapids Gazette: UI’s star painting set to embark on European tour

Media Clips for the week of March 16, 2015

Des Moines Register: Iowa Senate OKs local control for school calendars
Radio Iowa: Musical version of ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ opens national tour in Iowa
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
Senate votes to make school start date a local decision
Youth Pavilion provides ‘Super Powers of Art’
Waterloo’s ambassador calls it a career
WHO TV: Little lobbyists want state leaders to leave their schools alone
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: Iowa Senate supports letting districts decide school start
Iowa Public Radio: Iowa Senate: Let schools start when they choose
Tourism industry takes its fight over school starts to the legislature
School start date still being debated in Iowa Legislature
WHBF TV:  Tourism industry chimes in on Iowa school start date debate
The Canadian Press: Lawmakers weigh desired local control, valued tourism revenue in debate over school year start
KIMT TV: School early start dates
Business Record: IEDA is looking for a marketing company
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa All Over: Riding the rails in central Iowa
Tacoma News Tribune: Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate
Entertainment Tonight: 7 reasons the women of ‘The Bachelor’ should want to live in Iowa
Decorah Journal: Vesterheim on Fodor’s Travel 15 best small town museums in the U.S.
Spencer Daily Reporter: CCREC gearing up for inaugural Rock’n Bac’n Brew’n
Sioux City Journal: Orange City to renovate wildlife recreation area
Anamosa Journal Eureka: Jones County looking to be part of Freedom Rock Tour

Media Clips for the week of March 9, 2015

Des Moines Register:
Vote for the best pie in Iowa
American Gothic House opens doors to public
KICD: Arnolds Park in Iowa Tourism ad
Vancouver Sun: Clever Iowa campaign uses Napoleon to lure tourists
Creston News Advertiser: Country Life Center featured in new Iowa Tourism TV spots
El Paso Times: Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate
Winnipeg Free Press: Lawmakers weigh desired local control, valued tourism revenue in debate over school year start Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate
Columbia Missourian: Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate
Seymour Tribune: Lawmakers weigh desired local control, valued tourism revenue in debate over school year start
Radio Iowa: Manchester makes splash with planned whitewater park
Iowa State Daily: Weird facts about Iowa
KCCI: Iowa State Fair Board to cut races at Grandstand Racetrack for 2015 fair
Quad City Times: Bettendorf pushes for early school start date
U-T San Diego: Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate
KCRG: American Gothic home open to the public
USA Today: NTSB considers reopening Buddy Holly crash probe
Watertown Daily Times: Lawmakers weigh tourism, local control in school year debate

Media Clips for the week of March 2, 2015

NBC Today: Ice climbers ascend Iowa silos’ challenging, man-made frozen walls
Ottumwa Evening Post:  Gothic House featured in marketing campaign
Ottumwa hires new Convention & Visitors Bureau director
American Gothic House featured in Iowa Tourism marketing campaign
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Iowans split over school start dates
Seven places to take kids during the winter
Munson: ‘Field of Dreams’ legal game finally hits courtroom
Muscatine Journal: Made in Muscatine: CVB holds quarterly hospitality meeting
Emmetsburg Reporter: Travel Iowa
Yahoo News UK: Ripley’s debuts Space Station made of 280,000 matchsticks, believe it or not
Dickinson County News: Arnolds Park readies for anniversary celebration
Spencer Daily Reporter: Wiesenmeyer takes Iowa Rock ‘n’ Roll position
KIMT: Lawsuit over planned ‘Field of Dreams’ sports complex reaches trial
Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Trial ends over Field of Dreams zoning dispute
Decorah News: Iowa Tourism guide will feature Decorah starting Monday

Media Clips for the week of February 23, 2015

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
A good compromise with school start dates is needed
Ad campaign launched to lure travelers to Iowa
Field of Dreams trial to begin Monday
KNIA/KRLS: Knoxville Chamber tells council it’s focusing on membership, will assist with tourism
Mason City Globe Gazette: Capitol Digest: Tourism campaign announced
Radio Iowa: New Iowa tourism ads feature Napoleon
Sioux City Journal: Capitol digest
Muscatine Journal: Capitol digest: Feb. 19, 2015
WOWT: Iowa Tourism Office launches $1.5 million campaign to lure travelers Iowa Staycation: 7 fun things to do while staying close to home
Dickinson County News: Amusement park seeks volunteers for 125th celebration
Spencer Daily Reporter: Amusement park seeks volunteers for 125th celebration
Iowa State Daily: Board of Education, governor should rethink approval of school start dates
Des Moines Register: Summers are key to Iowa’s economy (Letter to the Editor)
KIWA: Senator Feenstra weighs in on school start dates
Express Milwaukee: Twenty-sixth annual “Tribute to Bix Beiderbecke” pays tribute to 1920s jazz legend
Travel and Tour World: Iowa creates innovative ad campaigns to attract tourist
KCAU: New Iowa Tourism campaign to lure in travelers
We Are Iowa: New Tourism campaign to lure in travelers
KMA: Another Freedom Rock on the move
KIMT: Iowa Tourism Office ad features blast from the past

Media Clips for the week of February 16, 2015

Meetings Focus: Eastern Iowa is business-ready, with extra off-session pursuits
Osceola Sentinel-Tribune:
Sept. 1 school start date draws lengthy discussion during legislative luncheon
‘Unfortunate situation’: Seid advocates for local control in school start dates
Independence Bulletin Journal: Iowa Economic Development Director visits Heartland Acres
Local tourism leaders meet with state legislators
Pella School Board approves draft of 2015-16 calendar
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
IowaNext would harness energy of community efforts
Branstad defends his school funding plan
KTIV: School start date draws attention of Siouxland Chamber delegation in Des Moines
Cedar Rapids Gazette: IowaNext intended to focus state community investments under one umbrella
Frankie Avalon performs at the Surf Ballroom
Let’s go to the Sock Hop
Recreating the Day the Music Died
Mason City Globe Gazette:
Party like it’s 1959
Branstad defends his school funding plan as affordable, sustainable
Des Moines Register:
Fair’s museum director preserves state’s past
Emails reveal furor over school start-date decision
Iowa House to set Aug. 23 as school start date compromise
Senate, House move forward different school start date bills
Kathie Obradovich: School start issue requires leaders
Iowa not the only state debating school start dates
Dickinson County News:
School start date questions anticipated at Saturday forum
Lawmakers field questions at area forums
Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Tourism continues powerful growth
Marshalltown Times Republican: Year-round school has merit (Editorial)
KCIM: Freedom Rock near Manning looking for funding to finish project
Fairfield Ledger: Fairfield Visitor’s Bureau reports good tourism year
KMA: Tourism officials back later school start dates 20 cities for an affordable Valentine’s Day getaway [Decorah in @ #20]
KCCI: No issue has drawn more attention at Capitol this year
Britt News Tribune: Area superintendents want local control on start date
Quad City Times:
Tourism industry seeks to grow Iowa (letter to editor)
Branstad defends school funding plan
Radio Iowa:
‘On or after August 23’ offered as a compromise school start date
House panel passes compromise school start date
WNAX: Iowa Public Schools’ start date debate continues
KGAN: Education’s question with no answer
KTVO: American Gothic Center to host Grant Wood birthday celebration
WQAD: Figge Art Museum looking for long-term funding from the City
Sioux City Journal: Branstad defends school funding plan as affordable, sustainable
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Branstad says his Iowa school funding plan is affordable, sustainable
Muscatine Journal: Branstad defends his school funding plan as affordable, sustainable

Media Clips for the week of February 2, 2015

USA Today: 10Best dynamite day trips
Travel Channel: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Iowa school start dates now set by edict from above
Fantasy football, fireworks, school start date and licensure: A few places Iowa law should pull back (editorial)
Decorah News: Northeast Iowa Artists Tour is given the “Great Strides” tourism award
Economic director visits eastern Iowa, responds to Deere layoffs
Warm weather at Winterfest in the Amana Colonies
Des Moines Register:
Flexible school start dates gain momentum in Iowa Senate
RAGBRAI overnight towns, new gravel loop announced
KCID: Spencer Schools 2015-16 calendar on hold
Radio Iowa:
School start date bill clears legislative committee
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library opens exhibit of signed baseballs
Sioux City Journal:
Okoboji, Iowa, tourism advocates oppose early school start bills
Clay County Fair honored at convention
Iowa City Press Citizen:
Families escape winter weather at WinterFest
Hoover baseball exhibit shows off famous signatures
LaCrosse Tribune: Barnelopet event planned at Decorah Prairie
Ottumwa Courier: Iowa’s hidden treasures revealed
Mason City Globe Gazette:
Kids rock the Surf at the sock hop
Christie to rock Winter Dance Party
Putting on the poodle: Clear Lake Arts Center helps get in the 50s swing
Memories abound during Winter Dance Party concert
Rave on! It’s the Winter Dance Party (Globe Gazette editorial)
Quad City Times: Educators press Q-C lawmakers on school start dates
KMEG: Local leaders debate school start date
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Cedar Valley tourism officials want visitors to dig deeper

Media Clips for the week of January 26, 2015

Muscatine Journal: Let’s go to the hops
Sioux City Journal:
Superintendent labors over busing dilemma if school year starts later
Winter Games get warm reception in Iowa Great Lakes
Clayton County Register: A look at the past and future at GD&T annual meeting
Des Moines Register:
State sets high bar for early school start times
Bills would give schools start date flexibility
Lawmakers seeking compromise on school start dates
Board member: Iowa more concerned about ‘beer sales’ than kids
Fireworks competition shaping up for 2015 Iowa State Fair
Munson: Iowa school start date debate takes us back to the ‘80s
KCCI: Push underway to allow schools to set own start date
Quad City Times:
Local school officials not optimistic about waiver chances
Process begins to return Adler Theatre to city ownership
Radio Iowa:
Board of Education goes back and forth on school start date
Leaders see chance to ‘resolve’ school start date debate
Ames Tribune: ACVB plans campaign to target individual travelers
Quad City Times: Brewery to open in Muscatine
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Allegiant planning more Cedar Rapids flights
Omaha World Herald: Loess Hills seeks new interpretive center
WQAD: QC superintendent: Branstad’s  school start-date plan is ‘assault on local control’
Worthington Daily Globe: Ice pushes some winter games events off Iowa Great Lakes
KTIV: The University of Winter Games kicks-off Wednesday night
Dickinson County News:
Winter Games 35 has plenty of selections for food
Come inside for more Winter Games XXXV activities
Brave the elements for Winter Games fun – outdoor events
Spencer Daily Reporter: 35th Winter Games get underway
Artnet News: Jimmy Kimmel recreates American Gothic on The Bachelor
Mason City Globe Gazette: Let’s rock & roll, WDP style!
Catholic Globe: Grotto names new marketing coordinator
KCRG: Organizers: warm weather won’t hinder Dubuque Ice Fest
Decorah Journal: Barnelopet children’s ski/walk event at Decorah Prairie Saturday, Feb. 7
Iowa Public Radio: Iowa Tourism against early school start
Rock Island Dispatch-Argus: Davenport lands RAGBRAI finish

Media Clips for the week of January 20, 2015

New Hampton Tribune: We don’t need the governor to tell us when we should start school year
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Bill would allow school districts to set own start dates
Quad City Times:
Iowa lawmakers propose changing law on school-start dates
Confiscated turtles come to Iowa
Sioux City Journal:
Jorgensen bill would address school calendar plan
Okoboji Winter Games moves off the ice
Omaha World Herald:
Caesars, which operates 2 Council Bluffs casinos, bets on better days with bankruptcy filing
With some artificial snow as a boost, Mt. Crescent Ski Area is bringing in crowds
Voice of America: Presidential libraries pay tribute to US Leaders
Mason City Globe Gazette: Cabin Fever events planned at Living History Farms
Des Moines Register: 10 key issues facing Iowa Legislature in 2015
Anamosa Journal-Eureka: School board approves hours-based calendar
Spencer Daily Reporter:
Winter Games events moved off ice
Fair, events center come together under Parsons
Hallgren new executive director at Ottumwa’s Bridge View Center
Dickinson County News: Events moved off ice as 35th Winter Games approach
Decorah Newspapers: Vesterheim to purchase Cary property
Journal and Topics: What’s up for ‘Ice Fest’
Rock Island Dispatch Argus: Figge and Augustana show juvenile detention exhibits
WQAD: QC Superintendent : Branstad’s school start-date plan is ‘assault on local control’
Cherokee Chronicle Times: County considers Freedom Rock

Media Clips for the week of January 12, 2015

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: New tourism chief sees plenty of visitor potential in Council Bluffs
Decorah News: School board begins discussion of school starting date waivers
Omaha World Herald:
New tourism head says Council Bluffs has a lot of visitor ‘potential’
Elk Horn, Iowa, hopes to repair its 168-year-old Danish Windmill
New Hampton Tribune: N-P undecided about waiver for early start
Springfield News-Leader: Whitewater paddling course being built in Iowa river
Decorah Newspapers: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum announces the 2105 Folk Art School schedule
LaCrosse Tribune: Vesterheim announces Folk Art School schedule
Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Grant Wood art to spiff up Interstate gateway to Cedar Rapids medical district
Iowa Speedway’s Small shovels fan’s walkway
Sioux City Journal: Pizza in a cone? It’s coming to Siouxland
Dickinson County News: 2015 Iowa RockNRoll inductees announced
ABC: Chris Soules at the Iowa State Fair
Iowa City Press Citizen: Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum raises admission
KCRG: Hoover Presidential library raises admission
West Branch Times: Hoover Library raises admission
Quad City Times: Iowa art expert George Leslie Sout was a real ‘Monuments Man’
Spencer Daily Reporter: Rock’n, Bac’n, Brew’n
Des Moines Register:
Elk Horn hopes to get windmill working again
10 Key issues facing Iowa Legislature in 2015

Media Clips for the week of January 5, 2015

Little Village:
Iowa Brews: A look at the state’s beer industry in 2014
Des Moines Register:
Wild animals removed from Merle Hay Mall
Schools need to start early to improve performance [letter to the editor]
Rafting course coming to northeast Iowa
The Register’s Editorial: We need a modern school calendar
Business Record:
Pella Wildlife animals removed from Merle Hay Mall by officials
31 exotic animals moved out of metro mall
Mason City Globe Gazette:
Music Man Square aglow
Quad-City Times:
Eagle-watching events pack calendar in January, February
Sioux City Journal:
Mini Grotto solidifies Harris, Iowa’s spot on the map
Man paddles into icy river to test rafting course
Omaha World Herald:
Collector’s tiny model trains on display at Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs
Scottsbluff Star Herald:
Collector’s model locomotives on display in Council Bluffs
Science Center of Iowa seeing increase in visitors
Ottumwa Courier:
Finally! Step inside American Gothic House
Tours to begin at American Gothic House in 2015
New Hampton Tribune:
Little Brown Church seeking new pastor
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil:
Man paddles into icy river to test rafting course
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana):
Man paddles into icy Maquoketa River to test whitewater rafting course
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
Rapid construction: Manchester white-water course coming together quickly
North Platte Telegraph:
National Parks: Tourism done right
Muscatine Journal:
Man paddles into icy river to test rafting course