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Media Clips for the week of December 15, 2014
Decorah News: Photo of Dunning’s Spring may become the cover of the next Iowa Tourism Brochure; It’s official: Photo of Dunning’s Spring will be on the cover of the next Iowa Tourism brochure
Decorah Journal: Vote Dunning’s Springs for next Iowa Travel Guide cover
Radio Iowa: Tourism Office letting you pick its travel guide cover
Dubuque Telegraph Herald: Field of Dreams contender for Iowa Travel Guide cover
Spencer Daily Reporter: Supporters seeking votes for Scharnberg Park; Iowa Travel Guide cover to feature Dunning’s Springs waterfall
Corridor Business Journal:
Facebook fans to decide next Iowa Travel Guide cover
Travel Iowa Facebook fans have the power to determine the cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide. Now through noon on Dec. 12, fans can cast a vote for their favorite of four options at
"These are four great covers," Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office, stated in a press release. "We're showcasing the state's iconic Field of Dreams, surprising natural beauty at Dunning's Springs, outdoor retreats in Clay County, and the beautiful Reiman Gardens, which will celebrate 20 years in 2015."
Fans may vote once a day per Facebook profile. The winning cover will be announced on Dec. 12.
The Iowa Tourism Office distributes more than 100,000 copies of the Iowa Travel Guide annually to travelers from every state and around the world. The new printed guide will be available in the spring of 2015, and a digital version will be available at
Tourism in Iowa generates more than $7.75 billion in expenditures, employs 65,400 people statewide and generates $353.9 million in state taxes. The Iowa Tourism Office is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune: Grotto is named as a Shrine
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: ‘Frozen’ activities highlight of Vesterheim Christmas
KTVO: Gingerbread houses brings kids to the American Gothic House; Davis County Welcome Center shows off new renovations
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Local Volkswalkers looking to head out on Amana trek at a unique time Saturday
Radio Iowa: Education Department to end automatic early school start waivers
Quad Cities Online: Acclaimed Figge Museum, short on money, ponders uncertain future
Business Record Daily:
Science Center announces Iowa travel series for families
Starting in January, local families will be able to experience the state they call home and hear from local experts through a new travel series hosted by the Science Center of Iowa. The Family Destination Series is a three-part excursion program designed by SCI staff to expand the interests, knowledge and experiences of Iowans and engage the public in conversations about environmental education. Planned excursions include trips to Whiterock on Jan. 10, Dubuque on April 11 and Okoboji on May 16-17. More details and registration information can be found online

Media Clips for the week of December 8, 2014

WGEM: Fort Madison officials hold town hall to discuss future of the prison
RME among 50 finalists for national grant
Subway painting takes unique trip to Davenport
KWWL: Eat lunch with the Grinch at Phelps Youth Pavilion
Sioux City Journal: Sioux City bishop designates Grotto of the Redemption as shrine
KCRG: NCSML launches “Save the Kolach” campaign on Giving Tuesday
Quad City Times:
Figge officials make pitch to city of Davenport for future funds
Family Museum reports record results in 2014
Des Moines Register: Peek into the past at Living History Farms’ dinners
Iowa Ag Connection: Work continues on Maquoketa River Whitewater Park
Spencer Daily Reporter: Winter Games 35 prep begins

Media Clips for the week of December 1, 2014

Corridor Business Journal:
Deere tractor museum to open in Waterloo
WATERLOO - The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum here will open Dec. 2, officials at Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. announced Monday. The museum will focus on the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at Deere, particularly in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. The 27,000-square-foot facility, on the edge of the Cedar Valley TechWorks development in downtown Waterloo, will feature 19 tractors from different eras, including nine that the company owns and 10 that belong to collectors, according to Dawn Hendershot, project manager. The museum will feature seven engines and about 25 "hands-on" interactive exhibits, "so there are lots of different ways people can learn about John Deere tractors," Hendershot said. Located on the original site of the Waterloo Tractor Works, museum exhibits highlight the history and growth of Deere's tractor business.
Spencer Daily Reporter: Under New Management
Mason City Globe Gazette
Vesterheim Christmas gala is December 6
Celebrate ‘A Christmas Past’ in West Branch
LaCrosse Tribune
Vesterheim’s Norwegian Christmas is Dec. 6
‘The Christmas Wish’ author to visit Vesterheim Holiday traditions, “Frozen” photos, and outdoor activities features at Vesterheim’s Norwegian Christmas
Radio Iowa: National Motorcycle Museum seeks choppers for exhibit

Media Clips for the week of November 24, 2014 Why did a ghost hunter stab himself inside a famous Ax-Murder House? 5 Things to do in Mason City
WTKR: Man stabs himself in haunted house known for paranormal activity
Ottumwa Courier: Eckman: CVB director taking on next challenge
KMA: Blackburn’s Green Hollow Center awaits you and your family
KCRG: Iowa Children’s Museum celebrates 15th birthday
Decorah Journal: Steven Johnson, Vesterheim’s Executive Director, announces 2016 retirement
Time: Chris Soules finds his Field of Dreams in the new Bachelor promo
Quad Cities Online: American folk art exhibit to open at Figge
Eau Claire Country Today: Make-A-Wish sends Oshkosh youngster to Farm Toy Show
Des Moines Register: Smaller Living History Farms race crowd for Saturday
Chicago Tribune: Midwest events
Radio Iowa: Vision Iowa makes awards to Ottumwa and Washington
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Hunting for treasures in southwest Iowa
Missouri Valley Time News: Living Loess Tour recognized at the 2014 Iowa Tourism Conference
KTVO: Freedom Rock receives Veterans Day dedication
Estherville News: Emmet County observes Veterans Day

Media Clips for the week of November 17, 2014

Omaha World Herald: Owner of Villisca Ax Murder House stunned that man stabbed himself there
Axe Murder House overnight stabbing
Taylor County dedicates Freedom Rock Saturday
Radio Iowa: Wisconsin man stabs himself at Villisca axe murder house
Des Moines Register:
Effigy Mounds hike inspires ‘The Burial’
Iowa Speedway announces full race schedule for 2015
Hotel at Living History Farms closed for renovations
Man stabs self at Villisca axe murder house
Blank Park Zoo giraffe dies
Iowa City Press Citizen:
Hoover to be remembered at Presidential Library and Museum
Remembering Hoover’s funeral, 50 years later
Lawsuit stalls work on Field of Dreams sports complex
Amana Church celebrates 300 years
Field of Dreams 25th Anniversary snags award
National Farm Toy Show brings farm enthusiasts to Dyersville
Sioux City Journal:
Dickinson County trails to receive upgrades
Lights, camera, Iowa: Book examines the way the state is portrayed in the movies
KNIA: Tulip Time committee preparing for new way to help visitors navigate Wisconsin man stabs himself at ‘Ax Murder House’ in Iowa
Ames Tribune: One year later, hotels stands grand
Harlan Tribune: Danish Windmill named Outstanding Tourist Attraction
NY Daily News: Paranormal investigator stabs self during visit to Iowa ‘Ax Murder’ house where 8 killed
Headlines & Global News: Villisca Ax Murder House leads to stabbing of paranormal investigator
UPI: Paranormal enthusiast stabs himself at Iowa’s ‘Ax Murder House’
Cedar Rapids Gazette: Exhibit honors Iowa’s Vietnam War veterans
Stabbing reported at Villisca Axe Murder house
Favorite zoo animal dies at Blank Park Zoo
WOWT: Stabbing at Villisca Axe Murder House
Inquisitr: Villisca Axe Murder House stabbing: ghost hunter stabs himself outside ‘haunted’ house
The Republic: Civil War reenactment in Keokuk coming to end; tourism officials decrease in actors
The Blaze:
‘Ghost hunter’ was reportedly part of a paranormal investigation at the infamous Villisca Ax Murder House when something terrifying happened
Mystery continues over why this paranormal ‘ghost hunter’ stabbed himself inside the infamous ‘Ax Murder House’ ‘Ghost hunter’ stabs himself at ‘Ax Murder House’ during paranormal investigation
Opposing Views: Ghost hunter stabs himself during investigation into Ax Murder House
The Stir: Ghost hunter mysteriously stabs himself while investigating haunted house
Metro: Ghosthunter stabs himself in the chest during creepy investigation
International Business Times: Man stabs himself at haunted house while ghost hunting Ghost hunter stabs himself during paranormal investigation
The Catholic Globe: Grotto of the Redemption named shrine
US Weekly: Video – Bachelor Chris Soules is haunted by voices in Field of Dreams-style season 18 promo
WKBT Lacrosse, WI: Officials euthanize giraffe at Blank Park Zoo
Quad City Times: Official euthanize giraffe at Blank Park Zoo
Ottumwa Courier: Veterans recognition, Freedom Rock dedication Tuesday
Creston News Advertiser: Union County Freedom Rock: A collage of honor

Media Clips for the week of November 3, 2014

Travel + Leisure: World’s Strangest Streets

KWWL: Field of Dreams 25th anniversary snags award

Ottumwa Courier: Eckman resigns from Convention and Visitors’ Bureau

WOWT: ‘Tourism Pro’ to lead Convention & Visitors Bureau

Business Record: A fondness for ‘good parties’ becomes a business

Omaha World Herald: Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau names new director

Canton (OH) Repository: Book highlights best-known haunted locales

KNIA/KRLS: Annual tulip planting underway in Pella

WQAD: Davenport and Dubuque voted among top riverfronts in America

Tampa Bay (FL) Times: Good times in Okoboji

NPR: Park Service construction damaged Native American burial sites
Clayton County Register: Effigy Mounds welcomes park officials from sister Costa Rican parks
Independence Bulletin Journal: Time well spent during ‘An Afternoon with Frank Lloyd Wright’
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Iowa Speedway announces USAC Silver Crown race
IndyCar returning to Iowa Speedway on July 18
ARCA shares weekend with IndyCar at Iowa Speedway
Des Moines Register
IndyCar unveils July date for 2015 Iowa Speedway stop
Hotel Pattee turns a profit (second story on this page)
Waukee’s school start dates put businesses in bind
Waukee school board approves Aug. 13 start date
Iowa City Press Citizen: UI partners with developer to rebuild art museum downtown
KCCI: Parents, businesses not on board with early start date
Spencer Daily Reporter: Lakeside council fields ‘Save the Cobblestone’ pitch
LaCrosse Tribune: Vesterheim hosts concert of Swedish-style music
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Cedar Falls honored by state tourism office
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil: Pottawattamie County wins tourism awards
Nebraska City News-Press: New music show coming to Tabor
Mapleton Press: Monona County to get a Freedom Rock mural
Solon Economist: Council mulls ‘Freedom Rock,’ reviews 2014 budget