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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

Media Clips for the week of December 29, 2014

Many Iowa schools to see later start dates
Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Butter cow beats local control
Study touts economic benefits of Iowa casinos
Calendar call undermines local control
State of Iowa will no longer grant automatic waivers for school start dates
Let districts schedule according to local needs
Decorah Journal:
Local superintendents not happy with recent ruling on starting dates
Senator Segebart visits CCSD; early start waiver dominates discussion
FOX 28:
Later school start date excites Iowa Great Lakes businesses, worries educators
Sioux City Journal:
Iowa casinos generate $2.5 billion in economic activity, report says
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:
Casinos benefit Iowa, but face challenges
Mason City Globe Gazette:
Iowa gambling industry touts ‘large footprint’
Altoona Herald Index:
State says no school in August
Muscatine Journal:
Casinos: We chip in a lot to Iowa economy
Des Moines ‘mall zoo’ animals moving to new homes
Local superintendents react to governor’s school calendar mandate
Quad City Times:
Family Museum director celebrates one year on the job with record results
Maquoketa ‘Portrait’ to be part of Figge collection
Leave calendar to local school boards
Family proud of Freedom Rock honor
Omaha World Herald:
Missouri Valley lavender farm honored
Des Moines Register:
Museum marks Glenn Miller’s disappearance
Des Moines has zoo animals after Merle Hay Mall eviction
Legislators jumping into school start debate
Ankeny school calendar plans on hold
Merle Hay Mall animals still in city control
Merle Hay Mall animals moving permanently this weekend
Do you know what happened to Glenn Miller?
Dubuque Telegraph Herald:
Iowa takes control of ‘mall zoo’
Knoxville Nationals named to “most prestigious” top 10
Business Record:
Science Center announces Iowa travel series for families
Newton Daily News:
Iowa Speedway and Knoxville Raceway partner for special race deal in June
Museum receives 16 baby turtles confiscated at airport
Iowa governor ranks State Fair more important than school
Quad Cities Online:
Acclaimed Figge Museum, short on money, ponders uncertain future
Family Museum boss to head Bettendorf economy
Radio Iowa:
Study shows gaming creates huge ripple in Iowa’s economic pond
Creston News Advertiser:
Late start: School districts plan for late school start date
Study shows gaming creates huge ripple in Iowa’s economic pond
Stamford Advocate (CT):
Some lawmakers want school districts to control start times
School start dates – some lawmakers want state out of process
The Republic (Columbus, Indiana):
Some Iowa lawmakers unhappy with state’s move, want school districts to control start times
Some lawmakers want school districts to control start times
Rare armadillos born at National River Museum & Aquarium
School start dates an important topic this legislative session
Debate over school start dates will hit Iowa legislature
Clay County Fair claims national awards
Fort Dodge Messenger:
Some lawmakers want school districts to control start times
Lawmakers push back on early start debate
Spencer Daily Reporter:
Clay County Fair brings home eight awards
Catholic Sentinel:
Sioux City bishop designates famed Iowa grotto as a shrine
Smuggled baby turtles intended for Iowa museum intercepted at Anchorage airport
Iowa State Fair Board supports later school start dates
Education Week:
Some lawmakers want school districts to control start times
Ottumwa Courier:
American Gothic House Center acquires Grant Wood lithograph
Some lawmakers want Iowa school districts to control start times
Midwest Premiere for Off-Broadway production in Jefferson
New Hampton Tribune:
New Hampton to seek early-start waiver

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