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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

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