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  • Coon Rapids hit by playground fire, memorial vandalism
    The acrid smell of burned rubber hung in the air Thursday morning after a fire set Wednesday night destroyed the Fourth Avenue playground in Coon Rapids. 
  • Wild Rose boss: Jefferson casino eyes TV simulcasts of horse, dog racing
    Mint juleps, colorful ladies hats and Kentucky horse chatter could fill the new Wild Rose Jefferson early next May if a plan being eyed by the casino takes shape. 
  • Stone Pier announces summer concert line-up
    The Stone Pier Summer Concert Series will celebrate its fifth anniversary with its largest line-up yet, featuring 10 regional bands, including one returning favorite from each of the concert series’ former four seasons. 
  • Cayler retiring after 30 years as police chief
    Carroll Police Jeff Cayler, 56, the 30-year leader of a department in a city that consistently records some of the lowest crime rates in the nation, Tuesday afternoon announced his retirement effective June 8. 
  • Eight is Great
    The wait made South Central Calhoun’s first-place finish in the Iowa High School Jazz Championships a little sweeter, SCC Band Director Tom Plummer said after Tuesday night’s finals at the Des Moines Convention Center. 
  • The Omaha, Nebraska, architect charged with developing a consensus plan for improved library services has released five initial conceptual designs ranging from a remodel with a slight addition — 9,952 square feet — to an expansion to the north and east —15,500 square feet. 
  • Glidden-based Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have teamed up to provide a $360,000 zero-interest loan to St. Anthony Regional Hospital toward a $2.8 million renovation-and-expansion of the Catholic heath-care center’s rehabilitation services. 
  • O’Malley: Big money men put nation on brink of ‘pitchforks’
    Martin O’Malley can’t spot any orioles these days in Baltimore, the city he served as mayor for eight years. Climate change chased the birds away, he said. 
  • Blond Genius goes mobile
    Sitting at the entrance to Arnolds Park in Okoboji, close to Arnolds Perk Coffee, is an RV decorated with a outdoors scene of blue denim jeans pinned on a clothesline. Written in tall cursive extending across the scene is “Fashion on the fly.” 
  • Add woman, hear $10 bill roar
    Eleanor Roosevelt? Harriet Tubman? Abigail Adams? Or maybe Iowa’s own Mamie Eisenhower, a Boone native? 
  • Native bluebirds are focus of woodworker’s project
    A flicker of blue wings over the browns of dried grass and bare trees offers one of the first colors of spring: The bluebirds are returning. 
  • Smith: SARH looks to recruit local-grown talent
    Carroll’s growing reputation as a medical center makes the commercial hub an attractive spot for professionals from across the United States. 
  • Casino grand opening set for Aug. 7-8
    Wild Rose Jefferson will open as scheduled on Aug. 1, with fireworks and nationally known entertainment the following weekend, casino management told those gathered Monday for “media day” at the $40 million facility still under construction. 
  • Young driver might avoid prison for drunken crash
    A 20-year-old Arcadia man is set to plead guilty Friday to a felony for a November crash in which he was allegedly driving drunk near Scranton, and he and two of his passengers suffered significant injuries. 
  • 100 Years Strong
    Entering the town of Manning, cars drove aimlessly seeking parking spots and visitors stood in herds on the sidewalks chatting among one another in the spirit of a celebration.  With a weekend full of events directed toward every age in the area, Manning’s 1,500 population swelled as folks packed into its close community. 
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