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Statue Honoring Fallen State Trooper Planned in Independence

The mustang statue seen above is being made possible through a donation to the Independence Community School District. It is part of a larger renovation project in honor of fallen Iowa State Patrol sergeant and Independence native, Jim Smith. Leinbaugh football field, named after the former coach, Lyle Leinbaugh will...
INDEPENDENCE, IA
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Iowa’s Final Freedom Rock Nearing Completion

The rock pictured above is the Freedom Rock located in Benton County, Iowa. Artist Ray 'Bubba' Sorenson II began the Freedom Rock project back in 2013. His goal was to place and paint a rock in each of Iowa's 99 counties according to the Des Moines Register. His goal was to represent each specific area's military history, depicting battles and paying tribute to veterans on each rock. Sorenson's original rock lays in Menlo, Iowa. He painted that back in 1999. Now, nearly 10 years after expanding his Freedom Rocks to every Iowa county, his journey is nearly done.
BENTON COUNTY, IA
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Body Found in Cedar River Identified by Waterloo Police

Just over two weeks ago, on Monday, June 13, authorities pulled a lifeless body from the Cedar River. Waterloo Fire Rescue began their search of the river the previous Friday night and Saturday morning after they were notified of a Hispanic man taking his shirt off and entering the river.
WATERLOO, IA

Lady A Detail Fan-Focused Request Line Tour: ‘It’s Legitimate’

Lady A are currently prepping for their one-of-a-kind Request Line Tour, but rather than stressing over the setlist, they're leaving that task up to their fans. The Request Line Tour (buy tickets here) will be comprised of just that: requests. "We just want to involve the fans," Charles Kelley says....
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Cedar Rapids Fire Department Saves 500 Lbs of Sausage, Gives to Charity [PHOTOS]

Here's one story that Cedar Rapids firefighters probably thought would never be written about them... A very unique call came into the Cedar Rapids Fire Department Wednesday morning. As is always the case, they responded quickly. This time, they saved hundreds of pounds of sausage that would've otherwise spoiled and in turn helped a local charity that, like the fire department, answers the call for others.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA

Arguably Greatest Player in ISU History Included in NBA Trade

Iowa State has an illustrious basketball history tied to its program, especially during the Fred Hoiberg years. You can't discuss the lore of Iowa State basketball without including some of the stars that played under him during that time -- Georges Niang, Royce White, Melvin Ejim, DeAndre Kane, Abdel Nader, Diante Garrett, Matt Thomas, and Korie Lucious to name a few.
AMES, IA

Coffee Coupon Takes Pennsylvania Teens on Iowa Adventure [WATCH]

A 13-hour drive to buy coffee, and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a whole bunch of the country. Both were opportunities a Pennsylvania teenager could not pass up!. KIMT reports that Colton Marley was shuffling through his wallet (let this be a lesson to periodically check the contents of yours, because who knows?) when he found a coupon good for a small McCafe drink. It had no expiration date but was, oddly, only good in three McDonald's locations, one of them being Clear Lake, Iowa. With that being the closest among the three, Colton and a few friends decided to set off on the ultimate road trip.
IOWA STATE

20 Awesome Iowa Shirts You Can Order Online [GALLERY]

I don't know about you, but almost my entire wardrobe is made up of t-shirts. There's nothing I love more than soft, oversized t-shirt with a fun design. In fact, I probably own about 100 of them! They cover everything from local businesses, to tv shows/movies, to bands, to events, to funny quotes.
IOWA STATE

Most Venomous Spider in North America Found in Iowa Park

I really didn't want to write this story. Talking and/or thinking about large spiders gives me some serious heebie-jeebies. According to Radio Iowa, "Unexpected patrons have occupied a restroom at a Page County park near Shenandoah — black widow spiders." I mean, I know we have spiders in Iowa...
PAGE COUNTY, IA

An Iowan Has Made the Top 12 on a Popular Dance Competition Show

Another very talented Iowan has found success on a national competition show!. If you've been keeping up with the new season of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX, then you're probably already familiar with contestant Essence Wilmington. According to a new article from the Des Moines Register, Essence has already it to the top 12 on the show! The talented 21-year-old dancer is from Davenport, Iowa, proving, once again, that Iowans have what it takes to compete with the best of them!
DAVENPORT, IA

Brett Eldredge Brings High-Spirited ‘Songs About You’ to ‘GMA’

Brett Eldredge brought some fun to ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday (June 28) by performing "Songs About You," his latest single and the title track of his new album. Although uptempo, the song details the arduous process of trying to get over a past relationship. As Eldredge sings, when the tune's character starts moving on, a song reminds him of his ex-love and the memories come rushing back. The song's production contrasts with the bittersweet story, however, offering upbeat, jazzy instrumentation.
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