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Jul11

INVESTMENTS IN IOWA’S BIKE TRAILS

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                    Iowa invested more than $3.2 million in bike trails this year. My partner Ryan and I biked the Great Western Bike Trail from Des Moines to Cumming, IA. We met hundreds of bicycle enthusiasts at the Cumming Tap for Taco Tuesday last week. The Des […]

Jul11

NEWS YOU CAN USE

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Grants available to rural fire departments Grant money is available to Iowa’s rural fire departments for equipment to help battle wildfires. The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant provides 50 percent reimbursement with a maximum grant of $3,500 per department. Departments that actively return Wildland Fire Reports receive priority points in the grant application scoring process. Grant […]

Jul11

AROUND THE DISTRICT

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Disaster proclamation for Polk & Warren counties Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 18 counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation allows state resources to be used to recover from the effects of severe storms and flooding that hit counties beginning on June 24, including Polk and Warren. In […]