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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 05 September 2014 09:13

Ribbons Awarded at Iowa State Fair Draft Horse Show

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Percheron and Clydesdale horse exhibitors from across the country earned ribbons during competition judged August 14 through 16 at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Shining Stars Percherons of Pleasant Hill won the show's Six-Horse Hitch Showdown.

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Banners Awarded in Iowa State Fair Simmental Cattle Show

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Owen Brothers Cattle Company of Bois D'Arc, Mo., was awarded the Grand Champion Purebred Bull banner in the Simmental Cattle show judged August 16 at the 2014 Iowa State Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Bull honors were awarded to Schick-Haefner Cattle Company of Clinton, Ill. The Iowa Champion Bull was exhibited by Sherrie, Bradley and Ashl Moores Simmental Farm of Rose Hill while Springer Simmentals of Cresco was awarded the Reserve Champion Iowa Bull banner.

Madison Udell of Sioux City won Grand Champion Purebred Female and Iowa Champion Female honors. The Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Female banner was awarded to Trey Jass of Garner. Lashmett Farms of Winchester, Ill., exhibited the Reserve Champion Iowa Complete results attached:

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Dairy Goat Honors Awarded at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Champions were named in the Dairy Goat Show judged August 15 and 16 at the 2014 Iowa

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Ribbons Awarded at Iowa State Fair Draft Pony Show

DES MOINES, IA (09/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Draft ponies earned honors during their show judged August 14 through 16 at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results below:

Draft Pony Ladies Cart – 48" & Under

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

3) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

4) Crystal Creek Farm, Prole

5) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

6) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

Draft Pony Cart – 38"- 45"

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Kimberly A. Hols, Runnells

Draft Pony Cart – 45"- 48"

1) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

2) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

3) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

4) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

5) Crystal Creek Farm, Prole

Draft Pony Team – 38"- 45"

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

Draft Pony Team – 45"- 48"

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

3) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

4) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

Draft Pony Unicorn Hitch – 48" & Under

1) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

2) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

Four Draft Pony Hitch – 48" & Under

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

3) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

Six Draft Pony Hitch – 48" & Under

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

Draft Pony Youth Cart – Driver 12 & Under

1) Kimberly A. Hols, Runnells

Draft Pony Youth Cart – Driver 13-18 Years

1) Crystal Creek Farm, Prole

2) Kimberly A. Hols, Runnells

Draft Pony Youth Team – Driver 18 & Under

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

2) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

Draft Pony Halter – Mare

1) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

Draft Pony Halter – Gelding

1) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

2) Anne Hildreth, Altoona

3) Douglas Anderson, DVM, Davenport

4) Wolf Farm, Farnhamville

"Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair. The 2014 Fair ended August 17. The 2015 Iowa State Fair is set August 13-23. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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GOVERNORS SELECT IOWA FOR 2016 SUMMER MEETING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 05 September 2014 08:37

WASHINGTON —The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that Iowa will host the nation’s governors for its 2016 Summer Meeting, July 14-17.

“The nation’s governors are pleased to bring our Summer Meeting to Iowa, and we thank Gov. Branstad for his gracious invitation,” said NGA Vice Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. “NGA meetings are an opportunity for leaders from around the country to come together across party lines to develop innovative and improved approaches to governing.” Herbert will serve as NGA Chair during the meeting.

NGA’s nine-governor executive committee selected Iowa for its excellent accommodations and venue options, as well as its overall appeal. The state’s strong bid demonstrated its ability to meet all of the association’s criteria for hosting a Summer Meeting, including central location; hotel and venue space; and transportation, security and volunteer needs.

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity to showcase Iowa to my colleagues from across the country,” said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. “Iowa will serve as an excellent place for the nation’s governors to gather and discuss issues of mutual interest and share best practices, and I’m confident this will be a productive and memorable experience for everyone involved.”

The Summer Meeting is one of two official business meetings NGA holds each year. The next Winter Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., February 20-23. The next Summer Meeting will be held in West Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, July 23-26, 2015.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.

 
Niabi Zoo Announces Fall Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:02

Coal Valley, IL – September 2, 2014 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will begin its fall hours and schedule on September 8, 2014. The Zoo’s fall schedule features shorter hours of operation and the Zoo will be open one less day each week.

Beginning on September 8th, Niabi Zoo will be closed every Monday through the end of the 2014 season. Tuesday through Sunday, the Zoo will close at 4:00pm each day with the last admission granted at 3:00pm. Free admission will be offered to all Zoo guests every Tuesday through Friday in October.

Niabi Zoo will close for the year beginning Monday, October 27th. Despite the Zoo being closed for the winter, this year Niabi Zoo is planning to offer limitedadmission classes and programs. “Traditionally the Zoo has been pretty quiet during the winter months,” said Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, “but this year we plan to introduce some new classes and animal encounter programs on a limited basis as we work to expand Niabi Zoo’s role in the Quad Cities throughout the year.” The specifics of the classes and programs to be offered will be announced later in the year.

 
Governor Branstad announces appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:03

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions.

The following individuals’ appointments are effective August 29, 2014, and are not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

Juvenile Justice Advisory Council:

Jennifer Tibbetts, Marion

South Central Regional STEM Advisory Board:

Mary Lee Madison, West Des Moines

Stacey Singleton, Johnston

Stephen Sieck, Grinnell

Vocational Rehabilitation Council

Lori Moore, West Des Moines

The following individuals’ appointments are effective September 1, 2014, and are not subject to Iowa Senate Confirmation:

STEM Advisory Council:

Alissa Jourdan, Des Moines

Leann Jacobsen, Spencer

Rachel Hurley, Johnston

Robert “Kelly” Ortberg, Cedar Rapids

Gary Scholten, Des Moines

Paul Schickler, Des Moines

Cindy Dietz, Cedar Rapids

Patrick Barnes, Bettendorf

Jerry Deegan, Clive

Steven Triplett, Coralville

Janice Bates, Estherville

Joseph Hrdlicka, West Des Moines

Emily Abbas, Des Moines

Laurie Phelan, Maxwell

The following interim appointments are effective August 29, 2014, and are subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

State Board of Educational Examiners:

Erin Schoening, Underwood

State Board of Tax Review:

Kathleen Till Stange, West Des Moines

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Branstad, Reynolds visit Iowa Wesleyan College for unveiling of Sen. James Harlan statue PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:56

Statue will have new home on campus after 104 years at U.S. Capitol

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will visit Iowa Wesleyan College today to welcome home and unveil a statue of Sen. James Harlan.

The Harlan statue had been on display in the U.S. Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection from 1910 until this year when it was replaced with a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug of Cresco. The Iowa Legislature voted to put the Harlan statue on permanent loan from the state of Iowa to Iowa Wesleyan College where it will be unveiled today on the University Chapel’s front lawn.

“Senator Harlan was a true statesman and public servant,” said Branstad. “We’re pleased that the Iowa Legislature, the Borlaug State Committee and Iowa Wesleyan College were able to work together to bring the Harlan statue home to Mount Pleasant, where it will be on permanent display.”

“Governor Branstad and I are pleased to be in Mount Pleasant for the unveiling of Senator Harlan’s statue,” said Reynolds. “Senator Harlan was an inspiring leader whose legacy will be shared with generations of Iowans to come.”

Harlan became president of Iowa Wesleyan in 1853 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. He also served as Secretary of the Interior and was considered a close friend and advisor to President Abraham Lincoln. Harlan’s daughter, Mary, married Robert Todd Lincoln, the 16th president’s son, and the couple’s Mount Pleasant home sits on the north end of the Iowa Wesleyan campus and is known as the Harlan-Lincoln House. Harlan died in Mount Pleasant in 1899 and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery.

“While James Harlan and his legacy belong to all of Iowa, we at Iowa Wesleyan are honored to welcome his statue to a place he himself called home. Harlan was a visionary leader who transformed a young college into a university offering relevant and rigorous academic programs to students in Southeast Iowa and beyond,” said Dr. Steven Titus, President of Iowa Wesleyan College. “Today – 159 years later – as we embark upon a transformative and collaborative strategic planning endeavor, we return to that bold vision of a regional, comprehensive university. It is befitting that here and now, the statue of James Harlan comes home. “

“Today’s unveiling is a milestone not only in terms of recognizing James Harlan’s legacy to Iowa Wesleyan, the state of Iowa and the United States, but also because of the historical, cultural and artistic significance represented by the statue itself,” Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie said. “This statue is one of only three to represent Iowa in the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is considered one of the most distinguished collections of art in the world. Accordingly, the unveiling of this statue is a milestone for culture and public art in Iowa.”

In 2011, the Iowa Legislature approved a resolution to replace the statue of Sen. Harlan with one of Borlaug, who received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal for his work in developing new varieties of wheat. Borlaug is credited with saving a billion people around the world from hunger and starvation.

The creation of the Borlaug statue and relocation of the Harlan statue was led by the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue Committee appointed by Gov. Branstad and chaired by Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn. The Department of Cultural Affairs provided administrative support to the Borlaug Committee. Each state is represented in the U.S. Capitol by two statues of notable citizens. The other statue representing Iowa is of former Gov. Samuel Kirkwood.

The unveiling of the Harlan statue will take place today in conjunction with a number of other events throughout Mount Pleasant, including the Opening Ceremonies of the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion and the Ribbon Cutting Celebration of the 1861 Union Block Building, where Belle Babb Mansfield studied law and took the bar exam to become the nation’s first woman attorney in about 1869. A statue of Mansfield is also on display at Iowa Wesleyan College.

For more information on Harlan, please visit the Governor’s Web site.

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