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News and Results from the 2014 Iowa State Fair I PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 11 August 2014 10:26

FFA Members Stomp Out Competition in Iowa State Fair Beef Championship

DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2014)(readMedia)-- FFA exhibitors competed in the Performance Beef Show judged Wednesday prior to the start of the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Entries were open to purebred, grade or crossbred market steers.

Complete results below:

Choice Retail Beef – Window A

Champion: Brooke Sieren, Keota

Reserve Champion: Logan Bauer, Exira

Champion Produce: Logan Bauer, Exira

Reserve Champion Produce: Lucas Looney, Wheatland

Lean-Lite Beef – Window B

Champion: Shana Hilgerson, Elkader

Reserve Champion: Trevor Stevenson, Wheatland

Champion Produce: Trevor Stevenson, Wheatland

Reserve Champion Produce: Jacob Looney, Wheatland

Hotel-Restaurant Beef – Window C

Champion: Logan Bauer, Exira

Reserve Champion: Luke Orr, Elkader

Champion Produce: Luke Orr, Elkader

Reserve Champion Produce: Lucas Looney, Wheatland

Perry Hampshire Sets New Iowa State Fair Big Ram Record

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- A two-year-old Hampshire ram from Perry set a new Iowa State Fair record, tipping the scales at 507.5 pounds during the Big Ram competition judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The top ram, dubbed "Zeus" by owner Daryl Mickelson, bested his nearest competitor by 86.5 pounds.

Second place was claimed by Seelow Sheep Farms' two-year-old Rambouillet ram who weighed in at 421 pounds.

Solid Rock, the four-year-old Suffolk ram owned by Merle Van Klompenburg of Orange City claimed third place at 408.5 pounds.

Peabody Wins Hearts and Iowa State Fair Big Boar Title

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Fueled by the memory of a friend, a group of former college buddies set out to win the Iowa State Fair Big Boar contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

The five-year-old Hampshire boar named Peabody, owned by Pleasant Hill's Friends of Peabody, weighed in at 1,273 pounds. Peabody was shown by Lori Dvorak of Ankeny and raised by Dvorak with assistance from Craig Rowles and Tom Dittmer.

The winning boar was named after Brad Peyton, an Urbandale attorney, businessman and founder of the Shining City Foundation, who died last year following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Peabody was Peyton's nickname when he attended Iowa State University.

Big Mac, a two-year-old crossbred shown by McDonald Acres of Ryan earned second place at 1,142 pounds.

Boss Hog, the four-year-old crossbred shown by Gene Stoltzfus and Kip Granger of North English claimed third place at 1,132 pounds.

The Shining City Foundation is based in Urbandale. It was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to enhancing the general welfare of underserved populations around the world through improved health care, housing and education.

Prescott Charolais Tops Iowa State Fair Super Bull Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/07/2014)(readMedia)-- Big Daddy, the 3,012-pound Charolais bull owned by Craig Stalcup of Prescott, outweighed the competition to win the Super Bull contest judged Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Doug Sudbrock of Indianola took second place with his 2,501-pound Red Angus bull, Wingnut, and third place with his 1,329-pound Red Angus bull, Grumpy.

Big Daddy, as well as the Big Boar and Big Ram, will be on display at the Iowa State Fair in the Cattle, Swine and Sheep Barns, respectively, through August 17.

4-H Siblings Win Grand and Reserve Champion Market Broiler at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (08/08/2014)(readMedia)-- 4-H members from all around Iowa competed in the 4-H Poultry Show held Thursday at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Hannah Van Roekel of Wellman exhibited the Grand Champion Market Broiler, and her brother, Jonah Van Roekel also of Wellman, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Broiler.

Additional results below:

Grand Champion Bantam: Trey Tempel, Kamrar

Reserve Grand Champion Bantam: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Grand Champion Water Fowl: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Reserve Grand Champion Water Fowl: Tate Linton, Sioux City

Grand Champion Large Fowl: Shau Landt, Charles City

Reserve Grand Champion Large Fowl: Sydney Hansen, Monticello

Grand Champion Commercial Fowl: Kyrnan Liske-Rochholz, Walcott

Reserve Grand Champion Commercial Fowl: Brett Schoenherr, Monmouth

Egg Production

1) Brett Schoenherr, Monmouth

2) Attylissa Bailey, Hamilton

3) Bridget Hughes, Winterset

Champion Poultry Presentation: Grace Westercamp, Farmington

Reserve Champion Poultry Presentation: Tommee Pelky, Bonaparte

Champion Junior Showmanship: Taylor McCreedy, Atlantic

Reserve Champion Junior Showmanship: Emilee Beekman, Pierson

Champion Intermediate Showmanship: Lillian Dahir, Minden

Reserve Champion Intermediate Showmanship: Madelyn Cink, Wesley

Champion Senior Showmanship: Attylissa Bailey, Hamilton

Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship: Hannah Dagel, Sibley

The Grand and Reserve Champion Market Broilers, along with 14 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 16, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Putney Family Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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Ringling Bros. Built To Amaze: Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities Tool Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:02

What:Built To Amaze: Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities- Tool Collection Drive

When: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Where: iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive Moline, IL 61265

Why: This Saturday, August 9th, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® show their support for local families by hosting a Tool Drive to benefit Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities in honor of Ringling Bros' upcoming show Built to Amaze! Together, they are collecting items that would "Build a Better Life" for Quad City families in need.

Needed Items:Hammers for building, work gloves, gardening tools, rakes, shovels, hoses, sprinklers and cash donations are welcome as well.

Ringling Bros. wants to say thank you for your donation by offering one free voucher (per family) to Friday, August 29 opening night performance of Built to Amaze! Donations are being collected at the iWireless Center on Saturday Aug. 9, from

10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The iWireless Center is located at 1201 River Drive in Moline.

Visit to learn about the all new show - never before seen in the Quad Cities! For ticket information please see or

Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze: Performance Schedule:

*No Discounts on VIP or Circus Celebrity Seating

*Tickets are $65 (Circus Celebrity), $32 (VIP), $19, and $14. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, and by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.




About Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities:Habitat for Humanity Quad Cities is a nonprofit Christian housing organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.  Habitat builds simple, decent, affordable housing for low income, working families.  Founded in 1993, HFHQC has made the dream of home ownership possible for 85 local families. Visit for more information.


About Feld Entertainment, Inc.: Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 55 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Doodlebops Live!

Property Owners Scam Alert PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grace Cervantes   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:05

Scott County Recorder Rita Vargas is asking residents to be cautious if they receive a piece of mail asking them if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment. Recorder’s offices across the state have received phone calls from concerned citizens about letters they received saying there was “deed activity recorded in public record” and that they should obtain a "current property grant deed and assessment". The company is charging $83 for the service. The notice is designed to cause a homeowner to believe there has been a recently recorded document, which is often not accurate. Anyone receiving this notice should not be alarmed or feel that it is necessary to respond to it. A copy of a deed can be obtained by searching the records at the Recorder’s Office and requesting a copy which generally cost less than a dollar in copy fees. If you have any questions or to inquire about obtaining a copy of your deed, please contact the Recorder’s Office at 563-326-8621.

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Written by Brad Hahn   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:13

CHICAGO - Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka launched a new mobile application this morning on social media that will put taxpayer and vendor payment information right at their fingertips.

Topinka explained Illinois Pays during a video release announcement today.  

"Illinois Pays gives you quick and easy access to the latest news and announcements from the Comptroller's Office," said Topinka.  "It also allows vendors to set up the app to view the most recent payments we have deposited in their bank accounts."

This new FREE mobile application is available now at the Apple and Google Play stores.

IL Pays is part of Topinka's ongoing effort to make state government more transparent and accessible to taxpayers. In launching the Ledger, she enabled residents to click their way through everything from the state's daily bill backlog numbers to state agency budgets and employee salaries. She then launched the Warehouse, a comprehensive database that puts Local Government financial information and tens of thousands of records at a single location for taxpayer review. Earlier this year, Topinka's office included an insert in tax refund envelopes providing residents with state spending and bill backlog information in addition to making tax refund information easily accessible at the Comptroller's MyRefund website.

"It is important that we do everything possible to ensure that state and local government finances are transparent and easy to find," added Topinka.  "And as I've said before, we're not finished yet. So stay tuned."

Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of James Brady PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman and Dave Blanchette   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 11:43

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the passing of James Brady:

“Jim Brady had a heart full of grace. Few people have overcome as much adversity as Jim, and yet this native son of Centralia refused to let his injuries get in the way of his passion for serving others and trying to make the world a better place.

“After surviving a shooting while serving as President Ronald Reagan’s Press Secretary in 1981, Jim went on to campaign against gun violence. The “Brady Bill” was landmark legislation requiring background checks to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands. As the nation watched, the bill was signed into law in 1993 and has undoubtedly saved thousands of lives.

“For their commitment to public safety, I will always be grateful to Jim and his wife Sarah for their tireless efforts to raise awareness against gun violence.

“Jim was courageous in his convictions and never shied away from doing what he thought was right. People throughout the world will continue to look to Jim’s example whenever they need inspiration.

“I join the people of Illinois and America in remembering our neighbor and friend, James Brady. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they find comfort in his purpose-filled life.”


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