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  • An Oscar contender on the Muddy Mo
    “The Homesman” is a new Oscar-contending Western with three Academy Award-winning actors whose climactic scenes occur in western Iowa. 
  • 'Walking on air'
    They expected only one landmark in their lives. And Marla Cattermole and Julie Lobur got it in 2009, when they were one of the first same-sex couples to get married in Iowa, soon after the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state’s gay-marriage ban. 
  • Local veterans see their memorials
    The final notes of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” were lost amid the cheers and waving American flags of the crowd that gathered on the tarmac of the Fort Dodge Regional Airport around 11 p.m. Saturday to welcome nearly 100 rural western Iowa veterans home. 
  • Little Brown Store a quirky spot for customers seeking something different

    Old. Rescued. Lovely. The items you find at Little Brown Store can’t be found anywhere else, its owners say — and that’s what makes the store special.

  • Black Diamond: 'The full rock star treatment'

    The doors opened, and a crowd of people flooded in. They wanted tour books and posters. Most of all, they wanted autographs — from a group of high-school students from Carroll.

  • ‘She was doing life the way she wanted’
    When 16-year-old Coral Deal died in a car accident on her way home from junior orientation at East Sac County High School on Aug. 12, she left behind a room already 3/4 full of hats, gloves, diapers and toys to give to families on Angel trees during the upcoming Christmas season. 
  • Rock-solid patriotism
    Over eons nature shaped this behemoth, and in about 40 hours Lake City artist Noel Blair turned it into a beauty of patriotism. 
  • Thriving garden aids residents in need
    Blessed with fertile ground, good weather and many helping hands, a place called “God’s Garden” has lived up to its name this year. 
  • Blooming beauties
    A few miles east of town, Tom and Pat Simons relax on a dock a few hundred yards from their home, admiring the 2-acre field of wildflowers blazing across a terrace. In past years, the field has been overwhelmingly purple. This year, it trends toward yellow. The compass point — Pat’s favorite — rotates its delicate petals slowly throughout the day, following the path of the sun.
  • Miracle Man

    His heart rate was dangerously slow when they brought him in. When the ambulance carrying Cecil Hoyle, 86, of Churdan pulled up to the emergency-room entrance at St. Anthony Regional Hospital, his heart was beating at about 20 to 30 beats per minute.

  • Carroll singer proud of final fair performance
    Katelyn Renze had her best performance ever at the Iowa State Fair this weekend. 
  • Taking the Stage
    Katelyn Renze spent the moments leading up to her performance Thursday sitting backstage with headphones in - not talking or listening to anyone, especially her competition onstage. 
  • Author offers insights into Templeton's 'Gentlemen Bootleggers'
    Bryce T. Bauer, the Audubon-raised author of a just-released book on Templeton Rye during Prohibition, spent about two hours Tuesday night reading selections from his work and answering questions from the 60 people who attended his signing event at the Carroll Public Library. 
  • Needle & thread
    Help wanted: seamstress - or at least someone who can patch holes and hems and fix buttons. 
  • Battling breast cancer
    On a cloudy afternoon in late October, IKM-Manning Middle School Principal Sharon Whitson sprays a table in her office with disinfectant. 
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