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  • Toploft Clothing aims for the top
    Named after an upstairs loft at the family's home and having a piece of heart in the name, Toploft Clothing and its owner Stephanie Hackfort are spicing up the Thomas Plaza in Carroll. 
  • New wetland to improve water clarity
    A new, 4-acre wetland that Carroll County officials constructed this year at Swan Lake State Park with a $40,000 state grant is expected to greatly improve the lake's water quality. 
  • Branstad, Reynolds spotlight 
west-central Iowa with repeat visits
    Gov. Terry Branstad, widely favored in polls in a race against Democrat Jack Hatch, continued pounding the shoe leather in west-central Iowa this summer with a campaign rally Wednesday afternoon in the Guthrie Center public library. 
  • RPM Show rolls to record
    A record 184 vehicles were on display in the 11th annual RPM Club car show Saturday at Swan Lake State Park. That broke last year's record of 148 entries. 
  • Kuemper grad ready to hit the streets
    Ethan Kathol has learned a lot about keeping the peace and helping people in-need in the short four years since he graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School. 
  • A friend for Buffy
    She stood at the end of a chute, alone, calm, unsure of what was next. People standing yards above her scuttled around as a livestock trailer backed into place. Eventually, the call came: “Ready!” 
  • Law officers arrested about 20 people on each of the three days of the sixth annual Guthrie River Ruckus for public intoxication, indecent exposure or assault, Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright said. 
  • Carroll City Council members Monday night approved a $324,000 contract with JEO Consulting, an engineering firm with a Carroll office, for services involved in development of an expanded water supply in Carroll. 
  • A neighbors' spat could lead city officials to adopt a law that requires residents to be less noisy at night. 
  • A vacant storefront costs everyone in a community, said business redevelopment specialist Hilary Greenberg during a Main Street Iowa workshop in Jefferson last week. 
  • Man to plead guilty for flagpole-theft case
    One of three men accused of stealing more than 500 metal flagpoles from the Carroll American Legion on Memorial Day weekend with the intent to sell them for scrap will plead guilty to a felony theft charge next week and has agreed to testify in the trials of the other suspects, according to court documents. 
  • Beers in Bayard
    It all started with a round of drinks. Longtime friends Dawn Shepherd of Carroll and Kristin Hansen and Lyn Swing of Coon Rapids met up at a Coon Rapids bar in March for a few drinks and talked, not for the first time, about what had been a longtime dream: owning a bar together. 
  • Opperman challenges Dopheide
    It’s the person who handles your birth certificate, death certificate and everything in between. The Carroll County Recorder deals with a multitude of records, and this year, uncommonly, two people are gunning for the spot. 
  • Backstage: Carroll High graduate runs sound for three-day music festival
    Behind the scenes of REALfest, three days of Christian concerts held in Carroll this weekend to raise money for adoption and foster care, was the city's own Drew Paulsen. 
  • A Rowdy Ruckus
    A gray-haired man with a dyed-red mohawk shuffles in the dust - eyes closed, shirtless, faded tattoos displayed, belly hanging unashamedly over his belt as he slow dances with a slim woman in front of a stage. 
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