Parts of Iowa may see high temperatures near 70 degrees today, which is 20 to 30 degrees warmer that normal. State climatologist Harry Hillaker says northern Iowa won’t get quite that warm, but new record high temperature marks may be set.Hillaker says the warmest part of the state will be southwestern Iowa today. But he says the area probably won’t come close to a record. Records may be set in the Mason City & Spencer. The record high for today’s date in Sidney is 82, set in 1972.
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A new survey finds more Iowans are going on-line before they go on the road for a test drive. The survey by the Iowa Auto Dealers Association finds six out of every ten Iowans who buy a new car have done at least some research on the Internet before stepping on the lot. Association executive vice president Gary Thomas says a cyber-savvy buyer is a better-informed buyer and the ‘net is changing how car dealers operate. Thomas says about three-quarters of Iowa’s car dealers are now on-line with websites, most of which feature vehicle inventory lists, contact information and links back to the manufacturers.
A state program that helps high school students pay for college in exchange for a two-year work pledge has seen only one student enroll. State Director Laverne Hueholt says the “School-to-Career” program lets a business pay for a high school student to attend a two-year college.Students must agree to work for the employer for two years after graduating college. Regional Director David Bunting says there are several businesses looking for workers. The state gives the business a 20-percent tax rebate to cover the cost of the tuition.A senior at Marion High School is the only one to sign up for the program thus far.
Several suspects are now in custody after a Sunday kidnapping incident in eastern Iowa.Two teenage brothers say they were kidnapped at knifepoint & ordered to drive three other people around Iowa City & Coralville. Three suspects charged are: 22-year-old Deshawn Myrick of Iowa City, 18-year-old Erica Evans of Coralville & 17-year-old Octavia Powell of Iowa City.
Forty-seven members of the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd fighter wing returned home this weekend after a two-week mission to Guatemala. Major Tim Leonard of the 132nd says the majority of the guard members were medical personel that gave aid to residents of Guatemala.Leonard says this was a unique mission as it was the first humanitarian mission the guard has been involved in. Leonard says Iowa Air Guard members treated nearly seven-thousand Guatemalan residents during the two weeks.
Lewis Central has dominated the class 3-A team chase from the start at the state high school wrestling tournament. The Titans qualified nine for the tournament and four will wrestle for a state title tonight. Coach Keith Massey’s team has already totalled more than 100-points heading into the final day.Massey says heading into the tournament they had no stated goal of how many wrestlers they wanted to reach the championship round — everyone.Wrestling is an individual sport but Massey says they are focused on the team race. In class 3-A, Pleasant Valley 112-pounder Nick Voss improved his record to 44-0 with a semifinal round victory over Brian Hessenius of Lemars, avenging a semifinal round defeat to Hessenius last year.Voss started quickly scoring seven points in the first quarter to take command.
Residents of Corning and the surrounding area in southwest Iowa are raising money to restore an historic French settlement. It was called “Icaria” and the Adams County Economic Development historic preservation coordinator says the project will celebrate the area’s ethnic heritage.Saundra Leininger says the Icaria settlement was a depot stop on the Mormon Trail.Leininger says the Icaria Heritage Foundation board is in the process of purchasing the 40-acre settlement site.Restoration of the communal dining hall is the group’s first project.About 300 people once lived on the “Icaria” settlement. Many settlers were scholars, teachers and artisans — few were farmers, by trade, when they entered communal life, but the group quickly developed flourishing gardens, vinyards and orchards. An “Icarian” designed the state capitol buildings in Des Moines and Springfield, Illinois.
Legislators are abandoning plans for a wholesale re-write of the formula which determines how much general state aid schools receive. Senator Don Redfern, a republican from Cedar Falls, is the chairman of the Senate Education Committee. He says the basic formula is one of the best in the country.Representative Betty Grundberg, a republican from Des Moines, is chairwoman of the House Education Committee. She says there are some problems with the way schools are financed — but it’s primarily the fault of the wacky way property taxes are collected. Redfern made his remarks during taping of the Iowa Public Television program, “Iowa Press.”
Dentists say too much fluoride can be almost as harmful for a young person’s teeth as not enough fluoride. Dental researchers at the University of Iowa say fluoride comes from many sources now — not just drinking water, but juices, milk, cereal and baby foods — which has some advantages.Dr. Steve Levy is a professor of dentistry at the U-of-I and co-author of the study. It found 70-percent of soft drinks have significant levels of the cavity-fighting chemical — so young kids shouldn’t drink too much soda. Levy says older children and adults can easily handle the fluoride in one or two cans of soda per day.Dr. Levy says too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, which in severe cases can stain teeth orange or brown.
This week’s unseasonably warm weather across Iowa may trigger some plants to start peeking out of the ground early, thinking it’s spring. One expert says many flowering plants will be able to endure it, even if winter returns to surprise the young green chutes.Richard Jauron is a horticulturist at Iowa State University. He says many plants will simply stop growing if they’re covered with snow & start up again with the thaw.While some Iowans put straw or styrofoam covers over some of their tender plants last fall, Jauron says those coverings should be left in place until winter is gone for certain.Weekend highs are expected to be back in the 50s and 60s for much of the state, which is 20 to 30 degrees warmer than normal.