Some Iowans get a chance to play the modern day version of “Johnny Appleseed” today. The Polk County Conservation Board is hosting its annual prairie grass and wildflower seed harvest. Spokesperson Kami Rankin says they’ll collect the seeds at the Sand Hill Prairie northeast of Des Moines and then spread them to other areas.She says they’ll have experts there to help identify the seeds from the weeds.Rankin says it’s important to spread the seed as Iowa’s native prairie remnants will disappear without help.The seed collecting begins at 10 am and the event is open to anyone who’s interested.
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Anglers from across northeastern Iowa are taking their poles and heading for Lake Delhi today in Delaware County. The Lake Delhi Fishing Club is sponsoring its annual fishing contest. Club member Jean Crowley says there are various prize categories and rules to be followed.Crowley says the fishing club has a special reason for hosting the annual event as funds raised go toward buying some 10-thousand fish to put back into the lake every year. For more information, call (319)-922-2852.The entry fee is 15-dollars per person.
Iowa’s oldest and largest folk music festival gets underway tomorrow just south of Iowa City. The 30th annual Fiddler’s Picnic is a festival of traditional music featuring old-time fiddlers, folk instrumentalists and singers from across Iowa and several other states.Dennis Roseman is a math professor at the University of Iowa and is a member of the U-of-I Friends of Old-Time Music, which sponsors the event.Roseman says the festival is for people who just want to listen to the old tunes and for people who want to join in on dozens of impromptu jam sessions, either singing or playing an instrument.The festival runs from noon until 6 on Sunday at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The work of male reporters at Iowa’s largest newspaper was evaluated in a national survey to find out how republican presidential candidate Elizabeth Dole was depicted in newspaper stories. Male reporters at the New York Times, the L-A Times, U-S-A Today and the Washington Post focused more on Mrs. Dole’s personal traits than her policy pronouncements. But the men at the Des Moines Register tended to focus more on George W. Bush’s personal traits according to Marie Wilson of “The White House Project.” She says it’s the only paper where Bush got more coverage than Dole.In 1999, 23-percent of the paragraphs in Des Moines Register stories about Mrs. Dole’s focused on her personal characteristics. By comparison, 30 percent of the stories the Des Moines Register wrote about George Bush last year were focused on his personal traits.Wilson says her “White House Project” seeks to enhance public perceptions of the capacity of women to lead.
Residents in Spirit Lake will hold a fundraiser tonight to raise money for a playground that’ll be constructed in memory of Shelby Duis, the toddler whose January death has sparked a statewide debate about child abuse. Alex Den Herder, is spearheading the fundraising campaign for the Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club. She says it’s a 30-thousand dollar project they plan to build at the Eleanor Beddell State Park.Governor Vilsack will speak at tonight’s fundraiser. Den Herder says Vilsack’s presence will help the community’s healing process.The fundraiser includes a dance and an auction. It’ll be held at the Arnold’s Park Majestic Pavilion. Doors open at six p.m.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are on the road to open the Big Ten race at Indiana. Earlier this week, Hawkeye coach Kirk Ferentz announced redshirt freshman Jon Beutjer would replace Scott Mullen as the starting quarterback. Ferentz says he does not view this as just a one game trial. He says Beutjer will get a chance to prove himself.Last week, Iowa tried to slow down Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch. This week, the target is on Hoosier quarterback Antwaan Randel El. He says they are both dynamic performers that are tough to stop.
Fall has arrived and that means winter’s on the horizon. The end of the road construction season is on the way, too, according to Iowa Department of Transportation spokesman Jerry Dickinson says the number of road work zones are declining. He says there will be some projects running until it snows.Dickinson says most construction projects should be done on time.Dickinson says they’ve had good construction weather the past few years.
The new owners of the President Riverboat in Davenport have cleared the final hurdle to make some changes. The Davenport City Council approved a new lease with the Isle of Capri Company to allow them to bring in a new boat to replace the President. President General Manager Mark Lohman says it’s good news for employees who’ve been waiting 15 months to see what would happen.Isle of Capri needed the new agreement to be able to get the new boat to Davenport before winter sets in.
One of Iowa’s largest home mortgage companies is accused of illegally selling a type of property insurance called “title” insurance. Norwest Incorporated, now known as Wells Fargo Incorporated, is being ordered to pay a 50-thousand dollar fine and must no longer sell the product.Scott Galenbeck, general counsel for the Iowa Insurance Division, says at least two thousand Iowans purchased this type of property insurance in question. Title insurance is designed to ensure that a clear title is available for property.That type of insurance is -not- allowed in Iowa, though Galenbeck says there is an alternative available that involves title examinations. A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier on Norwest’s “Title Option Plus” insurance. Galenbeck says it’s unclear if that suit brought refunds to Iowans who bought policies.Norwest had offered the Title Option Plus policy since 1994. It was designed to guarantee against loss from disputes over the ownership of a property. Title insurance is available to homebuyers in every state in the nation -except- Iowa.
The two major party candidates for Iowa’s first district congressional seat say Americans should be urged to conserve energy. Republican Congressman Jim Leach of Davenport supports federal regulations for carmakers that call for increased fuel efficiency.Leach says America has to comprehend the true energy picture. He says the U-S has only four percent of the world’s crude oil.Democrat Bob Simpson of Iowa City says in addition to conservation measures, the federal government needs to find ways to boost production of alternative energy sources, like wind energy. He says they are only a partial solution to the problem, but are not being used to the maximum.The candidates made their comments during taping of the Iowa Public Television program, “Iowa Press.”