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DNR: Fall is a great time to plant shade trees

IOWA CITY – It's not too late to plant some varieties of shade trees before winter sets in. Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees with mild temperatures and adequate ground moisture.

Weekly Fishing Report: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass are fair at Brushy Creek Lake

LAKE VIEW – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released its weekly fishing report for area lakes, such as Black Hawk Lake, Brushy Creek Lake and Storm Lake. Surface water temperatures are in the upper 40s in most area lakes, but will likely warm up some over the weekend.

For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at (712) 657-2638.

Dayton City Council discuss pay increase

By Karl Jones


On Oct. 12 at City Hall, the Dayton City Council had a discussion about increasing the meeting pay of council members, the mayor and city clerk.

Lehigh City Council discusses library, road improvements

By Karl Jones


On Oct. 10 at the Lehigh Municipal Building, the Lehigh City Council discussed improvements to be made to Lehigh Public Library and local roads.

Firefighters, Harcourt Public Library come together for Fire Prevention Week

By Courtney Sogard

Special to the Leader


DNR: Fall color show at its peak in northern Iowa

DES MOINES – This year's fall weather has been ideal for generating vibrant colors, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ latest fall color report.

Iowa State Fair CEO announces retirement

DES MOINES – In an Oct. 12 news release, Gary Slater, Iowa State Fair CEO and Fair Manager, is retiring after 21 years in his position. Slater has spent his entire career working in leadership positions for large events including the Missouri State Fair, the World Pork Expo and the Iowa State Fair, where he has served as CEO and Fair Manager since 2001.

ISU Extension: Radon gas awareness presentation slated for Nov. 3

FORT DODGE – According to a recent news release, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Webster County invites the public to join in a discussion with Kapil Arora, extension agricultural engineering specialist, on radon testing, results of radon testing and how different mitigation strategies may be helpful.

Fall community trout stocking has started

DES MOINES – According to a recent news release, 18 lakes across Iowa are gearing up to receive trout this fall. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will release between 1,000 to 2,000 rainbow trout at each location as part of its cool weather trout program that brings trout to areas that cannot support them during the summer months.

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Local Beggar’s Night activities slated for next weekend
Lehigh Public Library to host paranormal society, Bigfoot hunter

By Tyler Anderson

From now until Halloween, it’ll be a spooky fun time in Lehigh.

Pumpkin Fest set for this Sunday in Dayton

By Tyler Anderson

If you’re looking for something festive, local and fun this weekend, the Crazy Horse Corral may have something for you.

Boone Forks Wildlife Area provides rugged outdoor experience

BOONE – The confluence of the Des Moines and Boone rivers has been attracting visitors since before Iowa was a state. Today, its home to the 4,600-acre Boone Forks Wildlife Area – a popular spot for hunting, hiking, paddling, fishing and birding in Webster and Hamilton counties.

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