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6 tips for soaking up more stormwater in your yard

Not that long ago, Iowa consisted of nearly 80 percent prairie with plants and soil that could easily soak up stormwater with little to no runoff after heavy rains. Today, with drastic changes in land use, things have changed. With so many impervious surfaces (surfaces that shed water, such as roofs and concrete), runoff is forced quickly down storm drains and straight into local water bodies.

New Kids On The Block Announce Iowa State Fair Tour Stop

DES MOINES -- Today, multiplatinum selling pop super group New Kids On The Block announced tour stops including the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, August 12, 2023. NKOTB is bringing back #1 hits like "Hangin' Tough," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," "Step By Step" and more. The epic, timeless pop group joined Tiffany for a sold out show on the Grandstand in 1989.

DNR Virtual Public Meeting for Fawn Hollow Feedlot Nutrient Management Plan

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a virtual public meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. to gather public comment on the Fawn Hollow Feedlot Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). The Fawn Hollow Feedlot is owned by Mike Butikofer and is located in Wagner Township in Clayton County.

You never know what you will find

Skillet Creek Mercantile offers a wide range of items at a low price

By Karl Jones

On February 25, James and Ann Flyer opened Skillet Creek Mercantile in Dayton. Located at 23 South Main Street,the store offers a unique opportunity for shoppers.

Jaguar of the Week

Ethan Peed is our Jaguar of the Week for March 13 - March 17.

Ethan is an all-around good kid. He gets along with everyone. Ethan will go out of his way to brighten someone's day when he sees they are down. He has a great sense of humor! Ethan has great school spirit.

Ethan is the son of Lindy Smith and Trevor Peed.

From the Editor’s Desk: Community Calendar

By Karl Jones

This week I would like to announce that we are updating our website with a community calendar. The community calendar on our website will be similar to what we post in the paper, featuring the locations and times of upcoming events in our coverage area.

DW 2023: The asteroid that could hit Earth on Valentine’s Day in 2046

Scientists monitor asteroid with a one in 607 chance of colliding with Earth

By Chris C. Nelson


Dayton City Council

By Courtney Sogard

Special to the Leader

The Dayton City Council meeting was called to order on Wednesday, March 8 and after the opening formalities were approved, Council moved on to old business items to discuss the current abatements.

Dayton Elementary to host Family Fun night and round-up

Dayton Elementary will be hosting Family Fun Night March 23 from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. All Dayton students and kids in Dayton Daycare are invited to attend with their families.

A meal will be provided. Our theme is March Madness.

The school will also be having Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten round-up on April 14.

This is Not a Drill!

By Courtney Sogard

Special to the Leader

Prairie Valley preschoolers to have roundup

On April 14, Prairie Valley Elementary will be hosting their kindergarten round up. Preschool students will ride the bus as usual and attend the round up during their regular a.m. or p.m. preschool time.

Due to the roundup, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will not have school.

Jaguars qualify for All-State

By Jubilee Cunigan

Special to the Leader

Southeast Valley's Individual Speech team did a phenomenal job this past weekend at state competition in Fort Dodge!

DNR to host open house to discuss Boone Forks Wildlife Area forest wildlife stewardship plan

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public open house on March 23, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Hamilton County Conservation Board, 2490 Briggs Woods Trail, south of Webster City, to discuss a proposed forest wildlife stewardship plan at the Boone Forks Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

DNR releases Iowa Drought Plan

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has finalized a drought plan for use by local, county, state agencies and governments in the event of droughts in the state.

Time to stop pruning oak trees

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) suggests finishing pruning oak trees by the end of the second week in March to prevent the spread of oak wilt.

Weekly Fishing Report: Ice Fishing season quickly coming to a close

LAKE VIEW - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has released its weekly fishing report for area waterbodies, including Arrowhead Lake, Bacon Creek Lake, Black Hawk Lake, Brushy Creek Lake, Storm Lake (Incl Little Storm Lake), Crawford Creek Impoundment, and Moorland Pond.

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