2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

Weekly outdoor news from the I Iowa DNR news release Hunters reported harvesting 105,544 deer in Iowa for 2017, which is an increase of more than 4,100 deer from 2016. Iowa’s deer seasons closed on Jan. 10. Most deer were harvested during the shotgun seasons. Shotgun 1: 26,546 deer – 13,804 antlerless, 12,742 antlered Shotgun 2: 19,921 deer – 12,326 antlerless, 7,595 antlered Bow (does not include LOT or crossbow): 19,797 deer – 7,737 antlerless, 12,060 antlered Landowners and tenants reported harvesting 7,376 antlerless deer and 3,785 antlered deer during the shogun seasons and 1,445 antlerless deer and 1,246 antlered … Continue reading 2017 Iowa deer harvest surpasses 2016 totals

Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Course Set for Feb. 13

Extension news release Floyd County will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). The local attendance site is at the Floyd County Extension Office. The course runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35 on or before Feb. 13 and $45 after Feb. 13. To register or to obtain additional information about the CIC, contact the Floyd County Extension Office … Continue reading Commercial Ag Weed, Insect, Plant Disease Course Set for Feb. 13

Prichard: Success at 2018 Legislature requires cooperation

News Release DES MOINES — The 2018 legislative session opened on Monday at the State Capitol and State Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City said the session can be a success if lawmakers work together and keep focused on improving lives for Iowa families. “I look forward to working together with my colleagues in the House to get back to the basics and improve the lives of everyday Iowans.  That means staying focused on good jobs, great public schools, and access to health care,” said Prichard. Some of the issues lawmakers may be working on this year include funding for … Continue reading Prichard: Success at 2018 Legislature requires cooperation

Broadband Commission to meet tonight

News Release The Charles City Telecommunications Broadband Commission will meet at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 Milwaukee Mall. Included among the agenda items is the annual Broadband Budget review and recommendation, renewal of 28E agreement and further discussion regarding the recent broadband feasibility study. This meeting is open to the public. Continue reading Broadband Commission to meet tonight

DNR fishing report for Cedar River: Ice is improving

The Iowa DNR has this to say about fishing the Cedar River north of Nashua this week: “Ice conditions are improving, but use caution. Check ice depths often. Backwaters have about 14 inches ice, but it varies in areas with current. “Bluegill – Good: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or spikes in 10 feet of water. “Black Crappie – Good: Try bright colored jigs or small spoons tipped with minnow heads in backwaters. “Walleye – Fair: Use small spoons tipped with a minnow head in deeper holes just out of current.” Continue reading DNR fishing report for Cedar River: Ice is improving

Family Fun Day at Gilbert’s Sale Yard Jan. 20 to benefit adults and children with disabilities

FLOYD — A group that raises money to send adults and children to resident camp at Easter Seals/Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines is sponsoring a Family Fun Day fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 20. The Chickasaw County chapter of the Pony Express Riders’ event runs from 5-11 p.m. at Gilbert’s Sale Yard, in Floyd. Adult admission is $10. Children 12 and younger get in for $5. The evening will include games for all ages, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.A free-will donation taco and potato bar will be open from 5-8 p.m. A dance with a live DJ will be from … Continue reading Family Fun Day at Gilbert’s Sale Yard Jan. 20 to benefit adults and children with disabilities

Floyd County Turkey Trackers banquet is Saturday, Jan. 20

CHARLES CITY — The 17th annual Floyd County Turkey Trackers Hunting Heritage Banquet will be Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Elks Lodge in Charles City. The doors will open at 5 p.m. With dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online (click here). Or you can call one of these contact phone numbers: 641-330-5642, 641-330-9513 or 641-330-4227. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, gun raffles and a free children’s auction. The Floyd County group is affiliated with the National Wild Turkey Federation that was founded in 1973. There were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North … Continue reading Floyd County Turkey Trackers banquet is Saturday, Jan. 20

Jan. 13 benefit to help 20-year-old after heart surgery

CLARKSVILLE — A benefit on Saturday, Jan.13 at a Clarksville tavern aims to help a 20-year-old man as he recovers from heart surgery. Grady Wayne of Clarksville, son of Gena Gallmeyer, had open heart surgery on Oct. 30 to fix several issues with his heart, according to event notices posted online. Resources will be limited until he is able to return to his job at Midwestern Manufacturing, and he needs help covering some medical costs. The benefit at Doc’s Tap, 221 N. Main St. Clarksville, begins at 6 p.m. with music by Cross Tie Walker, Mitch Laue and Hunter Gray … Continue reading Jan. 13 benefit to help 20-year-old after heart surgery

Charles City girls basketball season update

The Charles City girls basketball team has yet to notch a win this 2017-18 season. The Comets came close Dec. 15 at home against Oelwein, but fell 59-51.Charles City returned from the holiday break on Tuesday and fell at home against Waverly-Shell Rock. Next up is a road game at Waukon. varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. PHOTOS FROM TUESDAY’S GAME Schedule/Scoreboard L — Away, Nov. 21 — Comets 16, Clear Lake 57 L — Home, Nov. 27 — Comets 58, Garner-Hatfield/Ventura 67 L — Away — Comets 23, Algona 67 L — Away — Dec. 5: Comets 39, New Hampton … Continue reading Charles City girls basketball season update

Comet boys basketball defeats Waverly in OT

WAVERLY — Assistant Charles City High School boys basketball coach Brad Ritter was obviously excited Tuesday night in Waverly when he jumped on Twitter. “COMETS WIN IN OT!” Ritter tweeted. “Comets defeat the Waverly-Shell Rock Go-Hawks 65-61 in Waverly! Comets advance to 7-1 on the season. #WeAreCC #iahsbkb #ccbbkb #NEIC #EndedTheDrought.” The drought has persisted since 2012, according to Waverly Newspapers sports editor Tyler Poslosky. He tweeted: “Final/OT: #CharlesCity 65, @wsrhoops 61. Comets snap 13-game losing streak to the Go-Hawks, earn first win over NEIC rivals since Dec. 18, 2012. #iahsbkb” The Comets are 4-0 in the Northeast Iowa Conference. … Continue reading Comet boys basketball defeats Waverly in OT

Comet bowlers back in action Friday in Decorah

The Charles City High School bowling team is back in action Friday, Jan. 5, when they travel to Decorah. They’ll get started at 4 p.m. at Oneota Lanes, 400 Heivly St. Decorah.The Vikings girls team is 3-2 with a match score average of 1,963.8.The Comet girls are 4-0 with an average of 2,692.5.The Decorah boys are 5-0 with a match score average of 2,938.4.The Comet boys are 4-0 with an average of 2,878.5.Of high school girls bowling teams with at least four matches in, Charles City has the fifth best match average in Iowa. Cedar Rapids-Prairie leads the state at … Continue reading Comet bowlers back in action Friday in Decorah

Happy New Year!

May you have a happy and prosperous 2018! — North Cedar Reports Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup; and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. We … Continue reading Happy New Year!

Cedar River fishing report: Fair with a bit of ice danger

The Iowa DNR fishing report for the Cedar River (above Nashua) is: Ice conditions are improving, but use caution. Check ice depths often, especially in areas with current. Bluegill – Fair: Use small jigs tipped with a waxworm or spikes in 10 feet of water. Black Crappie – Fair: Use bright colored jigs or small spoons tipped with minnow heads in backwaters. Continue reading Cedar River fishing report: Fair with a bit of ice danger

What do you think of the CCHS modernization plan?

The Charles City Board of Education received a first draft of a Charles City High School modernization plan on Tuesday, Dec. 19. It is asking parents to review the first draft and offer your thoughts for future drawings. See this link to review information and to complete offer your thoughts. http://www.charlescityschools.org/News/draft-one-feedback Feedback on Draft One plans is due Jan. 6. Continue reading What do you think of the CCHS modernization plan?

Floyd County Extension and Outreach January 2018 Calendar

By ISU Extension Wednesday, January 3, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM  Pick A Better Snack – Washington   Charles City 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  Rockford Fresh Conversations   Rockford 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM  Log on and Learn- Begin By Planning today – Winter Luncheon   Charles City Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Commercial Manure Applicator Training   Charles City Friday, January 5, 2018 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM  Pick A Better Snack – IC   Charles City Monday, January 8, 2018 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM  Clover Kids – Charles City   Charles City Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM  Pick A Better Snack – NS   Nora Springs 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Clover Kids – … Continue reading Floyd County Extension and Outreach January 2018 Calendar

2018 hunting and fishing licenses on sale

Iowa hunting and By the Iowa DNR As of Friday, Dec. 15, you can purchase your Iowa 2018 hunting and fishing licenses! Find a nearby Iowa license vendor, or get your license on the DNR’s online sales site. A hunting or fishing license also makes a great gift for the holidays. You’ll just need the recipient’s social security number AND birthdate. Or you can call the DNR customer service desk at (515) 725-8200 for assistance looking up a person’s license information to make the purchase. Here’s a list of popular licenses from which to choose: • Angler’s Special 3-Year License: $53.00 … Continue reading 2018 hunting and fishing licenses on sale