Civic leaders in Iowa in 1869 were proud of their state. It offered some of the most fertile soils and flourishing towns and cities. Railroads snaked across the landscape north and south and east and west. It was believed there were inexhaustible amounts of coal beneath the earth’s surface in Iowa.
It won’t count for the Knight News Match but your donation to IowaWatch always helps us produce strong investigative and collaborate journalism while training student journalists to do this work at a high, ethical level. Support IowaWatch’s non-profit journalism and training efforts. Thank you for participating with your gifts to IowaWatch this past month through the Knight News Match. We are waiting for a few checks sent in the mail the last two days but, pending their receipt, 62 of you donated $15,030 and the Knight Foundation will match $9,530 of that. Two of you donated twice.
Today is the last day you can take advantage of the Knight News Match. Every $10 you donate becomes $20 for IowaWatch because of the Knight Foundation’s designation of IowaWatch as a worthy non-profit news organization.
Many Iowans may not know what is in their water because their wells’ water quality is unregulated. But many of them with whom IowaWatch spoke with this past year said they largely were unconcerned about their wells that had high levels of nitrates and bacteria.
He exposed corruption and helped his newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in the 1930s. But how one-time Cedar Rapids Gazette Editor Verne Marshall did it was anything but ordinary. Listen to the IowaWatch Connection podcast.
Some considered silos indispensable to profitable livestock raising and dairying. Not only were they practical, the structures were considered an ornament to any farm. The conical silo roof, with its curved walls was said to add a very pleasing enhancement to any farmstead.
“I have had the privilege to work at IowaWatch – The Center for Public Affairs Journalism, for over a year now, and would like to share with you a great opportunity.” A message from an IowaWatch student volunteer.
Enacting everything Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad wants will not be easy, even though his fellow Republicans listening to his Condition of the State address in Des Moines are predisposed to agree with it. And then there are the Democrats.
Iowa’s largest stateagencies would bear most of the proposed $110 million in budget cuts for the current fiscal year that Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds sent to the Legislature for the 2017 legislative session.
After practicing radio and television journalism in Iowa for parts of seven decades, Dean Borg is retiring as host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program. He talks about that and his career in this IowaWatch Connection report.