IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Large Money Gap, Few Dark Money Contributions So Far In Grassley-Judge Senate Race

A big money gap marked the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Democrat challenger Patty Judge, according to the latest campaign disclosure reports available earlier this week at the time of production. Grassley's campaign had $5.2 million on hand back in May, 22 times more than Judge, who had $229,000 as of June 30. Add to that $59,300 in bills that Judge's campaign owed at that time.

A 1908 Model T Ford is pictured.

Iowa History: Rubber Neck Jaunts In Eastern Iowa

In February 1910 a small group of individuals in Iowa City formed the Iowa City Automobile Club which allowed them the opportunity to enjoy the sights around the eastern part of the state. Their “rubber neck wagon jaunts” took them to various small communities where the sight of automobiles was not an everyday occurrence.

Metro Waste Authority's Metro Park East Landfill is shown in this photo from the fall of 2012.

News Quiz: Managing Iowa’s Landfills

Iowans dumped 2.7 million tons of garbage into landfills last year. One method the Iowa Department of Natural Resources promotes to reduce the negative influence of dumping all that garbage has on the environment is called the Environmental Management System, but many Iowa landfill operators are reluctant to adopt this new system. How much do you know about Iowa’s efforts to reduce garbage put into landfills?

A poster from 1900 featuring aerial acrobats.

Iowa History: Circus Train Derails Near Eddyville

Doctors from Eddyville and Ottumwa rushed to the scene of a train wreck near Eddyville in August 1885 when news of injuries reached the two towns. The circus train consisted of several cars loaded with wagons containing tents and seats that could accommodate 8,000 audience members, as well as animals and performers.

Chickamauga Creek at Reed's bridge in Chickamauga, Georgia. Photo taken between 1900 and 1915.

Iowa History: Iowa Soldier’s Mom Investigates

“Whatever you hear that is bad about the division hospital—do not discount it,” Evelyn Belden of Sioux City warned. She had recently returned from a month’s visit to the US Army’s Camp Thomas at Chickamauga, Georgia, in the fall of 1898.

Engraving of the external anatomy of a bee shown in three full views and various details with key at bottom, circa 1630.

Bee Queen is Insane

“Every eye is turned upon her, every voice is hushed, and everyone leans forward so they may catch her every word.” It was a beekeepers’ national convention held in the mid-1870s, and the person who was about to speak was an Iowan. Her name was Ellen S. Tupper. She was known as the Bee Queen of Iowa.

Chad Ingels, a corn, soy and hog farmer in northeastern Iowa, pulls weed in his no-till soybean field on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Ingels uses herbicides as well as insecticides and fungicides, when needed, on his fields.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Health Impacts Of Widely-Used Pesticides Uncertain

Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.

Panoramic view of an almost totally destroyed town; Sign reads, "this was Forges." Photo taken in 1918.

The Sooner, The Better

It was both a “horrible and wonderful spectacle.” That’s how Roger Lewis, a Manchester, Iowa native, described the view from his billet near the town of Monthairon, France, where he was stationed with the 110th Ammunition Train during World War I in 1919. They were situated in the Meuse River valley, and Roger reported the soldiers could see gently rolling hills for miles in either direction.