A blasting operation at Pattison Sand Co.'s surface mine near Clayton, Iowa, is seen on Sept. 14, 2015, from across the Mississippi River in Bagley, Wisconsin. Homeowners Jim and Kathy Kachel say dust from the mine has gotten inside of their home.

Controversy As Northeast Iowa Frac Sand Mine No. 1 In Violations Seeks To Expand

A controversial frac sand mining company that recently opened a site in Wisconsin is facing opposition to plans that would greatly expand its mine in Clayton County, Iowa. Pattison Sand Co. has requested re-zoning of 746 acres of land from agricultural to heavy industrial to expand its underground mine.

Mandy Gavin (first person on the left) and her friends on their first day of orientation had orientation on June 19, 2015, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. They had a tour around the university and said they were amazed by how beautiful the campus was.

Iowa Students In China Have Same Acclimation Issues Chinese Have In U.S.

News reports have told how the number of Chinese students has skyrocketed in the University of Iowa and the students’ struggles to fit into American society are of concern to the university. However, few people realize that some students from Iowa go through similar difficulties when studying in China.

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Bacon Remains Popular Despite Health Concerns

Despite links to health problems, including a World Health Organization report confirming that processed meats cause colorectal cancer, bacon has been popular enough in the last few years for pork industry workers to start referring to a “bacon tsunami.” The trend is good economic news for Iowa, the top pork-producing state in the US.

Local Democrat party headquarters in Champaign on Friday, January 29, 2016.

ADM, Monsanto campaign dollars fuel congress, not presidents

Although agriculture is a $31 billion industry in Iowa, it’s a topic absent from this election season’s share of presidential stump speeches. That’s not all too surprising, though. Instead of getting involved in presidential elections, major agribusinesses have historically chosen to pump their money into congressional races.

BNSF is based in Fort Worth, Texas, but has an Iowa office.

Rail Giant BNSF Accused of Telling Arbitrator: ‘Our Way or the Highway’ — Fairwarning.org Report

A run-of-the-mill employment dispute could become a major embarrassment for railroad giant BNSF over an allegation that a senior executive threatened to blackball an arbitrator from the industry if she ruled against the company. In a federal court case set to go to trial the week of Sept. 14 in Tacoma, Wash., a fired BNSF Railway Co. employee accuses the company of legal corruption. The suit claims that the BNSF executive pressured the arbitrator to reverse a proposed ruling that initially was in the worker’s favor.