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  • New Iowa Lakes facility offers hands-on exposure to solar panels, H-VAC systems
    There was a “green” ribbon cutting late last week for a new building on the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Estherville. “Everything in this is as energy-efficient as we can make it,” says Dee Hiney, director of facilities management for the school. College officials bought the building during a Sheriff’s sale in 2010. It […]

  • Volunteers and experts look to build information base on Iowa mussels
    A study of the Iowa River shows some mixed results for the population of freshwater clams or mussels in the waterway. The Iowa DNR annually conducts what it calls a “Mussel Blitz” on one of the state’s waterways. Spokesman Joe Wilkinson says around 50 people participated this year. “Some are biologists, some are paid workers […]

  • Use of computerized data from vehicles discussed by DOT director
    Nearly 12 percent of new vehicles sold last year were “connected” — meaning they were equipped with devices that collect data and transmit it to the dealer or some other private company. Some even pinpoint slick spots on roads, but Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino says government agencies like his don’t have access to […]

  • Pleasure of porches to be celebrated in Mt. Vernon
    An eastern Iowa town is planning an event to celebrate a popular feature of American home architecture – the porch. Mitch Bloomquist, with the Mount Vernon/Lisbon Community Development Group, is helping organize the event scheduled for Sunday, September 21. He says attendees will visit at least 10 porches in the Ash Park District of Mount […]

  • DNR’s Trees for Kids program offers thousands of free trees
    Applications are now being accepted for a program that provides thousands of trees for students at Iowa’s schools to plant every year. Laura Wagner coordinates the Trees For Kids grant program through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We get the kids out of school and give them hands-on learning,” Wagner says. “They all get […]

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