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  • Free citizenship courses available online for Iowa schools
    A new public-private partnership is offering all Iowa schools new “citizenship” courses for students in Iowa middle schools and high schools. “This type of partnership and this type of curriculum being offered to teachers is extremely, extremely important,” says Brent Siegrist, executive director of Iowa’s nine Area Education Agencies. “This curriculum is research based. It’s […]

  • FIDO not working as well as hoped in Cedar Rapids’ battle with geese
    Officials in Cedar Rapids have struggled for years to control the population of geese within city limits and the latest gadget meant to scare the birds away is working, but not quite as well as expected. Parks workers introduced FIDO, which stands for “Fowl Intercept and Dispersal Office,” in the spring. The orange-colored, remote-controlled device […]

  • Pet safety tips for the holidays
    Pet owners who are hosting large gatherings of family over the Thanksgiving holiday are being reminded to take steps to keep their furry friends safe. Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Iowa executive director Tom Colvin says even the most social pets can become anxious during the holidays with visitors coming and going. “If your pet is […]

  • SNAP benefits help more Iowans to avoid hunger
    About 13% of all Iowans now put food on the table each day with the help of SNAP benefits. The latest Farm Bill is providing some $200 million in grants that will be used to help those receiving SNAP benefits to find jobs — or better paying jobs. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the […]

  • Student on state policy board dreams of space, not politics
    Two students have reserved spots on the two state boards that set education policy. Hannah Rens, a junior at Sioux City East High School, was appointed to the State Board of Education last spring. She’s also a member of the student council at her high school, but don’t interpret that as a signal she will […]

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