A retired Muscatine County farmer has written and self-published a second novel. Bob Bancks lives with his wife Jane on a farm in rural Blue Grass. His latest 253-page book is “The Fourth Generation.” It’s about the fourth generation of the Maas family of farmers, descendants of the characters in his first book, “The Nightgown.” Bancks says his first book was a success.


The Fourth Generation” sells for $13 and is available from the author at his website, www.iowafarmboy.net, at 10 businesses listed on the site and at Amazon.com.


There may be a bobcat sighting in your future. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Iowa’s bobcat population has grown to about 3,000 and continues to grow by about eight percent each year. The DNR allows bobcat hunting in many southern and western Iowa counties. It’s now considering adding Iowa and Muscatine counties.


MidAmerican Energy Co. wants permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to increase electricity rates in August. The increase would cost the average residential customer an additional $2.73 a month in 2013 and continue to go up the next few years.


Iowa’s peak boating season begins May 25th, and with it comes a reminder for boat owners from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR says to make sure you have a current boat registration sticker on the vessel. Also, Iowa has a .08 alcohol limit for boat operators. That became law on July 1st, 2011. 


Iowa’s education director may be moving on. Jason Glass is a finalist for the superintendent’s job at the Eagle County Schools in Colorado. A website says Glass is one of three finalists for the job.


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