As reported yesterday, people gathered Tuesday to get an update from Kent Corporation officials on a project at GPC to help improve the community's air quality.  

Janet Pretz of Louisa County was inducted recently during the Iowa State Fair into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame sponsored by the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Pretz has been a 4-H club member, mother of 4-Hers and assistant club leader. During the 1970s, Pretz was elected to the Louisa County Extension Council and gained a new perspective on 4-H from the policy and development side. In 1984, Janet Pretz began 15 years of service to the Louisa County Fair as she took the office of treasurer. From 1986 to 1999 she served as secretary of the Louisa County Fair. She still helps out at the fair.


The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10th, to discuss four-lane improvement alternatives for U.S. 61 from Burlington north to 1 mile north of Iowa 78 in Des Moines and Louisa counties. All interested people are invited to attend the meeting anytime between 5 and 7 at the Mediapolis High School, 725 N. Northfield St. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the improvement alternatives. No formal presentation will be made.


They will be running wild in Louisa County. Running Wild is the name of a race that features educational exhibits and hands-on conservation displays. It's at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7th. This year the run will include a bird-banding demonstration, a GPS activity, live snakes and other wetland creatures. People don't have to participate in the race in order to take part in the educational sessions. The race will be held at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge, near Wapello, and will offer three- and five-mile run/walks, and a half-mile and one-mile Kids’ Fun Run. Registration is available at, at the Louisa County Conservation office or by calling 319-523-8381. Proceeds from Running Wild benefit conservation efforts in and around Louisa County. 


The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has launched the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway in partnership with the University of Iowa Athletics Department and Hy-Vee. The grocery sweepstakes invites Iowans to meet today’s farmers through video tours of their farms and register for a chance to win free groceries for a year worth $5,000. Iowans can register for a chance to win until noon October 31st by visiting and taking virtual farm tours; each video they watch earns an entry in the ANF Great Grocery Giveaway.


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