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Sgt. Brady A. Beach, a Sioux City resident serving with the Iowa Army National Guard’s Detachment 2, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry based in Spencer, is presented the Army Achievement Medal by the Iowa Army National Guard’s Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Brig. Gen. Steve Altman (left), and State Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Rachel Fails (right).  Beach beat out 13 other Soldiers to earn Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year honors in the Iowa National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition. He now moves on to compete in the Region 4 contest, which consists of seven Midwestern states, May 11-14 at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

The Iowa Army National Guard’s finest warriors gathered at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center March 20-22, 2015 to compete in the annual Best Warrior Competition. The three-day competition tested the Soldiers’ physical, mental and professional skills. Eleven privates first class and specialists competed for the Soldier of the Year title, while 13 sergeants […]

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds meets with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, shares progress of Nutrient Reduction Strategy and urges a robust RFS

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds took her oath of office on Friday to start her second term in that role. (photo by Ken Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds today met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and shared Iowa’s efforts in implementing the science-based Nutrient Reduction Strategy and urged the EPA to maintain a strong and robust Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The meeting took place while the lt. governor attended National Lieutenant Governors […]

First Ever Iowa Ag Summit Presents A Different View On The Presidential Hopefuls

Protestor Joe Mangino was escorted from the premises after protesting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Saturday at the Ag Summit.

Des Moines, Iowa – It was slated to be a bi-partisan presidential candidate event, to be held on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. It turned out to be a GOP event, mostly, with one exception in former Lt. Governor Patty Judge. Bruce Rastetter has made his fortune in the agribusiness, and some are calling him the […]


Iowa Department of Agriculture

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s State Climatology Office and the National Weather Service are recruiting volunteer precipitation observers across Iowa to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, known as “CoCoRaHS.” All that is needed to participate is an interest in the weather, a four inch […]

Gov. Branstad signs Senate File 257 into law

State of Iowa Seal

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today signed the following bill into law: Senate File 257: an Act relating to transportation funding by limiting the term of indebtedness for certain county projects, modifying certain permit fees, modifying the rate of the excise taxes on motor fuel and certain special fuel, establishing a fuel distribution percentage […]

Vander Linden Votes For Small Business Tax Cut

Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R)

(DES MOINES) – Tuesday, Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) voted in favor of Senate File 126, a bill which updates Iowa tax code with tax changes made by the federal government last year, resulting in close to $100 million in tax cuts for Iowa small businesses and families. The bill also includes tax deductions of: […]

Brenna Bird to pursue opportunities outside state government

Brenna Findley and Guy Vander Linden catch up on recent State House events during the Poweshiek County Republican social event Friday evening

Michael Bousselot promoted to legal counsel for Branstad, Reynolds (DES MOINES) – Brenna (Findley) Bird, who has served as the legal counsel for Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds since they took office in 2011, is departing the office to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Bird’s final day in the governor’s […]

Congressman Dave Loebsack Sworn In For 5th Term

Loebsack sworn in 2015

Washington D.C. – In a press release on the day Congressman Dave Loebsack was sworn in for his 5th term in office, he pledged “to continue the fight to grow the economy, expand the middle class and make education available to everyone.” Congressman Loebsack began serving in congress in 2007, and serves as Iowa’s Second […]

Gov. Branstad delivers 2015 Condition of the State: “Together We Can”

Governor Branstad enters the Iowa House Chambers to deliver his 2014 Condition of the State Address.

Branstad calls for forward-thinking action to continue moving Iowa forward Madam Lieutenant Governor, Madam President, Mr. Speaker, leaders, justices, judges, legislators, elected officials, distinguished guests, family, friends and fellow Iowans, good morning. It is my honor to stand before you today in this great chamber – in front of a joint session of the Iowa […]

Gov. Terry E. Branstad delivers his inaugural address

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is sworn in on Friday for a 6th term as Iowa Governor. (photo by Ken Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today delivered his inaugural address after taking the oath of office to serve his sixth non-consecutive term as Iowa’s governor. This is the governor’s seventh inauguration – one as lt. governor and six as governor. U.S. Charles Grassley, our new U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Governor Chris Christie, […]

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