The Iowa Department of Education continues to improve the Iowa School Report Card, with updated data and two new features released that reflect a more complete picture of student progress in public schools.               

The annual Audubon Community Banquet and auction is set for Monday, Jan. 23 at the St. Patrick’s Parish Center. Social hour begins at 6 with dinner at 6:30. Jan’s Catering will be serving a Chicken Cordon Bleu dinner for this year’s banquet and the cost is $20 per person.

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A collection of stories from Community Media Group newspapers across the nation on the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

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DES MOINES - State Representative Bruce Bearinger from Oelwein shared some of his thoughts on the President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech.

Susan and Mitchell Bence of Watseka, Ill., are in Washington, D.C., this week for President Donald J. Trump's Inauguration Week. Today they sent some photos of events they've attended this week. 

RENSSELAER, IN. — In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, local college students reflected on the 2016 election and where the county may be heading. Some lean toward the conservative side and are filled with enthusiasm. Others are more moderate, staying quietly optimistic. And still others, on the liberal side, are disappointed by the decisions that have been made, but choose to remain hopeful.   

VINTON, Iowa – With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, courthouses, city council chambers and other official buildings will be replacing the portrait of outgoing President Barak Obama with that of the newly sworn president

VINTON, Iowa – With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, courthouses, city council chambers and other official buildings will be replacing the portrait of outgoing President Barak Obama with that of the newly sworn president

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Finger Lakes Times photographer Spencer Tulis made the trip from Geneva, N.Y. to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration of the nation's 45th president, Donald J. Trump.

LAPORTE CITY, Iowa – Twenty-five Union High School juniors and seniors flew to Washington D.C. for today’s Presidential Inauguration.

YATES COUNTY, N.Y. — For folks like Yates County Republicans Jack Prendergast and Sandy King, there was no doubt in their minds that Donald Trump was the guy.

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — It’s expected that more than 1,000 people — and possibly as many as 3,000 — will be part of Saturday’s march and rally in the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement.

GENEVA, N.Y. — A large contingent from Geneva will be among the thousands of women taking to the streets of the nation’s capital Saturday, a day after Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

GENEVA, N.Y. — He was the nation’s first African-American president and came into office with the nation on the brink of depression. He promised hope and change. His critics and even his supporters can debate whether he accomplished that in his eight years as president.

NEWARK, N.Y. — Some people attending President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., may have waited until the November election results were determined before deciding to go.

WASHINGTON D.C. - Iowa’s First District Congressman Rod Blum (R) from Dubuque will be attending the inauguration today. He shared the following thoughts about the event:

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CASS COUNTY, IOWA –  Today’s inauguration will be a topic in the local classrooms.

RENSSELAER, IND. — Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation teacher Stephanie Davisson is attending the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump today. Davisson may attempt to broadcast her view of the crowds and ceremonies live on her Facebook page, and she plans to give presentations on what she sees for Rensselaer students on Monday.

CASS COUNTY, IOWA – As the nation gets ready for a new president, local Cass County Republican and Democratic chairmen are giving their thoughts on the upcoming inauguration, scheduled for today.

RENSSELAER, IND. — Patty Coons, a retired senior executive for the Decorating Den Interiors franchise who currently lives in Rensselaer, will be attending the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump today. This opportunity comes as part of her close connection with the Mike Pence family, the Indiana Delegation, and various other historic political campaigns.

ATLANTIC, IOWA - It’s a historic week for Americans, Congressman David Young, representing Iowa’s Third District, said Wednesday, during a visit to Atlantic.

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ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the "Mega Millions" game were:

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's "Pick 4 Evening" game were:

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's "Pick 3 Evening" game were:

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's "All or Nothing Evening" game were:

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WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials in southeastern Iowa say one person has died in a house fire.

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After dropping the first four matches of the opening dual against the host Knights and ultimately losing the dual 58-18, Audubon wrestling coach Jason Fett brought the Wheelers together for a …

ELK HORN — Let's set the scene.

Exira/EHK grapplers returned to the mat Jan. 14 at the Griswold duals with five head-to-head contests on the dockett against the likes of the host Tigers, Clarinda Academy, East Mills, Southwe…

Wheeler Boys 62, Griswold 29

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As befitting his status as a 17-time Grand Slam champion and as an astute judge of the sport, Roger Federer's reply to a simple question about his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his stylish groundstrokes.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For both the veteran, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, and the newcomer, Jennifer Brady, it's a completely unexpected position to be in: Playing for a spot in the quarterfinal…

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Athletic Department says it has received word that Allonzo Trier tested negative for a performance-enhancing drug in his latest test and will be eligible to pl…

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Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax pulled a fast one on his players before the season, and now the Tigers have the fastest offense in Division I basketball.

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It was just over a year ago that the Children’s Nest, Audubon County’s first childcare center opened in an unused wing of the Friendship Home, a long-term care facility in Audubon.

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A major hurdle in the planning stages of Waspy’s Truck Stop south of Audubon has been cleared, as the FAA has made a determination regarding the property. Progress on the proposed business, which would feature a full service truck stop, convenience store, 24 hour cafe, coffee bar, 40-room ho…

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A ribbon cutting was held on Oct. 18 at the new AMVC Warehouse, located on the AMVC Veterinary Services campus at the north end of Audubon. The building, which will be a biosecure site, will serve as a distribution point for the many products and supplies needed by customers of AMVC Veterina…

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The Exira Community Club hosted a series of ribbon cuttings on Thursday, Oct. 6 to celebrate three new businesses in the community. They started at Holistic Healing Massage, located inside Salon 207. Kim Wood is the Licensed Massage Therapist who operates the business. After that, the Commun…

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On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Williams Welding crew was called in to help in taking down the old Rose Theater marquee.  The Audubon Community Cinema group has had a goal of removing the marquee to assess the damage to the structure.  Years of neglect and the harsh Iowa winters had definitely take…

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Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health investments lead to major improvements

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President-elect Donald Trump and his family attended a morning church service at St. John's Church near the White House Friday, hours before he was to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. (Jan. 20)

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President Donald Trump asked the crowd at the second of three inaugural balls Friday whether he should "keep the Twitter going?" shortly before the crowd roared in apparent approval. The first couple then proceeded to dancing the song "My Way" onstage. (Jan. 20)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Crystal Gayle is being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after she first walked onto its stage to perform as a teenager.

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he will cede power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat that a regional military force would forcibly remove him.

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Emergency crews have extracted four more survivors from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche and are searching for more as family members await word if their relatives are among the lucky ones to get out.