Clear lake fireworks

Celebration tradition brings economic boom

January 7, 2016

Fourth of July fireworks are a tradition in cities across the United States, but in Clear Lake the tradition runs deep, 136 years deep, and is more to the community than a celebration of our nation."This is when families get back together again and there... Read Story

Funks

Passing on a love for community philanthropy

January 7, 2016

Madison (13), Garrett (11) and Jenna (9) Funk are about to learn valuable lessons in giving back to their community. It's these lessons that will inform them well when, some day, they take control of grant decisions for the Mark and Traci Funk Family Fund."Our... Read Story

Hartman

Nature at the heart of community

January 7, 2016

Ed Gruenwald is passionate about his job. Watching the director of Hartman Reserve Nature Center talk with a group of kids about mussels and watching their eyes get big and their hands go up demonstrates why Hartman Reserve is an important part of the community.... Read Story

Hawkeye

Breaking poverty one children's book at a time

January 7, 2016

The children's book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and alphabet refrigerator magnets may not jump out as the solution to poverty, but these simple items in the toolbox of Hawkeye Community College's Family Literacy Program staff are a first step in breaking the cycle of generational... Read Story

Iowa e911

A lifesaving first step for an entire county

January 7, 2016

Imagine your life depending on emergency communications systems that may or may not work. Your life could be saved by information relayed from first responders to the ambulance in route, but minutes are lost because of a communication glitch. "The Federal Communications Commission put a... Read Story