A U.S. congressional committee is seeking more information about decades of mismanagement at Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa. Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the House natural resources committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell seeking a briefing by Sept. 9. The Republican from Utah says it’s troubling that mismanagement went on for two decades at the monument with “little to no oversight” by the National Park Service. Bishop’s letter comes in response to a National Park Service report that said the agency itself was “astonished” by what happened. One superintendent oversaw an illegal $3.4 million building spree that erected a boardwalk system through sensitive American Indian burial sites. Another stole the monument’s collection of ancient human remains and hid them in his garage for decades.
The board that oversees Iowa’s three public universities says it wants to use a new two-year budget system that would include some tuition increases. The Iowa Board of Regents announced Tuesday it wants the Legislature to support a plan that would increase state funding to the universities by two percent each year for the budget years that end in 2018 and 2019. Additional money would go to the University of Northern Iowa in the first year. The plan would also increase tuition rates by two percent each year for in-state undergraduate students. The board will vote in September on a $12.7 million request in new dollars for the first year. That includes $4.6 million for the University of Iowa, $3.7 million for Iowa State University and $4.4 million for UNI.
A flood relief effort has started. Decorah area chamber of commerce director Nikki Brevig.
Brevig says donations can be made at area chamber of commerce or economic development offices.
The Decorah area chamber of commerce, Allamakee county economic development, Fayette county economic development, Howard county economic development and the Oelwein chamber of commerce are all sponsoring the effort.
A new report shows tourist attractions and tourism-related businesses were busier than ever last year. Jessica O’Riley is spokesperson for the Iowa Tourism Office.
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Low gas prices are getting much of the credit. The annual study is conducted by the U.S. Travel Association