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  Thousands of firefighters battling Thomas wildfire
Thousands of firefighters battling Thomas wildfire
Dec. 11, 2017 - The Thomas fire northwest of Los Angeles has engulfed 230,500 acres and is being fueled by Santa Ana winds.
 
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reprieve: noun;a break, a pause, Find it in blue in today's top story!
 
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Holiday Train defines spirit of the seasonHoliday Train defines spirit of the season
Dec. 5, 2017 - The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will make five stops in Iowa Wednesday and Thursday.
 
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Week of December 11

audible: adjective; related to sound, being able to hear;
September 11, 2001: a date to never forget

circuitous: adjective; not direct, in regards to a route;
Park your phones

continuous: adjective; nonstop, without a break;
Cassini's final plunge into Saturn has begun

deciduous: adjective; a type of tree noted by leaves falling off in the autumn and producing flowers in the spring;
Sunshine, cool nights = fall color

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December 11

1946: UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, was established by the United Nations General Assembly.

1943: John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and former Democratic presidential candidate who lost to George W. Bush in 2004, was born in Denver, Colorado.

1936: King Edward VIII abdicated the English throne. He became King of England upon the death of his father, George V, but his coronation was never held. He abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American. They were married on June 3, 1937.


   

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.

 

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1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?" 


INSPIRE Day was an exciting and educational field trip for students.


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I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 
 
 
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Thousands of firefighters battling Thomas wildfireThousands of firefighters battling Thomas wildfire
Dec. 11, 2017 - The Thomas fire northwest of Los Angeles has engulfed 230,500 acres and is being fueled by Santa Ana winds.
Millions under wildfire threat in southern CaliforniaMillions under wildfire threat in southern California
Dec. 8, 2017 - More than 20 million people living in southern California will be under critical fire warnings this weekend.
Santa Ana winds fueling wildfires near Los AngelesSanta Ana winds fueling wildfires near Los Angeles
Dec. 7, 2017 - Thousands of acres surrounding Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest are engulfed in a wildfire, called the Creek fire.
Innovators were on the move in 1903Innovators were on the move in 1903
Dec. 6, 2017 - The Ford family, the Wright brothers, and the Davidson brothers, who partnered with William Harley, all had an historic year in 1903.
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