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Local Highlights

November 14, 2019

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Annie’s Project: Farm Business Management for six Thursdays beginning Jan. 23 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Milford. The six-session course is designed to guide women in making decisions for their farm or agribusiness, and empowers farm and ranch women who want to be more knowledgeable about their agricultural enterprises.

November 30, 2019

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The inevitable happens to all of us, but we can plan for it. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Staying Independent: Final Arrangements on Dec. 19, from noon to 1:00 p.m., at the Lakes Area Senior Center (2101 Zenith Ave., Spirit Lake). The one-hour program is free and open to the public.

November 1, 2019

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – In response to high levels of both personal and financial farm stress, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting a Farm Couple Getaway Feb. 21-22 at the Lakeshore Center at Okoboji in Milford. The program is designed for farm couples who want to improve farm family communication, set goals for the family and farm, work through farm succession or just spend the weekend off the farm discussing and working on their farm family issues.

July 1, 2019
May 21, 2018

An effort is underway in Spirit Lake to support 6th graders and their families with a lifetime of practical skills and in doing so, help prevent common problems. The PROSPER Partnerships for Student Success Project is supported by Spirit Lake Middle School, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dickinson County and Iowa State University’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute. The project offers a multi-pronged approach to help preteens learn life skills while also offering new tools and resources for parents that can benefit the whole family.

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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    A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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    Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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