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October 31, 2019

The inevitable happens to all of us, but we can plan for it. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Stay Independent: Planning for the Inevitableon 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.

October 31, 2019

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – With only a short time remaining to secure health insurance for the upcoming year, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering a free workshop to help individuals understand how to make smart choices when purchasing health care coverage. The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Milford Memorial Library Community Room.

October 30, 2019

Women farmers, landowners and ag retailers are invited to participate in free monthly Agronomy in the Field learning sessions beginning at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office located at 1600 15th Street in Spirit Lake. In its fifth year, Agronomy in the Field for Women focuses on strengthening agronomic skills for women leading to a better understanding of crop production, inputs, conservation practices and stronger decision-making skills and communication with spouse, farming partners, tenants and/or agribusiness partners.

October 29, 2019

Women in Agriculture are invited to attend a Holiday Gathering hosted by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Clay County on Wednesday, Dec. 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at their office located at 110 West 4th Street in Spencer. The program is being hosted as part of the regional Women in Ag group which strives to provide opportunities for education and networking of local Northwest Iowa women in agriculture.

July 1, 2019

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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