(National) — Iowa home sales are down nearly 14% for the first 10 months of this year — with October sales falling significantly. 29,000 homes were sold in Iowa in October. That is 34% less than in October last year. Data from the Iowa Association of Realtors shows that home prices in Iowa are up 10% over the past month and the number of homes for sale is increasing after hitting record lows earlier this year. The median price for a home sold in Iowa last month was $217,500. That’s down nearly 10% from July’s record high.
(Forest City) – Forest City’s summer concert event, Country Thunder Iowa, is not returning in 2023. Forest City Mayor Ron Holland said organizers told him they didn’t have enough visitors to make it worthwhile. Mayor Holland says Country Thunder owes the heritage park where the concert venue was located some rental monies as a provision of the contract agreement.
He says they should pay 50 percent of the money they owe if they cancel it. He’ll try to get that out of you. Holland is looking for an agency to run these types of events to bring a replacement event to Forest City.
(Statewide) – The USDA crop report shows that the 2022 crop season is complete. The report shows the corn harvest is now 97 percent complete – after being reported as 95 percent complete last week and eight days ahead of schedule. The bean harvest was completed two weeks ago. Statewide Ag Secretary Mike Naig says the first statewide snowfall and subsequent melting will help improve topsoil moisture for next year’s planting season.
(Des Moines) — An Ottumwaer native returns to Iowa as one of the stars in the touring Broadway production of ‘Come From Away,’ which opens tonight (Tuesday) in Des Moines. Harter Clingman plays multiple roles in the musical, set shortly after the horrors of September 11, 2001. The worst-ever terrorist attack on American soil is an unlikely premise for a family theater play, but Clingman says the show includes dozens of passenger planes that were forced to change course and land at a small airport in Newfoundland, Canada. Clingman says the musical is the story of how this town of about nine thousand took in seven thousand more. The Des Moines Civic Center is hosting “Come From Away” through Sunday.