Marshalltown Pet Shop Buys Dyvig’s in Downtown Ames

A pet shop in downtown Ames that since 2011 has been the target of protesters alleging that it got its dogs from puppy mills...

Bryon’s Music Roundup: Explosions in the Sky Play Wooly’s, Pridefest Coming to Bandshell Park

Last week started out rough, with the loss of Tom Petty. I'm still sort of processing that, and keep pulling out Wildflowers and realizing...

Gloom Balloon: Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom Underneath the Stars and...

One of the things that Patrick Tape Fleming does perhaps better than anyone is to write confessional songs that are heartfelt, but not whiny,...

In Ames, State Rep. Abdul-Samad Says GOP Control Presents Opportunity for Progress

At the “theologically progressive” United Church of Christ in downtown Ames Saturday, local artists held a listening session for “troubled times,” discussing the importance...

The Workshy (Self-Titled) Review

Former Ames jam band The Workshy moved to Colorado a few years ago, and have been keeping busy playing gigs, teaching music lessons, learning...

Ames Council Votes to Name Skate Park for Georgie Tsushima

After facing a few hurdles, the effort to name the Ames skate park for the late skater Georgie Tsushima succeeded Tuesday, with the City...

Ames Human Relations Commission Discusses Bike Night Confederate Flag Controversy

Ames’ Human Relations Commission held a special meeting Monday afternoon to discuss the controversy surrounding a vendor’s display of a Confederate flag at the...

MSCD Apologizes for Display of “Politically & Socially Charged” Confederate Flag

On Tuesday, the Main Street Cultural District made its first public acknowledgement of the racist Confederate flag on display from Cool Biker Stuff at...

Yes, the Confederate Flag Is Racist and Has No Place on Main Street

After the Informer published photos of Confederate flags — including one flying atop the truck of Cool Biker Stuff, the main vendor invited to...

Photos: The Confederate Flags of Ames Bike Night

Last year, the Main Street Cultural District and its new director, Cindy Hicks, decided to start ramping up entertainment options in downtown Ames. One of...