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BY DI PHOTOSTAFF | JULY 27, 2012 7:30 AM

Lightning strikes behind the Old Capitol at around 1 a.m. Thursday.
The storm came as a small break from consistently dry weather. The
last statewide rainfall occurred on May 31. On Thursday, Gov. Terry
Branstad issued a disaster emergency proclamation that will help Iowa
farmers affected by the ongoing Midwestern drought. The lack of
substantial rain this season has affected the Iowa River level and the
price of food and crops. (The Daily Iowan/Adam Wesley)

Contestants race to finish their bucket of wings during a contest at
the Johnson County Fair. Among the contests and competitions, the
weeklong fair plays host to carnival rides, 4-H animal exhibitions,
and other entertainment. Rick Ledesma from Jones and Co. Carnival said
the hot weather had affected the fair’s turnout during especially hot
periods of the day. (The Daily Iowan/Ian Servin)
Tool Box owner Julie Schaefer shows off her sex shop on Wednesday, The
Toolbox has renewed its lease for the 2012-13 rental period. (The
Daily Iowan/Chastity Dillard)


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