Year: 2020

Due to the pandemic, far more Iowans than usual are staying home for the holidays, which may be the perfect time to sift through crowded closets, drawers and shelves. Julie Braun, a professional home and office organizer, says Iowans should take stock of the clutter in their lives and make a plan for what to […]

This year’s “Celebrate Iowa Gala” will be held online December 11 and organizers plan to showcase performances staged at some Iowa landmarks. “We thought it was really important to go ahead and host the gala this year because Iowans this year, more than ever, really need something to celebrate,” says Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs […]

A computer security expert suggests Iowans abandon using passwords in favor of pass phrases. Jesse La Grew says the old way of creating short, cryptic passwords that you change frequently is no longer practical for most of us. “If we have to change our passwords every 30 days, what are we likely to do? We’re […]

A recreational vehicle rolled off a northwest Iowa highway near Remsen on Thanksgiving evening, killing one person and injuring several others. Preliminary information indicates that a 1998 motorhome was traveling north on county road L-12 when the driver failed to negotiate a curve, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and rolled several times before […]

Even with the pandemic, some Iowans camped out overnight so they could be the first to enjoy today’s Black Friday deals, but the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Iowa hopes the buying fervor will extend into tomorrow — for Small Business Saturday. Jayne Armstrong, director of the SBA’s Iowa District Office, says […]

An Iowan who’s recovered from a serious case of Covid is urging others to donate their plasma. Sue Kasperbauer got Covid at the end of June and ended up in the hospital. “When I got there, they told my family that it could go either way,” Kasperbauer says. “…The first night they started me on […]

University of Iowa president Bruce Harreld, preparing to retire next year, predicts the competition among the state’s higher education community for scarce state support will escalate in coming years. “Resources have been constrained for many a year,” Harreld said at the Board of Regents meeting last week, “and they’re apt to stay that way.” The […]

Most of us won’t likely remember 2020 fondly but as we enter the year’s home stretch, Iowans are urged to find something beautiful and capture an image of it. Kevin Techau, executive director of Keep Iowa Beautiful, says the organization’s 20th annual photography contest is now accepting entries. “We have five categories: Iowa Landscape, Iowa […]

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says this year’s increase in farm income is leading to an increase in farmland prices. “Farmers are out there and they’re feeling better about the economy, but unfortunately we’re not seeing it in the businesses on what we call ‘Rural Mainstreet,’” Goss says. Every month, Goss surveys rural bankers for […]

While Thanksgiving is usually a time of gathering for feasts with friends and families, this year’s pandemic has demolished many of those hopes and happy times. Mary Limas is a therapist with the Senior Life Solutions program at Van Diest Medical Center in Webster City. Limas says we all need to be watchful of warning […]


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