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Iowa has won a $3.7 million federal grant to expand mental health services in the wake of last month’s derecho. The funds will extend an effort already in place to help Iowans cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Karen Hyatt, at the Iowa Department of Human Services, says the program called Covid Recovery Iowa offers crisis […]

A state agency has notified Iowa nursing homes that the State Hygienic Lab doesn’t have the capacity to process all the Covid tests identified in new federal guidelines. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid now recommends routine testing of all nursing home staff, along with volunteers and contractors. Pat Garrett, a spokesman for Governor Reynolds, […]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 – The Trump Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $7 million to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in South Carolina. This investment is part of the $550 million Congress allocated to the second round of the ReConnect Program.

The latest coronavirus data on the state’s website appears to show increasing spread of the virus in the northwest corner of the state. The 14-day Covid positivity rate in Sioux County was 28.2% at 10 a.m. today. That’s 1.5% higher than yesterday morning. Lyon County’s positivity rate is 23% and Plymouth County’s has been falling, […]

The Iowa Department of Transportation is now offering the 90th version of a new license plate. DOT license plate administrator, Paul Cornelius, says the “Fly Our Colors” plate features the colors of the Iowa and U.S. flags. “The top of the plate is blue and then the middle of the plate is white and the […]

Dozens of summer and fall activities have already been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the decision on what to do about kids trick-or-treating is still up in the air. The Cascade City Council discussed the issue, but did not decide whether or not to hold trick-or-treating this year — saying it is still […]

Hundreds of bars, taverns, nightclubs and breweries in four Iowa counties reopened last night after being closed for nearly three weeks. The bar closures and reopenings in Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn and Polk Counties are part of the governor’s pandemic decrees. Governor Reynolds is warning there will be quicker state enforcement of social distancing in […]

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help with information after a body was found in rural Kellogg. Dispatchers got a call around 5:30 Wednesday about a fire in a roadside ditch along North 67th Avenue. A body was found after the fire was put out.  The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division […]

Republican Governor Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to use federal cornavirus relief money to cover the salaries of 21 members of her staff. “CARES (Act) money can be used for salaries,” Reynolds said during a news conference Wednesday. “That’s very clear in what allowable allocations are.” Some Democrats in the Iowa Senate have called […]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of assistance for residents and agricultural producers affected by recent wildfires. As of today, wildfires have burned nearly 6.9 million acres across 11 states. More than 31,000 personnel from the local, state and federal levels are working to contain 61 […]


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