Author: Leah Jones

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The Big Ten football season will open October 24th — without fans in the stands — but host communities will first need to meet certain COVID-19 positivity rates. Governor Kim Reynolds today said she’s confident Iowa City, the University of Iowa and Johnson County will reach whatever standards are set. “The university presidents, the students, […]

The president of the Iowa Brewers Guild says the impact of the pandemic closings could put as many as one-third of the state’s independent breweries out of business for good. Scott Selix gave an update during the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board meeting. He says it’s hard to get an exact handle on the […]

The board of supervisors in a county that sits in the Iowa Great Lakes region has approved a noise ordinance for vehicles traveling in unincorporated areas of the county. Assistant Dickinson County Attorney Lonnie Saunders says the policy is patterned after vehicle noise ordinances in other cities and counties. “It’s not going to fix the […]

Construction is underway on a new barge loading and unloading terminal on the Missouri River near Blencoe in western Iowa. When complete, the facility will accommodate 240,000 tons of soybeans, corn, dried distillers’ grain and dry fertilizer per year. Soy Transportation Coalition executive director Mike Steenhoek says the terminal will provide a new route for […]

A Fort Dodge man is in custody after authorities say he hit a Wright County deputy with the deputy’s own SUV. At about 2 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 17 in Eagle Grove, the deputy stopped the vehicle 31-year-old Sean McMillan was driving. McMillan was a suspect in a disturbance earlier in the day in nearby […]

The Des Moines School Board has directed the district’s superintendent to come up with a new plan for both in-person and virtual classes, but did not set a time frame for bringing students back into school buildings. The state’s largest district started the school year with most students taking classes online, without a state waiver […]

Bars in Johnson and Story Counties must stay closed, but Governor Kim Reynolds has lifted part of her public health proclamation, letting bars in four other counties that have been closed for the past 19 days reopen Wednesday afternoon. Bars, taverns, night clubs, wineries, breweries and distilleries in Polk, Dallas, Linn and Black Hawk Counties […]

The prolonged pandemic is making a Iowa’s already-bad hunger situation even worse, according to the head of the food bank that serves 55 of the state’s counties. Michelle Book, CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa, says she’s losing hope for an economic turnaround and plans on the situation not improving until perhaps early in […]

A new poll conducted for AARP Iowa shows 57% of likely Iowa voters over the age of 50 are planning to cast their ballots before Election Day. AARP state director Brad Anderson says that’s a big swing from 2016 when 49% of voters over the age of 50 voted absentee. “Eight points in Iowa in […]

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports most state employees will pay slightly higher monthly premiums next year if they get their health insurance through the State of Iowa. Officials expect about 54,000 state employees and their eligible dependents to be covered by one of two plans offered by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Under one option, […]


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