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The U.S. Secretary of the Interior used the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum as the backdrop to announce veterans and Gold Star families will be eligible for free admission to National Parks and Monuments, starting on November 11th — Veterans Day. David Bernhardt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, said his great uncle was killed […]

A group of Black leaders and activists are holding events around the state, trying to get the word out that most Iowans with past felony convictions are now allowed to vote. Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo is a member of the Black Caucus in the Iowa House. “If we have to stand up as citizens […]

Incumbent Republican Senator Joni Ernst — locked in a tight battle with Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield – kicked off her final push to reach voters with a rally on her home turf in Red Oak. “My gut is saying really good things about this election cycle here in Iowa,” Ernst said. “It’s been a rough […]

Iowa’s largest supermarket chain claims it’s the first in the nation to install an automated grocery cart cleansing system, an effort to calm fears about COVID-19. Hy-Vee spokeswoman Dawn Buzynski says the Sterile Cart system is like a mini car wash for shopping carts. “Customers don’t have to do anything,” Buzynski says. “They grab their […]

The Animal Rescue League helped Des Moines police seize several exotic birds from a home Tuesday. ARL director of animal services, Joe Stafford, says there were 11 birds removed. “Small, medium, large exotic birds just living in essentially complete filth — I mean the house was just covered in trash,” Stafford says, “rat droppings and […]

The Clarke University – Culver-Stockton College Heart of America Athletic Conference football game scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31 in Canton, Mo. has been postponed. A makeup date has not yet been set. “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Heart Commissioner Lori Thomas said. […]

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley is lambasting newly-proposed environmental legislation by four Democratic senators which he says would “absolutely destroy Iowa’s economy.” Grassley describes the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act as a “far left scheme” which would strip away consumer choice and do irreparable harm to our state’s agriculture-based economy. “This proposal mandates that only electric vehicles can […]

Dordt University in Sioux Center has changed its plans for the fall semester. Face-to-face, in-person classes will end Tuesday, November 24. Classes will resume online Monday, November 30, with finals taking place online between December 8 and December 11. Dordt University’s president says leaving campus and traveling over Thanksgiving break increases the likelihood that students […]

The state’s coronavirus tracking website shows nearly 600 Covid patients are being treated in Iowa hospitals, a patient count that’s 31% higher than when hospitalizations spiked the spring. The State of Iowa has set a record 11 times this month for Covid hospitalizations. Tuesday night’s 596 patient count is the highest it’s been this month […]

Maddie Poppe, the Iowa native who rocketed to fame after winning American Idol two years ago, will be performing a live concert in Cedar Rapids in December. Katie Ripke, spokeswoman for the Paramount Theatre, says tickets are going on sale this week for what’s believed to be Poppe’s first live show anywhere since the pandemic […]

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