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MidAmerican Energy is inspecting more than 40 wind turbines after the second case of a blade coming off a turbine. MidAmerican spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the latest blade issue happened last week. “Our technician at the Beaver Creek Wind Farm noticed an anomaly with one of the wind turbines — went to check it out […]

With two weeks until the polls close on Election Day, the pace of early voting in Iowa is way ahead of previous records. More than 827,000 Iowans asked for an absentee ballot so they may vote early either in-person at their county auditor’s office or by mail. The Iowa Secretary of State’s website shows nearly […]

The recovery of crops damaged by the derecho in August has been a mixed bag as the harvest nears its end. An estimated 3.6 million acres of corn in Iowa got slammed by winds up to 100 miles-an-hour. That left stalks almost flat to the ground and others remained standing with a pronounced tilt. At […]

Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped by more than one percent in September. Iowa Workforce Development reports the September rate is 4.7%, which is down from 6% in August. It is the fifth consecutive month the state unemployment rate has dropped since peaking at 11% in April during the height of the pandemic. The number of unemployed […]

One man died and another was injured in a head-on crash in western Iowa late Monday afternoon. The crash happened at around 4:50-p.m. in Adair County, south of Fontanelle. The Iowa State Patrol reports 59-year-old David Passehl of Anita died at the scene, after his northbound pickup collided with a Volvo truck driven by 66-year […]

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says the $300 billion coronavirus relief package Senate Republicans plan to vote on this week could be a starting point for negotiations. “Since we can agree on these items that are not part of a total package, but things that have broad bipartisan support, we feel that we ought to move […]

State officials say a Clear Lake bar and restaurant took empty bottles of expensive liquor brands and refilled the bottles with cheaper alcohol. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division got a complaint last October that customers of the Surf District Bar and Restaurant in Clear Lake were being served Hawkeye vodka and whiskey, but charged for […]

Drake University professor Rachel Paine Caufield says the make-up of the courts could become a motivating issue for a different set of voters in the future. U.S. courts have been a focus of Caufield’s research. “For most of the modern era, Republicans have really been motivated by considerations of the Supreme Court and that largely […]

The soybean harvest is entering the last lap — while the corn harvest is getting closer to being done after a week of good weather. The U.S.D.A. report shows just ten percent of the soybeans remain to be plucked from the fields. That is more than three weeks ahead of last year and two weeks […]

The Iowa Nature Conservancy is rounding up the bison at a northwest Iowa preserve today to give them their vaccinations. The organization brought 28 bison to Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve in 2008 — and now the herd has grown to 275. The Nature Conservancy’s Graham McGaffin says that’s a little more than they’d like to […]

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