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Lone Tree sets June 13 cleanup

Lone Tree will hold its cleanup day on June 13 from 8-11 a.m. at the parking lot on the west end of North Park. Lone Tree residents may bring unwanted items to the drop site at no charge, except … more

Greenfield wins Democratic primary, will challenge U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst

Democrat Theresa Greenfield gave her victory speech on social media after winning her party's nomination for U.S. Senate. (Screen shot from Greenfield Facebook video) Democrat Theresa … more

Iowa rolls out extended unemployment benefits

Iowa Workforce Development on Friday detailed new unemployment benefits for Iowans. The CARES Act created Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides 13 weeks of benefits … more

Businesses not required to report major virus outbreaks, IDPH says

Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center, May … more

Iowa falls short of WHO guidelines for reopening

Iowa fails to meet the World Health Organization’s latest guidelines for reopening businesses and other facilities, Johns Hopkins University reported.  States should have positive … more

Reynolds to consult with board this week on fate of 2020 Iowa State Fair

The Grand Concourse at the Iowa State Fair, seen from the Skyglider in August 2018. (Photo by Kathie Obradovich/Iowa Capital Dispatch) Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will set up a call … more

Federal coronavirus aid posed barriers to rural small businesses, lawmakers hear

The Strand Theater in Grinnell, Iowa, is a central business on Main Street. (Photo courtesy of Grinnell Chamber of Commerce) Rural small businesses have largely missed out on federal … more

Annual Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale canceled

The executive committee of the Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale unanimously decided to cancel the 41st annual sale, scheduled for May 29 and 30 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, as a result of the … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Snowball, a small, young female domestic shorthair. Snowball is a playful and fearless feline, curious about everything and afraid of nothing. Her … more

Hunting, fishing license sales surge amid pandemic

Iowans looking for a break from isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic bought far more hunting and fishing licenses than usual, state records show. Those sports, and visiting parks and … more

Reynolds ‘laying in wait’ for virus updates but she won’t return to announcing daily case numbers

  Iowans who are closely watching the state’s COVID-19 website for data on cases in their area will have to take a break over the Memorial Day weekend as the site goes down … more

Iowa restaurants raise prices as meat, to-go containers become harder to stock

Some Iowa restaurant owners said they are raising their menu prices as the cost of supplies like meat and to-go containers rise due to supply chain strains during the COVID-19 … more

Take the stage: Drama, school classes join baseball and softball in June 1 restart

Iowa schools beginning June 1 will be able to offer classes and activities such as drama and science camps, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday.  High-school baseball and softball seasons … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Batman, a buff/tan  adult male domestic short hair. Batman is a chill kitty who dreams of his own Gotham City. He would adapt well to an … more

Back to Business

Diners are not rushing to fill tables after Gov. Kim Reynolds lifted restrictions limiting restaurants to providing only carryout and delivery orders since mid-March. And not all restaurants have … more

LT Wellness Center starts slowly reopening for member workouts

The Lone Tree Wellness Center is slowly opening for members anxious to work out. Starting Saturday, May 16, the center allowed up to four people at a time to work out in the same area at one time. … more

Johnson County Fair cancels grounds, grandstand events

On May 14, the Johnson County Fair Association announced that it will cancel grounds and grandstand entertainment for the 2020 Johnson County Fair. “After consulting with Johnson County … more

Over 100,000 Iowans have now been tested for COVID-19

The number of Iowans tested for COVID-19 has surpassed 100,000, with just over 3,900 test results reported on Sunday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that the validation of tests from the … more

Reynolds: Iowa will take additional steps if COVID-19 resurgence happens

If parts of Iowa experience a “significant” resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the state will take additional mitigation efforts to target those spots, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. However … more

How COVID-19 will change Iowa’s restaurant scene forever

Brenda Brehme cooks up gravy-smothered hot beef in her joint gas station and restaurant business, where she relies on hungry drivers to fuel up and chow down. But lately at 6 Corners Gas & … more
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