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The consequences of early reopening won’t appear for weeks, disease expert says

Iowa is reopening too early, but the public won’t see the consequences until weeks from now because of COVID-19’s incubation period, warns an infectious disease doctor. Gov. Kim … more

Thousands request absentee ballots

This year, Secretary of State Paul Pate sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in the state. Thousands of voters in Washington and Johnson counties have responded, although a … more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More pet of the week is Pinto. Pinto is an adult, black, medium-haired male, who may possibly think he is a dog. He enjoys following you around and “talking” … more

Pre-register for primary by May 22

Washington County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Daniel L. Widmer is reminding eligible voters who want to vote in the June 2 primary election in Washington County and who are not yet … more

Class of 2020: A senior year like never before

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools in March, the Class of 2020 entered uncharted territory. Faced with refocusing their studies to distance learning and the cancellation of school … more

Coloring Contest

This week’s coloring contest is in partnership with the local libraries. We want to welcome people of ALL AGES to help us “brighten up the libraries” by coloring this image to the … more

WCHC offers COVID-19 test clinic

Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) began offering a quick test clinic on Monday to test individuals expected to have COVID-19. Over the past three weeks, WCHC has witnessed a decrease … more

Learning from Home

Daily school life has changed drastically for students and teachers alike as work-from-home conditions have swept the state. Social distancing measures have replaced day-to-day socialization, … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/6/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 293 additional positive cases for a total of 10,404 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,309 negative … more

Lone Tree native Steve Forbes named coach at Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Lone Tree native Steve Forbes was named the head men’s basketball coach at Wake Forest on April 30. Wake Forest Director of Athletics John Currie made the announcement … more

Cities lobby for northern ambulance

Cities along Highway 22 are looking to bring an ambulance to the northern tier of Washington County. Officials from Wellman and Kalona have had preliminary talks with the new director of the … more

New Rules, New Way of Life

When Jeremy Hassman stepped into his general manager position at the Kalona Brewing Company a month ago, he couldn’t have anticipated the looming trouble for restaurants across the nation. As … more

Cities consider easing restrictions

Washington County is one of 22 counties where Gov. Kim Reynolds did not lift restrictions on May 1. Currently, restrictions are set to be eased in those 22 counties on May 15. With an eye to the … more

Iowa counties cut back voting sites as absentee ballot requests surge

As Iowa counties dramatically scale back the number of polling sites to be used in the upcoming primary election, an Iowa judge has ordered one western Iowa county to modify its plans to severely … more

Economists: March brought record economic dive in Iowa, trouble may last 18 months

Iowa saw a record drop in a key economic indicator even as the COVID-19 pandemic was just taking hold in March, the Iowa Department of Revenue reported. The Iowa Leading Indicators … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/5/20)

Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,000 negative tests for a … more

Reynolds praises expanded testing as Iowa hits new high in COVID-19 cases

As Iowa reported yet another record in the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Saturday that expanded testing is giving Iowans the “confidence that they need to … more

Iowa landfills bracing for possible arrival of hog carcasses

Iowa environmental and agriculture officials moved late this week to firm up plans to dispose of hog carcasses as COVID-19 continued to stress packing plants.  At this point, industry and … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/4/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,441 negative … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (5/1/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 739 additional positive cases for a total of 7,884 positive cases. There have been an additional 2,186 negative … more
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