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Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (4/30/2020)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 302 additional positive cases for a total of 7,145 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,028 negative … more

Iowa’s continuing unemployment claims now top 170,000

More than 28,000 Iowa workers filed new claims for unemployment last week, state officials reported Thursday. The new claims bring the number of continuing weekly unemployment claims in Iowa to … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (4/29/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 467 additional positive cases for a total of 6,843 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,047 negative … more

Rural counties hit harder than urban areas by coronavirus

While the actual number of COVID-19 cases in Iowa’s urban areas is far ahead of the state’s rural areas, when looking at the proportion of cases based on population, the rural areas are … more

Area golf courses are open but taking precautions

Area golf courses are open. Sunday, with temperatures in the 70s, many golfers took advantage of the open courses play a round. “We were very busy,” said Jeff Leach at Kalona Golf … more

State announces unemployment guidance

Iowans who refuse to return to work without good reason when recalled will lose eligibility to unemployment benefits, according to Iowa Workforce Development. Those who have been placed on a … more

104th Birthday

Veva Jenn waves to cars parading past her seat at Hills Bank in Hills on Saturday. Dozens of cars took part in the parade celebrating Jenn’s 104th birthday. more

Cities coordinate on mobile food pantries

The cities of Riverside, Kalona and Wellman will again join forces to provide food for those in need. The three cities are planning to host pop-up food pantries on the morning of May 2. The … more

After first week of online classes, many Iowa students stay offline

Some Iowa school districts are reporting that as few as half of their students participated in school work during the state’s first week of offering online classes. That news comes as … more

Iowans who refuse to return to work may lose unemployment benefits

Iowans who refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer after a layoff or furlough triggered by COVID-19 may not be entitled to unemployment benefits, state officials said Monday. The … more

Additional COVID-19 Cases in Iowa, Additional Deaths Confirmed (4/28/20)

DES MOINES - Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 508 additional positive cases for a total of 6,376 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,165 negative … more

COVID damage to Iowa ag will top $6B per year

An Iowa State University center in a new report estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will cost Iowa’s largest agricultural industries at least $6.3 billion per year. Here’s a breakdown … more

Snow Day

The statue of Star Trek Capt. James Kirk had a light coat of snow the morning of April 15 as north Washington County residents woke to 1½ to 2 inches of snow that fell overnight. more

Cities face loss of revenues

City budgets may soon be feeling the pinch from the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of Iowa is estimating a 10% drop in sales tax funds due to many retail businesses being forced to close. Kalona … more

County auditor encourages absentee voting

Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer is strongly recommending that voters use an absentee ballot for voting in the June 2 primary election.  His recommendation follows Secretary of State Paul … more

Iowa 4-H makes, donates 10,000 masks

On April 8, Iowa 4-H challenged its members, volunteers, alumni and staff to make and donate 10,000 face masks to the people and organizations in their local communities who need them. In only nine … more

Home isolation highlighting rural Internet problems

Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. More than two dozen lawmakers sent a … more

Church Services

The limits being placed on gatherings of more than 10 people and health officials urging social distancing, area churches have canceled in-person services, while some are offering online options for … more

Residents in Kalona, Riverside and Wellman get newspaper

Residents in Kalona, Riverside and Wellman are receiving The News this week, thanks to the cities paying to have the newspaper delivered throughout each city. The city of Kalona paid for … more

Reynolds suspends graduation requirements for high-school seniors

Gov. Kim Reynolds suspended state graduation requirements for the class of 2020 late Friday, among 42 other emergency actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reynolds’ action suspends laws … more
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