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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

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

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

Hillcrest exploring commencement options

Hillcrest Academy is exploring its options to hold some sort of graduation ceremony. “We are in the early stages of the decision-making process,” Principal Dwight Gingerich said … 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

Staying on Track

Boxcar Treasures antiques stores have long dealt in items from the past, but social distancing has prompted a move to a much newer-age platform. The owners of the antique store have taken their … more

Governor's proclamation opening some counties does not include Washington County

  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the reopening of some business types and lifting gathering requirements for certain counties beginning May 1. 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

Kalona Zoning Board to review ordinance

At 6:30 p.m., April 30, the Kalona Planning and Zoning Board will conduct a public hearing to present and discuss proposed subdivision ordinance changes.  This will be an opportunity for the … 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
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