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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

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

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

Food pantries ramp up to serve residents

Local food pantries are ramping up their efforts to assist residents during this time when many people have been forced to stay at home. On Saturday, the city of Kalona held its own pop-up food … more

Washington County now tops 50 cases

Washington County has been ranking in the top five counties in Iowa with COVID-19 cases, but the county’s public health director says that is because the county has been more aggressive in … more

Online Government Meetings

School boards • Mid-Prairie school board: Second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Will be using Zoom for meetings. Information for connecting will be available April 6. • Highland school … more

We're going on a Bear Hunt!

State extends primary absentee voting period

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate extended the absentee voting period to 40 days for Iowans who choose to vote by mail in the June 2 primary election. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pate … more

State to mail absentee ballot request form to every registered voter

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced his office plans to mail an absentee ballot request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary. The forms will be … more

Highland, Lone Tree OK emergency powers for school superintendent

The Highland and Lone Tree school boards passed resolutions giving Superintendent Ken Crawford broad authority to take actions, if necessary without board approval, to implement state or federal … more

Area churches cancel in-person services

With state officials restricting gatherings to fewer than 10 people, many area churches have canceled in-person services. Some, however, are offering online alternatives. more

United Way offers ways to help during COVID-19 crisis

The United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties has a number of suggestions for anyone wanting to help during the COVID-19 crisis. more

Pet of the Week

This week’s PAWS & More animal shelter pet of the week is Nashville, an adult male treeing walker coonhound/vizsla mix who is described as a “free spirit.” Intelligent, … more

Our daily life grinds to a halt

As the week progressed, more and more places announced they were closing or modifying their operations. On Monday, what started as a trickle of announcements became a flood. more

Lone Tree council OKs water rate reading

The Lone Tree City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance change to increase water rates in the city. City Clerk Stephanie Dautremont said the change is to cover the cost of the … more

Lone Tree considers allowing chickens within city limits

At its Feb. 10 meeting, the Lone Tree City Council discussed the possibility of allowing chickens within the city limits. The issue was raised by resident Kyle Zaruba who did not have a specific … more
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