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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

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

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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
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