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Wellman’s Fourth of July celebration still on for now

The annual Fourth of July celebration in Wellman is still on for now. On Monday night, members of the Wellman City Council discussed the event and whether it should be canceled. “At this … 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

Taking Christ to the Streets

The Rev. Melissa Warren had an idea for “taking Christ to the streets,” going to where the people are. The pastor had been looking at the empty pews in her two churches – Wellman’s Asbury … 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

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

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

Mid-Prairie polls seniors, parents on commencement

The Mid-Prairie High School administration is reaching out to parents of seniors to find the best way to hold some sort of commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. This year’s ceremony … 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

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
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