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Jared Strong

Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 3% in April

By: - May 20, 2022

The percentage of Iowa’s workforce that is unemployed continues to fall and is nearing its pre-pandemic level, according to an Iowa Workforce Development report on Friday. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3% in April, down from a peak of 10.5% two years ago. That rate was about 2.6% in the months that preceded the […]

Former city clerk bought car, sex toys with public money, auditor finds

By: - May 20, 2022

The former city clerk of Silver City in southwest Iowa improperly spent more than $60,000 from the town over the course of three years when she used city funds to pay for dozens of personal items, including adult sex toys and a new car, according to a state audit report. Artema Gray, 44, was forced […]

Democratic Senate candidates seek to distinguish themselves in debate before primary

By: - May 19, 2022

The three Democrats vying for Iowa’s U.S. Senate nomination diverged on fiscal issues pertaining to student debt, universal health care and taxes for the super wealthy during a final televised debate before the June 7 primary. Abby Finkenauer, of Cedar Rapids, Michael Franken, of Sioux City, and Glenn Hurst, of Minden, are competing for a […]

U.S. Senate confirms Chet Culver for Farmer Mac board

By: - May 19, 2022

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is returning to his leadership position at the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, which boosts farmers’ access to loans and is better known as Farmer Mac. Culver, a Democrat, was appointed to the 15-member board of directors by President Joe Biden in 2021. That appointment was approved by the U.S. Senate […]

Early voting begins for Iowa primaries

By: - May 18, 2022

Absentee voting for Iowa’s June 7 primary elections started Wednesday, and residents who wish to vote by mail must get those requests to their county auditors by Monday. The early voting time frame has been shortened from 40 to 20 days prior to elections by successive state legislation in the past five years. Also, mailed […]

CDC warns of rising COVID risk in Iowa

By: - May 18, 2022

For the first time in two months, an Iowa county has a high level of community risk for COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Poweshiek County has that distinction, due to a combination of its infection and hospitalization rates that the CDC uses to characterize the threat of infection. It […]

Governor signs mobile home protections bill

By: - May 17, 2022

Mobile home park tenants will get an additional month’s notice before evictions or increases to their rent and utility fees under a new state law that was signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. House File 2562, which got final approval from state legislators in April, also creates protections for tenants of parks that do not […]

New ethanol law could spark regional trend, biofuels exec says

By: - May 17, 2022

A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2128, aimed at boosting […]

Farmers plant nearly half of Iowa’s corn in past week

By: - May 16, 2022

A hot and dry week finally gave Iowa farmers their best chance yet to plant corn this year, and they put about 43% of the crop seed in the ground in that time, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. Corn planting was about two weeks behind the five-year average a week […]

Antique tractor parts dealer cited for burning tires

By: - May 13, 2022

A Strawberry Point man who strips antique tractors for parts to resell had been illegally burning the tires from the tractors until March, when someone reported a fire on his property north of town, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Jerry Everitt, 81, has agreed to stop burning the tires and is in […]

Prairie seed farmer fined for building river levees without permission

By: - May 12, 2022

A Winterset farmer has twice built earthen levees near rivers on his land without a permit and was recently fined $5,500, according to a recent Iowa Department of Natural Resources order. Dan Allen, founder of Allendan Seed Company, was first issued a notice of violation by the DNR in 2014 for constructing a levee along […]

Biden pledges more support for farmers, ‘the backbone of freedom’

By: - May 11, 2022

At an Illinois farm on Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced federal assistance to alleviate costs for farmers and consumers and ensure there is enough food to meet world demand as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues. Biden said he will double the recently announced federal funding to boost domestic fertilizer production. He also pledged to extend […]