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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.

Two-thirds of state beaches had swim advisories this year, group says

By: - September 29, 2022

There were 25 state beaches this summer where swimming was not advised at least one week because of elevated levels of bacteria or toxins or both, according to the Iowa Environmental Council. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources samples water at the beaches weekly from late May until early September, when people are most likely […]

USDA gives money to states to investigate meat markets

By: - September 28, 2022

The federal government will provide up to $15 million to enable states to investigate cases of price-fixing and other anti-competition violations in the nation’s meat and poultry markets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week. “Promoting competition and protecting consumers has always been a priority for this office,” said Tom Miller, the attorney general […]

Reported Iowa COVID cases dip 28% in one week

By: - September 28, 2022

A precipitous decline in the number of documented COVID-19 infections continued this past week in Iowa, with state health officials reporting 2,091 new cases among those who were not previously infected, according to Iowa Department of Health and Human Services data. That number reported Wednesday is a 28% decrease from a week ago, when the […]

USDA hopes to boost fertilizer production as soon as next year

By: - September 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $500 million to increase domestic fertilizer production, doubling its previous commitment, the agency announced. The federal dollars would boost long-term projects and ready-to-go proposals that might have an effect as early as next year. Some of the first projects to get funding from the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program […]

Some early harvests have farmers ‘pleasantly surprised’

By: - September 26, 2022

It might be weeks before agriculture experts can say with confidence how the state’s corn and soybean yields fared this year, but some of the early harvesters are relieved their yields are better than expected. “The first fields that get harvested are hardly a barometer for what things are going to look like for the […]

Another pipeline company sues landowners for survey access

By: - September 23, 2022

Summit Carbon Solutions filed lawsuits this week against three sets of northern Iowa landowners who have allegedly prevented its agents from surveying their properties, according to court records. The company is in the process of finalizing the route of its proposed pipeline, which would carry carbon dioxide captured from Iowa ethanol plants for underground sequestration […]

Heavy rains improve drought in southeast Iowa

By: - September 23, 2022

Heavy weekend rains have helped alleviate “extreme” drought conditions in southeast Iowa. Last week, multiple counties in the area were suffering from extreme drought — the second-to-worst dryness condition in ratings by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Drought conditions were upgraded to “severe” in the Drought Monitor’s most-recent report on Thursday, leaving no “extreme” ratings in […]

Judge set to consider pipeline land survey request

By: - September 22, 2022

A state district court judge is expected to decide next week whether to grant a pipeline company immediate access to a Woodbury County property for survey work, according to court records. Navigator CO2 Ventures, one of three companies that wants to build a liquid carbon dioxide pipeline in the state, is seeking court orders against […]

DNR drops fine against Ottumwa man for backyard junk

By: - September 22, 2022

A rural Ottumwa man has cleaned a crater filled with junk in his backyard after the state levied a $7,000 fine against him in June after repeated requests to remove the trash, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. This month, the DNR rescinded the fine. “We finally got his attention,” said Anthony Kerker, […]

Iowa COVID deaths to date this year exceed 2021

By: - September 21, 2022

The number of Iowans infected with COVID-19 who have died since the start of the pandemic has exceeded 10,000, and the death rate so far this year is greater than in 2021, according to state data. As of the end of August, 1,697 infected people have died since the start of the year. That compares […]

Ex-cop who pleaded guilty to stalking a woman faces numerous felonies

By: - September 20, 2022

A former police officer who was hired by two Iowa cities despite a woman’s claims that he harassed and threatened to kill her now faces a litany of criminal charges for similar accusations involving a different woman, according to court records. Walter Pacheco, 28, of Pleasant Hill, was hired for his first police job in […]

Crop conditions steady as harvest begins

By: - September 19, 2022

With the state’s corn harvest underway, about 64% of the crop is rated good or excellent, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. That’s better than what the state’s corn was rated last year at this time — when it was 58% good or excellent — but the USDA predicts average yields […]