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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 COVID infection rate accelerating; up 50% in past week

By: - May 11, 2022

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Iowa jumped 50% in the past week, with an average of about 453 confirmed cases per day, according to data published Wednesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health. The state recorded 3,172 new cases for the past week, up from 2,114 the previous week. It’s unclear how […]

Prime corn yields are likely gone for Iowa farmers, agronomist says

By: - May 10, 2022

Corn farmers in Iowa are unlikely to net the high yields of recent years because their planting has been delayed significantly by cold and rain, according to an Iowa State University agronomist. The impact of that delay will depend heavily on farmers’ progress in the next two weeks and weather conditions for the next several […]

Iowa corn planting now two weeks behind average

By: - May 9, 2022

Farmers eager to plant corn were further delayed this past week by cold and rain and are now two weeks behind the five-year average, according to a Monday report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s a crucial time for the corn crop because the optimum planting window is closing, according to Iowa State University […]

DNR: Southeast Polk stadium builders failed to control erosion

By: - May 9, 2022

Soil-laden stormwater runoff from the new Southeast Polk Community School District stadium site polluted a nearby creek last year because builders didn’t take enough precautions to limit erosion, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The school district agreed to pay a fine of $6,000 for the November 2021 violation, a DNR administrative order […]

Judge denies governor’s request to dismiss public records lawsuit

By: - May 6, 2022

A lawsuit brought by Iowa Capital Dispatch and others against Gov. Kim Reynolds that alleges her office repeatedly failed to comply with the state’s Open Records Law will proceed, a judge ruled Friday. Reynolds sought to dismiss the lawsuit, in part because her office provided some of the records after the lawsuit was filed in […]

Bird flu isn’t as bad this year because of Iowa’s response, ag officials say

By: - May 6, 2022

The current outbreak of highly contagious and deadly avian influenza has affected far more flocks and states this year than the last outbreak seven years ago, but the number of birds that have been culled this year is fewer. Why? Iowa. In the 2014-2015 outbreak, Iowa accounted for about two-thirds of the more than 50 […]

Credit union exec gets prison for $1.5M embezzlement but must repay $1,000

By: - May 5, 2022

The former chief executive of a now-defunct western Iowa credit union was sentenced Wednesday to up to 15 months of federal imprisonment for a decades-long scheme to embezzle nearly $1.5 million, according to court records. However, Janine Keim, 69, of Denison, was only ordered to repay $1,000 because federal prosecutors were unable to prove how […]

Grassley demurs on his role in potential Roe reversal

By: - May 4, 2022

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley was reticent in a call with reporters Wednesday about his role in the anticipated overturning of Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision that made abortions widely available in the United States. “You never know what they’re going to do,” Grassley said of Supreme Court nominees he has supported. “You look […]

Iowa COVID cases up 23% in past week

By: - May 4, 2022

The state averaged a little more than 300 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day in the past week, a 23% increase over the previous week, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data released Wednesday. That continues an upward trend since late March, when the number of weekly cases had diminished to one of the […]

West Des Moines cuts ‘forever chemicals’ from drinking water

By: - May 3, 2022

The treated drinking water of West Des Moines no longer has detectable amounts of two prominent toxic chemicals that persist indefinitely in the environment, according to recent test results. West Des Moines Water Works shut down a contaminated well late last year after sampling by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources revealed it had troubling […]

Low soil temps, soggy conditions slow spring corn planting

By: - May 2, 2022

A stretch of cold and wet weather has significantly delayed Iowa’s corn planting this year, and the window for optimal yields is shrinking. Just 9% of the state’s corn crop has been planted, according to a Monday report by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. In the past five years, about 42% of […]

Salvage yard fined $10,000 by state environmental regulators

By: - April 28, 2022

The owner of a salvage yard in southeast Iowa has repeatedly failed to properly dispose of pollutants from junk vehicles and appliances in at least the past eight years and has illegally stockpiled thousands of tires and building debris, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources administrative order. Phil Feinberg was fined $10,000 by […]