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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 National Guard still struggling to recruit in wake of pandemic

By: - January 12, 2023

Recruitment has continued to be a challenge for the Iowa National Guard — a lingering effect of the coronavirus pandemic, Maj. Gen. Ben Corell said in his annual Condition of the Guard address on Thursday. “The number one challenge to readiness has become strength in our ability to recruit and retain quality soldiers and airmen,” […]

State must address shortage of court-appointed attorneys, chief justice says

By: - January 11, 2023

A dwindling number of court reporters and attorneys who agree to represent indigent criminal defendants and others is unnecessarily delaying court cases and hindering the lives of some children, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen said Wednesday. “The statewide contract attorney shortage is threatening to bring criminal proceedings to a screeching halt,” Christensen said […]

State’s COVID infection rate, hospitalizations decline slightly

By: - January 11, 2023

The number of documented COVID-19 infections in Iowa has been roughly steady for the past two weeks but included a slight decrease in Wednesday’s report by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. The state reported 2,201 new infections in the past week among those who were not previously infected by the coronavirus, a […]

3M to provide new drinking water wells for Camanche

By: - January 10, 2023

The Mississippi River town of Camanche is set to get two new deep wells for drinking water to replace shallower ones that are contaminated by “forever chemicals,” according to the Camanche city administrator. 3M Company has been a major manufacturer of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances — commonly known as PFAS — and its facility across […]

Iowa’s ethanol production sets new record, group says

By: - January 9, 2023

Ethanol plants in Iowa produced an estimated 4.5 billion gallons in 2022 — a new record for the state, according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. The association’s estimate is based on survey data, public reports and other information. It surpasses the state’s 2021 estimated production record of 4.4 billion gallons. “Iowa continues to set […]

Bird charts new course for top law enforcement office

By: - January 6, 2023

In her first week in office, Attorney General Brenna Bird took action consistent with her campaign promises to change tack on litigating administrative actions by President Joe Biden and seeking to reinstate Iowa’s restrictive abortion legislation. It was an about-face from the stances taken by her predecessor, Democrat Tom Miller, who held the post for […]

USDA awards grants and loan guarantees for smaller meat processors in 15 states

By: - January 5, 2023

In an ongoing effort to diversify the country’s meat processing and create new markets for smaller livestock producers, the federal government is distributing about $3.9 million of grant money and guaranteeing loans that total $5.7 million for more than two dozen projects in 15 states. “We are just in the beginning processes of this,” Tom […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 infection rate increases slightly

By: - January 4, 2023

The number of new COVID-19 infections documented by the state increased this past week after a precipitous decline the week prior. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 2,256 new infections among those who were not previously infected. That’s a 5% increase from a week ago. The state also reported 3,009 […]

DNR fines Cedar Falls man for illegal dumping and burning

By: - January 3, 2023

A rural Cedar Falls man who operates a construction company has repeatedly stockpiled and burned debris from various projects in the past decade, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR recently fined Michael Arends $10,000 and “conservatively estimated” that he had improperly disposed of 100 tons of construction and demolition waste. “Mr. […]

New state attorney general seeks 19 resignations among staff

By: - December 30, 2022

The incoming, recently elected Iowa attorney general has asked for the resignations of 19 current staffers, including many in leadership positions but also some longtime staff attorneys, according to Lynn Hicks, a spokesperson for the office who was among those asked to resign. Brenna Bird, a Republican county attorney who defeated longtime Attorney General Tom […]

Ex-cop avoids prison, but more criminal charges loom

By: - December 29, 2022

A former police officer who admitted to repeatedly stalking a woman and also striking a man in the face will not go to prison for the crimes if he abides by the terms of his probation, court records show. Walter Pacheco, 28, of Pleasant Hill, was convicted this week of felony willful injury and misdemeanor […]

Documented COVID cases plummet in Iowa

By: - December 28, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate declined about 40% over the past week, according to state health data. An Iowa Department of Health and Human Services update on Wednesday showed 2,148 infections in the past week among people who were not previously infected by the coronavirus. The total number of positive tests was 2,808, which includes […]