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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.

Environmental group to host clean energy talk Thursday

By: - November 15, 2021

The Iowa Environmental Council is set to hold its two-hour Bright Ideas 2021 event Thursday to discuss sources of clean energy in Iowa. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Des Moines but has satellite, group-viewing options in Iowa City and Waterloo. Attendees also have the option to watch a livestream that […]

Judge resigns assistant chief position after disparaging remarks

By: - November 12, 2021

District Judge Kurt Stoebe resigned as assistant chief judge of the state’s 2B judicial district Friday after his disparaging remarks about candidates to fill a judicial vacancy led Gov. Kim Reynolds to reject his nominating commission’s picks. “It is with sadness that I must inform you of my resignation as assistant chief judge,” Stoebe wrote […]

Python breeders clash with city over home business

By: - November 11, 2021

MANNING, Iowa — Adam Waterbury thought his hobby-turned-business of breeding ball pythons was on the cusp of success. For the past two years, Waterbury, 36, and his wife, Liz, have been raising the small pythons in a modest house on the south side of Manning in western Iowa. In one room of the house, there […]

Dubuque, Johnson and rural counties fuel new COVID uptick

By: - November 10, 2021

New, confirmed coronavirus cases are rising again in Iowa despite dwindling or stagnant infection rates in some of the state’s largest counties. One reason is Dubuque County, where the two-week infection rate doubled in the past month, according to state data. “I know we are not plateauing yet this week, and I don’t know what’s […]

Iowa counties launch COVID clinics for kids this week

By: - November 9, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 to 11 are becoming widely available this week with county health departments receiving their first shipments of vaccine doses. Many counties received their first allotment of doses on Monday, and all counties should have them by week’s end, said Sarah Ekstrand, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Public […]

High cost, short supply of fertilizer to alter 2022 planting

By: - November 8, 2021

Farmers in the United States are likely to plant less corn and use less nitrogen fertilizer on their fields for next year’s growing season due to sky-high fertilizer prices and short supplies. That trend will be less pronounced in Iowa, where fertile soils make the extra costs worthwhile. “We have a very natural advantage for […]

Vilsack: Biden administration is ‘protecting animal agriculture’ with methane reduction plans

By: - November 5, 2021

Reducing the number of livestock will not be a priority for the Biden administration as it seeks to drastically cut methane emissions to stem climate change, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “climate smart” initiatives will focus on new types of animal feed and manure management. “There […]

Wet October lifts drought from much of Iowa

By: - November 5, 2021

Severe drought was vanquished from all parts of Iowa for the first time in more than a year thanks to widespread rainfall last month that made it one of the wettest Octobers on record. An average of about 5 inches of rain fell across the state, according to a water summary update from the Iowa […]

Review of Iowa drinking water finds dozens of contaminants

By: - November 4, 2021

There is widespread, problematic contamination of municipal tap water in Iowa, according to an environmental group that has adopted stringent standards for water safety. Most Iowa municipal water systems are in compliance with federal regulations, however. The Environmental Working Group, based in Washington, D.C., released its latest review of water utilities this week. It concluded […]

Polk voters approve $65 million for water, parks

By: - November 3, 2021

About 81% of voters supported the second Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond on Tuesday, which will allow the county to borrow up to $65 million for parks, trails and water projects. That exceeded the support for a similar referendum in 2012, when about 72% of the vote was “yes” for a $50 million […]

Conservation officials work to protect river after train derailment

By: - November 3, 2021

State conservation officials are weighing their options for the environmental cleanup of a recent train derailment near Carlisle. A Union Pacific train derailed east of town on Friday, and one of its railcars that contained plastic pellets went into the Middle River, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. A hazardous materials team placed […]

Company to pay $270,000 for ‘largest mussel kill in the state’

By: - November 1, 2021

A large agricultural company will pay nearly $270,000 in fines and restoration fees for its June 2020 fertilizer spill that killed hundreds of fish and clams in a Dubuque pond near the Mississippi River, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The majority of that money will be used to replenish the mussel populations […]