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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.

Lawmakers clash over climate in early farm bill talks

By: - February 2, 2022

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday touted conservation programs for farmers and ranchers as key tools for limiting agriculture’s impact on the global climate as they took initial steps to create the next farm bill. One Republican’s response: So what? “We’ve talked primarily about climate change, and I gotta to be honest with you,” U.S. Rep. Rick […]

House bill advances to block school COVID vaccine requirements

By: - February 1, 2022

Legislation that would prohibit Iowa schools and colleges from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 cleared its first hurdle Tuesday in the Iowa House of Representatives. An education subcommittee advanced House File 2040 after brief consideration. The bill moves next to the House Education Committee. “At the end of the day, this is about […]

State watches for groundwater contamination from Eldora fuel leak

By: - January 31, 2022

State officials are working to determine whether groundwater contamination occurred when an unattended fuel station in Eldora leaked an estimated 7,500 gallons of gasoline into the ground last week. Workers excavated concrete and soil throughout the weekend at the Fast Stop on the east side of town that is operated by agricultural cooperative AgVantage Farm […]

State water grant gives boost to Field of Dreams

By: - January 28, 2022

Dyersville will plumb drinking water and sewer service to its Field of Dreams attraction this year with the help of $11 million of the state’s new Water Infrastructure Fund, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday. The eastern Iowa site of the 1989 film has long been a tourist attraction but has gained renewed interest in recent […]

Polk County buys newfangled cover crop tractor for upstream farmers

By: - January 27, 2022

A central Iowa partnership has emerged to encourage the use of cover crops in farm fields in the watersheds of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in an effort to boost the quality of the metro’s major sources of drinking water. Polk County will buy a $600,000 tractor that is tall enough to straddle rows […]

West Des Moines green lights regional water talks

By: - January 26, 2022

A proposed regional utility to govern the Des Moines metro area’s water supply got a third nod of approval Wednesday from West Des Moines. The five trustees of West Des Moines Water Works voted unanimously to start negotiations in earnest with utilities in Des Moines and Urbandale to form Central Iowa Water Works, which could […]

COVID deaths rise as infections plateau

By: - January 26, 2022

State health officials reported 184 new deaths of people who were infected by the coronavirus on Wednesday, the most for a one-week period during the latest COVID-19 surge. That report came amid an apparent wane in the virus’ spread in Iowa. The most recent state data show weekly infection rates peaked about two weeks ago […]

Governor’s bill would make E15 dominant fuel in state

By: - January 25, 2022

A new proposal by Gov. Kim Reynolds would require at least half of all gasoline pumps in the state to dispense fuel that contains 15% ethanol — a blend commonly called E15 — by 2026. The governor’s bill was filed Monday in the Iowa House. It is a modified version of a similar proposal last […]

CDC: State’s COVID death rate could near previous peak

By: - January 24, 2022

The rate at which Iowans die from COVID-19 might approach the state’s previous peak by the middle of February, according to projections by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The previous peak rate was about 425 deaths per week in late 2020, according to state data. CDC projections, which are based on a […]

Two Davenport men fined thousands for illegal tire hauling

By: - January 21, 2022

The state of Iowa has fined two Davenport men $10,000 apiece, accusing them of illegal tire hauling and abandoning thousands of junk tires on multiple properties. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources imposed the fines against David Omar Mercado and Tim Peters this month after attempting to get their tire-hauling efforts into state compliance for […]

Judge upholds retooled ‘ag gag’ law

By: - January 20, 2022

A 2020 Iowa law that provides stiffer penalties for trespassing at livestock facilities does not infringe the First Amendment rights of animal-rights activists, a state district judge ruled this week. The law was adopted in the wake of successful legal challenges to previous so-called “ag gag” laws to dissuade activists from filming livestock operations. It  […]

Nearly 80% of Iowa’s January COVID-19 surge has been omicron

By: - January 19, 2022

Infections caused by the omicron variant of the coronavirus have rapidly overtaken those of other variants and accounted for about 79% of samples analyzed by the State Hygienic Laboratory in the first two weeks of this month. The state’s infection rate has reached an all-time high for the pandemic. During a recent one-week period, there […]