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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.

Hog confinement owners fined for improper manure applications

By: - December 27, 2022

Two northern Iowa hog confinement owners applied manure from their facilities to fields without proper certifications and potentially applied an incorrect amount of manure, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Dan and Mike Staudt own and operate a total of four of the animal confinements, but the allegations against them are based on […]

Large cattle feedlot fined $2,000 for stream contamination

By: - December 27, 2022

An employee of the third-largest open feedlot in Iowa improperly pumped manure water onto a field this year that was too saturated with rainwater to absorb the liquid, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. As a result, feedlot owner Brian Wendl, of rural Willey in western Iowa, has agreed to pay a $2,000 […]

Builder with ‘history’ of illegal burning is fined by DNR

By: - December 26, 2022

An Anamosa home builder accused of illegally burning or burying construction and demolition debris multiple times in the past five years was recently fined $3,000 by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The latest incident happened in June 2022, when people in an upscale residential area near Anamosa in southeast Iowa alleged that an illegal […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

State finds petroleum contamination after Marengo explosion

By: - December 22, 2022

Water runoff from a Marengo facility that exploded and caught fire this month was contaminated with chemicals associated with petroleum, some of which are used as solvents, according to an Iowa Department of Natural Resources report. Those who operate the C6-Zero facility on the east side of Marengo in eastern Iowa had — prior to […]

Supreme Court: Pandemic trial violated rights of man accused of raping girl

By: - December 22, 2022

A Dubuque man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl will get a new trial because a district court judge didn’t allow the public to attend his 2021 trial due to COVID-19 precautions, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in a split decision. Ronald James Brimmer, 25, was found guilty by a jury of second-degree sexual abuse […]

COVID hospitalizations increase despite fewer infections reported by Iowa

By: - December 21, 2022

The number of people who are infected by the coronavirus and are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals is up about 6% this week and has almost doubled since a month ago, according to federal hospitalization data. The COVID-19 hospitalization increase in Iowa runs counter to state data that show an overall decrease in the […]

Prosecutors to seek prison for ex-cop who wants probation

By: - December 20, 2022

A former police officer might have avoided prison as part of a plea agreement this summer related to allegations of stalking and harassing a woman, but his prosecutors are likely to seek a prison sentence now that he has been accused of further crimes against her, according to court records. Walter Pacheco, 28, of Pleasant Hill, […]

Part of a northwest Iowa river has been pumped dry

By: - December 16, 2022

A significant stretch of a northwest Iowa river has run dry several times in the past seven years as a rural water utility has pumped more water from the ground — at least a quarter of which is sold out-of-state — with the approval of state regulators. A two-mile segment of the Ocheyedan River dried […]

Attorneys tussle over land survey provisions for pipelines

By: - December 15, 2022

A company that wants to build a sprawling carbon dioxide pipeline in northwest Iowa should have obtained a court order before attempting to survey private land from which it had been previously barred, a Dickinson County prosecutor argued Thursday. At issue is a trespassing charge against Stephen James Larsen, 28, of Arlington, South Dakota, who […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 infection rate increases but at slower pace

By: - December 14, 2022

The number of new coronavirus infections tracked by the state increased this past week, but it was a smaller increase than last week’s relatively large jump, according to Iowa Department of Health and Human Services data. The state on Wednesday reported 3,704 new documented infections among those who had not previously contracted COVID-19. That was […]

Another northwest Iowa turkey flock has bird flu

By: - December 13, 2022

A commercial flock of about 90,000 turkeys in Ida County is the seventh to be infected by highly pathogenic avian influenza this month in northwest Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The state’s detection rate of the virus at commercial facilities has dramatically increased in December, with six of those […]

Judge rejects Reynolds’ request to reinstate Iowa’s fetal-heartbeat law

By: - December 12, 2022

A district judge on Monday declined to lift the nearly 4-year-old injunction that has kept a restrictive abortion law in Iowa from taking effect. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been seeking to end the injunction since the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in June that there is no fundamental right to abortion in the state constitution that […]