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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.

Mild winter buoys Iowa pheasant population

By: - September 2, 2022

A lack of snowfall this past winter was likely a boon for Iowa pheasants, which were seen in roughly equal numbers as last year by state officers for their recent annual population survey. That survey portends a similar pheasant harvest for the upcoming hunting season as 2021, when hunters felled about 375,000 of the birds. […]

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Ethanol plant fined for ongoing excessive air pollution

By: - September 1, 2022

A southwest Iowa ethanol plant has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for its repeated air emissions of excessive, cancer-causing compounds in the past five years, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy is located just south of Council Bluffs in an industrial area along Interstate Highway 29. The […]

Judge levies extra $70,000 penalty for illegal tire stockpile

By: - September 1, 2022

Two Davenport men who earned money last year by hauling and storing thousands of junk tires without permits have been ordered to pay a total of $90,000 for the violations and to remove the tires from the property they rent, according to court documents. Timothy James Peters and David Omar Mercado were fined $10,000 apiece […]

Drought expands in Iowa despite heavy rains

By: - September 1, 2022

Drought conditions worsened in southeast Iowa in the past week — where there was little to no rain — and the overall areas of drought statewide expanded despite some heavy rainfall, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The worst drought in northwest Iowa was relatively unchanged in the Drought Monitor’s latest report on Thursday. Heavy […]

New COVID booster vaccines approved as Iowa cases flatten

By: - August 31, 2022

Two new COVID-19 vaccine mixtures that are thought to be more effective at preventing serious illness for currently circulating coronavirus variants were approved by federal regulators on Wednesday. Meanwhile, documented infections in Iowa increased slightly as hospitalizations held steady, according to state and federal data. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized two variations of […]

Farmers poised to accelerate conservation efforts, ag secretary says

By: - August 31, 2022

A matured body of research to reduce farm pollution and soil erosion — combined with state and federal funding and guidance to implement those practices — will lead to enhanced conservation in the coming years, according to Mike Naig, the state secretary of agriculture. “We really turned the page,” Naig told a gathering at the […]

Vilsack: America’s voluntary approach to agriculture is better than Europe’s mandates

By: - August 30, 2022

BOONE, Iowa — The more than $1 billion the federal government is devoting to voluntary efforts to reduce agriculture’s adverse effects on the environment is a better long-term strategy than mandating new rules for farmers, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. While state and federal officials in the United States have tended to […]

Crop conditions slightly improve with continued rains

By: - August 29, 2022

A week of rainfall for Iowa that averaged close to what is typically expected this time of year held crop conditions steady, with a slight increase in quality of the soybean crop, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A Monday report by the USDA said that 66% of the state’s corn is rated good […]

State fines Mason City schools for river pollution

By: - August 26, 2022

A company hired to construct the Mason City school district’s new indoor pool and fieldhouse pumped sediment-laden water into the nearby Winnebago River late last year, a violation of state water quality rules, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR recently fined the school district $8,000 for the violation. It happened Nov. […]

Water quality improves at formerly bacteria-laden Spirit Lake beach

By: - August 26, 2022

State officials have lifted a warning against swimming at a northwest Iowa beach now that large concentrations of toxins and bacteria in its water have waned. Tests last week by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources showed unhealthy amounts of blue-green algae toxins at Crandall’s Beach at Spirit Lake, along with the highest concentration of […]

Police sergeant accused of coerced ‘sexual relations’ while on duty

By: - August 25, 2022

A sergeant of the Denison Police Department recently resigned amid allegations that he had sexual relations with two women while on duty, according to documents filed with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. One of the encounters was consensual, and one was “by coercion,” the Denison police chief reported to the academy. Former Sgt. Daniel McGinnis […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations rise despite declining cases

By: - August 24, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate declined for the fourth straight week, according to newly released public health data, but hospitalizations increased. Those who are infected by the coronavirus and receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals totaled 264 on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported. Of those, 30 were under intensive care. […]