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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.

Bird flu found in fourth Buena Vista facility

By: - March 30, 2022

A deadly and highly contagious avian influenza was found in a commercial flock of about 35,500 turkeys in Buena Vista County, the fourth such detection in that county, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Wednesday. The rate of detection of the virus in Iowa has accelerated. So far there have been 10 […]

Republican lawmakers rip eminent domain proposal

By: - March 30, 2022

New legislation that attempts to delay the threat of eminent domain for 10 months for landowners unwilling to allow liquid carbon pipelines on their properties does little to help their overall struggle, two Republican state lawmakers said. They said the political clout and wealth of at least one of the pipelines’ backers — Bruce Rastetter, […]

Ag secretary: Deadly bird flu ‘could get worse’ in Iowa

By: - March 29, 2022

State officials have confirmed two more instances of a deadly and highly contagious avian influenza in commercial poultry facilities in Iowa — one of them a 1.5 million flock of egg-laying chickens in Guthrie County — according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. “You can see a scenario where this could get […]

Le Mars company fined for two fish kills in 4 years

By: - March 29, 2022

A Le Mars company leaked ammonia-laden water into a nearby creek twice in less than four years — which led to small fish kills each time — and has been fined a total of $17,000, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports. Nor-Am Cold Storage provides refrigerated warehouse storage and other related services. Both […]

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Iowa birds account for 43% of avian flu victims

By: - March 28, 2022

The number of commercial and backyard detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Iowa this year is less than a 10th of the nation’s total, yet the state accounts for about 43% of the total birds affected, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. That’s because Iowa’s infected flocks have been much larger than those […]

Central City stops using PFAS-contaminated well

By: - March 28, 2022

A small eastern Iowa town will use one of its two water wells only in emergency cases — to extinguish a fire or if the other well fails — because it is contaminated by toxic chemicals in concentrations that approach current federal health guidelines, according to the city’s public works director. Sampling in February by […]

City of Bloomfield fined by DNR for illegal burn pile

By: - March 25, 2022

The city of Bloomfield illegally burned tree debris too close to nearby houses — spurring complaints from the neighbors — despite several warnings that it wasn’t allowed, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The city established a new site early last year to deposit the debris near Lake Fisher, just west of the […]

Bird flu strikes third Buena Vista County facility

By: - March 24, 2022

A commercial flock of about 54,000 turkeys in Buena Vista County is the sixth location in Iowa to be stricken by a deadly and highly contagious avian influenza since the beginning of this month, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Buena Vista now accounts for half of the virus detections and […]

State cancels bird exhibitions because of avian flu

By: - March 23, 2022

Iowa agriculture officials on Wednesday barred people from gathering with live birds from different locations for at least a month to help prevent the spread of highly contagious and deadly avian influenza. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s cancellation of poultry events has the potential to affect county and state fair exhibitions, depending […]

CDC downgrades Iowa to ‘low’ COVID transmission

By: - March 23, 2022

Community spread of the coronavirus is now low in Iowa, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rating system that is meant to guide the safety precautions residents take in public. State health officials reported on Wednesday just 720 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in the past week for the entire state, or […]

DNR: 2 million gallons of diluted wastewater went into Des Moines River

By: - March 23, 2022

A wastewater pipe break near Birdland Park in Des Moines caused about 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater — diluted by stormwater that is transported by the same system — to leak into the Des Moines River on Tuesday, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The break was first noted in the underground, […]

Farmers seek relief from soaring fuel prices, supply shortages

By: - March 22, 2022

The federal government should do more to quell the uncertainties for farmers struggling with high fertilizer and fuel costs and the limited availability of supplies to fix their equipment and protect their crops from pests, weeds and disease, a small group of Iowa farmers said Tuesday during a Republican forum on agriculture. Farmers are particularly […]