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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.

Camanche in talks with 3M to fix ‘forever chemical’ contamination

By: - November 16, 2022

A major manufacturer of toxic chemicals that persist indefinitely in the environment will pay for a new drinking water source or a water treatment system for Camanche in eastern Iowa. The town of about 4,600 residents lies across the Mississippi River from a 3M Company facility near Cordova, Illinois. The facility has been producing and […]

Iowa COVID cases plateau and hospitalizations drop

By: - November 16, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate held roughly steady this past week, but hospitalizations among those infected declined about 24%, according to state and federal health data. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 1,980 infections among those who were not previously infected, a 6% increase from the week prior. The total […]

Summit Carbon has paid out $200M to landowners anticipating pipeline approval

By: - November 15, 2022

One of three companies that plans to build a carbon dioxide pipeline in Iowa has paid landowners about $200 million to build on their properties, and the company won’t get that money back if the plan fails. “We write them 100% of that contract, and that is theirs,” said Lee Blank, the chief executive of […]

State Auditor Rob Sand declares victory; more recounts are expected

By: and - November 10, 2022

State Auditor Rob Sand declared victory Thursday after recounts in two counties failed to erase his narrow lead in the 2022 midterm election, but more recounts are expected. All 99 of Iowa’s counties are now reporting results from Tuesday’s election after recounts in Warren County and Des Moines County. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office […]

Drought retreats in Iowa, except in northwest

By: - November 10, 2022

Widespread rainfall last week in the southeastern half of the state significantly reduced drought conditions, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report on Thursday. Most of that area had at least 2 inches of rain — with a maximum of 4.3 inches — and drought conditions were erased in about 16% of the state. The […]

COVID hospitalizations increase along with state’s infection rate

By: - November 9, 2022

State health officials on Wednesday reported 1,863 new COVID-19 cases for the past week among people who were not previously infected. That’s an increase of 2% from the week prior. The total number of documented infections might have been as high as 2,525, an increase of 6%, according to Iowa Department of Health and Human […]

Election recounts in two counties could affect close auditor’s race

By: and - November 9, 2022

The full election tallies of two Iowa counties are delayed by technical errors that will require recounts — with the potential to affect a very close state auditor’s race. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate called Tuesday night for the expedited recounts of votes in Des Moines County and Warren County. Warren County supervisors held […]

Republicans win all but one Iowa statewide executive office.

By: and - November 9, 2022

Republicans have won all but one of Iowa’s statewide executive offices, but the state auditor’s race remains too close to call. Here’s where the races stood early Wednesday: Attorney general Republican Brenna Bird defeated longtime incumbent Attorney General Tom Miller by a narrow margin early Wednesday. Miller, a Democrat, told reporters he called Bird to […]

Grassley wins eighth term in U.S. Senate

By: - November 8, 2022

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, won election to his eighth term in the Senate on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Mike Franken, according to the Associated Press. When the race was called, Grassley led with about 56% of the vote. It was the closest race Grassley has won since he was first elected. He has routinely […]

Harvest is nearly complete in some parts of Iowa

By: - November 7, 2022

Harvest continued at a rapid pace last week despite widespread heavy rainfall in the southeastern half of the state, and nearly all the corn and soybeans have been taken from fields in northwest Iowa, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statewide, about 89% of corn and 97% of soybeans have been harvested. That is […]

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Bird flu found in another flock of 1 million Iowa chickens

By: - November 7, 2022

A highly transmissible avian influenza was confirmed Monday in two more Iowa flocks, including one that has 1 million egg-laying chickens in Wright County, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Wild, migrating birds are the most likely carriers of the virus. “Migration is expected to continue for several more weeks, and […]

Iowa’s drought is worst in 9 years

By: - November 4, 2022

The state is drier than it’s been since March 2013, according to a recent U.S. Drought Monitor report. Drought conditions worsened despite last week’s relatively heavy rains in eastern Iowa that pushed the statewide average rainfall above what is normally expected — 0.66 of an inch versus 0.54 of an inch. It’s unclear how much […]