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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.

Iowa COVID cases flatten; hospitalizations rise 11% from last week

By: - June 15, 2022

New confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to hover near the 4,000-per-week mark, and despite a slight dip this past week, hospitalizations were up 11%, according to state and federal data released on Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 3,987 new cases — or about 570 per day — for the past week. That’s […]

All ‘forever chemicals’ detected in Iowa drinking water exceed new safety advisories

By: - June 15, 2022

The treated drinking water of a northeast Iowa city had nearly 3,000 times the safe amount of a toxic, man-made chemical that persists indefinitely in the environment when it was tested in February, according to new federal advisories announced Wednesday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has been sampling water in dozens of cities in […]

Ernst proposes to boost stockpiles, production of ‘critical minerals’

By: - June 14, 2022

China’s stranglehold on the production of certain minerals that are used to make high-capacity batteries, fighter jet airframes and a host of other advanced technologies is a threat to the United States’ national security, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday. Her solution is new legislation — introduced with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and co-sponsored […]

Planting is done, except for damaged fields, USDA says

By: - June 13, 2022

Corn and soybean planting in Iowa is “virtually complete,” but some farmers were forced to consider replanting fields damaged by severe weather in parts of the state during the past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. Hail that was three inches in diameter was reported in Greene County and one-inch hail fell on […]

Manure water from one of state’s largest cattle feedlots flows into creek

By: - June 13, 2022

A worker at one of the state’s largest open cattle feedlots pumped too much manure water onto a field, which caused the water to flow into a stream that feeds the Middle Raccoon River, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Someone who saw the manure water flowing into the stream near Willey in […]

City fined for wastewater laden with harmful bacteria

By: - June 13, 2022

La Porte City has failed for years to adequately treat its wastewater to reduce bacteria and has routinely discharged it into a creek at levels that are hundreds of times higher than state limits, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR recently levied a $7,000 fine against the city for its delays […]

State approves $1.5M for a dozen trail, park projects

By: - June 9, 2022

The state’s Natural Resource Commission approved a dozen federally funded grants Thursday that total about $1.5 million for public recreational trails, conservation areas and parks. The money comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Last week, the Department of the Interior announced Iowa would get about $3.4 million this year from the fund. […]

COVID cases rise again in Iowa; hospitalizations fall

By: - June 8, 2022

New confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa jumped 11% in the past week, which snapped a two-week streak of stagnating infection rates, according to new Iowa Department of Public Health data released Wednesday. There were 4,283 new COVID-19 cases in the past week reported to the state, or about 612 per day. That’s a new high […]

Nunn projected to win GOP 3rd Congressional District nod

By: - June 7, 2022

State Sen. Zach Nunn is the Republicans’ choice to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne in the upcoming 3rd Congressional District election, according to projections from The Associated Press. Nunn had taken 67% of the primary vote with nearly three-quarters of the estimated total vote counted. Trailing him were Nicole Hasso with about 20% and […]

Clarion shop fined $10K for stockpiles of junk tires

By: - June 7, 2022

A Clarion automotive shop illegally moved hundreds of junk tires to an employee’s acreage after being told by state regulators to dispose of them, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Hanson and Sons Tire, which first registered with the state in 2009, was the subject of an anonymous complaint in 2014 that it […]

With planting ‘almost complete,’ corn now ahead of average

By: - June 6, 2022

The rush to plant after early delays this year means corn farmers have gone from at least two weeks behind schedule to three days ahead, according to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. That report estimated that 98% of Iowa’s corn crop and 94% of soybeans have been planted, which compared to […]

Midwest states vary in how they handle risk of lead in venison donated to food banks

By: and - June 6, 2022

HIAWATHA, Iowa – A walk-in freezer about two stories high sits in one corner of a warehouse owned by a food bank called Hawkeye Area Community Action Program Inc. Chris Ackman, the food bank’s communication manager, points to the shelving racks where any donated venison the organization receives is typically stored. Known as the Help […]