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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.

COVID cases jump 30% in Iowa; hospitalizations up

By: - July 13, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate increased significantly in the past week when there were 5,187 new confirmed cases, a 30% jump from the week prior, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s weekly update on Wednesday. The increase snapped a two-month streak in which new cases hovered near the 4,000-per-week mark. It was the […]

Carbon pipeline opponents decry ‘sham’ process

By: - July 12, 2022

Those who oppose liquid carbon pipelines in Iowa confronted on Tuesday the regulatory board members charged with approving such plans, and some insinuated their votes were bought with money and political clout. Three pipelines are proposed that would lay a total of more than 1,500 miles of pipe across the state. “This process is a […]

Iowa crops improve with abundant rainfall

By: - July 11, 2022

The condition of the state’s corn and soybean crops improved as a whole in the past week, although some in northern Iowa were damaged by severe weather, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. “An early July derecho raced along a path from northwestern South Dakota through northern Iowa early last week, […]

Tama County farmer sues to stop new wind turbine projects

By: - July 11, 2022

A member of an east-central Iowa group that wants to restrict where wind turbines can be erected has sued the Tama County Board of Supervisors, alleging it violated the state’s open meetings law. The group wants a judge to temporarily halt new turbine projects, according to court records. The Tama County Against Turbines coalition formed […]

Iowa has potential first infection by brain-eating amoeba

By: - July 8, 2022

A Missouri resident who recently swam at Lake of Three Fires in southwest Iowa is infected by a brain-eating amoeba that is highly lethal, according to public health officials. The lake near Bedford — about 10 miles north of the Missouri border — is closed for swimming pending tests of the water for Naegleria fowleri, […]

Emerald ash borer found in 92nd Iowa county

By: - July 7, 2022

A foreign beetle whose larvae kill ash trees was recently discovered in Kossuth County, one of the few counties in Iowa not previously infested, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The emerald ash borer was first detected in eastern Iowa in 2010. Since then it has spread to a total of […]

Diesel hauler fills wrong tank, causes spill at state park

By: - July 7, 2022

It was a case of mistaken identity: Someone hauling diesel fuel tried to refill the wrong tank — which wasn’t empty — and leaked an estimated 600 gallons near a state park in northwest Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The April spill was near Trapper’s Bay State Park in Lake Park, […]

Farmer routinely overapplied manure to cropland for years, DNR says

By: - July 7, 2022

A northern Iowa farmer for years spread excessive amounts of pig manure on his crop fields along with additional commercial fertilizer, which increased the risk of contaminating nearby waterways with nitrate, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The department recently fined Craig Benjegerdes, of Manly, $4,500 for the overapplications from 2017 to 2021. […]

Company filled massive manure container despite signs of a leak, DNR says

By: - July 6, 2022

A northwest Iowa facility that captures biogas from cow manure began leaking when it was first filled in January, but its operators ignored indications of the leak and filled it further, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. An estimated 376,000 gallons of manure mixed with water leaked from a manure digester near Rock […]

Iowa COVID cases still flat; hospitalizations jump 17%

By: - July 6, 2022

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Iowa continues to hover near 4,000 per week but hospitalizations have fluctuated and reached a new recent high, according to state and federal data. There were 190 people infected by the virus who were receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals on Wednesday, according to U.S. Department of Health […]

Crops suffer as ‘extreme’ drought grips part of northwest Iowa

By: - July 5, 2022

Corn and soybean plants have continued to suffer in some parts of the state from lots of heat and little moisture, especially in far northwest Iowa where drought conditions have worsened, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Large areas of Plymouth and Woodbury counties are in “extreme” drought, a recent U.S. Drought Monitor […]

Third carbon pipeline would traverse several eastern Iowa counties

By: - July 5, 2022

A proposed pipeline that would transport liquid carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton would span about 90 miles in up to five eastern Iowa counties, according to a preliminary map of the project. Wolf Carbon Solutions, a Canadian company that has operated one of North America’s largest carbon pipelines, wants to […]