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Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Iowa COVID-19 cases jump 53% in two weeks

By: - September 8, 2021

Iowa’s steady surge in COVID-19 cases has hit 1,434 a day, the New York Times reported Wednesday.  That’s up 53% in two weeks, but still well below last November, when daily cases approached 5,000. The latest surge, fueled largely by the delta variant, increased Iowa’s pandemic-related hospitalizations by 14% in the same period. They stood […]

Goldman Sachs: 40% of U.S. small businesses don’t have three months of savings

By: - September 7, 2021

More than 40% of U.S. small businesses couldn’t cover three months of expenses with their current cash reserves, a Goldman Sachs survey showed.  Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Voices program said the results are a “critical warning sign” that might mean policymakers will have to consider additional aid. Small businesses have been a central part […]

Preservation group to buy 50 acres along East Okoboji Lake

By: - September 7, 2021

The last privately owned stretch of undeveloped land along East Okoboji Lake will become a wildlife sanctuary and low-impact public park after a $8.2 million fundraising effort wrapped up with a day to spare. The nonprofit Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation will retain ownership of the 50 acres just north of Elinor Bedell State Park, and […]

As Labor Day holiday begins, state posts nine beaches with warnings

By: - September 3, 2021

As the Labor Day weekend begins, the state has issued “swimming not recommended” advisories for nine beaches. High levels of fecal bacteria were found in samples taken early this week at seven state park beaches: Backbone near Dundee Keomah near Oskaloosa Lower Pine near Eldora Nine Eagles near Davis City Prairie Rose near Harlan McIntosh […]

Iowa’s daily COVID cases up nearly 1,700% since late June

By: - September 3, 2021

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa has risen 1,698% since late June, New York Times data show. On June 25, that figure stood at 66 cases a day. The state was averaging 1,187 cases a day, as of Thursday. The Times reported Iowa’s daily average for new cases rose 46% in the […]

‘Tremendous shortage’ of ammunition challenges hunters as fall seasons approach

By: - September 2, 2021

A shortage of ammunition is likely to drive up prices for hunters and sport shooters through at least part of next year, industry observers say.  National reports have indicated that prices are up 30% for some types of ammo. Some prices have quadrupled from pre-pandemic levels, Forbes reported.  As Iowa’s fall hunting seasons approach, many […]

FAA: Iowa laser pointers targeted aircraft in flight 271 times

By: - September 1, 2021

People in Iowa pointed lasers at aircraft in flight 271 times from 2010-20, breaking federal law, records show.  Only 12 states had a lower number.  That placed Iowans among the least-guilty of an offense that can mean a $11,000 fine per incident, and a $30,800 civil fine if you make a habit out of risking […]

Iowa is one of the nation's top producers of wind energy. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Axne: Iowa’s work on carbon, renewable energy points to next farm bill

By: - September 1, 2021

Iowa will be at the center of efforts to use plantings to sweep carbon from the air and to build on renewable energy as the next farm bill approaches in 2023, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Wednesday.  Major pandemic-relief funds from the federal government also make this a good time to act on climate change […]

DNR: Pheasant season could be second-best in 12 years

By: - August 31, 2021

Iowa pheasant hunters could reasonably expect one of the best seasons in the past dozen years, based on an annual population survey.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources found enough birds on its annual August roadside survey to project a kill of 250,000 to 350,000 roosters, or male pheasants, this season. That would be the […]

Environmental group distills Iowa ag runoff pollution into clickable map

By: - August 31, 2021

A national environmental group has developed a clickable map that describes some of Iowa’s most pressing pollution problems in fine detail.  The Environmental Working Group’s “water atlas” shows what Iowans have long known in a broad sense — the state is awash in manure and commercial fertilizers. That fact affects every Iowan. Residents pay more […]

Iowa schools, event organizers face tough decisions as COVID-19 spikes again

By: - August 24, 2021

Signs that the delta variant of COVID-19 will disrupt classes and events in coming months continued to mount Tuesday.  The Western Iowa Labor Federation canceled all of its Labor Day picnics in Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge and Sioux City due to the rising number of cases in the state.  “Confirmed case rates in Woodbury and […]

State board members back housing tax credits, eye projects in school buildings

By: - August 23, 2021

Iowa communities could expand workforce housing by relaxing zoning regulations and by remodeling schools and other idled buildings, economic development officials said. The Iowa Economic Development Authority board started work Friday on rules to implement the housing tax credit portion of Senate File 619. The rules set up a competitive process and the types of […]