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Dollar General flourishes in rural Iowa while towns fight for grocery...

In his washed-out blue jeans and plaid button-down shirt, Dave Anderson, the mayor of Manson, stood on the high school auditorium stage and gave...

COVID-19 has suspended bottle returns; grocers want to make that permanent

Iowa grocers hope a temporary reprieve from accepting empty beverage cans and bottles from customers will become permanent, the head of their association acknowledged. But...

Despite closure orders, stores from sporting goods to psychic shops are...

Despite Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order closing additional retail stores Friday, the narrow list continues to allow everyone from big-box stores to small businesses to...

‘We don’t have any choice.’ Local malls prepare to follow governor’s...

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the latest round of mandated business closures on Thursday, ordering non-essential retailers to shut their doors by 10 p.m. in...

Iowa governor closes more businesses, extends closures to April 7

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she has extended her emergency COVID-19 response order an additional week, until April 7, and added to the...

Iowans file record unemployment claims; food industry hurt most by COVID-19

A record 41,890 Iowans applied for unemployment last week, showing just how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been to Iowa’s economy and workforce. For the...

Survey: Central Iowa businesses shake up operations amid COVID-19 outbreak

An unscientific online survey by the Greater Des Moines Partnership revealed ways the more than 600  businesses have been affected the COVID-19 outbreak. In results...

Pandemic spurs U.S. Senate to pass historic aid package

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and...

U.S. Senate vows ‘big help, quick help’ with $2T coronavirus bill

  Update:  The U.S. Senate passed the $2 trillion stiumuls package late Wednesday. WASHINGTON — U.S. senators were debating legislation after reaching a bipartisan deal on...

For Iowa’s rural restaurants, COVID-19 may be their ‘demise’

In Iowa’s rural communities, restaurants serve a higher purpose than offering a plate of food or a cup of coffee. On Iowa’s main streets,...
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