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Iowa among states to receive funds from USDA for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

Iowa among states to receive funds from USDA for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

WASHINGTON – The USDA announced this week that Iowa is among states to receive federal funds for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020. As previously announced, the proclamation permits bars, wineries, breweries, distilleries,…

263 additional cases and 5 deaths confirmed in Iowa due to coronavirus

263 additional cases and 5 deaths confirmed in Iowa due to coronavirus

DES MOINES – Today, the state of Iowa has been notified of 263 additional positive cases for a total of 17,213  positive cases. There have been additional 2,841 negative tests…

City of Mason City expense report for May 21, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 21, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/21/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ADAMS SHARPENING M/E REPAIRS 42.00 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 58,721.86 ARAMARK UNIFORM SERVICES UNIFORM RENTAL 862.01 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY M/E…

4 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Ferrari

4 Things You Should Know Before Buying a Ferrari

There are tons of luxury car brands on the market, but at the end of the day, there is nothing quite like a Ferrari. That’s why you won’t find one…

Iowa Attorney General announces settlement with nation’s largest subprime auto financing company

Iowa Attorney General announces settlement with nation’s largest subprime auto financing company

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and 33 other attorneys general announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers, with…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation opening movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues in Iowa

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation opening movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues in Iowa

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June…

U.S. Department of Labor adopts revised enforcement policies for coronavirus

U.S. Department of Labor adopts revised enforcement policies for coronavirus

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted revised policies for enforcing OSHA’s requirements with respect to coronavirus as economies reopen in…

Federal officials claim USDA, FDA strengthen U.S. food supply chain protections during COVID-19 pandemic

Federal officials claim USDA, FDA strengthen U.S. food supply chain protections during COVID-19 pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Federal officials claim today that USDA and FDA have strengthened the U.S. food supply chain protections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following statement is attributed to Mindy Brashears,…

USDA announces socialist program to dole out resources to those in farming business

USDA announces socialist program to dole out resources to those in farming business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to…

Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

Democrats say more widespread testing, government oversight is needed in Iowa

DES MOINES – State Senator Claire Celsi is calling on Governor Kim Reynolds to expand testing in cooperation with other entities in order to provide a larger testing footprint in…

Businesses that are allowed to re-open in Iowa on May 15, 2020

Businesses that are allowed to re-open in Iowa on May 15, 2020

DES MOINES – The following is a list of the businesses that are allowed to open and under what circumstances, on May 15, 2020: Restaurants Limits customers to 50% capacity…

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

Trump rakes in nearly $1 million from taxpayers for hotel rentals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Post reports today that taxpayers are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for hotel stays at President Donald Trump’s hotels. David Fahrenthold of the…

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader request revenue estimating conference meeting

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds, House Speaker Pat Grassley, and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced their request for the Revenue Estimating Conference to convene a meeting prior…

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

City of Mason City expense report for May 14, 2020

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/14/2020 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 505.29 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 612.00 ALL STAR PEST CONTROL REPAIRS…

Mall of America retail stores will reopen beginning on June 1

Mall of America retail stores will reopen beginning on June 1

BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA – Mall of America retail stores will reopen beginning on June 1, the mall announced this week. Instead of opening now, the additional time until June 1 will…

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

USDA invests more than $500,000 in high-speed broadband in rural Iowa

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is investing more than $500,000 to provide broadband service in unserved and underserved rural areas in Iowa. This…

Home Repairs: When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

Home Repairs: When to DIY and When to Call a Pro

The thrill of owning your first home can quickly wear off when you realize you don’t have a landlord to call upon when something inevitably breaks, but what can you…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, but more businesses will open soon

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa…

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

North Iowa Corridor awards $414,495 in first round of Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund to Cerro Gordo county businesses

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor EDC began distributing awards from the Small Business Recovery & Continuity Fund this week to 118 local businesses totaling $414,495. The fund, created…

How Small Businesses Can Better Manage Their Stock

How Small Businesses Can Better Manage Their Stock

Small businesses do not have the luxury of being able to own multiple stores or even manage their own supply chains completely. They need to use what is available to…

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

People begin moving about as states open up, leading to uptick in projected US COVID-19 deaths

SEATTLE – As some states continue to ease social distancing mandates and new data are acquired on people’s movements, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University…

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

Act by Wednesday for chance to get quicker Economic Impact Payment; timeline for payments continues to accelerate

WASHINGTON – With a variety of steps underway to speed Economic Impact Payments, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service urged people to use Get My Payment by noon…

Letter to Editor: A thank you from Alliant Energy

Letter to Editor: A thank you from Alliant Energy

Dear Editor, All around us, I see our neighbors and communities powering through this health crisis together. From our healthcare workers and store clerks to delivery drivers and farmers, Iowans…

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

USDA claims America’s meatpacking facilities practicing safe reopening to ensure a stable food supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. These meatpacking facilities have resumed or plan…

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

USDA applauds Missouri court ruling that OSHA governs safety in meat processing plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary Perdue this week applauded the decision made by the District Court of Western Missouri which ruled that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has…

How to Maximize Sales Outside of the Main Holiday Periods

How to Maximize Sales Outside of the Main Holiday Periods

It’s no surprise to learn that consumers shop more during the holiday season. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are all key holiday periods where businesses can expect to…

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits dental services to resume in compliance with guidelines adopted by the…

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production expectations

Ag Secretary Perdue issues letters to meat packers and governors on production  expectations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue last night sent letters to Governors across the nation and leadership of major meat processing companies. These two letters establish the…

Hy-Vee to limit meat purchases beginning today

Hy-Vee to limit meat purchases beginning today

WEST DES MOINES — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces that effective today it will limit meat purchases at all of its locations. Hy-Vee Statement: We continue to work with industry leaders so…

State attorneys general urge federal investigation of meatpacking practices

State attorneys general urge federal investigation of meatpacking practices

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller and a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 10 other states urge the Department of Justice to pursue a federal investigation into suspected…

Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

Iowa Auditor Rob Sands applauds decision to release meat packing plant positive covid test numbers

DES MOINES – This morning the State of Iowa confirmed the following statistics regarding COVID-19 outbreaks at several of Iowa’s meat packing facilities: -Tyson, Columbus Junction: 221 cases, 26% of…

408 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 19 additional deaths confirmed

408 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 19 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an…

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

534 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 4 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an…

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

U.S. Department of Labor announces all 50 states paying Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation’s (FPUC) weekly unemployment compensation boost is now being paid to eligible individuals in all…

Ken Sagar retiring as President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Charlie Wishman to take over

Ken Sagar retiring as President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Charlie Wishman to take over

DES MOINES – Ken Sagar is retiring as the President of Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and Charlie Wishman is taking over the job, it was announced today. Ken first…

Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

Minnesota joins Iowa in accepting SNAP benefits online

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Minnesota to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This…

Floyd County Community Foundation allocates $15,000 to Floyd county’s COVID-19 disaster response fund

Floyd County Community Foundation allocates $15,000 to Floyd county’s COVID-19 disaster response fund

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, has allocated $15,000 to the Floyd County COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund. This fund…

Alliant’s Golden Plains Wind Farm is now fully operational

Alliant’s Golden Plains Wind Farm is now fully operational

CEDAR RAPIDS – Alliant Energy and EDF Renewables announced that the 200 megawatt (MW) Golden Plains Wind Project achieved commercial operation on March 27 and is now delivering cost-effective, clean…

739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

739 additional COVID-19 cases in Iowa, 8 additional deaths confirmed

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 739 additional positive cases for a total of 7,884 positive cases. There have been an…

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