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Authorities: Fisherman drowned after falling from boat

GUTTENBERG (AP) — A man fishing on the Mississippi River fell from a boat in northeast Iowa and drowned, authorities said. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said two men in a 14-foot-long boat were in a restricted area near a low-head dam at Guttenberg on Saturday afternoon when their ...

Winnebago stops production, will pay 5,000 workers for 2 weeks

FOREST CITY (AP) — Iowa-based recreational vehicle and boat manufacturer Winnebago Industries said Monday it is ceasing production to protect workers from coronavirus exposure and will adjust production as demand for the company’s products is rapidly changing. The company, which employees ...

Citing virus concerns, officials reduce prison, jail numbers

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have been taking steps to cut the number of inmates in Iowa’s prisons and jails, citing concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The disease it causes, COVID-19, has yet to be confirmed in any Iowa prison or jail, officials told The Des Moines ...

Journalist Borg, ‘Iowa Press’ host, dies at 81

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Broadcast journalist Dean Borg, who kept Iowans informed for decades as the host of the public affairs television program “Iowa Press,” has died at age 81, Iowa PBS announced Monday. Borg died Sunday afternoon due to complications caused by ...

Reynolds: Shelter orders not needed

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that more aggressive orders to halt the movement of Iowans are not needed even though the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Reynolds said the state now has 105 positive cases, an increase of 15 from ...

In Iowa: 22 new coronavirus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials have confirmed 22 new coronavirus cases in the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that the state now has 90 cases of COVID-19. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all of the state’s hair salons, barber shops, medical spas, massage ...

Iowa’s January unemployment rate holds

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate for January was 2.8%, the state reported Monday. Iowa Workforce Development said the rate was unchanged from the revised rate for December. The number of unemployed residents rose slightly in January to an estimated 49,500. The number of people ...

Suspect charged with murder in shooting

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Authorities have charged a 30-year-old suspect with first-degree murder in the shooting of a man in Marshalltown. Mustafa Muhammad also is charged with three weapons counts. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. The shooting ...

Officials release names of DM fire victims

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have released the names of a woman and her 5-year-old child who died in a Des Moines residential fire. They were identified Monday as Tharassa Page, 40, and her son, Red Eagle Thundercloud Page. Firefighters were sent around 10:45 a.m. Sunday to a duplex, where ...

Troubled Iowa center ordered to reinstate aide

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A worker at a troubled center for disabled Iowans will be reinstated with years of back pay after a board ruled that he did not intentionally kick a resident in 2017, as was alleged by its then-superintendent. The order to overturn Aaron ...

Iowa schools closing, lawmakers suspending work at Capitol

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s guidance and suspending classes for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, ...

Fatal shooting reported in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the central Iowa city of Marshalltown. Marshalltown Police said the shooting was reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers responding to the shooting found a critically injured 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The man was ...

Iowa Legislature suspends session for 30 days

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa leaders said Sunday they will halt the current legislative session for at least 30 days after learning the state now has community spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the spreading coronavirus. Colin Tadlock, the spokesman for House ...

New COVID-19 cases prompt Iowa governor to recommend school closures

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds recommended Sunday night that Iowa schools close for four weeks after learning of more cases that indicate the coronavirus is spreading through the state. Reynolds had said Saturday that she didn’t support cancelling ...

Apartment building in Urbandale engulfed by flames Sunday morning

URBANDALE (AP) — An apartment building in Urbandale caught fire and was damaged extensively Sunday morning. The building in Urbandale’s Ashford Ridge complex was engulfed in flames Sunday, said Claire Brehmer, spokeswoman for the property owner, Hubbell Realty. “The entire roof is ...

Group makes headway in Iowa on old Route 20 designation

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Visitors to the small northeastern Iowa city of Dyersville can soak up all the Americana that embodies a baseball diamond built amid cornfields for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams.” At Fort Dodge, they can experience a replica of 19th-century fort life. And in tiny ...

Reynolds announces first 3 COVID-19 cases in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Three cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Sunday. All three individuals with COVID-19 recently took a cruise in Egypt before returning home to Johnson County in Iowa. All three of the individuals are recovering at home in isolation. Iowa ...

Woman accused of helping husband flee is arrested at US border

SIDNEY (AP) — The wife of a man accused of pushing his wife’s alleged lover off the top of a grain bin in southwest Iowa has been arrested trying to return from Mexico, authorities said. Anahi Andrade, 27, was taken into custody in El Paso, Texas, and returned to the Fremont County Jail in ...

Man suspected of shooting at officers arrested in eastern Iowa

MIDDLE AMANA (AP) — A man suspected of shooting at law enforcement officers has been arrested in Iowa County. Jeremy Krapp, 31, of Davenport, faces two counts of attempted murder and other charges. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. He remained in ...

Feds to take over monitoring of Maquoketa contamination

MAQUOKETA (AP) — A federal agency intends to assume the monitoring of contamination from a carcinogenic chemical that’s spread from a factory site in the eastern Iowa city of Maquoketa. The Telegraph Herald reported that the Environmental Protection Agency is developing a plan for testing ...