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Friday Afternoon News, March 27th


Fire Reported At Premium Feed And Grain At Brunsville

(Brunsville) — Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire reported at the Premium Feed and Grain Association at Brunsville, Friday morning. The call came in at around 9:17 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the scene, smoke could be seen coming from the five-story tall grain dryer.
Firefighters used their ladder truck to gain access to the grain dryer. It is not known as to how much grain was damaged due to the fire. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.



COVID-19 Virus Now Numbers 235 Cases – Three Deaths

(Des Moines) — The number of positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Iowa continues to climb. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) now is reporting this Friday morning an additional 56 positive cases within the state. The Iowa Department of Public Health is also reporting two additional
Iowa deaths associated with the coronavirus. The latest number is now at 235 cases testing positive in Iowa. There are now 3,740 negative tests to date.
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the two individuals passed away Thursday evening. One was an elderly adult above the age of 81 from Poweshiek County, and the other, and older adult between 61 and 80 years of age from Allamakee County. This now brings the total number of deaths in
Iowa as a result of the coronavirus to three people. Some of the counties to report the presence of COVID-19 include Dickinson with one case, Monona County with its second case, and Woodbury County with its third case.



Iowa’s Universities Offering Students Options On Grades

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s three public universities have announced grading options as the COVID-19 pandemic forces students into online education instead of classroom instruction. University of Iowa and Iowa State University undergraduate students are being allowed to take the letter grades
their instructors record or choose a pass/nonpass option. The Gazette reports that the new option could help students who, for example, don’t do as well as they believe they could have without the coronavirus-related disruptions. The University of Northern Iowa already has a credit/no credit option but has
modified and expanded its use. The pass or not-pass marks won’t factor into a student’s grade-point average.



GOP District Conventions Will Be Conducted By Telephone

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – District conventions for the Iowa Republican Party won’t be convening as usual, but voting will be conducted by mail as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The party said Friday that the State Central Committee has decided to mail paper ballots to all district delegates. A party spokesman says the paper ballots will allow the party to conduct
conventions and proceed with important party business, including electing delegates to the state and national convention. District standing committees are meeting via Zoom on Saturday to outline how the paper ballot process will work. Iowans can can go online for updates.



Suspect Captured In Illinois For The Slaying Of A Cedar Rapids Man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A suspect in the Iowa slaying of a 27-year-old man has been captured in Illinois. Authorities say Todd Jenkins was spotted at a hotel in Aurora, Illinois, and arrested Thursday as he tried to flee. He faces charges of first-degree murder and going armed with intent in Cedar
Rapids, Iowa. Court records don’t an attorney for Jenkins. A criminal complaint says he drove Oct. 30 from Davenport to Cedar Rapids and, outside his former girlfriend’s apartment, confronted Reginald Ward Jr. Ward was fatally shot later at a convenience store. Ward lived in Moline, Illinois.