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  • FSA offices getting calls about farm program sign up, nothing scheduled
    The spring planting season is underway  and local U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are getting calls from farmers, asking if they need to sign up for the farm program before heading to the fields. The FSA County Executive Director for Dickinson and Emmet Counties, Larry Lago, says he thinks he knows why he’s getting […]

  • New whistleblower protections for state workers under discussion in Iowa Senate
    Key Democrats in the Iowa Senate are pressing forward with a bill that would forbid confidential settlements with laid off state workers, putting Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s recent executive order in state law. The bill also seeks to expand protections for whistleblowers in state government. Bert Dalmer of the state ombudsman’s office works on whistleblower […]

  • Former Iowa Veterans Home commandant described as ‘intimidating’ and profane by former employee
    A former employee of the Iowa Veterans Home has released the recording of her interview with a state investigator reviewing allegations about the home’s commandant. “He was very intimidating and we felt very afraid to speak up and speak out and we weren’t sure who to trust and where to go,” Lisa Purvis, the home’s […]

  • Earth Day protests at Drake University, statehouse
    A Republican lawmaker from northwest Iowa marked “Earth Day” by calling for more, not less carbon emissions.  State Representative Dwayne Alons of Hull gave a speech on the floor of the Iowa House this afternoon. “Carbon dioxide has been made out to be some kind of toxic gas, but the truth is it’s the gas […]

  • Grand View enters final 6 softball games with conference lead
    Grand View has the lead in the Midwest Collegiate Conference race heading into the final weekend. The Vikings are 15-3 and have six games remaining with St. Ambrose, William Penn and Mount Mercy, the three teams immediately behind them in the standings. “It’s kind of new for us to be in this spot, leading the […]

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