Iowa State University Extension And Outreach To Host Crop Advantage Meeting
(Le Mars) — Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has been hosting a series of seminars focusing on next year’s crop production. Entitled “Crop Advantage”, the meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for the farming operation. Each location features topics selected for your fields and your growing conditions. Le Mars will be hosting the “Crop Advantage” meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th at the Le Mars Convention Center. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach crops specialist for northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong says the meeting will help farmers make decisions and prepare for the upcoming crop year.
DeJong highlights the various seminars planned for the afternoon session.
The ISU crops specialist reminds area farmers of the registration process. DeJong says the seminar will take walk-ins, however, after January 19th, the cost of the registration increases.
COVID Outbreak Making Travel Difficult
(Des Moines) — Even with the holidays well behind us, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is continuing to impact air travel, causing delays and cancellations at airports in Iowa and around the country. Kyle Potter, executive editor of Thrifty Traveler-dot-com, says recent bouts with wintery weather are only making a bad situation worse for air travelers.
Reports say around five-thousand flights were cancelled nationwide just last weekend, with Southwest Airlines alone suspending more than a thousand flights. Des Moines International Airport reports it cancelled around 30 flights during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, with more in the days that followed.
For Iowans who plan to fly sometime soon, he recommends being proactive and closely monitoring the status of your flight.
Reports say Southwest was offering double pay for staff who agreed to take extra shifts last week. Just like other industries, airlines are dealing with escalating numbers of illnesses among pilots and staff, many due to COVID.
Student Council Students Asking For Soup Donations
(Le Mars) — The freshmen students of the Le Mars Community High School student council have been collecting soup for the local food pantries. They will have a display of the collected cans at the gym lobby on Tuesday, Jan 18. They are asking the public to donate soup or money for those in need.
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COVID Cases Continue To Rise At Iowa’s Hospitals
(Des Moines) — Nearly a thousand patients in Iowa hospitals today (Friday) have tested positive for Covid. Every patient is tested for Covid and infection rates have been rising as the more contagious omicron variant sweeps through the Midwest. The latest data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows treatment for the virus is the primary reason nearly two-thirds of the Covid-positive patients were admitted to an Iowa hospital. Fifty Iowa nursing homes are reporting outbreaks among residents. The state has been tracking the number of positive Covid test results since the beginning of the pandemic and that number has been climbing. However, over-the-counter rapids tests are now available and the state’s number does not include home test results that are not reported to public health departments. A police department in Jasper County has announced its chief has died from Covid complications. Prairie City Police Michael German died Thursday. According to a Facebook post, German had been Prairie City’s police chief since 2014 and his passing is considered a death in the line of duty.