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Sen. Schoenjahn Hosting Medicaid Listening Post Next Week

Sen. Schoenjahn Hosting Medicaid Listening Post Next Week

State Senator Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington is hosting a Medicaid listening post in Oelwein next week. Corporations took over the administration of health care services to over half a million Iowans on Medicaid earlier this year. The Cedar Rapids Gazette recently reported that Iowa care providers say they are struggling to be paid for by

Linn County Commission Recommends $8.25 Minimum Wage

A study commission in Linn County is recommending county officials vote to set a county-wide minimum wage that’s a dollar-an-hour higher than the state and national rate. Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett backs that local boost, but suggests a statewide increase would be preferable. “I don’t think it’s really good for our state to have

Bear -- Photo from Iowa DNR

Black Bear Sighted in Clayton County

A black bear has been sighted in Clayton County. The DNR has a photo on its Facebook page of a large, lumbering black bear among the green leaves of a corn field. DNR spokesman Alan Foster says this is only the second bear report in Iowa this year. This is breeding season for black bears

Dairy Princesses Photo

Delaware County Dairy Royalty begin their new duties

  The 2016 Delaware County Dairy Royalty members are ready to live up to their new noble titles. Brittany Putz from Petersburg was crowned the 2016 Delaware County Dairy Princess in March. Megan Wulfekuhle is serving as Alternate Dairy Princess along with Kristi Mensen. Wulfekuhle has always been involved in the dairy atmosphere. Putz believes


Murderer of Farley Native Not Competent to Stand Trial

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ruled that a man charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman last year in Dubuque is not competent to stand trial. The Telegraph Herald reports District Court Judge Monica Ackley ruled Monday that 20-year-old Helmon Betwell of Dubuque wasn’t mentally competent to face charges in the murder


Strawberry Point Man Arrested on Drug Charges

A Strawberry Point man has been arrested on drug charges. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy spotted a motorcycle driver with a revoked license at a motorcycle rally in Elgin on Saturday. Authorities say the driver, 20-year old Quintin Recker, resisted arrest and was later found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia


Fayette County Shooting Appears to be Accidental

Authorities say the shooting that killed a boy in Fayette County on Friday appears to have been accidental. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says an autopsy shows 4-year old Jayden Choate died from a gunshot wound to his head. The shooting happened at a home at 210 Main Street in Elgin. An investigation conducted with