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Today's News

  • Glenwood, Pacific Junction, Hamburg residents urged to conserve water

    SOUTHWEST Iowa – The major flooding events in southwestern Iowa are impacting some water plants and wells, surrounding them by floodwaters or inundating them.

  • Manure storage bin discharge near Carson due to high water

    Iowa DNR field office staff have been working with an animal feeding operation to address high levels of water in two earthen manure storage basins located about 20 miles east of Council Bluffs.

    On March 11, DNR staff observed effluent flowing over the top of one basin when visiting Russell Keast, owner of Cyclone Cattle, located at 36488 Beechnut Road, Carson. Keast confirmed he had stopped the discharge by March 12.

  • 15 additional counties added to state disaster proclamation

    Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing.
     
    The governor's proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program for qualifying residents, along with the Disaster Case Management Program, for these 15 counties: Adair, Bremer, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dallas, Dickinson, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Fremont, Guthrie, Hardin, Plymouth, and Shelby.

  • Miller sentenced to 78 months in prison for intent to distribute meth

    United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 14, 2019, John Tracy Miller, age 50, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge James E. Gritzner for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

    Miller was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised release of four years.
    In August 2018, Miller was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Fremont County Deputy for speeding and a broken headlight.

  • Gov. Reynolds signs disaster proclamation

    Gov. Reynolds issues disaster proclamation
     
    DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation today for the State of Iowa in response to flooding and severe weather beginning March 13th and continuing. Earlier today, she activated Iowa's State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response to Iowa's flooding.
     
    The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) along with several state and federal agencies, is monitoring rapidly-evolving conditions at locations throughout the state.

  • More than 40 inches of snow in February in northern Iowa

    More than 40 inches of snow fell in parts of northern Iowa in February, while temperatures fell as low as 20 degrees below zero, according to the latest Water Summary Update.

    Streamflow was returning to normal levels until the recent March rain and snowmelt. Soil moisture is high, and frost remains in the ground across the state.

  • Several wastewater discharges due to ice jams, snow melt, rainfall

    Heavy rainfall, fast snow melt, ice jams and flooding starting in northwest Iowa caused several wastewater discharges from city treatment plants.

    While fast stream currents and cold water are the biggest risk for recreation, high waters can also carry dangerous debris and bacteria. “For their own safety, we’re recommending people stay out of the water until several days after streams return to normal,” said Ted Petersen, supervisor of DNR’s Des Moines field office.

  • MCMH recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital

    Montgomery County Memorial Hospital Recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2019 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital
     

  • Iowa graduation rates edge to an all-time high

     Iowa’s high school graduation rate edged up in 2018 to an all-time high of 91.4 percent, underscoring long-term progress, according to figures released today by the Iowa Department of Education.

  • Page County man sentenced to prison for counterfeiting

    United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on March 7, 2019, Alexander Sterling Potter Milledge, age 26, was sentenced by United States Senior District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt for Counterfeiting Federal Reserve Notes. Milledge was sentenced six months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised release for two years.