Iowa News

Bird Flu Has Midwest Farmers Building Fences, Hosing Down Visitors

In Iowa, one of the largest U.S. egg processors has started to buy foreign supplies for the first time. Elsewhere in the Midwest, a free-range egg producer says it may build automatic car washes to scour vehicles accessing its 60 …

High Winds, Tornadoes Damage Parts of Midwest

Several Midwest states have been hit with damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding over the past several days. Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. In Indiana, residents …

Iowa Jury Awards Injured Ex-High School Football Player $1M

A jury in Iowa has awarded a former Bedford High School football player almost $1 million in a case involving the school’s response to head injuries. The Des Moines Register reports 18-year-old Kacey Strough had a pre-existing medical condition known …

Iowa Twister Was EF1: Weather Service

National Weather Service crews were dispatched to assess the damage caused by a tornado that tore through Lake City, Iowa, uprooting trees, ripping apart the roof of a high school and leaving shreds of pink insulation strewn throughout the streets, …

Iowa, South Dakota Towns Assessing Tornado Damage

Residents of the tornado-ravaged Iowa and South Dakota towns are beginning to assess property damage after twisters hit on Sunday. In South Dakota, the Tripp-Delmont School District called off classes on May 11 because school facilities are being used for emergency …

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Adds McGuire as Midwest Sr. Field Rep

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Cos. added Michael McGuire as a senior field representative to promote targeted growth in the Midwest. Specifically, McGuire serves producers in Iowa and Nebraska. He is responsible for identifying prospects for appointments while providing information about …

Bird Flu Found in 5 more Northwest Iowa Farms

The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth …

Bird Flu ‘Catastrophe’ Growing in Midwest

Deadly bird flu swelled in the poultry industry in Minnesota and neighboring Wisconsin amid speculation that winds may be carrying virus particles into facilities housing turkeys and chickens. “This is a catastrophe for both the turkey and the egg industries,” …

$26.2M Flood Mitigation Grant Approved for Burlington, Iowa

City officials in Burlington, Iowa, announced it will be able to build flood walls and other barriers to keep the Mississippi River at bay during flood events. The city has been awarded a $26.2 million grant from the state Homeland …

Jaffray Named Chief Financial Officer at Iowa-Based United Fire Group

Insurer United Fire Group Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appointed Dawn M. Jaffray as chief financial officer, effective April 27, 2015. Jaffray brings more than 27 years of experience to UFG, including extensive operational and financial experience with global …