Iowa News

Height of Iowa Bridge a Challenge for Drivers

A low bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is proving challenging to motorists. Drivers of tall vehicles have hit the Canadian National Railroad bridge twice this week and at least five times this year. The bridge is on the north side …

Iowa Town Gets $1M Federal Grant for Flood Protection

The city of Eddyville, Iowa, is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The funding, announced by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, comes from the Federal Emergency Management …

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Missouri to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo. Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that Earl …

Iowa Agent Gets 41 Months in Prison for Defrauding Insurance Companies

A former Des Moines, Iowa, insurance agent was sentenced to 41 months in prison for insurance fraud, the Iowa Insurance Division announced. Melissa Ilene Williams, of Dike, Iowa, also was ordered to pay restitution for fabricating and submitting life insurance …

Midwest Towns Hope Worst of Flood Is Behind Them

Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic on July 10 that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage. Water levels were dropping in several places, including Clarksville, Mo., where a furious sandbagging effort over …

Grinnell Mutual Names Menary Executive VP, Line Operations

Jeff Menary has been appointed executive vice president of line operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Line operations include direct underwriting/production, direct claims, reinsurance and crop hail. Menary has served in leadership roles at the company for more than …

Wingert Named Executive VP, Support Operations at Grinnell Mutual

Dave Wingert was appointed executive vice president of support operations at Iowa-based Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Support operations include business information services, finance, and human resources/training and development. Wingert joined Grinnell Mutual in 2011 as the chief financial officer, vice …

United Fire Group Sees Up to $23M Loss for Second Quarter Spring Storms

United Fire Group Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced that it expects its second quarter results to include pre-tax catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of approximately $20 million to $23 million from spring storms. “Over the last 10 years, …

Officials: Tornado in Western Iowa Causes Damage in Oakland

Weather officials say a strong tornado touched down last week in western Iowa’s Pottawattamie County. The National Weather Service says investigators surveying debris concluded an EF-2 tornado landed June 3 about nine miles west of Oakland. Such a classification means …

Midwest Hit by Damaging Hail Storms, Tornadoes

Baseball-sized hail pummeled homes and cars in Nebraska and Iowa on June 2 as powerful thunderstorms moved through a swath of Midwest states, also causing severe flooding and prompting reports of tornadoes. The National Weather Service said reports of extensive …