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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 …

Leaders in Iowa City Consider Tougher Vehicle Impound Law

Motorists in Mason City, Iowa could soon have their vehicles impounded for any one of 10 violations, including some misdemeanors. The City Council will consider an impound ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported. Violations …

Iowa Urged to Toughen Rules on Teen Driving

A safety research organization is urging Iowa to toughen its rules for teenager driver’s licenses. The Des Moines Register reports that a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says Iowa could cut its rate of fatal teen accidents …

Iowa Man: City Should Pay for Tear Gas Damage at Rental Home

A Marshalltown, Iowa, man says the city should pay for damage to his rental property caused by a police department SWAT team during its search for a murder suspect. Ron Iole told the Marshalltown City Council that he filed a …

Iowa Lawmakers Back Measure Protecting Cities from Sledding Claims

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have approved legislation that would protect cities from liability if people are injured while sledding in public parks. The bill passed 48-0 in the Iowa Senate. It passed in the House last week. …