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Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

  Iowa National Guard sending 250 troops to Washington, D.C.

Sioux City man charged in New Year’s shooting that killed 1

  Minnesota peacetime state of emergency extended; health officials report 1,504 additional COVID-19 cases

  FBI: QAnon backer from Iowa was among 1st to breach Capitol

  Iowa public safety aide says riot at Capitol ‘had to happen’

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14-year-olds among those killed in police chase car crash

  MDH releases new COVID-19 dashboard on vaccine data; 1,335 additional cases and 13 deaths reported

Authorities identify victim in Estherville house fire

  Iowa man arrested, charged with taking part in Capitol riot

  College students struggle amid pandemic

  Iowa lawmakers open session with limited virus rules

Man found not guilty by reason of insanity in son’s death

A judge ruled Monday that a northeast Iowa man who shot and killed his son was innocent by reason of insanity.

  Hy-Vee paid out over $167 million in bonuses, other benefits to employees in 2020

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Monday that it gave more than $167.2 million in bonuses and other benefits to its employees in 2020.

Police: 14-year-old stole squad car, led high-speed chase

The girl was arrested on suspicion of first-degree theft, theft of firearms, eluding and several traffic violations.

Man who drove into Iowa protesters avoids prison

A judge last month granted a deferred judgment for Michael Ray Stepanek, 45, who told police he drove his Toyota Camry through the crowd in August because the protesters needed “an attitude adjustment.”

  MDH: 48 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,387 new confirmed positive cases

  Reynolds decries riot but says many believe vote ‘not valid’

USDA issues health alert for Hy-Vee products sold in Iowa, Minn.

  MDH: 44 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,714 new confirmed positive cases

  Government officials react to Capitol lockdown

  Lawmakers discuss new Congress

MDH: 67 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,935 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 67 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,935 new confirmed positive cases.

Iowa woman who pretended to have cancer spared from prison

She pleaded guilty in November to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct.

Former city clerk given probation after stealing city funds

A former northwest Iowa city clerk has been sentenced to five years of probation after more than $70,000 in city funds was stolen.

Man charged in fatal Sioux City shooting on New Year’s

A 19-year-old man has been charged in a shooting at a New Year’s party in Sioux City that killed one woman and injured three juveniles.

  MDH: 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,612 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health says all of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses for health care workers in the first priority group have been distributed to providers statewide. This comes as officials report 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19 and 1,612 new confirmed positive cases.

Hy-Vee pledges $75,000 to assist 55 Midwest schools during pandemic

Hy-Vee, Inc. announced Monday that it is pledging $75,000 to be awarded among 55 schools across the company’s eight-state region.

  Iowa officials push schools back into classrooms

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds appears to be prepared to push schools to return students to classrooms this month.

MDH: 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,948 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,948 new confirmed positive cases.

  Large fire damages Estherville home

Authorities continue to investigate a large house fire in Estherville, Iowa over the weekend.

  COVID-19 case growth decreases in Minnesota; postivity rate increases in Iowa

The Minnesota Department of Health reports case growth is down 68% since the peak of new infections in mid-November. Meanwhile, the spread of the coronavirus may be increasing again in Iowa as the positivity rate ticked higher in recent days.

MDH: 66 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,707 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 66 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,707 new confirmed positive cases.

Woman found dead in northwest Iowa last week identified

Authorities have released some additional details about the suspicious death of a 25-year-old woman last week in a small lake community in northwestern Iowa.

  MDH: 36 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 988 new confirmed positive cases

Minnesota’s downward trend of COVID-19 cases continues Tuesday. Also, the Minnesota Department of Health is now accepting appointments for January at its community COVID-19 testing sites statewide.

  Iowa’s first hospitalized COVID-19 patient still recovering

Bennett, his wife and their daughter and more than a dozen others became infected after traveling to Egypt in February. Their cases were among the first reported in Iowa.

  State health data: Iowa October deaths 21% higher than usual

Public health officials reported no additional deaths, leaving the state’s death toll at 3,745. A lag in death reports is likely to drive the total higher by year’s end.

Fired Tyson boss says COVID office pool was a ‘morale boost’

Tyson announced the terminations of the Waterloo managers Dec. 16, weeks after the betting allegation surfaced in wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of four workers who died of COVID-19.

  MDH: 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,087 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 13 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,087 new confirmed positive cases.

Cat reunited with Iowa owner after nearly 5-year absence

A cat named Lottie has been reunited with his Des Moines owners just in time for Christmas after he went missing nearly five years ago.

MDH: 79 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1,917 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 79 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1,917 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: 75 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 1513 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 75 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 1513 new confirmed positive cases. Also, Governor Tim Walz signed an executive order this morning to reopen pools for lap swim and organized swim teams.

Homicide investigation underway in Dickinson County

A homicide investigation is underway after a woman is found dead inside a home in Dickinson County, Iowa.

  MDH: 65 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,737 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 65 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,737 new confirmed positive cases.

Border Patrol: Suspect in Iowa homicide dead in New Mexico

No identities were released and no details were provided on the Iowa homicide.

Ex-credit union manager pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Janine Keim entered her plea Wednesday in federal court in Sioux City to charges of embezzlement and making false statements, The Sioux City Journal reported.

  MDH: 83 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,775 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 83 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,775 new confirmed positive cases.

Iowa average farmland value increases 1.7% in past year

Farmland value was aided by low interest rates, strong demand for land and billions of dollars in federal payments to farmers.

  Iowa lifts some virus restrictions; state reports 14 deaths

Reynolds’ revised coronavirus pandemic emergency proclamation, which takes effect Thursday morning, follows an overall decline in the spread of the virus and hospitalizations in Iowa in the past month.

Tyson fires 7 at Iowa pork plant after COVID betting inquiry

The company said the investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder revealed troubling behavior that resulted in the firings at the plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

  MDH: 92 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,279 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 92 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,279 new confirmed positive cases.

Tyson plant in Storm Lake sued over worker’s COVID-19 death

The family of a man who died from COVID-19 while working at a Tyson pork plant in Storm Lake has filed a lawsuit accusing the company and several plant executives of gross negligence.

  Hopeful sign: Midwestern states see drop in new virus cases

But the signs of improvement are offset by the infection’s accelerating spread on both coasts.

  Iowa using $10M in virus aid to fund state police officers

The expense is listed in a state report as going toward “State Government COVID staffing” at the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

MDH: 21 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 2,340 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 21 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 2,340 new confirmed positive cases.

  Iowa to return $21 million in virus aid used for IT project

Reynolds says she has directed the Iowa Department of Management to return the money to the state’s virus relief fund by Friday.

  More US churches commit to racism-linked reparations

These efforts reflect a widespread surge of interest among many U.S. religious groups in the area of reparations, particularly among long-established Protestant churches that were active in the era of slavery.

Iowa’s 6 Republican electors formally cast vote for Trump

Iowa’s six Republican electors cast their votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday.

  MDH: 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 3,026 new confirmed positive cases

Vaccine delivery comes as Minnesota sees its lowest daily death toll due to COVID-19 in two weeks. The Minnesota Department of Health reports 18 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 3,026 new confirmed positive cases.

  Rapid antigen testing open at Hy-Vee locations across Midwest

Those who choose the testing option may schedule an appointment online and patients will receive same-day test results in as little as 1-2 hours after completing the test.

  Electoral College to meet Monday

Minnesota’s 41st Electoral College Assembly will meet as part of the formal process of selecting the next president.

  Minnesota sees second-highest daily death toll from COVID-19

Minnesota sees its second-highest COVID-19 daily death toll since the pandemic began.

  Black churches trusted messengers of COVID information in their communities, Mayo study finds

Mayo Clinic researchers work closely with Black churches on COVID-19 education and emergency preparedness.

MDH: 89 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 3,523 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 89 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 3,523 new confirmed positive cases.

  Hy-Vee to offer rapid antigen COVID-19 testing

Patients will receive same-day test results in as little as 1-2 hours after completing the test.

  MDH: 82 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 4,539 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 82 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 4,539 new confirmed positive cases.

  Iowa reporting change adds 177 to virus death toll, may rise

The change removed 433 deaths from the system but added 610, providing an initial net gain of 177 deaths and raising the state’s toll to 2,898.

  Minnesota’s COVID-19 vaccine plan expected to be announced as total cases continue to rise

Governor Tim Walz will be joined by Department of Health officials to discuss how the state plans to distribute the vaccines once they’re given the green light. Meanwhile, state health officials are reporting 22 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 3,080 new confirmed positive cases.

  MDH: 21 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 5,296 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 21 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, and 5,296 new confirmed positive cases.

  FBI asks for information on missing Iowa girl’s birthday

The FBI field office in Omaha, Nebraska, posted a plea on its Twitter page Friday asking for any information of Breasia Terrell, who has been missing since July 9.

  Iowa’s contact-tracing firm helped Trump, Reynolds campaigns

After facing a workforce shortage for months, Iowa has awarded an emergency $2.3 million contact-tracing contract to a company owned by a Republican Party insider.

  Iowa releases more data on tests as virus deaths reach high

The Iowa Department of Public Health said Friday that 84 more residents were reported dead from the virus, a one-day high for the second straight day after recording 70 deaths Thursday.

  MDH: 61 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 5,371 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 61 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 5,371 new confirmed positive cases.

  Vaccine cards to be issued to everyone getting COVID-19 vaccine, health officials say

The vaccination cards will be used as a record of who has had one and when their next dose is due.

  MDH: 92 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,166 new confirmed positive cases

Minnesota health officials are reporting 92 new deaths tied to COVID-19, just under the state's highest daily record of 101 deaths set last week. 6,166 new cases have also been identified statewide

Nurses wanted: Swamped hospitals scramble for pandemic help

The CDC director said the coming months are "going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation."

Confidence in Midwest economic future plummets in survey

A new monthly survey of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests faltering confidence in the region’s economy.

Company to build plant in Iowa to make pallets from corn

Company CEO Lane Segerstrom says construction will begin in the spring and the plant will employ up to 30 people.

  MDH: 22 additional deaths tied to COVID-19; 3,570 new confirmed positive cases

The Minnesota Department of Health reports 22 additional deaths tied to COVID-19, 3,570 new confirmed positive cases.

Former sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty in drug theft case

Agents searching Leusink’s home in April found more than 1,600 prescription medication pills and several opened evidence bags.