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COVID-19 variant first detected in India...

Public health officials announced Tuesday, May 4, 2021, that a new COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Iowa. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, two cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617, were confirmed in adults in Jefferson County, in southeastern Iowa. The variant is referred to as the “India variant” because it […]

Morel mushroom search tips

morel mushrooms/Cindy Hadish

Morel mushrooms, the elusive delicacies found during springtime in wooded areas, are already being discovered in Iowa, as well as neighboring Nebraska and other states. The proper amount of moisture and soil temperature allows the spongelike mushrooms to “pop,” and that combination appears to be just right as of early April in some areas. Learn […]

Youth rescued from Iowa lake

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported March 23 that a Marion teen was pulled from Lake Darling after his kayak sank. Lake Darling is located in Washington County, in southeastern Iowa. Related: Safety urged in wake of Iowa drownings The incident happened Friday, March 19, 2021. Read more from the Iowa DNR: A 17-year-old […]