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Mental health care providers in flood-stricken rural areas are short-handed, but expecting more demand

Iowa does not have enough psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists or other mental health care providers to handle an increasing need to care for farmers dealing with relentless flooding this year, several mental health experts IowaWatch interviewed warned. […]

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Solon couple follows their dream of a sustainable farm life

Early morning is Bridget Fonseca’s favorite time of day — even if she and her partner Jake Kundert don’t get their coffee until after all the chores are done.

At 6:45 a.m., the usually quiet flock of Suffolk sheep bleats loudly into the cool June morning. The sheep spot Fonseca and Kundert and immediately anticipate breakfast. The lambs follow their mothers to the feeders, trying to nurse along the way.

Fonseca and Kundert’s dog, Henry, gazes at the sheep skeptically from outside the fence as if, after all his visits, he still has not decided whether or not to fear the flock — especially as the budding rams grow to reach more than 60 pounds. […]

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