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‘We’ve got to do something’: Linn County officials, mayors call for local control over mandating face masks

The Linn County Board of Supervisors and the Board of Health approved a proclamation during a joint meeting on Wednesday that calls on Gov. Kim Reynolds to allow cities and counties “to enact localized response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” including mandating and enforcing the use of face coverings. The proclamation is backed by the mayors […]

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Linn County Board of Health calls for racism to be addressed as a public health crisis

The Linn County Board of Health is calling for immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis. The board outlined seven actions in a position statement published on Thursday, including establishing an Office of Minority Health at Linn County Public Health; urging businesses to incorporate implicit bias training and offer educational training to […]

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ATVs are now allowed on some Linn County roads

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance on Wednesday that allows the use of all-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicles on certain county roads. The ordinance had been under consideration since early March, when the board held two public hearings to get feedback from residents. More than 100 residents spoke during the first public […]

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Linn County supervisors extend telework policy for county employees, discuss employee testing and Test Iowa

As the state continues to reopen, Linn County officials are thinking about ways to protect their employees, including extending telework policies and looking into testing county employees for COVID-19. Most county buildings are closed to the general public through June 15. Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors discussed installing Plexiglas barriers and signs on […]

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Linn County unveils winning design in new logo contest

Linn County unveiled a new logo on Friday, replacing the image that’s been used as its logo, and on its seal and flag, since the 1990s. The new logo was selected from more than 30 submissions in a county-wide contest launched last October. “The multicolored logo signifies Linn County’s diversity in livelihoods including farms, businesses […]

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Suspicious text messages sent to Johnson and Linn County voters direct them to the wrong polling place (Updated)

Update: According to the Secretary of State’s office, four counties have now reported text messages to voters providing incorrect voting locations, as well as texts claiming the Democratic primary is “tomorrow,” instead of Tuesday. Kevin Hall, communications director for the Secretary of State, said the affected counties are Johnson, Linn, Black Hawk and Winneshiek. “It […]

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