Vice President Pence says Iowans are ‘blessed’ to have Kim Reynolds as governor, praises meat processing plants during visit to Iowa

“The people of Iowa have been blessed by the leadership of Gov. Kim Reynolds,” Vice President Mike Pence said during his visit to the state on Friday. Pence was speaking to a group of religious leaders at Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale, one of two scheduled public events on Friday. “One of the things the […]

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With nearly 5,500 COVID-19 cases and 118 deaths, Gov. Reynolds is focused on ‘getting life and business back to normal’

The Iowa Department of Public Health reported on Sunday another 383 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 5,475. Eight residents of Johnson County and 25 residents of Linn County are among the newly reported cases. IDPH also reported six more deaths from the virus, bringing the […]

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Johnson County experiences state’s first reported COVID-19 case in a prison, second death of a resident

The first case of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system was reported on Friday. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC), a correctional officer at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville — or as the facility is better known, Oakdale Prison — has tested positive for the virus. The officer began experiencing […]

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Notes from the Inside: Struggles behind bars

Notes from the Inside

Notes from the Inside features original writing by inmates serving time in Iowa Prisons. Here, Oakdale Prison inmates discuss some of the daily challenges they face. One very big challenge in prison is the loneliness of being separated from my family. I feel, as an inmate, not being able to see the people I love […]

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