Get your flu shot in October

The United States experiences epidemics of influenza each year, most common during the fall and winter months.  Seasonal influenza is a serious respiratory illness that’s associated with approximately 36,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year. According to Hancock County Health System, everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine by the end […]

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Branstad Adds Worth, Cerro Gordo and Hancock to Disaster List

Governor Terry Branstad has declared four more counties disaster areas due to flooding and Branstad says it’s “likely” damage to public facilities will reach levels that qualify for federal disaster assistance. There are no state highways underwater, but local roads are. Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Mitchell and Worth Counties are now part of the 17-county zone Branstad has declared […]


FEMA Urging North Iowans to Prepare for Another Round of Rains and Flooding

 With active flooding underway in parts of Iowa and the threat of more to come, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging Iowans to be ready to take life-saving actions on short notice. “Additional rainfall, even in smaller amounts, when combined with an already saturated ground, could quickly lead to hazardous conditions,” said FEMA […]

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Ernst Questions USDA Secretary Vilsack on Harmful Impact of Ag Regulations on Iowans

At the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing on “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy,” Senator Ernst pressed Secretary Tom Vilsack on the harmful effects farmers, ranchers, land owners, and consumers face in Iowa from costly and burdensomefederal regulations on the agriculture industry. In particular Ernst […]