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Hancock County Community Health Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition

Hancock County Community Health Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition

Hancock County Health System Community Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognizing World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event, which is held every May 31, Quitline Iowa is offering eight weeks of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to eligible participants enrolling in the

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Ernst Statement on Final WOTUS Rule

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement after the White House Office of Management and Budget released the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule: “I am still reviewing the lengthy nature of this final rule, however, I remain concerned that the EPA did not seriously consider

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Hill Fined for Abandoning Winnie

A man accused of tossing a cat into the Winnebago River in Mason City has been fined $100. Sixty-nine-year-old William Hill was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to abandonment of an animal. Authorities say the cat was inside a duffel bag tossed by Hill into the river in March. A couple witnesses the incident and

Crops Report Released

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “Planting progress continues, but the wet weather has slowed it considerably from the record pace at the start of the season.  Much of


Iowa Schools in Wait and See Mode as Budget Debate Drags On

As budget talks drag on in the state Capitol, educators are growing increasingly frustrated. School funding has been a central point of conflict throughout the legislative session, with the Democratic-led Senate seeking to provide more new dollars than the Republican-controlled House for the 2015-2016 academic year. The two sides are about $50 million apart on