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Affordable Care Act – What you should know

ON MARCH 23, 2010, PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. THE NEW LAW PUTS IN PLACE COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE REFORMS THAT TOOK EFFECT JANUARY 1st OF THIS YEAR.  HANCOCK COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM (HCHS) CEO AND ADMINISTRATOR VANCE JACKSON TELLS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. ACCORDING TO JACKSON, THE

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Lt. Governor Reynolds applauds “Million Women Mentors,” encourages Iowans to become mentors

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds applauds the launch of Million Women Mentors (MWM), a ground-breaking collaborative effort designed to engage one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors. Launched on January 8, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the initiative aims to educate and empower girls and young women to actively pursue

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Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday Lottery Update

These Iowa lotteries were drawn Tuesday: 100K Cash 09-12-26-29-32 Mega Millions 08-23-33-45-52, Mega Ball: 4 Megaplier 4 Pick Three-Evening 6-7-1, Fireball: 6 Pick Three-Midday 4-2-7, Fireball: Pick Four-Evening 2-3-6-9, Fireball: 2 Pick Four-Midday 0-1-5-7, Fireball: 9 Powerball Estimated jackpot: $131 million These Minnesota lotteries were drawn Tuesday: Daily 3 5-7-2 Mega Millions Estimated jackpot: $51 million

U of Iowa lecturer accused of false theft report

A University of Iowa lecturer has been accused of falsely reporting the theft of a laptop computer that contained pornography. 55-year-old Brent Sandy is charged with theft, providing a false report and possession of a controlled substance. Police say Sandy reported his laptop was stolen on Jan. 13. University tech workers later traced the laptop

HCHS reports Influenza cases

HANCOCK COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM (HCHS) HAS REPORTED POSITIVE INFLUENZA CASES IN HANCOCK COUNTY. ACCORDING TO HCHS RN AND INFECTION CONTROL PREVENTIONIST ASHLEY STUDER, THE FLU SEASON IS OFFICIALLY HERE. ANYONE CAN GET A FLU SHOT, BUT STUDER SAYS IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR SPECIFIC GROUPS OF PEOPLE. EVEN IF YOU GET THE FLU SHOT, YOU

Iowa day care worker charged in child porn case

A 22-year-old day care worker in West Branch is accused of possessing more than 1,000 child pornography photos and videos. Brady Verlo is charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Verlo remained in Johnson County Jail on Tuesday. Online court records don’t list the name of his attorney. Police say that as

Authorities find no crime in death of Iowa toddler

Authorities in northwest Iowa say no crime was involved in the death of a 15-month-old child. Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson says investigators and doctors found no evidence of foul play. The exact cause of death has not been determined. Paramedics were called to a home in Spencer on Friday evening, and the child was

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Arctic air pushes readings to 26 below in NE Minnesota.

Another round of arctic air has arrived in Minnesota, pushing temperatures to subzero double digits. The wind is making those subzero temperatures feel like 35 to 40 degrees below in some parts of the state. The National Weather Service issued a wind chill warning for portions of west central Minnesota and a wind chill advisory

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Hundreds of Metrodome seats find new life

As work begins to demolish the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, hundreds of its blue stadium seats will be recycled by a small school district in southern Minnesota. The United South Central School District is building a new K-12 school for its 630 students. With a tight budget, there wasn’t enough money for any extras at

Downtown Le Mars building will see improvements

More than a dozen property owners in downtown Le Mars are taking part in a program to improve building exteriors. 15 property owners have submitted contracts and deposits for the exterior work, and City Administrator Scott Langel says he expects more to sign up. The project is financed through a $500,000 federal grant. The federal

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