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INDEPENDENCE – Arlene (Jensen) McLaren will celebrate her 85th birthday on Thursday, April 9. Her family is honoring her with a card shower to mark the special occasion.

The Oelwein Middle School would like to recognize the following students as they have been recognized as Husky PRIDE Award recipients for the third quarter. The Husky PRIDE award is received by eight students each quarter for representing PRIDE in school.

Businesses, government, and community organizations are all having to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a list of what we have confirmed is open and what adjustments have been made. There likely are businesses not listed that are open. To ensure inclusion of your business or organizati…


As of Monday, a total of 424 Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19, and two more died Sunday, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis

Seared into the collective memory of mankind forever is a new set of vocabulary we’ve never really had to use before: coronavirus, social distancing, N95, quarantine, and so on.

Small business owners, sole proprietors, independent contractors and the self-employed are eligible for financial assistance through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which will extend as much as $349 billion in forgivable loans to enable some businesses to pay employees during the coronavirus crisis.

Contact tracing was widely reported to have helped South Korea flatten its curve of COVID-19 cases or drastically slow the spread. With Gov. Kim Reynolds also stating her intent to “flatten the curve,” Fayette County Gundersen Palmer Community Health Public Information Officer Jamie Hoey dis…

Gyms and fitness centers across the U.S. are closed amidst the coronavirus outbreak, but there are many exercises that can be done at home to help people who are sheltering and maintain their fitness goals. Some gyms are even offering free live-streaming classes.