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Black bears are native to Iowa, but Iowa has been without a resident bear population for more than 100 years. Since 2002, there have been 43 confirmed black bears in Iowa, and two to five per year since 2014.

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DES MOINES — Majority Republican legislators have voted to punish communities that reduce law enforcement funding, but Senate Democrats warned Tuesday that may defunding the police may well be the upshot of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ $400 million tax relief plan.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Perfect Game, the world's largest youth baseball and softball platform and scouting service, today announced it has selected Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the world's largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network, to become its official recruiting partner.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA will tip off its 25th season on Friday after an eventful offseason that was full of player movement, including Candace Parker returning home to Chicago.

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As if the COVID-19 pandemic has not been bad enough, it seems an uptick in fraud schemes is making a bad situation even worse for a lot of people…even in small town Audubon. Since the pandemic began over a year ago, Audubon State Bank has seen an increase in familiar scams, such as:

Guthrie County Hospital (GCH) officials announce that DeeAnn Wedemeyer-Oleson, PharmD, MHA, is one of four pharmacists in the country selected to receive the 2021 Master Preceptor Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP).

Guthrie County Hospital and GCH Clinics in Panora invite the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, April 26 at 1 p.m. at the site of the new clinic construction at 103 SE 13th Street, Panora. The 6,800 square foot clinic will include family medicine, walk-in clinic, radiology…

No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.

Caring for plants yields more than beautiful flowers and tasty produce. As they plan, dig, prune and harvest, gardeners are cultivating better physical and mental health. It’s good news that interest in gardening surged during the pandemic. That trend may continue to bloom and bear fruit.

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days.

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of independent experts who reviewed the World Health Organization’s response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.N. health agency should be granted “guaranteed rights of access” in countries to investigate emerging outbreaks, a contentious idea that would give it mor…

TOKYO (AP) — A full-page newspaper ad says Japanese will be "killed by politics" because the government is forcing them to endure the pandemic without vaccines. More than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled. And a swimming star has faced pressu…

Last week an anonymous person wrote that if I was so interested in the immigration issue I should open my home to refugees. I have to say that anonymous person does not know the Harris O'Brien household very well. For years our home has been open to people needing refuge from all walks of li…