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How Small Town Business Owners In One Iowa Town Are Banding Together

Apr 25, 2019
Emily Carey/IowaWatch

A small group of businesses in one southern Iowa town has found a way to stay open by banding together to attract spending customers to town, rather than compete against each other.

“Why not Humeston?” Leigh Ann Coffey, owner of Sweet Southern Sass, said when asked why business owners choose to open a business in a small town.

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Many Democratic presidential candidates have offered their reaction to Thursday’s release with redactions of the Mueller report investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 election. 

Campaigning in Des Moines, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said she feels the special counsel should testify before Congress.

“The most important thing is that Bob Mueller come before Congress so that we can get to the bottom of why there’s this difference between his interpretation of the law and the Attorney General of the United States,” Klobuchar said.

Iowa Secretary of State office

Iowa voters may find a “No Activity for Four Years” notice in their mailbox from Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office.

These notices are required by federal law in order to make sure Iowa’s voter rolls are up to date.

“The no activity notices are being sent to voters who have not voted in any election and have not updated their voter registration information in the last four years,” Pate’s communication’s director Kevin Hall said.

Voters receiving the notices are asked to check the relevant box, sign and return it within one to two weeks.

National Weather Service

Another major storm is headed towards the Midwest, and may impact northwestern Iowa Wednesday afternoon and evening. Known as a “bomb cyclone,” or storm that rapidly intensifies, the system will bring rain, snow and winds to the area.

This winter storm is expected to deliver the most snow to Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota. The National Weather Service predicts the northwestern part of Iowa will stay warm enough to miss out on some of the heavier snow. However, blowing snow may still cause travel frustrations.


More flooding is forecast for Iowa and much of the U.S. as spring arrives.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its spring outlook, predicting the majority of the country is favored to experience above average precipitation this spring.

The Midwest has already experienced historic flooding this month, and NOAA predicts continued snow melt and additional rain will prolong and expand the flooding. Nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states are at an elevated risk for flooding through May.