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Rising costs strain rural school budgets

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

On today's Newbuzz, a not-so-private meeting with the governor, prices impacting rural schools and the number of Iowa hog producers decreases as the number of hogs vastly increases.

School buses run on diesel gasoline. Cafeteria salad bars run on cubed ham. Iowans run on ranch dressing. And in all cases, costs are going up. This puts schools — particularly rural schools — in a bind.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with IPR's Kendall Crawford about her reporting on three western Iowa school districts and their trouble keeping up with rising prices.

Also this hour, The Gazette's Erin Jordan explains why a Cedar Rapids woman is on the hook to pay for a roof that she allegedly already cut a check for. Meteorologist Mike Fowle describes why summer seemed to come so fast. The Gazette's Grace King talks about a meeting Gov. Kim Reynolds had with Linn-Mar School District parents. And last, IPR Studio One's Mark Simmet with new music from Trombone Shorty and aNitty Gritty Dirt Band cover of Bob Dylan.


  • Kendall Crawford, covers western Iowa for IPR
  • Erin Jordan, investigative reporter for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids
  • Mike Fowle, meteorologist at the National Weather Service of Des Moines
  • Grace King, covers K12 education for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids
  • Mark Simmet, host of IPR's Studio One
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa