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HIV Diagnoses in Iowa Fall to Lowest Level in 11 Years

Racial disparities decrease A new report by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) finds new diagnoses of HIV among Iowans decreased by 19 percent from 2013 to 2014. According to the 2014 End-of-Year HIV Disease Surveillance Report, 99 Iowans were diagnosed with HIV last year; the fewest diagnoses since 88 were recorded in 2003.…

Iowa State Fair Entries Available Online Beginning May 1st

DES MOINES, IA (04/29/2015)(readMedia)– Premium books and entry forms for competitive events at the 2015 Iowa State Fair will be available at iowastatefair.org beginning Friday, May 1. The Iowa State Fair “Fair Tour” will run August 13-23. Premium books and entry forms can be accessed at www.iowastatefair.org/competition/categories. Entrants in competitive events may enter online or…

Iowa DARE Day Honors Students Making Health Choices

DES MOINES – Governor Terry E. Branstad proclaimed today Iowa DARE Day, and more than 100 middle school students, educators, law enforcement instructors and other officials marked the occasion by attending a ceremony at the Wallace State Office Building near the Iowa Capitol.   “Drug use, bullying and other harmful behaviors can pose serious risks,…

Ottumwa Receives $10,000 Planning Grant From Iowa College Aid

Grant funds local efforts in Iowa communities to increase college attainment. Des Moines, IA, April 14, 2015 – The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) today announced that United Way of Wapello County was awarded a $10,000 Planning Grant to support efforts to increase the college attainment rate in Ottumwa as part of…

State Treasury Invests in Iowa’s Economy

DES MOINES, IA (04/15/2015)(readMedia)– State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced that, as a result of Tuesday’s online auction, $61.6 million will be deposited in thirty-two banks across the state. The state will receive an average rate of return of 0.2% on these six-month certificates of deposit. “We use an auction format offering state deposits to…

Public Health Leaders Honored at Governor’s Conference

IDPH recognizes three for nutrition/physical activity actions   The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing leaders in Iowa nutrition and physical activity at the 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health, being held today and tomorrow in Cedar Rapids. The IDPH Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion will recognize Judy Gale of MATURA…

City of Ottumwa Board and Commission Openings

March 5, 2015 – Ottumwa, Iowa – The City of Ottumwa has a number of advisory boards and commissions that perform advisory and regulatory functions. Citizens that are interested in serving on a board or commission are encouraged to apply. The following is a list of committees with present openings: Historic Preservation Commission – one…

Electric Utilities Fund Specialized Safety Training For First Responders

Friday, Feburary 20, 2015 – DES MOINES, IA – The electric cooperatives of Iowa have teamed up with Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy to fund specialized first responder training during the 91st Annual State Fire School session in Ames from February 27-March 1. Organized by the Fire Service Training Bureau, the State Fire School training…

American Gothic House featured in new Iowa tourism TV spots

February 20, 2015 (Eldon, Iowa) —The American Gothic House is proud to be featured in the Iowa Tourism Office’s 2015 marketing campaign. With a unique new twist on destination marketing, the latest round of television commercials leverage history and a lot of humor to showcase Iowa’s unexpected destinations. See the ads at traveliowa.com/thisisiowa.   “We are excited…

Iowans Urged to Take Five To Prevent Youth Substance Use

DES MOINES – During a ceremony at the Capitol today, Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed Thursday, March 5th, Take Five Day to prevent youth substance use in Iowa.  In signing the proclamation, the Governor urged parents and other caregivers to take a few minutes March 5th to talk with children about the dangers of drugs, and…