Washington Post, Griff Witte, Tony Room, 10/19/2020

“With cases surging to new highs and hospital capacity running low. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum teared up describing a state ‘caught in the middle of a covid storm….’

“…But the one thing North Dakota did not need were legal limits on reckless behavior.

“‘It’s not a job for government,’ Burgum declared….”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/as-coronavirus-cases-rise-red-state-governors-resist-measures-to-slow-the-spread-preach-personal-responsibility/2020/10/18/bb95176e-0fc3-11eb-b1e8-16b59b92b36d_story.html

Des Moines Register, Justin Jordan – Iowa View Contributor, 8/11/2020

“I descend from a long line of Iowa farmers. Following in their footsteps, I started my own farm right out of high school. Like many Midwestern commodity farmers, I also have an off-farm job and have been slowly building my farm since I purchased a piece of land in 2000.

“Initially, I farmed the way the previous generations had taught me. Then I realized a need to improve on these farming practices. Year after year, devastating rain events were washing away soil and vital nutrients off my farm….”

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/iowa-view/2020/08/11/kamala-harris-joining-biden-ticket-win-rural-iowa-and-farmers/3335570001/

Washington Post, Tim Craig, Aaron Williams, 7/11/2020

“Fort Dodge, IA — Jayden Johnson was 8 years old the first time someone hurled a racial slur at her… She was about 15 years old when a Family Dollar clerk wrongly assumed her black father was on welfare….

“Those memories were swirling… when she pulled out her phone opened Snapchat.
“‘Everybody meet at the square at 8 p.m.’, wrote Johnson, 19. ‘Be there or be square.’…

“… Johnson was astonished by the turnout. Instead of the 15 people she expected, about 100 teenagers and young adults — African American, Latino, white and mixed race gathered to march…”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/07/11/midwest-changing-demographics-black-lives-matter-protests/

"Harvesting Humanity" by Robert Morre (photo courtesy of KCCI)

KCRG.com, Channel 9 ABC, Robert Moore – Artist

“DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) – Over the last few weeks, protests over the death of George Floyd have come in many different forms.

“But one Iowa artist used his skills and Iowa’s rural landscape to produce a different kind of demonstration. Among the cornfields, people could see Malcom X, Rosa Parks and George Floyd 80 feet tall.

“Iowa artist Robert Moore’s project entitled “Harvesting Humanity” offers a more silent and subtle take on protesting. Moore said his aim is to highlight the gap in diversity, landscape and community he’s experienced in the heartland. …”

Read more: https://www.kcci.com/article/protesting-through-projections-iowa-artist-uses-silos-during-blm-movement/32793281 or https://www.kcrg.com/2020/06/08/iowa-artist-uses-rural-landscape-to-produce-demonstration/

Washington Post – Outlook, Fintan O’Toole, 5/17/2020

During a meeting with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (r), President Trump paused…. ‘The media likes to point out’ that the United States has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, he observed. ‘But we do, by farm the most testing. If we did very little testing, we wouldn’t have so many cases… all this testing’ …makes us look bad….

“…And if the United States did “very little” testing, that would not change the number of people infected…”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/covid-testing-is-about-saving-lives-trump-thinks-its-just-about-numbers/2020/05/14/72fa765e-953c-11ea-9f5e-56d8239bf9ad_story.html

An empty street in Perry, Iowa, home of a Tyson pork processing plant. Photograph: Jack Kurtz/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

The Guardian, Art Cullen, Editor of the Storm Lake Times, Storm Lake, IA – Opinion, 5/11/2020

“The genius may think we are suckers, but in Iowa we don’t ruin good corn liquor with Chlorox….
“Drake Custer is a union man who, along with about 30 of his buddies, had an old English “K’ tattooed on their chests about 15 years ago. The K stands for ‘Keokuck,’ a deflated Mississippi River manufacturing town of 10,000 tucked into the SE corner of Iowa that Washington and Des Moines forgot…

“About 10 of those 30 branded Keokuck men voted for Trump. This year Custer figures maybe five will…”
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2020/may/11/midwesterners-were-already-doubting-trump-covid-could-seal-his-political-fate

Fern’s Ag-Insider, Chuck Abbott, 5/3/2020

“As many as 18% of workers in meat and poultry plants are infected with the coronavirus in Iowa and South Dakota, while Pennsylvania and Nebraska account for one-quarter of COVID-19 cases nationwide, said CDC scientists and state health officials….

“…The Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, SD, has been tied to 853 infections among 3,100 workers, said the Argus Leader newspaper…”

Read more: https://thefern.org/ag_insider/as-meat-plants-reopen-iowa-south-dakota-pennsylvania-and-nebraska-are-coronavirus-leaders/

Wisconsin State Farmer, Colleen Kottke, 1/31/2020

“The number of family farms filing for bankruptcy last year jumped nearly 20% from the previous year….

“Following Wisconsin, Georgia had 41 Chapter 12 filings in 2019, which was up 15 filings from 2018. Chapter 12 filings were at, tied with or above decade-high levels in 10 states: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wisconsin….

Read more: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/2020/01/31/wisconsin-continues-lead-u-s-farm-bankruptcies/4625866002/