Area News

Zimmerman finalist for Healthiest State award

The Healthiest State Initiative has announced the finalists for the 2021 Healthiest State Annual Awards. Nominated in the individual category is Kate Zimmerman, director of Ringgold County Conservation. The city of Creston is also a finalist for the Healthy Hometown community award. In her letter nominating Zimmerman for the award, Rana Scarlett of the Southern…

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Public Health preparing for vaccine distribution

Ringgold County Public Health is now compiling contact information for individuals who may be interested in receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and fall within the state-mandated priority groups.  We are not yet aware when we will be receiving vaccine supply, but expect to know more in the next couple of weeks. The following populations are considered vulnerable…

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Police, recycling top city agenda

The future of law enforcement and city recycling  topped a long meeting of the Mount Ayr city council Monday, January 19. Law enforcement Discussion of county-wide law enforcement involved county supervisors Ron Landphair, Colby Holmes and Steve Knapp; county auditor Amanda Waske; and county attorney Clint Spurrier, along with sheriff Rob Haley who attended the…

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THE CORN PARADE: Orr Fisher’s Wacky WPA Mural

[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the January edition of The Iowa Source, Iowa’s only free monthly arts and entertainment magazine. Written by Dr. Roy  R. Behrens, emeritus professor and distinguished scholar at the University of Northern Iowa, the article is reprinted with permission of the author.] by Dr. Roy Behrens American astronaut Peggy…

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County home to 106 Century Farms

Any discussion surrounding the buying and selling of farm ground in Ringgold County should not overlook the number of farms that have been passed down, generation to generation, in one family for over 100 years. At last count, Ringgold County was home to 106 Century Farms, those that have remained in direct ownership by one…

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2020 active year for county ag land sales

The year 2020 was an active year for the buying and selling of ag land in Ringgold County. According to the most recent sales data from the Ringgold Count assessor’s office, 66 total transactions took place last year as compared to only 42 in 2019. In all, 6,989.81 acres totaling $23,637,338 changed hands last year,…

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How to track Iowa vaccine distribution

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is sharing data on statewide COVID-19 vaccine administration. These updates will be published each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reports will initially be static visualizations, including high-level information on vaccine administration totals, as well as county-level information. The current update and future dashboard will be housed on…

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County’s 7-day COVID rate among highest in the state

According to latest statistics compiled by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19 in Ringgold County is well above the state average over the past seven days. The county recorded a positivity rate of 23 percent among those tested, more than double the state average of 11.8 percent. In…

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Landphair to chair county supervisors

Ron Landphair was appointed Chairperson of the Ringgold County supervisors at their organization meeting on January 4. Colby Holmes was appointed Vice-Chairperson. A number of organizational resolutions were approved by the board. They included: • Will meet each Monday at 9 a.m. • Assigned each supervisor with representative duties with various area governmental organizations. •…

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County sites on NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

Many may not know Ringgold County is home to six listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The first to be registered was the former county jail, which until recently was occupied by the James Pederson Law Office. It was added to the list in 1979. The most recent addition was the birthplace of…

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