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Derecho devastates Tama County Farms

Farmers across Tama County are dealing with the aftermath of last week's unprecedented derecho storm. The derecho's 106 mph winds did a number on local farms, flattening fields, destroying grain bins, ripping apart barns and buildings while damaging homes, machinery and vehicles. Nearly ...

Trump signs only a portion of Iowa’s disaster relief request

A week after an unforeseen storm devastated Iowa, President Donald Trump attended a roundtable discussion in Cedar Rapids where he questioned local officials about the magnitude of last Monday’s derecho. “Has this ever happened, a thing like this?” Trump repeatedly asked ...

Get a hot meal starting today in Tama

Rotarians from Kearney, NE are bringing two food trucks and a semi-load of food through a nonprofit program called Hot Meals USA to provide free meals to people recovering from the recent derecho and first responders in the Tama-Toledo area. They are expecting to prepare 3,000 meals beginning ...

Tama discusses derecho cleanup

1. A special meeting was held Tuesday evening for an emergency procurement to hire Rostan Solutions. They will help with debris management and will supervisor and monitor all the loads and will then assist with paperwork to submit to FEMA for reimbursement. 2. Custom Tree Care has been hired ...

State admits Iowa under-reporting daily COVID-19 infections

After months of declining to answer reporters’ questions about the accuracy of its COVID-19 data, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reportedly confirmed that it is improperly backdating thousands of positive COVID-19 test results. The backdating has resulted in a lower number of new ...

Historic King Tower won’t re-open

King Tower announced via Facebook Tuesday they will not re-open their doors. “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that we have decided that we will not reopen King Tower Café. Unfortunately after the epidemic we were hit very hard financially after having to be ...

State Auditors report reveals improper spending

Following a special investigation, a report was released by State Auditor, Rob Sand, showing improper spending by a former City of Clutier employee. The special investigation was requested by City of Clutier officials as a result of concerns regarding certain financial transactions ...

South Tama responds in disaster aid

Cleanup and food are two of the most basic needs for the Tama-Toledo community following the 2020 derecho storm. South Tama students and staff are finding ways to meet those needs. Members of the South Tama football team began cleanup efforts on Tuesday. Over 20 players and coaches helped ...

Tama power mostly restored

As of Friday at 5 p.m. Alliant Energy has a majority of the power in the Tama community restored. In Toledo roughly one-third of the community has service back. Alliant anticipates that by the end of Tuesday a majority of Tama and Toledo will be restored. The news comes after the Iowa ...

Power slowly restoring for Toledo residents, Tama next

72 hours after the derecho storm most residents from the Tama and Toledo communities are still without power. Alliant Energy spokesperson Fred Lethyam anticipates it will still be a few days before most can flip their light switches and have something actually happen. Toledo, Tama, and ...