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MONTEZUMA — Authorities late Friday confirmed that the remains found in a farm field northwest of Montezuma last month were in fact a missing boy from the area.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An agency will release a second attempt at redrawing Iowa’s congressional and legislative district lines this week, and the response from Republicans could make clear whether they intend to stick with the state’s nonpartisan process or opt for a more partisan approach…

The 10,000 Deere & Co. workers who went on strike Thursday have a strong negotiating position and are likely to succeed in getting more pay and better retirement benefits in their next contract, predicted Dave Swenson, an economist at Iowa State University.

SEYMOUR — A federal judge has ordered Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich to immediately surrender all dogs in his possession that are in “acute distress” and in need of medical care.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature on Tuesday rejected the first set of redistricting maps drawn by a state agency, raising concerns that majority Republicans may opt to insert politics into the state's nonpartisan process.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday extended a restraining order for 14 days that prohibits Iowa officials from enforcing a law that bans school districts from enacting mask mandates.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is asking a federal agency overseeing the environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline to cut ties with a contractor conducting the analysis, citing a conflict of interest.

As tourists flock to Iowa’s state parks in record numbers, the park system struggles to sustain adequate funding from the state, despite being a major contributor to its economy and an escape for Iowans amidst a global pandemic, an investigation by IowaWatch has found.

Iowa State Patrol troopers, who stop more than 150,000 motorists a year, provide security at the state Capitol and staff high-profile events including RAGBRAI, don’t wear body cameras.

DES MOINES — A Polk County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jason Carter against the lead investigating agent that pursued charges against him for his mother’s murder.

Monday marks the anniversary of the United States' adoption of the American Flag, and thus is Flag Day.

It’s been more than a year since we’ve published this column, but as vaccine rates increase and COVID-19 restrictions ease, community events are picking pack up. As such, the staff at the Ottumwa Courier felt it was time for 5 Things to return. Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend.

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A missing poster for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, is taped to the window of a business in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Os…

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A missing poster for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, is taped to the window of a business in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Os…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Mitch Mortvedt, the assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, right, speaks with other members of law enforcement as the search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, continued at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon w…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Mitch Mortvedt, the assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, speaks with the press about the search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcemen…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

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Volunteers gather to search for Xavior Harrelson, a 10-year-old missing boy, at Montezuma High School in Montezuma, Iowa on Sunday, May 30, 2021. Harreslon was reported missing to law enforcement on Thursday. Sunday was the first public search party in the effort to find him. (Kyle Ocker/Osk…

OSKALOOSA — The domestic abuse case involving Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Groenendyk could be expunged from his criminal record next year if he satisfies the conditions of his probation.

A pair of Missouri companies are suing the state of Iowa, accusing legislators of acting “in the dark of night” to create a new kind of monopoly for the owners of electric power lines.

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds cautioned Iowans from jumping to conclusions on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, after the U.S. government recommended distribution of the vaccine be paused.

Iowa lawmakers may have to decide whether to proceed with plans for tax cuts before knowing for sure if the action could jeopardize federal coronavirus relief dollars, House Speaker Pat Grassley said Thursday.

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday issued the latest blow to Jason Carter’s bid to remove the civil trial verdict that found him liable for his mother Shirley Carter’s death.