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Local News 2.8.2018

The flu outbreak continues to be deadly, both across the nation and right here in the Hawkeye state.  As of January 27th the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) reported 77 deaths in Iowa as a result of the flu. Nurse Judi Van Hulzen with Marion County Public Health says influenza usually lasts about seven days and includes symptoms such as fatigue, fever, congestion and cough, as well as body aches. Van Hulzen says the flu can result in pneumonia and sometimes death – She recommends people get the flu shot as well as cover their cough, wash their hands and stay home when sick. The CDC is also reporting 33 schools in Iowa that have 10% or more students absent due to the illness.

State Representative Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) announced today that he will not seek re-election to the Iowa House in 2018.  First elected in 2010, Vander Linden represents House District 79, covering portions of Mahaska and Marion counties, including Oskaloosa and Pella.  Why quit now?  After more than three decades of public service, Vander Linden felt the time was right to step aside and allow someone new to serve.  Vander Linden serves as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a role he has held for the last two years. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the House State Government Committee from 2013-2014; he’ll will serve out the remainder of his term, which ends January 1, 2019.