Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Saturday, April 21, in honor and remembrance of former First Lady Barbara Bush. The governor’s order is issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s proclamation to lower all United States flags to half-staff for the same length of time. Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
Mahaska County third graders enjoyed Ag Day at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds Friday, April 13, where they learned the importance of agriculture from local farmers, businesses, and students who all volunteered to help. Loren Bokema volunteered his time from Fremont Farms Egg Production facility helped educate the students. owa Honey Queen Joy Westercamp was on hand as well to teach the kids about bees. She drove over an hour to be with the third graders Friday. Westercamp lives outside of Farmington in Van Buren County. Karen Adams from Ag in the Classroom said the help from the community has been awesome.