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Voters in Storm Lake and Sergeant Bluff-Luton will vote tomorrow on school bond issues.  School officials say growing enrollment means the districts will run out of space.  The bond issues require a 60 percent "supermajority" to win approval. In Sergeant Bluff, the $33 million bond issue is smaller than three previous referendums and those failed overwhelmingly. The proposal calls for $26.6 million for a new lower elementary school and around $4.7 million for a new athletic complex. About $1.6 million, would go for site improvements.

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Iowa's unemployment rate climbed slightly in July to 2.5% but remains among the lowest in the nation.

Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the unemployment rate rose from 2.4% in June. The rate had been stuck at that level since July 2018.

Although the unemployment rate increased, the number of residents with jobs also rose by about 4,000 compared to June. The number of unemployed residents increased by about 1,400.

Iowa's unemployment rate was third-lowest in the nation, behind Vermont and North Dakota and tied with New Hampshire.

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USDA forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. But, that’s not necessarily good for farmers.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over. Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.

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USDA forecasters say Iowa may have cooler-than-normal temperatures and much less rainfall throughout June. But, that’s not necessarily good for farmers.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says the rainy spell we’ve been enduring for months is over. Todey says much of the month ahead will be cooler than usual and may not bring Iowa’s acres of corn and soybeans the warmth they need to mature.