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Polk County unveils a new 2050 development plan

Polk County planners will discuss on Tuesday proposed updates to its "Polk 2050" plan, guiding future development in unincorporated areas.State of play: The county has seen significant growth since adopting its current "Polk 2030" comprehensive plan in 2006, which is prompting the update. What they're saying: Bret VanderLune, planning and development manager for the county, tells Axios they want to create more focused environmental and economic development concepts.Planners have also added more details in how to better plan for the future of key corridors, like along Broadway Avenue and Northeast 14th Street, he said.Talk about it: Tuesday night's event breaking down the proposed updates runs from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Polk County's Public Works Office.What's ahead: The county's Zoning Commission will review public comments in coming weeks.The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on the plan in late June.
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What Iowans need to know ahead of primary elections

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ballots are printed and are ready for primary voters to cast their ballot on Election Day, June 7. The Polk County Election office has ballots ready to start being mailed out on Wednesday, May 18, to absentee voters. The last day to request an absentee ballot is May 23 at 5 […]
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Church outreach program takes kids fishing

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Several new anglers got their first fishing lesson. Zion Lutheran Church brought kids from their “STARS Academy” outreach program to Terra Park.  Polk County Conservation loaned the fishing poles, Scheels donated the bait, and Central Iowa Anglers volunteered to teach. “They don’t get a chance to go fishing much,” volunteer Matthew Lenaghan […]
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South Hamilton falls in shortened-opener to North Polk, 4-0

The South Hamilton Hawks baseball made the trip South on US Highway 69 on Monday evening, to face off with former Heart of Iowa Conference foe North Polk at North Polk High School in Alleman. The Comets entered 2022 after a 21-12 season in 2021, while South Hamilton entered following a 19-6 record in 2021.
ALLEMAN, IA
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Altoona home destroyed by fire Saturday

ALTOONA, Iowa — A garage fire in southeastern Polk County quickly spread to a house, destroying it Saturday afternoon. Fire crews were called to the garage fire in the 1500 block of Northeast 88th Street just before 12:30 p.m. When firefighters got there, the fire covered the house. No...
ALTOONA, IA
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Mail Carriers to Pick Up Food Donations Today

This weekend will mark the 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Iowa. Dutch Geisinger, deputy director of Polk County Emergency Management, says it’s very easy for area households to take part in the effort. One of this year’s recipients of the food in Iowa is DMARC, the...
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Watch: 3 Democratic candidates for Polk County attorney meet with Register editorial board

From May 11 to May 13, the Des Moines Register editorial board interviewed the three Democratic candidates to become Polk County attorney in 2023. The winner of a June 7 primary will face Republican Allan Richards, who is unopposed in his party's primary, in the general election. Democrats have won all contests for partisan countywide offices in this century.
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1 person killed in crash east of Ankeny Friday evening

ANKENY, Iowa — One person was killed on Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash east of Ankeny. The crash happened near the intersection of NE 78th Avenue and NE 38th Street around 4:15 p.m. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says one person was killed and others were injured, though details of the severity of their […]
ANKENY, IA