Taylor County, IA

NW Iowa man arrested in Taylor County, Sunday

(Bedford, Iowa) – A man from northwest Iowa was arrested Sunday in Taylor County, following an investigation into a report a man was at the back door of a residence, covered in blood. Deputies responding to the 200 block of Orchard Street, in Bedford, spoke with subject, who was identified as 66-year-old Tony Bernal, of LeMars. Bernal told Deputies that his vehicle was stolen.

Naig lauds Southwest Iowa water quality project

(Des Moines) -- State agriculture officials have announced the next phase of funding to improve water quality in Southwest Iowa. Earlier this week, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced the next three-year phase with a grant award of over $479,000 to the Southwest Iowa Water Quality Project in Page and Taylor Counties. The program involves the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship partnering with farmers, landowners, and the Taylor and Page County Soil and Water Conservation Districts to expand and accelerate the adoption and deployment of practices to improve water quality. Speaking on KMA's "Morning Line" program Wednesday morning, Naig says Page and Taylor Counties provide a prime landscape for the project.
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Iowa Beach That Had Brain-Eating Amoeba REOPENS?

Earlier this month, there were reports that the Lake of Three Fires in Taylor County, Iowa may have had a brain-eating amoeba (otherwise known as Naegleria fowleri) that infected a Missouri resident who was visiting. It was later confirmed that the amoeba was found at the lake, and the person...

Brain-eating amoebas officially detected at an Iowa lake

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa — A brain-eating amoeba is officially detected in an Iowa lake. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources conducted testing at the Lake of Three Fires in Taylor County. A Missouri man contracted the deadly parasite while swimming earlier this month. He died about a week later.

Lake of Three Fires beach reopens Thursday

(Bedford) -- State officials plan to reopen a beach at a Taylor County lake Thursday after confirming the presence of a brain-infecting amoeba. Officials with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wednesday confirmed that Naegleria fowleri in the lake. Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals. In extremely rare cases, it can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, a brain infection that may result when water containing the amoeba rushes up the nose and reaches the brain. State officials closed the beach earlier this month after a Missouri resident who swam in the lake died due to the infection.

Iowa News Headlines Thursday, July 28th, 2022

(Des Moines, IA) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it will re-open the Lake of Three Fires today (Thursday) after a Missouri man died from a brain-eating amoeba earlier this month. The unidentified swimmer developed a brain infection caused by the amoeba. State Health officials say the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the amoeba’s presence in the lake in southwestern Iowa’s Taylor County. The amoeba is commonly found in freshwater -- but it only causes brain infections in extremely rare cases. Signs will be posted at the Lake of Three Fires warning swimmers about the presence of the amoeba.

Brain-eating amoeba confirmed at Lake of Three Fires

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Health, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri, known as the brain-eating amoeba, in Lake of Three Fires located in Taylor County. Earlier this month, the lake...