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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Plans Advance for Hiawatha Dog Park

White dog running through a park with a ball

Linn County and the City of Hiawatha are progressing on plans for Hiawatha’s first dog park. The proposed park will be located south of Boyson Road and just east of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Hiawatha.

On August 20, 2018, the Linn County Board of Sup...

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Posted on: August 17, 2018

Linn County Board of Supervisors Awards $140,000 in Economic Development Funding

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors last week awarded $140,000 in economic development funding to 11 Linn County organizations.Twenty-six organizations applied for funding with total requests exceeding $545,000.The Linn County Economic Development Fund w...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Linn County to Host Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors is hosting an Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Cedar Rapids for Linn County residents. The County is working with Iowa Legal Aid, the City of Cedar Rapids and othe...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Linn County Launches New Brand and Logo System

New Linn County Logo

Linn County is getting a new look! The County recently developed a new brand in an effort to create greater consistency among County departments and committees and to better serve its customers.

The new brand system includes a fresh new logo that is bold a...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Linn County Supports Local Preservation Efforts by Awarding Grants to 10 Local Non-Profits

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $28,800 from the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program to 10 non-profit organizations in Linn County. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive process.

The Linn County Historic Pr...

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Linn County Board of Supervisors
Posted on: June 4, 2018

1,000 Miles of Green Infrastructure to Be Added to Linn County Roads

Roadside Habitat

Miles and miles of secondary roadsides in Linn County will be blooming with native flowers and milkweed in the coming years. A new public-private partnership between Linn County and the Monarch Research Project (MRP) will add pollinator habitat to 1,000 m...

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Supervisor John Harris Delivers State of the County Address

2018 State of the County - John Harris

Linn County Supervisor Chair John Harris delivered the 13th annual State of the County address on May 30, 2018 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. The State of the County luncheon was open to the public and hosted by the League of Women Voter...

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Linn County Board of Supervisors
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Linn County Breaks Ground for Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

Group photo of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building Groundbreaking

More than 100 people joined Linn County officials and Harris family members on May 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building.

Upon completion, which is expected in late 2019, the Harris Building will...

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Linn County Board of Supervisors
Posted on: May 16, 2018

Linn County Board of Supervisors Adopts Inclusive Hiring Resolution

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors today adopted an inclusive hiring practices resolution for Linn County positions. The resolution demonstrates Linn County’s commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with a prior cr...

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Linn County Board of Supervisors
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Linn County Board of Supervisors and staff with awards

Linn County was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting f...

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Local High School Students Participate in Future Leaders of Linn County Event

Future Leaders Day group proclamation

On April 25, Linn County hosted 26 area high school students for Future Leaders of Linn County. This one-day event during National County Government Month engaged high school students in the government process by providing a hands-on, comprehensive learni...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2019 Budget With Decrease in Levy Rate

Levy rate comparison chart showing Iowa's 6 largest urban counties

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved Linn County's fiscal year 2019 budget on March 14, 2018, following the final public hearing for the FY19 budget, which runs July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Linn County’s total budget for FY19 is $117,980,000 and...

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Posted on: December 18, 2017

Linn County Issues FY17 Annual Report

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Linn County has released its fiscal year 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent and is part of Linn County’s ongoing commitment to keep residents informed ...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Linn County Breaks Ground for Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

Group photo of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building Groundbreaking

More than 100 people joined Linn County officials and Harris family members on May 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building.

Upon completion, which is expected in late 2019, the Harris Building will...

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Cedar Valley Nature Trail to close July 9th near East Blue Creek for bridge replacement

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The Cedar Valley Nature Trail will be closed starting July 9, 2018, just west of Center Point between North Center Point Road and Main Street/Rolling Acres Road for work associated with the bridge replacement project over East Blue Creek.  &n...

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Posted on: March 29, 2018

Get the latest from Linn County Conservation in the April 2018 edition of the Oak Hickory newsletter

Read the latest edition of the Linn County Conservation newsletter, the Oak Hickory


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Posted on: January 25, 2018

Linn County Conservation Board selects Dennis Goemaat as Executive Director

Dennis Goemaat

At their monthly meeting on Monday, January 22, the Linn County Conservation Board selected Dennis Goemaat as its new Executive Director.  Goemaat has served as Deputy Director of the department since 1992.  The Board conducted a search ...

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

Linn County Conservation Board issues FY 2017 Annual Report

Annual Report FY2017

The Linn County Conservation Board has issued its Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2017)

 View the report online at  https://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/6822

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Linn County Conservation’s Pinicon Ridge County Park awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places funding

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Linn County Conservation’s Pinicon Ridge County Park awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places funding

LINN COUNTY, IA –December 20, 2017- Linn County Conservation is pleased to announce that is has been awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Place...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

Linn County Conservation Newsletter, Oak Hickory December 2017

In The December Oak Hickory... ·

•Linn County Conservation Executive Director Dan Biechler announces retirement ·•Linn County Conservation Board expected to ask Board of Supervisors in early 2018 to issue first Linn ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Lewis Access Road Closed to Through Traffic Between Cedar River Bridge and I-380

Lewis Access Road is closed to through traffic between the Cedar River bridge and Interstate 380 for culvert and ditch work. Paving is expected to begin in approximately three weeks. This closure is expected to last approximately eight weeks, weather perm...

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Caution Urged at Rural Intersections and Railroad Crossings Due to Tall Crops

Rural intersection with corn crops

The Linn County Secondary Road Department reminds drivers to use extra caution on rural roads now that corn crops have grown to heights that can reduce visibility and obstruct views. This is especially important at intersections, drives, near act...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Linn County Secondary Road Department to use Native Grass and Wildflower Seeds to Improve Roadways

Roadside Habitat

Linn County has received native grass and native forb seed for roadway plantings that will help improve roadway safety and habitats. 

Thanks to partnerships with the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program and the Univer...

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Engineering & Secondary Road Department
Posted on: June 4, 2018

1,000 Miles of Green Infrastructure to Be Added to Linn County Roads

Roadside Habitat

Miles and miles of secondary roadsides in Linn County will be blooming with native flowers and milkweed in the coming years. A new public-private partnership between Linn County and the Monarch Research Project (MRP) will add pollinator habitat to 1,000 m...

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Engineering & Secondary Road Department

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Linn County Secondary Road Department to use Native Grass and Wildflower Seeds to Improve Roadways

Roadside Habitat

Linn County has received native grass and native forb seed for roadway plantings that will help improve roadway safety and habitats. 

Thanks to partnerships with the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program and the Univer...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

1,000 Miles of Green Infrastructure to Be Added to Linn County Roads

Roadside Habitat

Miles and miles of secondary roadsides in Linn County will be blooming with native flowers and milkweed in the coming years. A new public-private partnership between Linn County and the Monarch Research Project (MRP) will add pollinator habitat to 1,000 m...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Linn County Board of Supervisors and staff with awards

Linn County was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting f...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2019 Budget With Decrease in Levy Rate

Levy rate comparison chart showing Iowa's 6 largest urban counties

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved Linn County's fiscal year 2019 budget on March 14, 2018, following the final public hearing for the FY19 budget, which runs July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Linn County’s total budget for FY19 is $117,980,000 and...

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Posted on: December 18, 2017

Linn County Issues FY17 Annual Report

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Linn County has released its fiscal year 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent and is part of Linn County’s ongoing commitment to keep residents informed ...

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News Flash

Posted on: November 3, 2016

Risk Manager Steve Estenson Led Linn County’s Flood Efforts

Steve Estenson standing near May's Island

One of the first decisions made by the Linn County Board of Supervisors in the days before the 2016 flood was to appoint Linn County Risk Manager Steve Estenson as the Incident Commander. That’s a formal way of saying that Steve was in charge of coordinat...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Geographic Information Services Department Played a Crucial Role in the County’s Flood Efforts

Image of a GIS map of the Cedar River through Cedar Rapids

The Geographic Information Services Department (GIS) played a crucial role in Linn County’s efforts to battle the rising water from the September 2016 flood and help residents in need.

The GIS Team began by creating a predictive flood map that helped i...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Multiple County Departments Pitch in to Brace for Flood Water

County crews installing HESCO barriers at the Linn County Sheriff's Office

One day after flood waters crested in downtown Cedar Rapids, Linn County Secondary Road Superintendent Ben Merta proudly showed off some of the work his department did to prepare for the flood.

“This is called skid loader ballet,” said Merta, smiling. ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

Lessons Learned from the Flood of 2008

Photo of Linn County Public Service Center

Linn County Facilities Director Garth Fagerbakke said one of the defining moments of the 2016 flood had to do with a sanitary sewer line.

Fagerbakke said in the wake of the 2008 flood, a valve was installed at the Public Service Center (PSC) to shut of...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Treasurer’s Office Gave Flood-Affected Residents an Extension to Pay Property Taxes

DOT mobile unit at the Community Services Building

Linn County Treasurer Sharon Gonzalez leveraged an important contact to significantly help county taxpayers as the flood water started to rise.

During a September 24th meeting with former county treasurer and Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Sha...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Linn County Conservation Employees Were Right on the Mark

Heron Playground at Pinicon Ridge Park under water due to flood

My name is Aaron Batchelder and I’m the Wapsipinicon District Park Manager. On behalf of the Linn County Conservation Department, I want to share our flood story.

When people hear "Flood-Linn County", most people think about the Cedar River a...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Auditor’s Office Makes Seamless Transition

Auditor's Office employees at their temporary location during the 2016 flood

“The transition was seamless!”

That’s how Linn County Deputy Auditor Becky Shoop described the functions of the Auditor’s Office before, during and after the flood.

With only days to spare before the start of early voting on September 29, employees ...Read on...

Flood 2016: Success Stories
Posted on: November 3, 2016

Innovative Solutions to Flood Problems

Jig to remove HESCO barrier pins

Linn County Secondary Road Mechanic Dennis Kriegel knows first-hand that necessity is truly the mother of invention.

In the wake of the flood, Kriegel created a “jig” (pictured at right) that made it safer, faster and less damaging to take the HESCO b...Read on...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Linn County Supports Local Preservation Efforts by Awarding Grants to 10 Local Non-Profits

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $28,800 from the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program to 10 non-profit organizations in Linn County. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive process.

The Linn County Historic Pr...

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Property Taxes Due October 1

The semiannual installment of property and mobile home tax statements were mailed last week. The Linn County Treasurer’s Office reminds residents the deadline to pay the first half of property taxes this year is Oct. 1, 2018, due to Sept. 30 fal...

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Linn County Public Health Launches Iowa’s First Wood-Burning Appliance Change-Out Program

On September 4, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) will open enrollment for the Wood-Burning Change-Out Program – a voluntary program to improve air quality by providing vouchers to eligible homeowners to remove and replace old, non-certified wood...

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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Linn County to Host Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic

Expungement and Employment Barriers Clinic photo of people at a table

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is hosting an Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Cedar Rapids for Linn County residents. The County is working with Iowa Legal Aid, the City of Cedar Rapids and othe...

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Plans Advance for Hiawatha Dog Park

White dog running through a park with a ball

Linn County and the City of Hiawatha are progressing on plans for Hiawatha’s first dog park. The proposed park will be located south of Boyson Road and just east of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Hiawatha.

On August 20, 2018, the Linn County Board of Sup...

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Posted on: July 12, 2018

Linn County Launches New Brand and Logo System

New Linn County Logo

Linn County is getting a new look! The County recently developed a new brand in an effort to create greater consistency among County departments and committees and to better serve its customers.

The new brand system includes a fresh new logo that is bold a...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Linn County Treasurer’s Office Now Shows Wait Times Online

Treasurer's Office Lobby

The Linn County Treasurer’s Office has launched a new tool to help customers who access services from the Treasurer’s Office. Customers can now find the current average wait time in the Treasurer’s Office by visiting...

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Posted on: August 17, 2018

Linn County Board of Supervisors Awards $140,000 in Economic Development Funding

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors last week awarded $140,000 in economic development funding to 11 Linn County organizations.Twenty-six organizations applied for funding with total requests exceeding $545,000.The Linn County Economic Development Fund w...

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

High Water Markers Installed to Raise Flood Risk Awareness

High Water Marker

Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids, in cooperation with the Silver Jackets (a part of the US Army Corps of Engineers), recently completed the installation of High Water Mark signs at several locations in Cedar Rapids and unincorporated Linn County. ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Caution Urged at Rural Intersections and Railroad Crossings Due to Tall Crops

Rural intersection with corn crops

The Linn County Secondary Road Department reminds drivers to use extra caution on rural roads now that corn crops have grown to heights that can reduce visibility and obstruct views. This is especially important at intersections, drives, near act...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Linn County Secondary Road Department to use Native Grass and Wildflower Seeds to Improve Roadways

Roadside Habitat

Linn County has received native grass and native forb seed for roadway plantings that will help improve roadway safety and habitats. 

Thanks to partnerships with the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program and the Univer...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Linn County Supports Local Preservation Efforts by Awarding Grants to 10 Local Non-Profits

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $28,800 from the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program to 10 non-profit organizations in Linn County. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive process.

The Linn County Historic Pr...

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

1,000 Miles of Green Infrastructure to Be Added to Linn County Roads

Roadside Habitat

Miles and miles of secondary roadsides in Linn County will be blooming with native flowers and milkweed in the coming years. A new public-private partnership between Linn County and the Monarch Research Project (MRP) will add pollinator habitat to 1,000 m...

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Posted on: May 29, 2018

Supervisor John Harris Delivers State of the County Address

2018 State of the County - John Harris

Linn County Supervisor Chair John Harris delivered the 13th annual State of the County address on May 30, 2018 at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids. The State of the County luncheon was open to the public and hosted by the League of Women Voter...

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Posted on: May 18, 2018

Linn County Breaks Ground for Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

Group photo of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building Groundbreaking

More than 100 people joined Linn County officials and Harris family members on May 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building.

Upon completion, which is expected in late 2019, the Harris Building will...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

PAFR and CAFR Awards for FY17

Linn County was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting f...

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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Linn County Board of Supervisors Adopts Inclusive Hiring Resolution

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors today adopted an inclusive hiring practices resolution for Linn County positions. The resolution demonstrates Linn County’s commitment to equal employment opportunity for otherwise qualified individuals with ...

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Posted on: April 26, 2018

Local High School Students Participate in Future Leaders of Linn County Event

Future Leaders Day group proclamation

On April 25, Linn County hosted 26 area high school students for Future Leaders of Linn County. This one-day event during National County Government Month engaged high school students in the government process by providing a hands-on, comprehensive learni...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2019 Budget With Decrease in Levy Rate

Levy rate comparison chart showing Iowa's 6 largest urban counties

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved Linn County's fiscal year 2019 budget on March 14, 2018, following the final public hearing for the FY19 budget, which runs July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Linn County’s total budget for FY19 is $117,980,000 and...

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Posted on: April 2, 2018

Linn County Board of Health Approves the Creation of a Steering Committee to Address Opioids

Linn County, IA – The Linn County Board of Health approved the formation of a steering committee to address the public health crisis associated with opioid use disorder locally at their meeting last week. For the last two years, Linn County Public Health ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2017

Linn County Issues FY17 Annual Report

Report cover for Linn County FY17 annual report

Linn County has released its fiscal year 2017 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR). The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent and is part of Linn County’s ongoing commitment to keep residents...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

Linn County Conservation’s Pinicon Ridge County Park awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places funding

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Linn County Conservation’s Pinicon Ridge County Park awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places funding

LINN COUNTY, IA –December 20, 2017- Linn County Conservation is pleased to announce that is has been awarded $400,000 in Iowa Great Places grant funds for Pi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Bulk Solar Purchase Program Announced

Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. The sun is shining for homeowners and commercial property owners across Linn County, as the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program commences this June. The program allows individua...

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Native plantings benefit Linn County roadways

Linn County plants approximately 100-150 acres of native prairie plantings annually along public road rights-of-way through its roadside vegetation program. Many of the projects are part of and funded in part by the Iowa Living Roadways program.

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Posted on: April 9, 2018

Linn County Sheriff's Office partners for RISE program

Rise Program

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Center, worked together with long-time volunteer Maridee Duggar and other community organizations to implement the Reintegration Initiative for Safety and Empowerment (RISE) program. Initial fund...

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Native plantings benefit Linn County roadways

Flowers bloom along Linn County roadway

Linn County plants approximately 100-150 acres of native prairie plantings annually along public road rights-of-way through its roadside vegetation program. Many of the projects are part of and funded in part by the Iowa Living Roadways program and the fe...Read on...

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Posted on: June 14, 2016

Options of Linn County volunteers in the community

Options consumers clean books for Cops and kids program

Options of Linn County has expanded its day habilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. The expanded program offers community-based volunteer opportunities with more than 20 community organizations.

The volunteer work allows Option...Read on...

Linn County at Work
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Bicycle Repair Station installed at Cedar Valley Nature Trail Head on Boyson Road

Conservation staff installing bike repair station

Has this happened to you? You’re enjoying a nice, leisurely bicycle ride and the wheel is loose on the axle…or maybe your brakes need tightening...or your tire needs air...

Linn County Conservation has installed the first of three bicycle repair stat...Read on...

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Posted on: April 25, 2016

Blue Courage: for a safer, more secure community

Blue Courage workshop participants

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office in April began training employees through Blue Courage, a workshop designed to collectively build the spirit of community engagement by increasing engagement, dedication, productivity, collaboration, and community trust an...Read on...

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Posted on: April 13, 2016

Linn County Attorney's Office participates in National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Runners in 2015 Go the Distance for Crime Victims 5K

April 10-16, 2016 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The Linn County Attorney’s Office and its partners in the criminal justice community come together every year to advocate for crime victims and their loved ones through a series of events.

Open...Read on...

Go the Distance for Crime Victims 5K website... Linn County at Work
Posted on: April 1, 2016

Therapy dogs visit youth at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center

Sofie the therapy dog

It is well known and scientifically proven that an interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant physical and mental health benefits. The introduction and utilization of therapy pets often decreases feelings of isolation, encourages communicatio...Read on...

Linn County at Work

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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Thielen Appointed to NACo Steering Committee

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David Thielen, Executive Director of Linn County Community Services (LCCS), was recently appointed to the National Association of Counties Human Services and Education (HSE) Policy Steering Committee for the upcoming 2018/2019 year. The HSE Policy Steerin...

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Linn County Community Services - Core Services

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Posted on: February 13, 2015

2015 Winter Issue of Healthy Linn News is Available

The winter issue of Healthy Linn News focuses on the importance of radon, its connection to health, what you can do to prevent falling victim to the effects of radon, and the radon initiatives that are occurring at Linn County Public Health.

Healthy Linn News - Winter Issue Linn County Public Health Newsletter
Posted on: July 22, 2014

2014 Fall Issue of Healthy Linn News is Available

Welcome to the first issue of the Linn County Public Health Newsletter. This newsletter will be published quarterly, and serves as a source of information for health information in Linn County.

Healthy Linn News - Fall Edition Linn County Public Health Newsletter

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

High Water Markers Installed to Raise Flood Risk Awareness

High Water Marker

Linn County and the City of Cedar Rapids, in cooperation with the Silver Jackets (a part of the US Army Corps of Engineers), recently completed the installation of High Water Mark signs at several locations in Cedar Rapids and unincorporated Linn County. ...

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Planning & Development
Posted on: June 7, 2017

Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Bulk Solar Purchase Program Announced

Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. The sun is shining for homeowners and commercial property owners across Linn County, as the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program commences this June. The program allows individua...

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Planning & Development

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Linn County Public Health Launches Iowa’s First Wood-Burning Appliance Change-Out Program

On September 4, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) will open enrollment for the Wood-Burning Change-Out Program – a voluntary program to improve air quality by providing vouchers to eligible homeowners to remove and replace old, non-certified wood...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

Linn County Public Health Reminds Parents of Immunization Requirement

Cedar Rapids, IA - Linn County Public Health reminds Linn County parents to ensure that their child(ren) are vaccinated prior to the beginning school. All children starting kindergarten will need to have their mandatory school immunizations before the fir...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Linn County Public Health is Awarded “Local Health Department of the Year – Medium Category"

Cedar Rapids, IA – Linn County Public Health (LCPH) was honored at the 2018 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) with the “Local Health Department of the Year Award – Medi...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 27, 2018

National Association of County and City Health Officials Re-elects Pramod Dwivedi To Its Board

Cedar Rapids, IA  – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced Pramod Dwivedi DrPH (c), Health Director, Linn County Public Health has been re-elected to the NACCHO Board of Directors as a Regional R...

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Public Health
Posted on: June 4, 2018

Local Celebrity Sarah Lacina to Keynote Linn County Worksite Wellness Summit on June 21

2018 Worksite Wellness

Cedar Rapids, IA — The Linn County Worksite Wellness Committee invites you to a morning of networking and learning as they host a Worksite Wellness Summit on June 21 at Elmcrest Country Club, featuring local celebrity Sarah Lacina as th...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 23, 2018

Together! Healthy Linn Conducting New Community Health Assessment

Together! Healthy Linn Conducting New Community Health Assessment

We Want Your Opinion on the Health of Linn County – Community Members are Invited to Participate in Short Survey

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA –Together! Healthy Linn is working on com...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Linn County Breaks Ground for Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building

Group photo of Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building Groundbreaking

More than 100 people joined Linn County officials and Harris family members on May 18 at the groundbreaking ceremony for Linn County’s Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building.

Upon completion, which is expected in late 2019, the Harris Building will...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Linn County Board of Health Approves the Creation of a Steering Committee to Address Opioids

Linn County, IA – The Linn County Board of Health approved the formation of a steering committee to address the public health crisis associated with opioid use disorder locally at their meeting last week. For the last two years, Linn County Publ...

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Public Health
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Linn County Public Health Celebrates National Public Health Week

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Linn County Public Health will be celebrating National Public Health Week from April 2-8, 2018, which is an initiative of the American Public Health Association. During each day of National Public Health Week, one topic is hig...

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Public Health
Posted on: November 30, 2017

Linn County Public Health Employee Julie Stephens Receives Iowa Public Health Heroes Award

Julie Stephens 2017 Iowa Public Health Hero

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Julie Stephens, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Specialist at Linn County Public Health, was honored on November 29th by the University of Iowa College of Public Health in a ceremony recognizing he...

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Public Health
Posted on: October 16, 2017

Linn County Public Health Releases Annual Report

Cedar Rapids, IA – At a joint meeting on Friday, October 13, Linn County Board of Health Chair Mark Taylor and Linn County Board of Supervisor Vice-Chair John Harris jointly released the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) FY17 Annual Report.

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Public Health
Posted on: June 7, 2017

Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County Bulk Solar Purchase Program Announced

Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. Cedar Rapids, IA – June 5, 2017. The sun is shining for homeowners and commercial property owners across Linn County, as the Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County program commences this June. The prog...

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Public Health
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Linn County Public Health Implements New “Air Quality Alert” System

Linn County Public Health would like to announce the availability of a new notification system for air quality alerts. Linn County Residents may sign up to receive an “Air Quality Alert” notification via e-mail or text message when the air quality in Linn...Read on...

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Pool and Spa Inspections Now Available on Linn County Public Health Website

Linn County Public Health is pleased to announce the availability of all Linn County swimming pool and spa inspections online now. The online database of swimming pool and spa inspection results was launched this week and can be accessed at: https://publi...Read on...

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Posted on: February 3, 2016

Together! Healthy Linn Releases Community Health Improvement Plan

Every three years, a group of stakeholders and residents entitled Together! Healthy Linn conduct a community-wide discussion about the community’s health needs. After identifying needs in the community, the next step is to identify objectives and strategi...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Linn County Public Health Releases Annual Report

This week, the Linn County Board of Health and the Linn County Board of Supervisors released the Linn County Public Health (LCPH) FY15 Annual Report. The release was part of the joint meeting between the Linn County Board of Health and Linn County Board ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2015

Linn County Public Health Responds to Remnants of Taco Bell Meth Lab

Linn County Public Health has been notified that remnants of methamphetamine (also called meth, crystal, chalk, and ice, among other terms) were found in a fast food restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a call on Au...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: July 2, 2015

CPSC Chairman Reminds Families to Follow 10 Simple Steps to Pool Safely During Independence Day Week

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Public Health
Posted on: June 29, 2015

Linn County Public Health Reminds Residents to Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July just around the corner it is essential to remember the importance of celebrating safely – especially when fireworks are involved. Fireworks, which may seem like harmless fun, can be dangerous and even deadly. The Consumer Product S...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: June 22, 2015

NACCHO Elects Pramod Dwivedi To Its Board of Directors

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has elected Pramod Dwivedi DrPH (c), Health Director, Linn County Public Health to its 2015-2016 Board of Directors. NACCHO is governed by a 27-member board that comprises local and tri...Read on...

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Posted on: June 18, 2015

Shigella Reported in Linn County -- Public Health Encourages Those with Symptoms to Stay Home

Linn County Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating a cluster Shigellosis cases. Shigellosis is a disease caused by the bacterium, Shigella, which causes watery and sometimes bloody diarrhea. Symptoms of Shigellosis...Read on...

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Posted on: May 22, 2015

Linn County Public Health Joins World No Tobacco Day Recognition

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Linn County Public Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognizing World No Tobacco Day. As part of the event, which is held every May 31, Quitline Iowa is offering eight w...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Marking a State First in Public Health

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This column by Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director, Linn County Public Health and Member of NACCHO Board of Directors, was published in the Corridor Business Journal in their May 4-10, 2015 newspaper:

Linn County Public Health (LCPH) recently became the fi...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2015

Iowa Senate Gives Iowans More Options for Physical Activity through Community Use Legislation

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate approved legislation 48-0 that will open more schoolhouse doors for exercise and recreational activities. HF 570 removes barriers to use of school property by clarifying liability protection for schools.

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Public Health
Posted on: March 24, 2015

Linn County, Iowa Receives Grant Funding from the American Planning Association

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - The Planning Healthy Iowa Communities Coalition has received a $130,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of acc...Read on...

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Posted on: March 6, 2015

Nearly 113 Million U.S. Residents Now Reaping Benefits of National Public Health Accreditation

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Below is a news release that was issued on March 6, 2015 from the Public Health Accreditation Board:

Nearly 113 Million U.S. Residents Now Reaping Benefits of National Public Health Department Accreditation

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Posted on: March 5, 2015

Linn County Public Health First in Iowa to be Awarded National Accreditation by PHAB

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Linn County Public Health announced today that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by adva...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: December 16, 2014

Influenza Currently Circulating in Linn County

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The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) says all three viruses covered by this year’s influenza vaccine, including Influenza A (H3N2), A (H1N1), and B are currently circulating in Iowa. An additional drifted strain of Influenza A (H3N2) is also in cir...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: November 13, 2014

Linn County First Community in Iowa to Achieve All Gold Medals through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and

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The National League of Cities (NLC) has recognized Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). Linn County is the first community in Iowa to achieve a...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2014

Linn County Public Health Releases FY14 Annual Report

Linn County Public Health's (LCPH) Annual Report for FY14 was released earlier this week. Click on the link below to see what services and initiatives LCPH worked on this past year.

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Posted on: October 8, 2014

Green Bike Lane Installation on 3rd Street

Iowa’s first permanent green bike lanes will be installed in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, September 25 at approximately 9:00 a.m. The lanes will be installed on 3rd Street SE, at the intersection of 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue. Cedar Rapids was the first to de...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: October 6, 2014

Linn County Statement on Ebola

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2014

Contact: Heather MeadorPhone: 319.892.6061
Email: heather.meador@linncounty.org

Linn County Statement on Ebola

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - We understand many Iowans are concerned a case of Ebola could occur in Eas...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: July 30, 2014

Linn County Public Health Releases The Health of Linn County Report

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Today, Linn County Board of Supervisors and Board of Health release The Health of Linn County, IA: A County-wide Assessment of Health Status and Health Risks. This comprehensive report is the first of its kind for the county and unique ...Read on...

Click here to read the full report. Public Health
Posted on: July 3, 2014

Linn County Public Health urges residents to respond quickly to flooded homes

Date: July 3, 2014

Contact: Ruby Perin,
Healthy Homes Branch Supervisor, Linn County Public Health ruby.perin@linncounty.org (319) 892-6000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Linn County Public Health urges re...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: November 20, 2014

Don’t Get Sick This Thanksgiving!: Cooking & Storing Turkey and Leftovers

LINN COUNTY, IA – As Thanksgiving approaches, it is important to keep some basic food safety facts in mind. One of the most important things to remember when handling and preparing raw poultry and food is to continually wash hands, surfaces, and utensils ...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: April 30, 2014

Born from 1945 through 1965? You Should Be Tested for Hepatitis C

Do you know your Hepatitis C status? Most people with Hepatitis C don’t know they are infected. If you were born between 1945 through 1965, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you get tested. Linn County Public Health (LCP...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: April 3, 2014

Certified Food Protection Manager Courses

Linn County Public Health and other organizations are offering Certified Food Protection Manager courses. Course offerings are available in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

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Posted on: December 23, 2013

E-cigarettes deliver public health concerns

By Pramod Dwivedi

It is very encouraging to see that some of our top elected officials in the state are interested in regulating electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes.

Last month, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller declared his in...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: December 20, 2013

New Food Safety Rules Take Effect January 1, 2014

DES MOINES, IA (December 18, 2013) – Restaurants, grocery stores, and other food establishments operating in Iowa will be subject to updated food safety standards effective January 1, 2014, under rules recently adopted by the Iowa Department of Inspection...Read on...

Public Health
Posted on: November 15, 2013

Some Linn County Schools Go Idle Free

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LINN COUNTY, IA - As school starts, parents and visitors to the Mt. Vernon Community School District (MVCSD) may notice something a little different this fall. Based on the assessment recommendations from Linn County Public Health (LCPH), Mt. Vernon’s ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Linn County Treasurer’s Office Now Shows Wait Times Online

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The Linn County Treasurer’s Office has launched a new tool to help customers who access services from the Treasurer’s Office. Customers can now find the current average wait time in the Treasurer’s Office by visiting Linn County’s website. The li...

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