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Polk County Promoted
Polk County Curfew

Due to the violent outbreak of civil unrest that has taken place in the past two days, Polk County is issuing a mandatory stay at home curfew effective immediately.

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6/1/2020

Election Promoted
Primary Election - Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Voters are Encouraged to Vote by Absentee Ballot.

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5/30/2020

Polk County Promoted
Updated Polk County Service Modifications And Closures (04-01-2020)

DES MOINES, Iowa – March 23 2020 — To protect the health and safety of Polk County employees and the general public the following closures and service modifications will be effective beginning 8:00 am on March 18, 2020 until further notice.

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4/10/2020

Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Biking Alaska - CANCELLED
Conservation Events
Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors - Biking Alaska - CANCELLED

Looking for an excuse to get out of the house, make some new friends, enjoy a good meal and learn about the exciting world of nature? Then join us! These programs are held the first Tuesday of each month. An optional luncheon follows the program at noon.

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6/2/2020

Jamie Fitzgerald
@Polkauditorfitz
Jamie Fitzgerald

Reminder that voters that do not feel comfortable coming inside the polling place, may be in a vulnerable category or does not feel safe around other people can use curbside voting. The number to call is on a placard in front of the temporary polling place.

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6/2/2020

Jamie Fitzgerald
@Polkauditorfitz
Jamie Fitzgerald

As of 2 PM, 5,012 Democrats have cast ballots at the polling place. 3,342 Republican voters at the polling place during same time frame. Polls open until 9 PM

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6/2/2020

Nature's Story Hour - CANCELLED
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Nature's Story Hour - CANCELLED

Pack your picnic lunch, blanket and bring our family for an hour of nature stories and activities with a naturalist. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, munch your lunch, listen to a story or two and discover new natural areas with your children.

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6/3/2020

Jamie Fitzgerald
@Polkauditorfitz
Jamie Fitzgerald

As of 1 PM today, 6,736 Polk County voters cast ballots at their temporary polling locations. Valley High School in WDM has had 734 voters, East DSM Library has had 556 voters and Northwest Community Center has had 553 voters.

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6/2/2020

Toddler Tales - CANCELLED
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Toddler Tales - CANCELLED

Let your imagination run wild with this fun, nature-themed story time! Hear a story followed by the naturalist’s choice of an activity such as an animal encounter, puppets or a craft.

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6/4/2020

COVID-19 Quick Stats
County Sheriff News
COVID-19 Quick Stats

As of 6-2-2020

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6/2/2020

Polk County Health
Polk County Health
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Polk County Health

A message from the Polk County Medical Coordination Center.🖤

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6/2/2020

Wild Night Life & Hike - CANCELLED
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Wild Night Life & Hike - CANCELLED

Sit around the campfire as we discuss the wild nightlife in Jester Park. A short hike will follow as we search for some of these nocturnal creatures.

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6/4/2020

Federal Funds Allocated to Assist Iowans Facing Housing Hardships
Community, Family & Youth Services News
Federal Funds Allocated to Assist Iowans Facing Housing Hardships

Governor Reynolds Allocates Federal Cares Acts Funds to assist Iowa Renters and Homeowners at Risk of Eviction or Foreclosure through the Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program.

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6/1/2020

Jamie Fitzgerald
@Polkauditorfitz
Jamie Fitzgerald

3,823 voters have voted at the polls for the primary election. as of 11 AM. Temporary polling places with the highest turnouts so far are Valley High School in WDM (423 voters), East Des Moines Public Library (323 voters) and Urbandale Public Library (310 voters).

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6/2/2020

Fishing Basics - CANCELLED
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Fishing Basics - CANCELLED

Learn about the different kinds of fish in Iowa, fishing safety, casting, and how to tie a hook. It is Free Fishing Weekend in Iowa so no license is needed. Bait and poles will be provided. Feel free to a chair to sit in.

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6/5/2020

Public Works News
ROAD CLOSURE - NE 72nd Street/NE Yoder Drive between NE Bluff Drive and NE 134th Avenue, and NE 126th Avenue east of NE 68th Street

Please be advised that NE 72nd Street/NE Yoder Drive between NE Bluff Drive and NE 134th Avenue, and NE 126th Avenue east of NE 68th Street will be closed beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2020 as part of a Bridge Replacement Project. This road will be closed to through traffic for approximately twelve (12) weeks. If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Polk County Public Works at (515) 286-3705 or by email at publicworks@polkcountyiowa.gov. Click read more for project location and posted detours.

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6/1/2020

Polk County Health
Polk County Health
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Polk County Health

Do not have air conditioning? Here are some tips to stay safe today! #staycoolstaysafe

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6/2/2020

Shrinrin-Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing
Conservation Events
Shrinrin-Yoku - Japanese Forest Bathing

Explore the unique healing path of Shinrin Yoku or Japanese Forest bathing with Brandy Case-Haub, a certified forest guide. This mindful walk will invite you to use your senses to enhance your well-being.

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6/6/2020

Emergency Curfew Order for Polk County In Effect from 9 PM to 5 AM Until Further Notice Polk County Curfew