• The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources recently announced that Hubbard, Ackley and Jewell were recipients of low-interest water quality loans through the State Revolving Fund. Hubbard received $777,000 for its ongoing sewer improvements. Ackley acquired a $155,000 loan for planning and design of a sewer project. Jewell received a $1,711,000 loan for water treatment improvements. — South Hardin Signal-Review

Prairie City

• Prairie City Monroe School District officials are reporting a surge in students showing symptoms of influenza, as well as confirmed cases and are asking parents to report any sign of the virus in their students. District-wide, the PCM nurse said 10-15 students in each building have been confirmed to have influenza. That hovers near 10 percent of students in each PCM School building, a number that if reached, triggers a mandatory report to the state health department. — Prairie City News


• A semi truck struck a light pole on Walnut Street/Highway 117 South in Colfax around 12:40 p.m. Monday after sliding backward on the snow covered pavement. Colfax police and county crews closed Highway 117 between State Street and Colfax-Mingo Elementary School for nearly three hours due to the accident, as MidAmerican Energy personnel attended to down power lines. No one was injured and no major power outages were reported. — Jasper County Tribune


• In a press release, the postal service said all postal operations at its Reasnor office will be relocated to the U.S. Post Office in Monroe at 117 W. Marion St. Reasnor customers will be provided delivery to a bank of cluster box units at 322 Newton St., south of the city park by a rural carrier from the Monroe Post Office until a “suitable resolution can be determined.” The postal service said there is no timetable to reopen the location. — Monroe Legacy