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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Linn County, Providers Cut Ribbon at New Mental Health Access Center

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Linn County and its partners—Abbe Health, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), Foundation 2, and Penn Center—celebrated the completion of Linn County’s first Mental Health Access Center with a ribbon cutting on March 5, 2021.

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Public Hearings for Linn County's FY22 Proposed Budget

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors will hold two public hearings on the fiscal year 2022 proposed budget.

The first public hearing, scheduled for March 3, 2021 at 11 a.m., is for the proposed total maximum property tax dollars (PDF). The second public he...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Second Installment of Property Taxes Due March 31

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Linn County property owners are reminded the second installment of property and mobile home taxes is due by March 31, 2021. A penalty of one and one half percent will attach to late payments beginning April 1.

Linn County buildings remain closed to the pub...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Announcing the New Week in Review

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Linn County is excited to announce a new way for residents to stay informed and learn more about the work of Linn County! 

The Week in Review highlights Linn County action and news from the current week, provides updates from the Board of Supervis...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 15, 2021

Public Input Sought on Climate Change and Climate Action

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Linn County is seeking input from the public on climate change and climate action through a climate action survey. The survey questions are designed to understand how Linn County residents perceive climate change and climate action, how climate disaster e...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

Linn County Board of Supervisors Awards $80,000 in Witwer Trust Grants

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $80,000 in grants from the Linn County Board of Supervisors Witwer Trust Fund to 21 non-profit organizations whose work benefits Linn County residents. The recipients were selected through an annual competi...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1B Update

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As Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout continues this week, Linn County Public Health has updated information for Phase 1B populations, which include persons 65 and older, prioritized frontline workers, and specific populations vulnerable to high ris...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Mask Mandate Still in Effect in Linn County

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Linn County residents, businesses, and visitors are reminded that the mask mandates previously put in place by the City of Cedar Rapids, the Linn County Board of Health, and the Linn County Board of Supervisors are still in effect in Linn County. The regu...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

Linn County LIFTS Announces Transportation Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Linn County LIFTS today will begin providing free next-day rides for County residents in need of transportation assistance to scheduled and confirmed COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors wants to ensure no barriers, inclu...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Linn County Welcomes New Planning & Development Director, Honors Long-Time Outgoing Director

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On Feb. 5, 2021, after 20 years as director of Linn County’s Planning & Development Department, Les Beck will retire. Planning & Zoning Division Manager Charlie Nichols will succeed Beck as director.

Beck was hired as Linn County’s director of Plan...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 3, 2021

Linn County Announces Changes to Unified Development Code and Building Division Service Area

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The Linn County Planning and Development Department announces the following updates that are now in effect:

Unified Development Code

The Linn County Board of Supervisors today approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code. The significant change in ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

Linn County Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Grant Window Now Open

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The Linn County Historic Preservation Commission is now accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for its annual Historic Preservation Grant Program. Application information is available on Linn County’s website at linncounty.org/Historic...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Linn County Releases FY20 Annual Report

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Linn County has released its fiscal year 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) PDF. The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent in an easy-to-read format. The annual report is part of Linn County’s o...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Linn County Board of Supervisors Approves Linn County 2021 State Legislative Priorities

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved Linn County’s 2021 state legislative priorities (PDF). These priorities were developed with input from Linn County department heads and elected officials, and through review of the Iowa State Association of Co...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Limited COVID-19 Vaccines Available to Persons 65 and Older Beginning January 26

COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, January 26, individuals 65 years and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Linn County. Today, MercyCare Clinics, UnityPoint Health Clinics and several independent health care providers will begin to contact their primary care patient...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 28, 2020

Linn County Attorney’s Office Announces Marijuana Diversion Program

MARIJUANA DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Linn County Attorney’s Office announces a newly established marijuana diversion program that will take effect Jan. 1, 2021.

The program is designed for first time offenders found in possession of a user-quantity amount of marijuana. Linn County prosecu...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 24, 2020

Linn County Public Health Utilizes CARES Act Funds to Help Community Partners Prevent COVID-19

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On November 3, Governor Reynolds allocated $3 million of CARES Act funds as a grant for local county health departments, based on a per capita basis, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) received notification on Novemb...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

Waiver for Building Department Permit Fees Extended

BUILDING DEPARTMENT FEES WAIVED

The Linn County Board of Supervisors this week signed a resolution extending the waiver of building department permit fees through June 30, 2021. This waiver is for the unincorporated areas in Linn County and the cities of Alburnett, Bertram, Center Point...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded Linn County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (PDF) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement i...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Board of Supervisors Commits to Equitable Climate Action

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors signed a new climate resolution (PDF) prioritizing the voices of vulnerable communities in climate action within Linn County. The resolution commits to accelerated action to address the climate crisis in collaboration ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Community Partners Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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Linn County Public Health (LCPH), in coordination with community partners, has been preparing to receive and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. With the first COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive as early as next week, vaccination will soon begin among certa...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

Revolving Loan Fund Helps Homeowners Repair Derecho Damage

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Three months after the derecho that devastated much of Linn County, housing remains one of the most pressing needs. A new revolving loan fund has been established to help homeowners repair homes that were damaged in the storm. 

Cedar Rapids Bank &...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Linn County Issues Face Covering Regulation

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Due to the alarming surge in positive COVID-19 cases and record-breaking hospitalizations across the country and locally, the Linn County Board of Supervisors today signed a resolution unanimously approving the Linn County Board of Health’s face...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Most Linn County Facilities Close to the Public

MOST LINN COUNTY BUILDINGS CLOSED

Due to the alarming surge in positive COVID-19 cases and record-breaking hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County is closing buildings to the public once again to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Tips to Celebrate Halloween Safely

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to keep our traditions can help us maintain a sense of normalcy. While we do not want to discourage the fun, Halloween will look a little different this year. As groups become larger, the risk of spreadi...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 29, 2020

State of Iowa Announces Change to COVID-19 Close Contact Definition

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Today, Governor Reynolds announced a change in the definition the State of Iowa is using to define close contacts for the purposes of contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, def...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminds Residents to Stay Safe After Storms

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Many parts of Iowa were affected by a severe storm that swept through the state Monday, causing power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. As utility crews work around the clock to restore power, and Iowans continue cle...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 17, 2020

Linn County Facilities Reopen July 20 by Appointment

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NOTE: This page is updated as new information becomes available.

On Monday, July 20, 2020, most Linn County offices reopened on an appointment-only basis as part of a phased approach to reopening with modifications to keep employees and customers safe. Lin...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 2, 2020

Linn County Public Health Recommends Community to Take Measures to Slow COVID-19

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LINN COUNTY, IA – A significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases were reported over two consecutive weeks, mainly among 18 to 25 year olds. This 189 percent increase from 35 to 101 new cases occurred between June 7th and June 21st. Conti...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission to Host Virtual Town Hall June 12

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Linn County Public Health and the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission have partnered to host another COVID-19 virtual town hall on Friday, June 12 at 12 p.m. The virtual town hall will be held via GoToMeeting and will focus on general housing information...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: June 1, 2020

Linn County Public Health Continues to Provide Weekly COVID-19 Updates

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Linn County Public Health continues to provide weekly Community Partner Updates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weekly updates help keep the community informed about the latest information and resources available, and are accessible by end of business on Fr...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Phased Reopening Guidance During Community Spread of COVID-19

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Linn County Public Health recommends a phased reopening, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and other national organizations. This three-phased approach enables businesses to reopen, and events and gatherings to occur, while protecting the ...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Multi-Lingual COVID-19 Toolkit

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A multi-lingual toolkit, recently released to community partners and available for viewing at LinnCounty.org/MultilingualResources, is the first in a series of several toolkits created to distribute in response to COVID-19.

A multi-lingual toolkit has been...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 10, 2020

Linn County Board of Health Releases Letter to Community Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 Update

LINN COUNTY, IA – On April 8, 2020, the Linn County Board of Health approved a letter (PDF) to the community regarding recommended actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit:

  • Linn County Public Health web...
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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health Encourages Communities to Prepare for Potential COVID-19 Cases

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LINN COUNTY, IA – The first COVID-19 cases in Iowa were announced this week, which has resulted in increasing awareness and preparation for the potential spread of COVID-19 to Linn County communities. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) continues t...

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