(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines businessman John Ruan III has died aged 78. Her son claims the death was due to health complications, but was unrelated to COVID-19. Ruan was responsible for the development of downtown, Des Moines International Airport, Gray’s Lake Park and many other projects. He died on Saturday. Friends note that he carried on the legacy of his father’s company, Ruan Transportation Management Systems. He was also president of the United States Chamber of Commerce and of the World Food Prize. Ruan is survived by his wife Janis, two children and five grandchildren.
(Iowa City, IA) – Fall enrollment is down at all three 231 state universities. This represents a drop of 291 students from last year. Iowa State’s fall enrollment is 30,000 to 708, which is a drop from 11 to 17 students. The university has seen a six percent increase in new freshmen. Total enrollment at the University of Iowa is 31,000,206, down 394 from fall 2020. Iowa has 4,000,521 freshmen, up 11 from fall 2020. in the fall of 2020.
(Des Moines, IA) – Governor Kim Reynolds has announced a change in who serves as his senior spokesperson. Communications Director Pat Garrett is stepping down to join the governor’s political team. Alex Murphy will assume the role of Director of Communications. Murphy held the same position within the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
(Ames, IA) – It was technically an upheaval when Iowa defeated Iowa State for the sixth consecutive time in the Cy-Hawk rivalry game on Saturday 27-17. The Hawkeyes placed 10th and the Cyclones were ninth in the polls. When Sunday’s AP Top 25 College Football poll was released, Iowa had just five spots to reach number five. With Ohio State losing to Oregon, the Hawkeyes are the top ranked team in the Big Ten. The Cyclones took the lead on Saturday with a field goal, then fell behind and never caught up. Iowa won even though Iowa State had almost twice the total yards, 339-173. The Hawkeyes are looking to go 3-0 on Kent State’s next visit. State of Iowa surrenders to UNLV.