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Officials OK perks for Iowa vegetable oil plant


State and local Iowa officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives for an Omaha, Nebraska soybean processor to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in northwestern Iowa.   The Sioux City Journal reports that an agreement

Iowa flu hospitalization doubles in recent weeks


Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks.   The Des Moines Register reports that senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard.   A report

Iowa flu hospitalization doubles in recent weeks


Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks.   The Des Moines Register reports that senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard.   A report

4 guns confiscated at Des Moines Airport this year


So far this year, security officers at the Des Moines Airport have confiscated four guns.    Des Moines television station KCCI reports that's double the number from 2013.   The revelation comes as the number of guns

New report offers economic development strategies


A new report says Iowa should invest more in business development, education and infrastructure to boost the state's economy.   State officials released the report from the nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute Thursday. It was

Iowa teacher accused of inappropriately touching students


A western Iowa teacher faces additional charges in a sexual exploitation case involving several former students.   Pottawattamie County Attorney Dan McGinn says 45-year-old Michael Travis is charged with four counts of sexual exploita

Ethics board dismisses complaint against state treasurer


The state ethics board has dismissed a complaint filed against state Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald over an advertising campaign for a popular college savings program that aired as he was running for re-election.   Executive Director

UI students stressed by finals get relaxing perks


The University of Iowa wants its students stressed about final exams to relax. To that end, the school is offering them free breakfast, yoga classes, massages and other tension-relieving perks.   The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports

Small Iowa city without mayor, city clerk


The small central Iowa city of Lehigh is now without a mayor and a city clerk.   The Fort Dodge Messenger reports Mayor Mark Johnson resigned last week so he could spend more time with his family. The Lehigh City Council voted Monday t

New lottery game suspended after low tickets sales


Officials have suspended a multi-state lottery game aimed at giving out $1million prizes because of low ticket sales.   Terry Rich, president of the North American Lottery Group, says officials on Monday decided to suspend future t

Iowa revenue ticks higher but slowdown possible


A panel of state budget experts says state revenue continues to grow but at a slower pace than recent years which means lawmakers may need to show spending restraint in next year's state budget.   The Revenue Estimating Confere

State move could mean schools will start later in summer


The Iowa Department of Education says it will stop granting automatic waivers to school districts seeking to start classes earlier in the summer.   Department director Brad Buck sent a letter Friday to state education leaders sayin

Iowa feedlot operators adjusting to new rules


Iowa cattle and hog producers are working to comply with new state rules that are designed to keep animal waste from polluting nearby waterways. The Sioux City Journal reports Craig Moss and his family created new concrete drainage systems with grates to

Iowa girl critically hurt while sledding Saturday


A 6-year-old girl was critically hurt this weekend when she sledded into a street in Council Bluffs and was hit by a truck. The Daily Nonpareil reports the incident happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday. Council Bluffs Police say Kailey Maloney was sledd

Iowa soldiers may go to Africa for Ebola outbreak


About 80 soldiers in an Iowa Army National Guard unit may be sent to West Africa to help respond to the Ebola outbreak there. The Iowa National Guard said Sunday that members of the 294th Area Support Medical Company are being notified that they may be d

Iowa considers new groundwater restrictions


State officials may impose new limits on groundwater use to protect the underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to a half-million Iowans. The Des Moines Register reports environmental leaders are concerned about the future of the Jordan aquifer

Iowa man gets new bike days after 1st one stolen


Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker's bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver's restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one.   The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant

Cedar Rapids woman pleads guilty to wire fraud


(AP) A Cedar Rapids woman has admitted defrauding clients of her law firm. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Susan Hense pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison. In a plea agreement, Hense admit

Iowa district refuses to enroll Rwandan student


An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district's refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status. The district's lawyer, Andrew Bracken, tells the Des Moines Register it app

Freeze could end growing season for immature crops


A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region's corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.        &n
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Bernice Branning


Funeral services for 93 year old Bernice Branning of Arcadia will be Tuesday, December 23 at 10:30 AM at the Arcadia Zion Lutheran Church with burial at the Arcadia Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning after 4 pm on Monday,

Ted Stanzyk of Colfax, formerly of Carroll


Funeral services for 54 year-old Ted Stanzyk of Colfax, formerly of Carroll, will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am on Monday morning until the time of service. A receptio

Rodney Andrew Walker of Scranton


Funeral services for 55 year old Rodney Walker of Scranton will be Tuesday at 10:30am at the Church of Christ in Scranton with burial at the Scranton Township Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton from 5-7pm on Monday.  The casket will be moved to the church @ 8:30 Tuesday morning where visitation will resume until time of service.  Online
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