Author: Valerie Close

One Night Showing of “The Anonymous People: Giving a Voice to People in Recovery

  An award-winning film about America’s addiction epidemic will be shown Thursday, September 21st at the Cedar Rapids Public Library Whipple Auditorium. “The Anonymous People”, takes an honest look at the public health crisis of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Doors open for this one night event at 5pm with the movie beginning at 5:30pm. There will be an opportunity for discussion and networking following at 6:30pm. The moving story of “The Anonymous People” is told by actual citizens, leaders, public figures, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are using their experiences to save the lives of others just like them. This public recovery movement aims to transform public opinion, engage communities, and create a shift in policy toward lasting solutions. “The Anonymous People” explores the social stigma and discrimination that is found within our society that have kept people in recovery silent for far too long. New movements of courageous addition recovery advocates are stepping out of the shadows to announce the truth and reality of recovery. These are real people sharing real stories of the struggles that they have faced through their personal journey. If you are person in recovery, have a loved one who is in recovery or work with people through their recovery then this is a movie event you will not want to miss. For too long people have carried not only the...

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Mount Mercy University congratulates Danielle Mikkola

Danielle Mikkola, of Watkins, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, and graduated Cum Laude from Mount Mercy University in August 2017. Graduates were part of a spring commencement ceremony held in May. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy’s 1,900 students come from around the globe, creating a vibrant, diverse and open-minded campus community. Popular undergraduate majors include business, nursing, criminal justice, education and social work. Graduate programs are offered in criminal justice, strategic leadership, business administration (MBA), education, nursing, and marriage and family therapy. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy University is the regional Catholic, Mercy University that promises students of diverse backgrounds, ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to 1,900 enrolled students and uniquely blends an outstanding liberal arts education with equally outstanding professional preparation....

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East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative sends linemen and equipment to Georgia to restore power in the wake of Hurricane Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017 – Urbana, IA – In the electric industry, Mother Nature’s worst brings out our best, and the same can be said in Hurricane Irma’s wake. Earlier this morning, 46 linemen and 26 vehicles from fifteen of Iowa’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives headed out to Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation in southeast Georgia to help restore extensive power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. As of Monday morning, Okefenoke REMC reported that 95% of its electric system was offline. The Iowa linemen will provide needed manpower and assistance to make repairs and restore electricity as safely and as quickly as possible along the Florida-Georgia line. Based on initial damage reports, the Iowa linemen could be in Georgia for two weeks or longer if needed. The Iowa electric co-op linemen rendezvoused at Access Energy Cooperative in southeast Iowa for a situation briefing and a safety review before the convoy rolled out on Monday morning. The safety review covered regional working conditions the linemen might encounter, including hazards like crocodiles and scorpions. John Dvorak, director of safety and loss control for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, coordinates mutual aid assistance between electric cooperatives within Iowa and across the country as needed, often following severe weather events. “These linemen are happy to go out and help those in need, but we also need to make sure we bring them back...

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Ellie Karr places in Market Lamb Competition

Brooke Kuesel of Poweshiek County won Grand Champion Market Lamb honors in the 4-H Market Lamb Show judged Monday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Colby Williams of Winneshiek County exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Third Place Overall was awarded to Maegan Schorpp of Kossuth County. Brooke Kuesel of Poweshiek County Claimed Fourth Place Overall and Halle Hindman of Monroe County claimed Fifth Place Overall. Additional results below: Champion White Face: Garrett Arnold, Hamilton County Reserve Champion White Face: Ella Jahner, Marion County Champion Speckled Face: Max Petzenhauser, Story County Reserve Champion Speckled Face: Jackson Foss, Worth County Division 1 Champion Black Face: Ellie Karr, Benton County Division 1 Reserve Champion Black Face: Brook Moore, Marion County Division 2 Champion Black Face: Colby Williams, Winneshiek County Division 2 Reserve Champion Black Face: Maegan Schorpp, Kossuth County Division 3 Champion Black Face: Maegan Schorpp, Kossuth County Division 3 Reserve Champion Black Face: Ava Edler, Marshall County Division 4 Champion Black Face: Brooke Kuesel, Poweshiek County Division 4 Reserve Champion Black Face: Halle Hindman, Monroe County Division 5 Champion Black Face: Brooke Kuesel, Poweshiek County Division 5 Reserve Champion Black Face: Brooke Kuesel, Poweshiek...

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4-H Youth Earn High Honors in Iowa State Fair Market Swine Show

Lodge Maxwell of Cedar County exhibited the Grand Champion Market Hog in the 4-H Market Swine Show judged Tuesday at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Drew Jacobson of Clarke County exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog. Trey Lettow of Boone County also showed the Champion Pure Bred Market Swine and Jacobson claimed Reserve Champion Pure Bred Market Swine. Bella Opheim of Humboldt County claimed Third Place Overall Market Pig. Forth Place Overall was awarded to Lettow and Jacobson claimed Fifth Place Overall. Additional results below: Champion Berkshire Market Hog: Trey Lettow, Boone County Reserve Champion Berkshire Market Hog: Drew Jacobson, Clarke County Champion Chester White Market Hog: Hayden Fox, Wright County Reserve Champion Chester White Market Hog: Madelyn Cink, Kossuth County Champion Duroc Market Hog: Drew Jacobson, Clarke County Reserve Champion Duroc Market Hog: Pierce Woodruff, Webster County Champion Hampshire Market Hog: Mark Shirley, Davis County Reserve Champion Hampshire Market Hog: Jillian Woodruff, Webster County Champion Poland China Market Hog: Davin Brugman, Clay County Reserve Champion Poland China Market Hog: Melanie Lane, Clayton County Champion Spotted Market Hog: Leah Marek, Washington County Reserve Champion Spotted Market Hog: Devin DeVore, Clarke County Champion Other Market Hog: Bridget Fisher, Johnson County Reserve Champion Other Market Hog: Daniel Little, Clarke County Champion Yorkshire Market Hog: Emily Harold, Cedar County Reserve Champion Yorkshire Market Hog: Braydan Steere, Butler County Champion Lightweight Market...

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Iowa Fortune Farms claims Multiple Ribbons in Llama Competition

Lashs Unique Animals of Maniton Beach, Mich. captured Best of Show honors in the 2017 Iowa State Fair Llama show held August 19. The winning llama was selected from Grand Champion females and males in the Light Wool, Medium Wool, Heavy Wool, Silky Wool, Suri Wool, Non-Breeder and Miniature divisions. Additional results below: COSTUME Junior Costume — 7-11 Years Old 1) Shawna Dickinson, Wellsburg Intermediate Costume — 12-15 Years Old 1) Rustic Ridge Llamas, Winterset HEAVY WOOL HW Juvenile Females — 5 – < 12 Months 1) Lashs Unique Animals, Maniton Beach, Mich. 2) Country View Llama Ranch, Iowa Falls HW Yearling Females — 12 – < 24 Months 1) Lashs Unique Animals, Maniton Beach, Mich. 2) Aspen Rayne Ranch, Garden City, Mo. HW Grand & Reserve Grand Female Grand) Lashs Unique Animals, Maniton Beach, Mich. Res. Grand) Aspen Rayne Ranch, Garden City, Mo. HW Juvenile Males — 5 – < 12 Months 1) Country View Llama Ranch, Iowa Falls 2) Aspen Rayne Ranch, Garden City, Mo. HW Yearling Males — 12 – < 24 Months 1) Lashs Unique Animals, Maniton Beach, Mich. 2) Country View Llama Ranch, Iowa Falls HW Two-Year Old Males — 24 – < 36 Months 1) Aspen Rayne Ranch, Garden City, Mo. HW Grand & Reserve Grand Male Grand) Lashs Unique Animals, Maniton Beach, Mich. Res. Grand) Country View Llama Ranch, Iowa Falls LIGHT WOOL LW...

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Program to Award $1,000 College Savings Iowa Deposits to 50 Iowa Families; Educate on College Planning and Financing

Fifty Iowa parents or guardians will each be awarded a $1,000 deposit into a College Savings Iowa 529 account through the Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway, sponsored by Iowa Student Loan®. To enter the Giveaway, parents or guardians of Iowa students in grades 6–12 should visit www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SaveNow between now and Oct. 22. After exploring the Parent Handbook—a new online library of valuable tips to help families plan for college or other paths after high school—parents or guardians may enter their information for a random drawing. Iowa Student Loan developed the Parent Handbook to help families succeed in middle and high school and plan for the type of career and associated education or training most suitable to their students’ goals. Tips are categorized so users may explore the topics most applicable to their specific situation. In addition, families may request emails to learn more about any of the topics covered in the Parent Handbook. Fifty winners will be randomly drawn to each receive a $1,000 deposit into a new or existing College Savings Iowa 529 account.  Winners will be notified in late winter. For more information about the Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway, visit www.IowaStudentLoan.org/SaveNow or...

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Area ribbon winners in the Iowa State Fair Jackpot Lamb show

Jack McKinney of Colo won the Grand Champion banner in the Jackpot Lamb show judged August 20 at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Camry & Jacque Murdoch of Orleans, Neb exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Jackpot Lamb. Additional results below (names, hometowns, animal identification): Purebred Oxford Down 1) Sam McKinney, Colo, Sam, 2/2/2017 Purebred Dorset 1) Matthew Swenka, Des Moines, 7080, 2/15/2017 Purebred Shropshire 1) Jack McKInney, Colo, Jack, 1/22/2017 2) Greiner Club Lambs, Keota, Carmen 3) Libby Dix, Mount Vernon, 1475, 1/22/2017 Purebred Southdown 1) Brenneman Club Lambs, Haper, 76, 2/15/2017 2) Rylan Baase, Dexter, Tiny, 2/3/2017 3) Hamilton Sheep, Bryant 4) Matthew Swenka, Des Moines, 1734, 2/15/2017 5) Matthew Swenka, Des Moines, 1222, 2/15/2017 Purebred Hampshire 1) Camry & Jacque Murdoch, Orleans, Neb., Trump, 1/18/2017 2) Camry & Jacque Murdoch, Orleans, Neb., Jr., 3/10/2017 3) Tyson McVicker, Geneseo, Ill., LG, 1/5/2017 4) Halle Hindman, Albia 5) Sam McKinney, Colo, Sam, 1/24/2017 6) Phil Prater, Centerville, Sydney, 1/21/2017 7) Libby Dix, Mount Vernon, 1473, 1/31/2017 8) Greiner Club Lambs, Keota, Garrett 9) Emmalin Wright, Scranton, Nikki Manaj, 3/1/2017 10) Greiner Club Lambs, Keota, Ella 11) Corey Happel, Fairbank, Kennly, 1/10/2017 12) Emmalin Wright, Scranton, Pamela, 1/26/2017 13) Brenneman Club Lambs, Haper, 90, 2/9/2017 14) Jenny Petersen, Knoxville Purebred Suffolk 1) Camry & Jacque Murdoch, Orleans, Neb., Jack, 1/21/2017 2) Mowrer Club Lambs, Madrid, Mongo, 1/31/2017 3) Cody Wynn,...

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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pheasants Forever to host field day on Sept. 14 to promote prairie habitat

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Pheasants Forever will be hosting a pollinator and pheasant habitat Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Norway. The field day, which focuses on developing prairie habitat, is free and open to the public. The agenda includes topics such as establishing native species, how to convert existing cool season brome/fescue to native species, establishment maintenance, long-term maintenance, and Conservation Reserve Program mid-contract management (MCM). Native plant and weed identification will also be covered, along with expectations for prairie seeding in the first, second, and third years. If you are interested in learning about techniques for establishing and maintaining your grassland habitat, plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided! The field day will be held at 3154 75th Street in Norway. To RSVP, please call Emery Davis at (319) 212-0916. RSVPs are preferred, but not...

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Wallace Winkie Foundation Receives Humanities Iowa Grant for Project with Pella Historical Society and Museums

The Wallace Winkie Foundation (WWF) has received a grant award of $500 from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of a project called Tombstone Trial: The Iowa Connection. WWF has collaborated with Pella Historical Society and Museums in Pella, Iowa, to develop an original radio play—a re-enactment of the murder trial that followed the Shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. The two organizations focused on this event because Wyatt Earp and his brothers grew up in Pella, the McLaury Brothers grew up in Belle Plaine, and several other Tombstone residents involved in the trial also had ties to Iowa. The first performance of the play will be in Pella, October 14 at 7 p.m., at the Cox-Snow Music Auditorium at Central College, and the second performance will be in Belle Plaine, October 21 at 2 p.m., in the Longfellow Auditorium. The WWF website (parkitvirtualmuseum.com) now features an exhibit about the Iowa residents who became part of the Tombstone...

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Prescription Drug drop off October 28

Fall is almost here. Besides spring, fall is often the time when we do a little deeper cleaning in our homes before we “hunker down” for the winter. This is a great time to clean out your extra, unwanted or expired medicines. Most prescription drugs that are abused come from friends or family, so cleaning out medicine cabinets can save lives. Prescription drug abuse is Iowa’s fastest-growing form of substance abuse, and addiction to powerful pain relievers is also fueling more heroin use. With Prescription pain pills and heroin both falling into the opioid drug category, the combination of the two drugs is contributing to an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa and the U.S. Many people become addicted to prescription drugs because of the ease of obtaining the drugs such as using a family member’s leftover prescriptions. Once addicted some of these individuals may then eventually move to heroin to fulfill that addiction. There are a few steps you can take to carefully handle your prescriptions from the time they are prescribed until they are used or you are done with them. The first step is to ask your prescriber to follow the CDC guidelines when prescribing opioids. Often after a surgery or injury, only very few prescription pills are actually needed yet at 30 day supply is sometimes prescribed. Asking for only a few days’ worth...

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