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Iowa Select Farms, Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation send pork care packages to armed services members

WEST DES MOINES — Approximately 12,000 Iowa members of the armed services and their families will receive pork care packages from the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms to celebrate the holiday season, according to information released through Iowa Select Farms.

Every member of all Iowa military units will receive $40 worth of coupons good for various pork products, including pork, ham, ribs, bacon and ground pork, equating to $480,000 in free pork, according to the press release. 

“We’re very thankful for our troops and proud to be able to support them during the holidays,” said Jeff Hansen, president and CEO of Iowa Select Farms and co-founder of the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. “We know that we could never repay the debt we owe to them for our security, but bringing military families together for a festive meal is our humble way of trying.”

via www.nonpareilonline.com


Iowa Democrats predict blue wave coming

Two special elections last week in conservative strongholds — one in western Iowa, another in America’s deep South — have given Iowa Democrats more reason to be excited about 2018.

Although at least one of those election results comes with a caveat.

In a closely watched special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones upset Republican Roy Moore, becoming the first Democrat in 25 years to represent Alabama in the Senate.

via www.thegazette.com


Minor injured in Johnson County hunting incident

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa – An 11-year-old boy was injured in a hunting incident on December 10, 2017. It happened on private property near the intersection of 320th Street Northeast and Prairie Du Chen Road Northeast in Johnson County.

Both minors (11 and 13) were brothers from Iowa City and were deer hunting with their grandfather. The brothers were standing along a fencerow between a stretch of timber and a field approximately 160 yards apart. Meanwhile, their grandfather was walking through the timber, pushing any deer out in the field towards the brothers.

A doe came in from the opposite direction of the timber and both brothers took a shot at the deer standing in the field.  The deer then ran between the boys when the older brother continued to shoot striking his younger brother in the hip. 

The victim was transported to University of Iowa Hospital with non-life threatening injuires.

This incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

The DNR reminds hunters to always be cognizant of the whereabouts of other hunters, at all times.  Avoid target fixation and always ensure there is a safe backstop before taking a shot.

Hunter shot, mistaken for deer

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa – Iowa DNR Conservation Officers are investigating a shooting involving a New Market man who was searching for an injured deer when he was shot by another hunter who had mistaken him for a deer.

The shooting happened December 10, 2017 around 9:15 a.m., north of New Market on private property. Justin Scroggie, 28, of New Market, was hunting with Brooks Lambert, 42, of Clarinda, while both were attempting to locate an injured deer in a tall, dense CRP field. Lambert mistakenly identified Scroggie as a deer in the dense vegetation and shot him from approximately 40 to 45 yards away, striking him in the left forearm.

Scroggie was airlifted to University of Nebraska Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing a camouflaged hat.

This incident remains under investigation by the DNR.

The DNR reminds hunters to not shoot at any movement without always properly identifying the target.

Man shot in foot while hunting

TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa – On December 5, 2017, John Fish, 65, of Villisca, was hunting five miles southeast of Nodaway when he was struck in the foot by a slug from another hunter in his hunting party.

Fish and a 15-year-old boy were approximately 95 yards on opposite sides of the road (110th Street, east of Denver Ave.) when a doe ran between them. The 15 year old fired a shot, missing the doe and striking Fish in the left foot. Fish was sitting in a fence row of dense vegetation and brush.

Fish was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and has undergone surgery. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

This incident remains under investigation by the DNR. 


Verry accepted for admission to Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa – Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Joseph Verry of Coralville, Iowa, has been accepted for admission for the 2018-19 academic year. Verry has been awarded the Founders Scholarship.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.


Curtiss and Johnson accepted for admission to Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa – Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Austin Curtiss and Chad Johnson of Coralville, Iowa, have been accepted for admission for the 2018-19 academic year. Curtiss and Johnson have been awarded the Founders Scholarship.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.


Iowa’s rightward shift troubles 2020 Democrats

DES MOINES — No state holds as vaunted a place in the political firmament as Iowa, home of the quadrennial first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and, until recently, a closely fought general election battleground.

But the fabled Iowa field of dreams has become something of a nightmare for Democrats.

A year after Hillary Clinton badly lost the state's presidential contest to Donald Trump and Republicans took full control of state government, Democrats are grasping for relevance — with some voicing concern that the state's rightward tilt could imperil its special status in the party's presidential nominating calendar.

"If we don't win the governor's race or take back one part of the legislature in 2018, the question will be, 'Why does this red state get to be first?'" said Matt Paul, a longtime Iowa Democratic strategist who ran Clinton's 2016 caucus campaign in the state.

via www.nbcnews.com


DNR investigates Wright County hunting Incident

WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa – DNR conservation officers responded to a personal injury hunting incident on November 29 around 1:20 p.m., in southwestern Wright County.

William Rancourt, 36, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, was pheasant hunting on the Boone River Greenbelt Conservation Board Public Hunting Area with three other hunters when he was hit in the back by bird shot pellets from another hunter’s 12-guage shotgun.

The shotgun was lying on the ground when a hunting dog stepped on the trigger guard causing it to discharge hitting Rancourt in the back nearly 22 yards away. Rancourt was transported to Trinity Hospital in Fort Dodge with non-life threatening injuries.

The DNR was assisted at the scene by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The DNR reminds hunters to unload your firearm and be sure the safety mechanism is in place before setting it down. 


Iowa picks its first medical marijuana manufacturer

A Des Moines-based company will be the first and only in Iowa licensed by the state to grow marijuana and make medical products from it.

The Iowa Department of Public Health intends to give a cannabidiol manufacturing license to MedPharm Iowa, the company announced Tuesday. MedPharm Iowa is a newly formed company owned by Chris Nelson, president and chief executive officer of ingredient company Kemin Industries.

The Health Department has until Friday to formally issue a license, but the company announced its selection in advance of the deadline.

via qctimes.com


Data: This is the drunkest city in Iowa

Iowa City is the drunkest city in Iowa, 24/7 Wall Street found from data it reviewed by a recent Centers for Disease Control study.

In a report published Monday, 24/7 Wall Street — a website that covers news about business, politics, and technology — found that "Iowa City is the heaviest drinking metro area in a relatively heavy drinking state." 

via www.desmoinesregister.com