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Iowa Conservatives Launch Clean Energy Group

DES MOINES – A group of well-known Iowa conservatives have formed a nonprofit organization to support clean energy solutions to benefit the Iowa economy, improve the environment and strengthen our national security.

“We're committed to educating and engaging everyday Iowans and our elected officials in common-sense energy policies that will benefit our state, nation and world today, tomorrow and far into the future," said Jake Ketzner, executive director of the newly formed Iowa Conservative Energy Forum.

Ray Gaesser, a Corning farmer who is a former president of the American Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association and a 2018 candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture, will serve as the ICEF's board chair. Gaesser noted that research commissioned by the organization underscores Iowa conservatives' belief that an "all-of-the-above" energy policy is the right course for the state.

"What we've found should come as no surprise, but it's a story that simply isn't being told enough: more than three of every four Iowa conservatives believe we should be pursuing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which means lowering dependence on fossil fuels and allowing an increase in electric generation from emerging technologies like renewable energy as well as more energy efficiency," Gaesser said.  "An amazing 93 percent of Iowa conservatives believe farmers and other landowners have the right to lease their land to wind companies while 85 percent believe we should continue or place more emphasis on solar power and 83 percent say we should continue or place more emphasis on producing wind energy."

He added," We've allowed the progressives to claim energy and conservation policies for too long. They don't have a corner on these issues."

Leadership Council Members:

Ray Gaesser, Corning - Chair

Chad Airhart, Dallas County Recorder, Waukee

Robert Brownell, Polk County Supervisor, Clive

Debora Blume, West Des Moines

Trudy Caviness, Wapello County GOP Central Committee chair, Ottumwa

Jeremy Davis, 2018 GOP Candidate for Treasurer, Ames

Sandy Greiner, former state representative and state senator, Keota

Darrell Hanson, former state legislator from Manchester and former Iowa Utilities Board member

Erik Helland, former state representative, Johnston

Peter Jeffries, public affairs executive, Clive

Sara Kurovski, Mayor of Pleasant Hill

Shannon Latham, vice president of Latham Hi-Tech Seeds and a 2018 Iowa senate candidate, Sheffield

Aaron McKay, former Iowa director for Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. David Young, Pleasant Hill

David Oman, former chief of staff for Govs. Robert Ray and Terry Branstad and a 1998 gubernatorial candidate, Des Moines

Kathleen Parris, Conservative Activist, Audubon

Kathy Pearson, Conservative Activist, Cedar Rapids

Bob Rafferty, attorney and former Davenport state representative and Gov. Terry Branstad chief of staff, West Des Moines

Ruth Randleman, former mayor, Carlisle

Bryan Sievers, manager, AgriReNew, Glenora Feed Yards and Sievers Family Farms and former state senator; Stockton

Rob Taylor, former state representative, West Des Moines

Craig Williams, Carroll County GOP Central Committee chair, Carroll

Eric Woolson, political consultant, West Des Moines

Grant Young, Conservative Activist, Des Moines

Executive Director: 

Jake Ketzner, West Des Moines

"Individuals on our board demonstrate the breadth and depth of support among Iowa conservatives for common sense, market-based approaches to the costly, heavy-handed government-dominated policies proposed by liberals in Washington, D.C.," Ketzner said. "They are Iowans who have the pulse of their communities, have a record of leadership and accomplishment, and are committed to the cause of a better environment, stronger economy and brighter tomorrow."

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About ICEF: The Iowa Conservative Energy Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense, market-based energy solutions that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable energy statewide. ICEF was established in 2019 as a platform for Iowa conservatives to promote the benefits of an “all of the above” energy strategy that values clean energy and seeks to level the playing field among energy sources. ICEF is a member of a growing network of conservative state-level organizations that promote clean energy and energy waste reduction to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, protect and responsibly use our natural resources, while improving energy reliability and enhancing national and grid security.To learn more, visit:

Compromise advances sports betting bill in Iowa House

DES MOINES — Iowa bettors would not be allowed to make in-game “prop” wagers on contests involving Iowa athletes, their colleges or their opponents under a change expected to be approved Wednesday by a House committee — a change backers say will boost the chances of sports gambling becoming legal in Iowa.


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Man dies in coyote hunting incident

CLAY COUNTY, Iowa -- On January 27, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Clay County Sheriff’s deputies, Iowa DNR conservation officers and local emergency personnel responded to a report of a hunting incident near County Highway B53 and 160th Ave. in Clay County. 

Kirk Struve, 47, of Granville, Iowa was struck by a round believed to be fired from another member of his hunting party. The incident occurred while Struve was coyote hunting with a large group of hunters. 

Struve was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation into the shooting is on-going and further information will be released throughout the investigation as necessary.

RAGBRAI 47 comes with a 'twist' in a southerly Iowa route

RAGBRAI 47 will cross southern Iowa in what is being billed as the eighth-easiest route in its history, ride organizers revealed Saturday.

This year’s ride includes a twist in that riders will reach the Mississippi River in Burlington on the sixth day of the seven-day ride and will spend the seventh day riding along the river to Keokuk. Traditionally, reaching the river has marked the end of what has been a river-to-river ride.


Karkosh accepted for admission to Luther College

DECORAH, Iowa—Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Spencer Karkosh of South Amana, Iowa, has been accepted for admission for the 2019-20 academic year. Karkosh has been awarded the Martin Luther Award.

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2018-2019 Urban Deer Management Program Completed

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The 2018-2019 Urban Deer Management Program season concluded on January 10, 2019.  Seventy-seven hunters qualified for the urban bow hunt with 26 of the hunters successfully harvesting at least one deer.

Program Manager for the Urban Deer Hunt is Battalion Chief Jason Andrews.  According to Chief Andrews, there were 115 deer harvested in the 2018-2019 season, which was conducted between September 15, 2018 through January 10, 2019.  The number of deer harvested increased by 4 deer compared to the previous urban bow hunt season.

Deer harvested in 2018-2019:

·         101 does

·         10 button bucks

·         4 antlered bucks

Eighteen of the deer were donated to help feed the hungry in Cedar Rapids and Linn County, while 97 deer were kept for personal consumption.  Hunters had the choice to either donate their deer to the HUSH (Help Us Stop Hunger) program, which is a collaborative effort among Iowa deer hunters, Iowa’s food banks, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, or to a local program to feed the hungry at Mission of Hope.  The donation program to the Mission of Hope is a cooperative effort between the Newhall Locker, HUSH, Cedar Rapids Fire Department, and local ENT Physician Dr. Kevin Carpenter.  The two main goals of donation include reducing the deer population and providing high-quality red meat to the needy in Iowa.

One hunter successfully harvested 8 deer.  Twelve hunters harvested 5 or more does and will be eligible for the 2019-2020 bow hunt season incentive buck tag. 

There were no injuries or hunting violations recorded during the 2018-2019 season. 

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