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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


Look at the not-so-itsy-bitsy spider an Iowa couple found

A southern Iowa couple is shaken up after finding an unexpected visitor of the eight-legged variety.

At first, the Templetons spotted a spider with a 2 1/2-inch leg span scurrying across their living room in their Russell home. Once they trapped the creature, they wondered what it was.

At first glance, they were convinced it was the extremely venomous Brazilian wandering spider, which can sometimes cross borders from its native Brazil through banana imports.

via www.kcci.com

Democrat John Norris launches bid for Iowa governor

John Norris, a Montgomery County native who worked in the administrations of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and President Barack Obama, has entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

“I just got fed up with this governor and the Republican Legislature doing everything for special interests and not the people of Iowa,” Norris said of his decision to run.

Norris, 58, listed health care, water quality and education among the key issues facing the state. He called the 2017 Iowa legislative session “destructive to our future.”

via www.omaha.com

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Report: Iowa’s budget shortfall projected to get worse

Iowa’s fiscal 2017 budget, already propped up with nearly $118 million in cuts and transfers and $131 million in IOUs from reserves, took another hit Monday when a state agency reported a $104 million shortfall from even those downgraded expectations.

The news, although not a final accounting of the fiscal year that ended Friday, increases the chances that lawmakers will be called back to Des Moines in special session yet this year to deal again with the budget.

via globegazette.com