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Chapel attendance at University of Dubuque on the rise

DUBUQUE (AP) — More than 60 people filled the chapel in Blades Hall at University of Dubuque on Feb. 10, clapping along to the music of a student-led worship band. Most of the people in the room were students, who stood and sang along through most of the short service. “It’s just been ...

Iowa, Neb. echo national decline in number of farms

DES MOINES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there were 500 fewer farms in Iowa last year and the average farm size rose slightly but the amount of total land in farms remained at 30.5 million acres. The annual report on farms released Friday says Iowa has 87,000 farms. The ...

2 killed in crash near Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Two people have died in a crash involving a pickup and two semitrailers at a central Iowa intersection. The crash happened early Friday morning at the intersection of Highways 14 and 96 north of Marshalltown. The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup driven by 32-year-old ...

University of Dubuque gets $60M gift — school’s largest

DUBUQUE (AP) — University of Dubuque officials have announced a $60 million estate gift to be used to support endowed scholarships for students. The gift from the late Edward Babka, a former university trustee, and his wife, Shirley, marks the largest single estate commitment in the ...

Retired Catholic priest sentenced in privacy case

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A retired Catholic priest in western Iowa has been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to register as a sex offender. The priest invaded the privacy of several students in a high school restroom. The Rev. Paul Monahan was sentenced Friday. The 83-year-old ...

2 suffer smoke inhalation in downtown Anamosa fire

ANAMOSA (AP) — Authorities say two people suffered injuries from smoke inhalation in a blaze that saw multiple fire departments called to a downtown building in Anamosa. The fire was reported early Saturday morning in an apartment above the Thou Art Gallery on Main Street. The Anamosa fire ...

Sioux City delays plans to outfit police with body cameras

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The Sioux City Council has voted to delay outfitting its police officers with body cameras until at least next year, citing a lack of state policy governing the cameras’ use. Council members support use of the cameras, but don’t want to rush in only to have legislation ...

Man accused of domestic assault quits police job

CLEAR LAKE (AP) — A man accused of misdemeanor domestic assault has left the Clear Lake police force. Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth said Thursday that 36-year-old Ryan Eskildsen resigned Feb. 10. Eskildsen had been a Clear Lake officer since 2002. Eskildsen has pleaded not guilty and ...

Town squabbles with state auditor over pay practices

PARKERSBURG (AP) — Parkersburg officials and the state auditor’s office are squabbling over the town’s finances, including paying the town administrator for digging graves. Some residents in the north-central Iowa town asked the state for a reaudit because of concerns about town ...

Complaint accuses Muscatine mayor of misconduct

MUSCATINE (AP) — The city attorney is arguing that Muscatine’s mayor should be removed for allegedly making numerous false accusations against other city officials and exceeding her authority. A statement of charges filed Friday by city attorney Matthew Brick alleges that Mayor Diana ...

Man sentenced in Iowa cold case after Alford plea

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man charged with the 1995 slaying of an Iowa City woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after making a deal with prosecutors. Authorities say Steven Klein killed 38-year-old Susan Kersten, whose body was found in her burned-out car near Iowa City. Klein was ...

Branstad signs bargaining bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday signed into law limitations to most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state, yet some changes could take years to go into effect. The law, signed one day after Republicans with majorities in the Legislature voted for ...

Iowa pork plant under construction plans to add 1k more jobs

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Developers of a pork processing plant under construction in Sioux City have announced plans for a second shift expected to increase its number of jobs to around 2,000 — nearly double the original estimate. The Sioux City Journal reports that the expansion will raise the ...

Ex-teacher sentenced to 90 days for sex with student

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former Cedar Rapids substitute teacher found guilty in December of having sex with a student has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Television station KCRG reports that 24-year-old Mary Beth Haglin was sentenced Friday in Linn County Court. She will also spend 10 years ...

Collective bargaining bill passes

DES MOINES (AP) — Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the ...

Northwest Iowan gets probation in lottery theft case

STORM LAKE (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman who tried to have her boyfriend claim a $250,000 lottery prize has been given probation. Court records say 21-year-old Ashley Bosler was given two years of probation at her sentencing Monday in Storm Lake. Bosler also was given a deferred judgment, ...

Ex-day care operators get probation in child injury case

DES MOINES (AP) — A mother and daughter whose neglect led to a child in their care being injured have been sentenced to two years’ probation. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Cindy Hold and Amanda Holt will not be allowed to operate a child care, nor be allowed to have ...

Senate holds off on vote over bargaining bill

DES MOINES (AP) —A key vote on legislation that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in Iowa has been put on hold. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Senate agreed Tuesday night to postpone further discussion on the bill until Wednesday, following hours of ...

Clear Lake nonprofit considers future in senior housing

CLEAR LAKE (AP) — Officials at an organization that provides services to those with disabilities are considering turning the nonprofit’s 80-acre Clear Lake campus into a senior living community. Opportunity Village has transitioned many clients into surrounding communities in the last five ...

Small groups rally at Planned Parenthoods in Iowa, Nebraska

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — About two dozen people showed up Saturday to protest outside of Council Bluffs’ Planned Parenthood clinic, carrying the same message as their counterparts nationwide: Cut off government payments to the organization. There weren’t any counter-protesters defending ...