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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

February 25, 2019

AP-Iowa stories for March 2 and March 3. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 515-243-3281.

For use Saturday, March 2, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-BUTTON MUSEUM

MUSCATINE, Iowa _ The story of the pearl button industry in Muscatine is much like a button itself, its circular and when properly polished, will shine. “If you polish this history like a pearl, people will come.” That’s the advice director Terry Eagle got from his father in-law and it’s what he hopes to accomplish as the museum opens for regular hours in March under the new name the National Pearl Button Museum at the Muscatine History and Industry Center. By Meredith Roemerman, The Muscatine Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1259 words.

EXCHANGE-HOSPICE SERVICES

DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Dubuque area hospice providers have had an increase in demand for their services in recent years, but they see an even larger surge on the horizon, as the baby boomer generation ages. Area providers are planning ahead to make sure they can handle that rise in need. Executive Director Lavonne Noel said Hospice of Dubuque completed a strategic planning process to position the agency for future growth and needs. Among the goals identified were increased education and training for staff, looking into new technology and strengthening partnerships with other area health care providers. By Alicia Yager, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2161 words.

For use Sunday, March 3, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-GUARD LEADER

SIOUX CITY, Iowa _ Col. Mark Muckey grew up flying in a Cessna with his uncle Al Anfinson at Martin Field in South Sioux City. While still a 17-year-old East High School student, Muckey enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1984 at Sioux City’s 185th Fighter Wing. On March 2, Muckey took over as the 14th wing commander of the 185th Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard during a ceremony at the Sioux City base. He succeeds Col. Larry Christensen, who has been selected as chief of staff for the Iowa Air National Guard at Camp Dodge in Des Moines. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 676 words.

EXCHANGE-CONSERVATION LEADER

DAVENPORT, Iowa _ Curtis Lundy was the guiding force behind the Quad-Cities’ first XStream Clean-Up, a community-wide litter pickup along area streams involving hundreds of volunteers. He got the idea while biking along Duck Creek and seeing all the pop cans and car tires. He pushed a program in Scott County to seed native plants in the ditches of country roads, creating habitat for birds and pollinators. For these activities and others, Lundy, of Bettendorf, recently received the first Oberholtzer Award for present-day conservation leadership at an event at Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport. By Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1195 words.