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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

October 9, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. 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, Oct. 13, and thereafter.


SAVANNA, Iowa — The Lost Mound Unit, formerly the Savanna Army Depot, is an old depot property an hour north of the Quad-Cities bequeathed to the Refuge when the Army shipped out about 15 years ago. It contains a bunch of little surprises, rolled into one. What a treat it would be to help manage the old prairie’s return — if only the bombs weren’t hiding underfoot. During World War II, Savanna was the largest munitions storage base in the country. An untold number of unexploded ordnance never was accounted for. By Barb Ickes, The Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,860 words.


GUTTENBERG, Iowa — At Guttenberg Creativity Center, creative expression is the key to almost everything. It is the main feature at the facility, where children come after school for free art workshops. It also is a fundraising mechanism for the center, with proceeds from sold art pieces and organized events used to purchase art supplies for the kids. More than anything, Cindy Olsen believes that creative expression is essential to developing any healthy life. That’s why she founded the center 10 years ago. By John Kruse, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 460 words.

For use Sunday, Oct. 14, and thereafter.


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A cemetery may serve as a holding ground for the deceased, but for Bob Terry of Liscomb, cemeteries hum with life. Since the 1970s, he has repaired and restored headstones locally and throughout the United States. In 2007, his efforts expanded to include cemetery mapping for both commercial and private entities. He has been profiled in countless publications and on television shows, eager to share his insights into this unusual field. Any given week, Terry and his crew may find themselves mapping out a rural cemetery in Iowa, then traveling to Ohio to clean headstones that have suffered vandalism. The Terrys have few contemporaries. By Sara Jordan-Heintz, Times-Republican. SENT IN ADVANCE: 820 words.


JEFFERSON, Iowa — This north-central Iowa town of about 4,200 people faces many of the problems other rural communities face: Shrinking population, deteriorating downtowns, aging homes and consolidating schools. But a unique agreement with a Des Moines technology consultant could change its future — and possibly provide a model for revitalizing other rural Iowa communities. Pillar Technology plans to open a $1.7 million office in Jefferson and hire up to 30 workers. Jefferson, in turn, will build a new career academy that begins an intensive student software development training program that feeds the company’s workforce pipeline. By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register. SENT IT ADVANCE: 1,740 words.

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