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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

December 27, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Dec. 29 and Dec. 30. 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, Dec. 29, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE--LOCKER CLOSES

HOLY CROSS _ Bob Hayes picked up the phone Dec. 21 and gave the usual greeting. “Holy Cross Locker, Bob speaking,” he said. A few seconds pass. Suddenly, Hayes chimes in again. “Alright, 30 packages, that’s 60 pounds, all smoked, got it.” He jotted down the order on a piece of paper and pinned it to a wall already smothered with similarly sized notes. Thirty packages. Sixty pounds. It was a larger-than-usual order for the Holy Cross Locker. But practically every order for the past few weeks has been of a similar size. By John Kruse, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 700 words.

EXCHANGE-GRIEF PAINTING

LE MARS _ Seated at her family’s dining room table, Katelynn Semple, 18, painted green spots onto a whitewashed beach rock. “It’s supposed to look like Yoshi (the anthropomorphic dinosaur) from (the video game) ‘Super Smash Brothers,’” the Le Mars Community High School 12th grader explained. “But I think my green isn’t quite the right shade of green.” “Nah, it looks good, Kate,” dad David Semple said. “It looks like Yoshi to me.” By Earl Horlyk, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 770 words.

For use Sunday, Dec. 30, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE--UNUSUAL INTERNET

PROMISE CITY _ Local builders and avid do-it-yourselfers have long turned to Lockridge, Inc. for construction materials. Many residents are beginning to turn to them for high-speed Internet. Challenges with getting high-speed Internet in rural areas and even small towns have proved a struggle, the Daily Iowegian reported . Even in places in which federal data states an area has access to high-speed internet, that data doesn’t always prove true. By Kyle Ocker, Daily Iowegian. SENT IN ADVANCE: 600 words.

EXCHANGE--CONSTRUCTION STUDENTS

WATERLOO _ Students in Wayne Lidtke’s sustainable construction and design class have learned about house building by doing it. They’ve framed walls, hung drywall, installed windows and doors, and done minimal wiring while building small scale houses at the Waterloo Career Center. The students will be working on some other skills, like roofing, in the Waterloo Community Schools’ program before the semester is over, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. By Andrew Wind. SENT IN ADVANCE: 490 words.

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