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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

May 8, 2019

AP-Iowa stories for May 11, 12. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at (515) 243-3281.

For Saturday, May 11, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-FLOOD TOXINS

HAMBURG, Iowa _ Driving along a deeply rutted levee, Heath Smith points to a basketball, picnic basket and pink Big Wheel. He drives past a massive porch. A boat and a semi’s missing trailer sit up ahead. He’s found a cooler filled with beer. The remnants from record Missouri River flooding are heartbreaking, but Smith and Jeff Pritchard, another EPA coordinator, are hunting more dangerous debris — orphaned containers filled with industrial chemicals, pesticides, diesel fuel, oil and other potentially hazardous materials. By Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1488 words.

EXCHANGE-EARLY GRADUATION

SIOUX CITY, Iowa _ Some Northwest Iowa high school seniors leave before commencement because they didn’t like school, are tired of what they described as a confining education experience, or don’t mesh well with classmates. For some students, getting done with their classes and moving onto adult pursuits was a goal, whether that includes full-time work, joining the military or dealing with family responsibilities, including being pregnant, said Kim Lingenfelter, superintendent of the Cherokee School District. Others decided to jump from high school early, in order to begin college classes, including some high-profile sports recruits to major universities. By Bret Hayworth, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 774 words.

For Sunday, May 12, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-ADHESIVE MAKER

PEOSTA, Iowa _ Kristin Thomas, the co-owner of Bio-Bond, is not shy when discussing the ambitions of the Peosta-based business she and her husband started four years ago. Bio-Bond creates biodegradable and compostable adhesives for a wide range of industries, ranging from box manufacturing to book publishing. The creation of the business marks the culmination of a lengthy career for Kristin’s husband, Richard Thomas, who has worked in the gelatin-based adhesive industry for more than four decades. By Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 812 words.

EXCHANGE-DOG AGILITY

WATERLOO, Iowa _ The Cedar Valley’s first public dog agility ramp has found its home. A group of University of Northern Iowa students in a construction resources class, taught by Austin Maginnis, built and donated the A-frame structure to Waterloo Parks and Recreation for Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park. The students worked with Waterloo Parks and Recreation Facilities Project Manager Travis Nichols to formulate their idea into something useful for the community. By Kristin Guess, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 486 words.