BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA
AP-Iowa stories for Nov. 17 and Nov. 18. 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, Nov. 17, and thereafter.
LE MARS, Iowa — An Iowa middle school student has been raising money to provide local fire departments with pet oxygen masks. To say Brooklyn Bockelmann loves dogs might be an understatement. She’s launched Operation O2 Fur Pets to raise money for the oxygen masks, which started with the modest goal of providing masks for the Le Mars Fire Department, then each department in Plymouth County. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 764 words.
EXCHANGE-DUBUQUE SKATE PARK
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Community organizers and city staffers look excitedly at the other side of winter when the skate park at Dubuque’s Flora Park is set to be completed, 13 years after the idea was conceived. As temperatures continue to drop, folks can see that in the past few months, most of the park’s features have come into view. Dubuque is looking at a spring opening for the park. By Benjamin Fisher, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 538 words.
For use Sunday, Nov. 18, and thereafter.
BURLINGTON, Iowa — An Iowa church has been renovated into an event center. Chaz Myhre and Steve Stoll love to entertain. The pair decided to purchase Hibernia Hall from Burlington’s Heritage Trust and revamp it into the Regal On The Hill Event Center. The building was originally a Catholic church that opened in 1871. By Bob Hansen, The Hawk Eye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 801 words.
WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa group is sewing clothes for premature babies born around the world. Cathy McRoberts knows the anguish families endure when a baby is born premature. McRoberts gathered a group of close friends and family to sew gowns and blankets for neonatal intensive care unit babies through the Smiley Project, an organization that provides support to NICU families in the U.S., Canada and Ireland. Their group is called Mending Hearts. By Kristin Guess, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 949 words.