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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

May 15, 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 18, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-CASHIER TO STORE OWNER

WATERLOO, Iowa _ Jill Eilderts was a college student looking to earn some extra money when she began working as a cashier at Adams Grocery Store in 1987. More than 32 years later, Eilderts and her husband, Doug, are owners of the longtime neighborhood store currently known as Hometown Foods. The couple recently bought the business from Lyndon and Joani Johnson, who had operated the store since 2003, and plan to keep providing their customers with the same goods and services they’ve come to expect. Jill Eilderts said she hopes the customers won’t even notice the difference. By Tim Jamison, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 392 words.

EXCHANGE-MARINE ARTIST

DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Before he can apply paint to canvas, Christopher Billmyer must carry out the arduous work that makes such artistic expression possible. He stretches the canvas over a large, wooden frame and pins the fabric into place. Next, he methodically applies a layer of primer to the surface. When the preparatory work is complete, Billmyer is inspired by what he sees: A blank canvas with endless opportunities. Nearly a dozen of Billmyer’s oil paintings are scattered about his rented space in Studio Works, an artist community located in the basement of Schmid Innovation Center in Dubuque’s Millwork District. By Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 968 words.

For Monday, May 19, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MASS TIMBER BUILDING

DES MOINES, Iowa _ A new building in Des Moines’ East Village is the first in the United States built using a unique type of mass timber — an eco-friendly material that is becoming more popular as developers look to reduce their carbon footprints. Scheduled for completion soon, the four-story building is also the first speculative office and retail building in downtown Des Moines in more than a decade. Roughly half of the 64,000-square-foot building has been leased. On the first floor, St. Kilda Surf and Turf and Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design are now open. DreiBerge Coffee and Clyde’s Fine Diner, an upscale diner by Chicago chef Chris Hoffmann, are expected to open this summer. By Kim Norvell, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 802 words.

EXCHANGE-MEAT CUTTER

BRITT, Iowa _ Larry Hagen is sure he’ll miss it. The store, the meat cutting and the people. Hagen, 72, meat manager at Britt Food Center, retired, May 10, after 50 years in the department. Hagen began meat cutting at the grocery store in Garner when he was 18 years old after his parents, Earl and Adene Hagen, moved from the farm to Garner in 1964, and he needed a job. There, Lou Fisher, taught him the basics of cutting meat. By Ashley Stewart, Globe Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 604 words.