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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

March 26, 2019

AP-Iowa stories for March 30 and March 31. 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, March 30, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-BASKETBALL BACKSTOPS

JEFFERSON, Iowa _ Mark Lane is the vice president of operations at American Athletic Inc., whose factory is in Jefferson, Iowa. AAI is the official backstop supplier for the NBA, WNBA, NBA G-League and the men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments. Every hoop you see during March Madness, every rim slammed on during an NBA game _ it all comes from one factory in a town of 4,150 people in rural Iowa. By Matthew Bain, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 757 words.

EXCHANGE-VETERAN PLAQUES

SUTHERLAND, Iowa _ Nancy and Norm Hill found themselves with a new project about a year and a half ago when members of Sutherland’s American Legion post discovered a bit of local World War II history stashed in a closet. Like many towns during the war, Sutherland had erected a billboard and displayed the names of the local men and women in the military at the time. It stood at the southeast corner of Second and Main streets, bearing the names of dozens of Sutherland’s sons and daughters serving their country. By Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 605 words.

For use Sunday, March 31, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC FUNERAL HOME

DUBUQUE, Iowa _ For the past eight decades, a Dubuque funeral home has operated out of the vast, historic building at 1640 Main St. That lengthy tenure likely will come to a close in a matter of months. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Homes and Cremation Service is slated to leave the structure at some point this summer, a move that will allow Emmaus International to move into the distinctive building. By Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 691 words.

EXCHANGE-RARE SHEEP

TITONKA, Iowa _ A Titonka family raises a rare breed of sheep for their wool, which is prized by fiber artists for its softness. Jeff and Tara Benson founded Buffalo Creek Fibers eight years ago on their acreage. They have 60 head of Romeldale sheep. By Mary Pieper, Globe Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 382 words.