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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

July 10, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for July 14 and July 15. 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, July 14, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-OPTICAL ILLUSION

DYSART, Iowa — The Main Street in Dysart is typical of those you find in other small Iowa communities — except for the giant gorge painted in the middle of the road. Despite the dilapidation the illusion represents, in actuality, it’s a step toward preservation for the community of just 1,300. In 2017, city leaders invited the Iowa Economic Development Authority to tour the town and make recommendations on how to attract more people to the community located 30 minutes outside Waterloo. Their advice: Be bold. By Linh Ta, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1185 words.

EXCHANGE-PRESERVING BEES

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Despite facing myriad challenges, local beekeepers and conservation officials are striving to preserve populations of honeybees and other critical pollinators. Bee populations today are facing threats on multiple fronts. The Telegraph Herald reports that honeybees and the beekeepers who tend their hives have dealt with a troubling decline many have attributed to colony collapse disorder. Beekeepers say that maintaining healthy populations more often hinges on identifying virus-carrying mites. By Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 908 words.

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For use Sunday, July 15, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-CRAFT VODKA

EARLING, Iowa — Before surfacing the idea of building a distillery to his family, fourth-generation Earling farmer Pat Hoffmann kept it only as an idea for a year. His father, wife and five children farm 600 acres of land in Earling, but only 10 to 15 acres per year are used to grow the corn that makes Lonely Oak Distillery’s North Forty vodka. Currently, Lonely Oak sells to stores in Iowa, Nebraska and Connecticut. By Susan Payne, Daily Nonpareil. SENT IN ADVANCE: 807 words.

EXCHANGE-WORK SKILLS

WATERLOO, Iowa — Rodney Lewis not only unleashed his culinary skills on the Cedar Valley last year when he opened Rodney’s Kitchen in downtown Waterloo, he opened his doors and his heart to underprivileged children. For a second summer, Rodney’s Kitchen is giving away free sack lunches to children who don’t always have access to midday meals. This year, he’s launched a work skills program for teenagers looking to earn money over the summer. Lewis teaches the kids outdoor skills that can help them earn some cash. By Kristin Guess, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 473 words.

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