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For use Saturday, Sept. 15, and thereafter.


DUBUQUE, Iowa — A nonprofit organization seeks to establish the first children's support groups in the Dubuque area, serving youths who have lost a family member or loved one. Nearly 20 children have signed up to attend monthly meetings, which are being administered by a nonprofit organization, Live Like Jack. Psychologists say children grieve in similar ways to adults, experiencing emotional states such as denial, anger, depression and acceptance. The groups will meet for the first time in October. By Bennet Goldstein, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 534 words.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Foundry Distilling Co. in Historic Valley Junction is officially open to the public. The Foundry Alchemy Lounge opened on Saturday, Aug. 25. The spacious, comfortable bar features a modern, industrial vibe with wood accents and cocktails made from Foundry products. The Foundry is currently distilling whiskey, vodka, gin and rum. By Brian Taylor Carlson, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 768 words.

For use Sunday, Sept. 16, and thereafter.


WATERLOO, Iowa — Two-by-fours and plywood are starting to take shape for a Waterloo space that will be the first step in building a new life for many area residents. Pathways Behavioral Services' new detox facility is scheduled to open Dec. 31. Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson welcomes the Pathways expansion because it will alleviate pressure on space at the county jail, and he supports other initiatives to support people who need mental health and substance abuse help. By Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 766 words.


BURLINGTON, Iowa — There may not be enough SROs to go around, but departments are getting creative to get officers in schools. School resource officers are nothing new, but with mounting concerns over school shootings, schools increasingly are working with police and sheriff's departments to bolster student safety. Burlington patrol officers have been required to make appearances in schools on a daily basis in the past, but it wasn't until this year the department began assigning officers to specific schools. By Michaele Niehaus, the Hawk Eye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2153 words.