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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

May 14, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for May 19 and May 20. 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, May 19, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG DEACON

MOVILLE, Iowa — A northwest Iowa teen has helped his church fill vacancies. Blake Stratton is a deacon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moville and a co-chairman of the church’s 125th anniversary committee, which is planning events for the big day on June 17. He has attended Synod Assembly on behalf of Trinity for three years, and now serves on the Western Iowa Synod Council. By Bret Hayworth, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 791 words.

EXCHANGE-FOSTERING BABIES

PELLA, Iowa — An Iowa mother who lost two of her own children has fostered 100 other kids. Deb Schuring held her 100th baby, a tiny 2-month old, the week before Mother’s Day this year. Iowa Department of Human Services officials say that number, 100, is a significant milestone to reach for foster parents, who typically serve only one child at a time. The average foster family in the past 17 years served just over seven children. By Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1408 words.

For use Sunday, May 20, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-CAREER EXPERIENCE

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Many Iowa students are participating in internships and other career opportunities in order to gain experience before college. Adrianna Schroeder is a Wahlert Catholic High School senior. She’s observed a bladder tumor removal, two knee replacements and two tonsil removals by shadowing surgeries at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital through an internship program. By Allie Hinga, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 940 words.

EXCHANGE-DIKE SPORTS COMPLEX

DIKE, Iowa — An Iowa city dedicated its new $1.6 million sports complex earlier this month. The idea for a 25-acre sports complex in Dike started with an off-the-cuff remark between friends getting their mail. The Kruger-Hemmen Sports Complex features four baseball and softball diamonds, football fields and soccer fields. A playground, shelter and a concession stand with restrooms are also part of the grounds along with courts for horseshoes, shuffleboard and ladder ball toss. By Andrew Wind, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. SENT IN ADVANCE: 756 words.

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