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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

September 17, 2018

AP-Iowa stories for Sept. 22 and Sept. 23. 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, Sept. 22, and thereafter.


DELMAR, Iowa — The road has not always been smooth for the one-screen drive-in movie theater off of Highway 61 in Delmar, Iowa. In the 1950s, there were about 4,000 drive-ins across the country. Of the only four that remain in Iowa, two drive-ins continue to stand within short driving distances from the Quad-Cities metro area. By Amanda Hancock, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 985 words.


DUBUQUE, Iowa — Students at Dubuque Community Schools’ Alta Vista Campus worked together last week to lift a set of floor joists, setting them down on a nearby trailer. While construction is just getting started, those boards eventually will help form the floor of a tiny house the students are building. ALC students are spending this school year constructing the tiny house, which, when finished, will come complete with plumbing, electrical wiring, a bathroom, full kitchen and bedroom space. By Allie Hinga, Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 695 words.

For use Sunday, Sept. 23, and thereafter.


DANVILLE, Iowa — To the untrained eye, Lake Geode likely doesn’t look much different than when it was drained almost one year ago. But Caleb Waters, Lake Geode watershed coordinator, said last week the restoration project here actually was ahead of schedule. Weather permitting, the 174-acre lake will reopen Memorial Day weekend of 2019. By Elizabeth Meyer, the Hawk Eye. SENT IN ADVANCE: 696 words.


NEWTON, Iowa — Brandon Knopf climbed the career ladder to management by his 30s and built a home on prime land near Lake Red Rock. Six years later in 2017, he sat in a chair before a television in constant, searing pain from a rare disorder. At that low point, an idea came to him. He had always thought about making a duck call. They are the musical instruments of hunting that mimic calls, played by thousands of Iowa hunters as duck season begins at month’s end. By Mike Kilen, Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1430 words.

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