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BC-IA--Iowa Weekend Exchange Digest, IA

January 7, 2019

AP-Iowa stories for Jan. 12 and Jan. 13. 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, Jan. 12, and thereafter.


DAVENPORT, Iowa _ The show’s over, so Manisha Virdi leans against the bar, sips a whiskey drink and waits for the right moment to introduce herself to the band. She’s not waiting to get their autograph or buy a CD. She’s waiting to tell them her address and hand off a key to her home. It’s something of an after-show routine for Virdi, who regularly lets touring musicians crash at her Davenport home. Virdi is one of several Quad-Citians who offer traveling musicians a place to stay. By Amanda Hancock, Quad-City Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2424 words.


SHERRILL, Iowa _ Dubuque resident Jon Roraff recalled duck hunting with his father when he was 12 years old. About 35 years later, he is still at it, now with his sons. Roraff has supervised hunts for kids from non-hunting families, but he perceives a declining interest among youth generally. “Some kids just don’t want to sit out in the cold,” he said. “It’s not the most fun all the time.” Peter Sullivan, a junior at Dubuque Senior High School, is an exception. He harvested his first deer during Iowa’s 2018 shotgun season. By Bennet Goldstein, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald. SENT IN ADVANCE: 2069 words.

For use Sunday, Jan. 13, and thereafter.


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa _ Marsha Patterson and Cheri Sorensen are among a handful of independent canine handlers who rigorously train and swiftly deploy their man-trailing and cadaver dogs across Iowa as volunteers, assisting law enforcement in searches for the missing and the dead. Their goal, as one handler put it: “Find the lost and bring them home.” By Luke Nozicka, The Des Moines Register. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1748 words.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa _ James Rainey keeps state-of-the-art recording equipment in the basement of his northside Sioux City home. That’s where Rainey, a Woodhouse Auto Dealership car salesman, is able to stream gospel music, 24 hours a day, from an online radio station. Rainey has been the president, CEO, music director and sole on-air talent for GITA Radio since 2011. By Earl Horlyk, Sioux City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 553 words.

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