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She was writing book reviews for a Sioux City newspaper, which even 10 years ago wasn’t considered eye-grabbing material for the masses. An editor asked her to take on a series of cold cases — unsolved murders — the kind you see on TV shows. People love that stuff.
  • Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer

    On Friday, September 15, 1989, a child playing by the Cedar River discovered the body of Jeffery “Jo Jo” Zolliecoffer about a half-mile north of Waterloo’s business district.

     
  • Sarah Gomez, a Jefferson-Scranton High School alum, has returned to her roots at a heady, go-go time for the region. 
  • Wellendorf: From humble roots to thriving medical clinics
    A son of a small-town Iowa hardware store owner, Dr. Tracey Wellendorf in the last two decades has built a spectacularly successful medical practice in west-central Iowa. 
  • ‘He’s gonna make it through this’
    Carter Bretey is 8 years old.

    He’s a jokester. He loves soccer, spending time with his family, going to the park with friends. He plays Minecraft.

    He’s happy.

    And he was healthy.

    Then, earlier this month, he was diagnosed with cancer. 
  • Earl Thelander

    Earl Thelander sustained second- and third-degree burns over 80% of his body in an August 28, 2007 explosion caused by copper thieves. The thieves had stripped propane gas lines from a country home that Earl and his wife Hope had been renovating.

     
  • Carman’s Heroes
    What’s funny about Bob Carman is how seldom he took photos of his family or their milestones during the last 44 years of his life. 
  • Lance Lee DeWoody
    Lance Lee DeWoody of North Liberty was shot in the head and neck at a picnic shelter on the north side of

    the University of Iowa’s Oakdale campus in Coralville sometime between late Monday night, Aug. 12, 1985, and

    early Tuesday morning. Oakdale campus employees found DeWoody’s body shortly after sunrise Tuesday near the

    campus’ general hospital parking lot. His pickup was found parked about 70 yards away. 
  • Franciscan preacher’s address describes ‘good’
    Father André Cirino isn’t used to a city like Carroll. 
  • Coon Rapids veteran: I’m ‘one of luckiest people who ever lived’
    John J. Schumacher, a Coon Rapids icon who served in U.S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge and other key World War II operations in Europe, turned 90 on March 28. He was in Belgium, a nation he knew well as a much younger man during the fierce fighting of the campaign to free a continent from the Nazi grip. 
  • 3 brothers, 3 Eagles
    So how did Leroy, Luke and Noah, the three sons of Pete and Ann Schulte of Carroll, soar to such rarefied heights in Boy Scouts? 
  • Dennis Michael Clougherty

    On August 12, 1974, sometime between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and midnight, someone shot 23-year-old Dennis Clougherty five times in the chest and left his body along Union Road, south of First Street in Cedar Falls.

     
  • 'We wanted the children to come'
    On one of the hottest days in June, a blown-up tarp served as a place for kids to crowd together and imagine they were Jonah inside the whale. 
  • Parkinson’s disease: ‘There’s a lot of hope on the horizon’
    Victoria Miller used to toss and turn in bed, regularly waking up her husband, Bob. 
  • Charles Heider, the quiet philanthropist, passes
    Carroll native Charles Heider, a classy, behind-the-scenes Omaha, Nebraska, investment banker with close ties to Warren Buffett, and the largest private benefactor in Creighton University’s history, died Thursday morning, the school said in an official statement. He was 89. 
  • Battle Buddies
    The vigilance required in a combat hot zone does not transfer back to civilian life, Iraq War veteran Matt Hodges contends. 
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