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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.
  • 'You never stop'
    Sporting gold-tipped red head coverings, three elephants stand in a ring. One rears up on its hind legs, its trunk curled up in the air. 
  • Tony Acklin Memorial Golf Outing enjoys a record year
    The 10th annual Tony Acklin Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, June 27, at the Coon Rapids Country Club set records, with 135 participants and raising $12,000. 
  • Maureen Brubaker Farley
    The body of newly-married Maureen Farley was found lying atop a junk car Sept. 24, 1971 by two boys hunting in a wooded ravine off Ely Road near Cedar Rapids’ southwest edge. 
  • Willard Woodring and Richard Buchanan were found bound, gagged and shot to death in the kitchen of the Hawkeye Hotel, a well-known house of prostitution, in Keokuk on Sunday, Oct. 9, 1960. 
  • ‘A big deal for a community like ours’
    As the pale blue water sparkled, time seemed to stand still as kids, standing around the new Lake City pool, held their breath. 
  • Ceremony spotlights new Veterans Memorial Plaza
    Not even a battle-hardened retired Army brigadier general, wearing uniform with a chest full of military decorations, could overcome the emotion of the moment. 
  • ‘I like different’
    Near the entrance of the The Market Place, a scrawled message on a small chalkboard reads: “I love you more than coffee, but not always before coffee.” 
  • Michael Kasperbauer
    General Manager of Kasperbauer Cleaners in Carroll. 
  • Craig Allen Petersen

    Craig Petersen died just over one day after Kimberly Loose died in the company of Petersen’s best friend, Jeffery Daily. Petersen disappeared the morning of Sept. 28, 1986 while walking across the Interstate 280 bridge south of Davenport. Two days later, his body was found floating two miles west of Montpelier on the Mississippi River. No conclusive evidence ever proved whether Petersen had jumped (voluntarily or by coercion), fallen, or been pushed from the bridge into the river.

  • Kimberly "Kim" Loose
    Kimberly R. "Kim" Loose died in a one-car accident after leaving her best friend’s 16th birthday party. Authorities determined she was thrown from the passenger seat of a car driven by Jeffery Daily. Also in the car were Daily’s best friend, Craig Petersen, and his brother, Kevin Petersen. Daily, who wasn’t injured, was charged only with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Family dedicates a friendly place for our feathered friends
    Fittingly, the Iowa state bird — an Eastern goldfinch — perched on a feeder nearby and a house wren serenaded during part of the ceremony Sunday afternoon, when the family of the late Lenus “Leny” and Jean Thelen turned out to dedicate a bird sanctuary under development on the east side of Swan Lake State Park in memory of their parents and late brother Marty.

  • Out of tragedy, the gain of a new family
    Leaving behind his retirement party, Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler said goodbye to 34 years of service as well as those who didn’t attend the dinner at B&S’s down the street from the police station. In the midst of socializing with family and friends, Cayler was pulled aside by Matt Smith, a father of four children and family friend. 
  • Bonded by Baseball
    In talking about his family’s love of baseball, the realization suddenly hits Mike Ostrich: a Father’s Day tradition will be broken for the second year in a row. He, his wife Candice and two sons, Taylor and Hayden, usually attend the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Last year, it was just he and his wife. This year, he’s unsure if even that will occur. 
  • Lisa Ann Vander Esch

    Lisa Vander Esch, 19, was killed by a bullet to the head on Tuesday, September 14, 1982, while playing with her 16-month-old son in her rural Ireton home’s back yard.

  • Dunbar Slough
    A slow, grumpy painted turtle begins the slow trek across a paved road in western Greene County, 250th Street, that bisects fields marked as public hunting areas and others designating waterfowl refuges that prohibit duck and goose hunting. Rabbits bound through a roped-off gravel circle that allows drivers to pull off the road. 
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