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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.
  • Airman’s sacrifice recognized 70 years after death
    Just more than 70 years ago, a fleet of 82 fully armed American B-29 Superfortress bombers took flight from the West Air Field on Tinian Island in the South Pacific.
  • L.A. justice center named for Manilla’s Olson
    An $18-million new headquarters for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles will bear the name of a prominent Carroll-born and Manilla-raised attorney. The Ron Olson Justice Center, a 47,700-square-foot headquarters for the foundation, is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined other California leaders at the groundbreaking for the Olson Center Jan. 19. Iconic journalist Tom Brokaw, a close Olson friend, is among the contributors.
  • Unsolved Murder: Kimberly Marie Ratliff

    Kimberly Ratliff was found in a car left in the parking lot of People’s Natural Gas at 1414 West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999. She had been viciously mutilated and nearly decapitated. Ratliff, who worked at Airlite Plastics Co. in Omaha, Neb., was last seen alive when she got off work about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8.

  • Two teenage girls with beer and cigarettes went to find their friend in a machine shed near Dedham nearly three years ago.

    It was a Friday night, and they drove from Manning to find some fun.
  • Physicians: Men, go to the doctor
    Men can be bullheaded.
  • King of the Tramps completes first tour in Europe
    They performed for students and Syrian refugees by day and for rowdy crowds by night.
  • Audubon mayor retiring after 22 years
    The City of Audubon is about to see the end of an era in its local government as longtime mayor Clark “Sam” Kauffman — who turned 80 today — is stepping down and will not be seeking re-election on Election Day.
  • Henkenius drawn to  lesson of Good Shepherd
    For Vern Henkenius, receiving the Good Shepherd Award at last month’s Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Education evoked thoughts of a Bible lesson that’s been an inspiration to him.
  • A beautiful day for service
    Guenther “John” Wagner has always been an independent man, but at age 79 he’ll gladly accept a helping hand from local youngsters when it comes to raking and bagging leaves and pine needles in his front yard.
  • Unsolved Murder: Jacqueline "Jackie" Shireman

    Jackie Shireman was found lying in a pool of blood in the walk-in cooler at Dubuque’s Marino’s Meal on a Bun around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 1975. She had been stabbed approximately 30 times with a pair of scissors.

  • Fiction immersed in facts

    Author Robin Oliveira listened to the ghosts.

  • Boyd George Novinger

    Boyd George Novinger, 77, was killed in his Bedford home on Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997. Novinger’s son-in-law and business partner, H. Keith Taylor, was first on scene and told officials he found his father-in-law’s body the following Sunday afternoon. An autopsy concluded Novinger died from gunshot wounds to the chest.

  • New owner at the wheel
    Gus Macke, one of the most widely known and successful auto dealers in west central Iowa, is selling his Ford dealership in Coon Rapids.
  • Michael Edward Carr

    At approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 1975, Michael Edward Carr was struck by a vehicle on the west edge of Estherville, while walking home. He died one week later.

  • Struve has ‘Lincoln’ limelight in ‘Of Warriors & Men’ concert
    Needing a soloist who could step up and musically convey one of the most powerfully emotional periods in American history, All Strings Attached Orchestra Studio Director Rebecca Windschitl immediately had her player.
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