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  • Rape charge stemmed from a virgin’s confusion
    It’s past midnight in August. A 16-year-old boy convinces an older girl to sneak from her parent’s house to talk.
  • As courthouse celebration nears, it's also time to look back
    Looking forward to the 50th anniversary of the Carroll County Courthouse’ to be celebrated Friday, Oct. 21, it is interesting to recall where it all began.
  • ‘Something in the water’
    Lying in a loose circle, a few of them holding hands and some already able to sit up, 11 babies grouped together at the Kuemper Catholic Schools elementary school library recently.
  • 'Life can be good'
    As 26 young girls and women had their hair and makeup done in preparation for walking across the state at the Dreams Made True pageant Saturday, Daleney Teske was primping right alongside them.
  • Unsolved Murder: Laura Van Wyhe
    In the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 26, 1996, a truck driver found Iowa City resident Laura Van Wyhe alive but incoherent, alongside Highway 136 near Kahoka, Missouri. Van Wyhe died three hours later in a Quincy, Ill., hospital. She died of brain trauma, massive blood loss and blunt force trauma to the head and legs. An autopsy showed no signs of drugs or alcohol in Van Wyhe’s system.
  • REUNITED: Members of Sieve family tree converge on Carroll
    None of the five oldest Sieve brothers were smokers when they posed for a photo in 1914 that would be taken back to their parents, still in Germany, the country the brothers had left years before.
  • Young artists add life to police station
    Sgt. Gary Bellinghausen had been greeted thousands of times by a blank, cream-colored brick wall when entering the catacombs of the Carroll Police Station through the public lobby.
    Dressed in a T-shirt featuring a glasses- and headphones-wearing pug and the words “I’m still not listening,” Kasche Huehn bounces around a room as Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” belts out of speakers.
  • Local farmer taking on Grassley over medical marijuana
    Chuck Grassley, Iowa’s powerful senior senator in more ways than just his record of service, has been in public office since the Eisenhower administration, having come into the world on Sept. 17, 1933.
  • ‘I have no doubt it was a miracle’
    Neysa Halverson doesn’t remember being thrown head-first out the driver’s side window.  She doesn’t remember landing in the ditch.  And she doesn’t remember the 2004 Chevy Impala rolling on top of her, trapping her underneath from the hips up. She doesn’t even recall noticing the rock that probably saved her life. But she does remember Deputy Sheriff Kirk Hammer.
  • 'Pure adrenaline'
    They’d been dreaming of it — fretting over it — for months.
  • 40 years of passion

    It’s tough to be surprised when celebrating Independence Day for the 87th time. But Merlyn Zubrod couldn’t believe how many people showed up at his farm just west of Templeton to see 40 years worth of his homemade machines.

  • A gay teen rises above bigotry in Carroll

    When Tyler Loew sat in front of a friend’s television two weeks ago and the 10 o’clock news started to roll, he thought he had a plan.

    He’d already chosen to brush aside the text messages sent among several of his peers deriding him for being gay.

  • ‘It’s always been his office’
    If Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris wasn’t in Des Moines, he was on the third floor of the Greene County Courthouse.

    It’s where he and his wife got their exercise, walking laps around the rotunda.
  • Unsolved Murder: Rhonda Anette Knutson
    Rhonda Knutson was killed in the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 7, 1992 – Labor Day – while working at the Phillips 66 convenience store in Williamstown, just north of the intersection of highways 18, 63 and 346 in Chickasaw County. She was found at 4:45 a.m. by the store owner. Autopsy results determined Knutson was beaten to death and there were no signs of sexual assault.
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