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  • 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.
  • Unsolved Murder: Patricia Ann Veach
    On Thursday morning, July 10, 1969, 8-year- old Patricia Ann Veach was found dead in her bedroom at her Des Moines home. She had been sexually molested. An autopsy showed she had been smothered to death either with a pillow or a hand. Laboratory analyses of blood and hair found on the scene were incomplete.
  • Avenue of flags spotlights meaning of observance
    The beautiful panorama of hundreds of American flags gently blowing in the breeze, lining the avenues at the Carroll Cemetery stirs the hearts of Carroll people coming to Memorial Day services every year.   The Avenue of Flags created in 1986 by the American Legion Maurice Dunn Post 7 in cooperation with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2642 gives beauty and special meaning to the annual day of tribute to veterans.

  • State Legion award caps Bass’ 43-year career in Sheriff’s Office
    If Doug Bass had followed the wishes his dad had for him 50-some years ago, instead of receiving the Law Enforcement of the Year Award at the American Legion State Convention in Coralville last month, he’d have spent his career growing corn and soybean crops and raising livestock.
  • Unsolved Murder: Hazel Marie Reimann
    Hazel Reimann’s body was found Tuesday, September 2, 2008, by her sister Helen. Helen had gone to Hazel’s southeast Watrous Avenue house to check on her sister. There, in the home’s kitchen, she found a bloody, horrific crime scene leading to the basement, where she discovered her sister’s lifeless body in a pool of blood.
  • Searching for Shannon, Part 2

    Dan Dreessen was — for maybe the first time in his life — lost for words.

  • Searching for Shannon, Part 1

    He looks just like you, little girl.

  • Pokémon Go’ing crazy
    If someone says “Pikachu,” don’t hand them a Kleenex. And if they caught “Squirtle” don’t worry, it’s not contagious.
  • ‘The people who shaped them’
    A new language. New traditions — Halloween, Christmas. Birthday celebrations. Finding work. Missing family.
  • Unsolved Murder: Diane Marie Schofield
    A young woman’s badly decomposed body was found in the trunk of a tan 1966 Rambler in a parking lot at Southwest 20th and Porter near the Des Moines airport on Thursday, July 10, 1975. The body was later determined to be 21-year-old Diane Marie Schofield.
  • ‘Newfound joy’: St. Anthony speaker pinpoints 4 steps
    John McHugh’s fourth-grade teacher was shaped like a giant pear.
  • ‘Hypnobabies’ class offered for expectant mothers
    As another contraction comes on — but it isn’t called a contraction here; it’s termed a “pressure wave” — the woman closes her eyes and speaks quietly. Counts. Breathes.
  • Unsolved Murder: Lee Rotatori
    The body of Lee Rotatori was found in room 106 at the Best Western Frontier Motor Lodge in Council Bluffs on the afternoon of Friday, June 25, 1982. She was found wearing pajamas and lying on her back in a pool of blood on the bed. She had been stabbed once in the heart and had likely been dead 12 hours before her body was found.
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