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Why are Iowa women behind bars? Drugs, drugs - and bad boyfriends
Patti Wachtendorf, warden of the state’s women prison in Mitchellville, speaks to the Carroll Rotary Club Monday.
Patti Wachtendorf, warden of the state’s women prison in Mitchellville, speaks to the Carroll Rotary Club Monday.
More than 71 percent of the nearly 600 inmates in Iowa's lone prison for women did not commit a violent crime - and many are there for drug-related offenses.

Iowa National Guard trains at Carroll airport
One by one, seven Black Hawk helicopters touched down on a Carroll airport runway early Friday afternoon.
Writing workshop
An ancestral curse. A nautical mystery. An enchanted world. Magic.
Donkey basketball raises more than $2,000
The crowd cheered as the donkeys raced down the court, their riders attempting to steer their animals toward a basket.
Dodgeball glory
A St. Lawrence Center sixth-grade team - dubbed the "Knightmares" - won the annual Carroll Middle School Dodgeball Tournament on Friday, a 3-year-old fundraiser for Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Work on new Glidden Wellness Center under way
The former Glidden Graphic newsroom is taking on new life as the city renovates the building into a community fitness facility.
Music key for Kuemper grad
Master of the piano, violin, viola and voice, the 2011 Kuemper graduate's musical talents are regularly on display in four area churches - Holy Spirit and St. Lawrence parishes in Carroll, St. Mary Parish in Willey and First United Methodist Church in Carroll - sometimes even twice on the same Sunday.
MSM holds second community input event
"There are no wrong answers and no crazy ideas," Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl told the roughly 50 attendees at Tuesday night's community input event in the VFW Hall in Manning.
Dancing with the Stars
Attendees at Manning Rotary Club's fourth annual "Dancing With the Stars" fundraising event saw it all Saturday night, from the tiny tappers who opened the show, to the leotard-clad man who stole it, with ballroom, pleather and cheesecake in between.
Ready for duty
Seth Horsley is preparing for the academic and physical-training rigors he will encounter as a plebe at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Student art empowers cancer patients
In a waiting room in the Cancer Center of St. Anthony Regional Hospital, the bright white letters jump off the canvas covered with brilliant rainbow hues of wax, offering a simple, but powerful, reminder - Hope.
'For tomorrow may not be'
There are times when words seem too thin to express our thoughts and feelings, but I will try.
Parade rider braves weather
While Carroll Area FFA's annual tractor-and-truck parade on Friday afternoon celebrating National FFA Week featured some impressive behemoth vehicles, standing out in the crowd was Soyer, driving his recently acquired mid-1950s John Deere 60 tractor ... without a spacious, comfy, heated cab ... in mid-30s temperature ... with snow and ice from the previous day's storm lining the route.
Carroll chapter says youth programs may be key to future
Through its 29-year history, the Carroll County chapter of Pheasants Forever has achieved remarkable success establishing and preserving habitat for wildlife.
Walking Again
In remote areas of Vietnam, arthritis can literally cripple, while those injured in vehicular accidents stand little to no chance of walking again.
Brothers behind bars
Troy Shearon was 5-foot-10, weighed 145 pounds and had blond hair and blue eyes when he went to prison for life for murder in 1988. He was 20 years old.
Brothers behind bars
Reminiscent of their childhood in Carroll, brothers Troy and Chad Shearon share a living space.
A 'magical' event for dads and princesses
Greg Villegas broke the secret to his daughters - 5-year-old Sophia and 8-year-old Olivia - just a few days before Saturday's fourth annual Fairytale Ball.
Manilla's Olson mindful of roots as honors roll
Ron Olson, a Carroll-born and Manilla-raised named partner with a Los Angeles firm that has collected a string of honors from American Lawyer magazine, wanted to talk about Nile Kinnick, the Heisman Trophy-winning Hawkeye whose life ended during World War II service.
Graphic Edge buys Vermont screen-printer
The Graphic Edge, a screen-printing and embroidery company based in Carroll, has purchased Keith's II Sports of Rutland, Vt. The acquisition - effective last Saturday - will bring together two leaders in the screen-printing industry.
Band: Christ's love should be lived, not just spoken
For the four members of Christian rock band Bread of Stone,

God's love is something that is found in actions, not just words.

Book showcases Carroll-area businesswomen
They all can be found in "The Ladies Room, Carroll," a new book featuring more than three dozen businesswomen. They represent Carroll-area independent businesses ranging from one-person entrepreneurships to large, major business strongly rooted in the community's history. One thing they all have in common, according to the inside of the book cover, is they're "women with passion, connecting with purpose."
American Legion national commander talks recruitment and mental health
The American Legion will continue efforts to help service members and veterans cope with mental scars said National Commander Dan Dellinger during a visit to the Carroll post Wednesday afternoon.
Manning featured on CBS Denver newscast
Intrigued by the small town that shared a name with Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning, CBS Denver anchor Jeff Todd and photographer John Mason stopped in Manning Tuesday on their "Drive to the Championship," a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Seaman earns Citizen of the Year honors
Wayne Seaman, a veteran Carroll ag-businessman who has served on a raft of boards for foundational local organizations, Monday night received the Carroll Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Citizen of the Year Award, the 433-member group's top annual honor.
Warm and Cozy
For Rob Perry, first came the sweat from countless hours of labor - the "sweat equity" he agreed to invest when his family was selected to receive a new home from the West Central Iowa Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
Two by Two
Two by two they were carried into an empty room in the birthing wing of St. Anthony's Regional Hospital, tucked into car seats and surrounded by love.
Rescued eagle battling for recovery
A bald eagle rescued recently from a leghold trap by two Greene County High School students as temperatures plummeted serves as a reminder to trappers about where and how they place their traps.
Trivia Night tests contestants, raises funds for Chicago trip
Knowing how many sides an octadecagon has (18), what Jack mended his head with in the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" (vinegar and brown paper), and how many feet wide a hippo can open its mouth (4) can be valuable after all. That is if you competed in the Carroll High School band's first-ever Trivia Night contest Friday in the school commons area.
Decorated guardsman, humble family man
He's modest. "Really I'm just humbled by the whole thing," Schreck, 34, a 1997 Kuemper Catholic High School graduate, said of the recent Guard award. "There are a lot of really good officers."
Cityview: The Dude
In a world of boomeranging e-mails, constant chatter and 24/7 connectivity, it’s time to go all 1998 on 2010.

We need The Dude, dudes.

As in Lebowski, Jeff Lebowski (aka The Dude), the iconic slacker who helped turn the 1998 Joel and Ethan Coen film “The Big Lebowski” into a cult classic.


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