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Beatrice E. “Bea” Strinmoen, 89, Superior, WI

Beatrice E. “Bea” Strinmoen, age 89, of Superior, WI and formerly of Decorah, IA, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at St. Francis in the Park Health & Rehabilitation Center in Superior, WI. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah with Rev. Chad Huebner officiating.

Action-packed 2013 in state sports

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It was the game of the year — won by the team of the year in Iowa sports. Iowa had the ball and a 3-point lead with less than a minute left of a thrilling matchup with the rival Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum on Dec. 13. But Iowa State,

Ames clinic gives injured animals new purpose

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A clinic at Iowa State University is working to help injured wildlife animals and give others new purpose through education. The Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University’s Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center takes in injured animals and helps them get well enough for release. If a creature’s injuries are too severe,

Iowa car crash sends several people to hospital

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a two-vehicle crash in Black Hawk County has sent several people to the hospital. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened Friday night at an intersection near Dunkerton. Authorities say one of the vehicles failed to obey a traffic control device and struck the other vehicle.

GOP governors defend edge over Democrats in 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans swept into governorships on a tea-party fueled wave of discontent four years ago, taking over statehouses long governed by Democrats with promises of conservative economic and social policy makeovers. In states across the Midwest and Southwest, GOP governors followed through on those promises, winning far-reaching changes in labor, budget

Iowa pharmacist tackles suspect in store robbery

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs pharmacist has been credited with tackling a man accused of trying to steal prescription painkillers. The Council Bluffs Police Department says Bill Shipley tackled 33-year-old Kelton Houts Friday afternoon after Houts entered Union Pharmacy and demanded OxyContin. At some point Shipley tackled Houts, and the pair scuffled

DHS: Iowans should reapply for health insurance

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of Iowans who applied for health insurance through the federal government website may not have coverage on Jan. 1 because of a delay in paperwork. The Iowa Department of Human Services said Friday that those Iowans should reapply through the state website or a call center because federal officials

US judge in Iowa dismisses ‘popcorn lung’ lawsuit

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in Iowa has dismissed a Michigan couple’s lawsuit that claimed butter flavorings in microwave popcorn left the husband with lung disease. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett ruled Tuesday that Michigan’s three-year statute of limitations barred the lawsuit brought by David and Barbara Stults of Grand Rapids. The

Sculpture offers Christmas cheer to passersby

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A hat rack sculpture in downtown Sioux City is providing a perfect spot for some secret Santas. The sculpture stands outside City Hall, and on Tuesday someone hung gift bags containing items such as winter gloves and hats. Stefanie Goergen, a clerk who works in City Hall, tells the Sioux

State seeks funds for rural electric cooperatives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa is appealing a federal decision to deny disaster aid to four rural electrical cooperatives. Branstad announced Tuesday that the appeal had been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The four cooperatives are located in Northwest Iowa where utility lines were damaged in an ice