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MADRID, Iowa (AP) -- The mayor of the Iowa town of Madrid has resigned amid discussions about whether to dissolve the local police department. The Des Moines Register reports Dirk Ringgenberg resigned late last week. He had proposed transferring Madrid's law enforcement responsibilities to the ...
Iowa Town Giving Away Free Land to Attract Residents ... MARNE, Iowa (AP) — Every single home matters in a community of 120 people. ... While he may have played an outsize role in Marne's housing market, Baxter's efforts represent a wider trend across Iowa: rural community leaders, struggling with ...

JEFFERSON, IA — A central Iowa town has put a controversial program to shoot feral cats on hold amid strong public outcry and recommendations of more humane ways to manage out-of-control feline populations. Jefferson has several large colonies of feral cats, which naturalists say pose a great risk to ...
Rural Iowa town offering free land for homes, businesses ... If you drive into Marne, Iowa from Interstate 80, you'll see a sign outside of town that says 'From a Proud Past to a Promising Future.' Mayor Randy Baxter says that future depends on a growing population. Advertisement. "Towns like Marne- and all ...
“This is where I learned to dribble,” a man said as he entered a hotel ballroom in the central Iowa college town of Grinnell. Sure enough, beneath the ballroom's banquet tables was the shiny maple floor of a former school gymnasium, complete with basketball court lines. Like my husband and me, the man ...

Former Capone bookkeeper kept low profile in Iowa town. EARL HORLYK ... FAIRBANK, Iowa | Many longtime residents were suspicious of a frequent visitor to this northeast Iowa town. ... This is the premise of "Gangster In Our Midst," a historical novel written by Fairbank, Iowa, native Betty Brandt Passick.
Albert the Bull welcomes visitors to Audubon, Iowa, where he's stood since Audubon's Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees, erected him in 1964 as a way to draw tourists while saluted the beef industry, an important component of the local economy. Albert the Bull will be featured in a TV commercial ...

MARNE, Iowa (AP) — Every single home matters in a community of 120 people. Each house serves as a crucial piece of the local tax base, keeping the town from fading away. That's why people like Marne Mayor Randy Baxter have surgically removed the town's dilapidated homes over the years.
"Iowa truly is a place where if you work hard, dream big, anything is possible," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday on "CBS This Morning." "And I'm honestly a product of that. I grew up in a small town in Iowa, town of about 500 people. Kevin [her husband] and I, when we were raising our three daughters ...
Public safety officials are concerned about up to 500,000 bales of flammable stover that are stored across central Iowa and will be left over after a cellulosic ethanol plant is sold. The newly merged DowDuPont is selling its $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, because it no longer fits its ...
A rainbow flag is flown outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on June 26, 2015 after it ruled that gay marriage is a nationwide right. (MOLLY RILEY / AFP/Getty Images). Hundreds of residents of Orange City, Iowa, are urging the town's library to label and segregate books that deal with LGBTQ ...
Feral cats are a big problem in Jefferson, Iowa, but some people found the city's solution – allowing police officers to shoot and kill trapped feral cats – even more problematic. “Cats don't belong outside,” Jefferson City Councilman Matt Wetrich told KCCI, citing studies showing having cats as predators ...


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