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74Mil BC    In the Manson Impact a meteorite hit what is now Manson Iowa at an estimated 60,000 mph and formed a crater 24 miles wide with an impact 3 1/2 miles deep.
    (SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A10)

1804        Aug 20, Charles Floyd died, the only fatality of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. In 1901 a memorial was erected at his gravesite in Sioux City, Iowa.
    (MC, 8/20/02)(Internet)

1811        Feb 3, Horace Greeley was born. He popularized the phrase "Go west, young man," which was spoken to Josiah Grinell, who went west to Iowa, became a Congregational minister and founded Grinell College. Robert Noyce, developer of the microchip and founder of Intel, graduated from Grinell.
    (HNPD, 2/3/99)(WSJ, 10/26/00, p.W12)

1830        Jul 15, 3 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sauk & Fox, signed a treaty giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri.
    (MC, 7/15/02)

1838        Jun 12, The Iowa Territory was organized.
    (AP, 6/12/97)

1839        Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled against slavery.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.31)

1846        Feb 26, William Frederick Cody, aka "Buffalo Bill," was born in LeClaire, Scott County, Iowa. He was a "Wild West" frontiersman-turned-showman. Three weeks after the disaster at the Little Bighorn, Buffalo Bill claimed he had taken ‘the first scalp for Custer!’
    (HN, 2/26/98)(AP, 2/26/98)(MesWP)

1846        Dec 28, Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.
    (AP, 12/28/97)

1849        Winterset, Iowa, was founded. 
    (SFC, 7/11/03, p.A2)

1851        Apr 14, Morgan Earp was born in Marian County, IA.

1861        Dec 4, Lillian Russell, singer and actress, was born Helen Louise Leonard in Clinton, Iowa. She performed in burlesque and light opera, debuting in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore in 1879. Russell was praised for her voluptuous beauty and was frequently photographed. Women everywhere tried to emulate her plump physique by buying potions and corsets to accentuate their curves. Although Russell was the ideal beauty of her time, her 186-pound figure--which she kept by eating without restraint--would be quite a departure from today's standard of beauty. Russell later wrote a newspaper column on health, beauty and love, and she died in 1922.
    (HNPD, 12/3/98)

1865        The Cargill company was founded in Iowa by William W. Cargill when he bought a grain flat house in Conover. In 1898, John H. MacMillan, Sr., and his brother, Daniel, began working for W. W. Cargill. The Cargill and MacMillan families built the regional grain trader into a global giant.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargill)(Econ, 9/2/17, p.53)

1869        Iowa’s Supreme Court ordered the state’s schools to be desegregated.
    (Econ, 4/11/09, p.31)

1871        Jun 3, Jesse James and his gang robbed Obocock Bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $15,000.
    (MC, 6/3/02)

1871        Jul 3, Jesse James robbed a bank in Corydon, Iowa, of $45,000.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1871        Jul 25, A carrousel was patented by Wilhelm Schneider in Davenport, Iowa.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1873        Jul 21, At Adair, Iowa, more than seven years after the Liberty holdup, the James-Younger gang made their first train robbery. See 1866 for the 1st US train robbery.
    (OGA, 11/24/98)(HN, 7/18/00)

1873        Aug 26, Lee De Forest (d.1961), inventor of the audion vacuum tube, was born in Council bluffs, Iowa. He is considered the father of radio.
    (WUD, 1994 p.379)(http://www.britannica.com)

1874        Aug 10, Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa.
    (AP, 8/10/97)

1877        William Voss and his brothers Fred and John Voss established the Voss Bros. Manufacturing Co. in Davenport, Iowa. Voss had invented one of the first washing machines with early models operated by a hand crank or foot pedal. Voss motor-driven machines were introduced in 1905. during the Depression Voss washing machines sold for $39.95.
    (SFC, 1/21/09, p.G4)

1883        Apr 25, Elsa Maxwell, writer (Jack Paar Show), was born in Keokuk, Iowa.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

c1883        In Iowa the Roseman Bridge was constructed. It was later featured in the 1995 film "The Bridges of Madison County."
    (SFC, 7/11/03, p.A2)

1885        Jan 4, Dr. William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed what is believed to have been the first appendectomy; the patient was 22-year-old Mary Gartside.
    (AP, 1/4/00)

1896            Nov 14, Mamie G. Doud Eisenhower (d.1969), 1st lady (1953-61) of Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), was born in Boone, Iowa.

1887        Mar 3, The anti-Catholic American Protective Association formed in Clinton, IA.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1892        Feb 13, Grant Wood, painter (American Gothic), was born in Eldon, Iowa. Wood studied at the University of Iowa, taught there and made Iowa the focus of his paintings.  His is considered one of America's first 'regionalist' painters. His most famous work 'American Gothic', often spoofed, is a painting of the puritanical farmer and his wife or daughter.
    (HN, 2/13/01)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E3)

1894        Dec 30, Amelia Jenks Bloomer (76), suffragist, died in Council Bluffs, Iowa; she had gained notoriety for wearing a short skirt and baggy trousers that came to be known as "bloomers."
    (AP, 12/30/02)

1894        Andrew Clemens (b.1857), deaf sand artist, died. He created pictures in attractive bottles using natural color sands from Iowa.
    (SFC, 5/24/06, p.G3)

1895        Sep 18, D.D. Palmer of Davenport, Iowa, founded the 1st "college" of chiropractic near a duck farm in Iowa.
    (MC, 9/18/01)

1900        Dec 2, John Hossack (b.1841), an Iowa farmer and a prosperous citizen of Warren County, was killed in his bed from two blows with an ax. His wife was accused of the murder. In 1927 Susan Gaspell (1876-1948), American novelist and playwright, authored “A Jury of Her Peers," a short story based on his murder trial.
    (Econ, 2/21/09, p.83)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Jury_of_Her_Peers)

1900        A group of hobos from Chicago began convening on an annual basis in Britt, Iowa. They called themselves Tourists Union No. 63. In 1933 the Britt Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring their annual National Hobo Convention.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.B4)

1901        Nov 18, George Horatio Gallup, American journalist and statistician, was born in Jefferson, Iowa.
    (HN, 11/18/98)(MC, 11/18/01)

1902        May 18, Meredith Willson (Wilson), composer and lyricist (The Music Man), was born in Mason City, Iowa.
    (HN, 5/18/01)(SSFC, 2/14/04, p.D12)

1903        Mar 1, Leon Bismarck "Bix" Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist (In a Mist), was born in Iowa.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1904         Mar 1, Glenn Miller (d.1944), big band leader of the 1930s and 1940s, was born in Clarinda, Iowa.
    (AP, 3/1/04)

1904        Feb 4, MacKinlay Kantor, novelist (Andersonville), was born in Webster City, Iowa.
    (MC, 2/4/02)

1905        Harry Harlow (d.1981), psychologist, was born in Fairfield, Iowa.
    (CW, 6/03, p.51)

1906        Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (d.2002) was born in Ladora. She later became a newspaperwoman and wrote the 1st 23 Nancy Drew children’s mysteries under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
    (WSJ, 5/30/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 5/31/02, p.A13)

1907        May 26, John Wayne, American actor, was born as Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. He became famous for his western and World War II movies.
    (HN, 5/26/99)(AP, 5/26/07)

1909        Dec 12, Mildred Linton (d.2003) was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. She became a film star in the 1930s under the name Karen Morley.
    (SFC, 4/21/03, p.B5)

1914        Mar 25, Norman Borlaug (d.2009), later agricultural scientist and Nobel Prize winner (1970), was born on a farm near Cresco, Iowa.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Borlaug)(WSJ, 9/5/06, p.D8)(SFC, 9/14/09, p.A7)

1914        Sep 7, James Alfred Van Allen (d.2006), physicist, was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. In 1958 he discovered the two radiation belts surrounding the Earth, which were named after him.
    (HN, 9/7/98)(SFC, 8/10/06, p.B7)

1918        Jul 4, Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, twin sisters who became famous columnists, were born in Sioux City, Iowa, as Esther P. (Landers) and Pauline E. (Abbie) Friedman. Their "advice" columns are syndicated in more than 1,000 newspapers. Esther Friedman died in 2002 at age 83.
    (IB, 12/7/98)(SSFC, 6/23/02, p.A10)

1922        Jan 24, Christian K. Nelson of Onawa, Iowa, patented the Eskimo Pie. The product reportedly saved the Iowans dairy business during the Great Depression.
    (AP, 1/24/98)(SFEC, 4/11/99, Z1 p.8)

1923        Apr 17, Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist, was born in Dakota City, Iowa.
    (HN, 4/17/98)(MC, 4/17/02)

1923        Jun 27, Paul F. Conrad, cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

1925        Aug 12, KMA-AM in Shenandoah, IA, began radio transmissions.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1925        Oct 23, Johnny Carson (d.2005), American television personality who hosted the "Tonight Show," was born in Corning, Iowa.
    (HN, 10/23/98)(SFC, 1/24/05, p.A7)

1926        Jun 7, Dick Williams, choral director (Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1928        Grant Wood, American artist, encountered the German art movement Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), while supervising the production of a stained-glass window he had designed for the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Building.
    (Sm, 3/06, p.39)

1930        Dec 3, Andy Williams, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1930        Grant Wood, American painter, completed his "American Gothic." His sister and a Cedar Rapids, Iowa dentist were his models. It is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood’s biography, "Artist in Overalls: The Life of Grant Wood" by John Duggleby, was published in 1996. He also painted "Dinner for Threshers" now at the de Young Museum in SF. In 2005 Steven Biel authored “American Gothic, A Life of America’s Most Famous Painting."
    (T&L, 10/80, p. 58)(SFC, 6/9/96, DB p.11)(WSJ, 11/5/96, p.A20)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.E3)

1931        Jul 27, Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1937          The 1st special purpose digital computer with regenerative memory was invented by John Vincent Atanasoff at Iowa State College. The Atanasoff–Berry Computer (ABC), one of the first electronic digital computing devices, was conceived. The machine was not programmable, being designed only to solve systems of linear equations. It was successfully tested in 1942.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atanasoff%E2%80%93Berry_Computer)(SFC, 12/12/01, p.A27)

1938        Nov 13, Jean Seberg, actress (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon), was born in Marshaltown, Iowa.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1938        Tennessee Williams (26) completed his play "Spring Storm," while at the Univ. of Iowa. The play dealt with the "unconscious cruelty of the sexual struggle in youth."
    (SFEC, 11/14/99, DB p.35)(WSJ, 2/16/00, p.A24)

1939        John Atanasoff created the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) in the basement of the physics building at Iowa State College, which did not file patents. Physics Prof. John Mauchly took many of his ideas and filed a patent on over 100 ideas revolving around the computer in 1947. The patent, granted in 1964, claimed the Mauchly had invented the computer. This was disproved in 1973, following a 2-year court battle. In 2010 Jane Smiley authored “"The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer."
    (SSFC, 10/24/10, p.F3)

1941        Sep 11, Charles A. Lindbergh sparked charges of anti-Semitism with a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, in which he blamed "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" for trying to draw the United States into World War II. Lindbergh had joined the America First Committee which opposed US entry into the war.
    (SFEC, 11/15/98, Par p.29)(USAW, 5/19/02, p.26)(AP, 9/11/08)

1941        Lulu Merle Johnson (d.1995) became the first Black women in Iowa to earn a doctorate and the first Black woman in the US to earn a doctorate in history. In 2021 the Board of Supervisors of Iowa's Johnson County voted to have her as its official eponym replacing Richard Mentor Johnson, the 9th US vice-president from Kentucky.
    (SSFC, 7/4/21, p.A12)

1942        Feb 12, Painter Grant Wood (b.1892), creator of "American Gothic" (1930), died in Iowa City, Iowa, a day before his 51st birthday.
    (AP, 2/12/02)

1942        Jul 20, The first detachment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), later known as WACs, began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
    (HN, 7/20/02)(AP, 7/20/02)

1943        Oscar Hartzell (68), former Illinois farmer, died in a prison hospital with assets of 10 cents. At the turn of the century he had sold to some 100,000 Midwesterners pieces of the purported $100 billion estate of Sir Francis Drake. He was tried and convicted of mail fraud in Sioux City, Iowa. In 2002 Richard Rayner authored "Drake’s Fortune."
    (WSJ, 5/17/02, p.W11)(SSFC, 6/9/02, p.M1)

1944        Nov 9, The 455-foot Red Oak Victory ship was launched from Richmond, Ca. It was named after an Iowa town with the highest number of casualties per capita in WW II. The Victory ships were successors of the Liberty ships.
    (SFC, 9/16/98, p.A20)

1945        Mar 14, Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Steinford, a native of Iowa, was part of a 10-man crew of a B-17 bomber which was hit, while returning to its base in Italy from a mission over Hungary. In 2004 his remains were found in a grave in the town on Zirc in western Hungary, where he had been buried with 26 Soviet soldiers. In 2009 his remains were returned to the US.
    (AP, 8/4/09)

1948        Jun 2, Jerry Mathers, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver), was born in Sioux City, Iowa.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1949-1951    In Middletown the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant under the Atomic Energy Commission was the home of the only nuclear assembly plant in the US. Worker health was not monitored. Nuclear operations were moved to Texas in the 1970s.
    (SFC, 7/31/00, p.A3)

1954        In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, brothers Martin and Matthew Bucksbaum started what later became General Growth Properties Inc. by building a shopping center to house one of their family’s grocery stores in Cedar Rapids. General Growth Properties went public in 1972. In 2008 the company stock fell below $1 as it struggled under $27 billion in debt. In 2009 the company filed for bankruptcy.
    (WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A12)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.C2)

1957        Dec 19, The musical play "The Music Man," starring Robert Preston, with book and songs by Meredith Willson, opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theater for 1,375 performances. Mason City, Iowa, Willson's home town, unveiled Music Man Square in 2002
    (AP, 12/19/97)(MC, 12/19/01)(SSFC, 2/14/04, p.D12)

1959         Feb 3, A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, claimed the lives of rock- and-roll stars Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson (28). They had just finished performing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Buddy Holley and the Crickets had 2 hit songs "Oh Boy" and "Maybe Baby," Valens had the 2-sided hit "Donna" and "La Bamba," Richardson was popular for his song "Chantilly Lace."
    (AP, 2/3/97)(WSJ, 2/25/99, p.A16)

1969        In the 13th round of the NBA draft the San Francisco Warriors picked Denise Long, an Iowa high school superstar who averaged just under 70 points a game.
    (SFC, 3/10/18, p.A1)

1970        Cheryl Brown, Miss Iowa, became the first African-American finalist in the Miss America beauty pageant.

1973-1977    Edward Mezvinsky served as a US Representative. In 2001 he was indicted in Philadelphia for defrauding clients in a $10.4 million scheme to meet personal and business losses.
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.A4)

1976        Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus Jimmy Carter won with 28% of the vote. The rest went to Birch Bayh (13%), Fred R. Harris (10%), Morris Udall (6%) and “Uncommitted" (37%).

1976        May 23, In Iowa Jerry Foster was fatally shot at the Fort Madison Hill Crest Motel owned by his parents. In 177 Gentric Hicks was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Hicks maintained his innocence and in 2020 a judge ordered DNA testing of a hat that could prove his innocence.
    (https://tinyurl.com/no4wptt)(SFC, 4/8/20, p.A3)  

1977        Jul 22, In Iowa John Schweer, a retired white police officer, was murdered. In 1978 Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, both black men, were wrongfully convicted and served 25 years in prison before they were freed in 2003. Both men filed suits in 2005 against prosecutors and police officers of Council Bluffs. In 2012 a jury failed to reach a verdict and a judge declared a mistrial.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)(SFC, 10/29/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/15/12, p.A7)

1979        Dec 19, In Iowa Michelle Martinko (18) was killed. Her body was found the next day inside her family's car at a Cedar Rapids mall. She had been stabbed in the face and chest. Investigators later matched a blood sample from the crime scene with a sample taken from Jerry Burns. On Dec. 19, 2018, Burns was arrested. He was convicted of first-degree murder in February, 2020, and sentenced to life in prison on August 7, 2020.
    (AP, 2/6/20)(AP, 8/7/20)

1980        Jan 21, In the Iowa Republican caucus George H. W. Bush beat Ronald Reagan 32% to 30%. Reagan went onto win the nomination and the presidency.

1980        Iowa became the first state to make redistricting largely apolitical.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.33)

1981        Jan 12, In Iowa Richard Huntbach (85) and wife Goldie (77) were found shot to death in their home in Waterloo. On May 10, 2012, Jack Wendell Pursel (66) turned himself in to police and confessed to the killing saying he had become a Christian. Months after the Waterloo killings, Pursel began serving a 21-year sentence for two sex offenses; however, he was paroled in 1992. He was completely discharged from his sentence in September of 1995. On June 7, 2012 Pursel pleaded guilty to the Waterloo murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7pbnbaf)(SFC, 6/8/12, p.A8)

1982        Sep 5, Johnny Gosch (12) disappeared while delivering newspapers in Des Moines, Iowa. His was one of the first faces of missing children to appear on milk cartons. In 1997 he briefly contacted his mother, but feared for his life and declined to give details about his location.
    (SFC, 9/2/06, p.A5)

1983        Jan 14, In Iowa Terry Branstad (b.1946) began serving as governor and continued to 1999 after which he became president of Des Moines Univ. In 2011 he began serving a 5th term as governor of Iowa.
    (Econ, 10/19/13, p.34)

1984        The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (d.2008), a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, held his Taste of Utopia conference in Fairfield, Iowa.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(Econ, 2/16/08, p.95)

1984        Ted Waitt started Gateway Computer at his grandmother’s Iowa farmhouse.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.C2)

1985        Ted Waitt co-founded Gateway Computer in an Iowa farmhouse.
    (WSJ, 3/1/00, p.A1)

1986        Nov 29, Actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
    (AP, 11/29/97)

1986        Rambling Rudy Phillips (1911-2004) was crowned King of the Hobos at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa.
    (SFC, 1/26/04, p.B4)
1986        The Iowa-based World Food Prize was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug to recognize scientists and others who have improved the quality and availability of food.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Food_Prize)(AP, 6/25/18)

1987        Aaron Rubashkin, a Lubuvitcher Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, reopened an abandoned slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. In 2000 Stephen G. Bloom authored "Postville: A Clash of cultures in Heartland American."
    (SSFC, 12/24/00, BR p.4)

1989        Mar 1, Prairie Meadows racetrack in Polk County near Des Moines, Iowa, opened for business. It lost money until it was converted to a casino in April, 1995.
    (WSJ, 6/24/96, B1,11)

1989        Jul 19, In Iowa 112 people were killed when a United Air Lines DC-10 crashed while making an emergency landing at Sioux City; 184 other people survived. In 2014 Laurence Gonzales authored “Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival."
    (AP, 7/19/08)(SSFC, 7/27/14, p.N2)

1990        The World Food Prize was endowed by Iowa businessman John Ruan in honor of Norman Borlaug, father of the "Green Revolution."
    (SFC, 10/15/97, p.A15)

1991        Sep 15, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin entered the Democratic presidential race, promising to "take back government from the privileged few."
    (AP, 9/15/01)

1991        Nov 1, Univ. of Iowa graduate student Gang Lu (27) of China killed 4 members of his department, another university employee and himself. He was reportedly angry that his doctoral dissertation was not nominated for an academic award.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.A12)

1992        Feb 10, In the Iowa caucus favorite son Tom Harkin won with 76% of the vote. The rest went to “Uncommitted" (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%), Bob Kerrey (2%), and Jerry Brown (2%). Clinton ended up winning the Democratic nomination and the presidency.

1992        Robert James Waller (1939-2017) authored the romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County." The book turned Madison County, Iowa, into a tourist attraction. It was produced as a movie in 1995 with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and grossed $182 million worldwide.
    (SSFC, 3/12/17, p.A11)

1993        Apr 19, South Dakota Gov. George S. Mickelson (52) died in an Iowa plane crash.
    (AP, 4/19/97)

1993        Jul 11, In Des Moines, Iowa, severe flooding shut down a water system serving 250,000 residents.
    (AP, 7/11/98)

1993        Jul 14, President Clinton visited flood-stricken Iowa for the second time in 10 days, telling flood victims to "hang in there."
    (AP, 7/14/98)

1993        Jul 21, More rain set back cleanup and recovery efforts in parts of the Midwest; Transportation Secretary Federico Pena examined flood damage along the Mississippi in Keokuk, Iowa.
    (AP, 7/21/98)

1993        Jul 25, Dustin Honken, out on bond in a drugs case, and his girlfriend, Angela Johnson, kidnapped and killed Lori Duncan (31) and her two daughters from their Mason City home. Duncan's boyfriend Greg Nicholson was also killed. In November Honken killed Terry DeGeus (32), another drug dealer working with him.  In 2012 Johnson's death sentence was reduced to life in prison. Honken was executed on July 17, 2020.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y4th3g92)(SFC, 7/18/20, p.A5)

1993        Jul, A flood in Davenport, Iowa, crested at a record 22.6 feet.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A5)

1993        Aug 2, In a dramatic scene shown on national television, Jessica, a 2 1/2-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle, was removed from the Michigan home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parents, Dan and Cara Schmidt of Iowa.
    (AP, 8/2/98)

1994        The Winnebago nation gave Lance Morgan $9.7 million from its Iowa casino to start a new venture. Morgan formed Nebraska-based Ho-Chunk Inc.
    (Econ, 4/5/08, p.71)

1997        Nov 23, Iowa septuplet mom Bobbi McCaughey left the hospital and returned home while her seven babies stayed behind in intensive care.
    (AP, 11/23/98)

1997        Dec 20, In Cambodia Theng Bunma, business tycoon and accused drug trafficker, was awarded an honorary doctorate from Iowa Wesleyan College via the manipulations of Ted Sioeng, an Indonesia-born businessman. Sioeng was at the heart of the "donorgate" scandal over China’s attempt to influence the 1996 US elections.
    (WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A22)

1997        Iowa passed a Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
    (SFC, 12/16/03, p.A9)

1999        Jan 15, Gov. Tom Vilsack began his office. He called for a new motto to replace: "Iowa, you make me smile."
    (WSJ, 1/14/99, p.B1)

1999        Feb 10, Timothy Schultz (21) and Sarah Elder (20) of Des Moines split a $10.6 million Powerball lottery prize.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A3)

1999        May 16, Tornadoes swept through western Iowa and 2 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/17/99, p.A3)

1999          Aug 14, Gov. George Bush won the Iowa Straw Poll with Steve Forbes 2nd and Elizabeth Dole 3rd.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 6, In Richland the house of Jerry Usovsky exploded during a party and 7 people were killed.
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.A5)

1999         Sep 9, The College of Agriculture at Iowa State Univ. received a record $80 million donation. At least part of it came from the estate of Raymond and Mary Baker of Des Moines. Mr. Baker was a director of research at Pioneer Hi-Bred Int'l.
    (SFC, 9/10/99, p.A2)

1999        Oct 14, Democrat and Republican leaders in Iowa announced plans to move the caucuses to Jan 24.
    (SFC, 10/15/99, p.A3)

1999        Dec 23, In Keokuk, Iowa, a house fire left 3 children and 3 firemen dead. Dave McNally (48), Jason Bitting (29) and Nate Tuck (39) were caught in a flashover.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A5)

1999        In Iowa artist Ray (Bubba) Sorensen II began painting a Memorial Day tribute to US servicemen and servicewomen with a stirring tableau painted on a large granite boulder which stands next to Highway 25. He created new murals annually on the rock.

2000        Jan 24, In the Iowa Caucuses Vice Pres. Al Gore won over Bill Bradley 63 to 35%; Texas Gov. George W. Bush won over Steve Forbes 41 to 30%.
    (SFC, 1/25/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 7, In US presidential elections Iowa chose Al Gore by a margin of 4,000 votes.
    (Econ, 8/14/04, p.29)

2000        Austin Decoster, Iowa hog farmer, acknowledged being a habitual violator of polluting Iowa’s rivers and streams. He was the first Iowa farmer to be branded with the official label. In 2010 his Iowa egg farming operations were involved in the recall of some 380 million eggs.
    (SFC, 8/28/10, p.A6)

2001        Mar 18, An Amtrak train bound for the Bay Area derailed in Iowa and 1 person was killed with 96 injured.
    (SFC, 3/19/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 12, Tornadoes killed at least 4 people in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma.
    (WSJ, 4/13/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 24, The Mississippi crested at 22.5 feet in Davenport. The 1993 flood record was 22.6 feet.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A5)

2001        Aug 30, Leticia Aguilar (31) was found dead with her 5 children at her home in Sioux City. A 7th victim, Ronal Fish (58) was also found. Adam Matthew Moss (24) was arrested the next day and charged in the murders. Moss pleaded guilty on Sep 25 and was sentenced to 7 consecutive life terms.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A4)(SFC, 9/26/01, p.C12)

2001        Sep 6, The state Supreme Court struck down a law that gave grandparents the right to spend time with their grandchildren.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.D4)

2002        May 3, In rural Iowa and Illinois and 6 people were injured when 6 of 8 pipe bombs were detonated in what was called a case of domestic terrorism. Suspect Luke Helder was later found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 5/4/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/3/07)

2002        May 7, Lucas John Helder (21) of Pine Island, Minn., was arrested following a car chase near Lovelock, Nevada, and charged for the recent series of mailbox pipe bombs. Helder said he was trying to make a "smiley face" pattern on the map of his bombings. His series of rural mailbox bombings left six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. Helder has since been found incompetent to stand trial.
    (SFC, 5/8/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/02, p.A3)(AP, 5/7/07)

2002        Oct 13, In Iowa up to 11 bodies of suspected Mexican immigrants were found in a Union Pacific rail car. The car had left Matamoros, Mexico, in June, and had been parked in Oklahoma since mid-June.
    (SFC, 10/16/02, p.A3)

2003        Mar 12, In Iowa David England, president of Des Moines Area Community College, was arrested along with his wife, son and daughter for conspiracy to manufacture and deliver marijuana.
    (SSFC, 3/23/03, p.C4)

2003        Apr 1, A cloned Javan banteng was born by a beef cow in Iowa. Only 3-5,000 cattle-like bantengs remained worldwide.
    (SFC, 4/8/03, p.A3)

2003        Jun 28, The Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium opened in Dubuque, Iowa.
    (SSFC, 9/14/03, p.C12)

2003        Iowa introduced its Help Us Stop Hunger (HUSH) program. It urged hunters to donate surplus venison to local food banks.
    (WSJ, 11/20/06, p.A1)

2003        Ted Townsend, an Iowa meat-packing tycoon, gave $3,000 in campaign contributions to Republican Senator Chuck Grassley. In 2004 Grassley secured a $50 million from the federal budget for an indoor rainforest promoted by Townsend.
    (Econ, 1/28/06, p.29)

2004        Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with 32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%. Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
    (SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)

2004        May 8, A storm in Charles City, Iowa, caused an estimated $3 million in damages as hail the size of marbles to baseballs rained down on homes and vehicles.
    (USAT, 5/18/04, p.17A)

2005        Mar 22, Iowa enacted a law requiring an ID check and signature before the sale of cold remedies containing an ingredient for methamphetamine.
    (WSJ, 3/23/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 24, Jetseta Gage (10) was abducted from her home in Cedar Rapids. On Mar 28 Roger Paul Bentley (37), a registered sex offender, was charged with 1st degree murder and kidnapping.
    (SFC, 3/29/05, p.A3)

2005        Apr 6, Frank Conroy (69), novelist and director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, died in Iowa City.
    (WSJ, 5/18/05, p.D14)

2005        Jul 4, Iowa’s Gov. Tom Vilsack gave all Iowa’s ex-prisoners the right to vote.
    (Econ, 7/25/05, p.23)

2005        Nov 12, Tornadoes hit central Iowa and left one person dead.
    (SSFC, 11/13/05, p.A13)

2006        Feb 11, It was reported that the town of Hull was one of many in central Iowa whose groundwater has been contaminated by farm chemicals. It pinned hopes for its future water supply on the new Lewis and Clark Rural Water System, due to open in 2018. The system planned to pump Missouri River water across South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.33)

2006        Apr 13, It was reported that Iowa had counted at least 515 cases of mumps this year, where it had previously averaged 5 cases per year. Another 100 cases were reported in Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois.
    (SFC, 4/1/06, p.A3)(SFC, 4/12/06, p.A14)

2006        Apr 14, Tornadoes hit the campus of the Univ. of Iowa in Iowa City. One person was killed outside of town.
    (WSJ, 4/15/06, p.A1)

2006        Aug 9, Dr. James Van Allen (b.1914), American physicist, died in Iowa. He helped launch the US space program and in 1958 discovered the radiation belts surrounding Earth following readings from the Explorer I satellite.
    (SFC, 8/10/06, p.B7)

2006        Oct 10, The Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, became the 4th Catholic diocese in the US to file for bankruptcy amid the clergy abuse scandal, following the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, and the dioceses of Tucson, Arizona and Spokane, Washington. Since 2004, the Diocese of Davenport has paid more than $10.5 million to resolve dozens of claims filed against priests, including a $9 million settlement reached with 37 victims. The lawsuits accused 11 priests of sexually assaulting children since the 1950s and blamed church leaders for covering it up. The cost of the Catholic sex abuse cases nationwide has risen to about $1.5 billion since 1950, according to figures compiled from studies by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
    (WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(http://preview.tinyurl.com/2h36vd)

2006        Oct 14, In Bonaparte, Iowa, Shawn Bentler (22) killed his parents and 3 sisters (14,15,17) at their home.
    (SFC, 10/16/06, p.A13)(AP, 10/14/07)

2006        Nov 30, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (55) launched his campaign for the US presidency. He ended his bid Feb 23, 2007, due to what he called financial constraints.
    (SFC, 12/1/06, p.A6)(WSJ, 2/24/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 17, A US snow and ice storm was blamed for at least 64 deaths in nine states. These included 20 deaths in Oklahoma, 9 in Missouri, 8 in Iowa, 4 in New York, 5 in Texas, 4 in Michigan, 3 in Arkansas, and 1 each in Maine and Indiana.
    (AP, 1/17/07)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.A3)

2007        Apr 25, US federal authorities arrested John P. Tomkins (42) of Dubuque, Iowa, a man suspected of mailing dud pipe bombs to financial companies in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., and threatening letters that were signed "The Bishop."
    (AP, 4/25/07)

2007        Aug 11, Republican Mitt Romney (b.1947) won the first test of the 2008 White House race, using a big wallet and broad organization to muscle aside a field of rivals in a low-turnout Iowa straw poll. Mike Huckabee (b.1955), former governor of Arkansas, came in second.
    (Reuters, 8/11/07)(WSJ, 8/13/07, p.A5)

2007        Aug 31, In Iowa Polk County Judge Robert Hanson cleared the way gay marriage when he ruled that a state law allowing marriage only between a man and woman violated the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection. County attorney John Sarcone said the county would appeal to the state Supreme Court, and he immediately sought a stay that would prevent gay couples from seeking a marriage license until the appeal is resolved.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Oct 28, Iowa Democrats voted to move their leadoff precinct caucuses to Jan 3. Republicans had picked the same date earlier this month.
    (SFC, 10/30/07, p.A5)

2007        Dec 8, Talk show host Oprah Winfrey publicly endorsed Barack Obama for president during appearances in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    (AP, 12/8/08)

2007        Dec 13, Democratic presidential hopefuls meeting in Johnston, Iowa, called for higher taxes on the highest-paid Americans and on big corporations in an unusually cordial debate.
    (AP, 12/13/08)

2008        Jan 3, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses as the candidates move on to New Hampshire. Obama won with 38% over Edwards at 30% and Hillary Clinton at 29%. Overall, Clinton leads with 175 delegates, including superdelegates, followed by Obama with 75 and Edwards with 46. Huckabee won 34% with Romney at 25%. Huckabee scored 30 delegates and Romney got 7.
    (AP, 1/4/08)

2008        Mar 24, In Iowa City, Iowa, a woman and her 4 children were found dead. The burned body of Steven Sueppel (42), the husband and father, was found soon after in a wrecked van. Sueppel had been indicted last month on charges of stealing some $560,000 from Hills Bank and Trust, where he was vice president and controller.
    (SFC, 3/25/08, p.A2)

2008        May 12, US immigration agents arrested more than 300 people at Agriprocessors Inc, a kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, amid an ongoing investigation into identification theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers, and for illegal immigrants.
    (Reuters, 5/12/08)

2008        May 25, Powerful storms packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in Minnesota. 222 homes were destroyed in Iowa.
    (AP, 5/26/08)(SFC, 5/28/08, p.A2)

2008        Jun 8, Iowa schoolteachers John (55) and Nancy (49) Vogel set off with their two twins (10), Daryl and Davy, on a 3-year bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina. They expected to complete the trip in March, 2011.
    (SSFC, 8/15/10, Par p.8)(http://familyonbikes.org/blog/)
2008        Jun 8, Wicked weekend storms pounded the US from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded communities, spawning tornadoes that tore up houses and killing at least eight people in Indiana (1), Michigan (6), Connecticut (1). Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 29 counties and President Bush declared a major disaster in 29 Indiana counties, freeing up aid. Iowa Gov. Chet Culver declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties.
    (AP, 6/8/08)

2008         Jun 11, In rural western Iowa four boys were killed when a tornado hit. They were among the elite of the Boy Scouts of America to attend a special week-long leadership development seminar put on by the Mid-America Council.
    (www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,366264,00.html)(AP, 6/13/08)

2008        Jun 13, In Iowa the Cedar River crested at nearly 32 feet, 12 feet higher than the old record set in 1929. Water submerged more than 400 blocks of Cedar Rapids, threatened the city's drinking supply and forced the evacuation of a downtown hospital.
    (AP, 6/14/08)

2008        Jun 18, Floodwaters breached two levees in western Illinois and threatened more Mississippi River towns in Missouri after inundating much of Iowa for the past week. One official estimated up to 47 square miles could be flooded.
    (AP, 6/18/08)

2008        Jun 24, In Iowa a railroad bridge collapsed into the flooded Iowa River near Columbus Junction, dropping a locomotive and its engineer into the water.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Oct 30, In Iowa US federal agents arrested Sholom Rubashkin, a former senior executive of the Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, for employing illegal immigrants for commercial gain and helping them secure fake documents. A day earlier Iowa labor authorities levied some $10 million in fines against Agriprocessors for labor violations. On Nov 12, 2009, Rubashkin was convicted on 86 of 91 financial fraud charges.
    (WSJ, 10/31/08, p.A3)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)

2008        Nov 14, In Iowa police again arrested Sholom Rubashkin, former chief executive of Agriprocessors Inc., a Postville slaughterhouse, on new charges of bank fraud. In 2010 Rubashkin (51) was sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay $27 million in restitution for his conviction on fraud charges.
    (WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A2)(SFC, 6/22/10, p.A4)

2009        Apr 3, The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling finding that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples, making Iowa the third state where gay marriage is legal.
    (AP, 4/3/09)

2009        Apr 27, Iowa counties began processing same-sex marriage applications.
    (WSJ, 4/27/09, p.A1)

2009        Jun 24, Ed Thomas, Iowa high school football coach, was shot at Aplington-Parkersburg High School while training in the school weight room. Thomas soon died of his wounds and former student Mark Becker (24) was arrested for the murder.

2009        Sep 16, Sen. Max Baucus brought out the much-awaited Senate Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake, a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress without visible Republican backing. The 6 committee members received an average $74,600 from health industry lobbyists through June. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, led the group with $223,600. Baucus, D-Montana, was 2nd with $141,000.
    (AP, 9/16/09)(SSFC, 9/20/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 12, Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa, won the 39th Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival with his 1,658-pound pumpkin. It broke the year-old record of 1,528 pounds. His first prize of $9,948 came out to $6 per pound. The world record had just been set on Oct 10 in Ohio by a 1,725-pound Atlantic giant pumpkin.
    (SFC, 10/13/09, p.C1)(SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A14)

2009        Dec 9, A blizzard dumped over a foot of snow across much of the Midwest and New England. Nearly 19 inches fell in Madison, Wis., 16 inches was reported in Des Moines, Iowa. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the storm.
    (SFC, 12/10/09, p.A17)

2009        A lawyer for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a suit against Texas-based Henry's Turkey Service in Iowa for lost pay, abuse and discrimination involving 32 workers with mental disabilities. The $240 million verdict was the largest ever for the EEOC, but it was subsequently reduced to $50,000 per person. The case was made into a documentary "The Men of Atalissa" (2014).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Men_of_Atalissa)(Econ., 5/9/20, p.74)

2010        Jul 4, In Bellevue, Iowa, a pair of runaway horses, in harness to a wagon, crashed into a Fourth of July parade float and collapsed, ending a rampage that injured 24 people and killed wagon passenger Janet Steines.
    (AP, 7/5/10)(SFC, 7/6/10, p.A4)

2010        Jul 24, In Iowa the Lake Delhi dam in Delaware County gave way under the rising Maquoketa River decimating the 9-mile long lake and adjacent property values.
    (SFC, 7/27/10, p.A6)

2010        Aug 11, In Iowa 3 nights of heavy rainfall caused creeks and rivers to swell, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes and killing a 16-year-old girl when three cars were swept away by a torrent of water on a rural road.
    (AP, 8/12/10)

2010        Aug 18, The US FDA said some 380 million eggs have been recalled nationwide due to salmonella contamination. Officials soon confirmed that over 2,000 people had been sickened by salmonella from May to July and over 500m eggs were recalled. The affected eggs were all traced back to two farms in Iowa.
    (SFC, 8/19/10, p.C3)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.32)

2010        Oct 15, Mike Ehredt (49) a US Army veteran of Hope, Iowa, completed a coast to coast jog in Rockland, Maine. He had placed a flag in the ground every mile to honor military personnel killed in Iraq. He averaged about 29 miles a day with 4 days off.
    (SFC, 10/16/10, p.A4)

2010        Nov 2, Iowa (Terry Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan (Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich), Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial skills.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)

2010        Iowa’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay marriage. Anti-gay-marriage groups targeted three judges and all 3 lost their seats.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.32)

2011        Apr 10, In Iowa a large tornado destroyed some 100 homes in the small town of Mapleton.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)

2011        Aug 13, In the Iowa Republican straw poll Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won with 4,823 votes, Texas Rep. Ron Paul got 4,671. Former Minnesota Gov. Rick Pawlenty received 2,293. His 3rd place finish led him to drop out of the race.
    (AP, 8/14/11)

2011        Nov 21, Robert Burke (43), a former elementary school principal in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of producing child pornography involving students at his school. Burke was also fined $25,000.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

2011        Dec 29, Crawford Shaw, of Bedford, NY, claimed a multimillion dollar Iowa Lottery prize on behalf of a trust, less than two hours before it expired. He later identified the recipient only as a corporation in the country of Belize. On Jan 26, Shaw withdrew his claim on the prize just as mysteriously as he has made it. The payout for the prize would have been $7.5 million cash, or $10.3 million spread over 25 years after taxes.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Jan 3, Mitt Romney won 25% of the Iowa caucus by eight votes over Rick Santorum. Ron Paul won 21%, Newt Gingrich won 13% and Rick Perry won 10%. Michele Bachmann won just 5% and dropped out the race the next day. A recount of the vote gave the victory to Rick Santorum.
    (ABCNews, 1/4/12)(Econ, 1/28/12, p.25)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region. About 75 tornadoes touched down in Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska.
    (AP, 4/14/12)(SFC, 4/17/12, p.A6)

2012        Jul 5, Steve Cannon (46) of Des Moines, Iowa, completed a 40-day, 1,037-mile run around Lake Michigan. He started and ended his trek at Caray’s Tavern in Chicago.
    (SFC, 7/7/12, p.A5)

2012        Jul 13, Russell Wasendorf Sr. (64), founder of Peregrine Financial Group, was arrested. He admitted stealing at least $100 million from his Iowa-based firm. He was found on July 9 in front of his corporate headquarters in Cedar Falls following an attempted suicide.
    (SFC, 7/18/12, p.D3)(Econ, 7/14/12, p.64)
2012        Jul 13, In Iowa two cousins, aged 9 and 13, disappeared near a popular recreational lake in Evansdale, a city about 110 miles northeast of Des Moines. On Dec 5 it was reported that hunters had found the bodies of the girls in a wooded area of Black Hawk County.
    (AP, 12/6/12)

2012        Aug 6, Thousands of fish were reported dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees. About 40,000 shovelnose sturgeon were killed in Iowa last week as water temperatures reached 97 degrees. Nebraska fishery officials said they've seen thousands of dead sturgeon, catfish, carp, and other species in the Lower Platte River. Illinois biologists said the hot weather has killed tens of thousands of large- and smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Kansas has seen declining water levels that pulled younger, smaller game fish away from the vegetation-rich shore lines and forced them to cluster, making them easier targets for predators. In South Dakota there have been reports of isolated fish kills in its manmade lakes on the Missouri River.
    (AP, 8/6/12)

2012        Sep 1, In Iowa a pilot was killed at an air show in Davenport after his Soviet Cold War era jet crashed into a nearby field.
    (abcNEWS, 9/2/12)

2013        Apr 8, In Iowa Peng Tang (22), a former Univ. of Iowa student from China, was sentenced to up to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing another Chinese student.
    (SFC, 4/9/13, p.A5)

2013        May 1, A jury in Davenport, Iowa, awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled turkey processing plant workers for what was described as years of “virtual enslavement" by Texas-based Henry’s Turkey Service.
    (SFC, 5/2/13, p.A5)

2013        May 3, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state health deprartment mist list the names of both spouses in a same-sex relationship on a child’s birth certificate.
    (SFC, 5/4/13, p.A4)

2013        May 14, In Iowa a federal judge slashed the May 1 $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A6)

2013        May 19, More than two dozen tornadoes were spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. A half-mile wide twister struck near Oklahoma City and at least one person was killed.
    (Reuters, 5/20/13)

2013        May 20, In Dayton, Iowa, Kathlynn Shepard (15) was abducted along with another girl (12). The younger girl escaped and called help. Michael Klunder (42), a registered sex offender was found dead hours later after reportedly hanging himself. Kathlynn’s body was found by a fisherman on June 7 in the Des Moines River.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A12)

2013        Oct 15, The city of Council Bluffs, Iowa, agreed to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit with Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee of Omaha, who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years for the 1977 shooting of retired police captain John Schweer.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/9xeb75v)

2014        Jan 31, A US federal judge gave Hosam Amara, a former Agriprocessors Inc. manager, a 41-month prison term for exploiting immigrant workers at a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. 389 workers were arrested in a May, 2008, raid at the plant.
    (SFC, 2/1/14, p.A6)

2014        Mar 29, In Iowa a massive fire swept through the former Younkers department store in downtown Des Moines. The building, dating to 1899, was under renovation and would now have to be demolished.
    (SSFC, 3/30/14, p.A11)

2014        Apr 27, A broad tornado killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        Sep 8, Iowa State University student Shao Tong (20) disappeared. On Sep 26 police found a car connected with Shao, a junior chemical engineering student from China, and then found a body in the trunk.
    (AP, 9/27/14)

2014        Sep 17, In Iowa Shao Tong (20), a Chinese national and international student at Iowa State University, was reported missing. Her body was found Sept. 26. An autopsy said she'd been asphyxiated. Authorities said she had been killed after a weekend with Li Xiangnan at a motel. Li returned to China following the slaying. Xiangnan (23) surrendered to police in Wenzhou on May 13, 2015, and was arrested on June 19 to face a charge of intentional homicide. On March 23, 2016, Li Xiangnan pleaded guilty to killing Shao Tong. In June he was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/30/15)(AP, 3/24/16)(AP, 6/23/16)

2015        Apr 14, Hillary Clinton arrived in Iowa during an overland road trip to begin a series of low-key meetings with ordinary voters and set the tone for her campaign.
    (AFP, 4/14/15)

2015        Apr 13, In Iowa Austin DeCoster and his son peter, former egg industry executives, were sentenced to three months in jail for their roles in a major 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. The Quality Egg company paid a $6.8 million fine as part of a plea agreement.
    (SFC, 4/14/15, p.A6)

2015        Apr 20, The USDA said bird flu has been found at a farm in Iowa holding nearly 10% of the state’s egg laying chickens. Up to 5.3 million hens in Osceola County would have to be destroyed.
    (SFC, 4/21/15, p.A5)

2015        Jun 12, The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the right to be drunk on your front porch.
    (SFC, 6/13/15, p.A4)

2015        Jun 19, The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a restriction that would have prevented doctors from administering abortion-inducing pills remotely via telephone conferencing.
    (SFC, 6/20/15, p.A5)
2015        Jun 19, In Iowa Jason Carter fatally shot his mother Shirley (68). Father Bill Carter later said Jason was trying to gain access to his parents' assets. Jason was acquitted of murder in 2019. A civil trial ordered Jason to pay $10 million to his mother's estate.
    (https://tinyurl.com/wf5lqpz)(SFC, 2/26/20, p.A5)

2015        Jul 18, In Iowa Donald Trump blustered his way into more trouble as he criticized US Sen. John McCain's war record at a conservative forum, overshadowing fellow presidential candidates promoting their credentials to evangelical Christians. "He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said when the moderator described McCain as a war hero.
    (AP, 7/18/15)

2015        Nov 13, US presidential candidate Ben Carson recommended praying for rival Donald Trump after the real-estate mogul and television personality, in a 95-minute rant in Iowa, likened him to a child molester.
    (Reuters, 11/14/15)

2016        Feb 1, Iowa’s Republicans backed the ultraconservative Ted Cruz for their party's nomination, leaving a humbled Donald Trump in second place just ahead of Senator Marco Rubio. Democrat Hillary Clinton battled into a virtual tie with rival Bernie Sanders. As protesters in Iowa interrupted a Donald Trump rally, he encouraged supporters to "knock the crap out of them," and pledged to pay their legal fees.
    (AFP, 2/2/16)(AFP, 3/12/16)

2016        Jun 30, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that felons may be stripped of their voting rights for life unless those rights are restored by the governor.
    (SFC, 7/1/16, p.A6)

2016        Jul, Iowa settled lawsuits relating to incidents that occurred between 2013 and 2015 in which white police officers roughed up three black residents in Waterloo.
    (SFC, 8/12/16, p.A8)

2016        Oct 5, In Iowa Mo Hailong (aka Robert Mo), a businessman from China, was sentenced to three years in prison. He had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from US seed corn companies DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto. In December a federal judge ordered Hailong to pay $425,000 to DuPont and Monsanto.
    (AP, 10/6/16)(SFC, 12/23/16, p.A5)

2016        Nov 1, In Iowa police Officer Lucas Jones shot Jerime Mitchell (37), an unarmed black motorist. The shooting left Mitchell paralyzed. On Dec 5 a grand jury decided not to indict Jones after authorities argued he shot in self-defense. In 2021 an insurance company for the City of Cedar Rapids said it will pay $8 million to Mitchell.
    (SFC, 12/9/16, p.A6)(AP, 4/19/21)

2016        Nov 2, In Iowa two police officers were killed in ambush-style attacks early today 20 minutes apart in Des Moines. Police soon apprehended Scott Michael Greene (46), a white male, in the shooting death. The incident marked the first time a Des Moines officer has been shot in the line of duty since two police were gunned down in 1977.
    (AFP, 11/2/16)

2016        Dec 7, A transition official said president-elect Donald Trump will nominate Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next US ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing after rattling the world's second-largest economy by speaking to Taiwan's president.
    (Reuters, 12/7/16)

2017        Feb 6, Fadi Yassine (42) of Lebanon made a court appearance in Brooklyn, New York and will be transferred to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to face charges of conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control act. He was arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country.
    (AP, 2/7/17)

2017        Feb 28, Tornadoes and storms killed at least three people and destroyed homes in Illinois and Missouri. Tornado spotters reported at least 23 twisters in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Tennessee and Indiana.
    (Reuters, 3/1/17)(SFC, 3/2/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 23, In Iowa computer programmer Eddie Tipton was sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for rigging computers to make lottery numbers predictable. Tipton gave the numbers to Robert Rhodes of Texas and others who won $2.2 million in four state jackpots. On Aug 25 Rhodes pleaded guilty to fraud in Iowa and a computer crime in Wisconsin and was sentenced to years of probation and six months of home confinement.
    (SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)

2017        Sep 11, Iowa State Univ. officials said its College of Business will be renamed the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business because of a $50 million donation, the largest ever commitment ot the college, by Alumnus Jerry Ivy, president and CEO of Auto-Chlor System.
    (SFC, 9/12/17 p.D2)

2017        Oct 24, In Colorado Trevor Graves, (22), a former Univ. of Iowa wrestler, was arrested on federal computer hacking charges and released on bond. In 2015 he had installed keyloggers in computers in university classrooms and labs that allowed him  to change his grades more than 90 times over a 21-month period as well as change grades for at least five other students on numerous occasions.
    (SSFC, 10/29/17, p.A7)

2018        Feb 9, A major winter storm pounded the US Midwest and forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region. Winter weather this week killed several people in accidents in the Midwest, including six in Iowa, two in Missouri and one in Montana.
    (Reuters, 2/9/18)

2018        Feb 16, The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the birth mother of an 18-month-old girl, paid as a surrogate to have the baby, is not legally the child’s parent.
    (SFC, 2/17/18, p.A4)

2018        Mar 23, In Mexico four members of an Iowa family were found dead at the Tao condominium complex in Tulum, Quintana Roo state. Mexican authorities the next day said autopsies indicate an Iowa couple and their two children had been dead for between 36 and 48 hours from inhaling toxic gas at a rented condo, but there was no sign of foul play or suicide. Iowa officials identified the family as Kevin Sharp (41); his wife, Amy Sharp (38), and their children Sterling (12) and Adrianna (7).
    (AP, 3/25/18)

2018        Apr 4, Iowa lawmakers approved a bill that bans so-called sanctuary cities by withholding state funds from local governments that don't comply with immigration laws. Gov. Kim Reynolds has indicated she'll sign it into law.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A5)

2019        Apr 5, Roy Browning Jr. (67), the husband of an Iowa health care administrator, stabbed his wife to death, hours before she was set to learn about financial problems he had tried to hide from her. Browning called 911 to report that he found his wife unresponsive on her bedroom floor at their Iowa City home. He was arrested on Oct. 28 on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of JoEllen Browning, his wife of 42 years.
    (AP, 10/29/19)

2018        May 4, Iowa GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 1, A judge in Iowa agreed to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect next month.
    (SFC, 6/2/18, p.A5)

2018        Jun 22, In Iowa the Sioux County Sheriff's Office ordered evacuations near Doon, after a BNSF train derailed and spilled oil being transported from Canada. An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil was dumped into floodwaters with some making its way to nearby rivers. Ten oil tank cars were breached in the derailment on washed out tracks.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ychga7nu)(SSFC, 6/24/18, p.A8)(SFC, 8/11/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 29, Iowa's Supreme Court blocked a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion. State lawmakers had approved the law last year.
    (SFC, 6/30/18, p.A9)

2018        Jun 30, Longtime Iowa sportscaster Larry Cotlar (66) died after his van was swept away in flash flooding in Des Moines.
    (SFC, 7/2/18, p.A4)

2018        Jul 18, In Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts (20) disappeared while running in her hometown of Brooklyn. On August 21 suspect Christhian Bahena Rivera (24), a Mexican living in the US illegally, led investigators to her body in a cornfield 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn.  Rivera later claimed that two masked men, responsible for the killing, had forced him to drive them around and dispose of Tibbets' body. On May 28, 2021, a 12-member jury unanimously found Rivera guilty of first-degree murder.On August 30 Rivera was sentneced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/22/18, p.A6)(SFC, 8/23/18, p.A6)(AP, 5/28/21)(SFC, 7/15/21, p.A7)(Reuters, 8/30/21)

2018        Jul 19, Unexpected twisters hit central Iowa and flattened buildings in Marshalltown, Pella and Bondurant. At least 17 people were injured.
    (SSFC, 7/22/18, p.A11)

2018        Sep 17, In central Iowa Collin Daniel Richards (22), a homeless man, attacked and killed Celia Barquin Arozamena, an Iowa State student and top amateur golfer from Spain. She had been playing a round near her university campus. Richards left her body in a pond on the course and was soon arrested.
    (AP, 9/18/18)

2018        Nov 9, In central Iowa a small plane crashed near the Guthrie Center Airport killing all four people on board.
    (SSFC, 11/11/18, p.A8)

2019        Jan 22, An Iowa state judge struck down the state's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law finding it unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 1/23/19, p.A4)

2019        Mar 17, The Missouri River reached a record 30.2 feet in Iowa's Fremont County. Heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused flooding in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska with at least two deaths reported.
    (SFC, 3/18/19, p.A8)

2019        Apr 5, Roy Browning Jr. (67), the husband of an Iowa health care administrator, stabbed his wife to death, hours before she was set to learn about financial problems he had tried to hide from her. Browning called 911 to report that he found his wife unresponsive on her bedroom floor at their Iowa City home. He was arrested on Oct. 28 on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of JoEllen Browning, his wife of 42 years.
    (AP, 10/29/19)

2019        Jun 1, In Iowa a flood barrier along the swollen Mississippi River failed flooding four to six blocks of downtown Burlington.
    (SSFC, 6/2/19, p.A14)

2019        Jul 16, In Iowa Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana (31), an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was arrested after he allegedly shot Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, with whom he lived in Des Moines, and called 911 on himself. He allegedly fabricated a story about Rodriguez killing the two children, saying he had to kill her in self-defense.
    (The National Interest, 7/20/19)

2019        Aug 14, Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has been stripped of his committee assignments for his history of offensive comments, expressed his opposition to exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation by saying that humanity might not exist if rape and incest did not occur.
    (Bloomberg, 8/14/19)

2019        Aug 16, In Iowa a judge sentenced Randy Constant (60), the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in US history, to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want.
    (AP, 8/16/19)(SFC, 8/19/19, p.A5)

2019        Sep 30, An Iowa judge struck down as unconstitutional large portions of a 2017 voting reform law challenged by a Hispanic civil rights group and an Iowa State University student.
    (AP, 10/1/19)

2019        Oct 2, In central Iowa Rev. Allen Henderson (64), a pastor who also served as a chaplain to area first responders, was robbed and beaten to death outside of his church in Fort Dodge. Police soon arrested Joshua Pendleton (36) and charged him with robbery and first-degree murder.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Nov 1, A parade of 13 Democratic presidential hopefuls vowed to oust Republican Donald Trump from the White House in 2020, promising a raucous crowd in Iowa they would lead the fight to fulfill longtime party goals like ending income inequality and providing universal healthcare.
    (Reuters, 11/1/19)
2019        Nov 1, Senior Chinese and US officials again sent positive signals about their efforts to formalize the partial trade bargain announced last month, with President Donald Trump saying he may meet with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the state of Iowa.
    (AFP, 11/1/19)

2019        Nov, Iowa grandfather Larry Dawson (66) reached a settlement with the Multi-State Lottery Association. Dawson had won a $9 miilion jackpot in 2011 and later learned that the game's previous $16.5 million jackpot had been rigged by Eddie Tipton, the association's information security officer as part of a massive frady scheme.
    (SFC, 11/26/19, p.A6)

2020        Jan 14, US Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered in Iowa for the seventh debate. Six candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination took the stage this evening in Des Moines, Iowa, for their last debate before the Iowa caucuses kick off the primary season in less than three weeks.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)(NY Times, 1/15/20)

2020        Feb 3, Iowa held its first-in-the-nation caucus on presidential candidates.
    (AP, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 4, Iowa's coveted position as the first-in-the-nation nominating contest faces its most daunting challenge in decades in light of problems that kept the state Democratic Party from reporting results. The Iowa Democratic Party blamed a “coding issue in the reporting system" that it said has since been fixed. Partial results showed Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, with a narrow lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
    (AP, 2/4/20)

2020        Feb 6, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called for a “recanvass" of the results of the Iowa caucuses, saying it was needed to “assure public confidence" after three days of technical issues and delays. New results late today showed former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted.
    (AP, 2/6/20)

2020        Feb 12, Chairman Troy Price of the Iowa Democratic Party announced his resignation after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.
    (AP, 2/13/20)

2020        Feb 27, The Iowa Democratic Party released updated results of the Iowa caucuses after the completion of a recount requested by the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. In the new results, Buttigieg had 562.954 state delegate equivalents and Sanders had 562.021 state delegate equivalents out of 2,151 counted.
    (AP, 2/27/20)

2020        Mar 8, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said three cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the state.
    (AP, 3/8/20)

2020        Mar 10, Iowa health officials announced that five more eastern Iowa residents have tested positive for new coronavirus. The new cases brought the total number of Iowa infections to 13.
    (AP, 3/10/20)

2020        Mar 20, In Iowa Jacqueline Rambert (26) of Chicago was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison on charges stemming from the beating death of her son (5). She had testified against her former boyfriend, Tre Henderson, who was convicted on Feb. 13 of first-degree murder and other crimes.
    (SFC, 3/25/20, p.A4)

2020        Apr 6, Tyson Foods Inc said it has closed a pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, after more than 24 cases of COVID-19 involving employees at the facility.
    (Reuters, 4/9/20)
2020        Apr 6, South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem issued a limited stay-at-home mandate that applies only to people in the two hardest-hit counties who are older than 65 or who have chronic health conditions. North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas were the only US states where no one is under a stay-at-home order.
    (AP, 4/7/20)

2020        Apr 22, Tyson Foods Inc said it plans to indefinitely suspend operations at its at Waterloo, Iowa plant, its largest pork plant in the US, to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus, in the latest disruption to the country's food supply chain.
    (Reuters, 4/22/20)

2020        Apr 26, Iowa, now has more than 5,000 confirmed cases. Latinos, who make up 6% of Iowa's population, have accounted for more than 22% of its confirmed COVID-19 cases.
    (AP, 4/26/20)

2020        May 13, In Iowa deaths from the coronavirus surged for a 2nd straight day surpassing 300. Rep. Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will allow some businesses, including restaurants, salons, barber shops and gyms, to open on May 15.
    (SFC, 5/14/20, p.A5)

2020        Jun 16, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds committed to restoring voting rights to those with past felony convictions, potentially expanding the electorate in a state that could be competitive in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 6/17/20)

2020        Jul 12, Joanna Cole (75), author of children's books, died Sioux City, Iowa. She teamed with the illustrator Bruce Degen to create one of the most popular and enduring children’s book series of recent decades, the bizarre but educational adventures chronicled under the rubric “The Magic School Bus".
    (NY Times, 7/17/20)

2020        Aug 5, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order granting convicted felons the right to vote after they complete their sentences, ending Iowa’s place as the only remaining state to broadly deny voting rights to felons.
    (AP, 8/5/20)

2020        Aug 10, A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan. The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. Iowa state's agriculture department later estimated that the severe windstorm destroyed or seriously damaged more than 57 million bushels of commercial grain storage capacity in Iowa and a similar amount on farms.
    (AP, 8/10/20)(Reuters, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 19, It was reported that Pres. Donald Trump's re-election campaign and Republican Party groups are suing a third Iowa county, seeking to invalidate thousands of absentee ballot request forms that have been returned by voters.
    (SFC, 8/19/20, p.A4)

2020        Aug 21, In Iowa City Michael Ray Stepanek (45) drove his car through a crowd of racial justice demonstrators, striking several people. Police arrested Stepanek after video of the incident circulated on social media. In December a judge granted Stepanek a deferred judgement. A felony charge of willful injury resulting in bodily injury against Stepanek will be dismissed and expunged as long as he does not commit a crime during a three-year term of probation.
    (https://tinyurl.com/y66zjqqv)(SSFC, 1/10/21, p.A5)

2020        Sep 16, The body of Michael Williams (44) was found ablaze in rural Iowa. He was believed to have been killed on Sept. 12. He was allegedly strangled to death, wrapped in cloth and plastic that was secured with rope and tape, and then transported to a rural area where his body was burned. On Sept. 22 four white people were charged with murder.
    (Miami Herald, 9/23/20)

2020        Nov 17, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (87), the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Iowa surpassed 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.
    (AP, 11/18/20)(SFC, 11/18/20, p.A7)

2020        Nov 19, Tyson Foods Inc said it suspended employees without pay and hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct an investigation in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that alleges managers at an Iowa pork plant took bets on how many employees would catch COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 11/19/20)

2020        Dec 16, Tyson Foods said it has fired seven top managers at its pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, following an investigation that they bet on how many workers would test positive for the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 12/17/20, p.A5)

2021        Jan 11, In Iowa three people died in a crash early today of a stolen car that reached speeds of more than 100 mph (161 kph) while fleeing police in the Des Moines suburb of Clive.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 26, A major winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Nebraska and Iowa, disrupting traffic and shuttering some schools.
    (AP, 1/26/21)

2021        Feb 4, Dezman Ellis (17) was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Jan. 31 fatal shooting at a shopping mall in Wisconsin. Ellis was extradited to Wisconsin the next day.
    (AP, 2/6/21)

2021        May 11, Nutrition expert Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted (71) was named the recipient of the World Food Prize. She pioneered innovative ways of raising fish rich in micronutrients and fatty acids and incorporating them into diets in developing countries. The foundation that awards the $250,000 prize is based in Des Moines, Iowa.
    (AP, 5/11/21)

2021        May 16, In Iowa about 47 train cars derailed near Sibley. Several cars carried hazardous materials and firefighters worked to extinguish flames under a local evacuation order.
    (SFC, 5/17/21, p.A4)

2021        Jun 1, In Iowa a judge accepted the guilty plea of Jennifer Woodley (40), the former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa, who pleaded guilty last week to charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the charity that supports sick children and their families. Woodley's embezzlement totaled nearly $41,000, but restitution has not yet been set.
    (AP, 6/2/21)

2021        Jul 4, It was reported that Des Moines, Iowa, has become an extreme example of the conflict over clean water between agriculture and cities in farm states with minimal regulation. Des Moines Water Works is now paying the US Geological Service $770,000 to evaluate spots to drill wells just north of the city.
    (AP, 7/4/21)

2021        Jul 10, In Iowa former MMA fighter Travis Fulton, indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography and the sexual exploitation of minors, was found dead in his jail cell after an alleged suicide bid.
    (The Independent, 7/12/21)

2021        Sep 20, Iowa-based farm services provider NEW Cooperative Inc said its systems were offline to contain a "cybersecurity" incident.
    (Reuters, 9/20/21)

2021        Oct 9, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley and Gov. Kim Reynolds embraced Donald Trump’s return to Iowa, standing by the former president as he repeated his false claims of voter fraud and a stolen election to a crowd of thousands.
    (AP, 10/9/21)

2021        Nov 3, In Iowa the body high school Spanish teacher Nohema Graber was found was found in a Fairfield park. In 2022 teenagers Willard Miller (17) and Jeremy Goodale (17) were charged with killing their teacher because of frustrations over a bad grade.
    (https://tinyurl.com/mr39cvpb)(SFC, 11/3/22, p.A11)
2021        Nov 3, It was reported that an Iowa study showed that hundreds of white-tailed deer infected with the coronavirus likely contracted the disease from humans and have rapidly spread it among other animals. 80% of the deer sampled from April 2020 to January 2021 were infected.
    (SFC, 11/3/21, p.A4)

2021        Dec 15, A freakish wind storm brought "Dust Bowl" conditions and gusts of more than 100 mph (161 kph) to parts of the Great Plains and Upper Midwest. The storm closed highways in western Kansas, spawned reported tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa and raised concerns about fires because of unusually high temperatures. At least five people died due to the storm, one in Minnesota, 3 in Kansas and one in Iowa.
    (Reuters, 12/15/21)(AP, 15/15/21)(SFC, 12/17/21, p.A7)

2022        Jan 11, The US EPA said plants in Indiana, Ohio and Iowa will have to close their coal ash ponds months or years ahead of schedule citing deficiencies with ground water monitoring or cleanup.
    (SFC, 1/12/22, p.A6)

2022        Mar 2, Iowa reported a highly lethal form of bird flu in a backyard poultry flock, expanding a US outbreak of the disease to the top egg-producing state.
    (Reuters, 3/2/22)

2022        Mar 3, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation immediately prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing in female sports offered by Iowa schools, colleges and universities — a new law that legal experts expect to end up in court.
    (NY Times, 3/4/22)

2022        Mar 5, In Iowa 6 people were killed by a tornado that struck Winterset. The tornado crashed into the city in the late afternoon, causing severe damage. Heavy storms caused more than 10,500 people in Des Moines to lose power.
    (Reuters, 3/5/22)

2022        May 12, Hurricane-force winds tore across the US upper Midwest late today, sending walls of dust across cities and rural towns, causing widespread property damage and killing at least two people in Minnesota and South Dakota. The most severe damage hit parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
    (Reuters, 5/14/22)

2022        Jun 2, In Iowa a man shot and killed two women in the parking lot outside Cornerstone Church, a fundamentalist Christian church east of the city of Ames, and then turned the gun on himself.
    (Reuters, 6/2/22)

2022        Jun 17, Iowa's highest court ruled 5-2 that the state's constitution does not include a "fundamental right" to abortion, reversing its own finding from four years ago and reviving a law requiring women to wait 24 hours after an initial appointment before getting an abortion.
    (Reuters, 6/17/22)

2022        Jul 22, In Iowa three members of a family were slain early today at a campsite in the Maquoketa Caves State Park, and Anthony Orlando Sherwin (23), the man suspected of killing them, was found dead nearby from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. A fifth camper was unaccounted for.
    (Reuters, 7/22/22)

2022        Sep 13, In Iowa Pieper Lewis (17), a human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death, was sentenced to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family in the June 2020 killing of Zachary Brooks (37). The restitution is mandatory under Iowa law that has been upheld by the Iowa Supreme Court. Donations for Lewis poured in on Sept. 15, doubling the $150,000 amount a court ordered her to pay.
    (AP, 9/13/22)(Reuters, 9/15/22)

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