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Dec 10, 2012

American Gothic House Center awarded tourism grant funds


ELDON — The American Gothic House Center in Eldon received a $498 grant from the Central Iowa Tourism Region Promotion Grant Program.

The grant will be used toward designing and printing of a new brochure to promote the American Gothic House and Center.

The six-panel brochure will highlight what the American Gothic House and Center has to offer. It includes a brief history of the house, of artist Grant Wood, his impact on the Regionalism art movement as the result of American Gothic, an example of the exhibits including the many parodies of the painting, the media room and the props available for visitors to create their own American Gothic portrait.

The brochure will be distributed throughout the state at various visitors centers, museums and other points of interest.

The new brochure will be distributed shortly after the first of the year.


USDA to allow more meat, grains in school lunches


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in kids’ meals.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren’t getting enough to eat.

School administrators also complained, saying set maximums on grains and meats are too limiting as they try to plan daily meals.

“This flexibility is being provided to allow more time for the development of products that fit within the new standards while granting schools additional weekly menu planning options to help ensure that children receive a wholesome, nutritious meal every day of the week,” Vilsack said in a letter to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

The new guidelines were intended to address increasing childhood obesity levels. They set limits on calories and salt, and phase in more whole grains. Schools must offer at least one vegetable or fruit per meal. The department also dictated how much of certain food groups could be served.


Property auction on eBay called successful


DES MOINES — State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald recently concluded Iowa’s first unclaimed property eBay auction.

“This auction was a tremendous success. We had a diamond ring that sold for $960, a roll of 1887 Morgan silver dollars that sold for $2,425 and even a 1931-S Lincoln penny that sold for $104.02. We brought in over $6,800 that we will hold for the owners of the boxes to claim at any time” Fitzgerald said. “Items went for much more than we expected, and we are ready to roll out our next auction, which is slated to start Dec. 12.”

Items on the auction block are at greatiowatreasurehunt.com. The items are from abandoned safe deposit boxs reported to the state as unclaimed property by financial institutions across the state.

Prior to any auction, the treasurer’s office tries to locate the owner. The list of owners for the Dec. 12 auction is online. Anyone on the list, should contact the treasurer’s office immediately.

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