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Casey’s accept donations in support of recent severe weather; more

Jun 19, 2014

Casey’s accept donations in support of recent severe weather

DES MOINES — Customers at Casey’s General Stores have an opportunity to give to the Red Cross at all Casey’s locations in Iowa, Nebraska and the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area.

“We are so touched by the generosity of our partners at Casey’s General Stores,” said Leslie Schaffer, regional chapter executive of the American Red Cross in Iowa. “Every dollar is needed, as thousands of people in the Midwest are struggling to recover.”

The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help people in affected areas after Monday’s devastating tornadoes, high winds and flooding with shelters, food, water and supplies. The Red Cross has deployed emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies.

Dozens of American Red Cross workers are on the scene in hard-hit northeast Nebraska towns, like Pilger, to help those affected by Monday’s tornadoes. An emergency shelter was opened to help residents impacted by the storm by offering a safe place to stay, meals and first aid.

Volunteers from the northwest Iowa area are providing assistance to more than 10 people displaced in a hotel fire in Storm Lake Monday night and are providing overnight sheltering for more than 100 people in Cherokee, Rock Rapids and Rock Valley due to flooding in the area from Monday’s severe weather.

To help people affected by disasters, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 800-733-2767 or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or make a gift at any Casey’s General Store.


Forms to focus on revitalization of Iowa downtowns

DES MOINES (AP) — State economic development officials are planning meetings around the state with cities interested in revitalizing their downtowns and commercial districts.

The Iowa Downtown Resource Center which is part of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will offer several downtown forums in June and July.

Atlantic is the site of the Tuesday meeting. Knoxville will host the meeting Wednesday. A July 8 forum will be held in Storm Lake and one on July 9 will be in Oelwein.

The forums include a discussion group, a session to learn about the challenges of each community’s downtown area, a tour of the downtown, and a group discussion focused on creating a successful downtown business environment.


Man accused of placing devices in restroom

SOLON (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been arrested on suspicion of placing audio and video recording devices inside a portable restroom.

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says 48-year-old Donald E. Born, of Solon, turned himself in to authorities Wednesday. He faces two charges of trespassing.

Authorities say the devices were found June 3 at a baseball field near a high school in Cascade. Middle school students were playing a baseball game at the time, and a student reported finding a suspicious device in the portable restroom.

The Telegraph Herald reports Born was released after posting a $300 bond. Court records do not list an attorney.

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