StateRoundup

Prairie City

• Prairie City native Will Frazier has always know how to put a smile on people’s faces. On Sept. 5, Frazier debuted his new podcast, “History Made Up,” launching three shows. In his podcast, the comedian invites a local celebrity to share a story about their lives. He and four local improv actors act out the scenes, creating something truly unique and hilarious. From the story of Sparky the Bison, the lightning-struck buffalo to just some plain out embarrassing turn of events, the PCM graduate said he and his fellow improvisers were able to act out some incredible, not so well-known stories, about well known Iowans. — Prairie City News

North Liberty

• At a Tiffin City Council meeting on Sept. 5, council members voted 5-0 to approve a resolution authorizing the design of the sidewalk which will stretch from Deer View Avenue north of Highway 6 before connecting to the already-constructed underpass. The project will eventually provide a safe walkway for pedestrians, particularly students, to cross the busy highway. In a brief update to the city council, the project engineer said the project is still within the estimated $428,000 cost, but that a few right of ways need to be acquired. — North Liberty Leader

Marion

• The Linn-Mar School Foundation and the Marion Independent School Foundation are joining forces to host a Dine For Our Schools community-wide event on Sept. 21. This year, 12 partner restaurants will be donating 10 percent or more back to the schools on Sept. 21 which includes dine in, carry-out and delivery all day at most participating restaurants. — Marion Times

Baxter

• A Baxter student is working to make a difference following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in Houston by launching Operation Harvey for Pets in his community. Bryce Barber decided to spring into action when his aunt from Texas traveled to Iowa to dodge Mother Nature’s path. He has been collecting donations for pets in need following Hurricane Harvey and his aunt will be taking the supplies with her when she returns to Texas. Barber began his operation by placing donation buckets at the Baxter Family Market, selling raffle tickets at Cadillac Jack’s and placing donation buckets at the school. Items still needed are dog shampoo and puppy food. — Jasper County Tribune