State Roundup

West Branch

• On Feb. 27, nearly 200 of the 240 pupils enrolled at West Branch Middle School, with the cooperation of the principal, walked out for 17 minutes to remember those killed on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The length of the walk-out reflected one minute for each of the students and staff killed that day. — West Branch Times

Des Moines

• At its weekly meeting on March 2, the student senate voted to approve the creation of a “pro-life” organization at Drake. The approval of Drake University Students for Life brought a myriad of praise and concerns from student senators and members of campus organizations whose primary focus is reproductive rights. Students for Life had initially met the standards for campus organizations set forth by the Student Affairs Committee before seeking approval from the senate. — The Times-Delphic


• The Hardin County Sheriff’s Department identified South Hardin Middle School students who were involved in a possible threat to the school or other students. School officials were notified Monday that a middle school student sent a group chat which included a threatening message. With the investigation continuing Tuesday, the superintendent requested a police presence at the school, that request was granted. No student involved in the investigation will be allowed to attend school until the student is cleared by law enforcement. — South Hardin Signal-Review

Mt. Pleasant

• The March 13 Homemade Meals To-Go Workshop, rescheduled from March 6, will demonstrate how you can continue healthy habits you have created when life takes you away from your kitchen. Explore a healthy sandwich bar and learn how to make healthy lunches to take everywhere for kids and adults. — The New London Journal