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Smith to continue as leader of Iowa House Democrats

DES MOINES — State Representative Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, was elected to continue on as Iowa House Democratic Leader. Leader Smith was first elected to the post in 2013.

“House Democrats are unified and ready to get to work in January. We will fight hard to defend our progressive values and support hard-working families. We’re ready to work with Republicans on the key issues facing our state, but we will stand strong against any Republican plans that shortchange our public schools, infringe on a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions or hurt working families,” said Smith.

Rep. Smith was just elected to his ninth term in the Iowa House last week. He was born and raised on his family’s farm near Osceola. He is a graduate of Graceland College in Lamoni and earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Smith was the Director of Special Projects at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa. Smith and his wife, Karen, have one grown daughter and he has two grown foster sons.

Scheetz named 2016 Staff Attorney of Merit

The Staff Attorney Award of Merit is given only once each year by the Iowa County Attorneys Association to an experienced assistant county attorney who has a distinguished record of accomplishment, dedication and service to the Association, his or her community and to the public. This year’s recipient is Assistant Marshall County Attorney, Jim Scheetz.

Scheetz received his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1983 and after 15 years in the workforce he enrolled in Drake University Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1990. Scheetz started out his career in a small firm in Des Moines and then opened a solo practice for two years. During this time he also taught Evidence at Des Moines Area Community College.

Scheetz began his distinguished career as a prosecutor in 1994 when hired by County Attorney Mary Richards as a three county drug prosecutor for Story, Hardin and Marshall Counties. Soon after he was hired, two of his three bosses lost their county attorney elections and subsequently a task force reorganization occurred making him the drug prosecutor for Story and Boone Counties. In his 22 years as a prosecutor, Scheetz has the distinction of working for nine different County Attorneys.

In 2003, he was hired by Jennifer Miller as the drug prosecutor for Marshall County where he has remained for nearly 14 years. Scheetz has prosecuted cases ranging from simple possession to kidnapping. His focus on drug trafficking has resulted in many dangerous criminals being taken off the streets. He routinely provides training for law enforcement, mentors new attorneys and manages the busy Felony court docket in Marshall County.

In addition to his impressive record as a prosecutor, he also has an outstanding record of community service. Scheetz, a former Eagle Scout, remains actively involved in Boy Scouts of America having served as Scoutmaster for troop 71 in Des Moines for the past 12 years. Next summer, he will accompany 40 scouts to the National Jamboree as their scoutmaster. He sings in the choir at St. Theresa’s church in Des Moines and is an avid cyclist having participated in RAGBRAI for 12 years.

In 2004, Scheetz was elected by his peers to the position of Associate Director of the ICAA and served on the board for two years. He is a regular at Fall conference.

Scheetz and his wife Beth have been married for 25 years. They are the parents of a daughter Anna and two sons Matthew and Daniel.

Nagel named NuTech Seed representative

GARWIN — Micheal Nagel has partnered with NuTech Seed, LLC to offer the industry-leading seed brand to local farm operations in the Garwin and Tama County area.

Over the years, Nagel has come to know the area of Garwin along with its local community members. He prides himself on servicing clients’ needs to the fullest. As a NuTech Seed dealer, Nagel will offer an exciting opportunity for the community to have access to industry-leading genetics and traits available through NuTech Seed.

For more information, contact Nagel at 641-751-8614.