• Wrapped up in the heart of the two girls effort that day, Carly Wilson, of Voorhies, and Kiya Larson, of Reinbeck, had been busy baking and freezing cookies for the past several weeks for the bake sale during Hudson’s citywide garage sale day. The pair of fifth graders decided they wanted to raise money for two Minnesota hospitals, St. Jude’s and the Mayo Clinic. St. Jude’s because Kiya and her mother were born there and the Mayo Clinic because they helped Carly’s mother when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. — Hudson Herald


• A pledge fundraiser event to rebuild Cedar Covered Bridge is scheduled from 12-3 p.m. tomorrow at Agrivision Equipment Group. There will be lots of fun, music, food, drinks as well as well as a hayrack ride out to the Cedar Covered Bridge where dessert will be served. There’s a push to come up with a total of $250,000 by Nov. 1 so the county can meet the Iowa Great Places Grant deadline. Due to generous local donations and pledges, around 60 percent of the $250,000 has been raise. — Winterset Madisonian

West Liberty

• More than 1,400 people road the railroad between West Liberty and Durant on Sept. 30, thanks to the Iowa Interstate railroad, Durant and West Liberty Fire Departments. The train made four trips between West Liberty and Durant dropping off and picking up passengers accordingly. Each trip was packed with more than 360 travelers. All the money raised in West Liberty went toward a new ambulance which can cost around $240,000. The WLFD made around $7,000-$8,000 for the cause. — West Liberty Index


• Bloodworth Falls is an isolated town full of scandal, blackmail and deceit. The townsfolk bicker in the streets and many believe the local government to be corrupt. Nevertheless, the mayor is hosting a mysterious masquerade ball in the old Ravenwood Castle and the tickets to the event have sold out in record time. It’s a night of murder and mystery at the Marion Public Library. Are you brave enough to venture out on Friday the 13th? Come test your wits at the adults-only after-hours masquerade ball murder mystery program. Formal attire is suggested. All library events are free and open to the public. Register online at by Oct. 10 to join in the fun. — Marion Times