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Crowdfunded beer pipeline to protect medieval city of Bruges

June 6, 2016 The Associated Press BRUGES, Belgium – The idea may have seemed mad, but after all, the beer is called the Madman of Bruges or Brugse Zot in Dutch. more »»

Community mural comes to life in Conrad

June 5, 2016 CONRAD — What started as merely a suggestion during the annual planning meeting of the Conrad Chamber-Main Street organization two years ago has become a reality this past week. more »»

Getting crafty

June 5, 2016 Every year, Grimes Farm and Conservation Center offers a garden craft workshop for a nominal fee, open to the public. On June 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. more »»

Ali found icon status in blending sports, politics, activism

June 5, 2016 NEW YORK — During the Beatles’ first visit to the United States in 1964, clever publicity agents arranged a meeting with Cassius Clay, then training for the bout that would make him heavyweight... more »»

Kansas food pantry helps low-income families with allergies

June 5, 2016 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City area is home to a new food pantry that aims to help lower-income people with food allergies deal with the costs of specialty foods they can safely eat. more »»

Hong Kong students split from Tiananmen anniversary vigil

June 5, 2016 HONG KONG — While Hong Kongers crammed into a park Saturday to remember the victims of China’s bloody crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 27 years ago, many student groups held... more »»

Patchy reporting undercuts national hate crimes count

June 5, 2016 BOGALUSA, La. — The knock on the door, strong and quick, jolted Barbara Hicks Collins awake. Someone must be in trouble, she thought. more »»

Ex-Marine charged in stabbing death of boy, 11

June 5, 2016 HOUSTON — A 27-year-old ex-Marine from Houston has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of an 11-year-old who was walking home from school last month, police said Saturday. more »»

Handout or no? Swiss mull $2,560 monthly income for all

June 5, 2016 GENEVA — Would you accept about $2,500 from your government every month, no questions asked? Swiss voters get a choice Sunday in a referendum that, while not specifying a figure, asks if they want... more »»

Painting under way

June 4, 2016 CONRAD — The Iowa Freedom Rock is a large boulder located in rural Iowa that is repainted every year with a different “Thank You” for our nations veterans to honor their service to our country. more »»

Veteran writes to ease stress

June 4, 2016 Harry Sutcliffe, 89, writes what he knows. He writes about war, peace, philosophy and observations on the human condition. more »»

15 Minutes

June 4, 2016 MARY GONZALEZ BURR Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Jalisco, Mexico FAMILY LIFE Family: I have a 4-year old daughter, Jayleen, who is the light of my life. more »»

Obama cuts prison sentences for 42 drug offenders

June 4, 2016 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama shortened the sentences Friday of 42 people serving time for drug-related offenses, continuing a push for clemency that has ramped up in the final year of his... more »»

Trump’s personal attacks on judge spark GOP concerns

June 4, 2016 WASHINGTON — The federal judge who’s hearing a Trump University lawsuit is “a hater of Donald Trump” and ought to be removed from the cas. more »»

Iowa DHS to close 15-bed psychiatric unit for children

June 4, 2016 INDEPENDENCE — A 15-bed psychiatric unit for children at a state mental health institute in Independence will close, Iowa officials announced Friday, and 10 employees at the facility have received... more »»



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