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NEWS 6.6.22: Primary Election Preview, IA Governor Visit, Mental Health Help for Nebraska Veterans, Warrior Hotel Honored, and More


Election officials in some of Iowa’s largest counties are reporting that hundreds of voters missed the deadline to request absentee ballots ahead of the June 7 primary.

TheIowa Capital Dispatch reports, in four of Iowa’s largest counties, Polk, Linn, Scott, and Black Hawk, a total of 461 voters’ requests for absentee ballots were denied that would have arrived on time before last year’s new law, county auditors said.

The Iowa Legislature changed the deadline for requesting absentee ballots during the 2021 legislative session.

County auditors are responsible for conducting elections. Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill says absentee voting is down locally, but early voting was up.

Woodbury County Election Commissioner Pat Gill WEB.mp3
Woodbury County Election Commissioner Pat Gill talks to Siouxland Public Media's Sheila Brummer about the upcoming Primary Election

The 2021 election law also reduced the time allotted for early and absentee voting. Twenty days before the election, auditors can start sending out ballots and open in-person polling locations. This year, that was May 18. Before the new law, early voting could start 29 days before the election.

Polls open tomorrow at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. in Iowa. Voters in South Dakota have 12 hours to cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. Nebraska held a primary last month.

In South Dakota, voters will decide whether to add a new requirement to South Dakota’s constitution that will make it more difficult to pass ballot measures that raise taxes or expend significant government funds. The proposal creates a showdown over direct democracy in a state where voter-initiated laws were pioneered but Republicans pride themselves on levying minimal taxes. The proposed constitutional amendment, which will appear as Amendment C on ballots, would place a 60% vote threshold on citizen-initiated ballot measures that raise taxes or spend more than $10 million within five years of enactment.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed three Iowa Republicans who are unopposed in Tuesday’s primary election.

Radio Iowa reports Trump is also supporting Governor Kim Reynolds, Congressman Randy Feenstra of Hull, and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Marion this weekend. On Sunday, Trump restated his endorsement of Senator Chuck Grassley, who has a primary opponent. Trump publicly endorsed Grassley at a rally in Des Moines in October.

In written statements, Trump said Reynolds is an “America First Conservative” who has his “Complete and Total endorsement.” Trump called Hinson a “fierce advocate for our America First agenda” and Trump said Feenstra was an “unwavering advocate for our wonderful farmers and the ethanol industry.”

Deidre DeJear, the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor, said on Twitter that “Kim & Trump’s extremism works for special interest, but their narrow vision is no good for everyday Iowans.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds visited Siouxland today with stops in Spencer, Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, and Sioux City.

She attended a ribbon-cutting this afternoon for Hope Street of Siouxland but did not speak to reporters.

Hope Street of Siouxland houses 10 men at Frank LeMere’s House and six at the local of Governor’s visit near 19th and Douglas that was renamed Prosperity House. It functions as the next step for residents who are sober, working full-time, and volunteering in the community.

Officials with Hope Street say in the three years of operation, 31 individuals have successfully transitioned to permanent housing and employment, and 80% of the men living in the house currently have achieved over 100 days of sobriety. More information about Hope Street can be found in a news release found below the news.

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced support for mental health services for veterans. In the past year, 87 veterans killed themselves in Nebraska. Today with a roomful of veterans watching, Ricketts announced plans to join 35 other states in a Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide. The initiative is through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Ricketts says work has already started on the two-year effort to form a plan and improve outreach and treatment in the state.

The trial date has been set for a mother and son from Iowa accused of participating in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Deborah Sandoval of Des Moines and her son Salvador from Ankeny are charged with illegally entering the Capitol. Salvador is also accused of interfering with police officers inside.

Their case is set for a joint trial the week of December 12th.

In a hearing today (Monday), a D.C. District Court judge denied a request to separate their trials. Defense attorneys had argued the Sandovals should have different trials because they traveled to D.C. separately and were seen in different parts of the Capitol.

The judge said he’ll also likely deny a motion to move the trial to a different court on the claim that a D.C.-area jury would be biased.

The Sandovals are among eight Iowans who were arrested following the attack on the Capitol.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture has lifted the restrictions on live bird exhibitions.

The Ag Department canceled all live bird exhibitions at fairs and other gatherings of birds on March 23rd as the avian influenza outbreak picked up. The Department issued a notice Friday that it has been 30 days since U.S.D.A. has confirmed any new bird flu cases — and they were lifting the restrictions.

The bird flu has been confirmed at 19 sites across the state — with 15 of those commercial chicken or turkey operations. It is believed this outbreak was spread by wild birds during their migration.

Radio Iowa reports, the Agricultural Department asks bird owners to remain vigilant in their biosecurity practices preventing contact between their birds and wild birds and reporting sick birds or unusual deaths to state and federal officials.

Sioux City’s Warrior Hotel received a big honor from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Today the organization announced the winners for the state’s highest honors for historic preservation. The Warrior was the only local entity named. The hotel won Preservation Iowa’s, Preservation at its Best Awards in the Large Commercial Division. The 146-room hotel owned by Restoration St. Louis was built in 1930, served as a hotel until 1972, and then was vacant for 40 years. It was redeveloped in 2020 with a $72 million investment including State Historic Tax Credits.

News release submitted by the Siouxland Human Investment Partnership:

Governor Reynolds to Visit Hope Street’s New Location

Organization Has Opened a Second Sober Living Home in Sioux City

Hope Street of Siouxland will welcome Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to the ribbon cutting and renaming of its second Sioux City location at 1918 Douglas Street in Sioux City, on Monday, June 6th at 2 PM.

The program will include the ribbon-cutting with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, the renaming of the house, as well as remarks by the Governor and Hope Street of Siouxland Board Chairman, Dave Ferris. The event will conclude with a tour of the home.

This will be the Governor’s second visit to Hope Street – she visited the first location at 406 12th Street in June of 2020.

The new location on Douglas, to be named Prosperity House, will function as a “next step” for residents who are ready to successfully move on from the other Hope Street location, but are not ready to live on their own yet. All of the men who will be living at Prosperity House are sober, working full-time and volunteering in the community. They have much less intensive case management than at the 12th Street location, but still participate in weekly house meetings and are subject to random U/As.

Prosperity House was formerly known as Clare House, and was donated to Hope Street by that organization when their longtime Executive Director, Sister Grace Ann Witte, retired in December.

Hope Street of Siouxland was incorporated in 2018 and opened its first location to residents on June 18, 2019. The home was opened in response to an increased need for a transitional, sober living environment for homeless and addicted members of the community to go to get well, and ultimately be connected to services, employment and permanent housing. The need was uncovered by the work of the Siouxland Street Project, a community collaboration started by late community activist Frank LaMere, the Sioux City Police Department, the local hospitals and Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP) in 2016.

Community member Regina Roth took notice of this issue and helped to make LaMere’s dream of a place where the addicted and homeless could get well a reality. Together they formed the nonprofit organization Hope Street of Siouxland and established the sober living house. She and LaMere served as the co-chairs of the Board of Directors, which also included founding members Ferris, his wife Sue Ferris, Matt Ohman of SHIP, and Megan Simpson, formerly of Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s. The 12th Street location was renamed in memory of LaMere after his passing in 2019 as Frank LaMere’s Hope Street of Siouxland Sober Living House.

News release from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs:

Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announces state’s highest historic preservation awards

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced 17 projects and individuals in 14 Iowa communities received the state’s highest honors for historic preservation during the 2022 Preserve Iowa Summit held last week in Mason City.

Mason City provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s conference, which highlighted numerous architecturally significant properties in and around the community, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Park Inn Hotel, the 1939 Egloff House and the Rock Glen/Rock Crest Historic District.

The community’s architectural history is so strong, Conde Naste Traveler listed it as one of the world’s 20 best cities for architecture lovers, along with Miami, Paris and Dubai. The department has also designated Mason City as an Iowa Great Place, and its downtown area as a Cultural & Entertainment District.

“Mason City has done a fantastic job of incorporating its architecture, history, art and culture into its creative placemaking,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “Those efforts serve residents, draw tourists from around the world, and build a foundation for future generations to enjoy. It’s easy to see why its leaders and residents have so much pride in their community.”

The summit, presented annually by the department’s State Historic Preservation Office, is the state of Iowa’s premier conference for professionals and volunteers involved in historic preservation.

During the awards ceremony on Thursday, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Board of Trustees awarded four projects – in Bettendorf, Council Bluffs, Davenport and Mason City – with a Preservation Project of Merit Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the best practices of historic preservation, meet federal standards, and make use of state tax credits for historic preservation.

The board also presented Leah Rogers of Mount Vernon with the Petersen-Harlan Lifetime Achievement Award for her 40-year career in historic preservation, scholarly research and educational outreach programs.

“We are delighted to honor our award recipients for their accomplishments in preserving Iowa’s historic properties,” State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. “Their efforts ensure that these properties will continue to be highly valued community assets now and into the future.”

In addition, the nonprofit group Preservation Iowa presented 12 awards for “Preservation at its Best” in Bloomfield, Centerville, Des Moines, Dubuque, Keosauqua, Mt. Pleasant, Newton, Red Oak and Sioux City. The annual awards honor properties and educational efforts that meet the highest standards of preservation practices.

“Preservation Iowa is thrilled to honor the people and projects that truly demonstrate preservation’s power to change the future,” Preservation Iowa board president Bruce Perry said. “These awards honor thousands of volunteer hours and more than $120 million of investment in Iowa’s economy. Without the combination of private funding, historic tax credits, grant awards, and public dollars, projects like these would be impossible.”

The list of this year’s award recipients follows:

State Historical Society of Iowa Preservation Project of Merit Awards

Adrian D. Anderson Award Project: Forest Grove School, Bettendorf Video and Image

This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a smaller historic preservation project that uses tax credits from State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District programs. The award is named for a highly regarded archaeologist who helped found Iowa’s State Historic Preservation Office and served as its first leader.

Originally constructed in 1873, the one-room Forest Grove School was meticulously rehabilitated to the period of the 1920s. The project has brought new interest in nearby housing and was chronicled in a 60-minute documentary, “Resurrecting Forest Grove,” which will premiere later this year.

Margaret Keyes Award Project: McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Building, Council Bluffs Video and Image

This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a larger historic preservation project that uses tax credits from State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District programs. The award is named for a nationally recognized historic preservationist who led the restoration of the Old Capitol in Iowa City. 

Built in 1894, the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company originally served as a farm-implement warehouse. After an extensive renovation spearheaded by Pottawattamie Arts, Culture & Entertainment (PACE), the building is now the Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, with nearly 95,000-square-feet that houses a 280-seat theater, rehearsal and exhibition spaces, artist studios, teaching kitchens, classrooms and more. By the end of 2023, the building is expected to serve more than 54,000 patrons annually with an estimated $4.6 million impact on the local economy.

William J. Wagner Award Project: Lambrite-Iles-Petersen House, Davenport Video and Image

This award recognizes the historic preservation project that best exemplifies the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation while using State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives. The award is named in honor of a preservation architect who worked on such projects as Terrace Hill, Salisbury House and the Dallas County Courthouse.

Designed by John C. Cochrane, the Lambrite-Iles-Petersen House is one of the most architecturally and historically significant residential structures in Davenport. Its restoration has generated a boom in rehabilitation of houses in the Gold Coast-Hamburg neighborhood and injected more than $500,000 into the local economy.

Judith A. McClure Award Project: Egloff House, Mason City Video and Image

This award recognizes outstanding preservation of a residential property using State Historic Preservation and Cultural & Entertainment District Tax Credit Program incentives.

Built in 1938-39, the Egloff House incorporates parts of three contemporary styles from the period: Art Moderne, Art Deco, and International styles that emerged following World War I. The house contains several classic elements of Streamline International architecture and is one of the style’s few remaining examples in the United States. In 2008, after a flood damaged the house, volunteers successfully moved it to its current location between the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Historic Park Inn and the Rock Crest/Rock Glen Historic District.

Petersen-Harlan Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Leah Rogers, Mount Vernon Video

The lifetime achievement award is named for William “Steamboat Bill” Petersen, one of the society’s longtime curators, and Edgar Harlan, another curator and director who played a key role in building the artifact collections at the State Historical Museum of Iowa.

Leah Rogers started her career in the 1980s, working on archaeological digs across the country while attending graduate school at Michigan State University. Later, she worked with archaeology firms in Illinois and Iowa before striking out on her own as a consultant, conducting archaeological and historic architectural investigations. Since then, she has written or contributed to nearly 200 reports (roughly one in 11) in the State Historic Preservation Office’s Historic Architectural Database. Her name also appears on more than 240 reports in Arizona State University’s National Archaeological Database, and she has prepared nearly 100 nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. Rogers has taught workshops, developed youth summer camps and led community-based archaeological surveys across Iowa. She also worked with Indigenous nations in Iowa and collaborated with the Ho-Chunk Nation to identify key historical sites near Fort Atkinson. A few years ago, she successfully rallied support to rename a Linn County park in honor of the late Adeline Wanatee, a Meskwaki artist and advocate for Indigenous and women’s rights.

Preservation Iowa Preservation at its Best Awards

Adaptive Re-use and Sustainability in Preservation Award Project: Dupaco Voices Building, Dubuque Image

Owned by Dupaco Community Credit Union, the 175,000-square-foot building was built in 1925 and is a contributing structure to the Millwork National Historic District in Dubuque. The $38 million project transformed the vacant warehouse, occasionally used as a venue for a community art event called “Voices from the Warehouse District,” into a financial operations center. The project made careful reuse of materials and maintained safe construction during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over 250 exterior windows had to be replaced. The original windows were reused throughout the building. Beams and columns were reused for the grand staircase. Roof replacement with reclaimed beams allowed a roof deck and a roof monitor.

Community Effort in Preservation Award Project: “Puttin’ Back the Ritz,” Centerville Image

Owned by Walldog Public Art, the Ritz Theater is located on the historic Centerville square and has been undergoing restoration since 2001. A Main Street Challenge Grant in 2020 spurred the community to unite its resources to do masonry work, reinforce the walls and repair the ceiling and electrical system. Today the theater section has been transformed into an education center. The nearly $195,000 project received financial support from community organizations, businesses, and individuals as well as donated hours by volunteers and local contractors.

Large Commercial Award Project: Warrior–Davidson/Warrior Hotel, Sioux City Image

Owned by Restoration St. Louis, the 10-story Warrior Hotel was built in 1930, served as a hotel until 1972 and then was vacant for 40 years. It was redeveloped in 2020 with a $72 million investment including State Historic Tax Credits. The hotel now offers 146 rooms, including full-service amenities with a restaurant, bar, exercise centers, hotel lobby, ballroom, banquet kitchen and commercial retail space. Careful attention to detail and preservation standards has created a catalyst for Sioux City’s downtown redevelopment.

Martha Hayes Preservationist of the Year Award Recipient: Michael D. Gibson, Dubuque Image

For 37 years, Michael Gibson served as a leader and archivist of the Center for Dubuque History at Loras College. He helped build the archive center into an invaluable resource and institution for both the Key City and the state of Iowa. Gibson is recognized for his legacy of training future generations of preservationists combined with decades of preservation leadership. This award is named in honor of a long-time preservation advocate and founding member of what is now Preservation Iowa.

Maurice Losely Sacred Place Award Project: Steeple Square Event Center, Dubuque Image

This $8 million preservation project, which included State and Federal Historic Tax Credits, turned the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque into Steeple Square, a magnificent event center that has welcomed more than 50,000 people since 2016, promoting investment, revenue through programming, and neighborhood pride. Over the past six years, this project has successfully injected $15 million into low‐income areas, brought light and activity back to a largely darkened campus of buildings, created living wage jobs for community members, reduced slum and blight, and increased property values. This award is named for a generous benefactor to Preservation Iowa.

Maurice Losely Sacred Place Award Project: Steeple Square Stained Glass Restoration, Dubuque Image

Steeple Square also developed an innovative program that has trained local residents in stained-glass and wood window restoration at the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque. As churches in vulnerable neighborhoods close, they leave a void of vacant buildings and the loss of social services, educational opportunities and cultural experiences. This project took more time than hiring a company; however, the community benefits from training more than 30 young people and artisans to develop local capacity.

Non-Profit Preservation Award Project: Hoyt Sherman Place Mansion Restoration, Des Moines Image

Built in 1877, the Hoyt Sherman Place Mansion in Des Moines has seen many changes over the years. In March 2020, the site’s new Center for Artists and Education closed for 16 months due to COVID-19. Instead of putting employees on furlough, the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation board and CEO put them to work on a $1.1 million restoration project that restored the mansion’s historic elements and made the museum’s second floor publicly accessible for the first time.

Paula Mohr Certified Local Government of the Year Award Recipient: Paula Mohr, Keosauqua Image

During her tenure at the State Historic Preservation Office, Paula Mohr worked closely with each of Iowa’s Certified Local Governments to develop an unparalleled state-wide grassroots preservation effort that became a model for many other states. She is both the award’s namesake and first recipient, recognizing her invaluable contributions to Iowa’s CLG Program and to historic preservation locally, statewide, regionally and nationally. She currently operates her own consulting firm in Keosauqua.

Residential (Single-Family) Structure Award Project: Dearborn House, Red Oak Image

With just a single historic photo and some correspondence from the original homeowner’s family, the home’s current owner, Cecelia Lock, and her project team began a complete renovation of the exterior after a hail storm in March of 2020. They used insurance money and private funds to remove aluminum window wraps, screens, downspouts and vinyl siding; restore the original cedar siding; and rebuild two porches to return this Red Oak home to its former glory.

Small Commercial Award Project: Viet-Thai Taste, Newton Image

This project is recognized for retaining a sense of place and feeling of an old garage while transforming the building into a new restaurant, Viet-Thai Taste.The $750,000 investment

included State and Federal Historic Tax Credits and a Main Street Challenge Grant. Windows, tall ceilings and other fixtures that once provided light, space and air for auto mechanic work now populate a light, airy, modern dining room. Since opening in 2020, Viet-Thai Taste has introduced many locals to their first taste of Southeast Asian cuisine.

Small Commercial Award Project: The Fenton, Bloomfield Image

Built in 1957, this mid-century building originally served as a state-of-the-art medical facility. In July 2020, the Goodhill Company purchased the steel-frame structure and repurposed it as an office space, adding more than a dozen executive leaders and marketing professionals jobs to downtown Bloomfield. Goodhill Company invested $750,000 and received Main Street Iowa design assistance for an adaptive reuse plan to preserve original elements such as the main hallway; the “Space Age”-inspired, round receptionist’s desk; original paneling throughout; terrazzo floors; and glass block transoms surrounding the building.

Special Projects Award Project: “The Rural Schools of Henry County, Iowa,” Mt. Pleasant Image

Created by the Henry County Historic Preservation Commission, “The Rural Schools of Henry County, Iowa” was assembled by volunteers after almost three years of intensive work.

It’s the home stretch for candidates in Iowa’s primary races, and those competing in the Democratic Senate primary are using their last few days on the campaign trail to emphasize to voters why they’re the best chance to win the U.S. Senate seat come November.

It’s not just policy points, but life experiences that voters casting their ballots in the June 7 primary election care about, candidates in Iowa’s Democratic Senate primary argued.

For former Rep. Abby Finkenauer, it’s being a young woman. For retired Navy Adm. Michael Franken, 64, it’s his military service. For city councilor Glenn Hurst, 52, it’s his time as a medical provider in rural Iowa. All three candidates say they’re best suited to understand and tackle the nation’s current issues in Washington, D.C. because of the lives they have led.

Finkenauer, 33, has talked on the campaign trail that she’s uniquely equipped in this race to talk about abortion access.

“It is why we need somebody standing on the floor in 2023 in the United States Senate who is a woman of childbearing age, who does actually have a personal stake in this,” she said at an Iowa Press debate in May.“It is absurd to me that we don’t have more voices standing on that floor right now.”

Following the Roe v. Wade leak in May, Democrats nationwide renewed pushes for federally codifying abortion rights. In previous election cycles where abortion was in the national spotlight, more women have found success in primaries, Democratic strategist Jeff Link said.

Democratic candidate Patty Judge’s campaign rallied against U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s vote against Attorney General Merrick Garland as a Supreme Court nominee in 2016. Roxanne Conlin, who ran in 2010, platformed the “right to choose” in her campaign.

“I think if people only have a little bit of information on each candidate, I think there’s a huge advantage in being a woman in a statewide Democratic primary,” Link said.

All three candidates support abortion rights. Hurst, who runs a medical practice in Minden, said he approaches the issue as a health care provider. He said having helped guide women as patients through the process of considering and finding abortion service shaped his approach to abortion access, and to supporting health care policies like Medicare for All.

“I see this very much as an issue of the role the federal government should have in any medical decision, which is an overstep,” he said. “The only person who should be making this choice is the person making it, with access to unfettered advisement of a medical provider.”

Personal experience isn’t the only factor at play: On the campaign trail, candidates are also highlighting their political bonafides.

The war between Russia and Ukraine shows the benefits of having someone in office with military experience, Franken’s political director, Rep. Ras Smith, said. Franken retired as a vice admiral in the Navy after serving for 39 years, and worked with U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy in Washington as a legislative liaison.

“We’ve got a candidate that’s bringing global experience,” Smith said. “We have a candidate who’s day one ready, has global experience by being there, and knows how we can be better allies, and provide better humanitarian relief.”

In a KCRG debate, Franken was the only candidate who said he would support sending U.S. troops to aid Ukraine. If Russian President Vladimir Putin used a nuclear weapon, he said, he would support American military involvement.

“That’s a red line,” he said. “We must step forward. We cannot let the use of weapons of mass destruction against a large population and a democracy ever be used and go without retort.”

While Franken has military experience and Hurst serves as a Minden city council member, Finkenauer’s campaign has emphasized that she’s the only candidate who has held federal office in the race as the former First District congresswoman.

Finkenauer said both her time in office and her experience campaigning as a Democrat in Iowa would give her an edge in the general election.

“Every single time I have been on the ballot as a Democrat for federal office we have gotten more votes than the Democrats above us, who have had more money, and that is because of the coalition of voters we bring together here,” she said in the May debate.

It’s a competitive race. According to recent campaign finance reports, Franken had raised over $1 million as of mid May, while Finkenauer has raised more than $600,000.

But winning the primary is just the first step. Tuesday’s victor will take on the Republican candidate in the general election: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley or Iowa Sen. Jim Carlin, R-Sioux City.

Wanting to replace Grassley is not good enough for a successful Democratic campaign in Iowa, strategist Link said. Whichever candidate wins in the primary has to be prepared to present voters with a good argument to replace the senator who has held his seat for over 40 years.

“For anybody to be successful, it never really works in Iowa to attack someone for being old, it never really works to attack their stature,” he said. “You really have to have a reason for replacing somebody who’s been there so long.”

ood pantries across Iowa are seeing an increase in demand as inflation continues to have an impact on Iowa families.

Food Bank of Iowa spokesperson, Annette Hacker, says the dollar isn’t going as far as it used to. “With these record food fuel and housing prices, it really is leaving a lot of Iowans many of our neighbors hard-pressed and having a hard time making ends meet,” Hacker says.

Hacker says she’s talked with many of their partners and affiliates about the problem. “And they’re all telling us the same thing — they’re seeing greater need and more people coming to shop at the pantries — and in fact some people they haven’t seen in a couple of years who again are needing help,” she says.

Hacker says anyone who wants to help can do so by making a donation. “We appreciate all kinds of support at Food Bank of Iowa, whether that’s food, friends, or funds. That’s really the trifecta there, but the fact is we can do a lot more with money,” she says.

Hacker says they get the most out of the money donated, and their cost is 40 cents for one meal. “You think about what you can do at the grocery store — 40 cents doesn’t go very far — but we can source a meal or one-point-two pounds of food for about 40 cents. We really do stretch those dollars far,” she says.


Funded by previous book sales, the commission has published a comprehensive book that covers 100 years of rural public education in Henry County, from the 1850s to the 1950s.

The 2022 Preserve Iowa Summit is coordinated by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs’ State Historic Preservation Office, the city of Mason City and the Mason City Historic Preservation Commission. It’s funded in part by the National Park Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

More information about the awards is available at iowaculture.gov and preservationiowa.org.