This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Lately, I’ve been really drawn to reading wintery works of crime fiction and wanted to share with you, two of my favorites. Today, I’m recommending The Hunting Game by Helene Tursten and The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Apparently, I’m also a fan of books with the word “hunting” in the title, but I won’t even try to analyze what that says about me or my reading habits.

Associated Press

'Dark money' ties raise questions for GOP Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa

Documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal an outside group founded by top political aides to Sen. Joni Ernst is working closely with the Iowa Republican to raise money and boost her reelection prospects.

Some legal experts say the degree of overlap between her campaign and the nonprofit Iowa Values could violate the law.

Emails show Ernst fundraiser Claire Holloway Avella asked a donor for $50,000 for the group following an introduction by the senator.  

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More than 16 percent of Iowa’s children are obese, that’s the latest from a  new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

This is slightly above the national average of 15.3 percent.

Jamie Bussel is the senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She says the report recommends changes to federal nutrition programs like SNAP as well as changes at the local level.

Hunters and Fishermen Could Pay More for a License

Mar 29, 2017

Hunters and fishermen would have to pay an additional $8.6 million dollars in licensing fees under a bill being considered in the Iowa Legislature.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.


House Bill 574 would raise the price of most hunting, fishing and trapping

 licenses to put more money toward conservation efforts. An annual fishing

 license and an annual hunting license increase from $17 to $25 for Iowa

 residents. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the bill is