Man won't fight return to face Iowa slaying charge
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Minnesota resident says he won't fight extradition to Iowa to face charges that he killed his wife in Iowa City more than 16 years ago.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press says John Bloomfield waived his right Thursday in Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul. The 73-year-old has been jailed since his arrest last week at his St. Paul home.
The former University of Iowa researcher is accused of killing 57-year-old Frances Bloomfield in September 1997 at the home they shared in Iowa City.
Bloomfield's Iowa attorney, Leon Spies (speez) told the newspaper that Bloomfield will plead not guilty when he is formally charged in Iowa.
COUNTY AUDITOR-DRUG CHARGES
Removal of Monona County auditor sought
ONAWA, Iowa (AP) - The Monona County attorney is seeking the removal from office of the county auditor, who faces drug charges.
County Supervisor Tim Jessen said Thursday that the County Board asked County Attorney Michael Jensen to file the petition against Brooke Kuhlmann. Jessen says the reasons include Kuhlmann's absences from work since her arrest.
A hearing on the matter is set for Dec. 20.
Kuhlmann has pleaded not guilty to two drug misdemeanors: possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer in late July.
Kuhlmann was elected auditor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.
DES MOINES PANTRY
Des Moines food pantry sees big jump in demand
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines food pantry is seeing a big jump in demand, with 10 percent more people served in November than in the same month a year ago.
The Des Moines Area Religious Council says it provided food to 14,070 in November.
The organization says it believes the increased numbers are due to a sluggish economy and a return of food stamp benefits to pre-recession levels.
Because of the high demand, the group is seeking donations of cash and food.
The Des Moines Area Religious Council has 13 pantry sites, including nine in Des Moines.
CLEAR LAKE-AERATOR WARNING
Warning issued about Clear Lake aerators
CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have issued a warning about open water or thin ice near aerators being used at Clear Lake in northern Iowa.
The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that aerators are operating on the east shore near the water treatment plant and north shore near the pump station west of Venetian Village.
The Iowa Natural Resources Department says warning signs will be employed when the ice becomes safe enough for travel. Ice safety in the vicinity of the aerators will depend on the weather.
The aerators are being used to reduce chances of a winter fish kill.
Contact Scott Grummer, of the Iowa DNR, at 641-357-3517 for more information.
FATAL VEHICLE COLLISION
Dog lost after Iowa crash reunited with owner
SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) - A little dog that ran away from a fatal collision on an Iowa interstate has been reunited with his owner.
Momo, a 3-year-old pug-Chihuahua, was put back into the arms of Nicole Browder on Thursday. He'd been found near Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School.
The accident occurred Wednesday when a northbound sport utility vehicle crossed the centerline on Interstate 29 and struck a southbound semitrailer near Sergeant Bluff. Browder's father, 55-year-old David Browder, of Cascade, Mont., was killed. Three other people in the SUV were injured.
Nicole Browder says Momo ran from the scene out of fear. She says she wanted to chase him down but couldn't because she was caught up in the aftermath of the collision.
Cooperatives pay $1 million for ISU professorship
AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa State University assistant professor studying cooperative economics has been presented with an endowed professorship at the university.
Keri Jacobs was presented the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Endowed Economics Professorship at the organization's annual meeting Nov. 26. The institute is a trade group for member-owned cooperatives that provide services including electricity in rural areas, credit unions, and grain marketing for farmers. The organization has provided $1 million to help fund the professorship.
Jacobs says it's incredible that cooperatives would work together to ensure ongoing research and education into the cooperative business model.
Jacobs has an undergraduate degree in economics and business administration and earned a doctorate in economics from North Carolina State University in 2010, the same year she joined Iowa State.
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