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Illinois State Police caught the inmate who escaped overnight from Iowa’s maximum security prison in Fort Madison. The inmate was found just south of Geneseo, Illinois — more than 100 miles northeast of the prison. Officials inside the Iowa State Penitentiary discovered 25-year-old Justin Kestner had escaped sometime early this morning, before sunrise. He was in his […]
An inmate has escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, the state’s maximum security prison. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesperson Fred Scaletta says 25-year-old Justin Kestner was last seen at 1:30 a.m. during the routine count of the inmates. He was discovered missing at 4:45 a.m. Kestner is white, 6’0″ tall and 172 pounds. He has […]
A retired firefighter in northwest Iowa is collecting t-shirts from fire departments across the country as he battles cancer and recovers from heart surgery. Doug Harms retired from the Le Mars Fire Department last year due to health issues related to his heart. Since that time, he has also been diagnosed as having cancer in […]
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spent the first half of this Friday campaigning in Republican-leaning northwest Iowa. A crowd of over 200 greeted him for an early morning event in Sheldon and about 150 people crowded into the Better Day Cafe in Storm Lake to see Sanders over the noon-hour. “The reason that we’re going […]
A new non-profit group is putting the spotlight on Iowans who’ve made the most of “second chances” and recognizing the companies that have hired them. Kyle Horn is the founder of the “Iowa Job Honor Awards” program. “The case that we attempt to make is not for the indiscriminant hiring of candidates with ‘red flags’ […]