Lauren Mills

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Enoch Arden in Iowa

Cheryl Mullenbach, "Iowa Stories" author

An Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem, "Enoch Arden," tells the story of a man shipwrecked on an island for 10 years who returns home to find his wife happily married to his childhood friend. Never revealing himself to his wife, he dies of a broken heart. During the U.S. Civil War, this work of fiction came to life, with several newspapers carrying the story of the Iowa Enoch Arden. Continue Reading →

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News Quiz: Texting While Driving


Iowa legislators are taking another look at legislation to prohibit cellphone use while driving, in an effort to give more teeth to the current texting law. Last year, legislation that proposed making texting while driving a primary offense, meaning law enforcement officials could pull drivers over for texting alone, died in the Iowa House. Test your knowledge on the current texting law and the bill proposed by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Continue Reading →

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Iowa Suicide Data In Charts, Graphics

Suicide prevention is getting attention in Iowa from several approaches. For example, the Legislature in 2014 directed the Iowa Department of Public Health and Department of Education to collaborate on advancing suicide prevention efforts. But some health care professionals worry that elderly suicide prevention does not get enough attention. The following graphics and charts, compiled at the end of 2014, provide illustrations and raw data for those interested in delving more into this public matter. Read an IowaWatch story that digs into this matter here. Continue Reading →

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News Quiz: Presidents’ Day in Iowa


A Monday is set aside each February to note the Feb. 12 birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Feb. 22 birthday of George Washington. While Iowa plays a significant role in the country’s presidential elections it also has had an impact on the presidency in other ways. See how well you know Iowa’s presidential history. Continue Reading →

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