Over 20 people in Knoxville needed a place to go last week when back to back fires affected their homes, and thanks to efforts from local volunteers, everyone had a place to stay for the night. In one of those fires residents in an apartment building were forced to leave their homes for 24 hours as smoke needed to be ventilated from the building. Chuck Reeves with the American Red Cross says every person affected by the fire had a place to go when tragedy struck, thanks to a collaboration among Marion County Emergency Management, Marion County Public Health and the Red Cross. Reeves says he’s thankful Kim Dorn and her staff at Marion County Public Health along with Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson for working together to help out the people in need.
Two Knoxville High School students accepted an invite to the Hawkeye Boys State Camp presented by the Batty Tucker Post 168 of the American Legion Thursday. Juniors Elliot Schmidt and Nyan Baker were chosen by the legion to attend the camp; The week-long event gives the young men a hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Baker says learning about government is important to him and should be important to students today because they will shape the future and it’s important to continue to learn from their past. The camp will be held June 10th through the 15th at Camp Dodge in Des Moines.