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Local News 4.11.2018

A bill addressing the student lunch debt in public schools passed in the Iowa Legislature.  State Senator Ken Rozenboom sponsored the bill after it came up from the house, and says the legislation includes more ways for districts to pursue the funds without harming or shaming students. Rozenboom says schools have been put in a difficult position when it comes to parents who can’t or refuse to pay for their children’s lunch. Senators passed House File 2467 on a unanimous vote.  Many local schools have attempted to implement policies over the past few years to encourage parents to pay for student lunches.

If you saw a house coming down the road yesterday your eyes weren’t deceiving you – Habitat for Humanity of Marion County moved a house from Pella to 510 S 6th St. in Knoxville yesterday.  Goodwin House Moving, a construction company based out of Washington, Iowa, moved the house on a specialized truck over the Red Rock Dam, and through the streets of Knoxville. The house was donated to Habitat for Humanity by Bank Iowa, who will use the lot to build their new location.  Vice President of Bank Iowa Mike Maakestadt says the bank has worked with Habitat for Humanity before, and they are a fan of Habitat because they are a family owned bank that shares many of the same values with the organization.

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