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Local News 9.20.2017

An Iowa couple is having a sweet celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary – Bob and Kate Shaw of Spirit Lake decided to make their 50th extra-special by driving around Iowa handing out free ice cream.  On Monday, September 11th the couple made stops at the Mahaska Health Partnership, Mahaska Communication Group, and Oskaloosa Pizza Ranch, where they distributed free treats from an ice cream storage unit on the back of a 1967 Ford pickup.  

Habitat for Humanity is known for building new homes, but in Pella the organization is trying something different – moving an existing home to a new location.   Joel Verhoef, community development and volunteer coordinator for Habitat, says the non-profit was gifted a two bedroom, one bath bungalow built in 1926.  Originally located at 905 Union St, the home will move to property owned by Habitat at 412 E 1st St.  Construction on the foundation on the new lot will begin in the next few weeks, Verhoef said. Habitat is looking to move the home before the middle of November, and is in the process of accepting bids for the project.