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Local News 9.21.2017

A veteran running across Iowa to raise awareness about suicide prevention recently made his way through South Central Iowa.  Moving about 30 miles a day, Josh Jorgensen, a resident of Adel, started his run last week in Council Bluffs and hopes to finish in Burlington this Friday.  Jorgensen is wearing a gas mask as he runs, and says its a metaphor for life – when suffering seems too much you just need to put one foot in front of the other and keep moving.  Jorgensen says he’s overwhelmed by the support he’s received during the run, and says it is proof people care about veterans.

Three children abducted from Clay County Tuesday morning have been found – an Amber alert went out Tuesday morning when 8-year-olds Adia Johnson-Enos and Lillian Johnson-Enos and 4-year-old Olivia Sophia Arzaga were abducted at 7:30 a.m. from Royal, Iowa.  The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said the children were found abandoned in Sanborn, Iowa, late Tuesday afternoon.  The warning claimed the mother of the children, Danica Noel Arzaga, 25, was the suspect in the abduction – she is still at-large and believed to be driving a 2003 Cadillac with plate number 561XEY.

Trees don’t just provide shade – they can also save money on your energy bills, and residents in South Central Iowa can get help buying new trees as part of Operation ReLeaf.  The Jefferson County Extension Office in Fairfield will host Operation ReLeaf on Sept. 23. The program offers Alliant Energy customers the ability to purchase trees for shade and windbreaks at discount prices through a partnership between Alliant Energy and The Iowa Department of Natural Resources.  Tree pick-up is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 23, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The event will also include a workshop at 9:45 a.m. on taking care of the trees. 

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