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The Good

Iowa native Dallas Clark of the Indianapolis Colts will receive the Ray Pillar of Character Award, an honor given to an Iowan who has demonstrated a commitment to being a good person of good character. Clark will receive the award in April at Hy-Vee’s All Star Evening to benefit Character Counts. Past award recipients include Hayden Fry, Norman Borlaug, Shawn Johnson and former Gov. Robert D. Ray, for whom the award was named. Clark, already a Super Bowl champion, will look to become a two-time NFL champion on Sunday, Feb. 7.


Fourteen communities across the state were recently announced as recipients of funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The $822,000 will be distributed in the form of grants, training and technical assistance to Main Street programs in cities like Dubuque, West Union, Story City, Waterloo, Mason City and Cedar Rapids. The grants benefit local improvement projects with a combined total investment of approximately $10.4 million. Since the first appropriation in 2002, the program has awarded a total of $3.9 million and leveraged approximately $22.3 million in local investments.

The Bad

Duct tape can be used for a variety of odds-and-ends jobs, but when you secure your 22-month old son against the wall with it, it’s just plain wrong. A 17-year-old mother from Beatrice, Neb., is accused of taping her child to the wall for entertainment. Law enforcement received a tip, which included a photo of the alleged event. The child’s feet were on the floor, but it is not clear how long the child may have been restrained. Talk about a sticky situation.


A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a painting at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is worth much more. A rare Picasso, valued at $80 million, was damaged last week when an unidentified woman lost her balance and fell against “The Actor,” damaging the lower right corner. The fall created a 6-inch tear on the work that measures 6 feet by 4 feet and was completed by Picasso in 1905. Officials said the tear did not occur “in a focal point of the composition” and could be repaired by April. Good thing the clumsy woman wasn’t drinking coffee.

The Ugly

How was Jonas Neiderbach still walking the streets? The man who is accused of beating his infant son and is facing felony child endangerment charges was sent back to jail last Friday after failing a drug test. Last week’s arrest marks the second time Neiderbach failed such a test. In July, he failed a drug test while on pre-trial release. Stupidity got him caught again. Polk County prosecutors requested the hearing after an anonymous tipster told Des Moines police that Neiderbach had allegedly posted statements on his Facebook account about drug use. Obviously, the guy can’t stay clean, so why does he get the privilege of walking free? His trial is set for May 4, and he should have to sit in jail and think about the pain he’s caused that little boy, who is now severely disabled and at a local care center.


Here’s another guy who shouldn’t be roaming around free. Scott Allyn Halverson, 46, was arrested last week for a second time in connection to an incident where authorities alleged Halverson was enticing a minor to meet him for sex. Halverson was arrested Jan. 8 for allegedly enticing away a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor. Waukee police arrested Halverson last Tuesday for allegedly knowingly persuading or enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, which is a felony. Federal authorities filed the new charge because they believe Halverson may have crossed state lines during a trip to meet a person he had been chatting with online. According to officials, Halverson had several online chats using the screen name of “airline_stud.” He asked the person whether he could be her first sexual experience. Where is Chris Hansen of “Dateline” when you need him? CV


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This week’s winner:

“I think that I am beginning to understand the fascination for hand puppets.”

Doug Dawson

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