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The good

The Polk County Health Department recently received a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Vaccine Program Office and JBS International Inc. to increase vaccination rates among adults in Polk County, specifically the Tdap vaccination that protects against whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria and tetanus. Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director, said, “By increasing adult vaccinations, we will not only prevent more adults from getting sick but also protect the most vulnerable in our population, like the elderly and infants.” Whooping cough is a disease that is of particular concern that can be impacted by increased adult vaccination rates. It is a bacterial infection that takes several weeks of severe coughing to recover from and can be deadly to infants, who most frequently get it from a parent or sibling. Polk County had 10 times more pertussis cases last year than in 2011. Free pertussis vaccinations are available for those 11 and older at ELIM Christian Fellowship Church on Sunday, May 19, after the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. The public is welcome to attend this free vaccination clinic or call 286-3798 for an appointment.

Korean War veteran Elston Henry Peters, of Waterloo, was honored last week with five military service medals he earned but never received. Peters was stationed at the 38th parallel in Korea from 1952-53, where he served as a Corporal on patrol and a Jeep driver. Sen. Bruce Braley awarded Peters the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and Triple Bronze Star Attachment, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award and United Nations Service Medal. Braley has helped veterans throughout the First District get medals they were awarded, but never received. Peters reached out to Braley after learning that he could help him get the medals he earned 60 years ago. It’s about time, Corporal. Thanks for your service.


The bad

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Dozens of active and retired coal miners and family members from a Utah coal mine operated by MidAmerican Energy set up informational pickets outside the company’s offices on Friday last week as part of their effort to resolve a contract dispute. The collective bargaining agreement between MidAmerican and the members of the United Mine Workers of America, who work at MidAmerican’s Deer Creek mine near Huntington, Utah, expired in early January. The workers say management has since refused to permit use of sick or vacation leave and has demanded a 75 percent reduction in safety representation, proposed substandard health care coverage and has used threats and intimidation to get its way. “Working in a coal mine is difficult, dangerous work,” said UMWA International District 22 Vice President Mike Dalpiaz, who led the delegation. “The last thing any miner needs is for safety and health protections to be weakened, yet that’s the proposal on the table from MidAmerican.”

Iowa Falls disgrace, Heidi Denio, 37, was charged with first-degree theft, ongoing criminal conduct and forgery last week after she allegedly lied about having cancer in order raise money. Charges were filed in connection with a March 4, 2012, benefit that was held for her that raised more than $50,000, authorities said. An anonymous tip led police to look into Denio’s claim, and investigations revealed she had forged a doctor’s signature on a letter to back up her tall tale.


The ugly

This Des Moines woman set up a date with the wrong guy. Stephanie Brooks, 20, was recently arrested after a Des Moines cop answered her ad on Craigslist. Officer Mathis set up a deal for a car date. He picked her up at Walgreens, the corner of happy and horny, and drove to the southeast side of Des Moines where she agreed to give him a “full service blowjob” in exchange for $80, according to police reports. She was charged with prostitution and booked into Polk County Jail.

The KCCI weather team reported last week that some parts of Iowa got more than 10 inches of snow. On May 2. Enough already. CV

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