U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, shoots a selfie video Friday south of Jefferson for her online followers after spending part of the afternoon with James Holz and Bill Frederick, owners of Iowa Cover Crop. The Greene County-based business has been spreading the gospel of cover crops as a way to improve water quality. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD PHOTOS
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com Whether legislators oversold the new state law allowing permitless carry of guns, or the public simply misunderstood, the message has been that Iowa is now akin to Deadwood circa 1876.
“You lose friendships no matter what,” state Rep. Phil Thompson, R-Jefferson, says of politics. Currently serving a second term in the Iowa House, the Greene County native is hitting his stride at the Capitol, and actually making friends along the way among Republicans and Democrats alike.
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com Phil Thompson looks back on his time in Iraq as an 18-year-old Army private and equates it to “drinking water from a fire hose.”
The Greene County Medical Center stopped delivering babies in 2016, ending a 79-year tradition but contributing to the trend of “rural OB deserts.” HERALD FILE PHOTO
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com
“It’s never just one person,” Tami Minnehan says of efforts to improve Churdan. Anthony and Tami Minnehan are part of the effort to bring Churdan back from the brink. The Minnehans’ new nonprofit, Churdan 2.0, has been acquiring and demolishing abandoned houses. On one now-empty lot, they plan to create the Iowa Officer Down Memorial, a memorial to fallen police officers. A vintage patrol car marks the spot. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD PHOTOS
By ANDREW MCGINN a.mcginn@beeherald.com Here’s something you maybe didn’t know about Anthony Minnehan, lifelong Churdan resident, councilman, businessman and entrepreneur: When he feels put on the spot, he starts blinking more rapidly than usual.
Farnhamville native Jacob Stephenson is a member of the U.S. Navy’s “silent service.”
By ALVIN PLEXICO U.S. Navy Office of Community Outreach Editor’s note: Jacob Stephenson is the son of Jefferson-Scranton grads Rodney and Shannon (Butterfield) Stephenson.
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, shoots a selfie video Friday south of Jefferson for her online followers after spending part of the afternoon with James Holz and Bill Frederick, owners of Iowa Cover Crop. The Greene County-based business has been spreading the gospel of cover crops as a way to improve water quality. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD PHOTOS
“You lose friendships no matter what,” state Rep. Phil Thompson, R-Jefferson, says of politics. Currently serving a second term in the Iowa House, the Greene County native is hitting his stride at the Capitol, and actually making friends along the way among Republicans and Democrats alike.
The Greene County Medical Center stopped delivering babies in 2016, ending a 79-year tradition but contributing to the trend of “rural OB deserts.” HERALD FILE PHOTO
“It’s never just one person,” Tami Minnehan says of efforts to improve Churdan. Anthony and Tami Minnehan are part of the effort to bring Churdan back from the brink. The Minnehans’ new nonprofit, Churdan 2.0, has been acquiring and demolishing abandoned houses. On one now-empty lot, they plan to create the Iowa Officer Down Memorial, a memorial to fallen police officers. A vintage patrol car marks the spot. ANDREW McGINN | JEFFERSON HERALD PHOTOS
Farnhamville native Jacob Stephenson is a member of the U.S. Navy’s “silent service.”

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Carla Offenburger, an MVP kind of Iowa citizen from rural Cooper in Greene County, died at home on July 24 at the age of 62 after a 12-year-long “dance with cancer,” as she often described it. 

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