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DES MOINES — A state public safety employee was terminated and may face legal action after it was determined that at least 5,817 “guard card” licenses were issued to companies on behalf of the private investigators, security guards or other uniformed personnel they employed without national background checks, the state auditor said Thursday.

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DES MOINES — A state public safety employee was terminated and may face legal action after it was determined that at least 5,817 “guard card” licenses were issued to companies on behalf of the private investigators, security guards or other uniformed personnel they employed without national background checks, the state auditor said Thursday.

• Merle D. Stage, 56, of Fulton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm as a felon, a Class D felony. The state will dismiss one count of attempt to commit murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapons, the plea agreement states. Sentencing is scheduled for 10…

Clinton County Master Gardeners will hold an educational and fun morning exploring the Monarch Butterfly on Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Participants will learn how many changes the Monarch goes through, from an egg to a beautiful butterfly.

Scott Community College has released its president’s and dean’s lists for the 2019 summer semester. Local students on the president’s list are: Daniel Kranovich and Elizabeth Sager, of DeWitt; Brittany Karr, of Delmar; and Courtney Brady and Jacob Olson, of Grand Mound. To be named to the pr…

The Small Business Development Center and DeWitt Chamber & Development Company (DCDC) will hold a 90-minute workshop focusing on different areas of the business GrowthWheel®. The Aug. 28 workshop, Operations, is 8 to 9:30 a.m., at the DCDC, 1010 Sixth Ave., in DeWitt. All businesses are …

Immaculate Conception Parish, Petersville, will hold a beef and pork dinner Sunday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2885 195th St., Charlotte. Mass will be held at 11. There will also be Bingo, a country store and raffle. Carry-outs are welcome, and the building is handicap accessible. Adult …

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Sitting on the kitchen table of Richard Walker’s DeWitt home recently was a small, white box.

A 20-year-old area woman tried to elude authorities — in more ways than one — during a high-speed chase through two counties Tuesday, according to an incident report from the Clinton County Sheriff’s office.

Graduating from Calamus-Wheatland High School in May was a surreal feeling for Abram Dierickx, the son of James and Pam Dierickx, of Lowden.