CAMANCHE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet Thursday at Imperial Lanes.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Although the University of Illinois has invested more than $1.2 billion in classrooms, residence halls and athletic venues since 2013, the school will put a renewed focus on facilities across its three campuses.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kirkwood Community College has released its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade-point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours at the college.

MORRISON, Ill. — The Whiteside Forum continues its exploration of “politics” on Thursday at the Odell Public Library with a panel discussion and Q&A period. The group will meet in the program room at 6:30 p.m. and the panel will include Morrison Mayor Everett Pannier, Mayor Bill Wescott …

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has made public the names of students receiving academic honors for the fall 2017 semester.

DES MOINES — New data show Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds raised more money last year than all her gubernatorial challengers.

DUBUQUE — Gallery C is proud to announce Modern Feminine, an exhibition featuring the artwork of Amanda Steines. Steines’ acrylic paintings, pastels and drawings can be described as elegant and bold.

STORM LAKE — Jessica Leeper, of Lowden, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education from Buena Vista University.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point honored more than 2,260 undergraduate students for attaining high grade-point averages during the fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.

CAMANCHE — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at 808 Third Street, inside Fellowship Hall.

MAQUOKETA — The Faces of Iowa State exhibit featuring 39 portraits by Iowa artist Rose Frantzen will have a public reception next week.

GOOSE LAKE — Northeast Elementary School will host a community blood drive next month.

GOOSE LAKE — The Goose Lake senior citizens met recently for their annual Christmas party. They had 39 seniors in attendance. A moment of silence was held for Arnie Bormann who recently died. Sympathy went to Marlene and Gilbert Bott and family on the recent death of Duane Hagge.

STERLING, Ill. — The GE Retired ladies luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Angelo’s II in Sterling.

VINTON — The Benton County sheriff killed in the line of duty nearly 80 years ago is being memorialized.

WEST DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Walnut Woods State Park Lodge in West Des Moines to discuss a planned tree harvest.

IOWA CITY — A former organizer for Donald Trump in Iowa who filed a complaint accusing his presidential campaign of gender discrimination has decided not to pursue a lawsuit.

SARGENT’S PURCHASE, N.H. — Officials say two people were injured when they lost control of their snowmobile and crashed into some trees.

CHICAGO — Chicago police say they’ve made another arrest in an investigation in which officers infiltrated an invitation-only Facebook group to buy guns and drugs.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People in Illinois now have a faster, easier way to find out if the state is holding any of their unclaimed cash or property.

MORRISON, Ill. — The Friends of Odell Public Library will present the film story of Maria Altmann, an aging Austrian living in Los Angeles who decides the time has come to stake a long-shot legal claim on the crown jewel of her Jewish family, the famed “Lady in Gold” painting.

MAQUOKETA — Calling all preschool age children: Have fun learning about nature through games, stories, activities and crafts.

MAQUOKETA — A burst water pipe damaged several rooms at the Jackson County Humane Society in Maquoketa, prompting the shelter’s closure for at least a day.

DUBUQUE — Authorities say a Dubuque couple were arrested after a social worker discovered their 4-day-old baby and her six other children were living in malodorous squalor.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Community College Board is planning to roll out several alternative ways people can earn their high school equivalency certificate other than passing a test.

DEWITT — BOOM! – DeWitt’s philanthropic group for women – will meet at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 9 at TYCOGA Winery, north of DeWitt, to select a recipient for its latest round of grants.

STERLING, Ill. — The Sterling Municipal Band's 24th annual Pops Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at Abiding Word Church, 806 E. Lynn Blvd, Sterling.

CLINTON — A Stepping On workshop will begin in February at Mercy Medical Center South.

CAMANCHE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will meet next week.

CLINTON — Stonecroft Clinton Women’s Connection is inviting all women to brunch, special feature, music, and a speaker next month.

VERSAILLES, Mo. — A Missouri state trooper convicted of a misdemeanor for the drowning death of a handcuffed Iowa man has been fired.

CAROL STREAM, Ill. — Police in northwestern Illinois will soon try out a new test meant to quickly detect if drivers have drugs in their system.

DUBUQUE — A homeless shelter in Eastern Iowa is facing a growing demand for beds, despite federal figures showing a drop in homeless populations statewide and in some nearby states.

DUBUQUE COUNTY — The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office says a tanker truck rollover crash caused about 1,500 gallons of ethanol to leak from the truck’s tanker.

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