WINTERSET (AP) — Two people have been given probation for setting fire to a historic Madison County covered bridge featured on the cover of the novel "The Bridges of Madison County."
Court records say 19-year-old Joel Davis and 20-year-old Alivia Bergmann were sentenced Monday to five years of probation and given deferred judgments. Both had pleaded guilty to arson charges stemming from the fire last April.
Under deferred judgments, the convictions can be wiped from their records if the two successfully complete their probation terms.
A third person, Alexander Hoff also has pleaded guilty. He's scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
The bridge near Winterset also was featured in the 1995 movie adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County."
Governor signs bill banning 'lunch shaming' in Iowa schools
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa children should no longer face so-called "lunch shaming" in school cafeterias under a new law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Reynolds announced Tuesday that she signed the bill, which lawmakers approved unanimously.
Iowa is following the lead of several other states that have passed similar legislation banning staff from throwing away meals that were already served or publicly identifying students whose parents owe money.
Iowa schools are encouraged, but not required, to provide meals to students who can't pay for them. Many students living in poverty can receive free meals through a federal program, and schools will expand efforts to sign up those who qualify.
Schools will also be able to accept private donations to pay off unpaid meal debts. The bill didn't include any new funding.
Iowa psychologist starts animal sanctuary in honor of mother
MASON CITY (AP) — A psychologist is returning home to northern Iowa to pursue her lifetime goal of operating an animal sanctuary in honor of her mother.
The Globe Gazette reports that Judy Siems has started the Glady Mae Animal Sanctuary near Mason City and Burchinal. She says the nonprofit will give cats and dogs at risk of euthanasia a safe home.
Siems says she promised her mother before she died that she'd open the animal sanctuary. She'd considered building the facility in Minnesota where she'd been living for 45 years, but realized the perfect place was in her childhood hometown.
Siems bought the 10-acre property in June. The organization is repairing four barns on the property to build kennels, runs and a play area. Siems also hopes to build a small medical building for an on-site veterinarian.
Northwest Iowa college gets $6M gift for science building
ORANGE CITY (AP) — Northwestern College says it's received a $6 million gift for its new science building, the largest single gift in school history.
The $24.5 million building will be named for benefactors Jack and Mary DeWitt, who live in Holland, Michigan.
The building will have classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices for the college's biology, chemistry and nursing department, as well as space for student-faculty research. It is scheduled to open in August.
Jack DeWitt served on the college board of trustees for 13 years.
Police: Pickup rolls atop man at drive-thru, killing him
MARION (AP) — Authorities say a man was fatally injured when his pickup truck rolled atop him at a restaurant drive-thru in a Cedar Rapids suburb.
The accident occurred just before noon Monday at a Dairy Queen in Marion. Police say the man's pickup broke down while he was in line at the drive-thru. It rolled atop him after he got out to fix it. Police say he died at a hospital.
Police identified him as 74-year-old Curtis Schantz, who lived in Alburnett.