AMES, Iowa (AP) – Two members of the Iowa State University crew club were participating in their first training on the water when they drowned in March after their boat capsized in high winds, according to reports. recently published survey results. The pandemic had kept the club afloat for 18 months and investigators concluded in information released Wednesday that team members’ enthusiasm for a chance to return likely clouded their judgment on safety. The Ames Tribune reports that Yaakov Ben-David, 20, and Derek Nanni, 19, died in the capsizing on Little Wall Lake, about 20 miles north of the university campus in Ames. Three other members reached the shore, two of them with the help of passers-by.
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have confirmed that an Iowa woman who was reported missing earlier this month has died in an apparent murder-suicide at her ex-husband’s home. Charles City Police said the body of Jennifer Jo Swingen, 44, also known as Jennifer Smith, was found last week. Police said her ex-husband Shane Swingen, 46, died on October 12 of an apparent drug overdose. Officers later found Jennifer Swingen’s body at the home. Police said an autopsy determined she had been strangled. Court records show they divorced in 2019. He lived in Charles City and she lived in Dunkerton.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Cindy Axne and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks would be pushed into the same congressional district according to the latest redistribution maps. The proposal released Thursday by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency would also keep the Democratic counties of Johnson and Linn in separate districts, contrary to a previous plan rejected by Republicans earlier in the month. The Iowa legislature is scheduled to meet in special session next Thursday to consider the cards. If the second set of cards is rejected, the LSA will have 35 days to draw a third set of cards, which could be amended with the Republican majority leading this process.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of rural bankers in 10 plains and western states suggests strong economic growth continues in the region. The region’s overall economic index improved in October to 66.1 from the already high 62.5 in September. Any score above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the region was benefiting from strong grain prices, persistently low interest rates and growing agricultural exports. Goss said demand for workers is high, but companies are struggling to find people to hire. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were interviewed.