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Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley, right, hugs Mississippi State punter Kody Schexnayder after Iowa defeated Mississippi State 27-22 during the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


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New exchange site opens in Forest City

FOREST CITY – Donations of food, money, clothing and toys always increase this time of the year as folks get into the Christmas spirit. But what about the other 11 months?

One local woman has decided to do something about that by opening a location where people can drop off or pick up items whenever they have a need.

Allison Tindall opened Ebb & Flow in a storage room on the lower level of Nu2U Consignments, 117 N. Clark St., in Forest City.

Tindall said she has had the idea in mind for years. “I prayed about it and God kind of worked it out,” she said. “I've been doing this my whole life. I've always been giving to family and friends, now it's just more widespread.”

Tindall said one of those things God worked out was the location.

“I came in to Nu2U a lot as a customer and I started helping on Wednesdays while my daughter was in AWANA. I started a relationship with (new owner) Naomi. I talked to her about this idea,” Tindall said. “Naomi said she had extra storage space, so, go ahead and do it. This is her contribution.”

There have always been places for people to pick up clothing items but many of these places were based on monetary need. Ebb & Flow is different.

“You don't need to be down and out. If you need it, I'll give it,” Tindall said. “It's more like a community exchange, not a charity. I don't want people to feel embarrassed to come or be afraid to ask.

“Ebb & Flow is a phrase I've used for years, like the tide going in and out,” she said. “Sometimes you're doing good and sometimes you need stuff. You don't need to qualify. If you need something you can get it.”

Tindall also uses the Bible verse, Matthew 6:28 – “And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin,” when it comes to the mission of the exchange.

So far Tindall has collected an assortment of undergarments, men's and women's clothing items as well as sweatshirts, hats, mittens and jackets. There are even toiletry and hygiene products as well as some bedding and dishes.

Tindall added donations of these items would be greatly appreciated. “And anything household that people want to donate,” Tindall said.

“It started out as a clothing thing then I decided, ‘why not take anything?’” she said. “I hope to have a little of everything. It depends on what people give me.”

The only thing not accepted at this time is furniture because of lack of space.

People may come to see what is available but ideally, due to space restrictions, Tindall would like people to call and tell her what they need.

For instance, “Someone can call from Prairie Ridge. I'll ask what sizes they need and I will pick it out and deliver it to them.

“But it depends on supply and demand. So far I've only had a few demands,” Tindall said. “But we're just starting out. I haven't got the word out there yet. I just had flyers made up to pass out.”

Call or text Allison Tindall at 641-590-7856 if you have a donation or a need and help her spread the message of Ebb & Flow.


Finkenauer prioritizes reopening government

Opening the federal government would be a good first act for the new House Democratic majority, according to Abby Finkenauer, Northeast Iowa’s first female U.S. representative.

“That would be ideal,” she said Wednesday evening after a Democratic caucus meeting that followed congressional leaders’ meeting with President Donald Trump over the partial government shutdown.

The House plans to take up government funding measures that were approved by the Senate before the shutdown began last month.

But since then, Trump has demanded that more than $5 billion be included toward building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, one of his key campaign themes. Democrats have refused, offering instead money for border security. The White House meeting appeared not to get any closer to a compromise.

“We’ve got to reopen the government. It’s the first thing we have to do,” said Finkenauer, who will represent the 20-county 1st District that includes Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Cedar Falls-Waterloo and Marshalltown.

Then, she argued, lawmakers could continue negotiations with the president about immigration reform and border security.

Finkenauer is one of two Iowa women was sworn in at the U.S. House. Cindy Axne of West Des Moines will represent the 3rd District that stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

Like Finkenauer, who defeated two-term GOP Rep. Rod Blum, Axne defeated a Republican, Rep. David Young.

They are among more than 40 members of the freshman class who flipped districts from Republican to Democratic representation. Finkenauer thinks they will have an impact.

“A lot of us are coming from districts that were held by the GOP,” she said. “These are a lot of red-to-blue districts where we were sent here with a referendum to get to work and bring some common sense to the process.”

Although the incoming class includes many young, progressive Democrats — Finkenauer is 29 — she said making progress on the issues voters cared about will require bipartisanship.

However, Finkenauer sees her role as the “voice of Iowans who sent me here to Washington — some who voted for me, some who didn’t.”

“That’s my job, to step up for the folks in the district,” she said. “I’m from Iowa and I’m not afraid to make sure that folks understand what makes sense for my district and what makes sense for my state.”

Finkenauer has been impressed and encouraged by the freshmen, both Democrat and Republican, she has met during orientation.

“I think we feel strongly about that, that we want to be able to bring dignity, respect and common sense back to Washington,” she said.

As she settles into her Cannon House Office Building office, Finkenauer has a reminder of where’s she’s from — a sweatshirt that her father, a union pipe fitter, wore that’s full of burn holes from welding. It also will serve to remind “everybody around me that comes into my office why I’m here and who I’m fighting for.”

She joked Wednesday that if thermostat issues in her office aren’t resolved soon, she might have to wear her dad’s sweatshirt to keep warm.


LIZ MARTIN, Cedar Rapids Gazette 

U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer  


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Officials release names of the 10 injured in New Year's crash near Forest City

FOREST CITY | Officials released the names of the 10 people injured in a head-on collision on a rural road near Forest City early New Year’s Day.

The crash occurred about 2:21 a.m. Tuesday, on 120th Street about a half mile south of 360th Street, about 5 miles northwest of Forest City.

  • Shyenne Dunning, 21, of Leland

  • Carter Hammervold, 20, of Mason City

  • Kelsey Johnson, 22, of Lake Mills

  • Alex Fritze, 21, of Swaledale

  • Cole Millsap, 20, of Mason City

  • Taylor Pattison, 18, of Mason City

  • Kayla Kittleson, 18, of Mason City

  • Maya Barrientes, 18, of Mason City

  • Parker Albrant, 20, of Thompson

  • Michael Olsen, 19, of Lake Mills

Some were transported to Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa while others were transported to hospitals in Garner, Iowa City, and Rochester, Minnesota.

A 2004 Grand Prix and 2010 Dodge Ram were involved.

The Dodge was traveling southbound on 120th Avenue and the Grand Prix was traveling northbound on 120th Avenue.

According to Iowa State Patrol, the Dodge was traveling on the wrong side of the road and struck the Grand Prix head on.

The Grand Prix came to rest on the east side of the road, facing southbound. The Dodge came to rest in the ditch also facing southbound.

On Wednesday, Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Mindy Coe said investigators believe there were eight people in the Grand Prix.

Investigators say alcohol consumption may have been a factor.

Coe said the investigation is complicated as investigators are still trying to place all the occupants in the vehicles and determine who the driver was.

She said there were conflicting accounts regarding who was driving and where individuals were seated.

Seat belts were not used by all passengers.

Coe said charges could be possible.

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