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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Four Clarinda inmates charged in beating death of another inmate

By Lynda Waddington | 07.29.10 | 10:00 am

State officials filed charges Wednesday against four inmates currently serving time at the Clarinda Correctional Facility in southwestern Iowa for their role in the assault of another inmate who was found dead June 14.

The men — Jeremy John McIntosh, 27; Martin Edward Dahlke, 29; Rolland William Jacobsen, 31; and Richard Jason Martin, 34 — are charged with second degree murder.

Clarinda inmates charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with death of another inmate

Martin Edward Dahlke (top left) is accused of directing (from top right, clockwise) Jeremy John McIntosh, Rolland William Jacobsen and Richard Jason Martin to assault a fellow inmate at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. (Photos: Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Alfred Eugene Myre was found dead by a jail employee in the yard area of the Clarinda Correctional Facility. The results of a subsequent autopsy by the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny showed that Myre died due to an assault. He had numerous internal injuries including a ruptured spleen, which was fatal, according to state officials.

Myre, who was 44 at the time of his death, was in the process of serving a 50-year sentence for second degree murder from Pottawattamie County that began on Sept. 5, 1991. He had been transferred to the Clarinda facility on May 14, one month before his death.

None of the inmates charged in connection with Myre’s death were serving prison terms for violent offenses.

McIntosh and Dahlke were each serving 10-year sentences from Pottawattamie County. McIntosh began his sentence for first degree theft on Sept. 30, 2009. Dahlke began his sentence on March 16 for second degree burglary.

Jacobsen was serving a seven-year sentence out of Harrison and Monona counties for two counts of second degree theft and two counts of driving while barred. He began his term on Oct. 22, 2009.

Martin, who began his term on Oct. 9, 2009, was serving a five-year sentence for prohibited acts without prescription out of Warren County.

According to an affidavit filed with the court in Page County, the inmates charged with the assault are members of an organized prison gang known as “The Peckerwoods.” Dahlke, a leader of the gang, was observed directing Martin, McIntosh and Jacobsen to assault Myre. The assault, according to court documents, lasted less than a minute and ended when Dahlke ordered the others to stop.

… Witnesses observed inmates Martin, McIntosh and Jacobsen assaulting inmate Myre. Multiple inmates described the beating of Myre as one which included many heavy punches, all delivered to the torso area. Many of the heavy punches were delivered to the side and back of Myre. Witnesses described the beating’s intensity by speaking of being able to hear the blows hitting Myre’s body from all the way out in the baseball fields of the yard area.

After the assault, Myre was walked into the yard by Dahlke, where Myre sat down at one of the picnic tables located in the middle of the yard area. Soon after reaching the picnic area, Myre fell backwards, unconscious onto the ground. CPR was immediately performed by the [Department of Correction] officers nearby. Myre died soon thereafter…

All four continue to be held at the Clarinda Correctional Facility pending further action on the new charges.

The Clarinda facility was established in 1980 as an adult male medium-security prison to serve primarily chemically-dependent, mentally retarded and socially inadequate offenders, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. It is located on the same grounds as the state’s Mental Health Institute.

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