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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

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

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

Liz Mathis
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.

Agriprocessors HR employees charged in connection with illegal immigration

By Lynda Waddington | 09.09.08 | 6:28 pm

Two female members of the Agriprocessors human resource department staff learned this afternoon of the charges they will be facing in federal court.

Laura Althouse, 38 of Postville, and Karina Freund, 29 of Fayette, were arrested this morning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville.

Althouse has been charged with aiding and abetting document fraud, aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens. Documents filed with the court allege that on May 11, the day before federal authories launched a massive immigration raid at the plant, an Agriprocessors supervisor was in the human resources department assisting employees with the completion of new applications, in new names, and using newly acquired false identification documents. In addition, the documents indicate that Althouse was assisting with this process, knowing that some of the applicants were current employees who worked in the supervisor’s department.

Freund is charged with aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented aliens. Court documents allege that several former, undocumented alien employees at the plant have implicated Freund in helping them obtain false identification documents.

The two women appeared in federal court today. Althouse was released on bond. Freund is temporarily being held, but is expected to be released with an electronic monitoring device. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

If convicted on the charges, Althouse faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 22 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, special assessments of $300 and seven years of supervised release. Freund faces a possible maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100 and 3 years supervised release.

Althouse and Freund were also named today in the state’s case of alleged child labor law violations at Agriprocessors.

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