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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 employee faces two-year prison sentence

By Lynda Waddington | 09.19.08 | 12:33 pm

A 26-year-old Guatemalan man who previously worked at Agriprocessors in Postville will soon begin a two-year sentence in federal prison for identity theft.

Carlos Tzirin-Rodriguez admitted in court that he possessed a fake resident alien card and used the identification of another person without permission to gain employment at the kosher meatpacking company. The man had entered a guilty plea on July 16 to one count of possessing a resident alien card not lawfully issued to him and one count of aggravated identity theft, but was sentenced in federal court today in Cedar Rapids by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.

Tzirin-Rodriguez was sentenced to one day for possessing false identification documents. He was also sentenced to a mandatory consecutive sentence of 24 months for using the identity of another person. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. Following his release, he must also serve two-years in supervised release.

According to court records, Tzirin-Rodriguez, who was being helped by a smuggler, entered the country illegally in early April 2006 near San Ysidro, Calif. He was arrested on April 13, roughly one month prior to a massive immigration raid at Agriprocessors, in Waukon and initially charged with drunk driving. The state charges were later dismissed.

He is currently being held in U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal jail facility.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided Agriprocessors on May 12 and detained 389 people — roughly half of the kosher meatpacking plant’s workforce. Most of those detained pleaded guilty to criminal identity theft charges and have been sentenced to serve five months in federal prison.

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