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Treasurer Fitzgerald has One Of A Kind Gifts for Mother's Day in eBay Auction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:37

DES MOINES, IA (04/10/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald just might have that unique gift for Mother's Day. Fitzgerald will be hosting his next unclaimed property eBay auction beginning on April 24. "We will have an assortment of items up for bid, perfect gifts for Mother's Day," Fitzgerald stated. "Our eBay auction will be filled with one of a kind items and unique collectibles that were turned over in unclaimed safe deposit boxes." Interested bidders may visit the state treasurer's eBay page at

The auction will begin on Thursday, April 24 and will close on May 1. Some of the treasures in this online auction include India bangle bracelets, a cameo pendant with perfume center, gold ladies rings, and silver with turquois stone bracelet. Items included in the auction are from abandoned safe deposit boxes reported to the state treasurer as unclaimed property by financial institutions across the state. Photos, letters and other personal memorabilia will not be included in the auction. The auction proceeds are held for the rightful owners until they come forward.

to see if the state treasurer has property belonging to you. Be sure to like the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure for information about future auctions.


Reduce Mistakes by Increasing Human Performance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:36
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – Are people at the core of your business? Do even your best people sometimes make mistakes?

At the next Idea Lab program, Increasing Human Performance, presenter Michael Brooks, Founder and President of Michael Brooks Consulting LLC, will discuss how reducing the number of mistakes that take place in your business or organization could make a major difference.

The Idea Lab, a division of Results Marketing, offers live learning experiences in the Quad-Cities. “Most people do not realize that human error is both predictable and manageable,” said Todd Ashby, Managing Partner of Results Marketing. “At Michael’s presentation, he will share his thoughts on how to achieve a tenfold reduction of mistakes.”
Increasing Human Performance will be held as a Lunch & Learn program from 12 to 1 p.m., April 18, at DHCU Community Credit Union, 1900 52nd Ave., Moline, IL. Admission is $15 and the event will include a catered Chick-fil-A meal. Attendees can select from a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich meal, a veggie-wrap meal, or for one dollar more, a Grilled Chicken Market Salad.
“Increasing Human Performance may seem like it should be about common sense,” Brooks said, “but actually, it can be counterintuitive. There are traps that increase our error rate, and by recognizing these traps, special tools can be utilized to reduce errors. Anyone wishing to improve the productivity of their workplace will not want to miss this presentation.”
For more information or to register, please call Les Flesher at 563-322-2065 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Feel free to follow the Idea Lab on Facebook at
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Braley Writes Secretary Kerry After Dubuque Couple’s International Adoption is Left in Limbo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:19

Congressman calls on State Department to work to resolve delayed adoptions with the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Washington, D.C. – After learning of the situation faced by a Dubuque couple who are adopting two children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) yesterday wrote Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the State Department to work with the Congolese government to resolve the situation.

“The Peats and other Iowa families have jumped through so many obstacles in order to provide a child with a loving home—and what’s happening to them isn’t fair,” Braley said. “I’m hopeful the State Department can help finalize these adoptions and end this foot-dragging by the DRC that’s causing families like the Peats so much pain.”


Many families throughout the United States have completed the adoption process in the DRC courts. They were then granted their adoption visa by the United States. However, the DRC suddenly refused to issue exit letters, which is the final step allowing families to bring their children to the United States.

“I urge you to put pressure on the DRC government to have the moratorium on exit letters lifted,” Braley wrote.

Last October, Braley introduced the Children in Families First Act which helps streamline the adoption process by removing unnecessary bureaucratic barriers to international adoptions.

In 2012, Braley introduced the Making Adoption Affordable Act to make the adoption tax credit permanent.

The letter to Secretary Kerry is available HERE.

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Scott County-wide Burn Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:17

Per the request of the Scott County Fire Chief Association, a county-wide open burn ban will be effective at 6:00 PM this evening.

Below find a copy of the proclamation and an excerpt from the Iowa Code which identifies exception to this ban (recreational fires, etc.)


100.40 Marshal may prohibit open burning on request.

  1. The state fire marshal, during periods of extremely dry conditions or under other conditions when the state fire marshal finds open burning constitutes a danger to life or property, may prohibit open burning in an area of the state at the request of the chief of a local fire department, a city council or a board of supervisors and when an investigation supports the need for the prohibition. The state fire marshal shall implement the prohibition by issuing a proclamation to persons in the affected area. The chief of a local fire department, the city council or the board of supervisors that requested the prohibition may rescind the proclamation after notifying the state fire marshal of the intent to do so, when the chief, city council or board of supervisors finds that the conditions responsible for the issuance of the proclamation no longer exist.

  1. Violation of a prohibition issued under this section is a simple misdemeanor.

3. A proclamation issued by the state fire marshal pursuant to this section shall not prohibit a supervised, controlled burn for which a permit has been issued by the fire chief of the fire district where the burn will take place, the use of outdoor fireplaces, barbecue grills, properly supervised landfills, or the burning of trash in incinerators or trash burners made of metal, concrete, masonry, or heavy one-inch wire mesh, with no openings greater than one square inch.




Gov. Branstad terminates DAS Director Mike Carroll PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:16

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today terminated the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Director Mike Carroll.

Branstad released the following statement:

“Director Carroll told me that employees were not paid an additional amount in exchange for confidentiality provisions. In light of recent developments, I learned the information presented to me by Director Carroll was not accurate. I am deeply troubled and disappointed by this. As I stated at my press conference Monday, if I learned of new information there would be harsh consequences.

“I terminated Director Carroll today because new facts directly contradict what he told me and what he stated before the Government Oversight Committee. This is unacceptable.

“Confidentiality provisions in personnel settlements should have never been used. The use of such provisions was wrong. Taxpayer dollars should have never been used in relation to confidentiality provisions.

“The citizens of Iowa deserve a government as open and honest as them. Confidentiality provisions run contrary to my priority of an open and transparent government.”

Carroll’s termination is effective immediately. Branstad named Janet Phipps the interim director of DAS.


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