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Gander Mountain Partners With Soles4Souls Effort to Supply 500k Pairs of Shoes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jess Myers   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:38

Outdoors retailer offering shoppers a free download of new Billy Gilman single The Choice

with footwear sales proceeds in 114 stores nationwide going to fund shoe charity initiative


ST. PAUL, MN, April 12, 2012 -- Gander Mountain is proud to announce a unique arrangement with Soles4Souls which aims to supply 500,000 pairs of shoes to those in need. The nation’s premiere outdoors retailer and the Nashville-based charity have joined forces once again, helping promote multi-platinum selling country artist Billy Gilman’s new charity single The Choice while working toward the goal of supplying shoes to needy children.


Starting on April 16, Gander Mountain customers who purchase a pair of shoes in stores will receive a free download of Gilman’s new single. In addition to Gilman, the song features 18 of country music’s top artists, including Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban. Gander Mountain will donate $1 from every pair of shoes purchased to Soles4Souls, which is able to supply a pair of shoes to someone in need for every dollar that is donated.


“We are proud to be able to partner with Soles4Souls once again to help reach the goal of 500,000 pairs of shoes for those in need,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “It is a great opportunity for Gander Mountain customers to help those less fortunate while getting a free download of some great music from Billy Gilman and other popular country artists.”


Gilman, who has sold more than six million albums worldwide and garnered a wide range of awards, was in the process of writing material for his upcoming music project with two of his co-writers, Dan Murph and Philip Douglas, when the idea for The Choice was born. In a YouTube video, Soles4Souls challenged people from all across the country to start their own shoe drives in their communities and do something to benefit those living in adverse poverty and in need of footwear. Instead of setting up a collection bin on a crowded street, Gilman, Murph and Douglas got the idea to do what they do best--write a song. They agreed that every penny generated from the song, including the songwriters' and publishers' shares, would go to Soles4Souls. Within one week, the trio penned The Choice and pitched the idea to the charity organization.


“Great success and countless pairs of shoes donated have been the results of our past collaborative efforts with Gander Mountain, so it made perfect sense to work together once again, giving shoppers the opportunity to provide great footwear for themselves and for those less fortunate, while getting great music for free,” said Kevin Goughary, CEO of Soles4Souls, which has donated more than 17 million pairs of shoes across 129 countries since its inception in 2004. "For every pair of shoes purchased at a Gander Mountain store, a life somewhere around the world will be changed with the gift of shoes. It doesn't get any sweeter than that."


The Choice was co-written by Gilman to bring attention to the world wide plight of children in desperate need of shoes. All of the proceeds from digital download of The Choice go directly to Soles4Souls. The song came to life through the contribution of the voices of Gilman and fellow country artists Rodney Atkins, Montgomery Gentry, Amy Grant, Steve Holy, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd, Richie McDonald, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Ronnie Milsap, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Diamond Rio, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, and Keith Urban. The song is scheduled to be released on April 16, and every download will provide a pair of shoes to some child in need.


The Gander Mountain special offer runs through May 14.



Morthland Recycles “e-waste” delivering for both a local non- profit and the environment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Wallace   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:21
Moline, IL…State Representative Rich Morthland (R-Cordova) will be delivering a truckload of electronics to recycle at Self-Help Enterprises in Sterling, IL. Recently, Self-Help opened its recycling center to handle electronic waste and electronic devices.

“As a generational farmer, I take a conservative approach to our environment. On the farm little is wasted, much is re-used. My hope today is to set example in our communities by recycling ‘e-waste’ that might otherwise be thrown away,” Morthland stated. “We have a long-term commitment to leaving our world a cleaner place for our children and their children.”

Rep. Morthland will be dropping off a truckload of “e-waste” at Self-Help Enterprises, 2300 West LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL 61081 on Monday, April 16 at 11AM. Rep. Morthland will be available for press inquiries.


Pathologists Conclude Niabi Zoo Tiger Died of Heart Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:17
Coal Valley, IL – April 11, 2012 – Pathologists at the University of Illinois have reached a conclusion about what caused the March 29th death of Niabi Zoo’s 12 year old tiger, Asia.

A necropsy was performed at Niabi Zoo by one of the zoo’s veterinarians, but further examination took place at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine to better determine the cause of death.

After extensively studying internal organs and bacterial cultures, pathologists have concluded that the cause of death was “acute cardiac arrhythmia,” which is more commonly known as an irregular heartbeat.

Asia had lived at Niabi Zoo for nearly her entire life, arriving in the year 2000 as a young cub. She was hand-raised by zoo staff members and was beloved, in part, due to her strongly charismatic personality. “We’re sad to have lost Asia,” said Interim Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, “but the entire zoo staff welcomes the feeling of closure that comes with learning why she is gone.”


Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Announce Week 10 of “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:06
Welcome to Week 10 of the 20 Weeks to Preparedness Program brought to you by the Region 6 Homeland
Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership. This program will help to better prepare you and your family,
a little at a time, over a 20 week period. Each week new preparedness information will be shared including a
list of items to gather or purchase for your disaster supply kit. Sign up at
be-prepared to receive weekly reminders and announcements related to the 20 Weeks to Preparedness program.

Use this program to gather items for your kit in small steps over a five month period. Remember to change
and replace perishable items by the expiration date. Purchasing the food suggested by this program would last
approximately 3-5 days.

Place in storage bin:

One gallon of water per person per day
Dishwashing liquid
Thermometer and tweezers
Cereal (one box for every four people)
Collapsible shovel

Personalized Item (if applicable):

Water for pet

To do:

Establish out-of-town contacts.
Establishing out-of-town contacts can be essential during a disaster if you are separated from family members.
It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than a call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in
a better position to communicate among separated family members. Make sure everyone has correct and up-to-
date numbers for those contacts stored in their phones and in their wallets.

Additional assistance is available by contacting your local Emergency Management Coordinator at
563-484-3050 or visiting their website at Visit Safeguard Iowa Partnership at, on twitter @safeguardiowa or Facebook at

The Region 6 Homeland Security Board is comprised of fourteen counties in eastern Iowa that coordinate homeland security planning,
training, exercise, response, and recovery. The counties included are Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton,
Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott.

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to
working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in Iowa.

New Novel Draws Heavily from Author’s Survival Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:51

Author Judith Rose shares her account of overcoming domestic abuse

OMAHA, Neb. – Looking back on her life, Judith Rose wonders how she was able to survive. So many people she loved over the years had died, and she had experienced as much – if not more – pain than all of them. Crediting her strength to escape abuse and hoping to help other women find the strength to do the same, Rose pens Blonde Rose and the Men Who Wandered Through Her Life (published by AuthorHouse), her new novel based on her life.


Blonde Rose and the Men Who Wandered Through Her Life is a fictional novel based on Rose’s life. She has changed the names to protect the innocent – and the guilty. It tells a story of abuse, sex, love, betrayal, secrets and survival. “I collected men as some would collect rare stamps,” says Rose. “Some men are like rare stamps to be held in our hearts, but others should be stuck to an envelope and sent to the ends of the Earth with no return address.”


Rose suggests that many women who are hurt by an abuser will turn to drugs and alcohol, or even the streets. Rose says she turned to the thing that hurt her the most – the men who wandered through her life. This story describes a woman with a powerful sex drive who brings men in and out of her life, and – despite being abused by them – maintained a level of control and power that allowed her to eventually escape abuse.


“I felt that writing this book of my violent and abusive marriages and how I was able to survive would be a way to help other women know there is a way out,” explains Rose. “Women have a strength within them that men do not posses, use this strength for you, not for him. If I could do it, so can you.”


About the Author

Judith Rose, who writes under the pen name Jewelya, is a native Iowan. She grew up in a small town called Council Bluffs. Rose earned her GED, going on to business school and eventually to Bellevue College where she studied personnel management and psychology. She has two daughters, five sons, and she has 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She has been an avid reader and book collector for many years. Rose is a domestic abuse survivor, and she hopes her survival story helps other women find the strength to survive and to escape domestic abuse situations.


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