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Treasurer Fitzgerald Searching for Lucky Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:44

DES MOINES, IA (03/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Looking for your pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow? You may be in luck! State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a vault brimming full of unclaimed property that may belong to you. In the true spirit of St. Patrick's Day, a visit to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at may add some green in the form of unclaimed property to the wallets of some lucky Iowans.

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages everyone to visit the website. "You don't need a treasure map to find unclaimed property, just log on to and type in your name," Fitzgerald said. "We are consistently updating the list of those who have unclaimed property. Our database contains names of individuals and businesses from all over Iowa."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Companies and banks in Iowa and from across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the State Treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings/checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, IRA funds, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, gift cards, utility refunds or deposits.

Treasure seekers are encouraged to visit and check to see if they have unclaimed assets waiting for them. Individuals may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.



Poetry Out Loud Regional Contest Winners Move On to State Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy White   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:38
Students from United Township and Orion High Schools


On Saturday, February 18th, students from Orion High School and United Township participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at Quad City Arts. The event was exciting and enriching and all in attendance were edified and entertained by the student recitations.

We are happy to announce the winners of the contest: 1st place went to Brianna Gray from United Township HS. Brianna recited “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and “Song of the Powers” by David Mason. Runner-up was Anni Keleher from Orion HS. Anni recited  ”Hope” by Emily Dickinson and “The Vacuum” by Howard Nemerov.

These students will now advance to Illinois' State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.  The State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April in Washington, DC where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed with the grand prize being $20,000.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Braley to Travel to Iwo Jima Battlefield with Iowa Veteran PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:30

Braley and Waterloo resident David Greene will participate program organized by nonprofit Greatest Generations Foundation

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will travel to Iwo Jima, Japan, with Marine Corps veteran David Greene of Waterloo next week as part of a program organized by the nonprofit Greatest Generations Foundation.  The visit will be Greene’s first since fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.  Braley has never visited the island.

Greene served in the Marine Corps during World War II and spent a month fighting at the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Braley’s late father, Byard Braley of Brooklyn, Iowa, was also a veteran of the Marine Corps and fought on Iwo Jima.

The Greatest Generations Foundation, based in Denver, Colorado, organized a program so 12 American veterans could return to the Iwo Jima battlefield for the first time since the battle along with a class of students from The Ohio State University.  Braley and US Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) are the highest-ranking US government officials accompanying the veterans.

“The legacy of my father’s service at Iwo Jima is incredibly meaningful to me,” Braley said.  “Iwo Jima has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, so to have the chance to return to Iwo Jima and honor my father’s legacy with David Greene and this group of veterans is truly special.


“These veterans’ stories are such an important part of our nation’s history.  To veterans like David, what happened on Iwo Jima more than 65 years ago was one of the most important events in their lives.  It’s important to return to Iwo Jima so veterans like David can keep this history alive.”


Braley and Greene will depart for Iwo Jima this Friday March 9th.  On Wednesday, March 14th, Braley and Greene will fly from Guam to Iwo Jima to spend the day at the battlefield and participate in memorial services.  Braley will return to Iowa on March 15th.

For more information about the Greatest Generations Foundation, visit:

For a tribute to his father written by Rep. Bruce Braley, visit:

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March 15 deadline for internship applications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:11

WASHINGTON — Applications for summer internships with Senator Chuck Grassley are due March 15.


Internships are available for college age Iowans in Grassley offices in Washington, D.C., Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City and Waterloo.  There are two sessions for 2012 summer internships.  The first is May 21 through July 3.  The second is July 5 through August 17.


Senate interns assist staff members with administrative, legislative and communications work, including that of Grassley’s staff on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he serves as Ranking Member.  A video about Grassley internships produced by last year’s summer interns can be seen here.


Grassley said he encourages young Iowans who are interested in learning more about government to apply.  “Working in a congressional office is a good way for college students and new graduates to learn more about the legislative branch of the federal government, while gaining valuable work experience.  Internships in my offices are available to students in all areas of study,” he said.


Application forms are available on Grassley’s Senate website and in Grassley’s offices in Iowa. Due to security-related delays in postal mail delivery to U.S. Senate office buildings, internship applications should be emailed to  For additional information, send messages to or call 202-224-3744.



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Written by Amy Garringer   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:08

Joyce Schurke Wins Top Prize of $30,000 Playing “Crossword” Scratch Game

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Davenport woman was alone when she scratched her “Crossword” ticket and thought she only counted nine words, which would pay a $3,000 prize.

Joyce Schurke, 59, called her family to share her good news about winning a $3,000 prize, not knowing she’d actually won a top prize of $30,000.

“I called [my son] and I told him I had just won $3,000 on a lottery ticket,” Schurke said. “So when he got home I asked him to check it for me.”

Schurke’s son told her she was in fact, wrong when she counted her words.

“He goes, ‘Mom, it isn’t right. You have ten words!’” Schurke said. “Then we went through every letter to make sure it was right!”

Schurke, who is a school bus driver, said when she discovered she’d won much more than she originally thought, she was so shocked that she started to shake.

“I called my mother and then my sisters and they all thought I was kidding at first,” she said.

Schurke said Crossword is her favorite ticket, so she was extremely excited to win a top prize.

“I love Crosswords,” Schurke said with a laugh as she claimed her prize Feb. 23 at the Iowa Lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Schurke said she plans to use some of her winnings to pay bills and is still thinking about how to use the rest. She purchased her winning ticket at Casey’s, 222 Front St. in Buffalo.

Crossword is a $3 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least three complete words in the ticket’s puzzle. If a player uncovers 10 words, he/she wins $30,000. The overall odds of winning in the game are 1 in 3.82.

Forty-three top prizes of $30,000 are still up for grabs in Crossword, as well as 68 prizes of $3,000, more than 900 prizes of $300 and more than 4,470 prizes of $100.

Players can enter eligible nonwinning scratch tickets online to earn “Points For Prizes™” points. The point value will be revealed to the player on the website upon successful submission of each eligible valid ticket. There is a limit of 30 ticket entries per day. To participate in Points For Prizes™, a player must register for a free account at Registration is a one-time process. Merchandise that can be ordered by using points will be listed on the website in the Points For Prizes™ online store. Players can choose from items in categories such as apparel, automotive, jewelry, sporting, tools and more.

Since the lottery’s start in 1985, its players have won more than $2.8 billion in prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.3 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans.

Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main purposes: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund, and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools.



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