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USDA to Host Google+ Hangout on Local and Regional Food Systems and #MyFarmBill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:59

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013— ON THURSDAY, Nov. 21, USDA National Coordinator for Local and Regional Food Systems Elanor Starmer will lead a live Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to local and regional food systems. Starmer will be accompanied by a panel of experts, program recipients and future community leaders.

Local and regional food systems provide a multi-billion dollar market opportunity for America’s farmers, ranchers and food businesses. From the produce vendor at one of the nation’s 8,100 farmers markets to the operating 220 food hubs operating across America to the robust farm to school activities in each state, the expanding market opportunity for local and regional food continues to gain momentum.

View our fact sheet on Strengthening New Market Opportunities in Local and Regional Food Systems

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

2 p.m. EST


WHAT: USDA will participate in a live Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities in local and regional food systems and the critical need for a comprehensive Food Farm and Jobs Bill.


WHO: USDA National Coordinator for Local and Regional Food Systems Elanor Starmer, farmers, food businesses, and students all actively engaged in the local and regional food system.

WHERE: Hangout will be broadcast live on our USDA Google+ page as well as Submit your questions in advance on Twitter using hashtag #MyFarmBill or send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also leave a comment on the USDA Blog or Facebook.



USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).

Luther College student Elisabeth Athas to perform in 'Cabaret' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Julie Shockey   
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:55

DECORAH, IA (11/19/2013)(readMedia)-- Elisabeth Athas of Blue Grass, Iowa, will perform as part of the ensemble in the Luther College Department for Visual and Performing Arts production of "Cabaret," an award winning 1966 musical based on the play "I Am a Camera."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15; 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22; and 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

Athas, the daughter of Mark and Vickie Athas of Blue Grass, is majoring in theatre and management at Luther. She is a 2011 graduate of Davenport West High School.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; available at the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Luther performance of "Cabaret" will be directed by Jane Hawley, professor of dance, and Bobby Vrtis, assistant professor of theatre.

Upon its premiere, "Cabaret" was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning seven of them, including "Best Musical," "Best Original Score" and "Best Choreography."

"Cabaret" takes place in the 1930's in Berlin as the Nazi party is growing stronger. The plot follows the arrival of a young, American writer named Cliff Bradshaw, who has come to Germany to work on his novel. When visiting the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret, he meets an English performer, Sally Bowles and the two soon find themselves living together.

Through misadventures in love, work and rapidly changing political landscape of Germany, Cliff and Sally find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy in their hands and watching the struggles of their German landlady and her Jewish suitor at the beginning of the Nazi era.

The story is narrated in part by the omniscient Emcee of the Kit Kat Klub, whose flamboyant and increasingly dark musical numbers serve as a metaphor for the madness and disarray descending upon the world around them.


Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Monday, 18 November 2013 15:46


November 4, 2013










State v. Adams



State v. Bean


Lee (North)

Bowker v. City of Fort Madison



State v. Edwards



Garcia v. State



Jones v. State



State v. Quang



State v. Bathen



State v. Meerdink



State v. Welsh



State v. Elliott



Raymond v. State



State v. White


Black Hawk

State v. Redd



State v. Jones



Jackson v. State



Hawkeye Land v. Franklin Cnty. Wind



State v. Colvin



State v. Hameed



Roaden v. State



State v. Vesey



Kramersmeier v. State



Crouch v. State



Birchansky v. Dep’t of Pub. Health



Floyd Valley Grain v. CTB, Inc.


Black Hawk

State v. Hansen



State v. Thomas



Handlos v. Intercreditor Cmte.



In re Marriage of Penaluna



Caldwell v. Holiday Lake Owners



Freedom Fin. v. Estate of Boesen



State v. Lucas



Hansen Mueller v. Gau



Scheckel v. State



Prybil Family Investments v. Bd. of Adjustment



Smith v. Smith



Duque v. McDonnell



In re G.E.












State v. Putnam



Huck v. Trimark Physicians Group



State v. Short



Allen v. Bd. of Review



Smith v. State

Emma Simmons, Dionne Riley to appear in Central College theatre production of "Legacy of Light" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chelsea Toppin   
Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:56

PELLA, (11/13/2013)(readMedia)-- Freshmen Emma Simmons, a native of Davenport, and Dionne Riley, a native of Bettendorf, will participate in Central College's theatre production of "Legacy of Light".

"Legacy of Light" is a time-traveling comedy, which intertwines the stories of two female physicists from different eras. The legacies of Emilie du Chatelet, an 18th-century French scientist, and Olivia Hasting Brown, an astronomer in Princeton, N.J., collide in this play about the search for self-discovery, love, motherhood and scientific immortality.

The production, directed by Ann Wilkinson, instructor of theatre, will run Nov. 20-23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kruidenier Theatre at Central College. Cost for general admission is $6. Student and senior citizen tickets are $3, and admission is free with a Central ID. Tickets are available at the Maytag Information Booth, by calling 641-628-9000.

Central College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate students. Guided by its ecumenical Christian tradition, the college community engages in vigorous, free, open inquiry in pursuit of academic excellence. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics.

Central is a recognized leader in study abroad as a result of its international, residential programs. Central College is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000 two minutes from the state's largest lake and 40 minutes southwest of Des Moines. Please visit the college website at

Room-sized Glass Exhibit coming to Moline Art Gallery this week! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:22
Vernissage for Todd Leisek:

November 15th. 2014

Art Installation :
" We Are Ghosts"

Mixed media.
This art installation is a room-sized glass exhibit.

At The Phoenix.
1530 Fifth. Avenue.
Friday. November 15th. 2013
6-9 p.m.

Free and open to all.

Artist's description: About the Installation:

" This large installation is a communication and an interaction between what my family’s identity, ethnicity and past has faced through the years.  Behind closed doors an individual hides their own identity and reality.  By breaking down these “doors” and “walls,” our identities can be slightly revealed and displaced by reflections of light upon the exhibition wall.  In this installation, I concentrate on drawing upon the simple concepts of the breakdown of these doorways and walls through looking through broken glass, doors and walls taken from dismantled homes.  This piece is the past as well as the present as it confronts some of the conflicts of tribal identity in the United States.  Four doorways will be presented in the act of breaking apart with only the shards of clear glass to bind them together and the holding together of the walls will display the reflection of a past identity of a mixed tribal past. The installation is a chance to speak without words through the materials and the photographs hidden in the cracks of the walls.  I am mixed of Potawatomi, Sac/Fox and Cherokee.  Since I am of mixed tribal generation, where do I fit in with the world or how does my family (ancestors) fit in?  We roam as “ghosts” blending in from one subculture to the next recreating ourselves over and over without stepping through to connect with our tribal roots or ancestral traditions.  There are thousands of us still roaming the United States displaced."

Artist Statement

My artwork (installations) is based from sensory experiences (sounds, sights, smells and dreams) from the memories of my childhood experiences and the stories of family members long past.  Throughout my experience as an artist; I have concentrated on these sparks of memory which are drawn from nature (landscape), dreams of my past, and the faded memories.  In creating these abstract sculptural pieces, I’m attempting to bring back these recollections into a form of narrative or conceptual scene into the public space.  By changing the landscape (public space), I draw the viewers into my art installations to bring their own sensory experiences into the artwork.   These sensory experiences are connected to the material I use in my artwork (Ceramics, Wood, and stain).  I hope that these pieces display the uncomfortable feeling of distance of Native American authenticity and the reconnection of my families lost mixed of Otoe and Osage/Pottawattamiepast.  It is important that my artwork does not relate directly to a “Native American” background, yet an element of these memories, love and loss which was influenced by my ancestors past.

To present a loose form of this narrative in my art installations is an important element to address in the conditions of the Post-Native American identity.  The traditions of the storyteller in my family today are dependent upon me to retell them in a modern relation of the struggles we face for a place (or voice) in this world.  We all have memories and past experiences which we cannot completely explain, yet subconsciously influence our lives.

About The Artist:  Todd Liesek.

I was born in Ogden, UT as Todd Woodmansee, yet grew up with a very collect a diverse step family in Lodi, CA.  My first studies in Fine Arts started in San Francisco where I spent the first 4 years at San Francisco State University for my BA, which was dual emphasize in Art History and Fine Arts.  I stayed for additional 3 years teaching for private art/music schools within the Bay Area, traveling around performing and producing artwork in California.  In 2003, I received an invitation to study at University of Wisconsin-Superior for a MA in Studio Art in sculpture and ceramics.  In addition, I had an opportunity to perform with the University Orchestra and Brazilian Guitar Ensemble to perform in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.  After my graduation from UWS in 2006 with a MA, I moved from the cold frigid North to the Quad Cities, IL.  For the past few years, I received an invitation for the MFA program at Vermont College Fine Arts in Contemporary theories and Art Installation which I recently graduated in 2013.

I have worked for private and public art/music schools and Higher Education at both the Community and State University levels for about 9 years and 3 years as an online instructor. I have taught art history/appreciation from 1300 to 21st Contemporary Art, Art Theory, Sculpture/Ceramics, music orchestration, and guitar performance.

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