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BY DI STAFF | JULY 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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Renowned bike-frame designer dies on RAGBRAI

A West Branch bicycle frame-designer died Monday while riding RAGBRAI.

Tom Teesdale, 62, was owner of T.E.T Cycles, where he sold custom bikes. He was well-known in the biking community for his custom bike-frame creations, as well as pioneering the design for mountain bikes.

He died of a heart attack at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.

In 2010, which was the last time a rider died in RAGBRAI, one cyclist collided with another and suffered a head injury.

Teesdale gave a lecture on March 5 in the University of Iowa Studio Arts Building.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire RAGBRAI Nation are with the family who lost a loved one while he was enjoying RAGBRAI,” RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz said in a statement released Tuesday.

— by Rebecca Morin

Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused a local man of possessing several bags of marijuana in his sister’s backpack.

Dennis Smith, 24, was charged May 8 with a controlled-substance violation.

According to online court documents, Smith was the passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop.
During a K-9 search of the vehicle, authorities reportedly located two large bags of marijuana and four small bags prepared for sale.

All the bags were hidden in Smith’s sister’s backpack. His sister was out of state.

During a separate incident after the stop, authorities reportedly located about $1,580 in cash, as well as photos of large amounts of marijuana and cash on his phone.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iowa tops U.S. in kids’ health

Iowa leads the nation in children’s health.

According to a 2014 Kids Count report, Iowa is No. 1 in children’s health.

The state also rose from seventh to third place in overall rankings, which are based on 16 measurements of four categories, including economic well being, education, health and family, and community.

In addition, Iowa also jumped from seventh to first in the health category.

— by Rebecca Morin

Iowa airports to receive DOT funding

Four Iowa airports have received more than $7 million total from the U.S Department of Transportation.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced Tuesday that the money for the four airports will be for various rehabilitation and planning projects.

The Eastern Iowa Airport received the bulk of the funding, with approximately $6.05 million going toward renovating the main terminal lobby ticketing, waiting, and baggage claim areas.

Renovations are to help improve passenger circulation and operation.

Fort Dodge Regional Airport received $450,000 to rehabilitate the airport’s runway.

Le Mars Municipal Airport, in northern Iowa, was allocated $50,839 to design the rehabilitation of the existing terminal apron pavement.

A southwestern airport, Shenandoah Municipal Airport, received $514,881 to reconstruct the taxiway and eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.

Harkin, who is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the subcommittee that funds the DOT, said the funding will help ensure airports across the state are well-equipped.

“Ensuring Iowa’s airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency of operations,” Harkin said in a statement.

— by Rebecca Morin

O’Malley to return to Iowa

Iowans will see a familiar face make his way back to Iowa.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who was the keynote speaker at the state Democratic Convention last month, will visit Iowa this weekend.

According to Politico, O’Malley will appear at a fundraiser in Clinton for Sen. Rita Hart, D-Wheatland, and at another in North Liberty for Senate candidate Kevin Kinney.

He will also appear at two fundraisers for gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch, with one in Council Bluffs and the other in Sioux City.

— by Rebecca Morin

Paul to visit Iowa City

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will travel to Iowa yet again.

This time around, the senator will travel to Iowa City on Aug. 5 to headline a fundraiser for the Marianette Miller-Meeks campaign. The event will take place at noon-1:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1360 Melrose Ave.

This is one of three days the potential 2016 presidential candidate will be in the state; he will also attend events on Aug. 4-6.

“It is an honor to have Sen. Rand Paul join our campaign for an event during his visit to Iowa,” Miller-Meeks said in a release. “We both know that the dysfunction in Washington is unsustainable and, as eye doctors, we understand it will take vision to get America back on track. Iowans need better health care reforms, higher take-home pay, and accountability in their government.” 

Miller-Meeks is challenging Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, in the 2nd District race.

Tickets for the Iowa City event can be reserved online or by emailing Matt Horihan at mhorihan@gmail.com.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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