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Tattoo Program – Home – Iowa Department of Public Health02.19.21

TheProclamation of Disaster Emergencysigned by Governor Reynolds on 2/5/2021 has extended the reopening ofall tattoo establishmentsuntil 11:59 pm onMarch 7, 2021.

On March 22, 2020 Governor Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency (Proclamation) in response to COVID-19. Parts of the Proclamation provided relief to various professions that require a license, certification or permit. The tattoo program falls under one of those professions listed in the proclamation. Since March, the Governor has extended the provisions in the Proclamation. At this time it appears that the Proclamation will be extended for months to come. However, it is unknown how long the Proclamation will ultimately remain in place.

Tattoo artists and establishments that have a permit that expired or will expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation can continue to work for as long as the Proclamation provisions are in place. However, tattoo artists and establishment owners are highly encouraged to renew their permit on time, or as close to on time as possible. Both the first aid certification and blood borne pathogen certifications required to renew can be completed remotely.

Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the time period covered by the Proclamation will not be issued any new permit documents that reflect the permit is still valid. Tattoo artists and establishments that expire during the Proclamation can use this guidance of proof of permit if needed. When tattoo artist and establishments do renew their permits they will receive updated permits that will be issued for the normal 2021 permit year.

For a current list of licensed artists and establishments, see the Resources page.

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Frosted Flakes: Kusche Sets Mile Record, Neanderthal Poop and a Very Good Dog – Corn Nation02.19.21

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Pierce football player receives D1 offer from Iowa State - NORTHEAST - NEWS CHANNEL NEBRASKAOne of the fastest-rising programs in college football wants a northeast Nebraska athlete to join its team.

This is just down the road from me. It is great to see a small town kid get noticed.

Huskers Turn In Top-10 Performances at Ohio, Iowa - University of NebraskaThe Nebraska track and field team began competition at both the SPIRE Big Ten Invitational in Geneva, Ohio and the Hawkeye B1G Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa on

Kusche Breaks Mile School Record in Ohio - University of NebraskaNebraska track and field junior George Kusche broke his own mile school record to highlight the second day of action at the SPIRE Big Ten Invitational on Saturday.

Kusche will have quite a few records before he is done at Nebraska.

Steven M. Sipple: As Moos expresses confidence in Hoiberg, a former Husker sees red flags | Column | journalstar.comEx-Husker sharp-shooter Cary Cochran on NUs poor free-throw shooting: Its a matter of discipline. At the end of the day you have to have guts.

Everything fell into place for former Husker Kelly Hunter to play professionally again | Volleyball | omaha.comKelly Hunter doesnt know if this is her last opportunity to play professionally, but her goal isnt to play for the rest of her life. Shes committed to serving as...

From potato fields to Pinehurst: How a boy from Americas poorest reservation became a hero to his people through golf | Golf News and Tour Information | Golf DigestThat Lance Christensen, a 17-year-old from a South Dakota reservation, has become a standout high school golfer is a story of passion and perseverance

This is a remarkable story about a young man who has found a way to pursue his passion and stay in his local community.

Daytona 500: Michael Jordan now a major player for NASCARIn a sport in desperate need of fans and a boost of cool, the NBA icon gives it some legitimate juice.

Stanford and the fight to save discontinued Olympic NCAA sports - Sports IllustratedAt Stanford and other schools, athletes of discontinued NCAA sports teams are pushing backand raising money in the process.

Chris Doyle: Urban Meyer admits bad decision as his coach resigns - Sports IllustratedIn this weekend's hot clicks, Urban Meyers irresponsible hire (and sad excuse), Tennessee's excessive recruiting tactics (and violations) and more.

No. 3 Michigan Wolverines rally to win in first game since 3-week COVID-19 layoffNo. 3 Michigan returned from a three-week COVID-19 layoff and rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 21 Wisconsin on Sunday.

Oldest DNA from poop contains a Neanderthals microbiome | Ars TechnicaThe Neanderthal microbiome wasnt so different from ours, a recent study suggests.

Herd of calves stroll Indiana highway after escaping a farmLaPORTE, Ind. (AP) A herd of about 75 Holstein calves barreled down an Indiana highway after escaping a nearby farm. Capt. Derek Allen, an off-duty officer who happened to be nearby in his...

Fortunately not our cows...

The Crooked Forest In Poland is an Unsolved Mystery | Travel and Exploration | DiscoveryLearn about the theories behind Poland's Crooked Forest at

These trees are pretty amazing.

Why do the queen's guards wear such tall hats? | Live ScienceThe queen's guards wear tall, bearskin helmets to look more fearsome on the battlefield.

The Celebrity Tortoise Breakup That Rocked the World - Atlas ObscuraBibi and Poldi, who live at the Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfurt, Austria, were a perfect match.

Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination, and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the Worlds Greatest White House ReplicaGovernor Huey Long was so anxious to get to the White House that he built his own in Baton Rouge. An assassins bullet cut short Longs ambitions, but his gaudy knock-off survives.

Are People Falling in Love With Their Peloton Instructors? - InsideHookTwitter thirst would suggest yes. But the pheonomenon's happening for all the right reasons. We break down the "Peloton crush."

Tattoo artists share the common request many of them will refuse to do - Mirror OnlineTattoo artists have been replying to a thread on Reddit asking which designs they have turned down when a client comes into the studio - and many said they will refuse one popular request

Instead of fire at NC restaurant, firefighters find hardworking staff making 10,000 wings for Super Bowl | WJHL | Tri-Cities News & WeatherFirefighters called to a North Carolina restaurant fire Saturday found instead that the "hardworking staff" was making thousands of wings for the Super Bowl.

Tennessee man leaves $5 million to dog in his will: 'Shes a good girl' | Fox NewsWhen Tennessee businessman Bill Dorris died late last year, the 84-year-old left $5 million to his 8-year-old border collie, Lulu.

That is a very good dog.

New wearable device turns the body into a battery | CU Boulder Today | University of Colorado BoulderA team of engineers has developed a new device that you can wear like a ring or bracelet and that harvests energy from your own body heat.

Its pretty metal, says man who turned his uncles skeleton into a guitar | CBC RadioA Florida musician says turning his dead uncles skeleton into a sick guitar was the best way to honour the man who first introduced him to heavy metal.

I cant even imagine coming up with this idea for a guitar, much less actually getting it done.

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Around Burlington: Random violence, knife attacks and gunplay warranted little attention – Burlington Hawk Eye02.07.21

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They are just two brief notes from the Burlington Gazette newspaper of 1885 and at the time attracted very little attention.The articles are given less space than the report of the Knights of Labor picnic at Schlampps Park or the Druids picnic at Bierweths Park on Fourth Street.

However, from a distance of 136 years, they raise the disconcerting possibility that this old river town was a gathering of feral sociopaths and random miscreants.

The first article is a police report concerning the very unfortunate George Smith, a barkeep at the venerable Union Hotel. The newspaper records that on the previous afternoon, George and his friends, Frank Foote and Tom Vaugh, were enjoying an autumn afternoon on the hotels front porch.

Good conversation and easy laughs abounded until Tom called attention to a stranger striding purposely up the street while muttering beneath his breath.That stranger would prove to be David Shaw, a somewhat senior Scotsman, who was spending an idle day visiting from nearby Galesburg, Illinois.

Shaw was the foreman of a work crew engaged in the construction of the Galesburg Courthouse and the newspaper speculated he was intent on making the acquaintance of a few of the social ladies who conducted business on Main Street.

The three Burlington loiterers would have no way of knowing Shaw possessed an ugly temper and he was in an especially ugly frame of mind as he advanced on the hotels entrance. Shaws crankiness sprang from the fact he had just been ejected from the nearby Prospect Hotel because of his ungentlemanly behavior with the hotels resident trollop.

Shaw bounded up the stairs to where the local threesome was sitting, bent over unsuspecting George and demanded if George was the man who had the Scotsman ejected from the Prospect House.

George, of course, replied he had never before seen Shaw but his protestations of innocence had no impact.Suddenly, the angry visitor pulled a knife from his belt and struck the barkeep three times. Foote jumped to his friends assistance and knocked Shaw down, but the damage had been done.

At that point, police officer Julius Smith arrived on the scene and joined the struggle to restrain the furious Scotsman who was again trying to stab his victim.

Officer Smith was beating the attacker about the head and shoulders with his rosewood baton,but this seemed only to anger Shaw even more.By now, George realized he had been stabbed, so he regained his footing and drew from beneath his coat a large revolver.

Yelling and shouting, the knot of fighting men moved along the porch. Shaw swinging wildly with his knife and the policeman beating a tattoo on the Scotsman's head while a bleeding and rapidly fading George maneuvered for a killing shot.

Other bystanders now joined the bloody fray in an attempt to club the attacker to the ground or prevent the wounded Smith from avenging himself.After a few minutes, a semblance of order was restored, and Dr. Fleming was summoned from his nearby office.But one of Shaws thrusts had breached Smiths lungs and air was passing out of the wound. At that time, it was a certain sign of a mortal wound.

Later newspapers would report the hotel barkeep would linger for a few days before succumbing to his wounds, and Shaw probably ended his days at the Iowa penitentiary.

Turn the page of that days Gazette and there was yet another story receiving relatively little attention. This news tidbit dealt with an encounter at Meyers Saloon on Prospect Hill.There, Peter Rogers and some other young men all intoxicated were at the bar just south of the streetcar barn.

On their arrival, the rowdy crowd had insulted a few of the regular customers and there were apparently words with Meyer before they settled at a table for more serious drinking.

An uneasy hour passed while Peter and his friends worked themselves into high anger over the perceived insult from the bar owner.Finally, Rogers arose and threw his chair across the room.Then he ran behind the bar, knocked Meyer down and pounded him on the head with a beer mug.

Mrs. Meyer heard the disturbance and came running from the back room to struggle with Rogers until she succeeded in pulling him off her husband. Meyer, whose face was covered with blood, then reached beneath his coat and withdrew a revolver and discharged all five chambers at the crowd of assailants.

One of the balls struck young Rogers in the groin and he fell to the floor.His friends, taking advantage of a calm while Meyer reloaded, grabbed their friend, pulled him outside and deposited him on the sidewalk. They then busied themselves by throwing rocks, bricks and a passing unfortunate cat through the bars windows.

When the harried police arrived, Meyer had managed to reload and renewed his fire on the rock throwers.After he was calmed down, it was with some difficulty that order was restored.

Rogers was hauled off to the doctor and Meyer went to jail, but he was quickly released by a sympathetic judge who viewed the gunplay as a matter of self-defense.A check of subsequent newspaper issues offered no clue as to Peter Rogers final fate.

Random violence, gunplay and knives were hardly enough to warrant extensive coverage in the towns newspaper as they were just a part of life in early Burlington. The report of the Druid dance, theiral frescolunch and the fireworks were considered much more newsworthy.

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Defense: Late notice on ‘Clerical oversight’ behind late notice on subpoena in Mollie Tibbetts’ bank records Prosecution asks judge to make defense…01.31.21

MONTEZUMA Attorneys involved in the first-degree murder trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera accused of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in 2018 spent Thursday arguing about subpoenas, specifically, the defense lawyers effort to obtain Tibbetts banking records.

Prosecutors, in a motion filed this week, argued the defense lawyers were not playing by the rules when it subpoenaed Tibbetts banking records from Bankers Trust in Des Moines.

Defense attorney Jennifer Frese countered, during a Thursday video hearing, that her office had not notified prosecutors of the subpoena as required by law because of a clerical oversight and not because the defense was trying to be tricky.

It turned out Bankers Trust didnt have any banking records for Tibbetts anyway, leading 8th Judicial District Judge Joel Yates to ask if were really fighting about nothing at this point.

Assistant Iowa Attorney General Scott Brown said that was correct, but when he filed the motion to quash Freses subpoena, he didnt know the subpoena had produced nothing.

The issue remains that the defense didnt follow the rules and process to obtain a subpoena, which involves notifying prosecutors and entering it on court records. The defense doesnt understand what that means, he said.

According to Iowa law, a defendant cant obtain routine pretrial access to records of anyone who is not a witness unless ordered by the court, Brown said in his written argument.


Im suspicious that there are others (subpoenas) out there, Brown said Thursday.

Brown asked the court to quash this subpoena and make the defense follow the process.

Frese didnt explain the effort to find Tibbetts banking records during the hearing but in her written argument said she and her husband/co-counsel were following up on an investigation started by the state into Tibbetts bank records. A tip was made to law enforcement Aug. 1, 2018, from a bank employee that Tibbetts had set up a bank account just before her death.

There also was information a transaction was made on the account at a tattoo shop after her death, according to the motion.

Law enforcement didnt follow up on this tip, so the defense is merely trying to fill the holes in law enforcements investigation, Frese said in her written argument. She couldnt reveal more specifics about the subpoena without revealing their trial strategy, she said.

Frese said the defense will likely send out several more subpoenas, including for bank records and information on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

Yates, the judge, said potential witnesses cant be subpoenaed. He said he would review the issues and file a written order as soon as possible.

Bahena Rivera, 26, a Mexican national living illegally in the United States, is accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Tibbetts, who went missing July 18, 2018, while jogging in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.

Her body was found Aug. 21, 2018, in a cornfield where Bahena Rivera led authorities.

Bahena Riveras trial is set for May 17.

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Michaela Garechts mother reacts to arrest of suspect in 1988 Hayward kidnapping of 9-year-old daughter – San Francisco Chronicle12.28.20

She sat at her kitchen table and watched the Hayward police detective hold up a photograph over Zoom of a man she did not recognize.

And then it happened. After 32 years, Sharon Murch, the anguished mother of missing 9-year-old Michaela Joy Garecht, got an answer.

Its very hard for us to tell you this, she recalled Detective Robert Purnell telling her Dec. 10 from the small box on her laptop screen. We dont know where she is, but weve IDd the man who took her.

There was a pause.

I had the phone in one hand and my mouth hanging open, Murch said in a phone interview with The Chronicle. I never thought her case would be solved.

Alameda County prosecutors must still prove the case is solved. But on Monday, they and Hayward police officials announced they had charged David Misch with murdering the girl, who was abducted from a supermarket parking lot in 1988 and never seen again.

Misch is serving a prison sentence for murdering 36-year-old Margaret Ball in her Hayward home in 1989. In 2018, he was charged with an unsolved Fremont double homicide the 1986 killings of Michelle Xavier, 18, and 20-year-old Jennifer Duey and was taken to Santa Rita Jail to await trial. That investigation led them to probe his possible involvement in Michaelas disappearance.

While Michaelas body has never been found, police said evidence and Mischs history as an alleged serial killer indicate she is dead. It is a sad reality that her mother has begrudgingly accepted since she learned his identity.

What he does is he rapes and he murders people, Murch said. He doesnt kidnap kids to find a good home for them.

Mischs arraignment was delayed Tuesday, but his attorney, Ernie Castillo, said his client denies the allegations against him and will fight these charges.

No one in his family believes David would hurt or kill a child, Castillo said, adding that he would investigate the case to establish that David is not involved in Michaelas disappearance.

The arrest provided a respite for Murch in what has been a turbulent year. Her husband lost his job with Union Pacific in November 2019, which forced a move out of California to a more affordable small town in Iowa.

In May, she learned her breast cancer had returned and that it had spread. There was no cure. A frightening diagnosis, but nothing is so clear cut when youre a mother who has lived through so much pain.

When I found out it was metastatic breast cancer, not to sound maudlin, but I thought to myself, maybe Ill get to see Michaela soon, she said.

It was Nov. 19, 1988, when Michaela and her friend Trina rode scooters to the Rainbow Market in Hayward to buy candy and sodas. She had her own scooter, but wanted to borrow Trinas brothers scooter so they could match.

While the girls were in the store, Misch, now 59, moved one of the scooters to the back of the parking lot to avoid attention, police said. He grabbed Michaela into his car, they said. She screamed. And she was gone.

It turned out a palm print on the borrowed scooter would break the case open after investigators matched it to Misch, police said Monday.

The disappearance, sandwiched between other high-profile abductions of young Bay Area girls, devastated Murch and her family. She and her husband Rodney Garecht divorced a year after the abduction. She took leave from her work and became overly protective of her other children, two boys and two girls.

For years, Murch continued buying gifts for Michaela, or Kayla as she was called. She bought a Barbie doll in a cap and gown for what would have been her daughters high school graduation, a childrens story, I Promise Ill Find You for her 18th birthday, and a parakeet the next year.

She started a blog. She would write posts to her daughter.

Michaela, I am still looking for you, Murch wrote in 2018. Although the case may be woven into that fact, however, solving it is not what I am looking for. I am not looking for the kidnapper. I am not wanting to know what happened. I have to tell you the honest truth, Michaela, if you are not alive, I am not sure I actually want to know that. The thought of it all starting up over again chills me.

She would offer tips to Michaela on how to escape if she was alive and held against her will. How to contact authorities. Shed send her daughter updates with photos of grandchildren. Some reminded her of Michaela as a newborn, she wrote.

Anyway, what I am telling you here is that if you hurry home there will be a cuddly new baby for you to hold! she wrote.

In recent years, Murch said she didnt want to hear from police until they had a resolution. Otherwise, it was too hard.

It is a little bit of hell on earth, and I have roasted on that pit for far too long, she wrote in a post.

She signed each blog entry with mom.

As years turned into decades, Murch read the headlines. Golden State Killer captured. Dozens of seemingly hopeless cold cases suddenly solved through pioneering DNA evidence. But her case had no DNA. Few witnesses even.

That didnt stop the speculation. Her blog invited web sleuths who pestered her for years, floating theories and suspect names. You guys just need to give it a rest, shed think.

And then Detective Purnell called Dec. 10 and asked if he could fly out to talk to her in person. She had coronavirus concerns and told him shed prefer to just do a Zoom call. Plus, she couldnt wait days for a plane trip. The news left her feeling lost, she wrote days later.

There has been this really big feeling that has been rolling around inside me, creating a giant hole, and just this morning I figured out what it is, she wrote. It is a feeling that my daughter has been alone for these 32 years. While I was running around doing interviews, writing blogs, tying ribbons on trees, she was lying cold and alone.

More than 11,000 well-wishers jumped onto her blog in the hours after the police announced the arrest. She responded to every comment, most with a heart emoji.

Its moments like these in which Murch is glad she left California. She found a sense of peace with the move, similar to how she felt when she left Hayward for Castro Valley.

I can walk down the street tomorrow and no one will mob me and want to congratulate me and give me hugs. Id be getting COVID! she said with a laugh.

She often finds herself singing the Cheers theme song, except with her own modified line of Where no one knows your name.

Shed spent years trying to keep Michaelas story in the news, talking to media, hosting remembrances. Experts say that can help solve a case. But for Murch and other parents of missing kids, it forces a constant reliving of their darkest hours and a loss of privacy.

But shes quick to brush away any pity I am not missing, Michaela was the one who was missing.

On Monday, despite feeling tired from cancer treatments and emotionally spent from the news, she fielded calls from well-wishers and media, baring her soul yet again. She was repeatedly asked if she wanted to say something to Misch. She didnt think she did.

But, I actually do want to say to him, You are nothing, she said. You are not important enough to kill. You are less than a man.

Murch said she doesnt believe in the death penalty. She saves flies from drowning in her coffee mug, she said.

I definitely want him to spend the rest of his life in prison, she said. I dont want him to hurt anyone else.

She knows there are other victims of Misch who deserve a say in his potential sentence like the two young women hes suspected of killing but shes more concerned about finding her daughters body.

I would definitely prioritize that, she said.

With the remains still a mystery, Hayward police have offered few details about the case. The detective who broke the news to Murch called the development bittersweet.

Im happy to give some semblance of closure to the family, and I remain hopeful that Mr. Misch will eventually lead us to Michaelas body, Purnell said.

The trial could take years. Murch doubted shell attend court hearings.

I have to see how things are, Murch said. I have to see how our bank account is.

On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the news conference, Murch crunched her boots through the half-melted snow outside her house and drove with her youngest daughter Johnna to yet another cancer treatment. After she kicked the disease the first time, she got a tattoo on her forearm. A J.R.R. Tolkien quote: Still round the corner there may wait a new road or secret gate.

Murch said her lobular carcinoma is not curable.

You go through one treatment and then another, she said. You just keep going.

She posted on her blog shortly after the press announcement Michaelas case has been solved.

She wrote how she felt like she let Michaela down. She wasnt able to rescue her. She said she takes solace knowing the bright and shining light her daughter brought to the world. She wants to keep that light shining.

I love you forever, baby girl. Rest well, she wrote. I have some things to do here yet, but I will see you in the not terribly distant future. mom.

Matthias Gafni is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @mgafni

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Emily Woods – The Gazette12.11.20


Emily Woods, 36, of Walker, Iowa, gained her wings on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, following a brief illness. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Emily was born on Jan. 3, 1984, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of Edward and Susan (Brecht) Woods. She graduated from North Linn High School in 2002 and received her degree in criminal justice at the University of Northern Iowa. Emily owned a tattoo business and worked as a waitress. Her hobbies were kayaking, fishing, cooking with Greg, orchids, hostas and gardening; especially her heirloom tomatoes and hot peppers. Emily will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Emily is survived and lovingly remembered by her mother and father; sister, Erin; brothers, Eddie and Eric (Tasnim); nephews, "her boys," Abdulrahman, Rayan and Elias; boyfriend, Greg Ulin; the love of her life, Huckleberry; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She will be welcomed into heaven by her grandparents; great-aunts and -uncles; and her fur baby, Yoder. The family extends a special thank-you to Dr. Younger and staff, the great nurses and staff at St. Luke's, St. Luke's rehab and the Angels in the hospice unit. Memorials may be directed to Emily's family in care of Murdoch Funeral & Cremation Service at 3855 Katz Drive, Marion, IA 52302. Please share a memory of Emily at under obituaries.

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