Iowa early News headlines: Sun., July 14th 2013


July 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ROCKFORD, Iowa (AP) — A small northern Iowa town unveiled a statue honoring a Navy SEAL killed in 2011 in Afghanistan and his loyal dog remembered for lying beside the soldier’s casket. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the bronze statue of Jon Tumilson and his dog, Hawkeye, now stands in Rockford’s Fossil and Prairie Park. The Rockford, Iowa native was one of 30 American soldiers killed August 6th, 2011, when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A Johnston-based Iowa Army National Guard unit has been met by a homecoming ceremony. Sixty soldiers from Headquarters Company, 1034th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion have been gone since August 2012 when they left for training in Texas before departing for Afghanistan. They returned Saturday to the public ceremony at Camp Dodge in Johnston.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Health says there are now 60 confirmed of the rare food-borne illness cyclosporiasis (cyclo-spoh-RYE-uh-sis), up from 45 cases reported Friday. The illness is most commonly contracted by eating food or drinking water contaminated with human feces containing the cyclospora parasite.

HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has issued a swimming advisory for Beeds Lake at Hampton in northern Iowa after a water sample exceeded levels for E. coli. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that a swimming advisory does not mean the beach is closed, but swimmers should avoid swallowing lake water and shower off after swimming.