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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Financial penalties for animal neglect are small, rare and may go unpaid

By: - October 17, 2021

In October 2019, Chris Swigart, a special agent with the Iowa Division Criminal Investigation, drove down Timber Road in the rural Wayne County town of Russell and slowed his vehicle. Swigart was there to check out a reported unlicensed dog-breeding operation called Elite Basset Hounds, run by Michael Johnson and his husband, Juan Johnson. Although […]

Court will hear dog breeder’s request to transfer 189 dogs

By: - October 16, 2021

A federal judge has agreed to hear a request by Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich to transfer all 189 dogs still in his possession to an Indiana organization. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose ordered Gingerich, who is accused of more than 100 violations of Animal Welfare Act, to surrender all dogs […]

Puppy mill owner now wants to rid himself of 189 dogs

By: - October 15, 2021

Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich is asking a federal judge for permission to transfer all 189 dogs still in his possession to an Indiana organization that claims to be a charitable animal-rescue group. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose ordered Gingerich, who is accused of more than 100 violations of Animal […]

Puppy mill owner ordered to immediately surrender dogs in ‘acute distress’

By: - October 14, 2021

A federal judge has ordered Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich to immediately surrender all dogs in his possession that are in “acute distress” and in need of medical care. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose follows a court hearing last week at which Gingerich signaled his willingness to give up at […]

Iowa nursing home is named one of the nation’s worst

By: - October 13, 2021

An Iowa nursing home recently hit with more than $300,000 in fines has been added to Medicare’s list of the nation’s worst care facilities. The Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah has been cited for 23 regulatory violations so far this year. After an April inspection, federal officials fined the home $306,335. The Page County […]

Board sanctions three Iowa doctors for competency issues

By: - October 13, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restricted a 31-year-old doctor’s practice after fielding concerns about her professional competency. Dr. Christina R. Anderson has been granted an  Iowa medical license subject to the terms of an agreement reached with the board last month. According to the board, it received information from the Family Medicine Residency at […]

After three deaths and 974 infections, vaccinations in state facilities remain stalled

By: - October 12, 2021

The number of unvaccinated public employees caring for people in state-run facilities has remained largely unchanged in the past month, with 41% of the workers at the Boys’ State Training School in Eldora still refusing the vaccine. The most recently released data from the Iowa Department of Human Services shows that as of last Friday, […]

Paramedic fired for patient abandonment must repay unemployment benefits

By: - October 11, 2021

An Iowa paramedic fired for patient abandonment must repay $4,758 in unemployment benefits she collected after her dismissal, a state judge has ruled. Licensed paramedic Zenda Vikturek was fired from the Waverly Health Center in May. According to state records, she and her partner, an emergency medical technician (EMT), were called to an apartment building […]

State announces puppy mill inspections in advance: ‘Let’s do Wednesday at 10:30’

By: - October 11, 2021

State inspections at Iowa’s dog-breeding facilities are supposed to take place on a “surprise” basis, but some of Iowa’s biggest offenders have their inspections scheduled at their own convenience. Although the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture handles the enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship also plays […]

County board and architect battle over millions in cost overruns for jail

By: - October 11, 2021

Floyd County and a Nebraska architectural company are suing each other in a dispute over millions of dollars in cost overruns tied to a new county jail and law enforcement center. In November 2017, the Nebraska architectural firm of Prochaska & Associates submitted to the county a series of cost projections for a proposed new […]

Puppy mill owner tells judge ‘it’s nobody’s fault but my own’

By: - October 8, 2021

A federal judge told a contrite Daniel Gingerich on Friday that she will take “whatever action” is necessary and legal to put a halt to the type of neglect the Wayne County dog breeder is accused of committing. Gingerich appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose on Friday for a hearing on the U.S. […]

Iowa advocates for the mentally ill face off in court over ‘unfair competition’ claim

By: - October 8, 2021

A dispute over how Iowans’ charitable contributions are used has led to a court battle between advocates for the mentally ill, with a Des Moines organization accused of unfair competition. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a Virginia-based nonprofit, is suing Mindspring Mental Health Alliance, an Iowa nonprofit known for years as the National Alliance […]