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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.

Nursing home infections up 17% in Iowa as outbreaks spread

By: - October 7, 2021

At least 333 residents and workers in Iowa nursing homes have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of current, ongoing outbreaks in 32 different care facilities. That’s a 17% increase in long-term care infections over the past two weeks. As recently as Aug. 1, there was only one Iowa nursing home with an active […]

Sheriff: Criminal charges are warranted in puppy mill case

By: - October 7, 2021

The Wayne County sheriff says he is considering filing criminal charges against dog breeder Daniel Gingerich for animal neglect. “We are definitely looking at filing some criminal charges,” Sheriff Keith Davis said Thursday. “After reading the (federal inspectors’) reports, I believe some charges are warranted and that we are able to do that.” Davis said […]

Iowa surgeon accuses ‘monopolistic’ Wolfe Clinic of antitrust violations

By: - October 7, 2021

One of Iowa’s largest eye care providers is being sued by a physician and former shareholder for alleged antitrust violations and monopolistic business practices. Wolfe Clinic, also known as Wolfe Eye Clinic, and three of its individual owner-physicians, Dr. Jared Nielsen, Dr. Kyle Alliman, and Dr. David Saggau, are accused by a former colleague of […]

Musician claims he was fired for ‘conservative’ views on Black Lives Matter

By: - October 6, 2021

A former member of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is suing the organization, claiming he was fired for expressing commonly held conservative beliefs about the Black Lives Matter movement. Yuri Grankin, who now lives in Boynton Beach, Fla., alleges in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that he was fired in July 2020 by the […]

Puppy mill operator misses court deadline for disclosing animals’ location

By: - October 6, 2021

Newly disclosed federal court records indicate Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich, now facing state and federal sanctions, has yet to comply with a court order requiring him to disclose the location of all animals in his control. The records also indicate that federal officials have rebuffed Gingerich’s proposal to settle the matter outside of […]

Iowa judge: Spit and chewing tobacco led to ‘intolerable’ work environment

By: - October 5, 2021

An Iowa man who quit his job due to the tobacco and saliva his co-workers spat on the floor has been awarded unemployment benefits. Jeffrey Esaias resigned in late May from Novae Corp., a trailer manufacturing company with locations in Clarinda and Red Oak. Esaias had worked for the company since 2018, most recently on […]

Judge awards jobless benefits to prison nurse involved in vaccine overdose

By: - October 5, 2021

One of the Iowa nurses fired for mistakenly giving prison inmates six times the normal dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been awarded jobless benefits. Amanda Dodson, who began working for the Iowa Department of Corrections in 2003, was fired in May after she alerted her superiors to a mistake that resulted in 77 inmates […]

State hits puppy mill owner with $20k fine and license suspension

By: - October 4, 2021

In a rare move, Iowa regulators are imposing a significant fine against a dog breeder that federal officials have called one of the nation’s biggest repeat violators. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is fining Wayne County breeder Daniel Gingerich $20,000 and suspending his Iowa license for 60 days, the department announced Monday. […]

Infections continue to drop in Iowa, but vaccination rate is still 54%

By: - October 4, 2021

Newly reported cases of COVID-19 have fallen 13% in Iowa over the past week. The drop in cases continues a decline that began last week in the wake of a surge of new cases. According to the Washington Post’s COVID-19 tracker, the average number of new cases reported each day in Iowa is down 13.3% […]

Board sanctions social workers who kissed client, asked for a photo

By: - October 1, 2021

An Iowa social worker who kissed a client has been issued a citation and warning from the Iowa Board of Social Work. The board alleges that Mary Limas of Roland, who is licensed to practice social work at the masters level, kissed a client on one occasion in December 2020. That was the same month […]

Physician assistant arrested four months after license was reinstated

By: - October 1, 2021

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges. Anthony G. Peters of Primghar pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of second-offense domestic abuse. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but seven days […]

Citing ‘shocking’ actions of Iowa dog breeder, judge issues restraining order

By: - October 1, 2021

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against an Iowa dog breeder described by regulators as one of the nation’s biggest repeat violators. U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose issued the order this week, just one day after the U.S. Department of Agriculture brought suit against Daniel Gingerich, formerly of Seymour, for numerous […]