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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.

Iowa doctor initiates court challenge of medical board’s disciplinary process

By: - November 3, 2021

A Wright County doctor is suing the Iowa Board of Medicine for disciplinary action it took in response to him surrendering his license in Minnesota. The lawsuit brought by Dr. Dennis Colby, 66, alleges that earlier this year he voluntarily surrendered his medical license in Minnesota, where he had not practiced for 27 years while […]

IDPH worker accused of Facebook privacy violation wins jobless benefits

By: - November 2, 2021

An Iowa Department of Public Health worker fired for allegedly violating privacy guidelines through a Facebook post is entitled to collect unemployment benefits, a state judge has ruled. Zhen Rammelsberg worked for IDPH as a full-time COVID-19 contact tracer beginning in September 2020, according to state records. She was fired on April 1 of this […]

Iowa firefighter who photographed teen suicide victim loses jobless benefits

By: - November 2, 2021

A Council Bluffs Fire Department captain who lost his job earlier this year after taking photos of a teenage suicide victim is not entitled to jobless benefits, a judge has ruled. Terry Spencer had worked for the city fire department since January 1998 before he was fired in April of this year. According to state […]

Puppy mill owner agrees to a permanent ban on breeding, selling dogs

By: - November 1, 2021

A Wayne County puppy mill operator has agreed to surrender his remaining 513 dogs and could soon be permanently barred from engaging in any federally licensed animal-welfare activities. Court records indicate Daniel Gingerich of Maple Hill Puppies and lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a formal agreement on how to resolve a […]

CR lawyer hit with second license suspension for role in ‘foreign scheme’

By: - November 1, 2021

For the second time, the Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Cedar Rapids attorney, stating that it would have leveled a more severe penalty against him in 2017 had it known more about his role in a scheme that deprived investors of $700,000. Court records indicate that from 2006 to 2014, Cedar […]

Puppy mill owner agrees to surrender 304 dogs to Animal Rescue League

By: - October 29, 2021

The operator of a Wayne County puppy mill has agreed to surrender all dogs in his possession and has reached a tentative settlement agreement with the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Court records indicate Daniel Gingerich, owner of Maple Hill Puppies, has permanently surrendered all dogs that he housed at three […]

Iowa’s nursing home infections and outbreaks are up 20% over last week

By: - October 29, 2021

At least 370 residents and workers in Iowa nursing homes have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of current, active outbreaks in 30 different care facilities. That’s a 20% increase in both infections and outbreaks from just one week ago, when there were 307 infections tied to 25 active nursing home outbreaks, according to […]

Board restores license of doctor accused of prescribing drugs based on internet questionnaire

By: - October 28, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the license of a physician accused of prescribing medicine to patients based solely on internet questionnaires. In August 2020, the board entered into a settlement agreement with Dr. Alexandar Jovanovich, an Iowa-licensed physician who was working in Chicago while providing telehealth services to patients in Iowa and many […]

Survey: More than half of Iowa caregivers oppose vaccine mandate

By: - October 28, 2021

More than half of the Iowa caregivers who participated in a recent survey say they are opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But the new survey by Iowa CareGivers also shows that while vaccine mandates have caused some health care workers to rethink their choice of profession, a far greater number of them say such mandates […]

Surgeon says hospital fired him rather than pay for his son’s medical care

By: - October 27, 2021

A Waukee surgeon claims he was fired from Mercy Clinics because the self-insured hospital no longer wanted to pay for the costly medical care his son required. Dr. Johan Aerts is suing Mercy Clinics and Catholic Health Initiatives in U.S. District Court. He alleges he joined Mercy Professional Practice Associates in 2010 and worked there […]

Ankeny company hit with $5 million lawsuit alleging consumer fraud

By: - October 27, 2021

A federal lawsuit alleges an Ankeny company has defrauded consumers by overstating the amount of protein contained in their snack bars, fortified powders and other products. The 12 plaintiffs are seeking class-action status and more than $5 million in damages, alleging consumer fraud, deceptive business practices and unjust enrichment on the part of Bowmar Nutrition, […]

Kennel owner sought help from Naig before sanctions were lessened

By: - October 26, 2021

After twice ignoring license suspensions and then refusing to pay a fine, the owner of a Davenport dog kennel contacted Iowa’s secretary of agriculture, as well as his state senator, as part of a successful effort to avoid additional state penalties. The involvement of Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is referenced in newly disclosed records […]