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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.

Restaurant inspection update: Mold-covered food, expired potato salad

By: - May 10, 2022

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations in the past month, including mold-covered food and long-expired potato salad. One central Iowa food truck was cited for 21 violations, including the lack of a license, lack of any running water to clean utensils or wash hands, […]

Out of $1.6 million donated to sheriffs’ group, only a third used for charitable purposes

By: - May 9, 2022

Over a span of four years, thousands of Iowans have donated more than $1.6 million to an organization run by the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, with only one-third of that amount used to help law enforcement and other charitable purposes. Between 2016 and 2019, the most recent years for which data is available, […]

‘Like having CPR administered’: Noah’s Ark wins injunction to stay open

By: - May 6, 2022

The managers of Des Moines’ Noah’s Ark restaurant won temporary protection Friday from being evicted, with a judge blocking efforts to terminate the 75-year-old eatery’s lease. The ruling means that, at least for now, the faction of the Lacona family that has run the restaurant since 1947 won’t be forced out of business. Other members […]

Death at Dubuque care facility triggers $10,000 fine

By: - May 6, 2022

A Dubuque care facility for people with disabilities has been fined $10,000 as a result of a resident’s death in a wheelchair accident. Court records and state inspection reports indicate that 49-year-old Jamison K. Daniel died March 21 during an outing for residents of the Hills & Dales care facility where he lived. Hills & […]

Months of ongoing violations prompt $290K fine against nursing home

By: - May 5, 2022

A northwest Iowa nursing home accused of dozens of regulatory violations is facing more than a quarter of a million dollars in fines from the federal government. Beginning Jan. 17, the federal government began fining Aspire of Primghar in O’Brien County $10,100 per day for each day the home failed to meet minimum standards. On […]

State agency defends decision not to cite nursing home for abuse

By: - May 4, 2022

State officials say they were justified in not citing a Ruthven nursing home for abuse last month and have yet to make a criminal referral in the case. Two weeks ago, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) issued an inspection report detailing allegations of resident abuse at the Ruthven Community Care Center in […]

Dentist with disciplinary history faces new, undisclosed allegations

By: - May 3, 2022

An Urbandale dentist with a history of disciplinary action is facing new but undisclosed allegations from state licensing officials. The Iowa Dental Board has charged William E. Skinner with committing “actions which are abusive, coercive, intimidating, harassing, untruthful, or threatening in the practice of dentistry.” The specific actions Skinner allegedly took that gave rise to […]

Fate of Noah’s Ark, a 75-year-old Des Moines eatery, now the subject of family dispute

By: - May 3, 2022

The fate of a 75-year-old restaurant that has become a central Iowa institution may soon be in the hands of a Polk County judge. A dispute among members of the Lacona family, which founded the Noah’s Ark restaurant in Des Moines, has spilled into court, with one faction representing a trust that owns the real […]

Long-simmering dispute over Terrace Hill artifacts is headed for court

By: - May 2, 2022

A non-partisan Iowa charity is taking a panel of the governor’s appointees to court for allegedly seizing control over artifacts in the governor’s mansion. Terrace Hill, located at 2300 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, is the official residence of the governor of the state, and is a National Historic Landmark built in 1869. The Terrace […]

Iowa-based Flexsteel agrees to $1.3 million settlement with laid-off workers

By: - May 2, 2022

Flexsteel, the Iowa-based company has agreed to pay $1,275,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of using the pandemic to collect millions in federal aid while newly installed executives enriched themselves and denied severance pay to hundreds of laid-off workers. A federal judge has given the settlement preliminary approval, and notices have been […]

Secret settlement reached in dispute over Iowa Judicial Branch debt collection

By: - April 29, 2022

A lawsuit over the legality of work performed on behalf of the Iowa Judicial Branch has been settled out of court with the terms of the deal kept confidential. The result is that the public may never know whether a law firm that collected $58.6 million from Iowans through a contract with the Iowa Judicial […]

Dog breeder, serving jail time in four-day increments, still owes $60,000 in fines

By: - April 28, 2022

Former Wayne County puppy mill operator Daniel Gingerich is serving his 30-day jail sentence in four-day increments in Ohio, and has yet to pay his court fees or the $60,000 in administrative penalties that were imposed last year. Earlier this year, Gingerich was charged by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office with four counts of animal […]