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Iowa Capitol Digest, Tuesday, July 20

Iowa Capitol Digest, Tuesday, July 20

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A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items: of interest for Tuesday:

INMATE DIES: Ular Lee Winfun, 66, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder from Lee County, died Monday in a hospice room of the Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison. His sentence began Feb. 4, 1977.

WATER TRAILS: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting public comments to be included in the upcoming Cedar River Water Trail Plan. Comments regarding river use, safety concerns and improvement suggestions can be sent through a form at or by emailing the planning team at before Oct. 1.

Water trails are state-designated local waterways for recreational opportunities. Through a community-based planning process, the Cedar River Water Trail in Mitchell County will improve river safety, highlight access points and focus on the area’s history, culture and wildlife. To receive state designation, a water trail plan must be created to provide an overview of the river, including a detailed map with access points and distances.

Presentations from these meetings conducted last October can be found at Three free public events will be held this summer, including a guided, interpretational float down the Cedar River on Saturday, a booth at Stacyville Brat Daze on July 31 and at the Mitchell County Fair Aug. 4-8.

-- Compiled by the Gazette Des Moines Bureau


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