Chris Matthews and John Edwards in Onawa – 10-14-04

On January 22, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

Hardball Host Chris Matthews and
Sen. John Edwards

Onawa, IA ~ October 14, 2004

On October 14, 2004, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Sen. John Edwards visited Onawa, IA, where Edwards would meet with Monona County activists and where Matthews would interview Edwards before taping an episode for his renowned cable TV program, Hardball with Chris Matthews.

As part of his show, Chris interviewed Jody Ewing (Presidential candidate John Kerry’s county chair) and Dennis Ryan of Onawa. (See a partial of the video here.)

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Onawa Explosion Victim Dies – MSNBC

On January 7, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing

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Onawa Explosion Victim Dies


September 3, 2007

An Onawa, Iowa, man injured last week in a natural gas explosion in the basement of a vacant home has died. Earl Thelander died Saturday at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.

Officials say they think the home exploded when Thelander plugged in a fan to help vent fumes from a broken propane line leading to the furnace. Officials say the line had been cut when burglars were stealing copper lines from the home and cut the gas lines before leaving.

Visitation and a funeral will be held later this week.

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MSNBC: Man Dies after $20 Copper Theft

On January 6, 2012, in , by Jody Ewing


Man Dies After $20 Copper Theft

4:15 p.m. CDT October 12, 2007

ONAWA, Iowa — A $20 copper theft in August led to the death of an Iowa man, and local authorities said on Friday that they need the public’s help to solve the crime. Earl Thelander, 80, died in late August after an explosion in a home he owns outside of Onawa. His son, Doug, said his father was preparing the property for a new renter. In the process, someone raided the inside of the home, police said, stealing wiring and tubing and cutting a gas line into the home.

Doug Thelander said his father aired out the gas smell in the house for almost three hours the next day, then plugged in a fan to move the air around.

“He said, ‘Doug, I didn’t smell anything, but that spark there was just a tremendous explosion,'” Thelander said, recalling one of his last conversations with his father.

Earl Thelander had second- and third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body. He died in a hospital four days later.

“It’s tough to watch. It’s tough to watch somebody like that just fade away,” Doug Thelander said.

Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt said has been working the case since the beginning. Now, he’s asking the public for more help.

“We’re talking about $20 worth of copper,” the sheriff said. “We’re trying to make people aware that somebody had to of heard something, or somebody spoke about it. We just want people to call in and give us some information.”

“He was a humble man,” said Doug Thelander. “He was a strong man. He was a good man.”

If you have information, call 800-859-1413. Callers may remain anonymous, and there is a reward for good information.

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Toxic pet food may have killed dozens of dogs

On January 11, 2006, in Pets, by Jody Ewing

Now, this is a story that absolutely breaks my heart. I can’t begin to imagine what this 19-year-old woman is going through. Her father’s in Iraq — she lost her daughter last year — then lost one of her two dogs last month after it consumed Diamond’s contaminated dog food, and now her remaining dog is suffering from the toxic poisoning as well.

Pet lovers, please spread the word! The article below also provides a link to a complete list of states and brands affected by the recall.

Toxic pet food may have killed dozens of dogs – Pet Health –

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