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Thursday Afternoon News, August 9th


Daughter of Murdered Fair Concessionaires Returns To The Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The daughter of two Iowa State Fair concession owners killed 22 years ago at the fair campgrounds has returned to the fair, carrying on the family funnel cake business.
Jada Blewer was 16 when her parents, Bobbie and Marylin Blewer, were fatally shot in their camper on Aug. 12, 1996. Jade Blewer was working at the family funnel cake stand at the time.
Her sister and brother-in-law, Jamie and Rodney Borushaski, and family friend Jerimy Sneed are serving life sentences for the killings. Jaime and Rodney Borushaski maintain their innocence.
Jada Blewer says she has carried out her parents’ dream and traveled the Midwest working as a fair vendor. She says she hopes her parents would approve of her decision to return to the Iowa fair.  The Iowa State Fair begins Thursday. It runs through Aug. 19.



American Idol Winner Attends Iowa State Fair

(Des Moines) — The Iowa State Fair got underway this morning with opening ceremonies that featured the winner of this year’s American Idol T-V competition. Maddie Poppe (POP-ee) is from Clarksville and says a year ago at this time, she was playing in farmer’s markets for small crowds, wondering if she would ever get a big break.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds with American Idol Winner Maddie Popee at the first day of the Iowa State Fair. (photo courtesy of facebook).

Fair officials announced today that Poppe will perform during next year’s fair on the grandstand, the largest stage on the fairgrounds.



State’s Cultural Affairs Division Offers Historical Tour of State Fair

(Des Moines) — The 11-day run of the Iowa State Fair opened this (Thursday) morning and for the fifth straight year, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs hosted a walking tour showcasing the history of the fair, which dates back to 1886. Jane Brickey (BRICK-ee) participated in the tour. The 71-year- old from Des Moines believes she has attended the fair for 50 consecutive

State Historical Museum curator Leo Landis helped lead the tour, which included a stop at the 4H Building. Decades ago, it was known as the Poultry Building. In 1962, the fair board decided to move the poultry show out of the building.

People who took part in the walking tour also learned about how trolleys used to bring people to the fairgrounds.



Brother of Missing Girl’s Boyfriend Says There Were No Signs Of A Struggle At Home

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) – The brother of a missing University of Iowa student’s boyfriend says there were no signs of struggle at the home where she had been staying.
The father of Mollie Tibbets last week suggested she might have been abducted from Dalton Jack’s home in Brooklyn, Iowa. The 20-year-old Tibbetts was seen jogging July 18 and her family reported her missing the next day.
Jack’s brother, Blake Jack, told Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday that Tibbetts is “small, but she would have done something” if she had been attacked in his brother’s home.
Dalton Jack has said he received a Snapchat message from Tibbetts July 18, after she would have returned from her run. Authorities haven’t found her Fitbit or cellphone.
Her reward fund has grown past $300,000.