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GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a church in northwest Iowa is missing as much as $470,000. Sioux City television station KCAU reports that Bethel Lutheran Church officials in Graettinger say the money loss dates back to 2007. A suspect has been identified, but no arrest has been reported.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A Council Bluffs group working to update and expand the Dream Playground at Lake Manawa State Park intends to use fence pickets to help fund the project. The Daily Nonpareil reports that plans call for a picket fence to surround the playground. The group intends to let individuals, community groups and businesses pay $100 each for the nearly 1,400 pickets, which can be engraved with a maximum of 22 characters.

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say two bodies have been found in debris after a fire heavily damaged a building in western Iowa. The fire was reported around 7:45 a.m. Thursday at CTI Electronics in Missouri Valley. Police Chief Ed Murray says the bodies were burned beyond recognition and that autopsies have been ordered.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa plans to demolish part of a building erected in 1899. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that a portion of Seashore Hall will come down in early to mid-December. It’s making way for a $33.5 million building that’s expected to open in 2020.

Wisconsin News

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Some vehicle-struck deer aren’t getting removed from Wisconsin highways as quickly as they’re being run down, as officials adjust to a new carcass pickup system. A provision in the state budget transferred responsibility for picking up dead deer from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Transportation. The change took effect in September, and The Capital Times reports it appears some officials weren’t aware of the switch.

TWIN LAKES, Wis. (AP) – One person is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting outside a bar in Kenosha County. The incident early Friday happened in the parking lot outside the Beach Bar in Twin Lakes. Police said one person was dead at the scene and another person was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. No other details were immediately released, including whether there were any suspects.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Authorities say a 58-year-old man has been fatally shot in Milwaukee. Milwaukee police say the victim was shot Thursday morning during an argument. Officials say he was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries. Police say they have arrested a 32-year-old man and a 42-year-old man in connection with the case. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee police say officials have arrested a person of interest in a series of sexual assaults that occurred this week. The Milwaukee Police Department said Thursday that the investigation is still active and ongoing. Authorities say the assaults happened Monday.

Illinois News

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) – A reward to help solve the case of a girl who disappeared more than 20 years ago in the Mississippi River community of Moline has been extended. The (Moline) Dispatch reports the $10,000 reward offered by the family of Trudy Appleby and Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities has been extended until Dec. 31. She went missing in 1996, when she was 11.

CHICAGO (AP) – Christmas the way it is celebrated in countries around the world is coming to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The museum is hosting Christmas Around The World and Holiday of Light exhibits through Jan. 7. The annual Christmas Around the World exhibit that started in 1942 with a single tree decorated every day for 12 days to represent countries fighting alongside the United States during World War II now has more than 50 trees and displays.

HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP) – One of the most famous bullies in the history of movies is coming to southern Illinois for the holidays. The Belleville News-Democrat is reporting that some cast members from the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” will be riding in Highland’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday night and then are invited to a screening of the film on Saturday.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Police will be patrolling the parking lots of Illinois shopping malls this holiday weekend to ticket people illegally parking in spaces reserved for people with disabilities. Secretary of State Jesse White says the patrols will start on the busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day known as Black Friday. Secretary of State Police will target malls in Chicago and its suburbs as well as Peoria, Rockford and Schaumburg.