Authorities have arrested a Wadena man, for allegedly stealing trail cameras and tree stands.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office was notified on July 23rd, that someone had taken tree stands and trail cameras on property, located north of Wadena.

After a week long investigation, the sheriff took 43 year old Kyley Alexander Baethke of Wadena into custody.

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During the investigation, deputies recovered 13 tree stands and one trail camera.

A warrant for Baethke's arrest was issued on Tuesday (Aug. 3), charging him with Theft in the 2nd Degree, and 3 Counts of Trespassing.

Baethke was held in the Fayette County jail until his initial court appearance.

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A Cresco man has been arrested on a Fayette County warrant.

On Tuesday, 50 year old Steven Michael Jones was taken into custody in Cresco on a warrant for Failure to Appear in Court. The original charge was Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility.

Jones was held in the Fayette County jail, pending his initial appearance before a magistrate.

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(info from Radio Iowa)

It’s been one year since Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order restoring voting rights to an estimated 40-thousand Iowans with felony convictions. About five-thousand of them have since registered to vote and voting rights advocates say state officials should try to reach more people. Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP, says it’s going to take more work to make sure people with past felony convictions get to the polls.

"There should be an ongoing promotion of this new right just because it’s so new," Andrews says. "And also because there is hesitancy, and there is concern in terms of trust with a system that may have had you confined for a number of years.” Eric Harris of Iowa City was able to vote in the 2020 election after having his rights restored. He also plans to do more outreach in his neighborhood to help other former inmates register to vote ahead of this fall’s local elections.

Harris says, "I think that’d be a good start to get people to be aware that they can vote, and voting is a thing that every American should be able to do and should do.” The state sends general voting information to all eligible Iowans. And the Department of Corrections sends a letter to people finishing their sentences informing them that they can vote. State agencies have -not- made targeted efforts to contact people who finished their sentence before the executive order was signed.

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