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  1. Iowa State Penitentiary Warden Makes HistoryRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 15 | WHO-TV Des Moines

    Patti Wachtendorf took over the job earlier this year. She was hired by the Department of Corrections in 1983 and most recently served as the warden at the Mitchellville Women's Prison. Wachtendorf grew up on a farm in Carthage, Illinois. It's just 30-miles away from the Fort Madison prison.

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  2. Senate Democrats voice strong opposition to bargaining 'reform' over hours of debateRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Feb 15 | Hawk Eye

    ... employees," said Taylor, a former public employee, working 27 years as a maintenance worker at the Iowa State Penitentiary. "This is calling war on all these people. This is not right." Taylor, who worked at the maximum-security prison during the ...

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  3. Medium security unit at Fort Madison prison closes due to budget cutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Feb 10 | Hawk Eye

    Right, the entrance of the John E. Bennett Correctional Facility is shown Thursday at the former Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. In order to comply with a $5.5 million dollar reduction in the Iowa State Corrections Department budget, the Bennett facility, along with others in Harpers Ferry and Clarinda, will temporarily be shut down.

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  4. Medium security unit at Fort Madison prison closes due to budget cutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 9 | Hawk Eye

    A medium security unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison has been shut down due to budget cuts enacted by the state legislature. FORT MADISON - A medium security unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison has been shut down due to budget cuts enacted by the state legislature.

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  5. Democrats: Proposed budget cuts harm Iowa's students, most vulnerableRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Jan 28 | Hawk Eye

    ... for community colleges and $5.5 million from the Department of Corrections, which oversees the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison and the state's eight other prisons and correctional facilities. Taylor, re-elected to his second Senate term in ...

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  6. Wardens share passion for prison workRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2017 | Hawk Eye

    Iowa State Penitentiary Warden Nick Ludwick, reflects on his time at the prison, during an interview, Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017 in Fort Madison. Patti Wachtendorf is replacing Ludwick, who is retiring due to health issues.

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  7. Fort Madison - " Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he has...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 10, 2017 | The Fairfield Ledger

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he has confidence Patti Wachtendorf will do a good job as the first female warden at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. "I think she's very well-qualified to be the warden at our maximum security prison," Branstad told reporters at his weekly news conference on Monday.

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  8. ISP warden retires due to illnessRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2017 | Hawk Eye

    The Board of Corrections approved Patti Wachtendorf Friday to fill the position left by the retirement of Iowa State Penitentiary Warden Nick Ludwick, who is retiring on the advisement of medical staff at the Mayo Clinic, where he has been recieving treatment for melanoma the past 12 years. He has been living with stage 4 cancer more than five years.

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  9. Iowa State Penitentiary's First Female Warden AppointedRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 6, 2017 | WHO-TV

    On Friday, the Board of Corrections approved Patti Wachtendorf's appointment to the position. She is the first woman to serve in the role in the penitentiary's nearly 180-year history.

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  10. Iowa prison will get first female warden in 178-year historyRead the original story

    Jan 6, 2017 | KWWL-TV Waterloo

    The Board of Corrections on Friday approved the appointment of department veteran Patti Wachtendorf as warden of Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Wachtendorf has been warden at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, the state's prison for female offenders, since 2009.

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  11. Inmate was beaten to death in rare Iowa prison homicideRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

    ... one that prompted a union to accuse the state of covering up safety lapses. The deadly attack at the Iowa State Penitentiary in October continued despite a correctional officer's commands for the assailant to stop, according to documents obtained by ...

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  12. Inmate beaten to death seen on CCTV in rare prison homicide in IowaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 4, 2017 | Daily Mail

    EXCLUSIVE: BeyoncA 's 'Becky with the good hair' songwriter finds her missing brother living 3,000 miles from home on the streets of LA - after recognizing him at bus stop 16 YEARS after he vanished Inmate was beaten to death by another prisoner who was seen punching him at least 30 times on CCTV in a rare prison homicide In what is believed to be the first homicide in an Iowa prison since 2010, the incident at at the Iowa State Penitentiary has prompted a union to accuse the state of covering up safety lapses. The deadly attack, in which inmate Lha Southideth-Whiten punches Michael Whitworth at least 30 times, continued despite a correctional officer's commands for the assailant to stop.

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  13. Alberta AndersonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 3, 2017 | Hawk Eye

    ... June 21, 1980, in Fort Madison; he survives her. She went on to become director of nursing at the Iowa State Penitentiary and then director of nursing at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo. After retirement from that position, she ...

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  14. Sioux City Inmate Dies in Wisconsin PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 30, 2016 | KSCJ-AM Sioux City

    ... store. In July of 2015, he used 67 feet of bed sheets to escape from the medical unit at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. While briefing reporters at the time, Governor Branstad called the escape "ingenious" but "absolutely stupid." ...

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  15. Inmate who escaped Fort Madison Prison found dead in Wisconsin cellRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2016 | KCRG

    ... and Operating a Motor Vehicle without Owner Consent from Lee County. Kestner also escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison in July of 2015. He was captured about 100 miles away in Illinois. He most recently attacked a correctional ...

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  16. Carol KnowlesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2016 | Hawk Eye

    ... Ill. She was a music teacher for Marquette and Central Lee schools. She retired as a guard from the Iowa State Penitentiary. Survivors include her husband; four children, Mark Franklin Knowles of Virginia, Joyce LeAnn Rummell of Oregon, Dawn Elin ...

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  17. Donald LoweRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2016 | Hawk Eye

    ... Auctioneers and Brodie and Ufkes Auctions. From 1979 to 1986, he was a correctional officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. Besides his wife, survivors include four daughters, Missy Cook and Dawn Hellyer, both of Carthage, Ill., ...

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  18. Sharon DemersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 17, 2016 | Hawk Eye

    She was a registered nurse for 45 years. She worked at Fort Madison Community Hospital for 38 years and at the Iowa State Penitentiary, retiring in 2010.

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  19. Taylor holds slight leadRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 8, 2016 | Hawk Eye

    ... seat since 1985. Taylor, who's served in the state Senate since 2012 and worked for 26 years at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, said he was surprised by the losses. "We have Dems falling left and right all over Iowa," he said. "It's ...

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  20. Iowa inmate who escaped at center of new security incidentRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2016 | KWQC-TV Davenport

    Justin Kestner is seen in an undated photo provided by the Iowa Department of Corrections. Kestner, a 25-year-old inmate who escaped from the Iowa State Penitentiary Sunday morning, July 5, 2015, has been recaptured in Illinois.

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