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Epworth teen inspired to enlist by his father's service, sacrifice

Photo by: Jessica Reilly

Rich Billmeyer and his son Wolfegang, 17, pose for a photo at their home in Epworth, Iowa. Wolfegang has joined the Navy and is leaving for basic training in October. His father, a U.S. Army Reservist, lost both legs while performing route-clearance operations in Afghanistan in July 2011, when he was wounded by a roadside bomb.


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If the election were held today, which First Congressional District candidate would you vote for?

Four candidates have announced their candidacy for next year's First Congressional District election -- Republican incumbent Rod Blum and Democratic challengers Gary Kroeger, Pat Murphy and Monica Vernon.

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