NEW COMMANDANT: Maj. Matthew Peterson, a 20-year Marine, has been appointed commandant of the Iowa Veterans Home at Marshalltown, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday.
His seven deployments have placed him in a wide range of leadership positions spanning 30 countries and five continents. Since retiring from the military, he has directed a working ranch and currently serves as the executive director of a nonprofit organization, as well as a high school teacher.
Peterson, a fifth-generation Iowan from Red Oak, holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and government from New Mexico State University, as well as master’s degrees in political science from Liberty University and organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.
The Iowa Veterans Home has served Iowa veterans since 1887. Today, it is the largest long-term care center in the state and home to more than 500 veterans.
DERECHO FORESTRY GRANTS: Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday there are state infrastructure funds appropriated by the Iowa Legislature that are available to be used for a community-based tree planting program for derecho recovery.
DNR officials say the Derecho Community Forestry Grant Program provides reimbursable grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to be used for the purchase and planting of trees suitable to Iowa on publicly owned lands. Qualifying public planting lands include — but are not limited to — street right-of-ways, parks, school grounds, courthouse lawns, public buildings, fairgrounds, cemeteries, libraries and trails.
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