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09 Jul
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Dallas County Recorder’s Office indexes and images veteran records electronically

The Dallas County Recorder’s Office recorded its first military separation record on January 2, 1919. During that period in the early 1900s Ruth Sumner was recorder. Today, Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart has completed a project, indexing and imaging 95 years worth of recorded military separation records.

Since the first filing in 1919 nearly 14,000 Dallas County veterans recorded their separation papers. In the early 1900s, prior to the creation of the Department of Defense, each branch of the military issued its own separation papers that were handwritten and transcribed by the recorder. DD Form 214s were first issued to veterans upon separation in 1950.

Airhart stated, “The system that was in place in the recorder’s office when I took office in 2011 was a hand filing system. The records were kept in book, but the index of these records was an old rolodex card filing system. What this meant was that if a rolodex card was lost or misfiled, we may not be able to retrieve the record. From day one I felt our veterans deserved better than this.”

Veteran Rolodex

Records are now electronically indexed and imaged. These images can be called up electronically and printed by staff, saving time spent checking the rolodex, retrieving the record from the book and photocopying it to produce a certified copy. In the new electronic index the records were indexed from the actual image, ensuring that each and every record is accounted for in the electronic index, something that could not be assured under the old rolodex system.
Dallas County Veterans Director Ed Vos said, “This new computer system will be a great help to me, helping the veterans of Dallas County.”

These records contain information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment and membership in veterans’ organization. Information shown on these records include: date and place of entry in active duty, home address at time of entry, date and place of release from active duty, home address after separation, last duty assignment and rank, military job speciality, military education, decorations, medals, badges, citations, campaign awards, total creditable service, foreign service credited and separation information (type of separation, character of service, authority and reason for separation, separation and reenlistment eligibility codes).

“We don’t like to think about the possibility of fire or a tornado, but we must prepare for them,” said Airhart. “With this new system, we ensure that in the event of a disaster we will have the military records of Dallas County veterans protected, and in the worst of circumstances we will be able to provide them certified copies so they can get the benefits they have earned and deserve.”
The Dallas County Recorder’s Office recently completed a major project, indexing and imaging land and real estate records back to 1971. No other county in Iowa has this many years of real estate records indexed and imaged.

“Having these records electronically available not only provides ease of access to the records, but it provides a disaster recovery element for the county’s real estate and military records. Dallas County residents can be proud of this system as it ensures continuity of the recorder’s office in the event of a disaster,” added Airhart.

Published July 3rd, 2014 in the Dallas County News.  http://adelnews.com/news/dallas-county-recorder%E2%80%99s-office-indexes-and-images-veteran-records-electronically.html

01 Jul
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DALLAS COUNTY GOP ANNOUNCES NEW MOBILE FRIENDLY WEBSITE

WAUKEE, IA— Dallas County Republicans announced a brand new mobile friendly website. The new website has been redesigned to be more interactive and mobile friendly. The website will include information on upcoming Dallas County GOP events, candidate and office holder information along with access to the Dallas County GOP social media feeds.

The website has been redesigned to make it easier for the public to access information from the Dallas County GOP either from the home computers or their mobile phones. “This website will give the Dallas County GOP and Republican candidates a forum to get their information out to the public,” replied Chair Christi Taylor. “We are really excited to have this website up and running for the 2014 election and beyond.”

The redesigned website was launch last Friday and has information on the Dallas County GOP’s platform, voter information, candidate and office holder information, and information on upcoming local events. “This robust website will provide a central location for citizens of Dallas County to go to find out updated information events from local, state, and federal office holders as well as candidates for various offices,” commented Co-Chair Tyler De Haan. “The website is extremely user friendly that citizens will be able to get this information directly from the iPhones or Smartphones. It will be a great resource to have for the upcoming 2014 election and the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.”

The public can check out the new redesigned website by going to www.dallascountygop.com.

18 Jun
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Dallas County GOP to Host 2nd Annual Family-Friendly Summer Potluck

Dallas Center, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce the official date for their Family-Friendly Summer Potluck at Dallas Center’s Mound Park on Thursday, June 26th starting at 6:30 pm. Mound Park is located just west of downtown Dallas Center. There’s no gate charge for the event, but free will donations will be accepted. Dinner will include pork tenderloins, pasta, salads, and of course, dessert.

Candidates, state office holders, and local Dallas County officials will be in attendance. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Dallas County Republicans to meet and greet State Auditor Mary Mosiman, State Attorney General candidate Adam Gregg, as well as others.

“This family-friendly potluck will allow local Republicans, public officials, campaign activists, and concerned citizens an occasion to gather with their family and friends to enjoy good food, great Iowa summer weather, and meet our 2014 GOP candidates,” stated Dallas County Chair Christi Taylor.

Dallas County Co-Chair Tyler De Haan commented, “We are thrilled that this Summer Potluck has become an annual community gathering. As the fastest growing county in the State of Iowa, we wanted to make this a family-friendly event because families are our community’s greatest asset.”

04 Jun
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Iowa GOP 3rd District Nominee to be Decided June 21st

DES MOINES, Iowa- This morning Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Danny Carroll announced that the Republican nominee for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District will be decided at a special nominating convention held on Saturday, June 21st. The nominating convention will be held at Creston High School at 601 W. Townline St. Creston, IA 50801. 513 delegates will represent the 3rd District at the State Convention on June 14th, and these same delegates will reconvene one week later to select the GOP’s 3rd Congressional District candidate.

“As no candidate received the necessary 35% share of the vote in the primary election, rules state that the party’s nominee will be selected at a convention whose date and location is set by the Chairman,” said Carroll. “I’ve listened to feedback from 3rd District Republicans and selected Saturday, June 21st as the date and Creston as the location.”

The state party will be sending out notice to delegates and alternates, informing them of additional details for the June 21st special nominating convention. Delegates will credential in between 8:30am-9:45am with the convention being called to order at 10:00am.

UPDATE – LOCATION CHANGE:

Saturday, June 21st

Special 3rd District Special Convention to Nominate our GOP candidate for the 3rd District Congressional Race

Des Moines Christian High School

13007 Douglas Pkwy. Urbandale, IA 50323

Doors Open at 8:00 am and the convention begins at 10:00 am

Please be there early so we can check you in.

Also, if you are interested in having lunch at the convention please RSVP so we can have a head count by Thursday. Lunch will be provided by:

BJ Hoffman, owner of Honeybadger BBQ

01 Mar
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Dallas County GOP Holds County Convention at Adel Middle School

Adel, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce the official date for the upcoming Dallas County GOP County Convention. It will be held at Adel Middle School on Saturday, March 8th starting at 9:00 am. The address is 801 Nile Kinnick Drive, Adel IA 50003.

This is the second step in Iowa’s Caucus to Convention process. Delegates selected on January 21st, First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses will descend on Adel High School to conduct Dallas County GOP business, select delegates to continue on to Republican District and State Conventions that will be held later this spring, and discuss Dallas County GOP platform planks. “We had higher turnout for an off presidential year for the caucuses. It is exciting to see so much grassroots support for our local party and for our candidates running for office. We expect that enthusiasm to continue at the Dallas County GOP Convention,” replied Chair Christi Taylor.

The public is welcomed to join the convention, though only delegates may vote during the convention. During the convention many elected officials for Dallas County and the State of Iowa will address the convention as well. “It is a great opportunity to meet your local legislator and those that are running for Congress, Senate and for offices in the State of Iowa.” commented Co-Chair Tyler De Haan.

06 Oct
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DALLAS COUNTY GOP ANNOUNCES DATE FOR ANNUAL STEAK FRY DINNER WITH HEADLINE SPEAKER GOVERNOR TERRY BRANSTAD

WAUKEE, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce the upcoming Annual Steak Fry Dinner and Pie Auction that will be held at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee Iowa on Thursday, October 10th. Doors will open at 6:00 pm with dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. The Annual Steak Fry Dinner will feature Governor Terry Branstad as the headline speaker. Several Senate GOP candidates will also be addressing the crowd along with local state and county wide officials. “It is great to be able to have Governor Branstad speak at the Dallas County Steak Fry. As the fastest growing county in Iowa, it is important that we continue to have a strong Republican GOP effort in 2014,” stated Chairman Christi Taylor.

Tickets to the event will be $35 dollars per person which can be purchased at the door the night of the event. The event will include a catered dinner and a chance to meet and greet a robust group of Republican candidates and state and local office holders. After the dinner and the speeches have concluded there will be a pie auction, which the benefits will help Dallas County Republicans support both local and statewide Republican candidates. “It is important with a lot of young families moving into Dallas County each year, that the Dallas County Republicans are able to effectively communicate our message that pro-economic growth and limit government policies help create the quality of life that the residents of Dallas County enjoy today,” replied Co-Chairman Tyler De Haan

27 Oct
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Santorum and Bachmann Headline the Dallas County GOP’s 2nd ANNUAL CHILI SUPPER FUNDRAISER

Adel, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce that Former Senator Rick Santorum and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will be headlining the upcoming 2nd Annual Chili Supper Fundraiser that will be held at the Dallas County Fairgrounds Community Building in Adel Iowa on Thursday, November 3rd. The cost of the event will be $15 dollars per person or $45 dollars for a family of 4. Dinner will include a bowl of Master Grillers Chili with all the fixings, corn bread, and several delicious desserts.

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann and several other local Dallas County officials will be in attendance and will speak about issues that are important to conservatives. “It is an honor to have Rick Santorum in Dallas County, “said County Chairman Mike Elam, “Dallas County represents the fastest growing county in Iowa and will be an important County to carry in the upcoming Iowa Caucuses.”

Dallas County GOP encourages everyone to bring their family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy a good bowl of Chili, while having an opportunity to speak with Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann and other local county officials. “The event will be a great atmosphere to bring family and friends to meet and speak with Presidential candidates as the Caucus season continues to heat up,” exclaimed County Co-Chairwomen Christi Taylor.

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