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Due to time constraints, it may be a while before I get back to you.
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If you are aware of any former Iowa legislators who are in the news,
let me know and I'll try to get their Wiki-article going.

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 4[edit]

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Newsletter • May/June 2015

Hello friends! We have been hard at work these past two months. For this report:

The directory is live!

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Until next time, Harej (talk) 22:20, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

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