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Department of Natural Resources State Parks staff to take part in a hands-on tactical training Wednesday: Iowa Capitol Digest, March 27

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Retiring Democratic Sens. Bob Dvorsky of Coralville, Wally Horn of Cedar Rapids and Matt McCoy of Des Moines on Tuesday stand behind a cardboard cutout depicting them that has stood at the back of the Iowa Senate chamber. A public reception for the three senators is slated on April 3 in the Iowa Capitol building to mark their service in the state Legislature. All three Democrats began their legislative careers in the Iowa House before moving to the Iowa Senate.
Rod Boshart/Gazette Des Moines Bureau Retiring Democratic Sens. Bob Dvorsky of Coralville, Wally Horn of Cedar Rapids and Matt McCoy of Des Moines on Tuesday stand behind a cardboard cutout depicting them that has stood at the back of the Iowa Senate chamber. A public reception for the three senators is slated on April 3 in the Iowa Capitol building to mark their service in the state Legislature. All three Democrats began their legislative careers in the Iowa House before moving to the Iowa Senate.
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TACTICAL TRAINING: About 70 Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks staff will take part in a hands-on tactical training hosted by Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Waukee Wednesday. It’s part an overall training curriculum to help park staff hone safety, fitness and verbal compliance techniques.

While state park staff trains annually through a variety of law enforcement organizations, this is the first time they are partnering with the private fitness center, which is donating both the staff and facility time.

According to Iowa DNR Park Ranger Rod Nelson, who helped coordinate the training, Farrell’s offers unique equipment and fitness strategies that will help staff become better prepared to minimize dangerous situations for both officers and the public.

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