Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register

Lee Rood

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Lee:

Major campaign contributor to state leaders gets wait-and-see on soccer stadium from Kim Reynolds

Krause, wife and Kum & Go PACs have given almost $750,000 in five years to gubernatorial candidates and legislators. → Read More

Iowa Museum Association criticizes the sale of Salisbury House's rare book collection

Grinnell College officials defend the sale and say the collection will help faculty, researchers and students. → Read More

Man asked about cruelty to a pig at the Iowa State Fair. He was ejected for life

Des Moines man who questioned cruelty to a pig says he was ejected for life from the Iowa State Fair. → Read More

Fed up with abandoned homes? Des Moines ramps up two programs that should make a difference

The city will devote about $3 million yearly toward tearing down nuisance homes. It's also planning to adopt a new property improvement code. → Read More

Indianola middle school didn't do enough to protect students from boy who groped several girls, mother says

Mother says her daughter's classmate assaulted or groped girls and the school did not protect them. → Read More

It's true: Iowa law requires dealers to first pay taxes before selling illegal drugs. But is it fair?

Des Moines woman who was convicted of dealing meth but not of breaking Iowa's drug tax stamp law is ordered to pay over $150,000 in tax and penalties. → Read More

Grinnell College will become home to Salisbury House's collection of rare books, documents

Sale of books, documents will help Salisbury House Foundation pay off nearly $2 million in debt. → Read More

How your Iowa Wild, state tournament, Barnstormer experience is about to improve

The Iowa Events Center will get a new $1.7 million sound system over the summer, 14 years after the facility opened. → Read More

Why are calls from Iowa jails among the most costly in US? State utilities board wants to know

A 15-minute call from the Polk County Jail costs about $2.25. In Audubon, Crawford or Pocahontas counties, it's $11. In Bremer, $14.10, survey found. → Read More

Welcome to Iowa, where prisons are crowded and crime pays: Swindling contractor is free again.

Iowa contractor who was accused of scamming victims in multiple states and sentenced for 6 drunken driving offenses spends little time behind bars. → Read More

Ankeny home repair contractor ordered to repay victims $114,250, banned from owning a construction business

Contractor racked up at least 11 complaints alleging shoddy work and failure to pay subcontractors, do home repair and construction as promised. → Read More

Watchdog: Budget troubles to blame for end to Des Moines’ adult education; three women to be honored on bridge

Phil Roeder, a spokesman for the school district, confirmed the classes will conclude at the end of June. → Read More

So you want to be a landlord? Sure, you've got rights under Iowa law. So do tenants.

An Urbandale landlord questions why it's so difficult to evict tenants. But her renter has sued, alleging violation of tenant rights. → Read More

Student attacks 3 staff members at McCombs Middle School in Des Moines

One staff member suffered a bloody nose and had their glasses broken, but all three were back to work by Wednesday or Thursday. → Read More

Mother: Why doesn't the state limit restraint of children in child care centers?

In a civil lawsuit, Sarah Lundin accuses her sons' day care of negligence and battery in its use of physical restraint, assault and intimidation. → Read More

Care about human trafficking? This Urbandale man did something about it

He first worried the massage parlor nearby might hurt his business. But then he became worried about the women he was convinced were being trafficked. → Read More

Watchdog sent customers into three Des Moines massage parlors. Here's what happened.

In each instance, the masseuse did not ask explicitly if a man wanted her to perform a sex act, but made it clear one was available. → Read More

Want to give to charity at a restaurant? Here's what you need to know

Des Moines woman questions restaurant checks that ask her to give to unspecified charities. Experts advise checking charities' records before giving. → Read More

Man accused in five sex assault cases finally gets prison. But one of his victims says that's not enough.

In a surprise sentencing, man accused in five sexual assault cases is sentenced to prison. But one of his victims says that's not enough time. → Read More

600 people are waiting for organ transplants in Iowa. Could that number be greatly reduced?

'The waiting list is a misnomer because there are so many things that go into getting a kidney transplant,' says an Iowan who waited seven years. → Read More