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December 8, 2012
By MIKE DONAHEY - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican


Resides: Conrad

Hometown: Sac City. The family moved to Conrad, where I graduated from then BCL High School in 1982.

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Family: My parents are Lowell and Betty Hines of Conrad. I have two older brothers, Greg and Dennis Hines also of Conrad and an older sister, Cheryl Folkerts (Hines), of Steamboat Rock. My sons Robert and Ryan, who live in Conrad. Also, Andrew - our third and oldest son - lives in Atlanta.

Pets: Dogs Jabba and Oliver.


Occupation: I am the staff assistant to the commandant of Marshalltown's Iowa Veterans Home.

What that means: My job consists of general administrative duties and coordinating special and veterans-related events. Additionally, I monitor Iowa General Assembly legislation applicable to veterans. Other duties include public relations, which means I work to keep the Marshalltown area informed of IVH activities.

Tenure: Three years

If I could change jobs: I would want to use my Bachelors of Arts degree in Operations Management/Analysis and own my own business, or, work in a supervisory/management position.


Books: I enjoy reading military and history-related books. My favorite is "In the Company of Heroes" by CW4 (Ret.) Mike Durant, a POW in Somalia.

Movies: I primarily enjoy military movies - "Patton," and "Band of Brothers." I like "Friday Night Lights." I believe that all three exhibited leadership, team work and bravery. Also, I enjoy films with Will Ferrell.

Foods: My favorite food is Italian. I like Zeno's pizza, bacon cheeseburgers from Carol's Restaurant in Conrad and anything on the menu of That Place, near Conrad.

Sports: I have always been an Iowa Hawkeye and always will be. We also follow the Georgia Bulldogs, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves - it is the result of having lived in Georgia for 15 years.


Best part of living here: Small town atmosphere.

Most influential persons: After serving my country for 23 years, I have encountered several people who influenced me. They are Sgt. Majors Leon Bracy, Jake Elliot, Michael Ramsey and Hester (Hoopy) Qualls - all who provided guidance, which enabled me to succeed in my military career.

Local involvement: United Methodist Church of Conrad.

Advice on life: My advice to everyone is to experience all you can while you can. The decisions we make as leaders will surely impact future generations.



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