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Family saddened by theft from northern Iowa memorial

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DOUGHERTY, Iowa (AP) - Family and friends of a Mason City resident killed five years ago in a truck crash say they are disturbed that someone stole an item left at a roadside memorial to the man.

Heidi Hanson, of Mason City, told the Globe Gazette there isn't a gravesite for her father, Marlin Hanson, so relatives and friends visit a memorial at the site near Dougherty where he died in a 2011 grain truck crash.

They leave snacks and other items against a cross bearing his name. In October, they pounded in a wind vane with an eagle cutout, as Hanson loved the birds.

Recently they realized it had been stolen.

They want it returned or left for the family elsewhere.

Heidi Hanson notes, "It's very frustrating and, I think, sad."

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