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Community holds fundraiser for Garwin Fire Department

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An eastern Iowa community is working to raise money for a new fire department building. This comes after a few city leaders were accused of mishandling thousands of dollars.

"We are outgrowing the one we had and we had storms do some damage to the one building a few years ago and we are just working to grow in a new building," said Nathan Holven, Garwin firefighter.

The community held a fundraiser today to help build a new department.

"It's great to see the community come together and support the fire department and help us recover and add facilities and equipment," said Holven.

This comes after the former city secretary Anna Lori Leytham mismanaged more than $560,000.

"It impacted the whole community because the money was really taken from the whole community not too much the fire department," said Holven.

Garwin Mayor Will Karsjen says the fundraiser helped the fire department, but it also helped the community come back together after a difficult year.

"We lost half a million dollars and a lot of the infrastructure of this community went south," said Mayor Karsjen. "Then I took over and obviously she is in it's time to change the mindset in the community to make the community better."

The mayor and the town are hopeful to get a new facility and move past their money problems.

"I've seen it in better days and it definitely will be better again I guarantee it," said Mayor Karsjen.

As we initially reported more than a year ago a city secretary was accused of mishandling more than $500 thousand and a Garwin couple was also accused of mishandling more than $13 thousand of the city's ambulance service money. Both incidents happening within months of each other.

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