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Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Highway construction is expected to be a big part of any federal infrastructure bill. Shown is Interstate Highway 235 in Des Moines. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Vermeer exec: Infrastructure bill would be ‘transformative’

By: - June 18, 2021

The CEO of a large Iowa manufacturing company told a national audience Thursday that a proposed federal infrastructure bill would be “transformative” in the same way rural electrification was. “I see this opportunity as being just as transformative as the period of rural electrification and bringing water and sewer to all residences in the United […]

American Rivers ranks the Raccoon River as the ninth-most-endangered in the country. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa faces ‘catastrophe’ as Raccoon River ranks among nation’s most endangered

By: - April 19, 2021

Des Moines Water Works will face a “catastrophe” unless Iowa finds a way to reduce farm pollution in the Raccoon River, which last week was named as one of the nation’s most endangered, the utility’s CEO said. “It is clear, given the ammonia, phosphorus, and thousands of pounds of nitrogen that flow past our treatment […]