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MASON CITY, Iowa - People all across the nation are taking part in Out of the Darkness Community Walks today.
The events are part of a fund raising campaign to spread awareness about suicide prevention.
Walks took place all over the country including one in north Iowa.
The subject isn't something a lot of people are comfortable talking about but it's a subject that hits home with Angela Robel.
She lost her friend john to suicide.
"It's very hard, it's something that you never expect and you feel like you could have done more and knowing that you couldn't is very difficult,” explains Robel.
For the third year she's participating in the Out of the Darkness walk in Mason City.
Proceeds from the event go towards the American foundation for suicide prevention to support local programs.
But more importantly than raising money the goal here is to raise awareness.
"I tried committing suicide when I was 28,” explains Debbie Bock.
Like many at the walk, Bock has been affected by suicide. She along with co-chair Toni Kreitzer organized the event.
"Someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds in the world, of course that means every 41 seconds there's something who is left to make sense of that,” says Kreitzer.
They say the issue is one that people look at as a taboo and don't like to talk about but according to Bock and Kreitzer, it's something that is a problem in north Iowa.
"Just yesterday, Kossuth County, it's not something that is going to be reported on the news as to why or what or how but… Just yesterday,” adds Bock.
In 2010 Cerro Gordo County ranked the 6th highest suicide rate out of Iowa’s 99 counties.
It’s a somber fact that everyone participating here today wants to change.
"This walk could help one person."
And while the walk may be over the campaign is still accepting donations up until December 31st.
Albert Lea Salvation Army Captain Jim Brickson has finished in a three-way tie in his world bell ringing attempt.
It's a season for giving.
A north Iowa affordable housing program is receiving a grant that will go towards home repairs in Cerro Gordo County.
The different weather conditions has the Minnesota DNR urging people to not let their guard down when hitting the ice.
As the temperature drops, we're all reminded to bundle up this winter and avoid too much exposure.
A grant aimed to combat homelessness in Iowa may not have come at a better time.
The holiday spirit is being felt in southern Minnesota.
When the temps start dropping, going outside to start your car a few minutes before you have to leave becomes a winter routine.