BUSSEY — Advocates for stricter sentencing guidelines for those who commit crimes against children are taking their campaign on the road.
The road along RAGBRAI to be exact.
About halfway between Pella and Bussey, a giant purple banner with the words Kathlynn’s Hope greeted riders.
At a booth setup outside a farmhouse, cyclists can learn about Kathlynn Shepard, the 15-year-old who was abducted from Dayton on May 20 and killed by a registered sex offender, police say.
Don Dahlstrom, Shepard’s neighbor, a Kathlynn’s Hope volunteer and RAGBRAI veteran, helped organize the booth to educate riders about a push for new legislation that would put greater restrictions on those commit violent crimes against children.
Dahlstrom is organizing an event tomorrow night in Fairfield to show support for Shepard’s family.
Shepard’s father, Michael, is expected to join Dahlstrom along the route.
The Fairfield event will take place at 8:20 p.m. on the south side of the courthouse, Dahlstrom said.
“I’d love to see the whole place decked out in purple (Kathlynn’s favorite color),” he said.


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