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Nonprofit created to honor missing Iowa anchor Jodi Huisentruit

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) — A new nonprofit foundation is being created to pay tribute to the legacy of missing anchor Jodi Huisentruit.

Huisentruit vanished outside her apartment in the early morning hours of June 27, 1995 in Mason City, after telling a colleague she was heading to work.

Media consultant Steve Ridge has become immersed in the case and is spearheading the effort to create the foundation. He said it will include a permanent endowment dedicated to the safety and well-being of current and future journalists.

Ridge says he doesn’t want Jodi’s legacy to be one of fear, violence and hopelessness. Instead he says it should be one of positivity, inspiration and determination to succeed.

Jodi’s sister Joann will serve as honorary chair of the foundation, which will fund training, education, security and other resources for journalists.

A board of trustees will raise an initial $1 million to establish a permanent fund.

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