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Iowa county's health agency mascot: Howie Staywell

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health says its new mascot has been given a name: Howie Staywell.

It comes from two suggestions submitted by members of the public.

A Health department spokeswoman told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the suggestions were combined "to create a name that is fun but also represents the vision and mission of the Health Department."

The mascot is a gray owl. It was created to help put children at ease when getting flu shots.

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