Obits for 7/25/2014

Helen “Pat” (nee Barbre) Lodwick died on July 16, 2014 at age 92. She was born on June 26, 1922 in BaltimoreMD, the daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (nee Wescott) Barbre and the sister of the late Robert W. Barbre. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Seeley G. Lodwick. Pat is survived by her daughters Barbara (Edwin) Rossow, Margery (Jerry) Tuttle, and Helen (Gary) Gerber. She leaves behind four grandchildren Christopher (Amanda) Brown, Latitia Brown, J. Eli Tuttle, Benjamin Tuttle and a great-grandson Seeley G. Brown. Continue Reading

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Wapello man killed in motorcycle Accident

A Wapello man is dead. The Iowa State Patrol says 56-year old Guy Smith was killed when his motorcycle left Highway x37 headed east from Columbus City around 6 last night and crashed into the east ditch. Smith was thrown off and died from his injuries. His body was taken to the Dudgeon Funeral Home. Continue Reading

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Montrose man killed in ATV Accident

An 88-year old Montrose man was killed yesterday afternoon when an All-Terrain-Vehicle rolled on top of him as he was doing some yard work on his property. Lee County deputies say Dale Carter (of 30-57 205th Avenue) was found by emergency responders, still pinned beneath the ATV. He was taken by ambulance to Vigen’s Funeral Home in Keokuk. Authorities say it appears the vehicle rolled back and overturned as Carter was riding up a hill. Continue Reading

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Citizens Against Crime Plans Next Step

They didn’t have the turn out they had a couple weeks ago for their first Crime Prevention meeting, but 10 very concerned citizens attended a planning meeting last night at the Heritage Free Methodist Church in Burlington for the group that is now called “Citizens Against Crime”. The group’s main focus is to bring the community together and implement ideas that will help curb crime in certain areas of town. John Horton spoke at the beginning of last night’s meeting about the need for diversity within the Citizens Against Crime group… Many assumptions have been that the crime is only going on in the Maple Street area, but according to recent police reports, that’s not the case. Burlington resident Mike Westfall stated that we can’t just focus on one area of Burlington anymore… Continue Reading

Obits for 7/23/2014

Mr. Thomas E. Teesdale, Jr., 62, of West Branch, IA passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM in Emmetsburg, Iowa after beginning his second day of riding in RAGBRAI. He was born March 14, 1952 in LaHarpe, IL the son of Thomas E. and Norma Duhs Teesdale Sr. In 1980 he married Cathy Jo Dunker. She survives along with his mother, Norma Teesdale of rural Niota, IL 4 sons, John T. (Ruth) Teesdale of Riverside, IA, Matthew H. (Beth) Teesdale of Niota, IL, Andrew J. Teesdale of West Branch, IA and Jacob J. (Meghan) Teesdale of Marion, IA, 1 daughter, Kate M.J. (Joe) Teesdale of Cedar Rapids, IA, 2 grandchildren, Henry and Annabella Teesdale, 1 sister, Cathy (Richard) Smith of Omaha, NE, 1 nephew, Aaron (Jodi) Smith of Jasper, IN and 3 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr Teesdale was raised in Niota, Illinois. Continue Reading

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Des Moines County Scam

The Des Moines County Recorder’s office is warning residents about a scam that’s been making its way through the area. It involves mailings from a company called “Record Transfer Service,” in which the firm offers to obtain your property deed and send it to you for $83. The scam is the fact that you can do the same thing yourself, through the Recorder’s office at the courthouse, for one-to-three dollars. Continue Reading

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RAGBRAI rider died Monday

His identity has not been released, but a 63-year-old man died Monday during RAGBRAI.  

(photo from http://ragbrai.com/2014/07/22/photos-emmetsburg-to-forest-city/ )

According to the RAGBRAI website, he suffered from a medical issue and not from a traumatic injury. He was taken to a hospital in Emmetsburg where he later passed away. The last time someone died during the bike event was in 2010 when a cyclist collided with another rider. Within the 42 years RAGBRAI has taken place, 29 people have died during the event. Continue Reading

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Low campaign funds for Hatch compared to Branstad

Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor, continues to trail Republican Governor Terry Branstad in fundraising. The single-largest individual contribution during the reporting period came from Josh Nelson of Spencer, the owner of a local phone company who wrote a 50-thousand dollar check to the Branstad campaign. John Smith, the C-E-O of a Cedar Rapids-based trucking company, wrote Branstad’s campaign a 25-thousand dollar check. Mark Falb of Dubuque, the executive of a textbook publishing company, also contributed 25-thousand dollars. Bruce Rastetter, the agribusinessman who was Branstad’s number-one contributor in 2010, wrote the campaign a 10-thousand dollar check earlier this month. Continue Reading

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Tie vote to censure Tim Scott

The Burlington City Council came to a tie vote last night on a proposal to censure member Tim Scott. Scott apologized to Councilwoman Anderson, who he had hit with a pile of papers two weeks ago. He also apologized to the black community, for comments he made at that same meeting and two days later to a Des Moines TV reporter, and to transplanted Chicagoans, for calling them part of the problem with local crime… Scott says it’s been his intention all along to apologize….. Many in the standing-room-only crowd last night were there to comment on Scott’s behavior, including Debbie Smith of West Burlington, a Chicago transplant, who said you have to give respect to get it….. Continue Reading

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WB-ND falls to Bondurant-Farrar

Defending champion Bondurant-Farrar rolled to a 9-4 victory over West Burlington/Notre Dame in a class 3A quarterfinal round game. Coach Roger Roland’s team started quickly by scoring seven runs in the first inning. West Burlington/Notre Dame coach David Oleson says he was proud of the way his team battled back… It was too big of a hill for the Falcons to climb out of as they fall to 23-13. Continue Reading