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BHS Graduation at Bracewell Stadium After All

It’s an idea that was tossed around at a Burlington School Board meeting, but will not move forward. The board had a discussion about moving the Burlington High School Graduation to SCC’s Loren Walker Arena, but the topic never came back to the board as an agenda item. Superintendent Jane Evans explains, “We had a meeting with SCC. They were completely cooperative and ready to have graduation there, but we’ve decided to stick with Bracewell Stadium. There’s something magical about an outdoor setting for graduation.” Continue Reading

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Body Found in Mississippi River Near Keokuk

Authorities in Keokuk pulled a body from the Mississippi River yesterday afternoon near the Lock and Dam 19. They have said that it was a man, but have not identified him yet. An autopsy is currently being conducted. Workers at the Keokuk electric power plant were the ones who spotted the body. Continue Reading

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Frozen Mississippi Delays Barge Traffic by a Month

Barge operators say persistent ice in the Mississippi River is delaying traffic along the water by a month. The Telegraph Herald reports some operators begin sending their barges up and down the river in early March. But the bitter cold this winter and frigid start to the spring has changed the schedule. The National Weather Service says the Mississippi still has ice in a stretch of river that extends from Minneapolis to Clinton, Iowa. The depth of the ice varies from 5-10 inches. Continue Reading

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Frozen Mississippi Delays Barge Traffic by a Month

┬áBarge operators say persistent ice in the Mississippi River is delaying traffic along the water by a month. The Telegraph Herald reports some operators begin sending their barges up and down the river in early March. But the bitter cold this winter and frigid start to the spring has changed the schedule. The National Weather Service says the Mississippi still has ice in a stretch of river that extends from Minneapolis to Clinton, Iowa. The depth of the ice varies from 5-10 inches. Continue Reading

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Crime Stoppers Offering Reward for Mepo Burglary Arrest

Vehicle burglaries continue to be an issue in Mediapolis. Sheriff Mike Johnstone told us this evening that Crime Stoppers is now involved and that they are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest. In the past couple weeks there have been around 25 vehicle burglaries in the Mediapolis area. These break-in’s are occurring over night. The Sheriff is asking people to remove personal items from their vehicles and remember to keep them locked. Continue Reading

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More Mediapolis Burglaries Reported

Burglaries in Mediapolis continue according to a news release from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. On Sunday, multiple vehicles were reportedly broken into on the 1200 block of Main Street. The next day, items were stolen from vehicles in the 1300 block of Main Street and the 700 block of Main Street. Also on Monday, there was a report of a home burglary on the 200 block of Cedar Street. Continue Reading

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5K for Burlington Student with Rare Cancer

A Burlington High School junior has been diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer, RMS, and this Friday night, Burlington’s Crapo Park will be glowing for her. It’s a 5k run that starts at 8pm, with all proceeds going toward Sophia Gawron’s medical bills. Adviser of the event, Christina Link talked to us today about how she’s doing… “Her spirits are high. She just finished a round of chemo and a round a radiation. Continue Reading

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Older Illinois Inmates Could Be Released Early

Legislation working its way through the Illinois House would allow some prison inmates over the age of 50 to be released early. Supporters say it would reduce overcrowding and save money because older prisoners can cost more to house. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that the measure would apply to inmates who have served more than 25 years of their sentence. A committee passed the measure Tuesday and sent it to the full House. Opponents told committee members the proposal would violate the rights of crime victims.

Mary Kay Mace is the mother of a student killed in a mass shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008. Continue Reading

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Lee Co. Residents Question Their Two County Seats

It’s the only county in Iowa with two county seats, and at last night’s forum in Donnellson, the residents of Lee County asked for answers. Gary Folluo with the Lee County Board of Supervisors answered with one simple statement… “To make it plain and simple, it’s the law. That’s why we have two county seats.” He said it’s an issue that’s been raised many times. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Shoots His Foot While Hunting

Officials say a Burlington man is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting. The state Department of natural Resources says 31-year-old Dustin Guernsey was injured Saturday morning in Lee County. He was hunting for snow geese at the time. Officials say he was carrying equipment and his shotgun as he walked across a field. He stumbled and the weapon discharged into his left foot. Continue Reading