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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Pitbull Puppy Shot in Face in Lee County

A pitbull puppy was found on the side of a Lee Co. Highway suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, and died this afternoon at a vet clinic near Fort Madison. It got many residents talking about Lee County’s stray dog policies. Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl explained what their rules are…. “Lee County does not have a humane society or an animal control officer. Continue Reading


Idea of Medical Marijuana in Iowa is Dead

Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa has been declared dead this session, but lawmakers are continuing with efforts to raise awareness about benefits associated with the drug. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, invited current and former Iowa residents to the Capitol today to share how marijuana has helped them medically and explain why they have left or are considering leaving the state. A mother from Waterloo says she uprooted her family to get her epileptic daughter medical marijuana in Colorado. A veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder says he plans to move to Colorado, too. Gov. Terry Branstad has said he fears there would be unintended consequences if medical marijuana were legalized. Continue Reading


Almost a Dozen Weekend Mediapolis Burglaries

Des Moines County deputies are investigating close to a dozen reports of vehicle burglaries in Mediapolis over the weekend. Authorities say the break-in’s were committed Saturday night and Sunday morning in the areas of the 1300 block of Pine Street, 900 blocks of North and Main Streets, 100 block of Centennial, the 300 block of North Northfield, and the 200 and 300 blocks of South Northfield. Continue Reading