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Dead Homeless Man Found in FM Woods

Fort Madison police found a dead homeless man Monday near the Burlington-Northern Sante Fe Tracks. The body of 52-year-old Tim Lundquist was discovered between the 2400 block of Avenue N and the tracks. The medical examiner said he died of natural causes. Police say Lundquist sometimes stayed at the Fort Madison homeless shelter or with friends. He had apparently set up a make-shift camp in some woods near the tracks. Continue Reading

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Horses Given Back to Donnellson Man

A Donnellson man whose horses were taken from him over a month ago, is getting them back. In January, 55-year-old Jeffery Graber of 1930 Hwy 2 in Donnelson, had apparently not been feeding or taking care of his horses, so authorities found new homes for the animals. At a hearing yesterday, held at the South Lee County Courthouse, they ordered the horses to be returned to Graber due to a procedural error. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the horses, which have responded favorably while in foster care. The court’s decision however, does not affect the pending criminal charges filed against Mr. Graber. Continue Reading

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Arrest Made in Connection with Jefferson Street Meth Lab

Burlington Police have made an arrest, one day after discovering the ingredients and equipment used to make meth at 1310 Jefferson Street. 29-year-old Stephanie Gibson of Burlington was charged with possession of a controlled substance- meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia, after she approached officers Tuesday night to find out what they were doing at her home. Police invited Gibson to the station, where she agreed to let them search her purse. In it, they found drugs and some accessories. Continue Reading

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Mt. Pleasant Street Overpass Situation Similar to Cascade’s

It’s been a rough winter and it hasn’t made Burlington’s bridge situation any better. As most have probably seen, a portion of the Mt. Pleasant Street overpass is surrounded by caution cones. Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau explains what the issue is… “There’s an expansion joint there that had frozen, and in order to get that repaired, we have to wait for a thaw to occur.” Continue Reading

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RadioShack to Close 1,000+ Stores

A long-time electronics store chain is announcing widespread closings, no news yet on whether the one in West Burlington will be affected. Radio Shack says it will close at least a thousand under performing stores out of 52-hundred nationwide in an effort to become more competitive. The chain has 68 stores in Iowa but has NOT said yet where any of the doomed stores are located. No deadlines were set and there was no estimate on the number of impacted employees. Radio Shack reported loses of 191-million dollars in the fourth quarter and last year, lost 400-million. Continue Reading

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High School Rivals May Unite to Broadcast Sports

The West Burlington School District may be teaming up with one of it’s rivals to promote their sports programs over the internet. West Burlington Board Member, Jay Day, invited owner of the Mediapolis Newspaper, Danny Davis, to the board meeting Monday night to talk about the online streaming the Mediapolis Newspaper offers. What really made the offer stand out, was when Davis mentioned it wouldn’t cost the school any money…. “I think they [West Burlington] have a history of sports and a dedicated fan base. And not just them, but any school who would like to do this should contact us. Continue Reading

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BPD Discovers Meth Lab on Jefferson

There’s another likely meth bust on the horizon in Burlington. Last night at around 7, police got a call about suspicious activity in the home at 1310 Jefferson Street. What they found were some of the ingredients and equipment used to make meth, but no one was home. At that point, authorities called in the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and the Fire Department to gather evidence and get things decontaminated. The investigation continues. Continue Reading

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Tempers Flare Between Two Iowa Senators

Two state senators had a heated exchange today during debate of a bill that eventually passed without a dissenting vote.  

 

Senator Mark Chelgren, a Republican from Ottumwa, and Democratic Senator Tom Courtney of Burlington each accused the other of ignoring the interests of constituents. Chelgren got things started with this:

 

 

Courtney then accused Chelgren of ignoring phone messages. Chelgren started yelling and Courtney yelled right back. As the two men were called away from the microphones to talk privately in the center of the senate, Courtney called Chelgren a “lying son of a gun” and Chelgren shot back with similar complaints. Continue Reading

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More Water Main Breaks Expected with Warm-Up

Dozens of communities across Iowa have seen water main breaks over the extremely cold winter, but one expert says we need to prepare for even more breaks when the warm weather arrives. Greg Huff, C-E-O of the Iowa Rural Water Association, says the rollercoaster temperatures can be very hard on water pipes… “With these repeated cold snaps, the frost levels are lower than they’ve been in recent years due to the cold and that causes these breaks to occur.” Huff says the problem with water main breaks won’t be ending when spring arrives… “What we’re really concerned with is what happens when it starts warming up. Continue Reading

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Burlington Named One of Top Micropolitan Areas

For the second straight year, “Site Selection” Magazine has named Greater Burlington one of the top micropolitan areas in the county for economic development projects. Last year, Burlington was raked number 30 and this year it’s number 41. It’s also number 5 out of 34 on the list of metropolitan areas on the Mississippi River. The magazine also rates the state, and Iowa is number 6 in terms of those best suited for economic expansion.   Continue Reading