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Cold Weather Returns Tonight

Iowa’s roller coaster winter weather is going down the rails again, in a hurry. After an unseasonably warm Sunday, forecasters say we’re headed back into the deep freeze today). Sioux City had a high of 65-degrees for the state’s warmest spot on Sunday, but meteorologist Frank Bokska at the National Weather Service says a cold front is already arriving in Iowa this afternoon… “It will usher in some sharply colder temperatures along with a very brisk northwest wind at 15 to 30 miles an hour,” Boksa says. “Some light snow is expected to develop along and ahead of the boundary. Continue Reading

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Iowa Caucuses Begin Tomorrow Night

The 2014 Iowa political calendar effectively begins tomorrow night with precinct caucuses for both parties. These organizing meetings, which kick of a series of party events, culminating with the state conventions in June, tend to mostly attract loyalists in non-presidential election years. But party leaders are urging Iowa residents to participate, insisting that coming out on a chilly January night really does matter. For Burlington, West Burlington, and Middletown Republicans, your caucus location is at the Burlington High School Library. Danville Republicans will meet at Bob Dodds Insurance Agency in Danville. Continue Reading

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24-year-old From Minnesota Opens Frozen Yogurt Shop in Burlington

It looks and tastes like ice cream, but it’s better for you. That’s what you’ll find at the new Sassy Strawberry frozen yogurt shop in Burlington. Ashley Kuper started out as a nurse, wasn’t crazy about working nights, and became an entrepreneur when she opened a frozen yogurt shop. She’s now brought her idea from Austin, Minnesota to Burlington, Iowa. The business opened it’s doors the first week in January and according to Kuper, the 24-year-old owner, they’ve been so busy that they ran out of some yogurt flavors last Saturday… Continue Reading

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Keokuk Woman Arrested for Meth

Another arrest has been made in Keokuk for meth-related charges. 45-year-old Angela Stinson of 2369 340th Street, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth in Excess of Five Grams (second or subsequent offense). If convicted, she faces 75 years in prison. Continue Reading

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Telephone Scam in Lee County

The Lee County Community is the target of a telephone scam. According to the Sheriff’s Office, citizens are receiving phone calls from a person claiming to be with the IRS. The citizen is told that the officer is attempting to collect unpaid taxes, and will come to their residence to arrest them if the taxes are not paid. This scam is also occurring in Missouri. The call originates from 585-697-3579. Continue Reading

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Governor Branstad Takes a Stop in Fort Madison

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad made a stop in Fort Madison today, the fourth of fourteen cities he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will visit during their “Building Iowa’s Future” Tour. It’s his way of kicking off the campaign for a sixth term as governor. He discussed at The Ivy Bake Shoppe and Cafe, one of the ideas he has, if reelected… “The centerpiece of my agenda this year, is a program we call Home Base Iowa. It encourages people coming out of the military, to come back to Iowa. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Arrested for Child Porn

A 22-year-old Burlington man was taken into custody today by police, and has been charged with 20 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Joshua Manfredi allegedly downloaded pornographic images and videos of children engaging in sex acts with other children, as well as with adult males. The kids in the material range from age 5 to 10 years old. After detectives submitted Manfredi’s computer for forensic analysis, they discovered 30 video events of children engaged in sex acts, as well as nearly 100 images. Manfredi is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $500,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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Burlington’s School Bullying Calms Down

After months of hearing about the problem, the bullying issues in the Burlington Community School District have started to decrease, according to Superintendent Jane Evans… “It’s really calmed down tremendously. We now have an online bullying report form. Anyone can fill it out. You can find it at our district’s website. Continue Reading

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Gas Prices Expected to go Back Up

The holidays are over, and gas in Burlington is once again under $3 a gallon. Unfortunately, Senior Petroleum Analyst, Gregg Laskoski, says you can expect those prices to go back up… “This has really been the results of very little consumer demand in January, that has been magnified by the pretty severe weather that we’ve experienced. I don’t know if we should read too much into this. We still expect gas prices to probably start climbing during the first quarter of this year. Continue Reading

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Keokuk Meth Bust

Two Keokuk residents were arrested Monday on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. 29-year-old Christopher Matous and 21-year-old Eryn Eppel, of 3014 7th Street, Apt #2 in Keokuk were arrested at their home. Eppel has been charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Meth in Excess of Five Grams and Maintaining a Drug House. If convicted, Eppel faces 27 years in prison. Matous was also arrested on those same charges in addition to Possession with Intent to Deliver Meth Less Than Five Grams (second or subsequent offense) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Continue Reading