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No Jobs Lost, Money Still Saved in Des Moines County

The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors approved the custodial contract with Bridgeway at this morning’s meeting. There are three custodians who work for Des Moines County. One works in the jail, one in the courthouse, and one, who is retiring, works in the public heath and sheriffs office. Chairman Tom Broeker explains the decision they’ve made… “We’ve agreed that the one custodian that is retiring, his job, would be outsourced. Continue Reading

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Council Agrees Library Cut is Needed

The Burlington City Council came up with a wide variety of things they could possibly cut from the budget at last night’s work session. Ideas were thrown out, but the one cut they all seemed to agree upon was the Library. Bob Fleming was curious how much the staff are paid at the library.. and library director Rhonda Frevert was there to answer… Frevert: “Our assistant positions (full-time librarian), they’re around $40,000.” Continue Reading

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Shooting in Fort Madison Alley

A man was shot in an alley yesterday afternoon in Fort Madison between the 1400 blocks of Avenue F and G.

The man had a single gunshot wound to his leg. He has not been identified yet and no suspects have been found. The victim is believed to be between 20 and 30 years old. He was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital and then flown to Iowa City. If you have any information on the shooting, please call the Fort Madison Police. Continue Reading

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Marshalls Hiring Event Starts Tomorrow

How about a new job at a new business? The new Marshalls store will be opening soon at Westland Mall in West Burlington. Tomorrow will be the beginning of a 3-day hiring event. It runs from 9-5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Positions available include cashiers, sales associates, coordinators, and merchandise processors. Continue Reading

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Armed Robber on the Loose in Burlington

A robber has not be captured yet in Burlington. Authorities say they believe at this time, it is a white male and that he is armed. He took an undisclosed amount of money from the Gasland on North 8th Street this morning. Authorities were called at around 3:40am. No one was harmed. Continue Reading

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Shed in Burlington Fully Engulfed

No one was hurt, but a shed at the home of 4115 Summer Street went up in flames this afternoon. Authorities were called by someone driving by the home who noticed the shed was on fire. When authorities arrived around 3:30pm, it was fully engulfed. They said that the resident was burning a pile of trash near by, went inside for maybe 15 minutes, and then found the shed was on fire.   Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Limo in Burlington Goes Up in Flames

A limo driving down West Ave. in Burlington this afternoon went up in flames. At around 5:30pm the white limousine (shown in the picture) was fully engulfed near Ironwood and West Ave. According to authorities, there was only one person in the vehicle, the driver, who was sent with injuries to Great River Medical Center. No word on the person’s condition. Continue Reading

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Bank Celebrates 125 Years, Still Going Strong

Businesses seem to come and go, especially in a bad economy… but that’s not the story of Lee County Bank and Trust. They celebrated 125 years of business yesterday in Fort Madison with a cookout that was free to the public. The bank was originally called Lee County Savings Bank and opened in 1888. Marketing Director for the bank, Carla Meierotto, says there has been huge changes since 1888… Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Falls Asleep at the Wheel, Causes Serious Injury

It was a bad situation yesterday afternoon on US 34 after a driver fell asleep at the wheel. 57-year-old Benny Stoltz of Burlington was 1/2 mile east of Carman Road, traveling westbound, when he fell asleep, crossed the center line, and struck a vehicle carrying 43-year-old Brian Lane of Mount Union,who was the driver, and 41-year-old Jennifer Lane of Mount Union, the passenger. After the collision, the vehicle driven by Lane traveled off the road and overturned. The passenger, then had to be extricated by emergency personnel and flown to Iowa City Hospital with serious injuries. Also in the accident was a third driver, 18-year-old Katie Heidersheit of Arenzville, Illinois. Continue Reading

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Get a “Back-Up” Tree

A popular tree-planting program is coming to Burlington October 12th. The program will be offering landscape quality trees at discounts to Alliant Energy customers. The city of Burlington has more than 900 ash trees… and most know of the dreaded emerald ash borer that was reported earlier this summer in Burlington, which destroys ash trees. The Iowa DNR recommends planting trees of another species within 30 feet of an ash if you have one, just in case it becomes infested. Continue Reading