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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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FM City Council Agrees on Conceptual Study for “Old” 61

IT’S TAKEN SOME TIME, BUT THE FORT MADISON CITY COUNCIL HAS NOW AGREED ON A DIRECTION TO TAKE, TO BEGIN REHABBING “BUSINESS-61,” THE STRETCH THAT GOES THRU TOWN NOW THAT THE 61 BYPASS IS DONE.  

CITY MANAGER BYRON SMITH SAYS THE FIRST STEP IS IMMINENT — A CONCEPTUAL STUDY, WHICH SHOULD GENERATE SOME PUBLIC INPUT…WHICH SHOULD, IN TURN, HELP DETERMINE “BUSINESS” 61’s FUTURE LOOK.  

 

SMITH  SAYS OPINIONS ABOUT THE BYPASS ARE STILL MIXED, WITH TRUCKERS & OTHERS HAPPY TO AVOID THE OLD 61’S WINDING PATH THRU TOWN…AND LOCAL MERCHANTS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE REDUCED TRAFFIC PAST THEIR BUSINESSES. 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

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Rural Iowa Residents Smoke More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new study shows higher rates of smoking in rural Iowa counties.  

The Des Moines Register reports that the study says some Iowa counties have double the smoking rates of others.  

The national report from the University of Washington says Iowa’s Dallas County had the seventh-fastest decline in smoking from 1996 through 2012, when it went from 19.4 percent to 10.9 percent.  The report also shows that all Iowa counties have had declines in smoking.  

The researchers used data from phone surveys taken for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Busted For Crack Sale, Possession

A Burlington man has been accused of selling drugs at 558 1/2 South Central Avenue as police waited for him outside. 27-year-old Monroe Walton of 539 South 8th Street will face three felony charges– Delivery of Crack Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, and Possession with Intent to Deliver Schedule-3 Pharmaceuticals. Authorities took Walton to the Des Moines County Jail to await a court hearing. A judge set his bond at $150,000. Police say more arrests are anticipated. Continue Reading

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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

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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

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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