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Burlington Man Arrested for Selling Meth

A 29-year-old Burlington man was arrested today on meth related charges. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force had received information about meth production occurring at a home in rural Des Moines County. Tyler Lees of 6529 115th Avenue in Burlington, was taken to the Des Moines County Jail after authorities found items consistent with meth production and sales in the home. During their investigation they determined that Lees was allegedly actively seeking meth precursors in exchange for finished narcotics product. Lees is being held on $100,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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A Taste of New Orleans in Burlington Friday

It may be cold here, but tomorrow at the Art Center Gallery in Downtown Burlington, you can at least pretend to be somewhere warm, like New Orleans. President of the Art Guild Board of Directors, Tammy McCoy, says it will even taste like the Mardi Gras city… “We’re going to give you a taste of New Orleans food and drinks. There will be kings cake for dessert, and we’ll have live jazz and blues music.” The funds raised will go to the art center… Continue Reading

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Siemens FM Plant Gets Big Order from Minnesota

GOOD NEWS ON THE LOCAL BUSINESS FRONT —

THE SIEMENS PLANT IN FORT MADISON HAS RECEIVED A RELATIVELY LARGE ORDER FROM UP NORTH. A RELEASE FROM LEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SAYS MINNESOTA POWER WANTS 64 UNITS OF THE COMPANY’S LATEST 3-MW D3 PLATFORM WIND TURBINES.   THEY’LL BE INSTALLED AT THE BISON WIND ENERGY CENTER NEAR NEW SALEM, NORTH DAKOTA, BEGINNING IN MID-JUNE…AND ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OPERATIONAL IN DECEMBER. Continue Reading

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Pot Holes Galore in Burlington

It’s a problem most people in the Midwest have to endure during the winter seasons: large pot holes. Chris Clements with Burlington’s Public Works Department says this year they’re filling more holes than last year due to the amount of snow we’ve had. He says there’s no telling how much money the city will have to spend… “I couldn’t really put a good number on it. Like this year, it’ll be much higher than last winter, with the little snow and fewer freeze cycles [last year]. Continue Reading

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Oquawka Needs Bottled Water

It’s been a rough winter so far for the Village of Oquawka. They’ve had a water main break and a number of homes have frozen pipes. Oquawka’s Volunteer Fire Department Chief Troy Jern says they are asking for bottled water for their residents…. “Due to frigid cold weather, some of the residents of Oquawka have frozen water lines. I think there are about 30 that don’t have water.” Continue Reading

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Burlington Family Arrested for Child Endangerment and Child Porn

Burlington Police have arrested three members of the same family on sex abuse charges involving children. 20-year-old Andrew Wells of 532 Summer Street turned himself in Monday evening, telling detectives that he had molested children and downloaded hundreds of videos and photos of children engaged in sexual acts with adults and other children. He was charged with two counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and is being held in the Des Moines County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Upon further investigation, police yesterday charged Wells’ parents, 49-year-old Brian and 39-year-old Janelle Wells of the same address, with two counts each of Child Endangerment. They allegedly allowed younger children in the home to be molested repeatedly by an older sibling over the last 8-9 years, without trying to stop it, even though the children asked for help. Continue Reading

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4th Person, Homeless Man, Charged in Check Scam

POLICE ARRESTED THREE SUSPECTS LAST WEEK…AND NOW, A FOURTH PERSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PASSING PHONY PAYROLL CHECKS FROM FAIRFIELD TO DUBUQUE AND FROM MT. PLEASANT TO THE QUAD-CITIES. 20-YEAR OLD DIAMOND COLEMAN…WHO AUTHORITIES SAY IS HOMELESS…HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY FORGERY AND IS BEING HELD IN THE DES MOINES COUNTY JAIL ON 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. Continue Reading

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Board Gets Serious About a 4-Lane Highway 61

Des Moines County Board Chairman Bob Beck announced this morning that the Highway 61 Coalition has decided to get serious about making their voices heard in the state capital… “The coalition has money in its treasury and decided to hire a lobbyist to work on 61, and letting the name be known. We’ve had word come down that people in the governor’s staff didn’t even know there was a 61 Coalition. So we are going to do that…” The need for a 4-lane Highway-61 heading north from Burlington has become a more pressing matter with the impending opening of the Iowa Fertilizer Plant south of Wever, and all the truck traffic that will involve. Continue Reading

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Car Rear-Ends LaHarpe School Bus

A car rear-ended a LaHarpe School Bus on Webster Road in Hancock County this morning. No one, including the 12 children on the bus, was hurt. It happened just before 7:30 just north of County Road 2400 North. Illinois troopers say the bus driver, 50-year-old Donna Nell of Blandinsville, had stopped at the railroad tracks to make sure it was safe to cross, when a 2012 Chevy, driven by 28-year-old Travis Sanderson of Carthage, slid on the snowy road into the back of the bus. The bigger vehicle suffered minor damage, but Sanderson’s car had major damage to it’s front end and had to be towed from the scene. Continue Reading

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Financial Talk at City Council Meeting

THERE WERE SOME FINANCIAL MATTERS DISCUSSED AT LAST(MON) NIGHT’S BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR STEPHANIE STUECKER WAS ASKED IF THERE’S ANY NEWS YET ON THE CITY’S BOND STATUS FROM THE  MOODY’S RATINGS SERVICE AND SHE SAID THEY’RE EXPECTING A CALL TOMORROW(WEDS) MORNING. LAST WEEK, VETERAN CITY SPENDING CRITIC LEON SHAHAN WANTED TO KNOW HOW MUCH IN TAX ABATEMENTS THE CITY HANDED OUT TO DEVELOPERS AND STUECKER PULLED THOSE NUMBERS TOGETHER.  ALL TOLD, THE CITY IS ABATING MORE THAN $438,000. STUECKER FILLED IN LAST(MON) NITE FOR CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU. Continue Reading