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Reserve Your Big Hollow Cabin

The Des Moines County Conservation Department is now taking reservations for it’s new cabin at Big Hallow. Director Chris Lee says you’ll find a lot of helpful information on the county conservation department’s “Cabin” Page. “We have a list of things we suggest you bring because it is a primitive cabin, so you’ll have to bring a lot of stuff yourself…”

If you’re wondering if a “primitive” cabin is right for you, there’s an open house scheduled for the end of this month…

“The last Saturday in March from 12-4pm we’ll be out there. We’ll walk you through it and we can make you’re reservations right there on the spot. The first day will be April 1st and it’s open all the way through October 31st.”

More information can be found at this link. Continue Reading

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WB to Mail Out City-Wide Survey in May

IF YOU LIVE IN WEST BURLINGTON, IT’S A MATTER OF WEEKS BEFORE YOU RECEIVE A CITY SURVEY IN THE MAIL. THE CITY COUNCIL IS INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE SERVICES PROVIDED…THE SERVICES NOT PROVIDED…AND THE QUALITY OF THE WORK…IN A NUMBER OF AREAS.  

MAYOR HANS TROUSIL SAYS ONCE THEY FINALIZE THE WORDING AND GET IT PRINTED, THE SURVEY SHOULD HIT YOUR MAILBOX AROUND MID-MAY. THEY ASK THAT YOU RETURN IT BY MAY 25TH.  

IN ONE OTHER PIECE OF BUSINESS DURING THE REGULAR PORTION OF LAST(WED) NITE’S MEETING, THE COUNCIL AGREED TO DONATE 250 DOLLARS TO THE WEST BURLINGTON POST-PROM COMMITTEE. Continue Reading

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Montrose Woman Testifies at Voting Rights Trial

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former Lee County felon on trial for illegally voting says she believed her voting rights had been restored when she cast a ballot last November. Kelli Jo Griffin testified Wednesday that her lawyer advised her when she was convicted of a drug charge in 2008, that she would regain her rights to vote and hold public office when she left probation. Griffin says she was unaware that Governor Terry Branstad changed that policy in 2011 so that former offenders have to apply to him to get their voting rights back.  The trial highlights Iowa’s position as one of four states which has such a policy.  

 

Griffin says she voted in the municipal election in Montrose to set an example for her children, who had come with her. Continue Reading

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Reserve Your Big Hollow Cabin Now

The Des Moines County Conservation Department is now taking reservations for it’s new cabin at Big Hallow. Director Chris Lee says you’ll find a lot of helpful information on the county conservation department’s “Cabin” Page. “We have a list of things we suggest you bring because it is a primitive cabin, so you’ll have to bring a lot of stuff yourself…” If you’re wondering if a “primitive” cabin is right for you, there’s an open house scheduled for the end of this month… “The last Saturday in March from 12-4pm we’ll be out there. Continue Reading

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Burlington Dog Park Closed Temporarily

Most people, and their pets, are itching to get outside and enjoy some warmer weather. Unfortunately, for the pets, Burlington’s Dog Park is temporarily closed, according to a press release from the City. The dog park has become muddy and is now vulnerable to being damaged. Burlington’s Park and Recreation Department is asking that residents please stay out until warmer weather and drier conditions prevail. A notice will be sent out as soon as the Dog Park has been re-opened. Continue Reading

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Spring Begins Tomorrow!

Many people have been counting down the days, and tomorrow it will be here. After a harsh winter, Thursday March 20th is the beginning of Spring, the date of the vernal equinox, or spring equinox, in the northern hemisphere. Unfortunately, according to Kerry Koonce from Iowa Workforce Development, warmer temperatures won’t immediately signal the start of construction in many towns… “The ground, they’re saying, is frozen so deep that that’s really going to have an impact on when some of them get started.” She says things probably won’t pick up until we get into April. Continue Reading

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BFD Receives 960 Rolls of TP

Word of the Burlington Fire Department’s financial woes has now, evidently, spread nationwide. Chief Matt Trexel announced today that his staff took delivery of 960 rolls of toilet paper, a year’s supply, courtesy of the Charmin Company. One department in each state received the tissue, and Trexel says he was told that his department was “in-need”, although he declined to elaborate.   Continue Reading

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WB School Approves Decrease in Levy

The West Burlington School Board approved a decrease in the overall levy by $2.00, which most West Burlington tax payers are probably pretty happy about…. “We’re asking for $18.81 per thousand which is a drop of exactly $2.00 from this years levy. We’re very pleased that we are able to reduce it.” That’s according to Superintendent Dave Schmitt. The budget hearing is set for April 7th at 7pm in the board room. Continue Reading

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Moving Date for FM Prison Pushed Back

Prisoners from the Fort Madison State Penitentiary were supposed to be moving to the new prison this month, but the date keeps getting pushed back. Warden, Nick Ludwick, says there’s still some important construction that needs to be finished before the big move…. “We’re working on the Industries Building. They’re still building individual work areas, and in the process of setting it up, they’ve run into a couple areas where they have had to add things here and there. That’s resulted in a delay to our initial plans.” Continue Reading

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Haynes to Remain HendCo Sheriff; Monmouth-Roseville Voters Say No to Higher Property Taxes

IT (TUES) WAS PRIMARY DAY IN ILLINOIS AND HENDERSON COUNTY VOTERS AGAIN CHOSE STEVE HAYNES AS THEIR SHERIFF. THE FIRST-TERM STRONGHURST DEMOCRAT GOT 73 PERCENT OF THE VOTE…DEFEATING DEPUTY STEVE HENSHAW OF OQUAWKA, WITH 20 PERCENT…AND COUNTY SUPERVISOR DAVID HINSHAW, ALSO FROM OQUAWKA, WHO RECEIVED ABOUT SEVEN PERCENT. SHERIFF HAYNES…KNOWN AS A MAN OF FEW WORDS…SAYS HE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE COUNTY’S DRUG-RELATED PROBLEMS DURING HIS SECOND TERM. NO REPUBLICANS RAN FOR THE JOB. (FOUR YEARS AGO, HAYNES EASILY BEAT HENSHAW AND RETIRED STATE TROOPER TODD MILLER TO WIN HIS FIRST TERM. Continue Reading