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Council Still W/O VenuWorks Contract; Blames BSD

BURLINGTON STILL DOESN’T HAVE A FORMAL DOCUMENT TO SIGN WITH AMES-BASED VENU-WORKS, THE COMPANY IT WANTS TO HIRE TO MANAGE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM AND THE PORT. THE CITY COUNCIL TALKED YESTERDAY(MON) ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME IT’S TAKING TO COME UP WITH A CONTRACT THAT’S ACCEPTABLE TO THE BURLINGTON STEAMBOAT DAYS BOARD AND CITY MANAGER JIM FERNEAU SAYS IT’S UP TO THE COUNCIL WHETHER TO TAKE A “HARD-LINE” APPROACH WITH THE BSD BOARD. IT’S HOPED THAT A WRITTEN AGREEMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO REVIEW…AND VOTE ON…NEXT MONDAY. Continue Reading

Burlington Klein Center Receives State Recognition

Two Great River Health System employees were recognized statewide for their achievements. The Klein Center took three top honors at the Iowa Health Care Association’s Quality Awards for Long-Term Care Excellence. They received Administrator of the Year, which is Ann Abolt, Activity Specialist of the Year-Dianna Rounds, and Life Enrichment Program of the Year-Klein University. \

The association represents more than 650 nursing homes and care facilities in Iowa Continue Reading

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Purer Meth Being Made in Iowa

Lately, larger quantities of purer methamphetamine produced by Mexican drug cartels and trafficking groups have been reported in Iowa, according to the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. Lt. Jeff Klein with the Burlington Police Department says although they haven’t seen any yet, it’s doesn’t mean it’s not in Burlington… “We haven’t seen anything of that nature in Burlington yet. That’s not to say it’s not here and it just hasn’t materialized. However, as far as personal contact with law enforcement, we in this area have not.” Continue Reading

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Upcoming Road Work in Burlington

The Burlington Public Works Directors Office has announced that beginning tomorrow at 7am, reconstruction will start on the ADA Pedestrian Ramps along Mt. Pleasant Street from Cook to Chalfant. Traffic may be restricted at various locations. Work is expected to take 6 weeks, weather permitting. Also, a revised news release reports that beginning immediately, Winegard Drive, north of the Pzazz, will be closed to traffic between the Highway 61 frontage road and Cottonwood Court. Continue Reading

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15-Year-Old Killed in HWY 34 Accident

A New London girl has been identified as the victim of a fatal accident Saturday night on Highway 34, near Jimtown Road. 15-year-old Emma Ritchey was killed when the SUV her mother was driving rear-ended an auger being pulled by a westbound tractor. Des Moines County deputies say Ritchey was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. Her mother, 38-year-old Bonnie Cooper was injured, but not badly enough to be taken to the hospital. The man driving the tractor, 27-year-old Dan Burnett of Hull, Illinois, was not hurt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council, SCC & Burlington School Boards All Meet Today

THE BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL HOLDS ONE OF ITS TWICE-MONTHLY WORK SESSIONS THIS(MON) AFTERNOON AND WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING THIS YEAR’S BUDGET…SOME AUDIT REPORTS…AND A SCHEDULE OF THE CITY’S BOND MATURITIES. TODAY’S(MON) MEETING BEGINS AT 4:30 AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. SINCE IT’S A WORK SESSION, NO FORMAL ACTION MAY BE TAKEN. THE SOUTHEASTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD MEETS AT 5 TODAY(MON) ON THE WEST BURLINGTON CAMPUS AND WILL REORGANIZE, FOLLOWING THE LAST ELECTION. ONCE THAT’S DONE, THE TRUSTEES…INCLUDING NEW MEMBER JEFF HELAND…WILL DEAL WITH A NUMBER OF MATTERS, INCLUDING AN INDUSTRIAL NEW JOBS TRAINING AGREEMENT WITH KL-MEGLA ARCHITECTURAL. Continue Reading

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Out of State Workers Recieve Ft. Madison Prison Construction Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New information shows that nearly half of the construction jobs created by a new $132 million state prison at Fort Madison went to out-of-state workers. The Des Moines Register reports that data it obtained shows little more than half of the 888,691 hours worked on the project was done by Iowa construction workers. The new prison is tentatively set to open in March, and most of the construction is finished. Scott Norvell, president and chief executive of Master Builders of Iowa, says that if state officials had enforced Iowa’s reciprocal preference law, at least 90 percent of the workforce of the Chicago-based company that built the prison would have been Iowa workers. Under the law, Iowa firms hired for Illinois public works projects also must use mostly Illinois workers. Continue Reading

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Monmouth College Annouces $75-million Campaign

Monmouth College president announced a $75 million capital campaign for academic excellence Friday during a homecoming banquet. The campaign is titled “Fulfilling the Promise” and will fund four distinct academic areas… active learning, discerning a purpose, complex problem solving, and civic engagement. Another portion of the money will be designated for scholarships. According to the president, the campaign is nearly 73% complete with $54.5-million in gifts already pledged and received. Continue Reading

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One Killed in HWY 34 Accident Near Danville

One person was killed last night along Highway 34 in Danville and another was seriously injured. At around 8 o’clock, an SUV driving west bound near Danville, struck a farm implement that was being pulled by a tractor. The driver of the tractor was not hurt but one person inside the SUV was killed and another seriously injured. Medforce helicopter airlifted the injured person to Iowa City. As of 4am this morning names have still not been released. Continue Reading

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12-Year-Old Hit on Bicycle by Pickup

A 12-year-old Monmouth boy on a bike was seriously injured around 7:15 this morning when he was hit by a pickup at the corner of 4th Avenue and South Main Street. The victim, whose name has not been released by police, was taken to OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth and then airlifted to OSF Hospital in Peoria. The driver of the truck, 65-year-old David Bates of Monmouth, was not hurt. State police say the bicycle was headed west on 4th Avenue, apparently failed to yield at the “stop” intersection, and rode into Bate’s path. The boy was hit by the pickup and thrown from the bike. Continue Reading